Drum Mixing - Toms


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Drum Mixing - Toms

All right, I'm gonna have to do some individual work on these toms too. (drums beating) Find a different spot. (drums beating) Oh, look at that. (drums beating) I gotta sort that low end out. (drums beating) It's getting there but it sounds a little clicky still. I'm gonna fix that. Try a different EQ. (drums beating) It's crazy, the low end in this room. (drums beating) That doesn't sound right. (drums beating) Probably gonna put a compressor or something on here to control those volume peaks a little bit. (drums beating) That smoothed it out nicely. (drums beating) Now, a lot of this is just initial, like, once I have other instruments in, it's gonna make a huge difference, and I will definitely go back and tweak. (drums beating) I guess the drums sound better on the Trident. Check that out. The toms still need a little something, a little bit of love, that maybe only harmonics can add. (drums beating) That helped. I was originally just using Virtual Channel on the AUXs and stuff, bu...

t sometimes it's helpful to just put it in more places. It's a great, great plug-in. (drums beating) See, the reason that I played it from this far back was so I could hear the toms in a little bit more context, because when you just keep toms on a loop, and think it's on a loop, you start to lose your mind a little bit. I knew that I wanted the toms to poke through, but at the same time, I wanted them to be smoother. Sometimes EQ is not the answer for that. Sometimes it's harmonics and dynamic control. That's what I've been experimenting with a few different things. Virtual Channel is really good. Something is missing and I'll find out what that is. But, again, you wanna hear what the toms sound like coming in out of nowhere, and see if you dig 'em. Don't let yourself go down the rabbit hole of just listening on a loop or in solo. (drums beating) I'm going to also control the dynamics of the toms themselves a little more, not just the bus, 'cause I feel like they need it. A little too uneven for my tastes. This isn't the Finality I wanna use. This is a cool plug-in by JST. I actually like the lite version a lot. I'm going to figure out where in the chain this makes sense, but I'll start with this. (drums beating) Cool, that's starting to sound cooler. I feel like I need to lengthen the toms a little bit. I'm gonna do that via Parallel Compression. Let me just make sure that I don't make the same mistake that I made before. I have to set up a send. Let's see. I'm gonna try to do something. (drums beating) Cool. (drums beating) Nope. (drums beating) Almost there. Oh, here we go. (drums beating) I'm just making the parallel longer to make the toms sound a little smoother. (drums beating) Never hurts to add a little bit of this into your life. (drums beating) That tom parallel track is way loud. (drums beating) Cool. It's coming along. See what the parallel compression for the drums is up to. Controlling the levels, especially of the toms, going out to that parallel compressor for the entire drum bus.

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