Core Software

A charge for the Core Software Package will be automatically added to your student account in the first semester. This software is crucial to your success not only as a student at Berklee, but as a professional embarking on a career in the music industry. This is required of all entering students at Berklee College of Music with no exceptions, but does not apply to entering Boston Conservatory at Berklee students.* Certain software may be eligible for upgrades to currently enrolled students. Please contact us to find out if a particular upgrade is available to you (with the exception of Pro Tools, which requires an annual upgrade fee after the first year).

The core software package requirement extends to all undergraduate students. Because your suite of software is offered as a package, there are no exemptions from the Core Software Package even if you already have some of the software included in it; for this reason, please refrain from purchasing music software in anticipation of attending Berklee. 

During orientation week, students will be automatically emailed information on registering for and downloading the applications in the Core Software Package. Please contact the Technology Service Desk with specific questions. 

*Conservatory students may need to purchase specific software for some College courses in which they enroll. Check with your instructor for more information on specific software requirements for each course.

Note that any and all contents, components, and pricing listed here are subject to change at any time without notice.

Core Software Package $223.00
Massachusetts Sales Tax, 6.25% $13.94
Total (This price will be displayed on your tuition statement.) $236.94

This package includes the following software:


(Click the icons to view more information about the given software.)


Apple Login Pro X icon



Apple Logic Pro X



Avid Pro Tools icon


Avid Pro Tools**


EarMaster icon





Makemusic Finale icon


MakeMusic Finale

Microsoft Office icon


Microsoft Office


**USB iLok for ProTools


Students will need to purchase a USB iLok on their own for use in authorizing and running Pro Tools. Pro Tools can also be authorized via a cloud license, and information on setting up Pro Tools via cloud authorization will be provided to students. However for longer term use, students should purchase their own physical USB iLok as well.

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