Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


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

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
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