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Metal Drum Programming

with Eyal Levi

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About The Class

master drum programming.

Wanna learn how to program metal drums the RIGHT way? In this half-day class, you'll learn exactly how to do it from producer Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios (Whitechapel, August Burns Red, JFAC).

Eyal will show you how to program fast, slow, and mid-tempo beats (and yes, that includes every kind of blast beat under the sun), fills, accents, and more. You’ll also learn the art of varying velocities and timing so your programmed parts sound realistic and natural. Plus, you'll hear from Eyal's special guest Andy Marsh (Thy Art is Murder).

If you want to sharpen your drum programming skills, this class is for you.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Step 1: Decide on a Vibe/Vision

  2. 02

    Step 2: Block out the Arrangement

  3. 03

    Interview with Andy Marsh of Thy Art is Murder

  4. 04

    Step 3: Refine Each Part

  5. 05

    Metal Beats and Breakdowns

  6. 06

    Step 4: Add Finishing Touches

  7. 07

    Linear and Nonlinear Fills


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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  • pdf Eyal Levi - Metal Drum Programming Keynote.pdf
  • pdf Materials Release for MIDI.pdf
  • pdf BLAST BEAT MIDI.mid
  • pdf Rudiments And Fills Midi.mid
  • pdf Rudiments and FIlls Guitars.wav
  • pdf Acacia Strain Carbomb 0-13.mid
  • pdf Cynic Carbon-Based Intro.mid
  • pdf Ghost Inside Two-Step.mid
  • pdf Horrible Night 0-40.mid
  • pdf Purest Strain Fill.mid
  • pdf Reign of Darkness Breakdown.mid
  • pdf Slaughter of the Skank 0-07.mid

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Michael Nolasco

    March 2016

    First off, great class. I have wanted to learn and know how to make my programmed drums feel like what a real drummer would do, which is basically the approach Eyal takes with programmed drums. Feel free to take this down if it's not okay, but I found this site to help with learning drum rudiments:

  • Tom

    April 2017

    Eyal!! Thanks for the insight on drum programming, truly enjoyed the course and definitely got something out of it. Highly recommend

  • Rick Felver

    Rick Felver

    January 2015

    hmm, I expected a bit more regarding variation in timing and velocity. This class was mainly about the arrangement of drum programming in metal. The description of this class promised a little bit too much in my opinion. I mean, it's still a good class because he tells you that you should focus how a drummer plays something and the purpose of certain elements of a drum-kit etc. but refers to other classes in the introduction because he will not go in depth regarding the midi-stuff which is on the other side crucial to get realistically programmed drums, and that's exactly where I was disappointed because the description shows something different. Eyal is still killer and I do recommend all his other classes.

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