Clinics and Master Classes

Drum Recording Techniques

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Recording drums is fun but often challenging. In this workshop, we'll help you learn how to choose the right mic, determine proper mic placement, and record with anywhere from 1 to 4 mics. We'll also discuss audio interfaces, drum setup, phase considerations, and basic mixing techniques.

Admission: 
Free

Bárbara Padilla: Classical to Contemporary Crossover

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gifted and inspiring classical crossover soprano Bárbara Padilla will be sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Berklee students.

After overcoming a recurring battle with stage-four cancer and becoming the first hispanic finalist on America's Got Talent, Padilla returns to the global music stage with a self-titled debut album recorded at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Padilla is represented by Cristina Abaroa '91 and her CD is being released through Abaroa's independent record label, Moon Moosic Records.

This event is sponsored by the Voice Department, Office of External Affairs, Global Initiatives, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, LMCC, and LAMBA.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class/Clinic on Indian Percussion

Monday / October 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A master class on North and South Indian percussion. The artists will lecture and demonstrate the North Indian style percussion (tabla) and the South Indian style (mridangam).

Admission: 
Free

Introduction to Sound Design

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Interested in getting started with sound design? Then join Berklee Sound Design Network members Austin DeVries, David Lin, and Lucas Alexiades as they explain what sound design is and what exactly goes into being a sound designer.  They will provide examples from film, TV, and video games to help you understand how sound design can be used to support narratives. They will also offer up tips to help you dive in to the world of sound design and get started with designing your own sounds.

Admission: 
Free

Writing for the Harp Clinic

Tuesday / October 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Many communites at Berklee now write for the harp, both lever and pedal, and many excellent harpists now study at Berklee. Come hear them perform and learn techniques and ways to use this versatile and enchanting instrument in your compositions and scores.

Handouts will be provided and will also be available for download. Come to the Berk Recital Hall and learn how to write better for the harp.

Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Mixing Techniques

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
For the second part of our Guerrilla Production Series, we will finish off our recording from last week’s Guerrilla Recording Techniques and create a final mixed production. Discussion topics will include:
 
• Critical Listening
• Monitors, Headphones, Listening Environment
• EQ, Compression, Limiting, Reverb, Delay
• Volume, Panning, Blending
• Automation
 
Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Recording Techniques

Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In part 1 of our two-part Guerrilla Production Techniques series, you’ll get a crash course in do-it-yourself recording techniques using inexpensive gear. During the presentation, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of recording a live ensemble consisting of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. Topics will include:

  •  Gear Overview – Microphones, audio interfaces, accessories
  •  Techniques – Miking vs. direct input, multi-tracking, stereo recording
  •  How-To – Step-by-step setup, recording with your laptop

Admission: 
Free

History of Video Game Music

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Journey through the history of video game consoles with the Berklee Video Game Music Club and learn about the technological breakthroughs that allowed for the evolution of game audio over the years. Through a series of video and audio examples, they'll chronicle the challenges game composers faced during the last few decades.

Admission: 
Free

Synthesis Fundamentals with Reason's Subtractor

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Subtractor is an analog-type polyphonic synthesizer based on subtractive synthesis, the method used in classic analog synthesizers. Similar in layout of the analog flagships of the early '80s, the Subtractor is an easy way to create anything from warm pads to rumbling bass. In this workshop, we will discuss the basic building blocks of synthesizers, including oscillators, filters, envelopes, LFOs, and how they all interact together. No prior knowledge of synthesis required – this is an introductory workshop geared towards anyone wanting to know more about how synths work.

Admission: 
Free

Music Production Apps Showcase

Wednesday / September 3, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Your laptop is a powerful tool for music creation, with a suite of bundled software providing you with a veritable modern studio in a very portable package. In this showcase we will record and produce a song from scratch, demonstrating what you can do with your laptop and audio interface in GarageBand, Pro Tools, Finale and Reason.

Admission: 
Free

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