Michael Brauer started his career in the mid 1970s at MediaSound Studios in New York. In only a short two year she worked his way up to staff engineer, having started in the shipping department! Michael started by assisting some of the staff engineers like Bob Clearmountain and Tony Bongiovi.

Soon after he was asked to record and mix a couple of songs for Luther Vandross. From there a relationship developed between the two and Brauer went on to work with Vandross for the next four years. In the mid 1908s he moved to London and spent several years working for the major labels until returning to the US in 1990.

Over the years Michael Brauer has worked with an incredibly diverse range of artists including Coldplay, John Mayer, Luther Vandross, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Bennett, Amanda Marshall, Hootie & The Blowfish, Slash and The Zac Brown Band.

That diversity is also reflected in his outboard effects choices, and the effects he uses have changed over the years. His massive racks include a huge range of analogue gear, but also a fair number of digital effects from diverse brands such as the studio staples like Lexicon, AMS and Bricasti, through to the likes of Korg, TC Electronics and Zoom. Some of those appear below.

Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer

John Mayer’s Heartbreak Warfare was a great track that still resonates today, due in part to the great mix by Michael Brauer.

Birmingham by Amanda Marshall

I have loved this track from the day it was released and have not stopped playing it. Michael Brauer’s mix still sounds fresh and relevant today.