Studio Sessions: Recreating the drum sound of ‘When The Levee Breaks’

It’s one thing to hear a sound in a recording and appreciate it, but to faithfully recreate it in a studio environment is another task altogether. There are countless bass lines, guitar solos, and drum sounds that musicians look to for inspiration, and try in vain to channel for their own recording; however, it’s not always easy to find someone who knows how to successfully recreate a sound.

Abbey Road Institute, the obvious choice for any budding producer or sound engineer looking to build their skills under the name of one of music’s most legendary studios, knows the kind of people who have the answers to these studio secrets. Luckily for you, they’re also the people who work at ARI to share such knowledge with the next generation.


In the first instalment of Studio Sessions with Abbey Road Institute, we take a closer look at the unforgettable drum sound of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic, ‘When The Levee Breaks’. Prepare to finally achieve an accurate John Bonham impersonation as ARI experts walk you through the tricks of the trade needed to replicate the drums from the iconic song.



Find out how many microphones you’ll need, what kind of effects are required, and just how Zeppelin achieved the drum sound in their timeless recording.


Step inside Melbourne’s Abbey Road Institute with their Study For a Day program on Saturday December 14. Visit for further details, and stay tuned for the next Studio Session.