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Welcome To Studio Performance!

Welcome to the Berklee 2018 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 Juan Penopolania ( as my assistant. Juan 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  1260 Boylston St Suite 204 on 4 consecutive Wednesdays: July 18, 25 and August 1 and August 8.  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.

Get ready learn about "Studio Performance"!

Recording Session Information

We are delighted to invite you to a professional recording studio to record a performance. Your instructor will be there to produce and provide creative direction. You may choose to record any material you desire and may perform solo or invite a maximum of 2 other accompanists. Sorry, due to time restrictions, full drum kits will not be accommodated.(consider small percussion instruments if you wish). Your session will be mixed and delivered to you by the next class, at which time you will be asked to play it for the class and to discuss your studio experience with your classmates.

Recording sessions will take place at Mix One Recording Studios 1260 Boylston St Suite 204 Boston, MA 02215 Sign up sheets for scheduling your time will be available during class hours. Scheduling changes and questions that come up outside of regular class hours should be directed to Juan Penopolania (jpenapolania@berklee.ed  PLEASE DO NOT CALL MIX ONE STUDIOS DIRECTLY AS THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION ON CLASS PARTICULARS.

Sessions will be from 15-20 minutes long. This is not a lot of time for set up and multiple takes, so, please study the suggestions below on BEING FULLY PREPARED! The sign up sheets will ask you for a brief description of what you intend to do to help us expedite setting up microphones etc. The actual start time of your session will vary depending on how things are going with the performers ahead of you. However, you can approximate your time slot. For ex: If you've signed up for the 3rd slot in the 12-2 time zone, allowing 20 minutes each for the first 2 performers, you must be ready to start as early as 12:40. In any event, please be early, in tune, warmed up and ready to go!

You are also encouraged to attend the Wednesday sessions as an observer. If the room gets too crowded we may have to rotate in and out. I will try and do my best to educate observers during the sessions.

Note: Mix One has an electric piano that you may opt to use.

Preparing for Your Session

-Make sure you know where Mix One is. Don't be hunting for it at the last minute!
-Don't be late. You will be costing yourself YOUR time in the studio. Be early.
-Know your music. Don’t plan on writing a song in the studio. Before the session, establish the best key, know the melody and lyrics, smooth out pitch and range difficulties and lock in the tempo.
-Rehearse, either by yourself or with anyone who may be accompanying you on the session. Practice with a metronome if you plan to use a click track. Record yourself at home if you can, even if it’s only on your phone. Get used to hearing your recorded self.
-If you’re bringing your own instrument, make sure it is in good playing order.( Newish strings for guitarists, stretch em out so they stay in tune!).If you are expecting to use an instrument at the studio, make sure they have one! Please contact Sarah for studio info, we are trying to keep the calls to the studio at a minimum, they are very busy).
-Come rested and ready. Don’t blow out your voice the day before practicing or gigging!

What to Bring:
-Your instrument.
-A copy of Your instrumental track if you plan on recording to one. Also, please send an MP3 version of the track to the instructor ( in advance of the session. If there's time we'll have it cued up and ready to go when you walk in.  
-Lyrics Consider bringing a copy for the producer/engineer if you wish to have them patrol pronunciation and make sure you sing the lyrics that you intended to sing.

This should be a fun learning experience. Be prepared and do your best.