Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with fretless bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Whitesnake) to release a bass recording and production tutorial through Pro Mix Academy. This course was recorded at Huart’s Spitfire Studio.
Franklin shows viewers how to record bass tracks through ProTools and discusses important elements like timing, getting the best tone, and how to properly play a fretless bass. Franklin takes us through 3 songs, each of a different genre and lays down the bass for them while working with a metronome. Fretted bass players are not forgotten in this video either as Franklin goes over recording tracks with a fretted bass and a pick as well as picking and muting techniques. On recording bass Franklin stated “My part is to support the song. Ultimately the bass is invisible for most listeners, unless you do something out of place”
The main topics Franklin discusses are: the decision-making process, how to achieve the sound you are looking for, creating the perfect bass part, fine tuning and editing in pro Tools, writing music charts, and being totally prepared for any recording session. Franklin also says about the bass: “People will feel you, and they’ll notice when you’re not there. Your job is to make people dance.”
This course also comes with an interview by Huart and Franklin where Franklin shares humorous insider stories of how he got started in music, meeting Queen bassist John Deacon, talks about his favorite basses, pick-ups, bridges and amps, and the origin of his signature bass line with Fender. He also discusses which basses lend themselves to playing live vs playing in the studio.
In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Huart aims to help people make great music by sharing the knowledge and experience he’s accumulated over his near 30 years in the industry through Produce Like a Pro and ProMix Academy. Huart explains: “I want to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the ‘professionals’ and home recordists. We all share the same passion for music creation and our aim is to break down barriers and democratize the music industry.”
About Tony Franklin
Known as the “Fretless Monster”, Tony Franklin has played alongside some of the greatest names in music history. He got his big break in 1984 as bassist in stellar supergroup The Firm, with guitar legend Jimmy Page, vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band). Franklin’s signature fretless growl was a distinctive and instantly recognizable element of the band’s first hit, Radioactive. After two hit albums and substantial touring with The Firm, Franklin subsequently performed with Blue Murder (John Sykes, Carmine Appice), David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, Roy Harper, Donna Lewis, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others. An in-demand session musician, he has appeared on hundreds of albums. In January 2006, Fender proudly introduced the Tony Franklin Signature Model Fretless Precision Bass, a replica of the instrument Franklin has used throughout his career. In 2011, Franklin joined Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s band, and has toured extensively throughout the world. Franklin can be heard on Shepherd’s album, “Goin’ Home”, released Summer 2014. In 2015 the band opened for Van Halen, culminating with two shows at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A regular “rock star counsellor” at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, Franklin has appeared alongside Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes, Steve Vai, Tony Iommi, Ginger Baker of Cream, David Crosby, members of Deep Purple, Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.
About Warren Huart
Warren Huart is an English record producer, mixer, recording engineer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He is known for his hard work ethic, positive attitude and respect for the artist’s vision. He has played a fundamental part in the creation of many platinum-selling albums, and worked with many of today’s most successful artists, such as The Fray, Daniel Powter, Marc Broussard, Trevor Hall, Korn, Better Than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Veil Brides, and Howie Day. Huart is the owner of Spitfire Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Spitfire Music; a one-stop music licensing house providing music for film and TV. He also owns the DIY YouTube Channel “Produce Like a Pro,” which offers recording tutorials for recording enthusiasts, and has over 100,000 subscribers worldwide wide.