Music Production & Engineering Courses
This course presents advanced mixing techniques via in-class faculty demonstrations and student participation, emphasizing professional industry standards. Topics include hybrid analog console/DAW mixing techniques and an introduction to large-format console automation. Projects consist of mixing preexisting multitrack recordings as well as current advanced student production projects.
This class provides an in-depth study of the professional techniques used in analog tape-based recordings. Students are instructed in tape machine mechanics and the analog tape transfer function. Machine alignment, razor blade editing, backwards reverb, comping (combining tracks), tape flanging, tape loops, format comparison (analog vs. digital), and documentation standards are all discussed. Students apply these skills in the studio using 2 and 1/4 analog tape.
This class focuses on the skills necessary for recording live ensembles of musicians. Students work as engineers, assistants, and Pro Tools operators with faculty supervision and guidance in the context of weekly recording sessions. This class works in collaboration with regularly scheduled daytime recording ensembles, covering a variety of styles and instrumental groupings.
This class focuses on the techniques and applications employed in live concert recording. Students will regularly record concerts held in the Berklee Performance Center to 48-track multitrack and two-track formats, as well as concerts from Cafe 939 through the Berklee Internet Radio Network production studio to 32 tracks and stereo. Live mixing to video and or live broadcast of the Live-to-2 mix is also part of the typical work. Topics include systems integration of live sound reinforcement, live recording and video capture; microphone choice and placement; scene storage and documentation strategies; and audience/ambience recording techniques.
In this capstone project class, instructor and classmates review and advise each class member at every step during the planning and production of two or more fully professional multitrack recordings. Projects include song selection or scoring. Students will be expected to present a demo, arrange, session plan, rehearse, record, and produce a final mix. Emphasis is placed on creative and technical aspects of quality in production, and market targeting.
This course focuses on pinpointing the musical concept and marketplace potential of remix productions, using recording studio and DAW technology to maximize emotional and sales impact. The class will analyze the effectiveness of individual components within key genres and produce new compositions based on those results.
This advanced engineering elective builds upon previously acquired recording and mixing skills. Course emphasis is on achieving professional studio standards through in-class sessions and demonstrations. Topics include advanced signal processing, critical listening, large format console automation, and observation in various professional environments through site visits. Projects include live-to-2-track recordings, engineering MP-461 senior production projects, and the preparation of a senior engineering portfolio.
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the music production and engineering major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Music Production and Engineering Department chair or designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.
For non-MPED majors, this course is an introduction to modern recording and mixing techniques, oriented toward musicians with the need to record themselves and others in a typical home studio recording environment. Through a series of hands-on projects, culminating in a final recording and mix project, students will learn the fundamentals of microphones and microphone technique, audio signal flow, integration of MIDI with audio tracks, signal processing, editing, and professional mixdown techniques.
Amidst the proliferation of desktop tools available to the modern producer, the traditional process of making music—that is, live performances by ensembles and bands—remains a unique and vital experience that can often yield more compelling results than what can be accomplished alone. However, these settings require a skill set largely unknown to those whose experience in the studio has been solitary. This course will help producers develop the capabilities necessary to succeed in collaborative production environments. The primary focus is on supporting and motivating creative work of writers and performers, coordinating complex projects with numerous participants, and managing the challenges and real-time decision making typical of collaborative recording sessions.
For non-MPED majors, this course takes the student through the fundamental steps necessary for any music production project: defining the goals of the recording project; selecting composers, arrangers, players, and singers as appropriate; choosing and making the most of the technical resources available to fit the defined goals and budget; working with fellow musicians; critically evaluating performance; and orchestrating and motivating all of the participants, from rehearsal to recording and final mix. Two multi-track production projects are required.
Students will expand their analog DJ skills from ILEN-333 Turntable Techniques into the digital world with digital vinyl systems and MIDI controllers. The class will focus on learning popular DJ software to become proficient at performing in real world situations. Students will explore ways to remix live, organize their music library, edit songs for live performance and prepare sets. Weekly lab time will be required to complete class objectives.