Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 47/74 - Lead Tones


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 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



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.