Faders Up II: Advanced Mix Techniques

Become a quicker, more versatile mixing engineer by exploring how pro mixers approach real songs in different genres.

Mixing is more art than science. Knowing how to mix a variety of genres gives you the versatility to tackle all sorts of musical challenges. In our first mix course we covered the fundamentals of mixing and how pros approach them. In this advanced course we'll look in more depth at how pros mix real songs in multiple genres, including rock, Hip-Hop, pop, and cinematic/orchestral styles, and pull out lessons you can apply to any music.  

This is a six-week mix bootcamp. Each week, you'll encounter a new genre with new challenges. You'll learn how to properly structure mixes, practice your existing skills, and learn advanced, genre-specific tools and techniques for making better mixes. Plus, if you sign up for one of our mentor-guided sessions, you'll get weekly mix advice and support from a real live Soundfly Mentor. 

If you're looking for more mixing basics, check out the first course in this series: Faders Up I: Modern Mix Techniques.


4 Top Sound Engineers

Brian Losch, Leon Kelly, Kenta Yonesaka, and Tim Leitner

This course was created by the Soundfly team based on interviews with professional sound engineers and mixers, including Grammy-winner Brian Losch, Kenta Yonesaka, Leon Kelly, and Tim Leitner. Between them, they’ve worked with artists including Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, Carly Simon, Run The Jewels, Yo-Yo Ma, Action Bronson — the list goes on and on.

The course is hosted and guided by Soundfly’s Creative Producer, Nyle Emerson, who’s an engineer, emcee, and video artist based in New York City.

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Work with an Expert Mentor for Six Weeks

Sign up for this course with six weeks of personal mentorship from an expert, and get unlimited access to the content, forever.

Price $649

Payment plans available. to find out more.

Subscribe for Access to All Our Courses

Get access to all our premium courses without mentorship for a low monthly price.

Price $39/month

Go Beyond The Basics

Learn advanced mixing techniques from professionals as they pull back the curtain on how they approach real songs in four different genres.

Extract Lessons from Different Genres

Work on mixes in different genres to gain new approaches and techniques.

Mix Faster

In this course, you’ll crank out at least 4 complete mixes, forcing you to make quick decisions and move past common roadblocks.

Get Pro Insights

Find out how 4 industry pros put these skills to work every day to make better mixes.

Learn Advanced Concepts

Explore parallel processing, distortion, time correction, auto-tune, and much more.
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Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.

Martin Fowler

Composer, Producer, Bassist
  • Produces and composes works for TV, film, and podcasts
  • International touring and recording artist with over 15 years experience
  • Studied bass and music technology at Berklee College of Music

Jamie Billings

Engineer & Sound Designer
  • Audio designer at MIT Audio Labs
  • Pro Tools Certified Instructor
  • Graduate in electronic production and design from Berklee
  • Leads production workshops at NYU


Course Outline

  1. Start
    Section 1

    Getting Started

  2. Start
    Section 2

    Reviewing the Basics

  3. Start
    Section 3

    Session Prep

  4. Start
    Section 4


  5. Start
    Section 5


  6. Start
    Section 6


  7. Start
    Section 7

    Orchestral Cinematic

  8. Start
    Section 8

    Final Project

  9. Start
    Section 9

    Epilogue: Intro to Mastering

  10. Start
    Section 10



What will I learn in this course?

Each week, you'll work with a new genre to test existing mix skills, and learn new advanced tactics from a collection of pros working in each genre. Think of this as a bootcamp for you to build on your knowledge from Faders Up: Modern Mix Techniques I.

Who are the experts in the course?

We interviewed a number of professional sound engineers about their approaches to certain mixing topics for this course. It includes Kenta Yonesaka (Unlocking the Truth, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper), Tim Leitner (Carly Simon, Adam Ezra, Billy Joel), Brian Losch (Maria Schnieder, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile), and Leon Kelly (Run the Jewels, Kaytranada, Action Bronson).

Are there any pre-reqs?

There aren't any pre-requisites, but if you're new to mixing, we suggest starting with our course Faders Up: Modern Mix Techniques I. You'll need a basic familiarity with a digital audio workstation (DAW) like Logic, Live, or Pro Tools. We'll be demoing in Logic Pro X throughout this course, but with references to other DAWs from time to time.

How does a Soundfly course work?

We offer two ways to experience our courses: with mentorship or with a subscription. Enrolling with mentorship involves in-depth weekly personalized support and feedback from an expert for the six week duration of the course.

Enrolling with a subscription does not include mentorship but gives you access to all of the courses on to go through at your own pace for as long as you're subscribed (and tons of extra perks — see below).

What do I get if I enroll as a subscriber?

As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all the course content on, including this course and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our courses. You're also entitled to discounts of up to 33% on our mentorship programs, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Slack group, and you'll have access to exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. You can cancel anytime.

You can find out more about subscribing here.

What do I get if I enroll with mentorship?

Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. When you sign up, we'll pair you with an expert who will tailor the course to your experience level, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your musical goals.

You can find out more about mentorship and our expert mentors here.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content and lifetime access to our tight-knit musician community group on Slack, where you'll find peer-to-peer feedback and support, lots of inspiration, and fun, musical conversations with fellow Soundfly students, mentors, and staff.

How does the pricing work?

A subscription costs $39/month or $390/year if you enroll annually.

Enrolling with mentorship costs $649 for six weeks of intensive support from an expert, plus lifetime access to the specific course you're purchasing. Payment plans are available — reach out to [email protected] to find out more.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes, if you enroll with mentorship. If you enroll with mentorship and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week, in order to honor the valuable time of our mentors.

We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible!

How long does this course last?

Our courses were designed to be taken in six weeks. If you enroll with a mentor, you will go through that six week curriculum. If you enroll with a subscription on the other hand, you can choose to use the six week structure, or you can ignore it and jump around as much as you want.

Will there be future sessions of the course?

Yes! Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.