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'Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools'
Published in Partnership with Digidesign

Boston, MA, Monday, March 11, 2002—Berklee Press, the publishing division of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, has released the first comprehensive guide to professional home studio production using industry-standard Pro Tools® software.

Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools is published in partnership with Digidesign, creator of the revolutionary Pro Tools digital audio software. Written by producer, engineer and songwriter David Franz, the book goes beyond the manual to teach home studio-based artists, producers, and engineers how to achieve top-quality recordings.

"Excellent advice to young producers and engineers!" said Charles Dye, GRAMMY® Award-nominated mixer/engineer/producer, whose credits include Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," the first number one hit song mixed entirely in Pro Tools. "Franz walks the reader through all the steps of pre-production, production, mixing, and mastering with a logical and easy-to-grasp approach. Above all, he keeps the reader focused on the big picture by balancing technical aspects with what's most important—the music."

"There are many practical techniques and skills for producing professional-quality recordings in a home studio that the software manual won't teach you," stated author Franz. "With Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools, we want to offer anyone working in a home studio a clear way to create recordings that can meet the best technical standards."

The introduction of Pro Tools in the mid-1980s is widely recognized as marking a revolution in audio recording and production. The powerful and easy-to-use digital audio production systems give even amateur producers the means to achieve professional-sounding recordings, and have helped spark the boom in home and project studio music recording and production. Now garage bands can compete sonically with the best-heeled acts, and the doorways to expensive studios no longer need be barriers to new talent.

Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools is the first detailed, practical guide to take a total approach to using the new computer tools to achieve music recordings that can stand with the productions of world-class studios. The book comes with a CD-ROM including Pro Tools FREE software and examples of Pro Tools audio and MIDI file sessions.

Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools is being jointly distributed by Digidesign and Hal Leonard Corporation. It is also available, along with other Berklee Press books and products, at

About Berklee Press
Berklee Press publishes educational and instructional books, videotapes, DVDs, and interactive products covering all areas of contemporary music education. Recent releases include Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ, a pioneering guide to the emerging genre, the Berklee Practice Method: Get Your Band Together series, and Inside the Hits: The Seduction of a Rock and Roll Generation. Berklee Press proceeds benefit Berklee College scholarships. Berklee Press products are distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), is the world’s leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems and software, and the exclusive distributor of Focusrite hardware and software product lines in North and Latin America. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, surround mixing and mastering. Digidesign products are marketed in over 30 countries worldwide, through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships.

Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools cover art available online at

Review copies are available to members of the media by submitting a request to Berklee Press on your publication's letterhead via fax at (617) 747-2149, attn: Kate Klapfish.

Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools, by David Franz
$34.95 (US), book/CD-ROM, trim size - 6" x 9", soft cover; ISBN 0-634-03221-6

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