Drum Mixing - Snare


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 13Hoops 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



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.