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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 37 of 74

Guitar Tracking with John


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 37 of 74

Guitar Tracking with John


Lesson Info

Guitar Tracking with John

[Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Alright so we'll just play you the dual rec sound that we got yesterday. And again, it was okay. Its not that there's anything wrong with it, right? It's just that you didn't feel comfortable playing through it [Man Holding Guitar] No And didn't feel like it was monumous, right? Basically yeah. That the way to put it? I think so. In the room it sounded great, just didn't translate very well through the mics. Yeah. Yeah. I also have a theory that we didn't listen to it very loudly in the room. Yep. We didn't, you know, tube amps always have a bump Yep. Where the volume goes insane. Yep And we are blasting it way louder than how we were hearing it in the room. Sometimes they sound better beneath the buff I've noticed. Yep. So, this is what we got yesterday and, notice it's not that it's a bad tone. (heavy metal music) (laughing) I like, I like this one. That was ax. Yeah. Yeah. So what was it about that tone you guys said...

that it was too dry like what is it about that tone that was uncomfortable for you guys? It highlighted every single little mistake and movement of hands and everything like that. Then when you added more gain it highlighted more of the mistakes as well. So it wasn't that it was like not enough gain, it was literally just that, basically. It was just, yeah. So you just couldn't even you couldn't get comfortable enough I couldn't even get comfortable, no. Okay. Well kind of comfortable enough to feel confident I guess. Exactly. So, this is a 51/50. The first take right after we plugged it in just to see if it was gonna work (heavy metal music) It's just Tighter It's just tighter. I think it's angrier sounding It's not that it has a ton more gain but the gain just has the right kind of aggression to it. It's a little bit more squashed. Mm-hmm In terms of the feel. And you played better. Played a lot better. Yeah, so um, shall we begin? Yeah, let's do it. Alright, you want to Any DI to or meter please? Yeah. (electric guitar strumming) [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] I'm gonna save it. (electric guitar strumming) [Man Holding Guitar] Okay. [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] And, I don't know If you guys have noticed but I'm doing save as every time we do something new. I'm just naming the session something else, cause I like to be able to go back in time to specific places. And I am capturing session file backups every minute, but they don't give me the right kind of info. I mean, if it crashes I can just go back to it, but at least here I know this was the 51/50 test. This is when I was tracking Olly last night. This is when we first started getting guitar tone yesterday. This is when I started comping ANUP. And this one's guitar tracking, where we're getting our guitar tracking. So always do save as and never get confused. Cool. So, new session. I'm gonna get rid of all the old playlists. (mouse clicking) I'm gonna start from scratch. Alright, we're good to go. So you're just going to be hearing the 51/50. [Man Holding Guitar] Okay Alright so you wanna go for complete passes. Yeah I have riffs, yeah. Okay. And obviously whole songs. Well, yeah. (laughs) I never do that. Unless you were tracking drums. Mhm Okay, so eight in. Mhm Alright. (metronome) (heavy metal music) See that already, that was better than anything you played yesterday. Anything, yeah. Maybe because I'm not tired as well because we didn't spend 12 hours getting a guitar tuned. Yeah, I think that definitely has something to do with it, too. [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] I'd like to punch in right at the fill, right here. (heavy metal music) But I kinda like what continues after that. Okay, should I just do the first half again? There was something in the first half I didn't like. Sure. We can just go from there and then stop it in the second half if you want. Sure. Okay. Perfect, ready? Yep. (metronome) (heavy metal music) That was a much better first half. Yeah. (heavy metal music) I didn't get that fill. Yeah let's get that fill again. Okay, cool. Do you want me to start halfway through the riff? [Man Holding Guitar] Yeah, that fine. [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Okay. (heavy metal music) I think that was a lot better. [Man Holding Guitar] Mhm. (heavy metal music) [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Cool. Aright, let's just listen to the second half, now let me just note that what I'm punching in I'm always finding a good place to hit record. You see, there's a pause right here in the riff, before this open, that seemed like a great place to hit record. You always want a guitar player playing into a riff, and then out of the riff so that they have momentum because just starting on the riff, on the part they're gonna play, the guitar player will never start in the right feel ever. How do you feel about doing the second half of the second half? Yeah, that's fine. Okay, so alright I'll play it from the riff, from the fill. Okay. And I'll punch in the second half of the song now. (heavy metal music) Yeah. The ending was a bit Yeah, we'll get the ending but I think that the rest was pretty good. Okay. Okay. (heavy metal music) It's that little run at the end, I can't quite get in groove. Yeah. (heavy metal music) Yeah, okay so let's just focus on that. Ready? Yeah. (heavy metal music) I think the run was good but the chord was not. Chord wasn't . (heavy metal music) I missed two of the strings. Okay, ready? (laughs) (heavy metal music) Cool, I think. (heavy metal music) That sounds cool. Yeah. See, it's night and day how much better you're playing. Now and how much better it sounds and feels. Alright? You wanna do the other side? Yeah, why not? Alright. Let's give it a whirl. Check that tuning. Okay, do you want me to turn it down a little bit? Yeah. (electric guitar strumming) I was in tune. Crazy (electric guitar strumming) Ready? Yep. Alright. (heavy metal music) That was mostly really good. Yep. Let's listen to them together. (heavy metal music) Like kinda right around the fill Yep, also right at the start, the first two stops. Mhm. So da da dum was kind of a bit You mean the very beginning? Right at the beginning right at the beginning. Okay. The one left hand side was just not quite agroove to the right one. In my opinion. I agree, yeah. Agreed. So , we'll get first two steps and then skip forward and get through the fill. Yep. Let's just hear throughout the end. Yep. (heavy metal music) I think you can do the second half better, anyways. Yeah, okay. So let's get the beginning. Do you wanna just play through it? Yeah, might as well. (laughs) Ready? Yeah. (heavy metal music) I heard some weirdness, however I think you started off way better. Yeah, I did. So let just figure out where it fell off because it was a better beginning. (heavy metal music) [Man Holding Guitar] That time was good. [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Yeah. [Man Holding Guitar] That little link there isn't it? [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Yeah, this is where I wanted to punch in anyways. Okay. But that'd be, up to there is sick. Yeah, cool. Okay. Let's do it. Ready? Yeah. Okay. (heavy metal music) Feel like it got off towards the end, but it was really sick kind of up till the end. Yep. [Man Wearing Baseball Cap] Kind of like here. (heavy metal) Yeah, here's where I hear it separating. [Man Holding Guitar] Okay, I also hear it right at the beginning. Like the (heavy metal music) So do you want to do it again? Yeah, let's do it again. Okay. Halfway through the first half? Yeah that's fine. Okay. (heavy metal music) I hear weird stuff through the end. Yeah just that little run at the end was pretty good. Okay, cool. Like even the chord was cool. Yeah. So (guitar riff) Halfway through the second half. Yeah. (heavy metal music) Chord in that one was good. (heavy metal music) Yes it was, it's got the run again though. Yep. Ready? Yep. (heavy metal music) Yeah I think that was a lot tighter. (heavy metal music) So, does this riff happen again? No. Like this? No. No? It goes into (heavy metal music) Yeah I mean later on in the song? Yeah. It does? Yeah. I would like to track Olly playing it the other time. Yeah, that's fine, yeah. Do you want to do that now? Yeah, if you want. Olly are you warmed up? No. No? (laughs) Okay, well (laughs) Okay, well I can play it though. You can play it though? Okay so, I'd like to track the same exact riff later on in the song with him. Okay. So we just show how different you guys sound. Okay, yeah sure. Not better or worse. So how long did it take us to track that? 10, 15 minutes. 10, 15 minutes? Yep. How long did we do if for last night, 50? Yeah. (heavy metal music) Well we did about, we did it for about 15 minutes on camera. And then, for about an hour and a half after. (laughter)

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.


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.