Mick Guzauski Mixing Lifeboats

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Watch Mick Guzauski Mix His Version Of Lifeboats

In Episode 3 of our Lifeboats Series, Legendary Mixer, Mick Guzauski, opens the multitrack for Will Knox’s Lifeboats onto his Avid S6 console and takes us all the way from hearing the song for the first time, through to a completed mix with his signature sound imprinted upon it.

See How Mick:

  • Sets up his Avid S6 console for effortless navigation
  • Adds rhythm and movement to percussive synth parts with creative delays
  • Uses manual gating to achieve the right feel on a kick drum
  • Carefully crafts piano reverbs
  • Uses multiple reverbs to build unique spaces and textures for individual instruments
  • Sculpts the top end of the mix using the Manley Massive Passive
  • Uses a Fairchild 670 to slow down transients and thicken the drum bus

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Exercise files
Equipment & Software


  • Audi Ease Altiverb XL
  • Avid AIR Chorus
  • Avid Pro Sub Harmonic
  • Exponential Audio Phoenix Verb
  • Exponential Audio R2
  • Fab Filter Pro Q-2
  • Fab Filter Pro-DS
  • Fab Filter Pro-G
  • Fab Filter Pro-L
  • Nugen Stereoizer
  • Sonnox Oxford Transmod
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Sound Toys Crystallizer
  • Sound Toys Echo Boy
  • UAD 1176 AE
  • UAD 1176 LN
  • UAD Farichild 670
  • UAD LA-2A
  • UAD Manley Massive Passive
  • UAD Precision Limiter
  • Waves PS22 Spread
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Mick Guzauski

Mick Guzauski has won 9 Grammy Awards and mixed over 27 #1 hits. Mick is considered one of the top mix sound engineer and mixer in the world.

Mick's love for both music and technology started when he was in high school. Growing up in Rochester, NY where there were no nearby commercial studios so Mick put together his own studio in parents' basement with equipment that he had begged, borrowed, built, repaired and modified.

In the early '80s, Mick worked with Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Complex owned by George Massenburg (the father of parametric EQs in case you did not know...). "Being around George was a great learning experience in both the art of recording and in audio technology," said Mick.

Then in 2013, Daft Punk was looking for an engineer/mixer to team up with on their fourth studio album and at the recommendation of mutual friend Mick got the call. Unlike most dance albums, the sound of Random Access Memories is completely organic and incredibly dynamic (and fat!)

Mick is actually well-known for his natural and organic sound. Have a look at his pureMix videos and pay attention to his subtle eq and compression move. Whatever he does, it always sounds unprocessed, real and sweet to the ear.


Daft Punk


Michael Jackson

Earth Wind & Fire

Natalie Cole

Kenny G

Featured Artists and Musics

Will Knox is an alt-folk troubadour from Hammersmith, London. Knox has supported artists such as Art Garfunkel, Pete Francis (of Dispatch), and Tyrone Wells. His visionary melodies, hooks, and intricate arrangements create a stunning world where songs may hold shadow and darkness, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Lifeboats

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2022 Jun 05
he's very simple and good at teaching. Loved it!
Enrico Pantalena
2021 Mar 13
Thank you Mick for your advices! I will treasure.
2021 Mar 07
It's a pleasure to watch and learn from these surgeons with their finely sharpened scalpels, until I look down and realize I'm holding a power saw.
2021 Feb 11
Beautiful touch! Thank you Mike
2020 Dec 26
Brilliant series.. would enjoy seeing more of these!
2020 Jul 26
su forma de trabajar es muy limpia, me encanta!
2020 Apr 12
Sometimes I want to keep seeing Mick, too bad there aren't that many videos of him Note: I hated the sound of the harp I will gladly remove it from my mix version Cheers.
2020 Apr 03
Mike is very kind but I agree with some comments that the mix doesn't sound "finished" at the end of the session. Not very creative either but useful for basics techniques.
2020 Mar 15
Mike king
2020 Jan 02
What a master!!!! He reminds me of a detective with a magnifying glass looking at every detail. If i were a manager or a record executive I would entrust him with EVERY mix. The most impressive mixer I've seen so far.
2019 Aug 20
Mick G. is such a nice guy, a brilliant teacher and a true gentleman. Which all is being reflected in his transparent and smooth mixing style, where every element has its say. Unfortunatelly in this arrangement there are lots of elements which either have nothing to say, say exactly the same like other elements or are just very bad taste. The mute botton would be gold...oh well - can a gentleman be so crude....?
Jihao Zhang
2019 Jun 15
My personal favorite mix. Fantastic tone, great dynamic range, and incredible placement in the sound field. I could listen to this mix all day long. Will probably ignore that synth then. : p
Douglas Shibata
2019 Jun 14
The great balance, soft with body, thanks Mick you are a genius.
2019 May 14
I notice more so with Mick than others although I’ve noticed also with others that we can adjust a parameter...then put it right back to where we moved it from. I’ve noticed myself doing that a time or two...glad to know it isn’t “just” me. I love this idea. This is a “Fab”ulous idea....See what I did there? Lol
2019 Apr 05
nice video! but just a little rough-mix feeling.
Gonzalo Quiñones
2019 Mar 22
how can I enlarge the subtitles from my ifhone S6?
2019 Jan 23
I like your mix the most so far Mick! I really liked your idea with the crystillizer. Adds a really cool vibe. Thx for the video
2019 Jan 22
Nice Mix, He Have The Tone...
2019 Jan 09
I love Mick. Thanks for posting this.
2019 Jan 07
Nice one Mick, I love how his EQ moves are so extreme, yet his mixes still have such a listenable tone to them.
2019 Jan 06
What a pleasure it is watching this series.
2019 Jan 04
couldnt you just put chorus to any reverb?
2019 Jan 04
Still, what a fantastic idea to have those incredible guys mix the same song. Mick seems to sit somewhere in the middle between Fab & CLA in terms of vibe and "size" of the mix. Fab seems to have the advantage of producing the song and I still love Fab's idea how he put the background vocal into the mix - just a genius idea and effect. Can't wait for Andrew Sheps now. Thanks puremix for that series again!
2019 Jan 03
I'm really enjoying this series. It's a pleasure to watch Mick work, and that Avid console is "bananas," as Fab would say.
2019 Jan 03
Very interesting series. I like Mick's aesthetic. ARP 3 is driving me nuts though! Late and out of tune.
2019 Jan 03
This a brilliant series ... so fantastic to see how different mixers get great results .. please more like this where different masters attack the same material ... is much better than just one tutorial ..
2019 Jan 03
Bass's tone is very tight and impressive. Duplicate force alignment gating is so fine!