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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 65 of 74

Drum Mixing - Kick


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 65 of 74

Drum Mixing - Kick


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


  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.


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.