Advanced Drum Production


Lesson Info

Bonus: EZDrummer - EZDrummer Foundations

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.


Class Introduction
The Tone Pie and Process Overview
Getting the Lay of the Land and Q&A
Assemble Your Gear
Drum Tuning Part 1
Drum Tuning Part 2
Fine Tuning Tones Part 1
Fine Tuning Tones Part 2
General Guidelines of Tracking Drums
Tracking with Sean Reinert
Pop Quiz
Basics of Superior Drummer
EZDrummer vs Superior Drummer
Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 1
Constructing a Metal Drum Kit Part 2
Constructing a Rock Drum Kit
Grooves and Programming
General Q&A
Prepping Virtual Drums for the Mix
Superior Review with Q&A
Intro to Mixing and Drum Clean Up
Interview with John Douglass
Intro to Drum Editing
Manual Editing Approach
Editing with Beat Detective
Editing with Elastic Audio
Sample Layering
Gain Staging and Bussing
Mixing Essentials
Compression and Parallel Compression
Reverb and Automation
Mixing Tips and Tricks
Bonus: EZDrummer - Introduction
Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to EZDrummer
Bonus: EZDrummer - EZDrummer Foundations
Bonus: EZDrummer - How a Drummer Plays
Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 1
Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Part 2
Bonus: EZDrummer - Part Writing Q&A
Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Grooves
Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing from Scratch
Bonus: EZDrummer - Intro to Fills
Bonus: EZDrummer - Writing Fills
Bonus: EZDrummer - Mixing in Your DAW
Bonus: EZDrummer - Bussing and EQ
Bonus: EZDrummer - Compression and Reverb
Bonus: EZDrummer - Conclusion with Q&A
Bonus Video: Editing
Bonus Video: Toms and Cymbals
Bonus Video: Snare Midi
Bonus Video: Kick Midi


  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.