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Studio Pass: Periphery

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Class Introduction

Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Matt Halpern

Studio Pass: Periphery

Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Matt Halpern

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Well hey everybody! Welcome to CreativeLive here on the Music and Audio Channel. I'm your host Drew Konzelman and today's course is Studio Pass with Periphery. He wave Matt Halper in here and Nolly from the band Periphery. We're super, super excited to have these guys in the studio. We're shooting on location and we're going to be talking about a whole bunch of different stuff. I want to start off with my question. What is the big picture? What are we going to come away with, this course from? I think really the big picture we're going to try and emphasize is the importance of source tones and just how with a certain set of skills you can walk into an unfamiliar situation and consistently get a really good result. Really you're going to focus on getting-- The drums, particularly. Sounding great. Fantastic. And that's where we're starting, right? Is with drums. Alright, well take it away guys. Thanks Drew. Alright. Hello everybody. We hope you're doing well. Thank you Dr...

ew. It's good to see you again. It's good to be back here. Yeah man. This is kind of cool. It's a much different situation than last time I was here with CreativeLive. It was in a different kind of studio. This is really on-location. We have full drumset behind us. We have a full set-up here, so it's pretty cool. So as Drew mentioned, we are going to be really focused on drums throughout this whole segment and the end result is going to be that we're going to track drums for the song "Alpha," which is off of our new albums Juggernaut Alpha, Juggernaut Omega. It comes off of the first one, Alpha. We're going to be tracking that song, playing the drums, getting really good tones, Nolly's going to focus on tuning. We're going to talk about the actual drum selection, the cymbals that we're using, kind of the approach, a lot of things. And throughout this process we're also really down to take questions as we go so if there's things that you want to ask that are pertinent to what we're discussing please feel free to send in a question and we will get to them as soon as we can. I'd actually really like that, I think if it's a little bit interactive that's good. We want to cover stuff that you guys really want to know. Yeah, for sure.

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.


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.