Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Drum Mixing - Kick

Start getting rid of all the kick. There's a lot of stuff in these rooms that as soon as I turn them on, they're cool because they kind of glue everything together, but at the same time, there's just wild stuff going on, like that kick, and like those trash frequencies, so I gotta get this under control, but I don't wanna completely kill them, because they definitely add nice body and life to the kit. (fast drum beat) All right. Starting to sound like something. And check out these toms real quick, and then come back to other things. I'm muting these. (fast drum beat) (slow drum beat) Okay. (slow drum beat) All right, so I'm gonna do some global EQ stuff. I'm raising them up. They already sound all right, but there's some problems I need to solve. I'm raising them universally at 8 and up. Maybe I'm gonna go to 10, because that's gonna help the high end peak over the guitars, help us hear the toms throughout a very, very dense mix. (slow drum beat) Filtering out the very, very lows. The...

re's nothing like the low end of toms to destroy a mastering chain, so I'll just get rid of that. (slow drum beat) Just looking for all the nastiness, 'cause there's quite a bit, and I'm gonna cut it. Usually it happens kind of around the 500 to 800 region on the toms. Just like, I've never found a tom that doesn't have just crap in that area. The mics that I like, a lot of the time, the D6s naturally scoop that, but you still are gonna get it, especially with this room. This room is just adding a ton of that garbage. (slow drum beat) Also some grossness down there. (slow drum beat) It's already sounding better. Sometimes you don't realize it while you're making the changes, but always bypass, to see where you were before. Listen with and without. (slow drum beat) And try to bring down some of those highs just a little bit in the bleed. Where is it? Just try to be gentle about it though. (slow drum beat) I don't really like compressing toms much, but I do like limiting them as well as cliffing them, because it sounds cool. (slow drum beat) (fast drum beat) So by themselves, you might get carried away into thinking that they sound a little weird, and a lot of things sound weird by themselves, but just pay attention to what happens, now that I put the drums back on. (fast drum beat) As opposed to before. (fast drum beat) I'd say we're in better shape. (fast drum beat) I still have a little bit to do to these. First of all, I'm gonna send them to the drum verb, and see what happens. (fast drum beat)

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.