Craig Bauer

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Craig Bauer
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Craig Bauer, Hinge Studios
Background information
Occupation(s)Mix engineer, producer, songwriter

Craig Bauer is an American grammy award winning mix engineer and record producer.[1] He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year for his work on Kanye West’s multiplatinum album Late Registration[2] and follow-up album Graduation. Bauer won a Grammy Award in 2008 for mixing The Clark Sisters’ 2007 album, Live: One Last Time.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Craig Bauer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked through the ranks of the studios there before migrating to Chicago, Illinois in the early 90’s to open his own recording studio.[4] Beyond the technical aspects of being a mixing engineer and a businessman, Bauer is also musician.[1] He studied Classical Piano and Music Education at Ohio State University and is also a skilled guitar player.[5]

In 1993, Bauer opened Hinge Studios at 320 W. Ohio Street in Chicago, Illinois. Many of his first clients were jazz artists, including, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Steve Cole and Peter White.[2]

Bauer, in 1997, began working with a young rap group dubbed “The Go Getters”, which included a very young Kanye West.[2] Several of the demos that Kanye West recorded with Craig Bauer at Hinge Studios were built into tracks on the album The College Dropout. Bauer later mixed “Heard ‘Em Say”, “Roses”, “Bring Me Down”, “Addiction” and “Late” on Kanye West’s Late Registration Album which was nominated for the Grammy Award Album of the Year at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

Bauer went on to mix Lupe Fiasco’s debut studio album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor in 2006, which received four Grammy Award nominations at the 49th Grammy Awards, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. In 2007, Bauer mixed the majority of Fiasco’s second album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, including the hit single “Superstar” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Cool was nominated for 4 awards at the 51st Grammy Awards.[6][7]

In 2008, Bauer won his first Grammy award for mixing The Clark Sisters album Live: One Last Time at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Later that year he moved Hinge Studios to 1719 S. Clinton Street in Chicago.[2]

Bauer also mixed the Saturday Night Live Digital Short “Motherlover” featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Sandburg.[2]

Craig Bauer is married to Anna (Kimball) Bauer.[8]

Hinge Studios[edit]

Hinge Studios was initially a premiere recording and mixing facility located in Chicago, Illinois and home to Grammy winning producer/mixer Craig Bauer. Opened by Bauer in 1993, the studio was a pioneer in ushering in the world of digital recording with one of the country’s first Euphonix CSII digitally controlled recording consoles and the very first Otari RADAR 48 track hard disk recording system.[2]

In 2014, Hinge Studios adopted the new Avid S6 mixing console and relocated to Los Angeles, California, where the studio is temporarily operating at the historic Devonshire Studios in North Hollywood while a new permanent facility is being built.[5]

Hinge Studios and Bauer have hosted and recorded a diverse roster of talent over the years, including: Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Lil’ Kim, Wu-Tang Clan, Da Brat, Brian Culbertson, Richard Marx, 98°, Yolanda Adams, Steve Cole, Dave Koz, Dennis DeYoung, Styx, Destiny’s Child, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Public Enemy, Smashing Pumpkins, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Donald Lawrence, The Clark Sisters, and Hezekiah Walker.[2][4][9]

Hinge Studios Chicago was once dubbed “Kanye West’s fortress of solitude in the late ‘90s” by MTVNews.[10]

In 2012, Ed Sheeran performed at Hinge Studios for “The Live Room” video series powered by the Warner Music Group.[11]


Craig Bauer received a Grammy award at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards for mixing The Clark Sisters’ 2007 album, Live: One Last Time and has been recognized by NARAS and the Grammy‘s for over 30 nominations in various categories and genres.[3]

Selected Discography[edit]

  • 2015: Justin Young, Burn Me Down — Mixing
  • 2015: Genevieve, Take Me Down — Mixing
  • 2015: Karen Clark Sheard, Destined to Win — Mixing
  • 2015: James Maslow, Lies — Mixing
  • 2015: B.Howard, Don't Say You Love Me — Mixing
  • 2014: Kanisha K, Bring Me Home — Mixing
  • 2014: Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Originals — Mixing
  • 2014: Aleem, Need You Here — Production & Mixing
  • 2014: Cowboy Troy, King of Clubs — Mixing
  • 2013: Donald Lawrence, 20 Years Celebration, Vol. 1: Best for Last – Mixing
  • 2013: Hezekiah Walker, Azusa: The Next Generation – Mixing
  • 2013: Michael Thompson, Future Past – Mixing
  • 2012: Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Best Days Yet – Mixing
  • 2012: Soleil Moon, On the Way to Everything – Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Mixing, Producer, Programming, Tracking
  • 2011: Nick Carter, I’m Taking Off – Mixing
  • 2011: Ashlyne Huff, Let It Out — Mixing
  • 2011 Steve Cole, Moonlight – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2011: Donald Lawrence, YRM — Mixing
  • 2010: Stan Walker, From the Inside Out – Mixing
  • 2009: Stan Walker, Introducing Stan Walker – Mixing
  • 2009: Sara Haze, My Personal Sky – Mixing
  • 2009: Vanessa Bell Armstrong, The Experience – Mixing
  • 2009: Donald Lawrence, The Law of Confession, Part I – Mixing
  • 2008: Brian Culbertson, Christmas & Hits Duos – Engineer
  • 2008: Donald Lawrence, Matthew 28: The Greatest Hits – Mixing
  • 2008: Pastor Hezekiah Walker, Souled Out – Mixing
  • 2008: (Various Artists), Total Club Hits – Mixing
  • 2007: Yung Berg, Almost Famous EP – Mixing
  • 2007: The Clark Sisters, Live: One Last Time – Mixing
  • 2007: Dave Koz, Memories of a Winter’s Night – Mixing
  • 2007: Kurt Elling, Nightmoves – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2007: Dennis DeYoung, One Hundred Years from Now – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2007: Yung Berg, Sexy Lady – Mixing
  • 2007: Lupe Fiasco, The Cool – Mixing
  • 2007: Tri-City Singers, The Grand Finale: Encourage Yourself – Audio Supervisor, Mixing
  • 2006: Brian Culbertson, A Soulful Christmas – Engineer
  • 2006: Shawnna Block, Music – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2006: Tri-City Singers Donald Lawrence, Presents: The Tri-City Singers – Finale – Audio Supervisor, Mixing
  • 2006: Donald Lawrence, Finalé: Act One – Mixing
  • 2006: Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor – Mixing
  • 2006: Dave Hollister, The Book of David, Vol 1: The Transition — Engineer
  • 2006: Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, 20/85 the Experience – Mixing
  • 2005: Disturbing the Peace, Disturbing the Peace – Mixing
  • 2005: Kanye West, Late Registration – Mixing
  • 2005: Public Enemy, New Whirl Odor – Engineering
  • 2004: LaShell Griffen, Free – Arranger, Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Mixing, Organ (Hammond), Producer, Pro-Tools, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer.
  • 2004: Donald Lawrence, I Speak Life – Audio Engineer, Engineer, Mixing
  • 2004: The O’Jays, Imagination – Mixing
  • 2004: Dennis DeYoung, Music of Styx: Live with the Symphony Orchestra – Mixing
  • 2004: Oprah’s Popstar Challenge – Digital Editing, Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  • 2003: Brian Culbertson, Come on Up – Background Noise, Digital Editing, Engineer, Mixing, Performer, Pro-Tools
  • 2003: Donald Lawrence, The Best of Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers: Restoring the Years – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2001: Brian Culbertson, Nice & Slow – Engineer, Mixing
  • 2000: Richard Marx, Days in Avalon [Signal 21] – Mixing
  • 2000: Da Brat, Unrestricted – Engineer
  • 1999: Styx, Brave New World – Engineer, Mixing
  • 1998: Yolanda Adams, Songs from the Heart – Engineer
  • 1997: 98°, 98° – Engineer
  • 1997: Richard Marx, Flesh & Bone – Engineer
  • 1996: CeCe Peniston – I'm Movin' On – Mixing


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Scalpone, Dan. "In the Mix with Craig Bauer". Studio 11. Guitar Center. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  3. ^ a b "Grammy Winner Search". Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  4. ^ a b c Daley, Dan. "Recording & Mixing Kanye West: Craig Bauer". Sound on Sound. Sound on Sound.
  5. ^ a b Bauer, Craig. "Biography". Archived from the original on 2014-02-20.
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  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100".
  8. ^ Bizios, Katerina. "Anna Kimball & Craig Bauer". SPLASH. Sun Times. Retrieved 08/01/2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "All Music Credits".
  10. ^ Reid, Shaheem. "Music Geek Kanye's Kast of Thousands". MTV.Com. MTV News. Archived from the original on 2006-04-15. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  11. ^ Hilton, Perez. "Ed Sheeran Lends his Lyrical Love to the Live Room".

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