Behind the Board: Eyal Levi from Audiohammer Studios

Eyal Levi is one of the engineers behind the board (huh, that would make a good name for a feature) at Audiohammer Studios, where he has recorded Job For A Cowboy, Arsis, Six Feet Under, and more. In this video he gives some crucial advice on how to get the best possible drum recording, and how it’s not just about gear.


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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • So, next time I record drums, I should be Shannon Lucas and hit so hard I break hardware? Good talk, bro.

    • I understand how you came to this generalization; however, I believe what he is getting at is that a drummer should absolutely have his shit together before he even thinks about booking the session. He should know the material inside and out without compromise; he should have every fill written and rehearsed while practicing to a CLICK. He should NOT hope that he can just come in and shit storm the live room and have the engineer/producer edit his performance into a masterpiece over the course of 3 months which seems to be the mantra of many local artists. There’s a reason that guys like Shannon Lucas sound great on their records; it’s because they’re genuinely great drummers and MUSICIANS who are disciplined and understand that a great performance is not only necessary, but mandatory for cutting a great record or playing a great show.

      • I just feel like that should go without saying. It seems painfully obvious. Learn the songs before you record them?! Eyal just isn’t very insightful into the process when it comes to drums. Probably because he’s not a drummer. Why is breaking hardware good? It’s cool ,I guess, but how does hitting so hard make the recording sound better? An interview with one of the drummer he mentioned in the video probably would have been more interesting and informative.

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