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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 24 of 74

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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 24 of 74

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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


  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.


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.