Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 36/74 - Final Guitar Tone and Recap


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.

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.