Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 67/74 - Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms


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.

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

What comes with purchase of the class?


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