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Studio Pass: Periphery

Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Matt Halpern

Studio Pass: Periphery

Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Matt Halpern

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Class Description

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.

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

Theme: Recording and Mixing in a Studio Setting

This class focuses on the theme of recording and mixing in a studio setting. It covers various topics related to capturing and processing different instruments and elements within a mix.

Topics Covered:

  • Shell micing techniques for recording drums
  • Microphone options and placement for miking toms, overheads, and room mics
  • Soundchecking drum tones in a studio setting
  • Drum micing and phase issues
  • Working with tempo in a recording or performing setting
  • Evolution of drum parts during the songwriting process
  • Studio organization and labeling of tracks
  • Mix techniques for kick drum, snare drum, toms, cymbals, and overheads
  • Mixing bass guitar, rhythm guitars, and lead guitars
  • Mixing synths, pads, and samples
  • Mixing vocals

Benefits of Learning these Topics:

  • Gain knowledge and skills in recording and mixing in a studio setting
  • Understand various microphone techniques for different instruments
  • Learn how to achieve desired tones and balance in a mix
  • Develop the ability to create depth and dimension in a mix
  • Enhance the quality and professionalism of recordings and mixes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I achieve a specific drum tone for recording?

  2. What are the best microphone options for different instruments?

  3. How do I deal with phase issues in a mix?

  4. What techniques can I use to improve the sound of vocals in a mix?

  5. How do I create a cohesive and balanced mix?

  6. What are some common mistakes to avoid when recording and mixing?

  7. How can I achieve a professional sound in my recordings and mixes?

  8. What plugins and tools are recommended for mixing different instruments?

  9. What is the best way to approach automation in a mix?

  10. How can I ensure consistency when mixing multiple songs on an album?

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Halpern Drum Samples
Micing Guitar Cab
Nolly's Mic List

Ratings and Reviews

Connor Smith

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!

a Creativelive Student

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

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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