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1. Ryan + Nolly Song 1

  • Published: 2013-07-03T14:40:08Z
  • By Nolly
Ryan + Nolly Song 1

Around summer 2013, I started writing some rock songs with former Funeral For A Friend drummer Ryan Richards for a bit of fun. The intention was to find a vocalist and put some material out but with our hectic schedules we haven't gotten around to that part of things just yet. That said, I'm really happy with how this came out and wanted to share it rather than keeping it sitting on my desktop gathering dust, hope you guys enjoy! We recorded this at Moles Studio in Bath, with Ryan's incredible Pearl Masterworks drum kit he used mainly on FFAF's "Tales Don't Tell Themselves" album. Guitars were tracked with my wonderful ViK Hollowbody Caprice into a Diezel VH4 (kindly loaned by Paul of Zilla Cabs), through my Zilla 4x12 cabinet. Bass is my Dingwall Afterburner 6-string through a Darkglass B7K.

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2. Slate VTM test (KsE - Numbered Days)

  • Published: 2012-06-29T10:48:09Z
  • By Nolly
Slate VTM test (KsE - Numbered Days)

I started this cover a couple of weeks back and thought it'd be a good occasion to try out Slate's VTM tape emulator on the master chain. If anyone would like to do vocals for this I'd be up for finishing off the rest of the track. Here's the same thing without VTM - https://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/KsE%20Numbered%20Days.mp3

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3. Nolly

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4. Ceramic Black Hawk 7 test (DI's and backing track included in description)

  • Published: 2012-05-21T17:28:38Z
  • By Nolly
Ceramic Black Hawk 7 test (DI's and backing track included in description)

This is a brief test with the Ceramic Black Hawk 7 bridge pickup installed into my Dæmoness 7-string, in comparison with the custom Alnico V version demonstrated in this clip: http://soundcloud.com/nolly/alnico-black-hawk-7-test To my ears, the comparison exemplifies the difference in character when moving between an Alnico V and Ceramic magnet - the Ceramic is distinctly tighter and more refined with a brighter top end, where the Alnico V is richer and bigger sounding, with more of what I describe as "purr". This zip file contains the guitar DIs for both the Alnico and Ceramic Black Hawk, along with a drum and bass backing track so you can evaluate the pickups through your own rig of choice and hear them in context. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/Nolly%20-%20Alnico%20VS%20Ceramic%20Black%20Hawk.zip

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5. The Heavies 2.0

  • Published: 2012-04-19T14:27:01Z
  • By Nolly
The Heavies 2.0

Thought I'd revisit this clip with a new mix - http://soundcloud.com/nolly/the-heavies

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6. Ruin - A Destructive World [Downloadable]

  • Published: 2012-09-03T17:20:13Z
  • By Nolly
Ruin - A Destructive World [Downloadable]

This is a single I produced, mixed and mastered for UK metal/hardcore band Ruin (https://www.facebook.com/RUINuk). Mixing instruments tuned this low presents some difficulties but I'm very happy with how this turned out :)

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7. Snuggles - Uncle Bubbles

  • Published: 2010-12-29T13:05:43Z
  • By Nolly
Snuggles - Uncle Bubbles

Songs from my Snuggles side-project with Misha "Bulb" Mansoor.

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8. Death Metal mix

  • Published: 2011-05-01T19:56:28Z
  • By Nolly
Death Metal mix

Slightly Black Dahlia-style mix to test out the Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickup I just installed in the bridge of my Blackmachine B2. Wanted to get some of that organic squishyness BDM got on Deflorate. Here's the Axe-FX patch for anyone interested: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/DoubleDM%20Nolly.syx There is a moderate amount of post-EQ on the guitar tracks though.

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9. Toontrack - Made Of Metal Test Clip

  • Published: 2014-12-10T14:15:10Z
  • By Nolly
Toontrack - Made Of Metal Test Clip

I finally got around to making a quick test clip of what Toontrack's Made of Metal pack can do. These are by far the best sounding virtual drums I've come across, in every aspect. Guitars - Daemoness Cimmerian 7 w/BKP Juggernaut into Fractal Axe-FX II Bass - Dingwall NG-2 into Darkglass B7K, into Two Notes Torpedo Reload DI.

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10. Nolly's Toontrack S2.0 Avatar Preset

  • Published: 2014-08-31T16:07:44Z
  • By Nolly
Nolly's Toontrack S2.0 Avatar Preset

Download the preset here - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/790683/Nolly%20Avatar%20Preset.s20.zip Here's a quick preset I made for the stock S2.0 Avatar kit, it'll need tweaking to fit into your mix, and perhaps you'll want to swap the kick drum out for more metal contexts, but hopefully you'll like the sounds.

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11. Dingwall Afterburner ABXXX + Darkglass B7K test

  • Published: 2013-07-13T12:13:36Z
  • By Nolly
Dingwall Afterburner ABXXX + Darkglass B7K test

I'm hugely in love with the sound of this bass and pedal as a combination - so much clarity, aggression and power. I recorded the main riff from "Icarus Lives!" and overlaid it over the album track to demonstrate.

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12. Of Glaciers - Enlightment I: In Question

  • Published: 2013-05-07T14:09:15Z
  • By Nolly
Of Glaciers - Enlightment I: In Question

This is part one of an epic two-part track on Of Glaciers' debut album "Heart Museum", which I mixed. Check them out on Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/OfGlaciersOfficial

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13. Days On Juno - Colours [Original Mix]

  • Published: 2012-12-04T11:11:15Z
  • By Nolly
Days On Juno - Colours [Original Mix]

Want to have a go mixing this track? Check out this competition I'm running - https://www.facebook.com/events/186990728105868/ I produced Days On Juno's debut EP over the summer, and never publicly posted anything from the session. I was really happy with how this track came out, check out/download the rest of the EP for free at http://daysonjuno.bandcamp.com/. https://www.facebook.com/DaysOnJunoUK

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14. Metal Machine Test (Meshuggah-Electric Red)

  • Published: 2012-08-29T17:19:11Z
  • By Nolly
Metal Machine Test (Meshuggah-Electric Red)

Here's the same MIDI as the Metal Foundry test, this time using Metal Machine so people can hear the differences between the kits. Metal Machine is a lot more polished to my ears, and is of course partly processed to begin with. I used the Ludwig kit, with the Black Beauty snare and default cymbals.

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15. Darkglass B7K - Dirty Rock

  • Published: 2012-09-04T13:43:51Z
  • By Nolly
Darkglass B7K - Dirty Rock

Messing around with the B7K in Fat mode, with one of the Dingwalls. Sounds so good! Ignore the playing it was just a one-taker to demonstrate the tone, my fingerstyle really isn't that great haha

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16. Nolly's S2.0 Metal Foundry Metal Drums Preset (See description for details)

  • Published: 2011-06-11T14:31:14Z
  • By Nolly
Nolly's S2.0 Metal Foundry Metal Drums Preset (See description for details)

Based off the success of the Rock Drums preset I shared recently (http://soundcloud.com/nolly/nollys-rock-drums-preset) I've made another, this time approaching a metal kit sound using Toontracks Superior 2.0 Avatar and Metal Foundry kits. I do 99% of my drum mixing outside Superior using external plugins, which makes simply sharing the preset pretty much useless, so I have uploaded a full Logic session file, available to download from here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/Nolly%27s%20Metal%20Drum%20preset.zip If you are not a Logic user, I have uploaded screenshots of all the plugins + the S2.0 preset file + MIDI here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/Nolly%27s%20Metal%20Drum%20Preset%20%28Screenshots%29.zip A few things to note: -You need to have both the basic Superior 2.0 Avatar kit and the Metal Foundry expansion to use this preset 
-I have used either the stock Logic plugins, or plugins by Stillwell Audio (http://www.stillwellaudio.com/?page_id=29). The Stillwell plugs are available for unlimited free trial, so go ahead and download them from the above link, though you should of course buy them if you like them (they are very reasonably priced!). 
-This is only a starting point! The levels are only roughly set, you will definitely need to tweak them in order to make the drums sit in your mix. Note this also applies to the reverb levels. With metal, more than any other genre, you will need to carve away ruthlessly at the mix elements in order to get every instrument sitting well and sounding good. If you aren't sure how to go about this, and/or want some great metal mixing tips, I highly recommend reading these tutorials, done by the excellent Ermz of Systematic Productions: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/production-tips/674709-systematic-mixing-series-0-introduction-glossary.html 
-There is a basic master chain on the mix bus to achieve some loudness for the clip. This will definitely need to be tweaked once other instruments are added. -This clip (MIDI included in the session file) is my rough transcription of the drum 'solo' from Decapitated's song 'Day 69'. It makes a good test of metal drum tones since it uses almost all kit pieces. Obviously I take no credit for the material, and if you haven't heard them already you should definitely go check out/buy Decapitated's albums! Finally, I'm happy for anyone to use this preset for any project, AS LONG AS they credit me. I'd love to hear from anyone that uses it, please email me ([email protected]) any links where I can hear what you've done!

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17. ViK Duality 7 + Axe II 5150 III test

  • Published: 2012-05-31T12:12:24Z
  • By Nolly
ViK Duality 7 + Axe II 5150 III test

Here's a short clip of the new 5150 III Red model on Axe-FX II Firmware 6.01. I used my signature ViK Duality 7 for guitars, Dingwall Combustion for bass.

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18. Alex Rudinger Good Tiger Samples demonstration

  • Published: 2015-12-10T13:52:45Z
  • By Nolly
Alex Rudinger Good Tiger Samples demonstration

To purchase this drum sample pack, click here - https://gum.co/TeMD This is a demonstration of the Alex Rudinger Good Tiger drum sample pack, featuring samples recorded during the Good Tiger album tracking session. To purchase this drum sample pack, click here - https://gum.co/TeMD

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19. Alnico Black Hawk 7 test (DI's and backing track included in description)

  • Published: 2012-05-17T14:08:58Z
  • By Nolly
Alnico Black Hawk 7 test (DI's and backing track included in description)

This is a brief test with a custom Alnico V Black Hawk 7 bridge pickup installed into my Dæmoness 7-string. It's pretty much the purriest pickup I've ever heard! I'm planning on repeating the same clip with a ceramic Black Hawk 7 to compare the two magnet types. This zip file contains the guitar DIs for both the Alnico and Ceramic Black Hawk, along with a drum and bass backing track so you can evaluate the pickups through your own rig of choice and hear them in context. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/790683/Nolly%20-%20Alnico%20VS%20Ceramic%20Black%20Hawk.zip

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