David Franz wrote the book on Pro Tools—literally. 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, a bestseller for Berklee Press and in its third 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 Boston, MA, Franz has worked with many musical artists from all over the globe in almost every genre of music. Some of his most recent clients include Dave Weiner (touring guitarist with Berklee alum Steve Vai), Grey Star Morning, Andy Moore, and his own band—the bleedin bleedins.
Recording, producing, mixing, and mastering music in home and professional studios for more than fifteen years, Franz is also a studio musician and tours with his band, most recently in Ireland and on the east coast of the US, playing at such venues as Tower Records and Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, Roisin Dubh in Galway, T.T. the Bear's in Boston, the Continental in NYC, and many more.
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 Berklee Online. He has written two courses, Producing with Pro Tools and Recording and Producing in the Home Studio, teaching those along with the Pro Tools 101 courses.
Franz holds bachelor's and master's degrees 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.