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Drum Mixing - Toms

Lesson 66 from: Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

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Drum Mixing - Toms

Lesson 66 from: Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

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Lesson Info

66. Drum Mixing - Toms

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Intro to Bootcamp

13:44
2

Purpose of Pre-Production

15:54
3

Technical Side of Preproduction

11:32
4

Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map

12:05
5

Pre-Production: Importing Stems

10:10
6

Pre-Production: Click Track

15:26
7

Creating Tracking Templates

17:03
8

Intro and the Tone Pie

04:51
9

Drums - Lay of the Land

10:44
10

Bearing Edges

03:09
11

Wood Types

10:36
12

Depths and Sizes

04:00
13

Hoops

02:38
14

Sticks and Beaters

07:38
15

Drum Heads

07:30
16

Drum Tuning

1:03:54
17

Drum Mic Placement Intro

10:37
18

Basic Drum Mic Setup

53:36
19

Cymbal Mic Setup

35:24
20

Touch Up Tuning

46:55
21

Microphone Choice and Placement

40:34
22

Drum Tracking Intro

01:01
23

Getting Tones and Final Placement

34:51
24

Primary Tracking

31:54
25

Punching In and Comping Takes

20:11
26

Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking

01:59
27

Amplifiers - Lay of the Land

10:00
28

Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out

27:12
29

Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement

03:56
30

Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain

29:07
31

Finalizing Amplifier Tone

51:24
32

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin

05:21
33

Intro to Rhythm Tracking

07:46
34

Setting Up Guitars

15:02
35

Working with a Guitarist

05:04
36

Final Guitar Tone and Recap

04:10
37

Guitar Tracking with John

15:19
38

Guitar Tracking with Ollie

32:03
39

Final Tracking

22:08
40

Tracking Quads

33:44
41

Intro to Bass Tone

01:26
42

Bass Tone Setup

07:35
43

Bass Tone Mic Placement

16:42
44

Bass Tracking

45:08
45

Intro to Clean and Lead Tones

02:15
46

Clean Guitar Tones

34:04
47

Lead Tones

10:58
48

Vocal Setup for Tracking

11:26
49

Vocal Mic Selection and Setup

02:38
50

Vocal Mic Shootout

09:13
51

Lead Vocal Tracking

38:09
52

Writing Harmonies

07:44
53

Harmony Vocal Tracking

23:25
54

Vocal Warm Ups

11:39
55

Scream Vocal Tracking

18:56
56

Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction

01:35
57

Vocal Tuning and Editing

29:26
58

Routing and Bussing

25:16
59

Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels

17:54
60

Setting Up Parallel Compression

30:50
61

Setting Up Drum Triggers

10:41
62

Gain Staging and Trim

1:00:54
63

Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ

25:38
64

Drum Mixing - Snare

23:00
65

Drum Mixing - Kick

11:39
66

Drum Mixing - Toms

24:47
67

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms

17:23
68

Drum Mixing Recap

08:57
69

Mixing Bass Guitar

16:26
70

Mixing Rhythm Guitars

1:16:07
71

Basic Vocal Mix

1:08:59
72

Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars

58:55
73

Mixing - Automation

43:35
74

Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek

31:01

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

Ron
 

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!!!!!!!!

ceeleeme
 

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.

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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.

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