Advanced Drum Production


Advanced Drum Production


Class Description

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.


1Class Introduction
2The Tone Pie and Process Overview
3Getting the Lay of the Land and Q&A
4Assemble Your Gear
5Drum Tuning Part 1
6Drum Tuning Part 2
7Fine Tuning Tones Part 1
8Fine Tuning Tones Part 2
9General Guidelines of Tracking Drums
10Tracking with Sean Reinert
11Pop Quiz
12Basics of Superior Drummer
13EZDrummer vs Superior Drummer
14Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 1
15Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 2
16Constructing a Rock Drum Kit
17Grooves and Programming
18General Q&A
19Prepping Virtual Drums for the Mix
20Superior Review with Q&A
21Intro to Mixing and Drum Clean Up
22Interview with John Douglass
23Intro to Drum Editing
24Manual Editing Approach
25Editing with Beat Detective
26Editing with Elastic Audio
27Sample Layering
29Gain Staging and Bussing
30Mixing Essentials
31Compression and Parallel Compression
32Reverb and Automation
33Mixing Tips and Tricks
1Bonus: EZDrummer - Introduction
2Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer
3Bonus: EZDrummer - EZDrummer Foundations
4Bonus: EZDrummer - How a Drummer Plays
5Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 1
6Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 2
7Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Q&A
8Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Grooves
9Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing from Scratch
10Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Fills
11Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing Fills
12Bonus: EZDrummer - Mixing in Your DAW
13Bonus: EZDrummer - Bussing and EQ
14Bonus: EZDrummer - Compression and Reverb
15Bonus: EZDrummer - Conclusion with Q&A
16Bonus Video: Editing
17Bonus Video: Toms and Cymbals
18Bonus Video: Snare Midi
19Bonus Video: Kick Midi