Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 61/74 - Setting Up Drum Triggers


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Setting Up Drum Triggers

I'm gonna set two things up, just to have. Gonna set up an instance of my Drumforge on the kick and on the snare, but I'm gonna have it muted. This is gonna be just in case I need to use it, I can access it quickly. It's an instrument track, so I'll just treat it like it's an actual audio track. Okay, so. You know what, maybe... Maybe during the break I'll reboot and it'll work just fine. So anyways, I was setting up a contact right there, to be routed to kick. Come on, where is it? There it is. Okay, and I just go ahead and turn the audio volume all the way down and then I'm going to go to the MIDI, this is the kick MIDI. But yeah. I have to have Drumforge actually instantiated for it to, for it to see it. So contact 1, alright, and I'm gonna put one right under the snare as well. Gonna make an instrument track. Okay. And then this goes to snare, which I will find, there we go. Turn the volume all the way down, the audio volume, and assign the MIDI, right here to contact 2. (click) (b...

urst of fast music) I know that the session sounds all kinds of crazy right now, as it should, because all the routing is insane, but... (heavy rock music) But I am seeing that I'm not getting vocals to my vocal aux, so that's good. As in, not good, as in I should fix this. Voc FX should be going to my vocal aux. Look at this, voc screens, none of these were going to my vocal aux. What a horrible reality. So I'm just gonna scan through here and see if anything is going to the mix master bus and not to the stuff that I've created and assigned it to. Alright, all looking pretty normal. (heavy rock music and vocals) No bass, probably because I turned it all down. Yeah. (music) Anyways, this sounds crazy and out of whack 'cause it's absolutely not mixed, but... (music) See how easy this is gonna be now? Get the, whatever fine moves I need to do down there, out of the way, but then when it comes down to the big moves, I just have to be within this screen and I'm pretty much good. Get a little smaller, fit the drums and... (heavy rock music with drums) It's all there. (drum solo) Some people have asked me what the Pro Tools version would be of the way that my business partner, Joe Sturgess, does the mixing with faders at zero in Cubase, with the input knob at the top of the track. Well, this is a really good example right here. So in Pro Tools we have the trim control, and so with faders at zero, and the busses are at zero as well, I believe, I'm gonna turn down the level of the bass to not overtake the drums. (bass and drums) You know, and then that just opens you up to be able to do whatever you've gotta do. (bass and drums) (guitar riff joins) So I'm starting each one of these with a trim plugin. (music) Okay, whatever. Now I actually have to mix this. I hope that this all makes sense to you guys. This is all routed now, there might be a few things that come up while I'm mixing, and I'll deal with them as they come up, but as of now, this is ready to mix. Again, like I said, at the risk of getting redundant there will be things that come up and I might need to rearrange a couple things, but, you know. As far as I know we're good to go, and I mean, just check it out. We've got the whole band. (burst of music) I mean, a little loud, and I will turn them down. (rock music and vocals) Whatever, not even gonna get into that now. But as you can see, all the instruments are coming through. So good to go, I hope you guys learned something from this. Oh, lastly, the plugins that are on here are the plugins that were on during the tracking session. Because we liked what was going on in that room, we felt like we got some good sounds. But all in all, I might just start from scratch. Just remains to be seen, but this is where it kinda left off after tracking. We did feel like got some good stuff so why reinvent the wheel. But I'm gonna actually find out now if it's worth scrapping or keeping. So with that, peace out.

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.