Since 2014, Ben Abraham has been captivating music enthusiasts with his exceptional talent of immersing listeners in the narratives of his songs and evoking emotion in an undeniable way.
When Ben Abraham wrote and recorded his sophomore LP, Friendly Fire, he and producer James Flannigan turned to Michael Brauer to carry that talent forward sonically.
In this Puremix exclusive, Michael deconstructs his mix of Ben Abraham’s “Friendly Fire” and explains how every move he made was about bringing the intention and emotion of the song to life. The focus is on the story of the song and connecting the listener to the journey that Ben is taking them on, from the first note to the powerful climax of the song.
See how Michael Brauer:
Listens to the rough mix and explains how he makes a plan to approach the mix from an emotional perspective instead of a technical one
Explains the importance of connecting with the story of the song as a mixing engineer
Demonstrates how he created his signature piano sound on Ben’s piano with post-compression eq and carefully placed parallel compression
Discusses how he constructed the mix around the piano and Ben’s voice after identifying them as the key elements of the song
Builds the sound of Ben’s vocal by using the tones of multiple parallel compressors
Goes through each of the vocal effect chains he used to create the ambiance around Ben’s vocal
Dissects elements of the mix one by one showing the thought process behind each move
Explains each step of the Stereo bus chain he used to finalize the mix
Learn from Michael Brauer how mixing records involves not only enhancing sonics but also connecting listeners with great storytelling and emotions.
verdoyant •Friday, November 24, 2023
This really is great, after watching Michale and Fernando endlessly in the Brauer tech breakdowns. Writing notes and much thinking. Now I find this gem. Watching the two [parts today, it all makes much more sense. It's about the feel and emotion, and now the tech process simply serves the emotional goals. Great job Michael.
francesco.de_ •Saturday, September 30, 2023
JayTwo •Thursday, September 7, 2023
These are awesome nuggets 🎛️🔥
sixtyanman •Friday, September 1, 2023
Thank you for your in-site and openness on how you approach a song.
It was in valuable to me and you kindness so genuine and generous.
You made my Day!
Sebastian •Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Thank you ! Again a precious documentation made by premix
So inspiring advices on artistic vision and technical ideas.
And such a great guy !
Adrianj •Friday, July 14, 2023
I'm only five minutes in and already blown away. Had to rewind to 3:08 to make sure I heard him correctly and I did. He says something very telling at 3:08. This man is also a true writer and musician as well as a successful producer/egineer. This is great!
stanley •Monday, July 10, 2023
This tutorial is the perfect complement to the video "Brauerizing in the box". Very inspiring!
shawn.f •Saturday, July 8, 2023
"...release those feelings that I've had in me...through Ben". Beautiful. I've never really heard a mixer/engineer speak of utilizing the artist that they're mixing as a means to express their own self, outwardly. I'm certain it happens a lot, but I've never heard it articulated quite like this. ♥ Very moving.
bj.m •Friday, July 7, 2023
jessrho •Thursday, July 6, 2023
Thanks Michael, your humanity and humility in the midst of your mastery is wonderful. Appreciate you sharing your wisdom and methods
rdeaguiar •Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Just inpiring. Michael Brauer, you simply rock. You mix with such feeling, which is a great way to approach every project. Thank you for taking the time to show all of us this beautiful approach :)
X24Jensen •Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Awesome! Thank you!
Linusthe2nd •Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Without fail MHb has inspired again!
wfrank •Monday, July 3, 2023
Very inspiring - thanks Michael!
Otlib •Monday, July 3, 2023
Mind blowing video ...
It's my second pass on the "eq lead vocals with compressors" thing and i'm still really impressed by the results ...
the moment at 9:51 (ep 2) where he adds every comp one by one is kinda magic to me. You can feel the jigsaw being built.