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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 66 of 74

Drum Mixing - Toms


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 66 of 74

Drum Mixing - Toms


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


  1. Intro to Bootcamp
  2. Purpose of Pre-Production
  3. Technical Side of Preproduction
  4. Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map
  5. Pre-Production: Importing Stems
  6. Pre-Production: Click Track
  7. Creating Tracking Templates
  8. Intro and the Tone Pie
  9. Drums - Lay of the Land
  10. Bearing Edges
  11. Wood Types
  12. Depths and Sizes
  13. Hoops
  14. Sticks and Beaters
  15. Drum Heads
  16. Drum Tuning
  17. Drum Mic Placement Intro
  18. Basic Drum Mic Setup
  19. Cymbal Mic Setup
  20. Touch Up Tuning
  21. Microphone Choice and Placement
  22. Drum Tracking Intro
  23. Getting Tones and Final Placement
  24. Primary Tracking
  25. Punching In and Comping Takes
  26. Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking
  27. Amplifiers - Lay of the Land
  28. Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out
  29. Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement
  30. Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain
  31. Finalizing Amplifier Tone
  32. Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin
  33. Intro to Rhythm Tracking
  34. Setting Up Guitars
  35. Working with a Guitarist
  36. Final Guitar Tone and Recap
  37. Guitar Tracking with John
  38. Guitar Tracking with Ollie
  39. Final Tracking
  40. Tracking Quads
  41. Intro to Bass Tone
  42. Bass Tone Setup
  43. Bass Tone Mic Placement
  44. Bass Tracking
  45. Intro to Clean and Lead Tones
  46. Clean Guitar Tones
  47. Lead Tones
  48. Vocal Setup for Tracking
  49. Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
  50. Vocal Mic Shootout
  51. Lead Vocal Tracking
  52. Writing Harmonies
  53. Harmony Vocal Tracking
  54. Vocal Warm Ups
  55. Scream Vocal Tracking
  56. Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction
  57. Vocal Tuning and Editing
  58. Routing and Bussing
  59. Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels
  60. Setting Up Parallel Compression
  61. Setting Up Drum Triggers
  62. Gain Staging and Trim
  63. Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ
  64. Drum Mixing - Snare
  65. Drum Mixing - Kick
  66. Drum Mixing - Toms
  67. Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms
  68. Drum Mixing Recap
  69. Mixing Bass Guitar
  70. Mixing Rhythm Guitars
  71. Basic Vocal Mix
  72. Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars
  73. Mixing - Automation
  74. Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek



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!!!!!!!!


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.


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.