This course introduces 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.
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).
Ableton Live is a powerful tool that allows musicians to develop musical ideas in a unique non-linear environment that presents a fundamentally different way of working from other software used in music production. In this course, students will learn to create new musical ideas, and produce electronic arrangements using the software instruments and effects that come with Live. Emphasis will be placed on the student developing an individual production style that can be used to write and produce new works as well as create remixes and prepare songs and compositions for electronic performance.
Building upon basic concepts and skills learned in MTEC-111, Introduction to Music Technology, this course will give students an opportunity to further develop their music production skills using Apple’s Logic Pro X DAW software. By completing a number of hands-on projects and assignments, students will advance their knowledge of MIDI sequencing using software instruments; audio recording and editing; electronic orchestration using synthesizers, samplers, loops and Logic’s Drummer; and mixing and mastering using common types of audio effects. Emphasis will be placed on developing strategies to effectively produce any style of music. Logic is a powerful tool for music creation, and students are encouraged to develop their original musical ideas in this class.
This course focuses on developing core sound synthesis skills that can be applied to various types of synthesizers used in modern music production. Students will start exploring synthesis using the modular systems in electronic production and design lab B51 and apply those skills to commonly used software instruments. A variety of synthesis techniques will be covered, including subtractive, FM, and sampling. Students will be able to create and modify sounds they can use in their own productions.
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. Through the process of designing, building, and testing a high performing pair of passive studio monitors, students learn both the technical and artistic considerations required to create loudspeaker designs for studio, consumer, and car audio applications. The course concludes with a critical listening evaluation of the finished speakers.
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.
This course will discuss design theory of recording studio microphones. Hands-on applications will include modification of microphone designs and acoustic testing of various design concepts and techniques.
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*
This course focuses on beginner-level studio maintenance by combining lectures with hands-on lab activities. Electronics 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 electronic device 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.
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.
This course provides an immersion in the techniques and methodologies used in implementing sound and music assets into a video game environment. Covers the tenets of sound and music implementation as part of the game development structure. Project workflow, audio pipeline, and common middleware tools are used to mirror current audio practices in the video game industry.