August 19, 2022
Michael Brauer has been mixing music for over four decades. He’s won seven Grammys in six different categories and genres of music, and is the co-founder of Mix With the Masters. Michael developed a unique approach to mixing that has become know as Brauerize©, which takes multi-band compression and EQ to new heights.
Check out our video interview series with Michael here.
Albums from Luther Vandross ”Never too much”, Aretha Franklin “Jump to it”, The Kooks “Inside in inside out”, Coldplay “Parachutes”,”X&Y”, Rolling Stones “Steel wheels”, New Radicals ”You get what you give”, James Bay “Chaos and the Calm”, John Mayer “Continuum.”
“Same as it ever was, Same as it ever was” :)
John Sebastian’s (the Lovin’ spoonful) brother, Mark got me playing drums.
Sandy Nelson, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Motown. I loved so many different styles of music that when I became a mixer I decided to experience them all first hand, which is why my discography is so eclectic.
I was in a band playing a gig in Columbus, Ohio and during a break the venue was playing Kool and the Gang, “Jungle boogie”. The next day I got the record, had the band learn it and basically turned my band into a funk and soul band.
Hearing Bernard Purdie playing with Aretha... I wanted to play just like him, so I played his records over and over until I could play fatback drums.
Harvey Goldberg and Michael Delugg at MediaSound were my mentors and role models.
There came a point where I couldn’t get the power and emotion in a mix from the traditional way I had been taught. So, I came up with a unique combination of existing mix techniques and developed post compression mixing which eventually became what is now known as “Brauerize.”
I always had my Motown Eqs on drums. My two original Motowns were cloned by Heritage Audio and are called Motorcity. I use those now, they actually sound better.
Isotope RX, Plug-in Alliance, Black box and SSL 9000 are among many of my favorite plugins.
Don’t fucking do it, turn around, do not enter. Even your dog will up and leave ya.
I generally don’t use headphones, hate-’em ... oh wait, who’s this interview for? When I moved out of the city and set up a studio in my house, I used my Audeze that I trusted until I was confident my ATC 25’s were accurate in the room. More recently, they are taking a huge role because I’m also mixing in Atmos. I didn’t want to invest in the complete monitoring system so I just purchased the Dolby renderer and am mixing on headphones. I then take all the mixes and quickly tweak them in an Atmos room with all its speakers.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s not a comment or a story but if you ignore the advice, you won’t be around long enough to share stories or make comments.
I trust them. The MM-500 has become an essential tool for fine tuning my mix before I print. It’s also my only source of monitoring when I take my travel rig on the road.
Whatcha say young fella? Speak up! Pretty soon deliverables will be First -The Stereo mix, oh and also give us an Atmos mix... In 7.3? Nah, 42.6 is all the rage.
New artist on Atlantic Records Balu Brigadu, and Luke Combs for Sony records.