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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 32 of 74

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 32 of 74

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin


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


  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.