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Studio Pass: Periphery

with Matt Halpern and Adam "Nolly" Getgood

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:09
  •   02 Learning Drum Tone

    08:11

Class duration: 10h 24m

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About The Class

Learn Periphery's studio secrets


Periphery is one of the most influential bands in the progressive rock/metal scene. They’re known not just for being great players with great songs, but also self-producing their most recent double album “Juggernaut.” In this class, you’ll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at exactly how they did it, lead by Periphery bassist/producer Adam “Nolly” Getgood and drummer Matt Halpern.

First, they’ll track drums live in the studio, showcasing some of the techniques Nolly uses to capture Matt’s unique, nuanced performances. They’ll cover their approach to tuning, mic selection, mic positioning, and some of their own tricks for handling mic bleed and other common challenges.

Next, they’ll walk through a complete mix using an actual session from “Juggernaut” and the drum tracks they just recorded. They’ll cover their overall approach to mixing, then go into detail on approaches for compression, EQ, and effects for every instrument.


This class will also include all of the samples that Matt and Nolly record live on the air available to download along with a bonus video of Nolly showing how to mic a guitar cabinet using the technique that he used to get the guitar tones on the Juggernaut album.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:09
  2. 02

    Learning Drum Tone

    08:11
  3. 03

    Drum Head and Shell Selection

    10:07
  4. 04

    Matt's Signature Snare

    04:37
  5. 05

    Tuning a Snare Drum

    31:45
  6. 06

    Tuning Toms

    18:56
  7. 07

    Tuning Drums Q&A

    13:00
  8. 08

    Drum Feel and Cymbal Selection

    06:58
  9. 09

    Micing intro & Kick Mic Techniques

    11:59
  10. 10

    Snare Micing Techniques

    07:11
  11. 11

    Shell Micing Q&A

    09:43
  12. 12

    Tom Micing Techniques

    07:52
  13. 13

    Microphone Placement - Overheads and Room Mics

    19:55
  14. 14

    Soundchecking the Drum Tones

    33:45
  15. 15

    Drum Micing Q&A

    11:56
  16. 16

    Working With Tempo

    17:43
  17. 17

    How Drum Parts Evolve

    09:49
  18. 18

    Preparing for Recording as a Drummer

    12:50
  19. 19

    Writing Drum Parts

    17:03
  20. 20

    Recording Drum Samples

    13:54
  21. 21

    Tracking Drum Takes

    19:31
  22. 22

    Comping Takes and Q&A

    16:38
  23. 23

    Mix Session Intro

    06:57
  24. 24

    Mix Session Organization

    06:36
  25. 25

    Top Down Mixing Approach

    28:51
  26. 26

    Mix Bus Compression & Saturation

    21:12
  27. 27

    Mix Bus Q&A

    14:33
  28. 28

    Mixing Drums Intro

    07:00
  29. 29

    Mixing Kick Drum

    35:01
  30. 30

    Mixing Snare Drum

    20:53
  31. 31

    Mixing Toms

    09:14
  32. 32

    Mixing Cymbal & Overhead Mics

    15:40
  33. 33

    Mixing Room Mics

    25:22
  34. 34

    Mixing Bass Guitar

    35:57
  35. 35

    Mixing Rhythm Guitars

    13:33
  36. 36

    Mixing Lead Guitars

    22:57
  37. 37

    Mixing Synths, Pads & Samples

    06:30
  38. 38

    Mixing Vocals

    31:56
  39. 39

    Wrap Up Q&A & Final Thoughts

    10:13
  40. 40

    BONUS VIDEO: Micing Guitar Cab

    06:20

Meet Your Experts

Matt Halpern

Matt Halpern plays drums in Periphery and is a co-founder of The Entertainment Institute. He’s a fixture on the clinic scene, multiple time winner of the Modern Drummer Magazine readers’ poll in the Educator/Clinician and Metal Drummer categories, and one of the most respected names in rock drumming. Also, he loves dogs. ... read more

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Adam "Nolly" Getgood

Nolly plays bass in Periphery, and spends his downtime in the studio engineering, producing, mixing and mastering for an exponentially increasing number of clients within the rock and metal world. With a modern and portable approach to music production that often challenges conventional wisdom, he has managed to craft a sound as progressive as the bands he records. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • zip Halpern Drum Samples
  • HD Micing Guitar Cab
  • pdf Nolly's Mic List

92% of students recommend this class.
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  • Connor Smith

    Connor Smith

    April 2018

    I haven't even finished the course and already my mixes have improved dramatically. Night and day difference. I haven't watched the portions with Matt as I'm using drum samples (GGD specifically), but I have no doubt it's great. Matt is always incredibly helpful and is a brilliant drummer. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Nolly, he's very articulate and his approach to audio engineering is flat out brilliant. I'm so happy I purchased this course. Before my mixes were good (balance and things of that nature) but lacked life and energy. I just wasn't getting the professional level sound I was searching for. Now, I am proud of my mixes and actually think they're getting to the point where they sound professional and don't sound like they were produced by a dude in his bedroom with about half of year of recording and audio engineering experience. The metal genre is difficult to mix as there's a lot going on and the "current metal sound" is very crisp and clear while still being very heavy and punchy. It isn't 80s dad metal where guitars are hissy and flubby. lol I am a huge Periphery fan and it's a privilege to watch Nolly share his knowledge. I really enjoy his approach as its very simple but very effective. He doesn't have insane mixing strategies, he just does what works and it's applicable to any DAW and is helpful for almost any genre of music. Brilliant course!

  • Creativelive Student

    September 2015

    This was an amazing course! I loved hearing from both Matt and Nolly on their thought process behind drums in general. I love the point they drove home about getting a great source tone. That seems to be forgotten in a lot of recordings and they try to fix it in the mix. Jolly did a fantastic job of making it look "easy" to take already great sounding source tones and making them really shine! Cant wait to put these concepts into practice in my own projects. What a great source of knowledge here. Thanks for this great class!

  • Adrian Gougov

    Adrian Gougov

    September 2015

    Best course and overall learning experience I've had in a long long while. Nolly and Matt are superb. Nolly is an astonishing mixing and recording engineer and a great teacher. Not only does he explains his methods carefully and in detail, but also lays down key concepts in an understandable language. Definitely worth the investment if you wanna learn how to mix modern heavy music. Definitely worth the investment if you wanna learn how to track drums properly. Definitely worth the investment if you wanna see one of modern metal's best drummers track a whole song from start to finish. Props to Creative Live for bringing this material to us.

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