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Faders Up I: Modern Mix Techniques

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

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Starts January 8

Six Week Mentor-Guided Course

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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, you'll get weekly hands-on support 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.

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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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  • Unlimited access to interactive and video content
  • Weekly feedback and support from an expert Soundfly Mentor
  • Membership in our growing online Slack community of students and mentors

Price $499

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.

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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

Sculpt and Mold

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

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.

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John Hull

Engineer and Producer
  • Mix Engineer and Producer
  • Commercial and Film Composer
  • Studied Music Synthesis and Engineering at Berklee College of Music
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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


Course Outline

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    Section 1

    Getting Started

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    Section 2


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    Section 3


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    Section 5

    Advanced Routing

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    Section 9

    Time-Based Effects

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    Section 10



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. 

Is there a money-back guarantee? 

YES. If you sign up 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. The reason that the second week of the course is a cut-off for our guarantee is simply because if we go past that deadline, our mentors will have likely put in a lot of time, energy, and effort already. 

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! 

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). 

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. 

What do I get as a Mainstage student? 

The Mainstage experience is built on our science-backed active learning model, which helps you learn more efficiently and effectively than typical online courses. The key difference is our mentorship approach — one-on-one coaching with a trained Soundfly Mentor who has extensive experience in the subject. 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'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content — including in-depth lessons, activities with answer keys, quizzes, video tutorials, and downloadable resources — so you can review anytime and keep your skills sharp.

As an extra perk, you’ll get 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.

What does it mean that the course starts on a specific date?

On the start date, the session begins, which means you'll begin the guided experience that includes weekly activities, feedback from Soundfly Mentors, and much more. This is intended to help you stay accountable and get the feedback you need to succeed. 

Can I take this course without a Soundfly Mentor?

We believe strongly that accountability, feedback, and support are critical to active learning — where you learn by putting your knowledge into practice and engaging thoughtfully with what you're learning. And we think that active learning is a more effective path to learning a new skill than passive learning — where you're simply watching videos and reading text.

However, if you don't need the mentorship component of our course, whether it's because you're working with a private instructor, or don't have the time, or maybe you are a private instructor and want to use the course content with a student, you can buy unlimited access to the course content for $99. Please email [email protected] for a code to purchase the course content at the discounted rate.

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.

How do I give the course as a gift?

Soundfly courses make great gifts for the music lover in your life. To purchase a course as a gift, first sign into your Soundfly account, or create a new account for you (the purchaser). Pick the course you'd like to give, click to purchase, fill in your information, check the box below the credit card form saying you're buying the course as a gift, and click to pay. You'll shortly receive an email gift certificate that you can give to a friend.

How do I sign up for a course using a gift certificate?

Create your own Soundfly account, navigate to the course you've been gifted, and click to "buy now." On the check out page at the bottom of the form, you'll see a field where you can enter the code on your gift certificate. Enter the code, no credit card info needed, click "Apply," and enjoy the course!