Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Workshop

Boston
Ages 15+
Push your limits as an electronic musician, and develop your skills in sound design, production, and electronic digital instrument (EDI) performance. Over the course of this workshop, you have the opportunity to explore everything from the foundations of sound synthesis and sampling to sound design for picture and video games, working with modular and vintage synthesizers or the latest in performance controllers. Based on knowledge level and experience, you will select coursework to tailor the curriculum to your interests.
Dates
June 24-June 28
Check-in Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
2024-06-28, 7:00 PM
Tuition
$2,925
Housing
$895
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by May 1.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. Students who are 15 years of age or older by the start of their Boston-based program are eligible to stay in on-campus housing. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have indicated that you would like to request on-campus housing, please revisit your registration portal and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full.

Curriculum

Throughout the workshop, several concurrent breakout sessions are offered in each time slot. You can self-select which session to attend in any given time slot over the course of the workshop, space allowing. Offerings range from introductory to intermediate levels of skill and preparation. 

The following list of classes gives you a sense of what to expect: 

  • Producing EDM with Ableton Live
  • Creative Sound Design Techniques
  • Sound Design and Csound
  • Sampling Workshop 1
  • Sampling Workshop 2
  • Sound Design with Modular Synthesizers
  • Electronic Music Mixing Techniques
  • Creative DSP for Free
  • Modular Synthesizer Performance Workshop
  • An Introduction to Game Audio
  • Performing Live with Ableton Push
  • Expressive Performance with MPE and the Roli Seaboard Rise
  • Introduction to Circuit-Bending
  • Sound Design for VR
  • Sound Design in Electronic Dance Music
  • Introduction to DJing
  • Composing and Performing with Ableton Live
  • New Ways to Play
  • Digital DJ Techniques
  • Music of the Body and Mind

All breakout sessions will take place in Berklee's labs and studios. Our state-of-the-art facilities use Ableton Live as well as MAX for Live, Logic, and Native Instruments Komplete.

Other opportunities include the following:

  • Electronic performance controller lab
  • Modular synthesizer open lab time
  • Turntable open lab time
  • Ableton Live tutorial sessions
  • Electronic performance open mic
Schedule

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program. 

TimeEvent
8 AM–9 AMBreakfast
9:15 AM–10:45 AMKeynote presentation
11 AM–12:45 PMBreakout sessions
1 PM–2 PMLunch
2 PM–3:45 PMBreakout sessions
4 PM–5:45 PMBreakout sessions
6 PM–7 PMDinner
7 PM–9 PMElectronic open mics or open lab time

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to perform in multiple open mics throughout the program.

Requirements

General Requirements

All students 15 and older with some background in electronic production are welcome to attend.

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Required Materials

Bring a computer with access to a digital audio workstation (DAW) software (e.g., Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, etc.) and a MIDI Keyboard. All other required musical equipment and technology will be provided throughout the program. Consider bringing portable media storage to save the work you create during the week. Participants are also welcome to bring completed songs.

Once You've Enrolled

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that  you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check-in for the experience of a lifetime.
 

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