Working with a Guitarist


Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp


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 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 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.