Welcome to “Studio Performance”

CritatconsoleWelcome to the Berklee 2016 Summer Session course “Studio Performance”. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time and sharing my 30 years of recording studio experience with you. Please browse my web site, if you wish, for more information about me. I am thrilled to also welcome Sarah Romeo (sromeo@berklee.edu) as my assistant. Sarah will be handling all of the studio time scheduling for the course and is the first stop for any questions you may have regarding class times, studio scheduling etc.

The objective of “Studio Performance” is to introduce you to the recording studio process and terminology, to teach you how to prepare for a recording session, and to give you some tips and tricks to help you make your own special magic when the red light comes on!

In addition to class time, every student will be invited to schedule a recording session. These sessions will be held at Bristol Recording Studio 160 Mass Ave. on 3 consecutive Mondays: July 18, 25 and August 1. Students will be required to sign up for their performance time slot in advance during class. Students may record themselves solo or invite up to 2 other accompanists. (Sorry, there will be not be time to set up and record full drum kits). Please include a description of your performance when you sign up. For ex: “Solo performer-guitar and vocal” OR “2 performers, vocalist and acoustic guitarist, etc. This information will help us when it comes time to set the studio and will give you more time for the actual recording.

Please check the other posts on this page for information on preparing for your session, and for a posting of the most recent studio schedule. Regarding the schedule, please note that the schedule posted will may not be completely up to date and that all scheduling must be confirmed with Sarah.

If you have time I highly recommend watching the following movies/videos for information and inspiration regarding Studio Performance:

A Stroke of Insight-Everyone should take the 15 minutes to view this Ted Talk. It could change your life. And it will definitely make more sense of some the ideas I will be presenting in class. No tears during the show. Well, if you must.

Grab some popcorn and check out these extremely entertaining documentaries about life in the studio. I realize you may not have time during the next 5 weeks, but put them on your must watch list for when you do have some free time:

Standing in the Shadow of Motown
The Wrecking Crew
Muscle Shoals

See you in Class!