Students entering Berklee College of Music must own a MacBook Pro that meets the standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the institution. In addition, a charge for the Core Software Package will be automatically added to your student account in the first semester, which includes several leading music technology applications in use at Berklee and in the music industry at large. This requirement does not apply to students entering Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Berklee makes exclusive arrangements with leading industry manufacturers and passes this value along to you. 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.
Note that any and all contents, components, and pricing listed here are subject to change at any time without notice.
Requirements: Your Tools for Success
*Students who will spend their first year abroad in Spain are also required to bring their own MacBook Pro and Audio Interface.
Technology Recommendations: Protecting and Supplementing Your Tools
Berklee strongly recommends that you protect and care for your computer as you would any other valuable resource. Repairs not covered under the AppleCare Protection Plan can be very expensive. If theft, breakage, or other damage occurs (regardless of fault), you are liable for the cost of any and all repairs or replacement. We strongly recommend getting third-party insurance.
External Hard Drives
We recommend you keep and use an external hard drive while attending Berklee. You can use external drives to back up your computer. We also recommend storing software instrument libraries (for example, Komplete) on your external drive to free up space on your own computer. If you don’t get an external hard drive, you run the risk of losing all your information if your computer’s internal drive needs to be replaced, and you also run the risk of filling up your computer’s internal drive quickly if you store all your samples there, greatly reducing your computer’s speed.
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