Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Lead Tones

Okay, I just need to work out what note it is if you don't mind. I can tell you one thing. It's two notes right next to each other. It is. (click track and guitar music) Sounds like that. Are those the right notes then? That's cool. (distorted electric guitar music) Lead part's going to be really hard to play. The what? This lead part's going to be really hard to play. Is it? Yeah. (laughs) How many times does this happen? It's on the blue, isn't it, so there's that. Oh, this many times in the song? Yeah, and what's that bit there, what's that bit there? Where, this? This one, yeah. Whoa, wow, I didn't even realize it did that, cool. Tasty, and now what's this? (electric guitar riff) Tasty. Sounds like there's a wah on that. (click track and guitar riff) Okay so yeah, I'll do that bit first then. (distorted guitar riff) Do you reckon it needs more reverb? I don't think it does, does it? No, no, I can add some. I feel like with a distorted tone like that, d...

on't drown it, let me drown it. Okay, ready? Yeah, do it. (driving heavy metal music) Hate, but it's far enough. (laughs) Here, double that. Yeah, I'm gonna do it an octave higher, okay? Okay. (piercing guitar riff) There you go. Here, I'm gonna actually go a little higher. Ready? Yep. (driving heavy metal music) I love that. Yeah, you like that? Yeah. Let's do it again then. Yeah. No, that was good, that was almost good, but yeah, should we do the chorus then? Yeah. Well, do you wanna do... Take care of these first? What do you mean? Like, the minor seconds? Yeah, okay. There's only one more to do, so... The one after the break, so right at the end. (guitar riff) Are you starting with the lower one first? Yeah. Okay. Right after the break, got it. Yeah. And you kinda build it up a little, don't you? I can't remember. It looks like you do, I see... Oh yeah, maybe I do, so let's play from halfway through. Okay. (click track and guitar music) (drums kick in) I can't remember if I played it all the way through. Yeah, I did. Damn, but you can punch this in. Yeah, that's not the same, that's not at the end though, That one's where it goes into, (guitar riff) And then I do it an octave higher, (guitar riff) We should do that an octave higher halfway through. Okay. Yeah. Ready? It increases it, yeah. Okay, I'm gonna fade this in real quick just so you know. (piercing guitar riff) (laughs) Even these guys are laughing. That's because it sounds awesome. I don't know about that. It's very, it makes you feel a bit uneasy. (discordant guitar squeals) I'm giving it a bit more extreme fade. Yep, that's fine. Ready? Yeah I'm gonna play through the second half of it though, okay? Yeah. (driving heavy metal music) (electric guitar joins) (laughs) I'll probably play the first one again. You wanna do the first one again? Er, nah, it's okay. Yeah, it's fine, it's fine. It's only gonna be really quiet anyway isn't it? It's just an uneasy texture. All right, so you play right after that? Yeah. Then I'm gonna make two new tracks. And it sounded like you had like a, like a wah thing happening on one of these? Play it, let me have a listen? Yeah, one second, let me just make two new tracks. It may be nothing, okay. Planning on gonna be one though, I only did one for this, because it's got all the clean parts as well, so it's literally to reinforce the clean parts. Yeah, but yeah, better to have and not need then. (door creaks) Exactly. So this is the last little bit of the song. Last tiny little bit. I know, it's sad. What's that? I know you're sad. Totally. So sad. You said it had a wah on it, right? Kinda, yeah. Let's have a little look at what I've got in here then. Sure it's a wah? I dunno. Hang on one second, I'm almost done making this group. Might be a bit of rotary drone. (guitar riff with effects) I don't know about that. But I respect you if that's what you think it was. That was it, got it. Ooh! (laughs) All right, you wanna... I don't think it was any of them. Do you wanna hear what it was? Yeah, please. (click track and solo guitar) Hold on. Yeah... It's not got anything on it. Actually it kinda does. I'm just hearing a difference in the EQ is all. I think so, yeah. Okay. Let's do the last bit then. We've got two bits to do. Yeah, last two bits. (guitar riff) Let's tune quickly. Let's do it. That one first? Yeah. Ready? To do an octave lower or an octave higher? I'll do an octave higher. Hang on, wait, wait, wait. (click track and guitar music) All right, you ready? Cool. (driving heavy metal music) Can you turn it up a little bit, please? (electric guitar solo) Cool. And the second one is... Right after the... There's the, uh... Oh, right here. Right at the end there, we've already done that. Oh no, there's three times there. Yeah. You can just copy and paste that bit, since it's exactly the same, isn't it? This one? Yeah. Sure. This. Yeah. Bridge, same thing? Technically, you could copy and paste it three times, as it's exactly the same. Okay, why not? (driving heavy metal music) All right, that would fit. And then we've got the one at the end. A'ight? Yeah, a'ight. A'ight. Let's see. (driving heavy metal music) And then you've got didge, on the end of that. Yeah, uh huh. Awesome. Good job. Good job, mate. Yeah.

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