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Graduate-Level Courses New! Bachelor's degree required.
This course will prepare you to understand, design, and implement a professional music production environment for the projects you embark on. You will complete a production studio design as a final project, which will include essential acoustic and architectural design criteria.
This course presents a framework and vocabulary for analyzing music that will support your work in the program, in addition to your professional career. You will dissect music for its use of various production techniques, including arrangement, instrumentation, performance, mix considerations, and more.
This course is an in-depth, hands-on study of the unique elements involved in the craft of music production. You will learn the fundamental aural and philosophical considerations necessary to achieve emotionally-impactful and commercially-competitive productions.
Creative Recording and Editing Techniques is a practical, in-depth study of essential and creative recording techniques as well as an exploration of advanced audio editing techniques and considerations. You will learn to maximize the emotional impact of recordings by focusing on the music-driven intersection of the technical and creative skills necessary to achieve professional sounding recordings in any setting, from professional recording environments, to portable studios with minimal gear.
In this course, you will develop the skills necessary to create vocal-focused recordings that are contemporary and commercially viable. You will explore the voice as an instrument, one that is naturally expressive and harmonically complex, and that can be technologically processed.
You will learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the ear, to psychological perceptions in the brain. You will also explore the relationship between a sound and its perception in terms of the underlying mechanisms and limitations of our hearing system.
Advanced Mixing Techniques is a next-generation music mixing course for you to take your mixing skills to the highest level. In addition to an in-depth exploration of traditional mixing topics such as balance, EQ, dynamics, spatial effects, and automation, you’ll explore pitch and time correction and mixing for digital streaming services. Throughout the course, you will mix 12 provided recordings in a variety of Billboard chart-related styles, including R&B/hip-hop, pop, electronic dance, country, and rock.
This course is an in-depth exploration of the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations in producing audio for film, television, and related media. You will explore the history of film as a medium, through the development of technology for synchronizing audio to moving picture, to modern-day practices in audio post-production.
Undergraduate-Level Courses No application required.
Learn the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including drum and bass, trance, glitch, dub, electro, minimal, downtempo, house, and techno. If you are a musician interested in adding an electronic flavor to your production, or an electronic producer interested in moving your pieces to the next level, this music composition course is for you!
In this beginner-level course, you will gain an understanding of the processes and tools available to the modern electronic musician. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to configure a personal production workspace and use software instruments and audio recordings to produce music.
Pro Tools 101 constitutes the first stage of Avid's Pro Tools certification program. Learn the foundational skills needed to understand Pro Tools technology and software. This course instructs you on recording, editing, and mixing on a basic level, and will put you on the road to becoming a Pro Tools operator from home.
Gain a firm understanding of the functionalities and capabilities of Reason software. Explore Reason's rack of virtual instruments, effects, mixers, built-in sequencer and patching system, and learn real-world production setups and techniques used by today's top producers.
Expand your production skills and take your critical listening to the next level by learning to identify and implement mix strategies, compression and panning techniques, and a wide array of professional mix approaches across multiple genres of music.
This course provides an overview of video game design, exploring the iterative process of coming up with ideas, prototyping, testing, and revising that is at the heart of the video game industry. You will analyze games and examine the principles of game design from a visual studies perspective.
This course is designed for the musician who wants to compose music, unique sound, and creature voices for video games. Focusing on both the creative process of designing unique audio and the practical challenges of putting that content into a game, Game Audio Production with Wwise prepares students for all major aspects of game audio production and implementation.
Remix production has become a mission critical skill for many working producers and hip-hop and EDM (electronic dance music) artists. Business savvy music industry entrepreneurs recognize that remixing songs is a great way to generate income, publicity, attract new fans, and keep their catalog relevant. Remixing is also a whole lot of fun and gives you the opportunity to join a thriving online community of remixers who share their music on the Web (such as through soundcloud.com) and enter remix competitions with substantial prizes (such as indabamusic.com).
Placement on television, in video games and animation, and other modern revenue outlets require a detailed understanding of orchestral writing and production techniques. Learn to write and apply traditional orchestration techniques to both sampled performances and live orchestral performances.
Effective microphone techniques resulted in some of the most iconic music ever committed to tape. Consider Phil Spector's signature "Wall of Sound," which relied heavily on appropriate microphone techniques, or Led Zeppelin's iconic recording of John Bonham's drums on "When the Levee Breaks," recorded with a stereo microphone on the second floor stairway at Headley Grange Studio. Whether your sessions feature a single vocalist or rapper, metal trio, or large big-band jazz ensemble, the ability to get good sounds is essential to producing competitive results.
This course guides you through the essential concepts and methods to master the craft of vocal production. You will learn the technical aspects of working with the vocal and the personal, artistic aspects of working with a vocalist to achieve the best performance - skills that can be applied to many roles from engineer to producer to artist.
Learn to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles, including techno, trip-hop, glitch, and dubstep. Gain a deep understanding of many aspects of contemporary electronic music, including beats, harmony, bass lines, groove, melodies, synthesis, audio/MIDI editing, effects processing, sound design, performance, and mixing.
Learn how to use Ableton Live for real-time, dynamic live performances. This course is designed for students with diverse backgrounds—from music producers, DJs, singer/songwriters, and electronic music artists to music directors, podcasters, pastors, and YouTubers.
This course will teach you how to create, record, mix, and master music entirely on the iPad. You’ll start by exploring the iPad hardware and operating system then learn how to select and set up the mobile studio with the correct MIDI and audio interfaces. You will learn how to use applications for specific stages of the music production process.
Gain a greater understanding of the tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic productions. This course will show you how to go beyond using plug-in presets, teaching you how to effectively use tools such as EQ, dynamics processing, reverb, delays, and more.
Music Technology for Guitarists provides guitar students with an understanding of digital technology applicable to recording and live performance. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate a mastery of basic digital audio workstation (DAW) functionality and creative use of guitar amplifier modeling and effects processing.
Creative Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for Music and Visuals will prepare students to effectively create custom-made sound design elements for music productions and audio-for-visuals projects. Students will work with a wide variety of audio tools and concepts.
You’ll learn all of the ins and outs of the Traktor Pro 2 software, and all of the different ways you can use Traktor to DJ and remix your tracks live. On top of learning the Traktor software, you will also learn the fundamentals of DJing and be able to perform live like a true professional.
Building on the skills learned in Ableton Live Fundamentals, you will explore the sampler devices in Ableton Live. You’ll begin with common sampling concepts applicable to all samplers, then learn in great depth the techniques that are unique to Ableton Live.
This course is for students who are interested in taking a deep dive into composing with Ableton Live by leveraging unique and powerful linear and non-linear creative techniques inside the software. You will master a number of linear and non-linear compositional practices that are only possible using advanced Ableton Live tools and techniques.
Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area. No application necessary.
Graduate Certificates New! 3 Courses, Bachelor's degree required.
As a music producer, your job is ensure your production creates a strong emotional impact. By exploring the intersection where technical skills and creative ideas meet, this program will give you the tools and knowledge you need to produce recordings that convey your vision. You'll also explore innovative editing techniques and vocal production, and put these lessons to use by creating contemporary and commercially viable recordings.
In this program, you'll explore how the human ear perceives and interprets sounds and learn how to practically apply this knowledge to design a professional-level music production environment. You'll also hone your listening skills by analyzing various genres of music and uncovering the music production techniques used to achieve sonic hallmarks of different musical styles, giving you the tools to further your career as a versatile music producer.
This program will give you the hands-on experience you need to hone your skills as a professional mixing and mastering engineer. You'll learn advanced mixing and mastering techniques in a variety of genres, focusing on producing recordings for various formats, including vinyl, streaming platforms, as well as film, television, and related media.
Advanced Professional Certificates 8-12 Courses
Berklee alumni in the music industry often note that their mastery of Pro Tools has opened doors for them. Avid’s Pro Tools is the industry-standard audio production platform, and Berklee Online is the exclusive provider of Avid’s Pro Tools certificate curriculum
The Advanced Professional Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to design their own certificate program to meet the needs of their musical pursuits. Students can choose eight courses from any interest area and apply them to their certificate.
Professional Certificates 3-5 Courses
The Sampling and Sound Design for Electronic Music Professional Certificate Program demystifies topics central to electronic music production and sound design, such as setting up your home recording studio, sampling, digital signal processing, synthesis, MIDI sequencing, mixing, and more.
Berklee’s incomparable music production faculty present this detailed certificate program to guide you in this work, from concept to completed, mastered recording. Bridging theory and practice, you’ll learn the art and the science of producing great music on any digital audio workstation (DAW).
In this advanced certificate program, Berklee’s incomparable music production faculty will guide you through the art of mixing, the most effective microphone and audio mastering techniques, best practices for vocal production, and creative music production skills.
Music Degree Programs
Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.
Master's Degree (36 Credits)
Combine the most creative, innovative music production techniques with the power of DAW-based music technology tools. This program provides a rigorous training in advanced recording, mixing, and mastering, in addition to focused work on critical areas such as vocal production, audio for visual media, and business sustainability for independent producers.
Bachelor's Degrees (Up to 120 Credits)
Gain the analytical and professional skills needed for a successful career in music production, and graduate with a portfolio of polished productions. Create a portfolio of professional-sounding productions, and gain the analytical and professional skills needed to succeed in the music production profession.
The Songwriting and Producing Music major is designed to help you thrive in this multi-dimensional environment by strengthening your songwriting skills while developing your ability to record and mix professional-sounding music from your home studio using Pro Tools, Live, or Logic.