Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


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
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