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 28Replacements 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


Michael Nolasco

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.