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 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.
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.
This course is an introduction to the various disciplines and skills that make up audio post-production for visual media. Topics include: the history of motion picture audio; modern methods of synchronizing sound; the language of film and film production; on-location sound recording and mix treatments; basic dialog recording, editing, and mix; backgrounds, Foley, and sound effects; adding music to film. Students will work on short projects including an “industrial” film, a short dramatic clip, and a 60-second advertisement, bringing each to a professional level of completion.
This advanced engineering elective course introduces students to the film scoring environment. The course explores large ensemble recording techniques specific to film scoring sessions, while working with the Berklee Film Scoring Orchestra. Through hands-on experience on the scoring stage, students will learn about the set up, recording, and mix of film scoring orchestras, including recording to picture. Music production and engineering students will have the opportunity to work with guest celebrity conductors and composers, in addition to working with senior film scoring students and faculty.
This course gives the student insight into capturing the myriad drum sounds available by exploring different drum configurations, sizes, styles, and ambient spaces. The class explores getting great drum sounds at source and learning how to adjust, tune, and manipulate drums to perform at their full potential. Students learn how to capture that sound in recordings by utilizing the many microphone, mic pre, EQ, and processing options available in the studio. They also learn how to manicure, adjust, fix, destroy, and present drum sounds so that they are appropriate for the required song. Finally, the class covers the many editing, fixing, timing, and sampling options used by today’s top recordists. Mixing drum sounds, including those recorded by someone else, will also be covered.
This course explores the functional operation of large- and small-format DAW controllers, including Avid's S5 digital console, used in multitrack mixdown of digital master recordings. The emphasis is on configuration and operation of the hardware, with consideration given to critical listening and the aesthetics of mixing. Topics covered include common DAW procedures and protocol, data management, signal flow, editing, and digital signal processing (plug-ins). Projects consist of mixing prerecorded multitrack files.
This upper-level elective focuses on the technical, artistic, operational and business aspects of working in today's world as a freelance producer/engineer. The objective of this course is to foster a versatile, entrepreneurial approach to the diverse—and increasingly nontraditional—production opportunities that dominate today's business and cultural climate. The successful modern freelancer combines and transcends discrete industry roles with adaptation, improvisation, and creative problem solving in art and business. Students will refine and supplement skills learned in their previous courses, synthesizing a comprehensive, fluid skill set to service projects with a broad range of parameters, resources and goals. A series of hypothetical and practical scenarios will present students with widely varied objectives and parameters: client types, abilities and expectations; musical material, time and dollar budgets, and recording settings. The course will focus on in-class discussion and review of these projects, most of which will take place in-class, with both instructor(s) and students in the role of freelancers. Online materials will both assist in presenting information and act as an ongoing asset for the students after graduating. There will also be in-class discussions and online presentations from current professionals (including MTEC alumni) and a business tutorial, both in-class and on-line, focused on starting and operating a business.
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.