Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

Metal Mixing & Mastering

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Davis Hay - HayWire Studio on SoundBetter

Rock, Metal, Punk. Distribution-specific mastering; 48 hour turn-around. I'd be thrilled to take your recordings to the next level.

A graduate of the 2011 Recording Arts program at Powersound Recording Studios in Edmonton, I've been working on metal music ever since - recording, mixing, and mastering for all the bands I've performed in. In May 2019, I decided to start offering a mixing and mastering service professionally. I specialize in Metal, Rock, and Punk.

I'd best describe my style as an homage to old school metal, I love to make use of analog style plugins to create saturated soundscapes that would feel at home in the 80s and 90s.

What is Distribution Specific Mastering?
It is the process of creating multiple masters of your music to ensure that you have optimal versions for different distribution platforms.
Since streaming platforms normalize audio to quieter levels, there is no reason to submit a louder/more compressed master to them. You can instead submit a quieter/less compressed master which has more dynamic range!

I also offer track editing, time alignment, vocal comping, etc. I'm also open to working in other genres besides metal and rock, I've worked with several country artists. Vocal and DI recording for guitar and bass also available.
(Photo by Kylee Thompson Photography)

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

39 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by dale w.
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    Davis is a professional sound engineer. he did an amazing job, everything sounded so great and well-mixed. Great master as well.

  2. Review by Zack S.
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    Lightning quick turnaround, excellent communication, and great results

  3. Review by Wyatt W.
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    Davis was very pofessional and lightning quick - he got my music sounding great and handled revisions like a pro.

  4. Review by dale w.
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    Davis is a true professional.

  5. Review by dale w.
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    Davis was very professional and creative. He did everything I asked and even more!

  6. Review by dale w.
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    Extremely professional and the results came out great

  7. Review by Karlos K.
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    Incredible turnaround time and results to match!

  8. Review by Karlos K.
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    Holy smokes! Davis is fast as lightning and always delivers!!!!

  9. Review by Karlos K.
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    Amazing service as always, and blistering turnaround speeds!

    I’ll always use HayWire Studio for my mastering needs!!!

  10. Review by norbman d.
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    fantanstic job davis,
    you did well on this tricky tune, but in the end the song got the perfect sound it deserves!
    thanx davis, we will be back for sure!

  11. Review by norbman d.
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    Perfecto!

  12. Review by norbman d.
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    Thanx Davis,
    once again you gave the perfect song the perfect sound!

  13. Review by norbman d.
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    Fantastic job!

  14. Review by norbman d.
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    thanx to davis.
    he has done a fantastic job.
    he managed to create right the sound we were looking for: dark, thashy and unique!
    well done!
    we'll back for more!

  15. Review by brett m.
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    Davis Hay was easy to work with, and had a remarkably fast turnaround. He helped us get the sound we were looking for in a few drafts of the mix/master. Highly recommendable.

  16. Review by norbman d.
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    Thanx to Davis.
    He gave the fantanstic song the fantastic mix it deserves!
    well done!
    we will definitely be back with more songs...

  17. Review by norbman d.
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    yeah!
    davis once again did a great job! he hit all the right buttons. perfect song, and now a perfect sound as well!
    thanx!

  18. Review by norbman d.
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    davis did a fantastic job.
    once again he gave my song the mix and sound i was looking for.
    thanx davis, you definitely know what todo to make it sound perfect!

  19. Review by norbman d.
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    he´s really knows what he is doing.
    thanx davis, once again you hit the right buttons!

  20. Review by John T.
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    3rd young in a month completed for me by this young man and continues to impress

  21. Review by norbman d.
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    yeah, davis once again hit the right buttons.
    he gave us the perfect mix to our song!
    check it out!

  22. Review by John T.
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    Davis did an excellent and timely job on an instrumental that I asked to work on. Hopefully I can get some vocals on some other tracks so he can mix them as well. I sent him the request on 5/25 and it was completed with revisions by 5/30

  23. Review by norbman d.
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    once again: davis pressed the right buttons.
    perfect song, perfect mix!

  24. Review by Charles I.
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    Davis was super helpful as this was my first time getting a track mastered and was very patient with me. The track sounds just as awesome as I hoped it would.

  25. Review by norbman d.
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    once again davis hit it!
    we will be back!

  26. Review by norbman d.
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    davis did once again a perfect job. the result is thrashy, evil, unique... it's just the way it should sound!
    this song will definitely not be our last song davis mixed and mastered.
    thanx once again!

  27. Review by norbman d.
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    thanx davis!
    you did a fantastic job. all the wishes we had you fullfilled 100%. the result is definitely far better than expected! great song (of course!) and now a great sound as well: evil, dark and unique....
    well done!

  28. Review by Matt B.
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    Absolute pleasure to work with, Davis went above and beyond what was required when he mastered our EP. He worked very well with me (a relative mastering newbie) to understand the sound I was going for and working to tweak the masters to achieve that. Would absolutely work with again!

  29. Review by Josh J.
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    Davis is great at catering to specific demands and delivered a great master

  30. Review by Jordan K
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    I have got back in contact with Davis with a whole revised version of Kootenay & Co's track: 'Northern Autopsy'- I showed him a previous mix I had of it, He was professional about expressing his opinion & input of that mix; which was later corrected by that studio.. However, I gave Davis the stems to the track & he did a job I was really happy with! Improvements were made, quality was there 100% & importantly, kept me up to date with the mixing process. Many Thanks! I highly recommend Haywire Studio.

  31. Review by Josh - civdays
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    Davis helped us out with a song for little video project. Awesome guy to work with! Professional and reliable, with great communication and a great ear. Will be definitely working with him again

  32. Review by Jordan K
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    I got in contact with Davis to discuss mastering Kootenay & Co.'s "Northern Autopsy" - And I gotta say that I am very impressed with the outcome of it all! I will more likely come back to him for future mastering for the project. Thanks for the contribution, and look forward to working with you again!

  33. Review by John T.
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    Dude has come through twice for me in the past month. Efficient, Timely, Reasonable, and not sure if I gave him a better song to work with this time but the quality is exceptionaler than the last

  34. Review by Tsunami N.
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    I had contacted Davis about a solo project I was working on as I needed it mixed and mastered. He was very efficient with his work, as soon as I would submit tracks to him they were completed in a very prompt manner. When I asked for changes he accommodated every one of my requests, and was very easy to work with. After the process he had even taken it a step further on advice of what needs to be done. I would definitely recommend him and repeat services with him in the future.

  35. Review by Dawson Farn
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    by Dawson Farn

    I’ve known Davis for a long time and he always does a great job. Fair pricing, fast turn around, and most of all he brings your project to life.
    Easy to contact, and responds quickly so you’re never waiting on a project. Will definitely recommend.

  36. Review by Thomas Fortin
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    Davis was very helpful in achieving our sound! He was the second to mix our CD and I was very impressed with the outcome! I would strongly recommend him!

  37. Review by Daniel P.
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    As stated by another user: "Fast service, open communication, and great product" I couldn't agree more. It's been great working with this sound engineer. Thanx mate!

  38. Review by Pete Mercer
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    Killed my first track thanks for the support brutha 🤜🏻🔪💯

  39. Review by Armando López
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    Davis took my sorry sounding mixes and mastered them to sound presentable. Fast service, open communication, and great product - highly recommended!

Interview with Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I've been working on some mixes for new clients. Got some new music coming soon for my studio project, Sophist. Just have to sit down with the guitar players and get it rolling.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I've been involved in music for about 15 years, maybe more. I started by messing around with bands and studio projects in high school as a vocalist, over the internet and with friends. I decided to take a recording class at Powersound Recording Studios after I graduated high school, so I had to move to a larger city. Ever since I graduated from that class I've been active in local bands and recording them. Now I've started my own company and am eager to take on new projects. I hope that my clients' reviews on SoundBetter thus far will speak volumes about the effort I am putting into this.

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Take the time to dial in your gain while doing home recording, really make sure there is enough headroom to avoid peaking.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: I like to handle the whole mixing and mastering process. Once I know what sound a client is looking for, I'll load up their tracks and get to work. After I've got all the tracks set up in Cubase, I'll begin initial mixing and listening. Typically I'll focus on drums and bass at the beginning, moving on to guitars, vocals and anything else afterwards. I like to make use of vintage-style plugins to achieve a classic sound. After I've got a mix that we're happy with I will begin the mastering process, making comparisons to a reference track. Typically, I will make sure to fine-tune the sound closely to the reference track unless there are other plans in mind. Once things are set, I'll create distribution-specific master copies. These can be loose .wav files or DDP format.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: It's all in-the-box. All I need is a computer, interface, and monitors. As for software, I've got Cubase 11, Wavelab 10 Pro, Waves Diamond, and a bunch of other plugins. Can do some quality vocal recording, and direct recording for bass and guitar as well.

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: There's a ton, I'm an avid metal collector with over 800 albums. I'm inspired by Darkthrone, Mayhem, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Anaal Nathrakh, Ghaals Wyrd, Gorgoroth, Fukpig, Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, Marduk, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Primordial, and many more.

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: Now and then a client will blow me away with an awesome song - that's always a pleasure.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: A lot of everyday people don't understand everything that goes into music production and barely conceive of what mixing and mastering is all about! So there are many times I end up explaining the whole process in detail.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Are your multitracks bounced and exported in WAV or AIFF? Do you have a reference track? What do you want to sound like, can you describe it? Are you tracks already edited and ready to mix? What kind of notes do you have for me about your songs?

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Tribute to 80s and 90s extreme metal.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: There's some local artists that I'd love to work with, really respect their sound.

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: Years of metal obsession and a respect for real metal sound from the 80s and 90s. Unwavering commitment to making sure that a client is satisfied with their masters.

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: I most commonly work on mastering single tracks or EPs for clients. A lot of people are focusing on singles these days, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. A: Make sure to do your research to figure out what you need and what you can afford. Often times your home recordings are good enough to make an impression on the right people - you just need that extra touch and a bit of help with them.

  29. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  30. A: 100% satisfaction guarantee, I will make sure you're happy with your song.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Various kinds of heavy metal, especially death, black, and thrash metal.

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Prima Clavis by Sophist

I was the Recording/Mixing/Mastering engineer, Vocalist & Lyricist in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Napalm Death
  • Mayhem
  • Anaal Nathrakh
Gear Highlights
  • KRK Rokit 5 Monitors
  • Radial J48 DI Box
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R
  • KRK KNS-8400
  • IsoVox Booth
  • Sennheiser MD421 Software: Cubase 11
  • Wavelab 10
  • Waves Diamond + Assorted Plugins
  • Abbey Road Studios Collection
  • Fortin NTS Suite
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  • New album coming out on Niflhel RecordsJan 22, 2020

    The new Sophist (Black metal/grindcore) album is coming out on Niflhel Records February 7th. I did the drum programming, vocals, recording, mixing, mastering for this release. Excited to get it out there everyone to hear!

  • Software Upgrade!Aug 09, 2019

    I just updated to Waves Diamond package as well as some other upgrades. Can't wait to try it out on the Sophist full-length and some new projects! 

  • Another 5-star!Jul 11, 2019

    Just wrapped up a mastering job for a SoundBetter client, and received another 5-star review! Just thrilled that I've got another satisfied customer. Black metal/noise!

  • Sophist 'Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto'Jul 04, 2019

    I've got a new studio project, black metal/grindcore, called Sophist. Our debut single 'Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto' is out everywhere for streaming on July 20th, 2019. You can get it now on BandCamp when you pre-order the EP of the same name. The EP releases on August 24th.

  • Suffocating by Kid KillitJul 04, 2019

    Releasing on July 10, I mastered a hiphop track for Kid Killit called Suffocating. It was fun to work on something different! They'll be putting out a video, pretty cool!

  • Two BIG remasters! Released on Monday morning.Jun 12, 2019

    Extremely proud of these two EPs I worked on! They were released on June 10th.


    Sallow Regent - Poisoner EP (Remastered)

    Kryosphere - SOL (Remastered)


    Both releases are available on BandCamp for free.