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.

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?


Intro to Bootcamp
Purpose of Pre-Production
Technical Side of Preproduction
Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map
Pre-Production: Importing Stems
Pre-Production: Click Track
Creating Tracking Templates
Intro and the Tone Pie
Drums - Lay of the Land
Bearing Edges
Wood Types
Depths and Sizes
Sticks and Beaters
Drum Heads
Drum Tuning
Drum Mic Placement Intro
Basic Drum Mic Setup
Cymbal Mic Setup
Touch Up Tuning
Microphone Choice and Placement
Drum Tracking Intro
Getting Tones and Final Placement
Primary Tracking
Punching In and Comping Takes
Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking
Amplifiers - Lay of the Land
Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out
Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement
Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain
Finalizing Amplifier Tone
Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin
Intro to Rhythm Tracking
Setting Up Guitars
Working with a Guitarist
Final Guitar Tone and Recap
Guitar Tracking with John
Guitar Tracking with Ollie
Final Tracking
Tracking Quads
Intro to Bass Tone
Bass Tone Setup
Bass Tone Mic Placement
Bass Tracking
Intro to Clean and Lead Tones
Clean Guitar Tones
Lead Tones
Vocal Setup for Tracking
Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
Vocal Mic Shootout
Lead Vocal Tracking
Writing Harmonies
Harmony Vocal Tracking
Vocal Warm Ups
Scream Vocal Tracking
Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction
Vocal Tuning and Editing
Routing and Bussing
Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels
Setting Up Parallel Compression
Setting Up Drum Triggers
Gain Staging and Trim
Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ
Drum Mixing - Snare
Drum Mixing - Kick
Drum Mixing - Toms
Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms
Drum Mixing Recap
Mixing Bass Guitar
Mixing Rhythm Guitars
Basic Vocal Mix
Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars
Mixing - Automation
Mastering - 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.