Ann Kreis Scoring Stage at the Berklee School of Music in Boston
Berklee College of Music is the world’s largest independent contemporary music college with campuses in Boston, Mass., and Valencia, Spain. The college is committed to investing in state-of-the-art facilities and technology to prepare students for real-world production environments.
Berklee College continually updates its curriculum to reflect evolving trends in music production, including the trends for collaboration between remote locations. The school needs flexible, industry-standard solutions that can easily be used across both campuses to facilitate collaboration and give students access to tools used in real-world production environments.
“Collaborative work processes have become the norm in the industry, and in the future, distant collaboration will be a standard work process,” said David Mash, senior vice president for innovation, strategy and technology at Berklee College of Music, and chairman of the executive board of directors for the Avid Customer Association. “We want our students to learn about this and master these processes while they’re still students.”
COLLABORATION AT A DISTANCE
To address these industry changes and create the most professional studios possible, Berklee has embraced Avid Everywhere, selecting audio solutions from the Avid Artist Suite powered by the company’s MediaCentral Platform. These include Pro Tools software, Pro Tools HDX systems with analog and digital HD interfaces, Sibelius music notation software and System 5 digital audio mixing consoles.
The new workflow enables real-time, high-definition collaborative workflows between its new, state-of-the-art 10-studio audio production complex at its Boston campus and its world-class campus in Valencia. An ultra-high speed i2 internet connection links the two campuses, enabling real-time, global collaboration. With the new studios in Boston recently completed, Berklee plans to enable remote collaboration between the two campuses on a real-time tracking session.
Rob Jaczko, Stephen Webber and Dan Thompson share a laugh at a recording console.
“We wanted our studios in Valencia and Boston to be able to communicate across Internet2, and Pro Tools enables that for us,” said Mash. “Providing students with the tools to collaborate from one studio to the other, regardless of physical location, will facilitate some very interesting real-world teaching opportunities.”
Avid solutions are taught directly in the classroom for recording, composing, songwriting, editing and mixing, and students also have access to the products at Berklee’s technology labs and recording studios.
“It’s extremely important to teach the tools that our students are going to see in the real world,” said Ian Kagey, chief engineer and assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus. “In terms of professional music production and audio for visual media, Avid audio products are the industry standard. Our goal is to make students as ready as possible to jump into a professional environment, and not just feel comfortable, but thrive.”
IN THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND
Berklee has selected Pro Tools software as the official digital audio workstation on all laptops distributed to every student as part of its Berklee bundle licensing program, giving students unlimited access to industry-standard tools. “We wanted high-quality, high-resolution audio in all of our recording studios and the same software for the students’ laptops, and Pro Tools gives us that capability,” Mash said.
“It’s no secret that Avid products are ubiquitous in the professional music community, and introducing our student body to these tools is essential to their success as professionals,” said Liz Teutsch, assistant director of academic technology and associate professor at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia campus. “Incorporating Avid products into our facilities and curriculum is an integral element of the technology training we give students of all disciplines.”
With Avid Everywhere, Berklee has set a new standard for music education giving students hands-on experience with the same tools and collaborative workflows that audio professionals use to create award-winning music.