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Mick Guzauski Mixing The Liza Colby Sound

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Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Mixer, and Producer, Mick Guzauski, has made a name for himself as one of the world's top mixing engineers. With over 27 #1 singles, few have risen to the heights of success that Mick has.

In this 2 hour tutorial, Mick opens up the multitrack session of the song "My World" from The Liza Colby Sound for the first time and mixes it live on camera from scratch explaining every step of his process along the way.

In this 2 hour tutorial, learn how Mick:

See how Mick Guzauski:

  • Prepares the snare for parallel compression
  • Re-amps a B3 Organ through a Marshall Plexi plugin
  • Uses his Avid S6 control to dial in the automation
  • Crafts exciting effects for the lead vocal
  • Cleans up distortion in the top end of the lead vocal
  • Processes the drum bus to have the clarity and excitement he is known for
  • Dials in a Fairchild 660 on the stereo bus
  • Uses two separate limiters to split the work between the drum bus and stereo bus
  • Adds width to the guitar solo with delays
  • Adds his personal touch to the mix by automating on his Avid S6

Watch Mick Guzauski, mix "My World" from The Liza Colby Sound. Only on pureMix.net

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Equipment & Software

Software

  • Audio Ease Altiverb XL
  • Fab Filter Pro-C2
  • Fab Filter Pro-G
  • Fab Filter Pro-L
  • Fab Filter Pro-Q2
  • Slate Virtual Mix Rack
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Sound Toys Echo Boy
  • UAD 1176 Rev. A
  • UAD Marshall Plexi Super Lead
  • UAD Precision Limiter

 

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Mentors
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.

Credits

Daft Punk

Prince

Michael Jackson

Earth Wind & Fire

Natalie Cole

Kenny G

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funkygh
2020 Nov 24
Yeah Mick! Been a long time since we did that Puremix video together. Great to see you mixing. You do all the same things I do to drums, but you do them better! At least I know I'm on the right track, haha! Take care, Graham
James Haver
2020 Nov 19
Just fantastic, I'm 24 learning how to mix and there's knowledge to pick up at every turn. Thanks, I'm super grateful!
MaestroPortillo
2020 Oct 10
Thank you Mike!! Really enjoyed it : )
Pearlpassionstudio
2020 Sep 22
Love your work, sounded great.
dotrob
2020 Sep 19
I love Mick's mixes! And he's actually the first S6 owner I see, who uses the console for more than just stockpiling papers and scores on it ;-)
Moa22
2020 Sep 19
Sounding really good but the HiHat bleed into the snare's mic. Every single hit is weird. Something like 2 hihats, one in the center very mid rangy, another bright overly panned. The decision to use too much gate is the issue. This is probably because he's not a rock guy. Apart from that, really good.
Geraldo Osterno
2020 Sep 11
Mick é o melhor!!! Simples, direto e certeiro!!!
MonchiNotDead
2020 Sep 11
Great video!! This guy Is amazing
philconconstruction@yahoo.com
2020 Sep 09
I always love Mick's mixes. This is no exception. All of the sounds were great together, but I kept wanting to hear the vocal just a slight bit higher in the mix. I'm seeing how years of mixing allows him to carve out each instrument and lay it into the mix with no fighting between them. The organ and guitars could have been a bear! Great mix!
Adis Cengic
2020 Sep 09
i dont see any hip hop, r&b track you mix on puremix :D maybe you should mix one. I like your work
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