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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Berklee Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876390084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876390085
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An invaluable guide for aspiring producers and engineers to help craft their techniques in this changing world of recording." -- Rae Di Leo, Engineer/Programmer (Filter)

"Helpful for anyone who is starting out or wanting to learn about the proper way to arrange a recording session." -- Billy Bush, Grammy Award-Nominated Engineer (Garbage, Korn, The Offspring, Alanis Morissette)

With loads of real-world tips, Franz walks the reader through all the steps of pre-production, production, mixing, and mastering." -- Charles Dye, Grammy Award-Nominated Mixer/Engineer/Producer (Ricky Martin's --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

How do you produce exceptional music? This comprehensive home-studio guide will show you how to create the highest-quality recordings by honing your production skills and engineering techniques. With a complete explanation of the entire production process, you'll find out everything successful producers and engineers need to know, making your music projects stand out from the rest.

Learn how to:

- Mix and master your recordings like the pros
- Run a recording session and produce great songs
- Set up your home studio and improve the efficiency of your system
- Set up microphones to capture superior sounds
- Prevent recording disasters before they occur
- Get the perfect performance from an artist
- Create and stick to budgets, organize schedules, and negotiate contracts
- Master the intricacies of Pro Tools with keystroke shortcuts and technical instruction
- Record real-sounding MIDI tracks

Producers, engineers, songwriters, and artists: Develop your production and engineering expertise. Realize the full potential of your songwriting and musical artistry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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As in music, books are subjective so you may glean far more than I from this book.
R. Hendee
The miking and mixing ideas, the production values, and the section about making realistic-sounding MIDI parts were the most important topics for me.
Donald West
So, as a warning to any other unsuspecting buyer, if you own Franz's other book, DO NOT BUY THIS ONE.
TOL

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mccarthy on December 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just took an online Pro Tools class at berkeleymusic.com, and Dave Franz (the author of this book), is the most knowledgable person on Pro Tools around. We used his text to supplement the online course. But I bought his book months before the course began.
Immediately, I was learning about sound fields and phantom images so I could get my monitoring and recording environment set up correctly (which I had set up VERY incorrectly to begin with).
Next, he goes step by step into simple recording, and helps you out with input signals and example setups for all of DigiDesign's hardware (Digi001, Digi002, MBox, even PT Free) so you get good signal flow in through you whole system. From there, he progresses to more advanced recording techniques like punching and auto-punching and the different record modes.
Also included in this book are system settings that will let you get the most out of Pro Tools from your current machine and chapters on mixing and basic plugin usage. The best are the example sessions included on the CD that allow you to see what he does in real time as compared to what's beign taught in the book. There are also trials of popular third-party plugins on the CD so you can sample some really powerful RTAS plugins while working in Pro Tools.
Make sure if you buy this book, you are running Pro Tools 6.x. He has an earlier version of this book for users still running PT 5.x.x.
All in all, if you are a beginner, this is the place to start, hands down, and more advanced users will find juicy tidbits here and there as well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt Kaiser on January 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this Pro Tools book because it's been on Digidesign's home page for the past few months. It goes past what the manual talks about, and has a bunch of examples in text, pdf, and also on the CD rom. Another nice plus is that ProTools Free comes with it. Beats waiting for my modem to download it. It shows a lot of the more technical side of producing on ProTools, but also It basically teaches the reader how to be a successful producer and engineer. There's chapters on preproduction, miking, running a recording session, and a bunch of other topics.
I got the most out of the chapters on Improving
System Performance and Efficiency, which explains ways to maximize your computer's processing power while using Pro Tools. My computer is kind of slow, so this made things quite a bit faster. Also, the chapter on mixing techniques explained things much more clearly than I've seen before. All in all, a good read. I highly recommend it for Pro Tools users of any level.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Hendee on December 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
...The reason I bought the book was because the manual provided with Pro Tools is a reference manual and I was in search of a "how to" guide with useful examples and real-world applications. And I'm still looking! This book simply mimicks much of what is convered in Digidesign's supplied reference manual and adds little additional content except for an odd emphasis on the producer and engineer's role in the preproduction and production process. And frankly I bought the book as a Pro Tools primer, not as a generalization of the production and engineering process---there are books far better than this which are dedicated to those topics. Additionally, the "bonus CD" included with the book is the equivalent of a "bonus" copy of AOL --- nothing more than a copy of Digidesign's "Pro Tools FREE", available as you would expect FOR FREE from their web site. As in music, books are subjective so you may glean far more than I from this book. Just buy at your own risk (or buy mine used...).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TOL on December 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
First, let me say that I TOTALLY disagree with other reviewers who have said that this is nothing more than a re-hashing of the ProTools manual. In fact, it is absolutely nothing like the manual. The downside to that fact is that this book is not at all a detailed course or how-to guide on how to use the finer features of ProTools. What it is, however, is a very good manual on how to integrate ProTools into your home recording studio. The book provides an excellent overview of the home studio and tells you how to use ProTools within that environment. As such, it explains how to set-up your studio, run a recording session, act as the producer and/or engineer, and, of course, how to integrate ProTools into all of these functions. In this regard, the book is a very unique guide which I believe most home and project studio owners will find very useful.

So, why the 2-star rating? Well, as good as the book is, it is nearly an EXACT copy of David Franz's other book "Recording And Producing In The Home Studio" - a book, by the way, which I already own!!! Chapters are lifted from that book, word for word, and placed into this one - only this time with specific references to ProTools. So, now, I have two copies of virtually the same book. For shame Berklee!!! For shame David Franz!!! This type of re-packaging should be illegal. So, as a warning to any other unsuspecting buyer, if you own Franz's other book, DO NOT BUY THIS ONE. If you do not, then buy only this one. If I saved even one person from making the same mistake that I did, then it was worth it. By the way, anyone wanna buy a book?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. D'angora on October 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a musician, and I've wanted to produce and record my own music at home for a long time. I'm not very technically savvy, so I really needed something in addition to a manual to help me. This is the perfect book for me! It showed me how to set up my studio, gave me advice on microphone set up, sound in the room, and Pro Tools session work from start to finish. I don't know of a more perfect book for someone out there who is just getting into home recording. EXCELLENT!!!!
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