Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Final Guitar Tone and Recap

Alright so, even though this might not seem like it, we've actually traveled forward in time, here, and this is the next day. We did some guitar tracking last night. I tracked Brown for a little while and I tracked Ollie for a little while and we didn't get very far. You were having a rough time, Mmhmm, just playing with that tone right? Yeah. Yeah, with the Mesa tone that we spent all day getting yesterday? What? I think we spent 45 minutes on one riff? Yeah Yeah. And normally you can play that stuff in single passes or close to that. Mmhmm So, that right there is an indicator that maybe, it's not the right tone. A guitar player who's used to playing things in single passes is having a hard time getting to the feel of it, maybe the tone isn't right and tracked Ollie as well and uh, Ollie's also a sick guitar player and we had to do a lot of piecing together and, we came to the conclusion that it sounded okay. Like, pass-able, but they said it didn't sound like Monument...

s and I agree, it didn't sound like Monuments and it just wasn't good enough, and, even after spending 12 hours on it yesterday, if it's not good enough, it's not good enough. So, we discussed some other options and I started calling a bunch of people around the L.A. area and at two in the morning, Mike, who plays with Once a Plague, answered the phone and agreed to bring us a 51/50 Signature at eight in the morning. We talked at two, he brought it at eight and he's a hero. We plugged that in and immediately the tone was great. We did a few test runs and those two takes, you played better than anything we did last night. Yeah You know, its the same thing with drums or vocals too, if you're tired or the tone's wrong or whatever, you're gonna spend a long time trying to get something crappy as opposed to if you put in the effort to get it right, the actual tracking will go a lot faster and it's always worth the extra effort to just get it right. So yeah, we plugged that in. Sounds great. We're trying to blend it with the Mesa, to see what we can get, but even if all we're stuck with is the 51/50, it's not so bad. However, what we did yesterday is not all, it's not all lost. It wasn't all in vain. We had the 51/50 plugged into the cabinet that we spent forever mic'ing so, the Fredman mic'ing technique and that 421, that's what we were hearing through the 57, I mean through the, that's what we were hearing in Pro Tools right now. So, we actually did a good job mic'ing up the cab. And then we have the Jewel Wreck right now, going through what was it? The two by twelve? Two by twelve with the same technique of two 57s. Yeah Yeah And we're gonna see what we can do blend wise, but I think that just for tracking purposes we're gonna just be listening in the 51/50. I personally love 51/50s because I feel like they have just, I don't know, the best way to put it is teeth. Yeah. Yeah. You, when you get the right one, one of the older models that has good tubes in it, it just has this bite that no other amp, has been able to really re-create since. It's kind of a unique thing. Yeah So, yeah. So I guess with that we can get to tracking. Yep, I'm down. Cool, lets do it.

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.