Harmony Vocal Tracking

 

Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

Harmony Vocal Tracking

[Recording Engineer] Alright, I'm ready. ♫ Parents of planets sublime [Recording Artist] Okay. Let's see if the levels work between the lead and that, but here goes. ♫ I would be wise ♫ To lay in parents of planets sublime [Recording Engineer] How are those levels? [Recording Artist] Still kind of figuring it out. the lead line is a little big. Okay. [Recording Artist] But that's okay, I can turn it down on here. Okay. [Recording Artist] Try it again? Sure. ♫ I would be wise ♫ To lay in parents of planets sublime That works. Okay, except are you sure those are the right notes? [Recording Artist] Yeah. Alright-- [Recording Artist] Did it sound weird? Yes, but that's okay cause you'll probably just figure stuff out, go again. [Recording Artist] Yeah. ♫ I would be wise ♫ To lay in parents of planets sublime See, now that was not weird. [Recording Artist] Word. I did have my headphones on that time. Oh, interesting. It's weird how that works. Alright it ...

was actually pretty good. Yeah, it felt pretty on. [Recording Engineer] Yeah, you wanna double it? Sure. [Recording Engineer] Alright, here goes. Yes sir. ♫ I would be wise ♫ To lay in parents of planets sublime [Recording Engineer] I got nothing to say. Keep on going. Let's see what this next thing is. [Recording Artist] Funky one, I like that one. [Recording Engineer] Yeah, it's interesting. It is-- Alright, you ready? Yeah. ♫ Concealing the doors Okay, great, double that? [Recording Artist] K. ♫ Concealing the doors That's pretty sick. Next. [Recording Artist] Yeah, no I think we're on the chorus? Yeah, I think we're on the chorus too. You wanna hear it? [Recording Artist] Yes please. That sounds like a few things. [Recording Artist] Can you isolate them at all or? Let me see if maybe I can, one second. [Recording Artist] (mumbles) do it. [Recording Engineer] Sounds like you're holding the same note on one of them, I know that much. I think I'm holding the same note on both of them. Just play it for me one more time. [Recording Engineer] Okay. ♫ We know ♫ We know ♫ We know I think that's it. [Recording Engineer] Most likely, yeah. So, just like last time. Do you wanna do doubles of each note, or do you wanna do one and one? Meaning if there's a two part harmony right there and there's two different notes, are we gonna record four tracks-- [Recording Artist] Oh yeah! That's what I thought. Alright ready? [Recording Artist] Yeah like last time. Cool [Recording Artist] Cool. ♫ We know I think you're going a little long. [Recording Artist] Really? Yes. [Recording Artist] Okay. Just a little bit. ♫ We know [Recording Artist] Should be off on four? ♫ We know Or is it off on three? Let me look. [Recording Artist] Play through? It's off around three. [Recording Artist] Okay But it's like actually on the end of three. [Recording Artist] Okay, gotcha! ♫ We know Okay, that was just like 1/16th note too long. I could probably fix that. [Recording Artist] I mean like, it doesn't have to be the exact same thing. Okay [Recording Artist] Yeah, I'm not gonna lose sleep over a 1/16th note-- So you wanna double that? [Recording Artist] Yes, I'd like. ♫ We know I see what you mean by that 1/16th note. [Recording Engineer] Okay. Alright, wanna do the original? [Recording Artist] Yeah, let me do that again. ♫ We know That's the right length, but I think the pitch could be better. [Recording Artist] Always something. Yeah, but you could double that just to get the length in your head and then re-do the original. [Recording Artist] Cool. K. ♫ We know Those were on with each other. [Recording Artist] Cool. Okay, so-- [Recording Artist] Lower one now? Do you want me to mute those? [Recording Artist] Yeah might as well. K. Actually no, leave them. Leave it up so I can keep the length. [Recording Engineer] Leave them up, alright. ♫ We know ♫ We know Tad too long. [Recording Engineer] Pretty good though. Do it again. Okay. ♫ We know Cool, one more? [Recording Artist] Yep. ♫ We know It was a weird thing at the end-- [Recording Artist] Yeah. Otherwise it was great. [Recording Artist] One more time. ♫ We know [Recording Engineer] Great! Thanks. [Recording Artist] Yep. Alright. [Recording Artist] Next one. ♫ Our own ♫ This time ♫ Our own One more time? ♫ Our own Yep, okay. ♫ Our own Yep. ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own [Recording Engineer] Maybe it's the original that's a little off? Maybe. Let's re-do the original. [Recording Artist] Okay. ♫ We're free to go ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own [Recording Engineer] Okay, double that one. Okay ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own There we go! Yeah, cool. Alright, now let's get the double. I mean the harmony-- [Recording Artist] Yep! ♫ Our own Okay here goes. [Recording Artist] Yes. ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own Sounded nice, one more? ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own That was good. [Recording Artist] That was good! Awesome, let's knock this shit out! Alright, you wanna hear what's next? [Recording Artist] Yes please. ♫ This time ♫ This time One more time? ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time One more time? ♫ This time Okay! Okay. ♫ This time ♫ This time Let me get my notes. (keyboard strokes) ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time (keyboard stroke) ♫ This time Mmkay. ♫ Our own ♫ This time That was good, double that one. ♫ Our own ♫ This time Cool Cool, cool, alright. You know the next note? I think ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] I think so too. Play it, just to make sure. [Recording Engineer] You wanna hear the original? Yes please. ♫ This time (keyboard notes) ♫ This time Oh is there another one in there? [Recording Engineer] Maybe so. Oh there might be another one in there. [Recording Engineer] Maybe so. [Recording Artist] I can't hear it, play it one more time? ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time One more time? ♫ This time I think that is three. I think it's just this A flat major chord. ♫ Our own ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] That was sick. One more? Yep! [Recording Engineer] Double that. ♫ Our own ♫ This time Okay, cool! Wanna go for part three? [Recording Artist] Yes. ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ Our own ♫ This time One more time That sounded, that sounds right though. [Recording Artist] Yeah that does sound right. ♫ Our own ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] There you go, double that. Cool! ♫ Our own ♫ This time There we go. There it is! [Recording Artist] Cool. Alright, next. [Recording Artist] Okay. ♫ This time Oh, one more time? ♫ This time One more time-- [Recording Engineer] I have some movement in that one. Yeah, no. ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time One more time? ♫ This time ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] Yep, I hear that in there. What's the middle one I can't hear? Play it again? ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time (keyboard strokes) Play it one more time? ♫ This time Yeah. ♫ This time ♫ This time (keyboard stroke) ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time I think that's it. [Recording Engineer] I think so too. Alright. [Recording Engineer] Ready? ♫ This time Alright, I'm starting with the top voice. ♫ This time ♫ This time That sounded right, didn't it? [Recording Artist] It did! Alright, double that! ♫ This time ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] That was good. Cool. ♫ This time [Recording Engineer] Ready? Yes. ♫ This time ♫ This time Can you do me a favor? Can you just mute the top voice? [Recording Engineer] You mean top harmony? Yeah top harmony. ♫ This time ♫ This time Sounds right. [Recording Artist] Yep. Okay cool, do you want to keep the top one muted while you do the double? [Recording Artist] Yes please. Okay. ♫ This time ♫ This time It was a little pitchy, but it's right. [Recording Artist] No I got it, I can do it again. ♫ This time ♫ This time Yeah, that was way better. [Recording Artist] Cool. Okay, so what do you wanna hear for the last one? I'll just, same thing again. Just mute all the, everything-- [Recording Engineer] Got it! (keyboard strokes) ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time ♫ This time First one was a little out. Yeah, but that was right though. [Recording Artist] Yeah. ♫ This time ♫ This time Still a little pitchy, but it's right. [Recording Artist] Yep, just the pitch. ♫ This time ♫ This time Try doubling that one. [Recording Artist] Mmkay. ♫ This time ♫ This time Let me hear them together. [Recording Artist] Alrighty then. ♫ This time ♫ This time [Recording Artist] That's it-- Good jer-b. [Recording Artist] Yes! For the next harmonies that come in, I think are the next chorus. [Recording Engineer] We can probably paste that, can't we? Mmkay. [Recording Engineer] Yeah cause we paste choruses. That's the way of the world. Mmkay. Okay let me just listen to it and make sure, k? [Recording Artist] Yeah, it should be when you copy and paste them, the first two harmonies, we know, our own, this time, this time and then it's gonna repeat again, except that time, it's not the two harmonies out front, and then it's just this times at the end of that second chorus cause it repeats twice. [Recording Engineer] Okay, hang on. Let me just see if I even got it in the right file (mumbles) [Recording Artist] Cool cool. ♫ We know ♫ We're free to go ♫ We're so damn anxious to be ♫ Our own ♫ This time ♫ This time Okay. [Recording Artist] That's it! And then it repeats? And then it repeats except there's no we know and our own. Those two are omitted. [Recording Engineer] So it's just the last stuff-- Yeah, it's just the this times. [Recording Engineer] Got it! [Recording Artist] So then the next thing is, Oooh, ooh, it's all those ooh's at the bottom. [Recording Engineer] You're gonna wanna do that without hearing the lead vocal, right? Yeah, for shiz. [Recording Engineer] Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and just mute that shit cause-- [Recording Artist] Cool. This is really confusing. [Recording Artist] Gotcha. [Recording Engineer] Now, let's figure out what this is. ♫ Ooh oooh ♫ Oooh ooooh ♫ Oooh oooh ♫ Oooh oooh I think I got the low one. [Recording Engineer] Just about. I think it was only one pitch off. One more time? ♫ Oooh oooh ♫ Ooooh ooooh ♫ Oooh ooh ♫ Ooooh ooooooh Got that low one. Alright, do the low one first? Yeah, let's do that first, ready? ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Ooooh oooooh ♫ Ooooh oooooh ♫ Oooh Ooooh That was right. [Recording Artist] Yep. Double that. ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Oooh oooooh ♫ Oooooh ooooh ♫ Ooooh ooooh Let's see if those work together. [Recording Artist] That one felt good. ♫ Ooooh ooh ♫ Oooh ooooh ♫ Ooooh oooh [Recording Engineer] Yeah, so the originals not working with it so much. Do you wanna re-do the original? [Recording Artist] Re-do the orig. ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Oooooh oooooh ♫ Ooooh oooh ♫ Ooooh oooh Yeah, there was one part that was a little pitchy-- [Recording Artist] Yeah, one part got a little-- Totally fixable. Okay. [Recording Engineer] Yeah, let's just get what the next one is. Okie dokie-- [Recording Engineer] Do you need to hear the deal-- Yeah, I need to hear the top line. [Recording Engineer] Okay. ♫ Ooooh oooh ♫ Ooooh ooh ♫ Ooooh oooooh ♫ Ooooh ooooh That's the one. Alright, what do you wanna hear? Nothing. I want nothing, but the music. [Recording Engineer] Okay. ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Ooooh oooh ♫ Oooh oooh ♫ Ooooh ooh Hey! [Recording Artist] Hey! Close enough for me to check against what you did before. [Recording Artist] Okay-- Just to see if it's the right notes. [Recording Artist] Pretty sure, in fact I know it is. We shall see, one second. I'm pretty sure you're right too, I just wanna check. ♫ Ooooh oooh ♫ Ooooh ooh ♫ Ooooh ooooh [Recording Engineer] Okay they are. [Recording Artist] Oh yeah! Alright, let's just get a better take. [Recording Artist] Mmkay. ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Oooh ooh ♫ Oooooh ooh ♫ Oooooh oooooh Cool. [Recording Artist] Cool. [Recording Engineer] Double that. ♫ Thieves of vile abnormality ♫ Ooooh ooooh ♫ Oooh ooh ♫ Oooh ooooh Okay, cool [Recording Artist] Alright, next. Next thing, I think it's a-- You're doing a harmony on the extra-- [Recording Artist] Yeah, harmony and an octave? Right? [Recording Artist] I think so. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside That's it right? [Recording Engineer] That's it. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Judging instead by the man inside [Recording Engineer] It sounds right! [Recording Engineer] Okay you ready? Yep. ♫ Let it be ♫ Judging instead by the man inside [Recording Engineer] That sounded pretty cool. Yep. [Recording Engineer] Double that. Mhmm. ♫ Let it be ♫ Judging instead by the man inside Cool. We got that. [Recording Artist] I think stupid and blind is the next one, this one is a three part I remember that. ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny ♫ Who would deny me Yep, got it. Top voice first, or top harmony first? K. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Truth can make its way to lie ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny Double that. [Recording Artist] Yep. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Truth can make its way to lie ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny [Recording Engineer] Okay, cool. You know what the next one is or you need to hear it? [Recording Artist] Stupid and blind, yep. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Truth can make its way to lie ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny Okay. [Recording Artist] Cool. Double that [Recording Artist] Yeah. ♫ Judging instead by the man inside ♫ Truth can make its way to lie ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny Alright cool, let's get the next line then. Now it's just an octave double. [Recording Engineer] You're an octave double. Yes. [Recording Engineer] Alright, so do you need to hear it? Or are you good? Just play it for me just to make sure. ♫ Who would deny you're one of me Got it. ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny ♫ Who would deny you're one of me Was it me, I really think we should punch in the me. [Recording Artist] Fair enough. Okay, like one of me, alright ready? [Recording Artist] Yeah. ♫ Who could deny ♫ Who would deny you're one of me So much better-- [Recording Artist] I suppose so. Double that. ♫ Stupid and blind ♫ Who could deny ♫ Who would deny you're one of me Cool.

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?



Lessons

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