Lecture

Digital Performer Film Scoring Features

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by MOTU Product Specialist Dave Roberts
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

Digital Performer lets you record, edit, arrange, mix, process, and master audio and MIDI tracks side by side for songwriting, studio production, live performance, film and television soundtracks, audio post-production, surround mixing, and other professional audio production tasks. Topics include:

  • Digital Performer overview
  • Film scoring features including syncing SMPTE frame rate, adding markers, and punches and streamers
  • Managing tracks and instrument plugins
Admission: 
Free

Technology of Modern Music Production

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by Berklee Faculty Member Prince Charles Alexander
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

Three-time Grammy-winner and Berklee faculty member Prince Charles Alexander discusses recording technology, including:

  • History of recording technology
  • Music production models and components
  • Microphones and modifiers
  • History of recording media
  • Synthesizers, samplers and DAWs
  • Careers in the music production industry

Prince Charles Alexander is an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches advanced production and mixing. From the early to mid-'80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group Prince Charles and the City Beat Band. Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.

He is a sought-after recording and mixing engineer whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammys and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS. He holds an adjunct instructor position at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, has taught audio technology at the Institute of Audio Research, and is a frequent lecturer at the City College of New York in Manhattan. Alexander is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the Musicians Union Local 802 in New York City. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and music technology from Brandeis University.

Admission: 
Free

SmartMusic Overview

Tuesday / September 20, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by Berklee Faculty Member Ross Ramsay
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

SmartMusic is award-winning interactive music software that provides the ideal practice environment. With a subscription to SmartMusic (included in the tuition for all Berklee students), students have unlimited access to the world's largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels, which includes thousands of pieces of music.

Ross Ramsay, faculty in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music, has been teaching piano for 25 years, and has been included in the Who's Who List of American Teachers several times. He composes and produces music for local and nationally broadcast television, radio, cable, and video programs, and has been a featured soloist on piano and keyboards with various artists touring throughout the United States and Europe. Ramsay is a product specialist and clinician for Yamaha Corporation of America, Digital Musical Instruments, and Pro Audio Division. He received a bachelor of music from Berklee in 1986.

Admission: 
Free

Sound Design and Mixing with iZotope

Wednesday / September 21, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

Presented by Alumnus and Product Specialist Jack Côté
150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company whose products and audio technology are used by millions in over 50 countries, from independent musicians to major broadcast and recording studios and Grammy Award-winners. iZotope focuses on developing innovative audio technology for professional and consumer applications. Its products include iZotope RX, Alloy, Trash, Spectron, and the new Nectar suite of vocal processing effects.

Jack Côté is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, having completed the former music synthesis program (now known as electronic production and design), and is currently a product specialist for iZotope. For this forum he will be discussing the key areas where iZotope excels at working with audio, which is Repair, Mix, and Master. Sound design and mixing in particular will be addressed with a possible sneak peak at new products in the works!

Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: GarageBand

Thursday / September 15, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

   

150 Massachusetts Avenue, Media Lab
No signup required

This forum is the first in a three-part series on guerrilla production—using inexpensive gear and accessible techniques to produce your music. GarageBand is a complete production tool for the entry-level music producer. We will produce a song demo; discuss microphones and audio interfaces, direct input guitar and bass recording, and gear setup; record and edit audio tracks; and mix and export our track to burn on a CD. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Jamhub Product Showcase

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

JamHubs were created to give musicians the freedom to jam all they want, wherever they want. Just pick a color section and plug in your instruments, mics, and headphones. Each musician can control his or her own individual mixes. You'll hear yourself like never before with amazing new clarity and no more volume wars—and your playing will improve faster. JamHub is also affordable, portable, and easy to set up. So now every band can make more music more often.

JamHub president Steve Skillings provides an overview of the service. Check out more information on the JamHub website.

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Admission: 
Free

Logic User Group

Tuesday / July 26, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Logic User Group at Berklee started a few semesters ago. Participants discuss topics on music production, MIDI sequencing, audio recording and editing in Logic. All are welcome, beginners and experts alike. This session is presented by Berklee alumnus Ralph Kinscheck and electronic production and design student Jeremy Fonseca.

Ralph Kinscheck is a teacher/trainer, keyboardist, performer/recording artist, audio engineer, video producer, technician, and entrepreneur.

As an Apple certified Logic master trainer, Kinscheck has taught classes up and down the East Coast, given clinics, and worked with all types of clients from local studio owners to editors from NESN, Comcast, and Hasbro. He is cofounder of the Boston Logic Users Group.

Kinscheck has been in the music industry for over 30 years performing live and in the studio as a keyboardist as well as taking on management duties. He got his start in the Chicago area; having played the club circuit there and gaining local fame, Kinscheck Ralph eventually moved to Boston to attend Berklee. Since coming to Berklee he has performed throughout the New England area and taken part in a few recording projects that won local acclaim. Kinscheck's current project is an album released on his own Jharck Records label entitled Grace with Jazz on Top.

He has run sound at locations all over metro Boston including the TD Banknorth Garden and Lowell Auditorium; produced albums in various studios around Boston and at his local home studio; and done sound design for various independent film releases. He has been producing videos for clients for the last 10-plus years as an editor and videographer. Most recently, he has worked full-time as a lab monitor for Berklee College of Music's Electronic Production and Design Department where he helps students and faculty use hundreds of fun and interesting music tech hardware and software with Apple computers as the hub.

As a technician he consults for various studios and independent producers throughout the Boston area. Since 1998 Kinscheck has run Kinscheck Productions (KiP), a production company providing all the services mentioned above.

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Admission: 
Free

Become a Vocal Production Ninja with Logic

Monday / July 18, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215


Berklee alumna and Electronic Production and Design staff member Kerry Leva knows a thing or two about vocal production. She has releases on Anjunadeep, Armada Music, and Black Hole Recordings, and has twice made an appearance on the renowned In Search of Sunrise compilation series. For more information, visit kerryleva.com.

Topics covered:
• How to clean up audio files for a perfectly polished sound
• Using FlexTime for practical and sound design implementation
• Using SpaceDesigner, DelayDesigner, and other Logic plugins to create interesting effects
• Other production techniques and Q&A

Admission: 
Free

Creating and Adding Drum Beats and Grooves with Your Mac

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 6:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215


Presented by Bill D'Agostino, director of Training and Support Services, this session provides an overview of different methods for adding drum parts to your music. You'll learn how to add drum loops, how to create your own drum tracks using midi, and about options for adding live acoustic or electronic drum tracks to your recordings.

Admission: 
Free

Music Software Presentation: Five-Week Edition

Monday / July 11, 2011 / 5:00 pm
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Welcome to Berklee, Five-Week students. You have tons of great music technology resources available with the Learning Center. In this forum we will demo those resources, record audio and MIDI, mix, edit and discuss effects.

Admission: 
Free

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