David Franz (left) and
Boston, MA (March 3, 2009)–Berkleemusic has upgraded to Pro Tools 8 for many of its online Digidesign courses, including Pro Tools 101, Pro Tools 110, Mixing & Mastering with Pro Tools, Producing with Pro Tools, and Remixing with Pro Tools and Reason.
Berkleemusic.com is the online continuing education division of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and the exclusive online provider of Digidesign’s Pro Tools 101 and 110 curriculums. Close to 4,000 students from over 60 countries have taken Berkleemusic’s Pro Tools courses since 2003, with many becoming Digi Certified in the process.
“Producing with Pro Tools made it possible for me to have the confidence and core skills to jump right into a job at The Studio,” says Berkleemusic student Pete Nenortas, who landed a job at the Portland, Maine-based recording facility two months after completing his course. “You get further along in a shorter amount of time with these online courses. The one-on-one connection with your instructor is invaluable, and you also get a chance to network with people all around the country to see how they’re setting up their studios and what challenges they’re facing.”
Berkleemusic’s online courses start with the basics–Pro Tools terminology; the software’s interface; session design; and how to record tracks–and move on to more advanced techniques such as manipulating and editing audio and MIDI data; approaches to using reverb; and ways to manipulate time such as delay, flanging, and chorusing. Instructors lead weekly online real-time chats with the entire class to discuss course content and address and questions on the week’s lesson. Students can also post questions and communicate with other students through the dedicated discussion board and private messages.
Students who enroll in Producing with Pro Tools learn about version 8 from David Franz, the instructor who wrote the first book about using Pro Tools. In Franz’s course, students learn the fundamentals of creating music with Pro Tools 8 as well as music production techniques that successful professionals use.