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Technology Requirements

Introduction

Laptop and Software Requirements

2017-2018 Graduate Programs
Berklee requires all entering graduate students to own a laptop computer that meets certain standards established by the college’s academic and technology leadership. For over half a century, Berklee has been committed to preparing our students for the musical, technological, and business necessities of the world they will be entering. We firmly believe the laptop and software requirements stated below provide students with a unique resource that will maximize the potent music education available only at Berklee and will help prepare students for successful entry into the music industry. Entering students should follow the information specific to their program.

Required Software Bundles

The required software bundle is purchased directly from Berklee and reflects the versions installed on the campus systems. Berklee has negotiated extremely reduced student pricing for these items. Berklee students will receive the bundles during the orientation week. Students cannot opt out of, or receive any exemption for, purchasing their program’s software bundle. The software fee is included in the first tuition bill.

Non-Bundled Required Software (Music Production, Technology, and Innovation Program only)

The non-bundled required software should be purchased before arrival to campus. Offers to purchase some of this software at reduced pricing will be made available to confirmed students via a private intranet site in late July.

Optional Software and Hardware

The optional software and hardware are strongly recommended but not required. All optional items will be available to students on computer workstations in the studios and technology labs on campus. Offers to purchase the software items at reduced pricing will be made available to students via a private intranet site in late July.

Laptop Requirements

The laptop requirements outline required specifications for student computers. Students whose laptops already meet specifications need not purchase a new computer. If you buy your laptop from an official Apple Store from within Spain, enrolled students can get a 12 percent discount. Information about how to access the 12 percent discount will be available late July.

Please note that buying a laptop in Spain from the Spanish Apple Store is charged in euros and includes a 21 percent tax. Students should also note that ordering a laptop with an English keyboard from the Spanish Apple Store will take approximately two to three weeks. We recommend that students check pricing in their country, as Apple stores or Apple resellers may offer an educational discount with an .edu email address and the total cost may be less than is available within Spain.

Other Requirements

There are additional items necessary for each program’s course of study and must be purchased prior to arrival on campus. Recommendations are made, but equivalent products are also acceptable.

Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games

Read the introduction for more information on software and laptops.

Required Software Bundle
(provided to students during orientation week)
$950
(MSRP = $4,635; Total Student Savings = $3,685))

  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok
  • Avid Sibelius
  • MakeMusic Finale
  • Microsoft Office
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Vienna Ensemble Pro & Vienna Key
  • Waves Berklee Bundle
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential (This version of Melodyne will be provided to students as part of their software bundle and will be upgradable to other versions of Melodyne for a discounted price.)

Laptop Requirements

Recommended Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 15.4" retina display, 2.5GHz i7 Quad, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan OS (OS 10.11).

Minimum Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” retina display, 2.9GHz i5 Duo, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan (OS 10.11).
(Please note that if you have a newer model laptop you may need adapters to connect peripheral devices.)

Other Requirements

  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt Hard Drive for samples with a minimum of 1TB storage space (Recommended models: Samsung M3 Portable 1TB or Toshiba Canvio 1TB). Two hard drives are recommended for backup purposes.
  • Professional Headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50x or equivalent)
  • USB MIDI keyboard, preferably with faders/knobs (e.g. Akai MPK61)
  • Interface with at least 2 microphone preamplifiers, one stereo output and a headphone output (e.g. Apogee Duet, Universal Audio Apollo Twin, Avid MBox)

Optional Software

  • Cinesamples Cinebrass Core
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
  • Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1 (Standard and PLUS)
  • Cinematic Strings 2
  • Cubase Pro 8.5
  • Apple Logic X
  • Wallander Instruments Note Performer for Sibelius

Music Production, Technology, and Innovation

Read the introduction for more information on software and laptops.

Required Software Bundle
(provided to students during orientation week)
$700
(MSRP = $3,844; Total Student Savings = $3,144)

  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok
  • MakeMusic Finale
  • Microsoft Office
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Slate Digital Everything Bundle 12 month subscription
  • Waves Berklee Bundle

Non-Bundled Required Software

  • Ableton Live Suite 9
  • Celemony Melodyne Editor 4 (Students will be provided with a copy of Celemony Melodyne Essential upon arriving to campus which is upgradable to Melodyne Editor 4 for a discounted price.)
  • Cycling ’74 Max 7

Laptop Requirements

Recommended Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 15.4" retina display, 2.5GHz i7 Quad, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan OS (OS 10.11).

Minimum Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” retina display, 2.9GHz i5 Duo, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan (OS 10.11).
(Please note that if you have a newer model laptop you may need adapters to connect peripheral devices.)

Other Requirements

  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt Hard Drive for samples with a minimum of 1TB storage space (Recommended models: Samsung M3 Portable 1TB or Toshiba Canvio 1TB). Two hard drives are recommended for backup purposes.
  • Professional Headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50x or equivalent)
  • Microphone (Shure SM58 or equivalent), microphone cable, and stand
  • Interface with at least 2 microphone preamplifiers, one stereo output and a headphone output (e.g. Apogee Duet, Universal Audio Apollo Twin, Avid MBox)
  • SDHC Memory Card, Class 10, 32GB minimum. (E.g. Transcend TS32GSDHC10E)

Optional Software/Hardware

  • Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium Creative Cloud
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Audioease Altiverb 7
  • iZotope Products
  • McDSP Plugins
  • Resolume Arena 5
  • Steven Slate Trigger 2
  • USB MIDI keyboard, preferably with faders/knobs (e.g. Akai MPK61)

Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration)

Read the introduction for more information on software and laptops.

Required Software Bundle
(provided to students during orientation week)
$600
(MSRP = $4,147; Total Student Savings = $3,547)

  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok with Focusrite Audio Interface
  • Avid Sibelius
  • MakeMusic Finale
  • Microsoft Office
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Slate Digital Everything Bundle 12 month subscription
  • Waves Berklee Bundle
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential (This version of Melodyne will be provided to students as part of their software bundle and will be upgradable to other versions of Melodyne for a discounted price.)

Laptop Requirements

Recommended Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 15.4" retina display, 2.5GHz i7 Quad, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan OS (OS 10.11).

Minimum Specifications:
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” retina display, 2.9GHz i5 Duo, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, AirPort card built-in, El Capitan (OS 10.11).
(Please note that if you have a newer model laptop you may need adapters to connect peripheral devices.)

Other Requirements

  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt Hard Drive with a minimum of 1TB storage space (Recommended models: Samsung M3 Portable 1TB or Toshiba Canvio 1TB)
  • Professional Headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50x or equivalent)
  • Microphone (Shure SM58 or equivalent), microphone cable and stand

Global Entertainment and Music Business

Read the introduction for more information on software and laptops.

Required Software Bundle
(provided to students during orientation week)
$0
(MSRP = $220; Total Student Savings = $220)

  • Microsoft Office

Laptop Requirements

A Mac computer that has an Intel processor with the following specifications:

  • Mac OS X version 10.10 (or later)
  • 4 gigabyte (GB) or more of memory (RAM)
  • 10 GB of available hard disk space
  • Safari 7 or a later web browser