In September, Nolly from Periphery teamed up with Nail The Mix to run a mixing/tone-shaping class using the Periphery III: Select Difficulty track, “Prayer Position.” His name is gradually becoming synonymous with modern production wizardry, and his eloquent “Englishness” lends itself to his persona as a highly skilled and knowledgeable producer. A damn fine accent, sir.
In this clip from the Nail The Mix session, Nolly tweaks a killer bass tone—similar to the one on the record—out of a DI track and a couple of plug-ins: the FabFilter Saturn and Slate VMR.
Beyond just dialing in a bass tone, the EQ techniques Nolly presents here are applicable to all sorts of production scenarios. Like removing harsh or unwanted frequencies, for example. He also mentions the importance of “commitment” to his workflow. I.e., running with a tone that sounds good to you initially and applying yourself to making it work later in the mixing phase. Dude’s full of neat little insight like that.
If you’re interested in the rest of this class and stepping up your production game, definitely look into Nail The Mix. I’ll likely do the same once I’ve put together a little project studio. That ain’t no shit, neither.