Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp



Lesson Info

Vocal Mic Selection and Setup

Here I am at our little makeshift vocal booth. We built this because there's actually no real iso booth that I know of in this studio, at least not in the one we're using, and as a matter of fact, lots of singers hate being in vocal booths because they feel claustrophobic so I will often end up recording vocalists right there with me in the control room. It won't work for this because we've got cameras and everything going on. It would be annoying, but sometimes you've gotta work with what you have, and what we have is this live room that sucks and pushes 300 like crazy and has all kinds of weird reflections, and it's no better than if you have to record in your untreated bedroom. There's just all kinds of weird stuff that'll get into the mic that you then can't really get rid of. So to mitigate that damage, we did build a little vocal fort here, and since the microphone will be rejecting what's coming from over there, at least there's gonna be no reflections coming in from here, here,...

here, and there are the panels on the ceiling. So we're gonna do our best to get rid of as much of this room as we can. Again, we also put a carpet on the floor to try to not get any of the floor in there. We're gonna shoot out of an RE which is a broadcast mic. It's good for a big radio voice. Chris sings in a higher register. He's got a, he just goes high a lot. So I figure maybe this will give some nice low end to his voice. We're going with SM7B which is your standard metal vocal microphone, and I've worked with him on an SM7B before on the Monuments record and he sounds fantastic through one, and then one Echo Classic with the U67. What's funny though is that just because that's the most expensive microphone here doesn't mean it's gonna sound good, and I think a lot of people get that wrong. Oftentimes the most expensive microphone will make a vocalist sound brittle, or who knows what. You gotta pick the right microphone for the vocalist, not the worst microphone for your wallet, and with that, we'll go in the control room.

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
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