Rough mix commentary, taking notes, differences with final mix, master level rides
Bass guitar body & neck “multing”, signal chains, EQ curves, combining tracks
Drum kit, layering samples, adding bass, percussion, twelve-string guitar, drive, compression
Electric guitars, distortion, ambience, hardware limiter, SSL channel EQ
Enhancing the chorus, widening, progression, primary elements, strings, tape emulation
Lead vocals, multiple compressor blend, wet & dry stems, de-essing, EQ, effects
Vocal compressors, assistant roles, requesting stems, main & supportive parts, mix stages
Mix buss hardware, headroom, metering, choosing compressors, conversion, harmonics
Rough vs. final mix — differences, similarities, progression, section contrast, vocal focus
Life Or Just Living
Join us at Electric Lady studios for a mixing series with Michael Brauer! Using a hybrid setup of plug-ins, hardware units, and a SSL 9000J console, the Grammy-winning engineer guides you through his process of mixing 'Life or Just Living' by Caveman. He plays the rough mix, shares his opinion, states how he wishes to improve it, then gets to work! Proceeding to mix the record from scratch, Brauer demonstrates his workflow and rationalises his moves throughout the entire journey. He reveals a number of useful techniques for enhancing drums, percussion, bass, guitars, strings, synth, and vocals. Harnessing the power of digital and analog tools, he strives to bring out the essence of the song by combining parts accordingly, then polishing the stereo print through an elaborate mix buss chain. You'll see exactly how he achieves this!
About Michael Brauer
Michael Brauer has an impressive back catalogue, having worked with Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, John Mayer, Ash, My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds, Eric Clapton, Prefab Sprout, Leonard Cohen, Pet Shop Boys, Dream Theater, Elle King, James Bay and Calle 13 to name but a few. He has won seven Grammy Awards, including best engineered album for John Mayer's "Battle Studies". He currently works in Electric Lady Studio B in New York, where he works...