Guerrilla Recording Techniques
The Learning Center and Media Lab at Berklee are for more than just printing. Among many other music technology events offered semesterly is the Guerrilla Production Techniques series, a start-to-finish music production workshop utilizing bang-for-your-buck gear. Each semester features a new song and a new band of Berklee students, but the principles are the same: start recording your music; use what you have and what is in your budget; keep in mind that these are techniques, not rules; and learn as you go.
Learning Center trainer (and jazz composition alumnus) Blair Pershyn led the Guerrilla Production Techniques: Recording event, discussing topics ranging from microphone type, to polar pattern and frequency response. The gear used included an AKG Precision420 mic on the kick drum and vocals; a Shure SM57 dynamic mic for the snare, hit-hat, & guitar amp, a Cascade Fathead for the guitar amp, an Avid MBox Pro audio interface. Recording the song "Otherside of the Game" by Erykah Badu, the band consisted of Berklee students Anna Lee (vocals), Oren Yaacoby (guitar), Francisco Pawluszek (drums), and Learning Center trainer Chris Fitzgerald (bass). The event afforded Berklee students the opportunity to dive in and make the most out of their laptop package and realize that their computers aren't just devices to check Facebook, but tools of the trade and cornerstones of their career as professional musicians. Rounding off the Guerrilla Production Techniques series will be a mixing forum on Tuesday, September 25, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in the Media Lab at 150 Massachusetts Avenue. The event is free and open to the Berklee community.