Author: David Dodson

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Respected Athens music producer and engineer John Keane will teach a series of four-day workshops at the University of Georgia on the essentials of using Digidesign's Pro Tools, the music industry standard for digital recording

Registration is under way for the next session, which begins Monday, August 18.

The continuing education course will be based on Keane's popular book, The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools, which provides a strong foundation in the basics of Pro Tools for home recordists and aspiring audio engineers and producers.

Keane has worked on numerous gold and multi-platinum albums, and his Athens studios have hosted a variety or recording artists, such as R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Drivin'N'Cryin, and Widespread Panic. He began using Pro Tools in 1991 and has written two editions of The Musician's Guide to Pro Tools.

Chad Wilkes, tour manager of successful artists such as Blink 182 and Bubba Sparxxx, took part in the first session of the Pro Tools workshop held last March. "John puts the vast world of Pro Tools in simple, easy-to-understand words and practice," Wilkes said. "His knowledge, patience, and hands-on approach make the complete novice feel comfortable in the area of digital recording. Anyone who has thought about diving into digital recording should take this opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment from a true music professional and legend."

"John teaches valuable, real-world techniques for recording and editing audio," said Keith Perissi, program coordinator for UGA's Music Business Program. "For those interested in understanding the full potential of Pro Tools, it's a great introduction to the system and software."

The workshop is scheduled for two sessions in Athens — August 18-27 and November 3-12 — at UGA's Caldwell Hall, where the Terry College of Business houses the Music Business Program's lab. In addition, the workshop will be offered once in Atlanta at the Terry Executive Education Center from September 23 to October 2. For schedule details, consult the Music Business Program's website or contact Terry's Office of Executive Programs, which is partnering with Music Business to present the program.

Registration is limited to allow for more one-on-one interaction with Keane. The cost for the Athens workshop is $700 and includes instruction and the use of Apple iMacs equipped with Mbox and Oxygen8 MIDI controllers and Pro Tools software. The registration fee is discounted $100 for participants who provide their own laptop computer and Pro Tools software. The cost for the Atlanta workshop is $995, and participants must provide their own laptop computer and Pro Tools software. For questions about registration, call Christina Allen in Terry's Office of Executive Programs at 706-425-3051.