Michael Moss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. His diverse resume includes three Grammy nominations for audio books, a prestigious Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association, a long history as a saxophonist touring with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, extensive performances in the studio and on stage with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gil Evans, the Four Tops, Frankie Valli, and Bo Diddley, and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory.
Moss has been working with MIDI since its inception, and it is an inextricable part of his scoring work as founder and owner of Soundscape Productions, an in-demand project studio situated in 5,700 square feet of loft space in Boston. Soundscape Productions provides superior production and sound services for education, industry, and advertising, including big-budget clients such as Gillette, Coca-Cola, and Warner Brothers. In 1996 Soundscape produced the Grammy-nominated book-on-tape Jumanji, which was read by Robin Williams, star of the movie version of the book. In 2000, Soundscape received two more Grammy nominations, for The Polar Express read by Liam Neeson and scored by Moss, and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, read by James Earl Jones. In addition, Soundscape has hosted notable authors such as Philip Roth, John Updike, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, poet Allen Ginsberg, and comedy performer Adam Sandler. Soundscape's expertise and popularity in the field of spoken word recordings was recently heralded in a feature story by Mix Magazine.
Michael Moss' music has appeared in well over one hundred commercial audio book releases, including The Polar Express, the Christmas classic by Chris Van Allsburg. He typically starts with a MIDI score, which serves as the seed for a full orchestral recording. His current MIDI rig is comprised of fifteen hardware synthesizers and numerous software synthesizers. His distinguished career as a composer includes clients such as National Public Radio, Simon and Schuster, Gillette, and many others.
Another facet of Soundscape is the company CreateSound. CreateSound markets the Michael Moss invention Aud-eMail, an innovative Web application that allows a user to record their voice and add a library of entertaining media soundbites to create audio e-mail messages. CreateSound's clients include Paramount Pictures, Miramax films, and Twentieth Century Fox. Moss uses Reason as the software basis of work he is doing in sound installation art, as part of a collaboration with visual artist Claudia Ravaschiere. His audio work resides in the permanent collection of the Boston Children's Museum, and their latest collaboration, Precious, was the subject of an NPR story.
In Midi Sequencing Intermediate, Berkleemusic instructor Michael Moss shares more than twenty years of professional production tips on how to make digital tracks sound more like a live band. “Some people say that MIDI sequences can sound mechanical,” says Moss. “But that’s not something in MIDI itself. It’s in the way that people use—and misuse—MIDI sequencing.” Read more
“Learning to use Reason to make a dance style and a blues style sequence taught me a lot about MIDI and a lot about the software itself. Getting to know the instructor was incredible! This course has taken my sequencing skills to whole new level.” - C. Moberg
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