Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms

I do want a few cymbals in there. But, I'm going to control that hard. And a few kicks, but very, very little. (cymbal and drum beat music) Okay. In all reality, this is meant to sound destructive. (cymbals and loud drum beat music) I wonder if you can hear, I have it blended in there oh so quietly but it just adds a little bit of length and a little bit of glue to the whole thing. I have it with a fast attack and release so that it just gets on there and gets off very quickly and brings up the stuff around the snare heads. I've got the snare going to it probably the loudest out of anything. I might bring a few more cymbals in there. But, I wanna be careful so it doesn't become a cymbal mess. I'm going to actually turn down the amount of toms going to it, actually. I feel like they're making it explode a little. (cymbals and drum beat music) Using the SPL to make that parallel comp even longer. (loud cymbals and drum beat music) Funny how gross it sounds by itself. Gonna turn down a li...

ttle bit of snare going into it just a hair. (cymbals and drum beat music) You really only need the tiniest amount (cymbals and drum beat music) All right, let's see what's going on with a few more rooms. (very soft cymbals crashing) (cymbal and drum beat music) Just trying to get it to where the kicks don't cause a problem anymore with the low end. I'm not going to be able to get rid of them completely but that's fine. (cymbal and drum beats crashing) Sounds natural. (typing on keyboard) (cymbal and drum beats crashing loudly) (cymbal and drum beat music) Yeah, this drum is too loud. (cymbal and drum beat music) So far I'm not liking all the rooms. Oh well, it happens. (cymbal and drum beat music) All right, so it's starting to come to a point where I need to start adding other things or I'm going to completely lose any sort of perspective. But, the main thing that I've been doing is trying to control dynamics, get rid of frequencies that are really, really annoying and add harmonics where possible. Been using the virtual tape machine, for instance to just smooth out really, really pokey highs. Harmonics are your friends in that regard. I've also been using parallel compression to try to make things a little bit longer. And this is by no means a finished drum sound but it's a drum sound that's on the way. That's for sure. (cymbal and drum beat music) (cymbal and drum beat music) It's nice to really hear that. (cymbals and drum beat music) Just gonna double-check something. (cymbal crashing) Something in the kick sounds like it's farting out a little. Gonna get that under control. (kick drum beating) Ah, okay. (kick drum beating) (cymbal and drum beat music) (mouse clicking) (cymbal and drum beat music) Cool, I bet that that will cut over music. I think in the next session I'm going to start bringing in guitars and bass and really start fine-tuning those drums and getting guitar and bass down to really know where we're at. Because after everything I've done it would be kind of impossible to really know with these scratch tracks. Well, with these scratch tones. (cymbal and drum beat music) (bass guitar strumming) Yeah, that's gonna make a tone, cool. So this will be for the next time. So, next time I will refine the drum sound even further, dial in bass and guitar tones, start to get all that balanced and we'll move on from there. Without doing that, I can't really tell if the low end is right or if the drums are too pokey or anything like that 'cause I'm totally not used to these speakers. And I feel like if I go any further at this point I'm just gonna be spinning my wheels. So, I need to start working on other instruments and have something to work with so I can really, really finish up those drums and finish up the mix.

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

What comes with purchase of the class?


Intro to Bootcamp
Purpose of Pre-Production
Technical Side of Preproduction
Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map
Pre-Production: Importing Stems
Pre-Production: Click Track
Creating Tracking Templates
Intro and the Tone Pie
Drums - Lay of the Land
Bearing Edges
Wood Types
Depths and Sizes
Sticks and Beaters
Drum Heads
Drum Tuning
Drum Mic Placement Intro
Basic Drum Mic Setup
Cymbal Mic Setup
Touch Up Tuning
Microphone Choice and Placement
Drum Tracking Intro
Getting Tones and Final Placement
Primary Tracking
Punching In and Comping Takes
Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking
Amplifiers - Lay of the Land
Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out
Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement
Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain
Finalizing Amplifier Tone
Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin
Intro to Rhythm Tracking
Setting Up Guitars
Working with a Guitarist
Final Guitar Tone and Recap
Guitar Tracking with John
Guitar Tracking with Ollie
Final Tracking
Tracking Quads
Intro to Bass Tone
Bass Tone Setup
Bass Tone Mic Placement
Bass Tracking
Intro to Clean and Lead Tones
Clean Guitar Tones
Lead Tones
Vocal Setup for Tracking
Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
Vocal Mic Shootout
Lead Vocal Tracking
Writing Harmonies
Harmony Vocal Tracking
Vocal Warm Ups
Scream Vocal Tracking
Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction
Vocal Tuning and Editing
Routing and Bussing
Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels
Setting Up Parallel Compression
Setting Up Drum Triggers
Gain Staging and Trim
Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ
Drum Mixing - Snare
Drum Mixing - Kick
Drum Mixing - Toms
Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms
Drum Mixing Recap
Mixing Bass Guitar
Mixing Rhythm Guitars
Basic Vocal Mix
Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars
Mixing - Automation
Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek


  • 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.
  • Wow is all I can say. This bootcamp goes in so much depth from tuning drums, setting up guitars, to recording and mixing. I have learned so much by participating in this bootcamp. It has taught me some new recording techniques and signal routing for my mixes. I just want to thank Eyal, Monuments, and Creative Live for taking the time to do this. It has been amazing and I will keep going back to these videos.