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Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools Paperback – October 1, 2001
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"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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?
If you're new to ProTools (and recording in general) and in need of an overview of the program and its capabilities, buy this book. If you're looking for a technical reference handbook, read the ProTools manual.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book thinking it was the one I needed for my Berklee Class, but realized it was the outdated edition only after it arrived and my classes had begun. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by K. Andrews
this book reads more like a manual and covers a lot of information. However, for a beginner it is worth the price because you will come away with some critical and time saving... Read morePublished on September 23, 2005 by Amazon Customer
This book gives you a general overview only. In most situations I had to refer to the Pro Tools reference guide to get a detailed explanation in order to do what needed to be done. Read morePublished on July 21, 2005 by zeitgeistwriter
I got an MBox for my laptop just to demo up some songs I have been working on (so I don't have to shell out at the studio). This book got me hooked up and recording in no time. Read morePublished on March 26, 2004 by sixpinelbow
Just bought this book ... it's very helpfull for me ... it's clear ... it's greatPublished on December 30, 2003
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... Read morePublished on October 27, 2003 by Jennifer A. D'angora
Intuitive, detailed, and accessible. Dave Franz offers the tools, techniques, and more than a few secrets to creating a successful Pro Tools production. Read morePublished on October 24, 2003