Lecture

Music Production with Reason 5

Tuesday / July 19, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way. We will present an in-depth look at Reason 5 for music production, covering:

  • Reason 5 overview
  • Exploration of a complete track in Reason
  • Mixing tools (EQ, compression, reverb, etc.) within Reason
  • MIDI sequencing and editing
  • A look at Propellerhead's Record software

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Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Demo in a Day with GarageBand

Wednesday / July 13, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

GarageBand is a complete production tool for the entry-level music producer. We will produce a song demo, discussing microphones and audio interfaces, direct input guitar and bass recording, and gear setup. We will record and edit audio tracks, mix, and export our track to burn on a CD.

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Free

Digital Performer Rundown with Dave Roberts

Tuesday / June 28, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Digital Performer rundown

Dave Roberts, MOTU product specialist, visits Berklee for an in-depth clinic on Digital Performer features. Open to all, and free of charge. The session covers:

  • MIDI sequencing and editing
  • Using virtual instruments
  • Audio recording and editing

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Free

Reaktor 101 with EPD Student Peter Brown

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Reaktor opens a universe of sound. It's a deep and powerful modular studio that sets no restrictions on creativity. More than 70 unique synthesizers, sound generators, grooveboxes, sequencers, and effects are at your fingertips, with 3000+ more freely available in the online user library. Customize existing instruments or create your own individual sound generator from scratch thanks to the fully modular architecture. Reaktor is a true playground for the creative mind.

Topics covered:
• What is Reaktor?
• Synth and sampler fundamentals
• Reaktor for music and sound design
• Building a patch
• How you can use Reaktor in the Learning Center

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Free

A Conversation with Neeraj Khajanchi via Skype

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Multi-platinum engineer, Grammy nominee, and Berklee alumnus Neeraj Khajanchi has had the pleasure of working with many industry professionals, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Randy Jackson, the Killers, John Legend, Damian Marley, One Republic, Pink, Britney Spears, and Timbaland.

Khajanchi has a diverse international background and education. His family is East Indian, he was born in Los Angeles, California, and he was raised in Japan. At 15, Khajanchi moved back to the U.S. and landed a career-changing high school internship under world-renowned music producer Phil Ramone, who has worked with musical legends Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones. His internship was "a huge foot in the doo," Khajanchi says, because it enabled him to get into his highly competitive degree program, and it helped jumpstart his career. After high school, Khajanchi attended Berklee, where he double majored in music production and engineering and music business. Khajanchi committed himself with fierce focus and finished the intense five year program in three years. He graduated with his B.A. in May 2004.

After a much-needed two month vacation, Zoe Thrall, the manager at the legendary Hit Factory recording studio in New York, interviewed Khajanchi for a general assistant position. She hired him the very next day. Within three months, she promoted him to assistant engineer. Khajanchi was the last general assistant promoted before the studio closed. Once it did, he left New York to work at the Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. While in Miami, he received credit on his first major project, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s new album, Solo (Blue Note), winner of the 2006 Latin Grammy for best Latin jazz album.

Although Khajanchi enjoyed working with the diverse clientele at Miami’s Hit Factory, he sensed more budding opportunities out west. Khajanchi’s instincts were correct. Not even six months after his relocation to Las Vegas, Nevada, Khajanchi landed his second major project working alongside the Killers on their sophomore album, Sam's Town (Island Def Jam). Before the album was even released, it proved to be highly anticipated. iTunes declared it the #1 pre-ordered album thus far.

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Hear Cape Cod

Monday / June 27, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Rowley Public Library
141 Main St.
Rowley
MA
United States
Steve Wilkes at Marconi Beach

Professor of percussion Steve Wilkes—a former Blue Man Group drummer—presents a talk and discussion about his Hear Cape Cod project, an attempt to capture aural snapshots of the Massachusetts cape region over a one-year period concluding in fall 2011.

Cape Cod faces many potential challenges and developments in the years ahead, from rapidly advancing coastal erosion to the possible implementation of the Cape Wind project. With this in mind, Hear Cape Cod will provide a means to listen to the Cape, as it exists in time, now.

Hear Cape Cod is supported by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.

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Hear Cape Cod

Tuesday / June 14, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Truro Public Library
7 Standish Way
North Truro
MA
United States
Steve Wilkes, at Marconi Beach

Professor of percussion Steve Wilkes—a former Blue Man Group drummer—presents a talk and discussion about his Hear Cape Cod project, an attempt to capture aural snapshots of the Massachusetts cape region over a one-year period concluding in fall 2011.

Cape Cod faces many potential challenges and developments in the years ahead, from rapidly advancing coastal erosion to the possible implementation of the Cape Wind project. With this in mind, Hear Cape Cod will provide a means to listen to the Cape, as it exists in time, now.

Hear Cape Cod is supported by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship.

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Wobbles, Womps, and Wizardry with Ableton Live Suite 8

Tuesday / June 14, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Wobbles, Womps, and Wizardry with Ableton Live Suite 8
with EPD alumnus Encanti

 

Berklee Electronic Production & Design alumnus Ben Cantil (http://verminstreet.com/encanti) returns for an Ableton Live User Group session, presenting a complete production and performance tutorial for current electronic dance music, using Ableton Live Suite 8 instruments and effects. This session is open to all, and new Live users are encouraged to attend. Live is a versatile, extremely interactive sequencing and audio manipulation application. Check it out!

Topics covered:

  • using suite instruments and effects
  • automation, production, editing
  • drum programming
  • synth design
  • interactive performance design
  • working with video
  • mixing and remixing
  • mastering tracks
  • philosophy


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Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Mixing

Thursday / June 9, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

For the second and final forum of our Guerrilla Production series, we will finish off our recording with a final mixed production, discussing:

• EQ, Compression, Limiting, Reverb, Delay
• Critical Listening
• Volume, Panning, Blending
• Monitors, Headphones, Listening Environment
• Automation
• Introduction to Mastering

Admission: 
Free

Guerrilla Production Techniques: Recording

Thursday / June 2, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In part one of our two-part Guerrilla Production series, Recording Techniques, we will record a live ensemble, walking through the set-up process step-by-step, covering:

• Mics/audio interface
• Gear/set-up, session organization
• Recording

Admission: 
Free

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