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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 64 of 74

Drum Mixing - Snare


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 64 of 74

Drum Mixing - Snare


Lesson Info

Drum Mixing - Snare

I'm actually curious to hear what'll happen if I use something else, like my own snare on this, instead of those samples. (drums beating) And I've gotta turn that down. (drums beating) Okay. Let's see here. I already selected a snare that I like for my kit. I'm just gonna see if it sounds good in here. Come on Kontakt. Okay, I've got it turned down all the way. (drums beating) Loud. (drums beating) All right, I'm turning down this verb, these overheads. Okay. I'm gonna just blend this in and see what happens. (drums beating) I'm not sure I like that. I'm gonna try a different one. What is that? Snare eight. (drums beating) I like that much better. Get rid of this verb and and this length. (drums beating) Oh, the MIDI, by the way, is programed in such a way that I've got the hard hits, and the fills, and the ghost notes on different tracks for different velocities and stuff. (drums beating) It's important to do it like that because he does so much that it would be a ton of velocity auto...

mation to have automate one velocity track between ghosts, hard hits, and fills. I'm already kind of liking that. (drums beating) I'm going to try a parallel snare compressor to try to get a little bit more length on the snare. I'm going to start with compression, and maybe add some harmonics and just see what happens. Try to destroy it. Ideally, something with a very, very fast attack. We'll see where the release goes. I really, really just don't want much of a transient at all, I just want some length. So, let's see what happens. Okay I gotta send it to my parallel compression. (drums beating) Low phasing, that sucks. Okay, let's see something here. Time to try a different plug-in then. (drums beating) That's not gonna work. Okay, so, I need to do this a different way. It was being fed double. (drums beating) All right, here's what I'll do. Sometimes this is an issue with Pro Tools. Where is it? Okay. Let's just see what happens. (drums beating) Okay. (drums beating) All right, problem solved, however, I need to redo this as a monobus. Where is my snare para? There we go. (drums beating) All right. Sometimes that can get wonky in Pro Tools, but it's easy to solve now. Back in the old days there was kinda no way to really solve it. Okay, so, see what happens when I obliterate the snare. (drums beating) I need to level it off some. (drums beating) Not quite aggressive enough. I'll try it again with this. Yeah, that solved the problem. (drums beating) I'm going to add a Multiband to the snare parallel to kind of handle when some of that top end goes crazy from lead. I'll explain what I'm doing in a second. (drums beating) Now it's loud. (drums beating) Now I'm gonna just add in some harmonics to make it sound a little cooler. You can never get enough of those. (drums beating) Okay, now it's starting to be a little bit difficult to tell what's going on without anything else in there. Mind you, the other instruments are pretty quiet but I can just turn them up a little bit just to check. (heavy metal music) Okay, that needs a lot of work, but what I'm hearing is that the snare's a little pointy, but at least it slams hard. So I'm gonna deal with the pointy nature of the snare. (drums beating) I find that just putting this on sometimes, Virtual Tape Machine by Slate, and letting it just basically kiss the audio, will sometimes make things less pointy, to where you don't need to bother with as much EQ. (drums beating) All right, and I know that I've gotta turn those ghost notes down a little bit. Sure makes life easier when all the ghosts are on one track. Just gonna bring the velocity, so it doesn't stick out as much. (drums beating) One trick that Andrew Wade taught me, which I think is really cool, is to put our bass on a snare, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, right around 100. You have to go very, very easy on it, but it just adds lows in a nice way sometimes. But, like I said, if you go too hard you're gonna end up with a muffly, muffly snare. (drums beating) And I didn't like it. Oh well. (drums beating) All right, I'm about to start sending snare to the drum verb. Nothing's been sent to the drum verb at all yet. It's time to put that into play. (drums beating) Drum verb. (drums beating) All right. This whole time we've been doing this without the rooms. (drums beating) So I'm gonna start by just turning those down a little bit. (drums beating)

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.