Music Production & Engineering Courses

MP-435

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-385
Department: 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, 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-440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-340
Department: 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-440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-340
Department: 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-441

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

This course presents advanced mixing techniques via in-class faculty demonstrations and student participation, emphasizing professional industry standards. Topics include hybrid analog console/DAW mixing techniques and an introduction to large-format console automation. Projects consist of mixing preexisting multitrack recordings as well as current advanced student production projects.

MP-447

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MPED majors
Electable by: MBUS, MPED, and ELPD majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

This course takes the student through a broad review of copyright, licensing, music publishing, collection and distribution of royalties, the record industry past and current, deal structures, product distribution, and the impact of rapidly changing technologies and media on the music production business. Includes project planning and the realities of client relationships.

MP-456

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

This class provides an in-depth study of the professional techniques used in analog tape-based recordings. Students are instructed in tape machine mechanics and the analog tape transfer function. Machine alignment, razor blade editing, backwards reverb, comping (combining tracks), tape flanging, tape loops, format comparison (analog vs. digital), and documentation standards are all discussed. Students apply these skills in the studio using 2 and 1/4 analog tape.

MP-457

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

This class focuses on the skills necessary for recording live ensembles of musicians. Students work as engineers, assistants, and Pro Tools operators with faculty supervision and guidance in the context of weekly recording sessions. This class works in collaboration with regularly scheduled daytime recording ensembles, covering a variety of styles and instrumental groupings.

MP-458

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

This class focuses on the techniques and applications employed in live concert recording. Students will regularly record concerts held in the Berklee Performance Center to 48-track multitrack and two-track formats, as well as concerts from Cafe 939 through the Berklee Internet Radio Network production studio to 32 tracks and stereo. Live mixing to video and or live broadcast of the Live-to-2 mix is also part of the typical work. Topics include systems integration of live sound reinforcement, live recording and video capture; microphone choice and placement; scene storage and documentation strategies; and audience/ambience recording techniques.

MP-461

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MPED majors
Electable by: MPED majors
Prerequisites: MP-320 and MP-385
Department: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MP-475

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

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.

MP-495

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

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 Career Center and the Music Production and Engineering Department chair or designee. To apply for an internship, students must visit the Career Center 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 International Student Services prior to beginning an internship.

MTEC-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

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).

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