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Lesson 12 from: Recording Metal with Eyal Levi: A Bootcamp

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Lesson Info

12. Depths and Sizes

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Intro to Bootcamp

13:45
2

Purpose of Pre-Production

15:55
3

Technical Side of Preproduction

11:33
4

Pre-Production: Setting Up the Tempo Map

12:05
5

Pre-Production: Importing Stems

10:11
6

Pre-Production: Click Track

15:27
7

Creating Tracking Templates

17:04
8

Intro and the Tone Pie

04:52
9

Drums - Lay of the Land

10:45
10

Bearing Edges

03:10
11

Wood Types

10:37
12

Depths and Sizes

04:00
13

Hoops

02:39
14

Sticks and Beaters

07:39
15

Drum Heads

07:31
16

Drum Tuning

1:03:55
17

Drum Mic Placement Intro

10:38
18

Basic Drum Mic Setup

53:37
19

Cymbal Mic Setup

35:25
20

Touch Up Tuning

46:56
21

Microphone Choice and Placement

40:34
22

Drum Tracking Intro

01:01
23

Getting Tones and Final Placement

34:52
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

10:01
28

Amplifiers & Cab Shoot Out

27:13
29

Guitar Cab Mic Choice and Placement

03:56
30

Guitar Tracking and Signal Chain

29:08
31

Finalizing Amplifier Tone

51:24
32

Guitar Mic Shootout Round Robin

05:22
33

Intro to Rhythm Tracking

07:46
34

Setting Up Guitars

15:02
35

Working with a Guitarist

05:05
36

Final Guitar Tone and Recap

04:11
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

07:36
43

Bass Tone Mic Placement

16:42
44

Bass Tracking

45:09
45

Intro to Clean and Lead Tones

02:15
46

Clean Guitar Tones

34:05
47

Lead Tones

10:58
48

Vocal Setup for Tracking

11:27
49

Vocal Mic Selection and Setup

02:39
50

Vocal Mic Shootout

09:14
51

Lead Vocal Tracking

38:09
52

Writing Harmonies

07:44
53

Harmony Vocal Tracking

23:25
54

Vocal Warm Ups

11:40
55

Scream Vocal Tracking

18:57
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

30:51
61

Setting Up Drum Triggers

10:41
62

Gain Staging and Trim

1:00:54
63

Drum Mixing - Subtractive EQ

25:39
64

Drum Mixing - Snare

23:01
65

Drum Mixing - Kick

11:39
66

Drum Mixing - Toms

24:47
67

Drum Mixing - Cymbals and Rooms

17:24
68

Drum Mixing Recap

08:58
69

Mixing Bass Guitar

16:27
70

Mixing Rhythm Guitars

1:16:08
71

Basic Vocal Mix

1:08:59
72

Mixing Clean and Lead Guitars

58:55
73

Mixing - Automation

43:36
74

Mastering - Interview with Joel Wanasek

31:02

Lesson Info

Depths and Sizes

Our depth, which applies to all drums, we can get into that a little bit. Basically, the deeper the drum, the lower the fundamental pitch is going to be. However, the deeper the drum, the less sustain you're going to have out of the drum itself. And that's counter intuitive It is counter intuitive and we've noticed that the trend in bass drums at one point was to go super deep with the bass drums. That was to get a super low fundamental and also cut down the amount of resonance, so you didn't have to muffle it as much. The trend has since gone and settled in kinda an 18 inch depth on the bass drum in that area because they've found that you can get a little bit, you know, enough resonance and enough low end punch from the depth. With the toms, the same rule applies. If we're going to go shallower, we're gonna get a lot more sustain. The reason being is because there's less air between the two heads. When you hit the top head, it sends air to the bottom head, and then the bottom hea...

d reacts and sends air back to the top head. You have this sympathetic vibration. The shallower the capsule or the cylinder that it's working with, the quicker that's happening, and the longer it's going to sustain, or keep moving inside of the drum. When you increase the depth, it takes longer for the air to get to the bottom and the energy loses, loses over time, so as it's traveling longer distances, it's not gonna make as many repetitions between the two heads, so your sustain is going to be a lot shorter for a deeper drum. I think it's just important to note, because I think a lot of people think it's the exact opposite. Right People think deeper drum lasts forever, thunder. Right. It's literally the opposite. All of our rack toms, our 12 inch toms, are all the same depth. Our floor toms are, we have two that are the same depth, which are 14 inch depth, and the last one is a traditional 16 by 16. Even when the 16 by 16 is tuned to the same pitches, it's going to sound like it has a little bit lower fundamental, just because it's a little bit deeper on the drum itself. And we'll show you guys later. We'll do side-by-side AB comparison of the two, so you can hear exactly what we're talking about. Right. As far as cymbals go, we have several different to choose from. They're all from the Byzance line from MEINL, which is their more traditional and dark sounding cymbals, which actually end up recording really well, because they're not amplified in the high end. Yeah. We can rely on more microphone selection to get the characteristics from the cymbals that we want, as opposed to the cymbals dictating where they're gonna live all the time, which is great. It makes it a lot easier to work them in with high gain guitars, too, which also, anyone who works with high gain guitars know that they are a frequency hog. They swallow everything. Those upper-mids and high range, you really need to get those balanced with the cymbals right in order for a mix to work out and not get muddy. You actually get a lot more width that way, once you get those high-mids worked out. Cymbals like these make it a lot easier to deal with later. I think that pretty much covers the basics of what we're working with now. Now we're going to go and figure out how we're gonna pick what we're gonna pick.

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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.

Will
 

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.

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