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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 67 of 74

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 67 of 74

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms


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


  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.