Drum Mixing - Kick


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)

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.