Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


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.

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.