Michael Brauer

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Michael Brauer is a New York-based mix engineer whose credits encompass a wide range of genres, and include The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, John Mayer, Ash, My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds, Dream Theater, The New Radicals, Change, Fountains of Wayne, David Poe, Wilco, Alpha Rev and Ron Sexsmith.

Brauer has established himself as an A-List mix engineer with a recent string of highly successful albums. He received a Grammy for "Best Pop Vocal Album" for his work on John Mayer's Continuum, "Best Alternative Album" for Coldplay's Parachutes, and also "Best Rock Album" for Coldplay's "Viva La Vida". Michael mixed James Morrison’s debut album Undiscovered for Polydor which debuted at #1 in the UK and has since gone platinum in the UK, and The Kooks’ debut album Inside In / Inside Out which has also been certified triple platinum in the UK. Recent albums Michael mixed include My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges", Brazilian Girls's "New York City", and The Fray's "The Fray. He has recently mixed singles for John Mayer, The Enemy (#1 UK single chart), Paulo Nutini, Mr. Hudson & The Library, Evans Blue, a surround sound mix for the My Morning Jacket Okonokos DVD, Coldplay, and The Fray.

Brauer is known for an unusual implementation of parallel compression in which vocals or instruments are sent to five compressors, each adjusted for its own timbral and tonal quality. These are then blended by ear to achieve the desired result.[1]


Artist Release Record Label Credit
Laura Marling Short Movie (3 tracks) Virgin Mix
Aquilo Human - EP B3SCI Records Mix
James Bay "Hold Back the River" Republic Mix
Copeland Ixora Tooth & Nail Mix
Nick Jonas "Santa Barbara" Island Mix
Max Frost "Paranoia" Atlantic Mix
HAERTS Haerts Columbia Mix
Alex & Sierra It's About Us (5 tracks) Columbia Mix
Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart (2 tracks) Universal Mix
Marmozets The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets Roadrunner Mix
Elle King "Ex's & Oh's" RCA Mix
Tennis Ritual in Repeat Communion Mix
HAERTS "Giving Up" & "Call My Name" Columbia Mix
Manchester Orchestra "Opposite Sides" Relativity Music Mix
Bleachers Strange Desire RCA Mix
Cee Lo Green "Horny" Interscope Mix
Adam Levine "Lost Stars," "No One Else Like You," "Lost Stars (Into the Night Mix)" Interscope Mix
PHOX PHOX Partisan Records Mix
Jaded Incorporated The Big Knock Casablanca Mix
James Bay Let It Go - EP (2 tracks) Republic Mix
Birdy Fire Within (US version) (3 tracks) Atlantic Mix
Dylan Gardner Adventures in Real Time (9 tracks) Bingo Masters Mix
Kelis Food Ninja Tune Mix
Martina McBride Everlasting (4 tracks)[2] Republic Nashville Mix
Christina Perri Head or Heart (2 tracks) Atlantic Mix
Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War ATO Mix
Calle 13 Multiviral (14 tracks) El Abismo Mix
Angelique Kidjo Eve 429 Records Mix
Yuna Nocturnal (3 tracks)[3] Verve Mix
Cillie Barnes Happy Valley - EP Loma Vista/Republic Mix
Haerts Hemiplegia - EP Columbia Mix
Yoko Ono Take Me to the Land of Hell[4] Chimera Music Mix
Birdy Fire Within (2 tracks)[5] Domino Mix
Tom Odell Long Way Down (3 tracks) Sony UK Mix
Dani Martin Dani Martin Sony Music Espana Mix
Keith Urban Fuse (1 track)[6] Capitol Nashville Mix
John Mayer Paradise Valley (1 track)[7] Columbia Mix
Ben Rector The Walking In Between (9 tracks) Independent Mix
Mayer Hawthorne Where Does this Door Go (Deluxe Edition) (6 tracks) Republic Mix
Preservation Hall Jazz Band That's It[8] Sony Legacy Mix
Pacific Air Stop Talking[9] Republic Mix
Mark Owen The Art of Doing Nothing Polydor Mix
Natalie Maines Mother[10] Columbia Mix
Atlas Genius When It Was Now (2 tracks)[11] Warner Brothers Mix
Dave Matthews Band Away From the World[12] RCA Mix
Twin Shadow Confess 4AD Mix
Grizzly Bear Shields[13] Warp Mix
Rumer Boy's Dont Cry[14] Atlantic Mix
John Mayer Born and Raised (6 tracks)[15] Columbia Mix
Florence and the Machine Live MTV Unplugged[16] Universal Mix
The Kooks Junk of the Heart[17] Virgin UK Mix
Daryl Hall Laughing Down Crying Verve Mix
Grouplove Never Trust a Happy Song[18] Atlantic Mix
Christina Perri Lovestrong[19] Atlantic Mix
Colbie Caillat All of You[20] Republic Mix
The Vaccines What Do You Expect From the Vaccines?[21] Columbia Mix
Brett Dennen Loverboy[22] Dualtone Mix
Clare McGuire Keep Coming Back Atlantic Mix
Young the Giant Young the Giant[23] Roadrunner Mix
Belle Brigade Belle Brigade[24] Warner Brothers Mix
Birds of Tokyo The Saddest Thing I Know EMI Australia Mix
Chase Coy Where the Road Parts Republic Mix
Stars Sad Robot Soft Revolution Mix
Isaac Russell EP Go-Beat Mix
The Rescues Let Loose the Horses Republic Mix
John Mayer Battle Studies[25] Columbia Mix
The Bravery Stir the Blood Island Mix
Colbie Caillat Breakthrough[26] Republic Mix
Regina Spektor Far Warner Brothers Mix
Alpha Rev New Morning Hollywood Records Mix
Barcelona Absolutes Motown Records Mix
The Fray The Fray[27] Epic Mix
Coldplay Viva La Vida[28] EMI Mix
Copeland You are My Sunshine[29] Tooth & Nail Mix
The Doves Kingdom of Rust Heavenly Records Mix
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges ATO Mix
Mandi Perkins Alice In No Man's Land Sony Mix
Travis The Boy With No Name Independiente Mix
KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic Virgin UK Mix
John Mayer Continuum[30] Aware/Columbia Mix
James Morrison Undiscovered[31] Polydor Mix
The Kooks Inside In / Inside Out[32] EMI Mix
Idlewild Warnings/Promises EMI Mix
Dream Theater Octavarium Atlantic Mix
Coldplay XY[33] EMI Mix
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman[34] Sony Mix
Bob Dylan Lovesick Sony Legacy Mix
Paul McCartney Driving Rain Tour Capitol Mix
Aimee Mann Lost In Space Super Ego Records Mix
Pet Shop Boys Release Capitol/Parlophone Mix
Josh Pyke Memories & Dust Ivy League/Island Mix
Coldplay Parachutes[35] Parlophone Mix
Fountains of Wayne Traffic and Weather[36] Ivy League/Island Mix
The Great Fiction Slow Progress for Simplicity Chrysalis Music Mix
Elvis Presley Prince from Another Planet Sony Legacy Mix

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Best Rock Album)
  • Coldplay – Parachutes (Best Alternative Album)
  • John Mayer – Continuum (Best Pop Vocal Album)
  • John Mayer – Battle Studies (Best Engineer non-classical)

Grammy Award winning albums[edit]

Singles mixed (recent highlights)[edit]

Music education[edit]

Michael Brauer has been part of a music education initiative called the Fermatta Master Class Series which is a series of master classes taught to aspiring musicians of the Fermatta Music Academy in Mexico. He has also been teaching week-long seminars during the summer in the south of France at La Fabrique where he shares his knowledge about his mixing and compression techniques.


  1. ^ Senior, Mike (April 2009). "Cubase: Advanced Vocal Compression". Sound on Sound (SOS Publications Group). Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/everlasting-mw0002613784/credits
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/nocturnal-mw0002578637/credits
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/take-me-to-the-land-of-hell-mw0002558140/credits
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/fire-within-mw0002564799/credits
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/fuse-mw0002554862/credits
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/paradise-valley-mw0002560058/credits
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/thats-it%21-mw0002545370/credits
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/stop-talking-mw0002519430/credits
  10. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mother-mw0002492382/credits
  11. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/when-it-was-now-mw0002466619/credits
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/away-from-the-world-mw0002401535/credits
  13. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/shields-mw0002409487/credits
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/boys-dont-cry-mw0002344022/credits
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/born-and-raised-mw0002339580/credits
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mtv-unplugged-mw0002334845/credits
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/junk-of-the-heart-mw0002185184/credits
  18. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/never-trust-a-happy-song-mw0002197160/credits
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/lovestrong-mw0002112406/credits
  20. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/all-of-you-mw0002135667/credits
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/what-did-you-expect-from-the-vaccines-mw0002099974/credits
  22. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/loverboy-mw0002111299/credits
  23. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/young-the-giant-mw0002079481/credits
  24. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-belle-brigade-mw0002118083/credits
  25. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/battle-studies-mw0001338117/credits
  26. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/breakthrough-mw0000823303/credits
  27. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-fray-mw0000700960/credits
  28. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/viva-la-vida-mw0000787235/credits
  29. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/you-are-my-sunshine-mw0000799123/credits
  30. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/continuum-mw0000544035/credits
  31. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/undiscovered-mw0000548906/credits
  32. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/inside-in-inside-out-mw0000549582/credits
  33. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/x-y-mw0000633950/credits
  34. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/songs-for-silverman-mw0000252975/credits
  35. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/parachutes-mw0000101998/credits
  36. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/someone-to-love-mw0001082535/credits

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