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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 10 of 74

Bearing Edges


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 10 of 74

Bearing Edges


Lesson Info

Bearing Edges

With a drum there's basically three major factors that go into what a drum sounds like and that's the bearing edge shape, the type of wood that the shell is made out of, and the heads that you're using, the head selection. So, starting with the first one, the bearing edge shape. There's several different types of bearing edges on the market and the sharpness, the degree of the cut, how much roundover, how far into the shell the bearing edge, it has a counter cut. All of those things determine what type of sound the drum is ultimately gonna get before it even gets to the wood characteristics and the head characteristics. So with Tama's kits, they use a, looks like a double 45, but a slight out cut, so it's not quite centered in the middle of the drum, but it's enough into the drum to where we're gonna get a little bit more of the shell contribution. Basically the idea is the sharper the bearing edge cut and the further out it goes, the less shell contribution you're gonna get in the sou...

nd. The ultimate contribution from a drum shell is gonna come with the bearing edge cut and centered over the center of the shell plys, and Tama is pretty close to that. They're not all the way in the center but they're pretty close. Do you wanna explain to them real quick what you mean by shell contribution as opposed to head contribution? Sure, so shells, they all have their kind of EQ curves I guess is the best way to describe it. Every wood kind of has its own resonate frequencies and characteristics. Heads also have their own characteristics as well. So let's say for example we have a drum where the bearing edge is cut completely to the outside corner. There's no counter cut at all, so when you look at the shell itself from the inside out you have a straight line and then the end of the shell goes down. So that example right there is a picture of what happens when you mostly only have head sound contribution. The shell is not really activated by the head at all and your sound is largely determined by heads, your head selection. Let's go to the other side of the spectrum which would be the more vintage rounded type of bearing edge where you have a rounded outside edge with a cut on the inside. So the round part kind of centers over the middle of the shell. That is going to give you a lot more shell contribution than the previous cut because there is more contact with the head to the actual shell, activating the wood characteristics a little bit more.

Class Description

Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp will give you access to one of metal’s most in-demand producers and educators. You’ll also get to watch the talented and seasoned performers of Monuments show you how to record flawless takes and how to prepare to enter the studio.

Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp is the definitive guide to recording and producing metal. From soup to nuts, start to finish, A to Z, you will learn everything you need to know about recording and producing a metal song.

Eyal Levi will take you inside the studio with Monuments as they record a song from scratch at Clear Lake Recording in Los Angeles. In this bootcamp, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare for a session in preproduction by choosing tempos and organizing the session
  • Record flawless drums from selection and reheading/tuning to mic choice and placement to editing
  • Record rhythm guitars
  • Record clean and lead guitars
  • Record bass guitar
  • Record, edit and tune lead vocals, harmonies, and screams
  • Mix and master from session setup to final bounce


  1. Intro to Bootcamp
  2. Purpose of Pre-Production
  3. Technical Side of Preproduction
  4. Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map
  5. Pre-Production: Importing Stems
  6. Pre-Production: Click Track
  7. Creating Tracking Templates
  8. Intro and the Tone Pie
  9. Drums - Lay of the Land
  10. Bearing Edges
  11. Wood Types
  12. Depths and Sizes
  13. Hoops
  14. Sticks and Beaters
  15. Drum Heads
  16. Drum Tuning
  17. Drum Mic Placement Intro
  18. Basic Drum Mic Setup
  19. Cymbal Mic Setup
  20. Touch Up Tuning
  21. Microphone Choice and Placement
  22. Drum Tracking Intro
  23. Getting Tones and Final Placement
  24. Primary Tracking
  25. Punching In and Comping Takes
  26. Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking
  27. Amplifiers - Lay of the Land
  28. Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out
  29. Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement
  30. Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain
  31. Finalizing Amplifier Tone
  32. Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin
  33. Intro to Rhythm Tracking
  34. Setting Up Guitars
  35. Working with a Guitarist
  36. Final Guitar Tone and Recap
  37. Guitar Tracking with John
  38. Guitar Tracking with Ollie
  39. Final Tracking
  40. Tracking Quads
  41. Intro to Bass Tone
  42. Bass Tone Setup
  43. Bass Tone Mic Placement
  44. Bass Tracking
  45. Intro to Clean and Lead Tones
  46. Clean Guitar Tones
  47. Lead Tones
  48. Vocal Setup for Tracking
  49. Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
  50. Vocal Mic Shootout
  51. Lead Vocal Tracking
  52. Writing Harmonies
  53. Harmony Vocal Tracking
  54. Vocal Warm Ups
  55. Scream Vocal Tracking
  56. Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction
  57. Vocal Tuning and Editing
  58. Routing and Bussing
  59. Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels
  60. Setting Up Parallel Compression
  61. Setting Up Drum Triggers
  62. Gain Staging and Trim
  63. Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ
  64. Drum Mixing - Snare
  65. Drum Mixing - Kick
  66. Drum Mixing - Toms
  67. Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms
  68. Drum Mixing Recap
  69. Mixing Bass Guitar
  70. Mixing Rhythm Guitars
  71. Basic Vocal Mix
  72. Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars
  73. Mixing - Automation
  74. Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek



I'm on lesson 19! Already worth every dollar!!! Priceless insight! I have already incorporated some of the ideas (preproduction common sense stuff that I never thought of, but damn). VERY HAPPY with this course! ALWAYS LEARNING and looking forward to the next 50 (or whatever) lessons!!! Excellent course! GREAT PRODUCER/ENGINEER, GREAT DRUM TECH, and GREAT BAND!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!


I'm just part way though and I'm blown away by the quality approach Eyal takes to getting the best out of the sessions. I love how well everything is explained and Eyals calm manner is just awesome it really makes you want to listen to the gems of wisdom he offers.


Amazing knowledge is being presented here. If you want to start out recording, this should be your first step, it'll save you lots of time and get you awesome results. Highly recommended class.