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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 36 of 74

Final Guitar Tone and Recap


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 36 of 74

Final Guitar Tone and Recap


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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


  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.