Planned to be operational in January 2012, the academic area includes ensemble rooms, classrooms, private instruction rooms, and practice rooms. All rooms have been specifically built with the highest standards of acoustic room treatment, through the use of absorption and diffusion materials on the surfaces of the room, and soundproofing, to provide sonic isolation between the rooms.
Students can enjoy performance spaces that emulate the conditions found in professional environments, with state-of-the-art equipment and a wide variety of musical instruments.
The classrooms will be equipped with Smart Boards, a fully integrated learning system that enables the teacher to engage students with interactive lessons while simultaneously accessing and controlling all the classroom technology. With Smart Notebook software, which is included with all Smart Board interactive whiteboards, students can capture all notes, screenshots, images, and videos to a single file that can be opened in both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Music Technology Complex – Acoustic Design by Walters-Storyk Design Group
The state-of-the-art Berklee in Valencia music technology complex will include a professional-quality recording studio, four project production studios, and two technology labs. The recording studio, and project production studios are designed by world-renowned acoustical design consultants, Walters-Storyk Design Group in collaboration with chairs, deans, and technology lab staff from Berklee College of Music.
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed studios for: Alicia Keys, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Daddy Yankee, Def-Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America, to name a few. Every aspect of the technology facilities is geared toward preparing students to meet the challenges of the evolving music industry environment.
The recording studio is a 126-square-meter facility (1,360 sq. ft.) that includes a live room of about 80 square meters (860 sq. ft.) with high ceilings and a wall and floor with variable surfaces for diverse acoustical configurations and two iso-overdub booths, a control room of 46 sq. m. (500 sq. ft.), and an isolated machine room. The control room configuration supports the teaching of classes.
Project Production Studios
Four project production studios will enable students to develop, produce, design, and complete projects in advanced professional production facilities equipped with the latest hardware and software. Featuring excellent acoustics and sound isolation, the production studios range in size from 12.5 square meters (135 sq. ft.) to 18.5 square meters (200 sq. ft.). Each of the production studios is linked to an iso-overdub space that expands the working area and supports supplemental recording with microphones.
The two technology labs serve as classrooms for the teaching of technology-based music and global entertainment and music business courses, as well as laboratory spaces that provide students with hands-on access to professional music technology and music business equipment and software. These tools and resources, in conjunction with each student’s own required Berklee in Valencia laptop computer package, allow students to advance their skills and complete course work.
Both the large lab (20 workstations) and small lab (10 workstations) are equipped with the latest hardware and software in professional DAWs. The labs mirror real-world, computer-based MIDI studios of writers/producers and are designed to help students understand and meet the challenges of professional music industry work.
An array of music software, software synthesizers, and plug-ins allow students to meet the most advanced demands of projects for music courses. Several non-music software programs, including the Microsoft Ofﬁce suite, as well as database, spreadsheet, statistical analysis, web design and development, multimedia editing and graphic design programs, and popular open-source tools support students in achieving the equally high demands and professional-quality work required in global entertainment and music business courses.
Each workstation will have audio, video, and network connections to the main (teaching) station. The teaching station will provide connections for a laptop and patching capability. The room will have multi-channel sound capability and multiple projection options. The large technology lab also features a soundproofed recording booth connected to a dedicated workstation that students can reserve to record drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, other acoustic instruments, or voice directly to the workstation.
Teatre Martín i Soler
Located beneath the bed of the Turia river, this theatre, named after the 18th century musician who was Valencia’s most universal composer of all times, seats 400 people. The theatre features an opera pit and a full complement of the latest stage equipment.
The Auditori can seat 1.490 spectators with excellent visibility in all seats. Due to its physical characteristics, it is especially suitable for symphonic concerts, cinematographic premieres, large conferences or congresses, and special events.