Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 66/74 - 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 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.