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announcements

here is a collection of announcements for students at berklee college of music, issued throughout a given academic semester.

Welcome! [Week 0]

Hi everyone, welcome to the new semester! Looking forward to working with all of you.

 

By now, you should have received an email from me about items to prepare for our first meeting. Please review that email as soon as possible.

 

Feel free to reach out if you have questions. You can reach me at cmlim@berklee.edu, using one of these email templates.

 

See you soon!

Tutoring Resources [Week 1/2]

Hi folks, hope you're having a great week thus far!

 

I wanted to send a reminder that if you need help with any course topics, besides visiting me during office hours, we have fantastic tutors in the Electronic Production & Design department (since the courses I teach all fall under EPD). Out of the current tutors (Austin, Amogh, Boba), I know Boba the best, and they are excellent at coaching in electronic performance topics, so they would be my top recommendation.

 

Here is the contact info and descriptions for all the EPD tutors:

 

Austin Burkett

Austin specializes in game sound design and scoring, but is more than happy to help with anything EPD related (or life related for that matter). Walk-ins welcome, but preferably please sign up at least a day in advance with a brief description of what you’d like to chat about. You can sign up hereLinks to an external site.!

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Amogh Dwivedi

Walk-ins are welcome, but a brief explanation about what you need help with prior to the session would be helpful. 

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Thursday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Boba Lee

BobaLinks to an external site. specializes in live performance setupsLinks to an external site. with Ableton Live, MaxMSP and analog synthesis. They are also fluent in topics and software covered across all core EPD classes. Walk-in's are welcome, but do note that sign-ups are given higher priority. Sign-up here: https://calendly.com/bobalee/tutoringLinks to an external site. 

  • Monday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

  • Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

In addition, you can also reach out to the Creative Technology Center (CTC) or Library for general music technology tutoring, which may be helpful if you have more basic questions with regards to DAW functionality, audio/MIDI setup, etc. More info is available here: https://www.berklee.edu/academic-support/music-technology-training-berklee

 

Let me know if you have more questions!

Reminder: Homework Due + Meeting Agenda [Week 1]

Hi all, hope you're having a nice week thus far!

 

Since our first assignment of the semester is about to be due (tomorrow), a quick courtesy reminder: make sure to submit all deliverables to Canvas before the start of our weekly class meeting. It is your responsibility to factor in enough time for yourself to upload your work. Late submissions will be graded as such.

 

As another reminder, you can find an example grading rubric under the "Grading Reminders + Criteria" page on Canvas. We will have our assignments graded based on these criteria. There is a Google Spreadsheet link to a general grading rubric, and at the bottom of the spreadsheet, there is a tab that is specifically for our class.

Once we arrive in class, we will begin with performances of everyone's homework. (Please arrive punctually so that you have enough time to set up.) After everyone is done performing, we will proceed with new content for this week's class.

 

This will pretty much be our regular weekly schedule for each class, so hopefully we'll start to get into the swing of things.

 

Looking forward to hearing your music!

Required Items for Class [Week 2]

Good morning all! Looking forward to seeing you today. Some reminders for what to prepare for class:

  • Before coming to class, make sure to borrow any equipment that you might need for your performance from the EPD equipment room (if you're not bringing all of your own gear).

    • Please make sure to bring wired headphones or earbuds - super important that they are not wireless!

      • We will need to connect them to the audio interfaces in A60, so make sure to bring a headphone jack 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch converter, if you need to.

  • The only piece of equipment that you should not need to borrow is an audio interface, since we already have one for each station in A60.

 

See you soon!

Add/Drop Deadline: Tomorrow [Week 2/3]

Hi all, hope you had a great weekend!

 

Just a quick note: tomorrow is the Add/Drop deadline for the semester (cutoff at 5pm ET, I believe). If you need to drop our class for whatever reason, make sure to do so before the deadline.

 

Let me know if you have questions!

Required Software: Ready for Next Class [Week 3]

[ILEL-212]

Hi all, hope you're having a nice week thus far! As mentioned in our Week 1 meeting and syllabus, we have some required software for our lab:

  1. Waves Vocal Bender (https://www.waves.com/plugins/vocal-bender)

  2. Your choice between Waves Tune Real-Time (https://www.waves.com/plugins/waves-tune-real-time) OR any low-latency version of Antares Auto-Tune

    • If you want to follow along with me directly, I'll be using Waves Tune Real-Time. (This is also my general recommendation, since Waves Tune Real-Time is more affordably priced than most version of Antares Auto-Tune.)

 

Week 3 (this week, Thu Feb 8th) is the class in which we will need these plugins, as we'll be covering pitch devices in class.

 

As a reminder, there are no trial versions for the Waves plugins, so you will need to purchase them. In my experience, they are well worth the investment. Purchasing them for our course is similar to purchasing a textbook for another class, if you would like to view it in that perspective.

 

Please come to class ready with these items installed on your laptop. Let me know if you have questions!

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[MTEC-325]

Hi all, hope you're having a nice week thus far! A quick reminder that you'll need the following software for class this week, as we'll be covering tuning for our Week 4 class:

 

  1. Celemony Melodyne (either essential, assistant, editor or studio)

    • If you want to follow along with me directly, I'll be using Melodyne editor.

  2. Your choice between Waves Tune Real-Time https://www.waves.com/plugins/waves-tune-real-timeLinks to an external site. ) OR any low-latency version of Antares Auto-Tune

    • If you want to follow along with me directly, I'll be using Waves Tune Real-Time. (This is also my general recommendation, since Waves Tune Real-Time is more affordably priced than most version of Antares Auto-Tune.)

 

In my experience, these 3rd-party plugins are well worth the investment. Purchasing them for our course is similar to purchasing a textbook for another class, if you would like to view it in that perspective.

Global Reminders for our Course [Week 4/5]

Hi all, great to see you this week! Thanks for your hard work thus far. Lots of improvements all around :) I’m working on grading the most recent round of assignments, so feedback should be on its way to you within the next few days.

 

A few global course reminders that I wanted to share below. While this doesn’t necessarily apply to all of you, please still keep these in mind, particularly since a number of these are items that we have previously addressed in Week 1’s class and/or are also on Canvas. I know you all have a bunch of different classes and different teachers, and there is a lot to remember, so perhaps these might have been forgotten - if so, please take notes or save this post.

 

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Setting Up and Preparing for Meetings

 

At our most recent class meeting, we collectively took longer than usual to set up, and also had more waiting time between many people’s performances, compared to previous weeks.

 

Now that we’ve had a few meetings together, you probably realize that our first portion of class (up to the first 10 minutes, although ideally less than 10 minutes) is a segment that we dedicate to properly setting up for the rest of the class meeting, both the initial performance part and the subsequent lecture-tutorial part. This includes connecting all your gear, borrowing any extras you might need, conducting an adequate soundcheck and/or final personal rehearsal, before we commence performances.

 

It does not reflect well on us if we have people running in/out of the room to borrow gear at the last minute, or borrowing essential pieces of gear from each other, or if we have people rehearsing/editing their Live sets while others are in the middle of performing. If you come late to class and lose setup time, that is on you.

 

As you likely already know, a portion of each assignment’s grade does include efficiently setting up and professionalism. While I tend to be fairly generous with the points in these components, I do think we owe it to ourselves to keep aiming higher, beyond mere grades.

 

For example, if you were able to setup and rehearse within 5 minutes for a given week, aim for something under 5 minutes in the following week, and so on. You could then use the remaining time you have to do an extra rehearsal. If you think that you are set up properly, but end up having an issue in your performance that could have been resolved during the designated class setup time, again, that is on you.

 

Communications via Email

 

If you are emailing me for whatever reason, please always include your course code in the email title. I have many classes with many students in them, and even folks who are not in my classes are emailing me a lot. Having our course code in the title helps me identify you more quickly and respond more efficiently. 

 

For your convenience, I have even provided you with email templates. You can find them under "Modules" > "Weekly Lesson Resources" > "Email Templates for Contacting Claire". (Some of you have used these from the get-go - thank you!)

 

Homework Due Dates and Times

 

Apart from homework being due on a specific date, there is also a specific time that it is due. This information is available on Canvas. So, even if you submit work on the day that it is due, but it is past the due time, it is still considered late, and you will receive the corresponding late penalty.

 

Of course, uploading large files takes time. Please keep this in mind when preparing your submissions. If you start uploading a file before the due time, but it only completes uploading after the due time, that means your submission is still late.

 

Resubmissions of Homework

 

If you erroneously uploaded some incorrect files to Canvas and wish to resubmit your work, please do so by re-uploading to the specific Canvas assignment in question. 

 

If you are unable to re-upload your work, please leave a comment on the assignment by clicking the “Add Comment” button. This will allow you to attach files in a comment, or you can leave a Google Drive link to your resubmitted work in the comment.

 

Please do not email me any files or links to files. Since all work is graded via Canvas, please correspondingly submit all work via Canvas.

 

Week-to-Week Feedback

 

I grade your work with rubrics that are thoughtfully and thoroughly put together for our course, so that with each assignment, you can receive feedback about specific areas that were well done, or specific areas that could benefit from more attention. Please review the feedback rubrics carefully, or you may make the same mistakes from week to week, which could cost you repeated deductions in points, and repeated performances that aren't executed to the best standard possible.

 

Ultimately, if you don’t want to consider my comments, that is totally up to you. I like leaving comments because I think they tend to be helpful, but I’m also cool if you would rather not receive specific feedback. If this is the case, please let me know, and I won’t give you comments in the future. (I might save some time on my end!)

 

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Okay, I think that’s it for now, as far as group announcements go. If anything particularly glaring comes up again in the future, I might do another announcement like this (hopefully I won't have to, though!).

 

I appreciate your attention to these things, and thanks for being active contributors to our course. It tends to be more fun for all of us when everyone is present and ready to work together at each class. I always look forward to hearing your music!

 

Have a nice weekend, and see you next week!

Reminder: Live-to-2 Tutorial + Suggestions for Practicing [Week 6/7]

Hi all, great to see you today! Thanks for your continued efforts this semester, both in and out of class.

 

As a reminder, if you are unsure of how to properly prepare your deliverables for the class, namely the video with synced audio via Live-to-2 recording, we do have a tutorial on Canvas. I've explicitly shared and mentioned this in class multiple times throughout the semester. In fact, every homework assignment that we have had so far includes a reminder about viewing the tutorial, if you are unsure of how to prepare a video adequately for our course.

 

For your convenience, it is linked here again.

 

Our class, being a lab, involves practicing some consistent techniques every week (apart from the new content that we are learning). Some of these regular items include setting up efficiently, conducting sound checks, managing gain staging, creating cue mixes etc. It is already Week 6, so if you find that there are certain items that you are repeatedly forgetting or are causing you to slip up, please think of ways to improve on them.

 

For example, if you find that setting up and soundchecking is an overwhelming process, consider writing down a checklist of things that you need to do each time you perform. If you find that you are taking a long time to set up each week, consider practicing just setting up and breaking down as a part of your homework. If you are unfamiliar with using an audio interface and how to gain-stage with it, consider practicing specifically using an audio interface with vocal inputs, and setting that up for use.

 

All this said, if you have questions that occur over the course of the week, please reach out. You can email me, and if you use one of the email templates that I have provided, it will help me get back to you more quickly and efficiently. You can also come to my office hours if you think you might need more help - these do fill up quickly, especially since I have more students than usual this semester, so the earlier you email me to ask for an appointment, the better.

 

Looking ahead to midterms, it will be important that you're able to execute an entire performance smoothly, including setup, soundcheck, and the live performance itself (including a solid ending), and of course, deliver the proper deliverables. Next week in class, we have one more shot before midterms to do a solid weekly assignment performance (i.e. performing Week 6's homework in our Week 7 class time), so do your best!

 

And as another quick reminder, if you want an overview of our class schedule for the rest of the semester, you can check the "Modules" section, where there is a week-to-week overview.

 

See you next week!

Save the Date! Final Live Showcase [Week 7]

Hi all, hope you had a nice long weekend! Good news: the details for our course's in-person presentation of final projects has been locked in for Thu Aug 10th, in Room B54 of the 150 Massachusetts Avenue building.

 

(While it's only Week 4, the Summer semester goes quickly, and faculty bookings for student events get very competitive! So thankfully we've been able to secure some locations already.)

 

This is the Thursday of Week 11, which is the week before finals week (Week 12). We will meet for our last ILEL-112 class meeting as usual on that day, at 1pm. And then, we will meet a second time afterwards - at some point after 5pm, our course will have a combined "festival"-style showcase alongside my other classes.

 

Here is an overview of the schedule:

  • General room setup: 5pm (you're welcome to come early and hang out if you'd like to)

  • MTEC-350 call time/setup/line checks: 5:30pm

  • MTEC-350 show: 6pm

  • ILEL-112 call time/setup/line checks: 6:30pm

  • ILEL-112 show: 7pm

  • ILEL-212 call time/setup/line checks: 7:30pm

  • ILEL-212 show: 8pm

  • MTEC-325 call time/setup/line checks: 8:30pm

  • MTEC-325 presentation: 9pm

  • General room breakdown: 10pm (please help out if you're still around)

 

 

Here is a general Google Drive folder of documents, with a Google Spreadsheet for an overview of info, as well as promo materials for sharing, etc.: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1iIKx4uLzTgbOumEyJNxL9zBlpmCLwLIk?usp=sharing

You can find more information under the Week 11 module on Canvas, which was released earlier today. More information will also be shared later on in the semester.

 

More on this in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please reach out as always!

Hard Cutoff for Midterm [Week 7/8]

Hi folks, looking forward to seeing your midterm performances later today! 

 

As a quick courtesy reminder, please upload your midterm deliverables to Canvas before the start of class. 

 

No late submissions will be accepted, so any missing components of your midterm submission will result in no grade for the midterm, which is a significant percentage of the final grade. Please make sure that you submit everything that you need to by the deadline. 

 

Some folks have already done uploaded their work (thank you!), but if you have not done so yet, I would recommend uploading sooner rather than later. It's good to give yourself a few hours of grace before the deadline, so that you can have some peace of mind and be in a better headspace when you perform, too.

 

As usual, please reach out if you have questions. See you soon!

Withdrawal Deadline [Week 8/10]

Hi folks, great to see you in class today! We are officially past the midterm season for the Summer 2023 semester, and the deadline for course withdrawals (W grade) is this Friday, July 21st.

 

As a courtesy, here's a reminder that you can check your total course grade (up until this point in the semester) in Canvas by clicking on the "Grades" section on the left side of Canvas, in the navigation menu, below the "Modules" and "Syllabus" sections. This will give you an idea of what your current grade in our course is.

 

Viewing your current grade standing might help you to make an informed decision, in case you do need to withdraw from the class, for whatever reason. If this is the case, please get in touch with the registrar by the deadline this week, as described on their website: https://www.berklee.edu/registrar/withdrawals-refunds.

 

Let me know if you have questions. Just a few more weeks until the end of the semester - keep up the good work!

Live Show Equipment Requests [Week 8/9]

Hi folks, great to see you yesterday! Thanks for your continued hard work. We're almost at the end of the semester!

 

Like I mentioned in class yesterday, we do need to submit an advance equipment request to the EPD equipment room, in the event that anyone needs to borrow equipment for our live show on Sat May 4th (e.g. controllers, microphones, audio interfaces). I will be sending the request by the end of the day on Saturday, so please send me an email by Sat Apr 27th 6PM with a list of things you would like to borrow, so that I can compile our requests.

 

If you do not need to borrow equipment, that's totally fine, and you do not need to email me. Otherwise, you will be responsible for bringing all of your equipment. Students are not allowed to check out equipment on their own for special events like these, which is why we need to submit official requests in the first place.

 

As always, let me know if you have questions. Looking forward to hearing from you (if necessary)!

Withdrawal Deadline [Week 8/10]

Hi folks, great to see you in class today! We are officially past the midterm season for the Summer 2023 semester, and the deadline for course withdrawals (W grade) is this Friday, July 21st.

 

As a courtesy, here's a reminder that you can check your total course grade (up until this point in the semester) in Canvas by clicking on the "Grades" section on the left side of Canvas, in the navigation menu, below the "Modules" and "Syllabus" sections. This will give you an idea of what your current grade in our course is.

 

Viewing your current grade standing might help you to make an informed decision, in case you do need to withdraw from the class, for whatever reason. If this is the case, please get in touch with the registrar by the deadline this week, as described on their website: https://www.berklee.edu/registrar/withdrawals-refunds.

 

Let me know if you have questions. Just a few more weeks until the end of the semester - keep up the good work!

Claire's Courses for Next Semester [Week 9]

Hello good people! As registration is here, a number of folks across classes have reached out to ask about the courses that I'm teaching next semester. Here they are below, in case you (and/or your friends) might be interested in signing up:

 

 

*It is usually acceptable to take the same ensemble/lab course multiple times (in case anyone who has done it before would like to do it again 😊). We would just need to double-check with the registrar/EPD office/Ensemble office to confirm that it is possible.

Please feel free to spread the word as well, and all the best with registration!

See you at our Final Showcase! [Week 11/14]

Hi folks, excited for tonight! Good job at our final class last week. Some reminders for today's order of events:​

  • 7:45pm: Meet at 150 Mass Ave at the EPD equipment room (opposite our usual B58 classroom) to transport equipment. 

  • 8pm: Meet at 22-112 to start setting up and sound-checking.

  • 8:55pm: Doors open for the public.

  • 9pm: Our show starts.

  • 10pm: Our show ends, and we start breaking down.

  • 10:30pm: Transport equipment, walking back to the equipment room at 150 Mass Ave.

 

Here's a link to our tech doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14l2DrvDMVcniqFV8mTQ-bHlKGr0IhnxVe7ffeZieG98/edit?usp=sharingLinks to an external site. 

 

Also, sharing the link to promo materials again: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1F5kySHcOTXIq964my4aTuReHWKZsDVUE?usp=drive_linkLinks to an external site.

 

Let me know if you have questions, and see you later!

Last Call for Coursework! [Week 12/15]

Hi folks, hope you had (or are still having) a nice finals week! Once again, it was great to work with you this semester. Hope you learnt a thing or two in this course.

 

I will be spending the next few days finishing up some grading and calculations, so if anyone has outstanding coursework that you wish to submit, please submit it via Canvas by Sunday, May 12th, 2024 at 11:59PM. You can either upload your work directly to the assignment page, or leave a comment on the assignment page with a Google Drive link (if your files are on Google Drive, for example).

 

After this final deadline, no late work will be eligible for any credit. That said, some credit is always better than no credit, so I would recommend submitting as much as possible, if you have any assignments that you might have missed out on in prior weeks.

 

Looking forward to some final reviews of your work this semester - thanks again for all of your efforts!

Final Course Grades Submitted! [Week 12/15]

Hi everyone, hope your Winter break has been off to a nice start! A quick note to confirm that your final grades have been submitted to the registrar (yay!).

 

Have a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year in advance!

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