Berkleemusic’s Sound Technician and Mix Engineer Professional Certificate builds upon the core sound technician material presented in the Armed Forces School of Music course, Sound Reinforcement Technician. Providing the Berklee approach to sound technician and mixing, this 4-course program walks students through the process of production analysis, critical listening, and mixing and recording—both for the studio as well as for live sound.
This certificate starts with Music Production Analysis, which distills decades of experience from record producers (including course author Stephen Webber, as well as Phil Ramone, Kyle Lehning, Don Was and more) into a focused step-by-step approach of the essential elements of successful records. This course identifies the elements of effective records through in-depth analysis and will instruct you on the best practices for bringing these elements into your own productions. From there, you’ll dig deeper into the key elements in a mix, what sort of arrangements you should be working towards, and how to optimize your mix to make your song as compelling as possible in Critical Listening 1. In this course you’ll look at depth, frequency range, dynamics and the different mix approaches, which you can use to help direct your productions in any musical genre.
Next up is Live Sound: Mixing and Recording, where you’ll learn to construct a dynamic, high-quality mix for live sound. In this course you’ll identify proper microphone technique, equalization, effects, and dynamics processing to build professional sounding instrument sounds and vocals. The final course in this program is The Art of Mixing, which provides a more in-depth look at the technical and artistic approach to mixing. In this course you’ll acquire the core skill-set needed to mix multi-track master recordings to a stereo final mix-down suitable for release. You’ll learn the different steps of the mixing process, including equalization, panning, dynamic processing (compressors, gates, expanders, and limiters), reverb and delays, as well as automation techniques and practical examples.
By the end of this program, you’ll have a solid understanding of the music production, mixing, and mastering process; information that can be used regardless of the specific production software or DAW you plan on using. You’ll possess the skills to take a music project from concept to completion—whether it’s a project that you are working on for a third party client, or your own work!
Learn to construct a dynamic, high-quality mix for live sound. Identify proper microphone technique, equalization, effects, and dynamics processing to build professional sounding instrument sounds and vocals.
Richard Mendelson, Alejandro Rodriguez (12 weeks, 3 credits)
Explore the many creative and technical considerations necessary to mix in today's music production environment. Acquire the core skill set needed to mix multi-track master recordings to a stereo final mix-down suitable for release.
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