Technology Requirements

Introduction

Laptop and Software Requirements

2019-2020 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 10 percent discount. Information about how to access the 10 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

  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro & Vienna Key
  • VSL SYNCHRON-ized SE Vol 1
  • Waves Platinum

Bundle Price: $1,050
MSRP: $4,532
Savings: $3,482

Laptop Requirements

Bring Your Own MacBook Pro

If you own a MacBook Pro that meets or exceeds the requirements below and is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement. Any of the current MacBook Pro laptop models meet the requirements. You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.

If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to Identify MacBook Pro models page on the Apple website.

Recommended Computer Technical Specification
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” display, 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 640, AirPort card built-in, High Sierra OS (OS 10.13).

  • Display 13-inch retina display or greater
  • Processor Dual-core Intel Core i5 or greater
  • Memory 16 GB or greater
  • Storage 512 GB or greater
  • Operating System OS 10.14 or greater*

* We do not recommend to upgrade your OsX to the latest one for compatibility issues. Is better to stay one OS before the latest one. If you purchase a new computer with the latest OsX, Technology Resources can help you navigate any issue related to it.

Other Required Hardware

  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt Hard Drive for samples with a minimum of 1TB storage space (7200 rpm minimum, SSD recommended). 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 Recommended Software

  • Apple Logic X
  • Avid Sibelius Ultimate
  • Cinematic Strings 2
  • Cinesamples Cinebrass Core
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
  • Vienna Symphonic Library SYNCHRON-ized SE Vol 1 PLUS
  • Cinematic Strings 2
  • 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

  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Slate Digital All Access Pass (12 month subscription)
  • SoundGym
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Tone2 Gladiator
  • Waves Platinum

Bundle Price: $700
MSRP: $3,165
Savings: $2,465

Required Software (Non-Bundled)

  • Ableton Live Suite
  • Abobe Creative Suite
  • Celemony Melodyne Editor
  • Cycling ’74 Max

Laptop Requirements

Bring Your Own MacBook Pro

If you own a MacBook Pro that meets or exceeds the requirements below and is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement. Any of the current MacBook Pro laptop models meet the requirements. You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.

If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to Identify MacBook Pro models page on the Apple website.

Recommended Computer Technical Specification
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” display, 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 640, AirPort card built-in, High Sierra OS (OS 10.13).

  • Display 13-inch retina display or greater
  • Processor Dual-core Intel Core i5 or greater
  • Memory 16 GB or greater
  • Storage 512 GB or greater
  • Operating System OS 10.14 or greater*

* We do not recommend to upgrade your OsX to the latest one for compatibility issues. Is better to stay one OS before the latest one. If you purchase a new computer with the latest OsX, Technology Resources can help you navigate any issue related to it.

(Please note that if you have a newer model laptop you may need adapters to connect peripheral devices.)

Other Required Hardware

  • 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 Recommended 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

  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Avid Pro Tools & iLok with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Avid Sibelius Ultimate
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • SoundGym
  • Waves Platinum

Berklee Bundle Price: $700
MSRP: $4,041
Savings: $3,341

Laptop Requirements

Bring Your Own MacBook Pro

If you own a MacBook Pro that meets or exceeds the requirements below and is less than three years old, it will most likely meet the technology requirement. Any of the current MacBook Pro laptop models meet the requirements. You may learn more about these models on the Apple Store website.

If you need help identifying your MacBook Pro model, please visit the How to Identify MacBook Pro models page on the Apple website.

Recommended Computer Technical Specification
Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro computer with 13.3” display, 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard disk, Intel Iris Graphics 640, AirPort card built-in, High Sierra OS (OS 10.13).

  • Display 13-inch retina display or greater
  • Processor Dual-core Intel Core i5 or greater
  • Memory 16 GB or greater
  • Storage 512 GB or greater
  • Operating System OS 10.14 or greater*

* We do not recommend to upgrade your OsX to the latest one for compatibility issues. Is better to stay one OS before the latest one. If you purchase a new computer with the latest OsX, Technology Resources can help you navigate any issue related to it.

(Please note that if you have a newer model laptop you may need adapters to connect peripheral devices.)

Other Required Hardware

  • 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

  • Microsoft Office 365

Berklee Bundle Price: $0
MSRP: $219
Savings: $219

Laptop Requirements

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

  • Mac OS X version 10.13 (or later)
  • 8 gigabyte (GB) or more of memory (RAM)
  • 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • Safari 13 or a later web browser