Introduction to Music Technology
An introduction to the fundamentals of music technology geared to the needs of today's professional musician. One of the most significant challenges facing musicians today is mastering the skills required to continually adapt to a changing technology base. Musicians today must understand and be prepared for the fact that this technology base is moving more rapidly than it can be assimilated. The course topics will give an overview of all aspects of the current technology with the primary goal of enabling students to make intelligent decisions in evaluating future technological needs.
Applied Technology for Musicians
Building upon basic concepts and skills learned in MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology, this course will give students an opportunity to continue to explore the creative uses of music technology tools and deepen their understanding of the principles that underly these uses of technology. By completing a number of hands-on projects and assignments, students will advance their knowledge of audio recording and editing; MIDI sequencing; sound design using synthesizers, samplers, and DSP applications; notation software; and web authoring for purposes of self-promotion.
Berklee Internet Radio Network Workshop
The Berklee Internet Radio Network Workshop supports students who wish to participate in the activities of the station, formalizing and identifying their participation in their transcripts. The course accommodates a wide variety of student skills and interests, directing participants into existing station committees: programming (DJs, production, scheduling, evaluation), promotion (public relations on campus and beyond), business and legal (maintenance of approvals, permissions, and licensing processes; organization of business flow within the station), and operations (technical backbone of station operations, e.g. website development, broadcast issues, recording, facilities development, and maintenance).
Introduction to Synthesizer Programming and Sound Design
A course focusing on issues related to synthesizer architecture, patch programming/editing, and functionality within the MIDI production environment. A variety of synthesizer technologies will be addressed, including subtractive, FM, sampling, hybrid, and software-based synthesis.
Applications of Loudspeaker Design
This course examines the technical attributes of loudspeakers that assist the recording engineer in creating the best possible product. Topics include basic components of loudspeaker design, driver parameters, sealed and vented enclosures, crossovers, studio monitors, and computer aided analysis systems. Theoretical information and hands-on methods are used to inform students about advanced speaker systems. Listening evaluation is also an important component.
Music and Sound Production for Games
As an introduction to game audio, this course provides a general overview of the stages involved in producing sound and music for games. It begins with an examination of the role of sound designer and composer, including the responsibilities associated with each. The course begins with typical studio effects and sound manipulation, and addresses technical hurdles encountered in an interactive environment. Advanced concepts and techniques such as recording custom effects, proper integration of audio, and mixing techniques particular to the gaming industry are experienced through collaborative team assignments. Business topics include scheduling, contracts, and finalizing a workflow are presented through out the semester. By the end of this course, the student will have completed full audio including sound design, dialogue, and music for cut scenes and a short game or portion of a game via readily available audio production, scripting, and interactive tools.
Architecture and Acoustics of Critical Listening Environments
This course provides advanced information and training in the science of acoustics. It examines advanced methodologies for the testing of acoustic spaces and properties, leading to strategies for acoustic manipulation and design. Using existing and past projects as source material, world-renowned studio designer John Storyk takes students through the acoustical design process, including both acoustical and programmatic considerations. He draws on pictures, charts, graphs, and recorded examples taken from real-world projects, both completed and in process, to highlight the challenges encountered and solutions devised for creating program-satisfying and acoustically correct facilities. These facilities encompass both world-class, multiroom studio facilities as well as smaller-budget project and home studios. This is an applications-oriented follow-up to the required acoustics class. *NOTE: this course meets four times for four hours over the course of the semester*
Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting
This course focuses on beginner-level studio maintenance by combining lectures with hands-on lab activities. Electronic basics are introduced, including: voltage, alternating and direct current, resistance and impedance, capacitance, inductance, and electromagnetism. The principles of grounding, power supplies, analog and digital signal types, amplifiers, speakers, microphones, switches, and transistors are described. Basic repairs and troubleshooting in the field are discussed, including soldering. Students make a mic cable, S/PDIF cable, RC and RLC circuits, and assemble a simple signal processor such as a power supply, audio input/output circuitry, direct box, or a filter. Students troubleshoot their circuits using volt- and ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, and cable testers.
Advanced Digital Mastering, Editing, and Delivery
This in-depth, project-oriented class gives the student intensive exposure to the creative and technical issues involved in advanced music mastering, editing, and delivery. Topics include CD and DVD mastering, multichannel audio formats (5.1), internet audio, and the standards and practices of digital audio production. Students enhance their technical knowledge of advanced audio concepts and studio techniques while developing their ability to listen critically and creatively through hands-on projects. Further areas of exploration include audio restoration and forensic audio.
Hip-Hop Production for Records
This course is designed to focus on the musical, vocal, and technical production skills in hip-hop record production. Advancing the basic concepts of music production techniques introduced in Music Production for Records (MP-320), the course embraces the professional practices for record production in the hip-hop genre. Students are required to showcase their skills in weekly projects and a final original project.
Electronic Music on the iPad
In this class the student will use a wide array of music production tools available for mobile devices. Emphasis will be placed on scenarios where touchscreen mobile devices offer unique possibilities in the world of music production and performance. Students will explore new avenues for music creation and performance through solo and collaborative projects in a hands-on setting. Projects will include using the iPad as a self-contained production platform, as well as its integration into larger scenarios in music production and performance.
Production and Business of Dance Music
This course allows the student to understand the history and business of dance music from its early disco format in the '70s and '80s to its wide variety of current styles and trends. Students write, produce, mix, and remix their work in the related style within the various dance music genres. In order to do this successfully, students are required to familiarize themselves with the current outlets for dance music (i.e. Traxsource, Beatport, In Grooves, etc.) and the current list of artists, producers, DJs, and remixers whose work can be found charted on these industry sites. A full understanding of the inner workings of this popular genre will be necessary for the students to be successful within this field. Three production projects are required.