In this lesson, the instructors introduce the mix session for the song "Alpha" by Periphery, playing the raw tracks first and then playing a provisional mix to showcase the difference between the two. The instructors also solo certain aspects of the mix to highlight key tones and textures in the song.
What is the purpose of exporting a version of the song with prerecorded tracks?
The purpose is to have a starting point for the mix session with all the necessary tracks already in place.
How does the provisional mix differ from the raw tracks?
The provisional mix includes the drums that were recorded the previous day, as well as some initial mixing adjustments.
Why did the instructors solo certain aspects of the mix?
They wanted to highlight specific tones and textures in the song.
Were all the tracks played in the lesson?
No, only a select few tracks were played to give an idea of the overall sound of the song.
I thought a really good place to start would be that I exported a version of the song and the song is Alpha from album Juggernaut Alpha. And this song has the prerecorded guitars, bass, and vocal tracks, and synths that you're seeing on the screen here, from the album sessions. And we've just dropped in the drums that we recorded yesterday, I did that before the session started today. What we're gonna listen to now is all of those instruments completely dry, so there's no mixing going on at all. Say from just panning and level adjustment. And it's not gonna sound very inspiring so, we'll just take a little listen to that now. (Alpha by Juggernaut) I did not mean to do that. You get the idea anyway. What I'm gonna do now, is mute that and listen to what's actually in the session, which is a provisional mix of the song including the drums that we recorded yesterday and we'll see what kind of a difference you get when you go from just those raw turns to the final turns. (Alpha by Juggerna...
ut) There's a little bit of a delay so I keep pressing the button twice. Anyway, hopefully that wasn't too annoying but I was going through and soloing certain aspects as they came in and out. To highlight some of the key tones or the textures that are in there. Obviously there's a lot more than what I showed you there but I also wanted you to hear some of the song.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.