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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 68 of 74

Drum Mixing Recap


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 68 of 74

Drum Mixing Recap


Lesson Info

Drum Mixing Recap

Hello, I am Eyal Levi and welcome to my Metal Recording Bootcamp on CreativeLive. This is day and if you haven't seen days 1 through 15, it's probably a good idea 'cause we're right smack in the middle of a mix about to get started with guitars and bass and if you haven't seen everything leading up to this point, this might not have any context for you. Anyways, it's a track by the band Monuments called "Quasimoto" that we tracked all up leading to now and I got some basic drums and balances going. Yesterday, I actually fixed some problems overnight, put them in the mix, I'll walk through those and then get going with guitars and stuff. So this is where we're at right now. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) Alright, so I think that that's better than it was yesterday. I'm still kind of in the dark with what these speakers are doing but I'm not as pissed off so that's always a good thing. Show you some of the differences. Some of the things I made, some of the things I changed. Well I just fig...

ured let's call a spade a spade and I got rid of most of the bass tracks. It was just a lot of work and not much gain cost benefit ratio wasn't very good on the amount of bass microphones that I had. Not that they sounded bad, but just having to wrestle them too much. So I took the POD, the POD track that John Brown made on his POD HD Pro and then I took the DI. I got rid of some of the processing on the toms and just went for group processing and I think they sound better. I think they were sounding a little bit on the push side yesterday but you can hear now that they sound like they sink in a little more. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) And they just kinda, they just kinda glide in there a little bit better. Yesterday they were kinda, a bit kinda annoying. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) And I'm going to turn up the floor tom a little bit. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) Now that's what I call awesome. As far as the snare goes, I also, I got rid of some of the samples, redid some of the balances and, simplified a little bit of the chain 'cause I feel like it might have been going a little bit overboard yesterday. I got rid of the parallel bus on the toms, I got rid of the parallel bus on the bass and I got rid of a parallel bus on the kick as well. I redid the kick a little bit to be a little thuddier and less clackity clack. We can check that out. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) Those are just the scratch guitar tracks, I mean the scratch guitar tone. (rock drum beat) Also gave the snare a little bit more beef so it wouldn't be so cracky and annoying but it's still pretty cracky. Any more beef and I feel like it might've gotten lost with the guitars but we'll see once we start really working on them. (rock drum beat) Let me go from the beginning so you can hear those toms coming in again. (rock drum beat) There's one thing that I did not touch yet that I feel as though I should touch. (snare drum hit) Got a snare room here by Steven Slate. It's going, it's routed to the cymbals but just before I forget, I'm gonna just do a few things to it. Going to limit it, (snare drum hit) and then I'm going to put a transient designer on it to get rid of some of that crack so that it's more about just length. So where are you, SPL. (snare drum hit) And I might add some harmonics to it. We shall see, we shall see if it works. Where you at Decapitator? Oh, wrong menu. Funny how that happens. (snare drum hit) I'm just curious. What presets do they have for snare? For drums? Snare Accent, Thumpy and Bumpy huh? How about Room Driver? (snare drum hit) How about not. This might not be a good idea. (snare drum hit) Ah, that was good. Drum Fattener 3, perfect. That's exactly what I wanted. (snare drum hit) (drum beat) And of course, this is too loud. And now our snare's just a little bit longer. I didn't wanna forget to do that. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) Reason that I'm doing this with music playing is 'cause it's really hard to know how long that tail is or if it's even audible when you're playing it by yourself, by itself. ("Quasimoto" by Monuments) Okay, that's pretty good. There's some automation stuff that I'll have to do later on but for now, I think it's good to move on.

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.