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Advanced Drum Production

with Eyal Levi

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    21:54
  •   02 The Tone Pie and Process Overview

    13:36

Class duration: 22h 27m

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About The Class

real-world production techniques.

Recording drums that sound both hyper-polished and authentic has always been something of a black art — one that isn't taught at any school, one that you could only learn from one of the few elite engineers scattered across the planet. Until now.

In this three-day class, free to watch while live, you'll learn the real-world production techniques that producer Eyal Levi uses every day at Audiohammer Studios — on albums for bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, and Whitechapel. Eyal will show how to select the right drums for the sound you want, tune and set them up, and mic the kit. Oh, and did we mention that the legendary Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death) is the in-studio drummer?!

You'll also learn how to use virtual drums, including when to use Toontrack's Superior Drummer and other software instead of a human drummer. Finally, Eyal will reveal the closely-kept secrets for polishing tracks —everything from editing and sample replacement to layering samples. At the end of this class, you'll know the trade secrets of high-end drum production and be armed with a toolkit for creating world-class drum tracks.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    21:54
  2. 02

    The Tone Pie and Process Overview

    13:36
  3. 03

    Getting the Lay of the Land and Q&A

    32:58
  4. 04

    Assemble Your Gear

    14:34
  5. 05

    Drum Tuning Part 1

    33:56
  6. 06

    Drum Tuning Part 2

    39:50
  7. 07

    Fine Tuning Tones Part 1

    35:30
  8. 08

    Fine Tuning Tones Part 2

    54:24
  9. 09

    General Guidelines of Tracking Drums

    32:28
  10. 10

    Tracking with Sean Reinert

    32:50
  11. 11

    Pop Quiz

    17:57
  12. 12

    Basics of Superior Drummer

    30:00
  13. 13

    EZDrummer vs Superior Drummer

    25:32
  14. 14

    Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 1

    41:09
  15. 15

    Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 2

    26:14
  16. 16

    Constructing a Rock Drum Kit

    38:04
  17. 17

    Grooves and Programming

    14:34
  18. 18

    General Q&A

    18:32
  19. 19

    Prepping Virtual Drums for the Mix

    37:17
  20. 20

    Superior Review with Q&A

    22:01
  21. 21

    Intro to Mixing and Drum Clean Up

    33:14
  22. 22

    Interview with John Douglass

    25:00
  23. 23

    Intro to Drum Editing

    21:32
  24. 24

    Manual Editing Approach

    15:31
  25. 25

    Editing with Beat Detective

    16:47
  26. 26

    Editing with Elastic Audio

    29:16
  27. 27

    Sample Layering

    20:14
  28. 28

    Replacements

    23:14
  29. 29

    Gain Staging and Bussing

    15:46
  30. 30

    Mixing Essentials

    32:06
  31. 31

    Compression and Parallel Compression

    13:22
  32. 32

    Reverb and Automation

    28:19
  33. 33

    Mixing Tips and Tricks

    26:54
  34. 34

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Introduction

    17:38
  35. 35

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer

    14:48
  36. 36

    Bonus: EZDrummer - EZDrummer Foundations

    29:31
  37. 37

    Bonus: EZDrummer - How a Drummer Plays

    19:52
  38. 38

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 1

    32:55
  39. 39

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 2

    29:35
  40. 40

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Q&A

    10:22
  41. 41

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Grooves

    13:49
  42. 42

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing from Scratch

    26:49
  43. 43

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Fills

    20:51
  44. 44

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing Fills

    27:20
  45. 45

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Mixing in Your DAW

    14:14
  46. 46

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Bussing and EQ

    25:36
  47. 47

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Compression and Reverb

    18:26
  48. 48

    Bonus: EZDrummer - Conclusion with Q&A

    12:30
  49. 49

    Bonus Video: Editing

    1:07:00
  50. 50

    Bonus Video: Toms and Cymbals

    29:02
  51. 51

    Bonus Video: Snare Midi

    32:26
  52. 52

    Bonus Video: Kick Midi

    20:35

Meet Your Expert

Eyal Levi

Eyal Levi is a critically acclaimed educator, musician and producer. After attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Eyal cut his teeth as the guitarist and primary songwriter in Daath, a progressive death metal band that released albums on Roadrunner and Century Media. In the studio, he has worked with such artists including The Black Dahlia Murder, Monuments, The Contortionist, Chelsea Grin, Carnifex, Demon Hunter, August Burns Red, Reflections, Motionless In White, and Firewind. An accomplished speaker and educator, he has logged hundreds of hours teaching the next generation the craft of music production.  ... read more

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83% of students recommend this class.
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  • El Bulbo Studio

    El Bulbo Studio

    May 2015

    This class will give you confidence when tracking drums. Eyal's interaction with the drummer will help you communicate better with the artist to get the best performance and tone. The added bonus on drum replacement is very valuable and will improve your mixes.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2014

    My drum sound has improved by 150% and counting. I'm grateful that Eyal would share this information with us. Not every technique is for every situation, but they all work. It's up to you to have the vision and to use the right tools for the job. Thank you guys!!

  • Michael Nolasco

    June 2016

    To the guy that said buyer beware: this is an advanced production class, it's not meant for beginners who are learning to mic up a kit. I'm a beginner, but i'm using superior drummer, so this class was perfect for me to learn how to process drums post recording. I refer to it constantly. The editing videos are also prime information.

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