Build your dream instruments and load up fat, layered sounds in seconds with the Combinator, Reason's unique tool for combining and controlling devices. It's not an effect unit. It's not a synth or sampler - it's both and more!
The Combinator is a sophisticated device that allows you to build elaborate chains of Reason units - instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers. With its ability to load up complex instruments routed through effect units and dynamic processors in one go, the Combinator is an extremely playable and performance-friendly device, perfect for both stage and studio use. In this workshop, we will demonstrate step-by-step how to build both custom instruments and unique effects, taking advantage of Reason’s control voltage jacks and the Combinator’s built-in programmer.
A lot of different software with controllers and drum machines is available, but is it really helpful in creating drum sequences? Come and see as Learning Center trainer Eric Levine and lab manager Sohta Tsuchiya talk about the software and controllers they use to produce grooves and how they can help your creative workflow.
Pro Tools is the industry standard digital audio workstation software used in countless studios and production houses and by many leading industry professionals. It is an incredibly powerful platform, but for beginners and veterans alike, the software can sometimes be confusing, and it may not be completely apparent how to get something done. Join Berklee alumnus and former Learning Center student employee Pablo San Martin '15 as he gives pointers and great advice for all your mixing and production endeavors.
Randy Felts presents "The X-Ploding Saxophone" which is an attempt to describe the expanding possibilities of music expression made possible by the invention and development of the Synthophone (digital saxophone). Come and see how a sax player can use familiar performance techniques in a totally new world of sound. Play vibes, strings, harmonized saxophone sections and sounds you've never heard before using a normal alto sax as the control tool.
Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss will present a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and concepts. This clinic will cover the following, among other topics:
Picking, legato, sweeping, and tapping techniques
Development of good practice habits
Understanding scales, modes, and sounds
Developing your own voice and uniqueness on the instrument
In addition to being a guitarist, Schauss is a composer, author, and educator. He performs and tours as the leader of his own band and with other internationally known artists. Schauss writes music for commercials, TV, and video games, and has been named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. The author of bestselling books and videos like Shredding Guitar Workout, Shredding Bach, Shredding the Composers, Serious Shred, and The Total Shred Guitarist, he also writes the popular monthly column “Instant Shredding” for Germany’s biggest guitar magazine, Gitarre & Bass.
During this workshop, we'll create a number of unique sampler instruments from free samples. Along the way, we will look at many of Kontakt's editing windows such as the wave editor, the mapping editor, and the group editor as well as the powerful effects and modulation capabilities inside Kontakt.
With an expansive suite of synthesizers, samplers, drum instruments, amp modelers, and mixing effects, Komplete by Native Instruments is one of the most popular and powerful production packages available to producers and performers. In this event, we will explore many of the instruments and effects found within Komplete, both new and old. Everything from synthesized bass sounds to sampled keys, and processed vocal FX chains to hi-fidelity mixing tools will be studied. So will drum and percussion instruments.
Instruments and effects covered include the following:
Crafting a vocal track that sits well in a mix and drives your song forward is a common challenge facing producers, engineers, and vocalists. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to record great-sounding vocals in Pro Tools, edit your takes to get the best comp, and mix the vocal track so it stands out in your song. Topics will include mic selection and placement, necessary equipment, and using EQ, compression, reverb, and delay plug-ins.
Do you want to produce a recorded demo of your music but are unsure where to start? Perhaps you've done some recording, but you're looking to pick up some new tips and techniques. We will explore step by step the process of producing a professional-sounding demo track using a hybrid of live and virtual instrumentation. Pro Tools will be our environment. During the preproduction stage, we will look at how to set up a session, import scratch ideas, and record virtual instruments. Along the way, we will mix our parts and use creative effects to build the track. We will track live instruments over this song foundation during the tracking phase of our presentation.
Crissy Collins was born in Niagara Falls, NY and introduced to the world at the tender age of four by way of a Jerry Lewis Telethon performance, singing a heartfelt rendition of Jesus Loves the Little Children. She has lent her expertise as a vocal trainer, choir leader, and music director with Churches in Atlanta and across the country.
Since 2008, Crissy has toured the globe singing background for internationally known singer, Beyoncé. She has accompanied Beyoncé on four world tours and performed with many secular artists such as Luther Vandross, Kelly Price, Glenn Jones, Little G of Silk, Monica and Gloria Galner to name a few.
This event is free and open to the Berklee and Boston Conservatory community.