Mick Guzauski

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Mick Guzauski
Born Nathan Guzauski
Occupation Mixing engineer and sound engineer
Known for He won a 2002 Latin Grammy, four 2004 Latin Grammys, and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; as of 2001, he had mixed 27 # 1 singles.[1]

Nathan "Mick" Guzauski is an American multi-platinum Mixing Engineer and sound engineer.

His work spans a wide range of styles, including jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, pop, easy listening, funk and hip hop. He won a 2002 Latin Grammy for Thalía's "Arrasando", four 2004 Latin Grammys for Alejandro Sanz's "No Es Lo Mismo" (including Best Engineered Album), and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for Eric Clapton's "Back Home." As of 2001, he had mixed 27 # 1 singles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Guzauski grew up in Rochester, New York, where there were no commercial sound studios. In high school he put together his own studio in his parents' basement with equipment that he borrowed, built, repaired, and modified. He did pickup engineer work with Steve Gadd and Tony Levin, then students at the Eastman School of Music, and Lou Gramm, who soon hit it big with Foreigner.


Around the same time, he met Chuck Mangione, an up-and-coming composer in Rochester, and engineered his recordings as well as mixed his live sound. When Mangione signed with A&M Records in 1975, he asked Guzauski to go to Los Angeles with him to engineer his new album, a recording with a 45-piece orchestra with a rhythm section and soloists at A&M studios. Guzauski engineered several albums for Mangione over the next few years.


In the early 1980s, Guzauski worked with Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Complex (then George Massenburg Studios). Conway Studios in L.A. became his home base in the mid-1980s, where he engineered and mixed projects for Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Mr. Mister, Madonna, Talking Heads, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Patti LaBelle, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Quincy Jones, The Stabilizers, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, George Benson, and Cher.

1990s on[edit]

In 1991, Walter Afanasieff asked him to mix a Michael Bolton record he was working on. Guzauski still does work for both of them. Afanasieff then hired him to mix a Mariah Carey album in 1993. Tommy Mottola, then CEO of Sony, liked his mixes and asked him to relocate to New York and work for him at Sony Music Studios. Guzauski accepted Mottola's offer, and worked on albums with Mottola at Sony and at Mariah Carey's home studio, doing mostly female ballads. He also mixed projects for David Foster, Babyface, Boyz II Men, and All-4-One.

In 2001, Guzauski worked with Michael Jackson to create 5.1-channel surround sound remixes of Thriller as well as all his other albums for release on the then new Super Audio CD format [1][2] yet despite numerous retries the artist never approved any of the mixes.[3]

Current work[edit]

Guzauski now works from his 1,400-square-foot (130 m2) private studio, Barking Doctor Recording, located in the basement of his home (in Mount Kisco, New York, about 40 miles (64 km) north of New York City). The studio has 2 control rooms, and a small tracking/overdub room. Studio A is built around a Sony OXF-R3 Oxford mixing console and Pro Tools HD Xcel 3 system with Accel cards with 96 channels. Studio B is built around a Yamaha DM-2000 console and standard mixing outboard that he prefers: Eventide SP-2016's (for sparkly, long reverb on vocals, and on ballads), Manley, and GML EQ's, AMS's, EMT Plates, and the Sony 3348HR).

At Barking Doctor, he has mixed projects for Brian McKnight, Michael Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Eric Clapton, The Corrs, BB King, Brandy, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Monica Naranjo, Michael McDonald, and Mariah Carey. Recently, he's currently working on new projects for Pharrell Williams.

Emmy Award nomination[edit]

Guzauski was nominated in 2005 for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special or Animation, for his mixing for Eric Clapton in "Great Performances; Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival" (1972), along with Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, and Neil Dorfsman.

Select discography[edit]

(E = engineer; M = mixer)

Nick Lomenzo- First person recorded



  1. ^ a b c Paul Verna (May 1, 2001). "Interview with Mick Guzauski". Mix Online. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ Kevin Becka (June 1, 2006). "Mix Interview: Mick Guzauski". Mix Online. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Roger Friedman (July 23, 2001). "First Jackson Effort Rejected, New One Not Ready". Fox News. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 

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