Match & improve, communication with team, rough mix comments, stems, groove
Balance, ‘ABCD' buss chains, synths, drums, percussion, guitar, clavinet, vocals
Distortion, dimension, compression, low end, presence, sample blend, subtle differences
Rhythm enhancement, subharmonic synthesis, VCA levels, gain structure, snare punch
SSL vs. Avid automation, level rides, mix compression, harmonics, LUFS for clients & mastering
Master rack, equipment choices, converters, global vs. track changes, ‘M.A.I.’ recap
Join us at Brauer Sound, Michael's premium NYC studio that harnesses the power of rare vintage equipment and cutting-edge digital technology! In this series, the iconic engineer mixes the 2019 release 'OMW' by Zac Brown Band from start to finish. He imparts his 'M.A.I.' (Match & Improve) approach that is paramount to his workflow on this project – having been given a high-quality rough mix and stems, his goal is to first match the reference, then enhance it while retaining the foundations that the band, producers, and label were already satisfied with. Brauer plays the rough mix, shares his opinion, then dives into his 'Brauerizing' process that employs multiple buss chains, Pro Tools inserts, and parallel master treatment. He explains every step in detail and reveals techniques developed throughout his illustrious career!
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...