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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Students should complete the first three courses in the "Music Production" specialization before enrolling in this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours a week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Create a mock up of your song, using the emotional and dynamic timeline technique to "map" the arrangement of your production

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    Run a recording session effectively, including creating a comfortable space and providing effective feedback to musicians

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    Edit your tracks while using your reference tracks and emotional and dynamic timelines to realize your vision for your production

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    Ensure all instruments sound their best by using level, panning, EQ, and other effects and evaluate your mix by listening to it critically

Skills you will gain

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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Students should complete the first three courses in the "Music Production" specialization before enrolling in this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours a week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the Music Production Capstone

Welcome to the Music Production Capstone! Before you begin the course, we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading6 readings
A Note From Stephen, Loudon, & Chrissy10m
Meet Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Documentation and Process-folios10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Pre-Production

This week, we will focus on everything that needs to be done before you head into a recording session. We'll cover how to use reference tracks and analysis to develop an emotional timeline for your song, as well as how to schedule and work with other musicians. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Project Phase 1: Pre-Production6m
Reading1 reading
Pre-Production Check List10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Production

This week, we will dive into the recording session. We will discuss what your role is as a producer and what you need to focus on throughout the session. We'll also share some ideas on how to create a comfortable environment and how to make sure your session is successful....
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
The Session6m
Project Phase 2: Production2m
Reading1 reading
Production Check List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Reflection2m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Editing

This week, we'll focus on editing the tracks from your session last week. Chrissy, Loudon, and Stephen will share how they approach the editing process and offer a few tips and tricks to keep in mind while you edit your project....
Reading
3 videos (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Editing3m
Project Phase 3: Editing2m
Reading1 reading
Editing Check List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Reflection2m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Mixing & Mastering

In this final week, we will dive into mixing and mastering your projects. Depending on the genre of your song, the way you approach the mixing and mastering stage may be very different. We will discuss various ways to approach the mixing stage, how to tell when your mix is complete, and finally, strategies to mastering your project....
Reading
6 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Philosophies of Mixing3m
Mixing Techniques11m
Mastering Techniques4m
Project Phase 4: Mixing and Mastering1m
Congratulations!58s
Reading2 readings
Mixing Check List10m
Mastering Check List10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Reflection2m
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Top Reviews

By IPOct 16th 2017

In this course, the class ideas, and the help of classmates make the difference. The result at the end is surprising and I ended up getting over it many times. I would make a new module for sure.

By FMNov 15th 2016

I loved this course. I think it needs more emphasis on the Mastering process, but there's nothing a little investigation can fix. Totally recommended.

Instructors

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Stephen Webber

Director of Music Production, Technology and Innovation
Berklee
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Chrissy Tignor-Fisher

Assistant Professor
Contemporary Writing and Production
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Loudon Stearns

Assistant Professor
Contemporary Writing & Production

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

About the Music Production Specialization

This Specialization will give you the knowledge and tools you need to record and produce professional sounding music. You will begin by developing your identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer. Next, you will learn the technical aspects of music production, including how sound is translated into audio signals, recording techniques, and effects such as reverb, delay, and compression. You will also learn how to use the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation, Pro Tools, to create professional recordings. Finally, you will apply the knowledge and tools you gained in a culminating 4-week Capstone where you will complete a project beginning at the pre-production stage through the recording, mixing, and mastering stages....
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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