Faders Up I: Modern Mix Techniques

Learn the basics of how to create better mixes of your music with insights from top sound engineers.

Knowing how to make a good mix of your track is critical for any level of musician these days. Whether you're a bedroom producer, songwriter, or bandleader, getting the sound you want from your recordings can help you reach the next level and bring in a wider audience for your music.

In this six-week guided course, you'll learn the essentials of modern mixing from top sound engineers in NYC and beyond — engineers who've worked with artists like Beyoncé, D'Angelo, Solange, Sia, Mark Ronson, the New York Philharmonic, the Dirty Projectors, and many more. By the end of this course, you'll understand referencing, panning, routing, signal flow, EQ, compression, reverb, and much more. Plus, if you sign up for one of our mentor-guided sessions, you'll get weekly hands-on support and feedback from a Soundfly Mentor to help you adjust and focus your mixes along the way!

If you've already got a great knowledge of the basics and want to take your mixing to the next level, head over to Faders Up II: Advanced Mix Techniques.

9 Top Sound Engineers

Mixing artists, professionals, & Grammy winners

This course was created by the Soundfly team based on interviews with professional sound engineers and mixers, including Grammy winner Brian Losch, Ebonie Smith, Andrew Sarlo, Aaron Nevezie, John Davis, Tim Leitner, Jake Aron, Joe Lambert, and David Amlen. Between them, they’ve worked with artists including D’Angelo, Beyoncé, Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors, Wynton Marsalis, Solange, Chairlift, Esperanza Spalding, Questlove, Mark Ronson — 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

Achieve the Sound You've Always Wanted for Your Music

By the end of this course, you’ll have all the basics you need to confidently make better sounding mixes of your music.

Get Pro Insights

Find out how the pros put these skills to work everyday making better sounding mixes.

Mix Faster

Practice mixing a new track each week to speed up your chops and make mixing second nature.

Sculpt and Mold

Learn the tools of the trade: level, pan, EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and more.

Go with the Flow

From bussing and summing to sends and returns, learn the ins and outs of routing signals in your mix.
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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.

Jamie Billings

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

Martin Fowler

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

Andrea De Carlo

Producer, Engineer, Keyboardist
  • Award-winning producer and engineer
  • Worked at some of the best studios in Italy and the USA
  • Master's Degree in Audio Production from the SAE Institute in Milan


Course Outline

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    Getting Started

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    Section 5

    Advanced Routing

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    Section 9

    Time-Based Effects

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What will I learn in this course?

You'll learn the basics of referencing, level, pan, EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and other essential mixing skills to help take your projects and songs to the next level. You'll be able to use these different tools to create more professional-sounding tracks.

Are there any pre-reqs?

There aren't any course prerequisites, but 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 and help from your Soundfly Mentor, if you need it.

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 Brian Losch, Andrew Sarlo, Ebonie Smith (Atlantic Records), Aaron Nevezie (The Bunker Studio), John Davis (The Bunker Studio), Tim Leitner, Jake Aron, Joe Lambert, and David Amlen (Sound on Sound Recording).

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 only $19/month 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.