Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin

As you guys have heard, John Brown and I have been tweaking new tones with a new set of mics and just to kind of recap how we got to this point, first we decided on which cabinet heads we liked, just from listening in the room. Then Brown put his ear to the speakers and decided which one he liked, then we tested that just to make sure that he wasn't crazy, or deaf, which I knew he wasn't gonna be, but you know, still gotta test it. So we put a 57 on each speaker, got them going through the same exact preamps with the same, at the same exact levels, and not only that but we checked with the studio to make sure that SM57s were all of the same build and very similar serial numbers. The reason I say that is because, there is a batch of SM57s out there in the world, that are... bootleg 57s and they are everywhere and they sound completely different and it's very, very hard to know except for by looking at the serial number. So you always want to check your 57s, for the serial number and mak...

e sure that you have a real one and not a Chinese knockoff. So anyways, as you could hear in there, he was actually right, he heard that the top right speaker was the best and through testing in there, we agreed. But, we didn't like the tone that we were just getting off the 57, straight on, it just wasn't good enough. So we came in here and changed some stuff up, now this mic right here, the SN7B is pointed up at the ceiling, we're not using this. The reason it's still here is because, I am very scared to remove it completely, because this is a game of centimeters. I'm afraid that if I move this I might knock a cable which will move a mic and I really like where we're at. So just know that this is a game of centimeters and if have a tone that you like and a mic placement that's good, you need to cordon off that area like it's Fort Knox or someone will bump into it and mess you up. So let me show you what we've got. We've got one 57 that's straight on, now that's in different position than it was before, before it was on the edge, where the speaker met the dust cap but this is actually straight on at the center of the speaker. That captures a lot of high end, as you probably noticed, and we have the angled 57 which is at a 45 degree angle and that shaves off a lot of the high end. That's our favorite mic, and that's called the Fredman Technique, made famous by Fredrik Nordstrom of Fredman Studios. Great, great metal producer-mixer, did lots of wonderful things, big influence to all of us. Than we put a 421 in the opposite 45 degree angle, now it's gotta lot of top end bite and in all honesty I don't typically like them on guitars and neither has John Brown but, people seem to use them so much as a secondary mic, that we just figured why not, let's try it. As you saw in there though, it does have a lot of harshness, it gives a lot of bite but, maybe a little too much. So we did have to filter out some of the upper mids, pretty, pretty intensely. And then I don't know if you can see this on the camera but, right below the 57 that's straight on is a D6, and the D is just there to add just a little bit more bottom, a little more roundness and maybe just a little more fullness to the low mids. It's something that you know, like anything else in recording, doesn't always work, but when it does it's really really cool and as you heard in there, it just added a little bit more body to the tone. We made sure that all of these mics are the exact same distance from the speaker, so we won't get any phasing issues and we did check in the other room, and they were perfectly in phase. Now one thing you should know, is when your mic, different speakers on a cabinet, they will move at different rates and will cause phase anomalies. Not always, but definitely more often. So yeah, once you find the speaker you like, focus on that, try to get the mics the same distance and yeah go for it, have fun. So, we feel like we are almost there. We're much happier with this mic choice and placement and now were gonna just make a few final tweaks, maybe on the amp, maybe it's the guitar choice just to get a little bit more hate in the tone.

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.