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.

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?


Intro to Bootcamp
Purpose of Pre-Production
Technical Side of Preproduction
Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map
Pre-Production: Importing Stems
Pre-Production: Click Track
Creating Tracking Templates
Intro and the Tone Pie
Drums - Lay of the Land
Bearing Edges
Wood Types
Depths and Sizes
Sticks and Beaters
Drum Heads
Drum Tuning
Drum Mic Placement Intro
Basic Drum Mic Setup
Cymbal Mic Setup
Touch Up Tuning
Microphone Choice and Placement
Drum Tracking Intro
Getting Tones and Final Placement
Primary Tracking
Punching In and Comping Takes
Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking
Amplifiers - Lay of the Land
Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out
Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement
Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain
Finalizing Amplifier Tone
Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin
Intro to Rhythm Tracking
Setting Up Guitars
Working with a Guitarist
Final Guitar Tone and Recap
Guitar Tracking with John
Guitar Tracking with Ollie
Final Tracking
Tracking Quads
Intro to Bass Tone
Bass Tone Setup
Bass Tone Mic Placement
Bass Tracking
Intro to Clean and Lead Tones
Clean Guitar Tones
Lead Tones
Vocal Setup for Tracking
Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
Vocal Mic Shootout
Lead Vocal Tracking
Writing Harmonies
Harmony Vocal Tracking
Vocal Warm Ups
Scream Vocal Tracking
Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction
Vocal Tuning and Editing
Routing and Bussing
Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels
Setting Up Parallel Compression
Setting Up Drum Triggers
Gain Staging and Trim
Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ
Drum Mixing - Snare
Drum Mixing - Kick
Drum Mixing - Toms
Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms
Drum Mixing Recap
Mixing Bass Guitar
Mixing Rhythm Guitars
Basic Vocal Mix
Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars
Mixing - Automation
Mastering - 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.