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Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 61 of 74

Setting Up Drum Triggers


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Lesson 61 of 74

Setting Up Drum Triggers


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


  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.