David Franz wrote the book on Pro Toolsliterally. Professional producer, engineer, musician, and expert Pro Tools user, Franz collaborated with Digidesign and Berklee College of Music to write the first-ever book about using Pro Tools, Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools, now a bestseller for Berklee Press and in its second edition. Franz uses Pro Tools everyday in his studio, on stage with his band, and in the classroom.
Working mainly from his own commercial studio, Underground Sun Studio in Venice, CA, Franz has worked with many musical artists from all over the globe in almost every genre of music. In addition to producing music for other artists, Franz is also a composer, writing music for film, TV, and corporate clients, as well as a performing musician.
Translating his real-world studio, composition and touring experience into transferable knowledge, Franz has contributed to Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, and DigiZine, Digidesign's online and print magazine. He has also written another book for Berklee Press called Recording and Producing in the Home Studio.
Franz wraps all these things together when teaching online courses for Berkleemusic.com. He has written two courses, Producing with Pro Tools and Recording and Producing in the Home Studio, teaching those along with the Production Workshop and Pro Tools 101 courses. He has been teaching online since the launch of Berkleemusic.com.
Franz holds a BS and MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he wrote his Master's thesis on mathematically modeling jazz improvisation. After Virginia Tech, Franz studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music.
Will Robertson is an accomplished producer, engineer, and performer. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Will has worked or performed with Grammy-winning and -nominated hit makers such as John Mayer, Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band), Shawn Mullins ("Lullaby"), and Pat Sansone (Wilco). Will has also performed with, arranged for, and recorded artists such as Rebecca Loebe (featured on NBC's "The Voice"), David Berkeley, Nathan Beaver, Arlington Priest, The Brilliant Inventions and Evan McHugh. Will's work has been featured on TV and radio worldwide.
Will holds a bachelor of arts in music from Rice University, where he studied double bass performance, as well as conducting and composition. He graduated from Berklee College of Music's music production and engineering program, where he was the recipient of the National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences (NARAS) scholarship. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing upright/electric bass, guitar, and piano, and he has played in, sung in, directed or conducted a variety of ensembles in styles such as singer-songwriter, bluegrass, rock, blues, musical theater, and classical.
“Producing with Pro Tools” gets you up and running with Pro Tools digital recording software, the choice of today’s recording industry pros. “For some it’s a great way to start off, and for others, it’s a great way to fill in a lot of holes,” says course author David Franz. “The course is full of tips, tricks, and shortcuts from a power user—stuff you might not find on your own.” Read more
“By the end of the course I was recording myself in both audio and midi formats, editing my recordings, and producing an audible recording to share with my family and friends. Learning so much about Pro Tools opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me that I never knew existed." - C. Foosaner
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