As a result of a partnership between Native Instruments and Berklee College of Music, Berklee will install NI’s complete line of software instruments, such as Kontakt, Reaktor, FM7 and Absynth, on all college-owned computers.
Beginning in fall 2003, Berklee has required all entering students to have an Apple Macintosh laptop computer outfitted with software designed to support their music education and coursework. Advanced students in four of the college’s five technology-rich majors are also acquiring Native Instruments titles to support existing curriculum. Stephen Croes, dean of the Music Technology Division at Berklee, said, “The broad nature of Native Instruments’ offering is particularly attractive to our college’s diverse musical interests and needs. The college-wide access to software instruments allows our faculty to examine new ways to present and enhance the curriculum, and the tech-heavy majors benefit from personal use and ownership of software instrument tools.”
Berklee Music Synthesis department chair Kurt Biederwolf said, “The Music Synthesis department is very excited about our recent partnership with Native Instruments. For years, NI has succeeded in putting a wide variety of powerful software instruments in the hands of professional musicians, and the presence of these same tools in the classroom will open up many possibilities for learning synthesis concepts and applying them toward the production of cutting-edge music. Student ownership of these tools ensures a new level of discovery and mastery of the software that will help define their musical voices.”