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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 5 of 74

Pre-Production: Importing Stems


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 5 of 74

Pre-Production: Importing Stems


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Pre-Production: Importing Stems

So first thing I would do is get the tempo map in. Got that in. Got the markers in. They already have that done. If they didn't then I would do it in another order I would import their session. I mean their bounces. And then start creating the markers in tempo map from there. Now you just need to make sure that what they send you are actually stemmed out. Meaning that they're all consolidated to the zero point. So start by importing their Pre Pro stems. And the clicks. So, mind you, I'm hitting copy all. Because I actually want to copy these into my audio drive. If you're just one person and you never switch computers. This may not seem like a huge deal. But if you're going from room to room you wanna' make sure that those files are in the actual audio files folder for the session. So, copy them all in. Yes, I want them in the audio files folder. Any questions while this processes. Well Justin wanted to know I guess explain the zero point consolidation. Sure. Or what is consolida...

ting to (mumbles). I will show you an example when this audio gets in. Basically, what it means is that, if an audio file is cut up into various pieces or starts not at the start of the session that you basically create a version that glues it all together into one audio file that starts at zero. So that if you were to export it and someone else was to put into their DAW all they would have to do is pull in the stems line them up at zero and everything would work. They wouldn't have to hunt around for where everything goes. Which is one of the most annoying things ever to have to do. If you're getting audio from other people. Is to have to guess where it should go. You should just be able to pull it into the session; have it all work so. Hitting new tracks. Boom. And... So that's what it looks like when it's consolidated. Yeah so let's just say that... that's not consolidated now. So if I were to export these, if I was sending these. Say if this was the end of the line. You know, this is my recording and I'm sending it to somebody else to mix and I'm bouncing all this out and I send them this, and this, and this. See, all they have to do, whoever it is, is pull these into their session. Stick them against the zero point right here at the start. And everything will line up. However if I export this, like this. Then it'll actually start right there. If they line it up. That's not the right place clearly. Then they'll have to either, hit you up and tell you that you did it wrong or they'll have to guess that it goes right here. And that can't get rather annoying. Specially when you have lots of vocals. People are notorious for doing this with synths. When you get on the consolidated audio like this the true meaning of subjective comes... It really like comes forward because, it's really really interesting where you might think that a piece of audio should go as opposed to where the band intended for it to go. So you're kinda' lettin' people's creativity engage on stuff that it shouldn't engage on if you send unconsolidated stems. So on Pro Tools, the way you would do this is you would select that and then drag it all the way to zero and the Shift + Option + boom, problem solved. Okay, so, let's see what we got. First things first is I'm gonna' rename this stuff so that it's easier for me to look at 'cause everything is zero, seven dash. So... Remove this number and then I'm gonna' call this Pre Pro underscore Backup Vocals, okay. Pre Pro undescore, common', underscore, you bastard. Underscore Base Guitar. Okay (mouse and keyboard clicks) Pre Pro, underscore, Cleans. Explain why I'm doing this like this in a second. Pre Pro, underscore, Lead Guitars. Rhythms. Samples. And, you know, since I know that these are actually synths and I don't want any confusion between, these and drum samples for instance. I'm gonna' actually call this Synth. Whoops, did I miss anything? And... Okay so I'm gonna' call this Pre Pro Instrumental. (mouse and keyboard clicks) I'll just call this Click. You're Song No Click. All right, cool. The reason that I do this the way I do it is... Now you'll notice this also later on, some of you guys who have seen my other Creative Lives or heard the podcast or whatnot know that I like to do things this way. Basically, I always put what type of track it is in abbreviation up front. Like, if it's GTR, if it's guitars I'll put G/RH for rhythms or something or G/Cleans. That way when you export these or you look at the audio files menu if you do it alphabetically all the guitars will be together, all the pre pro will be together, all the vocals will be together. You won't have to hunt around for stuff. It's just one more step at being efficient with your life. So... And then the last thing I'll do is just kinda' group things together, kinda' in a logical order. Cool. Now... So let's check their instrumental. I'm actually gonna' add a master fader. Just in case the output is blaring or something. I don't wanna' kill you guys. I'll just put a trim on it. (mouse and keyboard clicks) I'll route this all to the master. (heavy metal music plays and stops) (heavy metal music plays) (heavy metal music stops) I'm afraid that's... (heavy metal music plays) (heavy metal music stops) Getting something like that from a band it's so great. Most bands aren't capable of doing something that sounds this good. But, God, what a relief when they can right?

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.


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.