March 25th, 2O13

It’s been a busy few months around the traps for me.

In July last year I began recording an EP with Tall Buildings at Audrey Studios. We’re now entering the mix stage and things are sounding great! The band anticipates a September launch date so stay tuned for more details!

November last year saw the much anticipated launch of Archie Roach’s ‘Into The Bloodstream’ album at the Playhouse Theatre in Melbourne as part of the Australasian World Music Expo, kicking off a national tour which I have been fortunate enough to be involved in as part of the technical production team. The show sees Archie joined by a 13 piece band and 1O piece all-star indigenous choir, building to a 22 piece choir by the end of the show. Archie’s new lease of life and joyous performance has inspired me among thousands of people around the country.

The 1st of December saw Chilean alt rock band Manatarms record a live album ‘Mezzo Forte’ at Audrey Studios. Manatarms won a day in the studio as part of the NMIT battle of the bands competition. The boys have been in Australia for the last year, enjoying the Melbourne music scene. Check out the video for ‘Lost in Translation’ below.

‘Lost in Translation’ is an original song by Manatarms which features on their album ‘Mezzo Forte’. ‘Lost in Translation’ was recorded and mixed by Heath Mackaay at Audrey Studios in December 2O12, the vision and editing for this video was done by Franco Sanguinetti.

‘Mezzo Forte’ is available on iTunes and through Manatarms website manatarmsband.com

Until next time..


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‘Armour Weight’ is an original song by Tim Guy from his album ‘Dreaming of a Night Mango’. This live version was recorded and mixed by Heath Mackaay at Audrey Studios in November 2O13. Vision by Miklos Janek (Fiftysix Pictures).

You can buy Tim’s music including ‘Dreaming of a Night Mango’ through iTunes and directly from his website.

January 2nd, 2O14

As we enter the New Year I’ve been reflecting on some of my highlights of 2O13.

In May, Anna Smyrk and the Appetites returned to Audrey Studios to record two new singles for their much anticipated debut album. ‘Apocalypse’ is the first single and is an exciting step for the band with the addition of Martin Rotolo on electric guitar and backing vocals. On December 22nd Anna Smyrk and the Appetites put on a fantastic show at Bar Open showcasing both old and new material to a delighted audience. It was a privilege to be involved in the production on the night!

Throughout 2O13 Archie Roach has been on the road promoting his latest album ‘Into the Bloodstream’ as well as ‘Creation’ – A Boxed Set with re-masters of his first three albums as well as unreleased material from those early years. I have been fortunate enough to join the touring company and assisting in a technical capacity for some of the shows. By far the biggest highlight for me was visiting the communities of Cohen and Aurukun on the Cape York Peninsula, where Archie launched a songbook, called Butcher Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk’, he and his late partner Ruby Hunter had produced. The songs where written with the kids of the communities of Cape York and this was a very special kind of homecoming for those songs.

2013 was a year of many gigs mixing The Little Stevies. In October Bethany and Sibylla Stephen released their much-anticipated third LP ‘Diamonds for your Tea’ which they launched nation wide with a run of shows accompanied by their new band. I’ve been fortunate enough to join them on the road through 2O13. One of the biggest highlights for me was at The Caravan Club in Melbourne where they finished off their tour. The band was sounding great and the audience was fantastic, making for a very memorable gig indeed.

With more gigs booked and exciting projects on the horizon, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year. Bring it on I say..

Until next time…



Heath Mackaay is a freelance sound engineer based in Melbourne, specialising in music recording, and live sound.


Heath has worked with some of Australia’s most respected artists as well as some of Melbourne’s talented emerging artists, check out the credits page for a selection of Heath’s recording credits.


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September 2O14

It’s been a while since I’ve taken stock of the year’s happy happenings, so I thought I’d update you all on some projects I’ve been involved in this year so far.

The working year began with many festival gigs mixing the Little Stevies. From the National Folk Festival in Canberra, to Summersault in Caroline Springs and Ales on the Ovens in Wangaratta, and more recently the Perisher Peak Festival to kick off the start of the snow season. It’s always a pleasure working with Beth, Sibylla and their band. I’m looking forward to mixing them again at the Queenscliffe Music Festival coming up in November!

The year also began with recording and mixing the music for Gristmill Production’s first feature film ‘Now Add Honey’, which will be released sometime in 2015! Craig Pilkington’s compositions are a brilliant underscore to the film and feature front and centre (and left surround, right surround) throughout the comedy saga. It was a great pleasure to engineer and mix a nine-piece string ensemble, as part of the score, in surround sound for the first time at Audrey Studios.

Earlier in the year I mixed 19th Century Strongmen’s first EP at Audrey studios with Nathanael Riley, which should be released later in the year. In July I mixed 19th Century Strongmen’s bluesy tribute to Neil Armstrong, which he’s subsequently released as his first single to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. Check out ‘Neil Armstrong’ in my sound cloud playlist above. As always if you like it, buy it. It’s available through all digital distribution channels you’re no doubt familiar with.

Late last year I recorded Tim Guy and his band performing his song ‘Armour Weight’ live at Audrey Studios. You can check out the video below. Stay tuned for news of Tim’s next release, which I have also had a hand in engineering.

Until next time..


July 2016

Where to begin! It’s easily been my most productive and inspiring year to date.

This time last year I’d just completed mastering Anna Smyrk’s debut solo Extended Play ‘Song of the Silver-Tongued Magpie’. We recorded the EP over a few days in the house that Anna was raised in. I really wanted to capture the acoustic signature of the family living room in the recording to highlight Anna’s roots as well as the raw power of her immensely creative voice and unique storytelling songwriting style. The EP was subsequently mixed and mastered by yours truly at Audrey Studios. Have a listen to ‘Barefoot Shuffle’ (featuring Dan Musil on slide guitar) in the playlist opposite, and head on over to Anna’s website where you can purchase her music!

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to mix FOH at the Malthouse Theatre for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, as part of the Moon Mother Productions crew (with whom I’ve been working for the last 18 months). Acts on the bill included The Bad Plus (USA), Richard Bona Quintet (USA/Cameroon), the Barney McAll Quintet, and the Joe Chindamo Trio and String Quartet.

Another highlight while working with the Moon Mother crew was mixing Emma Donovan and the Putbacks at the Song Lines ‘Share the Spirit Festival’ earlier this year. I was honoured to be able to contribute to an event that celebrates the survival of indigenous culture in Australia.

Late last year Bethany and Sibylla Stephen (of the? endlessly innovative alt-folk-pop outfit the Little Stevies) approached me to record and mix a children’s album under the new band name Teeny Tiny Stevies. From the beginning the sisters wanted to create an album that was as rich musically as anything else they’d produced while being both engaging for children and a useful tool for parents.‘Useful Songs for Little People’ was tracked at Audrey Studios, before we made ourselves at home in their parent’s house for overdubs. It was beautiful to see three generations of Stephens come together to enable a new work to be born! They’ve since released the album, a series of animated film clips, a songbook, and even a pillowcase (all of which you can purchase on their website)! Check out ‘Not Afraid of the Dark’ in the playlist opposite and the clip for ‘Getting Dressed’ below!

If you’d like to see more of what I’ve been up to in the studio over the last 18 months, have a look at the updated credits page.

Keep smiling!

Until next time..

Heath :)

‘Getting Dressed’ is an original song by Teeny Tiny Stevies from their album ‘Useful Songs for Little People’. ‘Getting Dressed’ was recorded and mixed by Heath Mackaay and the video clip was animated by Simon Howe.