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Working with a Guitarist

Lesson 35 from: Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

Eyal Levi

Working with a Guitarist

Lesson 35 from: Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

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Lesson Info

35. Working with a Guitarist

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Intro to Bootcamp

13:44
2

Purpose of Pre-Production

15:54
3

Technical Side of Preproduction

11:32
4

Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map

12:05
5

Pre-Production: Importing Stems

10:10
6

Pre-Production: Click Track

15:26
7

Creating Tracking Templates

17:03
8

Intro and the Tone Pie

04:51
9

Drums - Lay of the Land

10:44
10

Bearing Edges

03:09
11

Wood Types

10:36
12

Depths and Sizes

04:00
13

Hoops

02:38
14

Sticks and Beaters

07:38
15

Drum Heads

07:30
16

Drum Tuning

1:03:54
17

Drum Mic Placement Intro

10:37
18

Basic Drum Mic Setup

53:36
19

Cymbal Mic Setup

35:24
20

Touch Up Tuning

46:55
21

Microphone Choice and Placement

40:34
22

Drum Tracking Intro

01:01
23

Getting Tones and Final Placement

34:51
24

Primary Tracking

31:54
25

Punching In and Comping Takes

20:11
26

Guitar Setup and Rhythm Tone Tracking

01:59
27

Amplifiers - Lay of the Land

10:00
28

Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out

27:12
29

Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement

03:56
30

Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain

29:07
31

Finalizing Amplifier Tone

51:24
32

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin

05:21
33

Intro to Rhythm Tracking

07:46
34

Setting Up Guitars

15:02
35

Working with a Guitarist

05:04
36

Final Guitar Tone and Recap

04:10
37

Guitar Tracking with John

15:19
38

Guitar Tracking with Ollie

32:03
39

Final Tracking

22:08
40

Tracking Quads

33:44
41

Intro to Bass Tone

01:26
42

Bass Tone Setup

07:35
43

Bass Tone Mic Placement

16:42
44

Bass Tracking

45:08
45

Intro to Clean and Lead Tones

02:15
46

Clean Guitar Tones

34:04
47

Lead Tones

10:58
48

Vocal Setup for Tracking

11:26
49

Vocal Mic Selection and Setup

02:38
50

Vocal Mic Shootout

09:13
51

Lead Vocal Tracking

38:09
52

Writing Harmonies

07:44
53

Harmony Vocal Tracking

23:25
54

Vocal Warm Ups

11:39
55

Scream Vocal Tracking

18:56
56

Vocal Tuning and Editing Introduction

01:35
57

Vocal Tuning and Editing

29:26
58

Routing and Bussing

25:16
59

Color Coding, Labeling and Arranging Channels

17:54
60

Setting Up Parallel Compression

30:50
61

Setting Up Drum Triggers

10:41
62

Gain Staging and Trim

1:00:54
63

Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ

25:38
64

Drum Mixing - Snare

23:00
65

Drum Mixing - Kick

11:39
66

Drum Mixing - Toms

24:47
67

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms

17:23
68

Drum Mixing Recap

08:57
69

Mixing Bass Guitar

16:26
70

Mixing Rhythm Guitars

1:16:07
71

Basic Vocal Mix

1:08:59
72

Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars

58:55
73

Mixing - Automation

43:35
74

Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek

31:01

Lesson Info

Working with a Guitarist

So you guys are gonna notice when I track that I'm gonna be using a bunch of different techniques with these guys. Gonna do some riffs in single takes, Gonna do some parts off to a click, Gonna do some parts loop recording, and some parts just punching in. And I don't favor any one method. I know some guys who need to record entire albums with just one method and I think that that's a very very bad way to go. You should be proficient at every method of guitar recording so that you can use the right one when appropriate because there's always a reason to change up what you're doing. It always has to be riff appropriate and part appropriate so have a bag of tricks, a bag of recording tricks. Be good at recording just to a click. Be good at recording people in loop mode. Just practice it all so that when you record a band who does many different things you can choose the appropriate one at the right time. One thing that we're not gonna cover in this is guitar editing, like editing DI's to...

the drums. And that's because these guys are really great players, there's no need for that. We're gonna get everything with the takes. I don't need to fix them. However that's not the case all the time. Sometimes you really do need to fix guitar players and there're some very definite techniques that you should know about time aligning DI's so that you can have a tight modern product. So I'm making a supplemental guitar editing video that will show you all about how to edit DI's. All you have to do is go to urm.academy/metalrecordingbootcamp and you can get that video. And with that let's talk about some tone in your hands. We give you some tone actually. There you go. (man playing metal guitar) So when I play you'll probably notice that I play pretty hard on the, (strums guitar) on the guitar with my picking hat and the reason for that is it means I can have less gain at the amp stage. And if you have less gain at the amp stage, more of the notes come out. It's not soaked in loads of distortion which will sound bad for the final product. So if you learn to pick harder basically, along the way it might take years to sort of bring this technique to fruition but it's worth it in the end because it's just gonna have, your sound is gonna be much better in the final products. So. You know I've always found that the best sounding guitar players are the ones that pick the hardest. However, lots of guys who pick really hard pull it out of tune, therefore ruining it. So how did you get it to the point where you could play as hard as you do but not go out of tune. Because you don't ever use tuning bridges or anything like that. No, it was literally just, I guess trial and error over a long period of time. I'd probably say between five and 10 years recording in Cubase to a click. Which is definitely also a very important part of recording if you've never played to a click before. Then the moment that you do is really gonna mess you up. So yeah, it's practicing to a click, going back over what you've done to see what mistakes have been made, and eventually if you can pick up on those mistakes you'll try and perfect them the next time you record. And after a certain amount of time it will just get a lot better. So I guess picking hard is like learning how to tune the instrument that you have in your hands as well. So we see every single instrument is different, it has sweet spots and you know, learning all that stuff will help you out in the recording session. And that's a very important skill to develop as a guitar player. And actually as a producer who works with guitar players you should be good enough at guitar to where you can play chords in tune. Yeah. Because lots of guys have not developed their skills to that point. And there are many times where a guitar can read perfectly in tune, Yeah. On the tuner, and be perfectly intonated yet the moment a person starts playing everything just goes sharp. Yup! And it's because of the way they hold the neck or the way they pick. Yeah, exactly, yeah. Another thing as well about the picking hard, there's picking hard and then there's picking consistently as well. So it's not just picking hard and going relentless on it. It's about controlled as well to make sure that everything is consistent. The more consistent the better it's gonna sound.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Eyal Levi Bootcamp Bonuses
Drum Editing - HD

Ratings and Reviews

Ron
 

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!!!!!!!!

ceeleeme
 

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.

user-eb82bd
 

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.

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