Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

MP-P321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-340 and MP-341
Department Code: MPED
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MP-P435

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-385
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

This advanced engineering elective course introduces students to contemporary classical orchestras, as well as to nontraditional orchestras, such as period instrument, film scoring, or other large acoustic ensembles. The course explores recording techniques from historical (e.g. mono Koussevitzky recordings) through stereo and surround recording techniques. Through hands-on experience on the scoring stage, students will learn about the set up, recording, and mix of large ensembles.

MP-P436

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-385
Department Code: MPED
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MP-P440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-340
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MP-P442

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-341
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MP-P460

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-320 and MP-341
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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