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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


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We are reading to start tracking, taking samples on everything. Kit sounds as good as it's gonna sound in this amount of time. And we're good to go. So I'm gonna make a new playlist. And we're gonna basically just let him run through the song a couple times because he's that good and hopefully we get some great takes out of it. Hey man. Yo. How are you doing? You know. Yeah? Yeah. So are you pretty much ready? Yeah. Alright cool so I'm gonna just run it through the song and if you mess up, you can keep going. If you just totally train wreck, you know, I'll only stop it when you give me the two snare hits. You mean I don't get fired? You don't get fired. I mean we might laugh at you but-- Yeah we'll definitely laugh. Alright so yeah so just keep going even if you screw up because we're gonna comp stuff. Awesome. Okay, ready? Yeah. Cool. We should probably check the tuning between takes. Okay. Hang on, we want our own click. (metronome beeping) (metal ...

music) (metronome beeping) So we should definitely check the tuning again. Yeah, sure. It sounded like it went out. Hey, great job. Matt's coming in, we're gonna tweak the tuning, make sure it's good, then we'll go for the next take okay? (drumming) Dropped a little, it did drop a little. (drumming) That's better. Much better, hang on a second, I'm gonna pick a different hit. (drumming) That's a bit more of a rim shot. (drumming) Do you think it's still a little low? Yeah a little bit. (drumming) Yeah you're still a little low. Like the sample has a little more crack to it. (drumming) That's better. That's better, choose a different hit. I just think it's where he's hitting on the snare too. (drumming) Just about there right? (drumming) That sounds good. Okay we're good, let's just check the toms. It's because we don't have lug locks for that snare because they don't really fit. There's two of them on there. Yeah but they won't fit the-- That sounded fine. Yeah, that one's good, moving on. Yeah but they won't fit on every lug. He said that it's something to do with an interesting construction. Oh I know what he's talking about. (drumming) Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. (drumming) Hang on I wanna hear the decay real quick. (drumming) Okay we're good, cool, thanks. I feel like my life's incomplete without this. Okay, you'll see. (metronome beeping) (metal music) (metronome beeping) Okay so you wanna tighten down the cymbals, and let's double check that snare and toms again. Cool. Flailing all which way. Do I need to tape these down again? Do you have room to? Is it gonna actually? Maybe. It should be fine for another take. You think? I do think. Okay. I mean if it does fly off we can just punch it. How about I just do this? Just put a piece over the top here. (murmuring) Could be because of those giant sticks that you're using. That's a good point. I should downsize shouldn't I? I mean even the Thomas Langs would be a step down, and those things are like bricks. (metronome beeping) (metal music) (metronome beeping) Thanks Matt. No problem. (metronome beeping) (metal music) You ready? Yup. I hate hiccups. You hate what, hiccups? Hiccups, yeah, I'm hiccuping. (metal music) (metronome beeping) Hey Anup? Yeah? Okay so we like that idea but not throughout-- All of it? What's that? Not throughout all of it? Yeah, only after that pause. Yeah I'm down. Okay cool. So you mean, okay so (humming) pause. (humming) Yes. Right? Yeah. And then all the way through the end? Yup, uh huh. Okay. It kinda sounds a little bit like Pedal Heart so it's cool. Yeah it does. Okay so I'll start it near that, near the pause okay? Cool. And I need you to play along just so that the ring out that goes through the pause, I need to record that. Yeah totally man. Okay so do you want me to just start you at where it switches to 145 BPM? Yeah start me where it switches to 140, yeah okay. 145? Yup. Okay, alright, ready? Yup. And I know that we got this in another take. Or I think. (metal music) (metronome beeping) Yeah maybe, he doesn't need to hit it as hard. I think it's cooler when it's more like just thrown away kind of, lower. Hey let's get it one more time, and Matt has a suggestion. Just play the stack softer, like less of a hit, it's more of a throwaway type thing. Okay cool. It's really just a texture thing that's cool in the background you know? I gotcha, it's hard to like. Okay I'm keeping that take though. Yeah. So I'll restart you at the same spot okay? Yup. Alright go when you're ready. (metal music) (metronome beeping) Do we wanna get one more just for, because I feel like he can still do it one more better and then be done? Yup, do it. Hey dude? Yeah? That was awesome, we're gonna do it one more time just because it's a new thing, and then we'll be done. Cool man. What about a crazier fill at the end maybe? And yeah maybe a crazier fill at the end. Instead of (humming) maybe? (humming) Oh okay, okay Matt, yeah. (humming) Come on you can play that. (metal music) That's fine, do it again. I'm keeping that because I like one fill. You dig it in there? Here it goes. (metal music) (metronome beeping) Whatever we've already got a great ending. I think we're safe to stop. Sorry Matt. That's alright. But the other idea was good. Good idea though. Hey dude, we're done. Don't tear it down, we gotta comp something but great work.

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.