The Complete Producer program builds your skills in a wide range of disciplines – music production, post-production, sound design, audio engineering, and sound for picture and games. Only the Complete Producer offers this many career paths.
Book time in any one of our four studios throughout your training program. You’ll be working with industry-standard gear in great-sounding rooms so you’ll know exactly how well your mixes translate to clubs, screens or consoles. There’s no experience like producing your music in a professional studio!
Pyramind’s Ableton Live Program provides the necessary background for students with little to no experience in computer-based production and recording to enter the later music production focused courses well prepared. In addition to gaining familiarity with Live’s primary applications, the lessons are arranged to emphasize the adoption of a solid workflow. This course is designed for complete beginners all the way to intermediate users of the software.
During this three month program we also focus on the details of the devices contained within Ableton Live Suite. Students will receive comprehensive training on Live’s various modes, components, parameters, and capabilities, as well as, how this can be used in conjunction with other professional audio applications and other third party tools.
The Pyramind Music Theory course combines both a theoretical and practical introduction to the theory and application of music. Infused with both piano skills and ear training, this fundamental class sets the foundation for understanding all music and is a must for any serious producer.
We start from the absolute beginning and provide a ground-up introduction to Piano and Keyboard performance and music theory. The keyboard has become the swiss army knife of instruments in our DAW. and Soft-Synth heavy production landscape, and facility on the instrument will dramatically improve the speed at which you can produce tracks.
The Sound Engineering program offered at Pyramind allows students to explore the concept of what sound really is, both scientifically and musically. We will study the flow of sound in the live room and into the studio, from moving waves to electrons and then to bits and bytes. Audio engineering is dissected as both an art and a science: in depth and hands on analysis of signal flow from the live room and into the studio, microphone selection to placement and technique, headphone cue mixing, analog to digital conversion, compression, gating and recording live instruments are all part of these classes.
These recordings are then used to hone their post-production techniques to tighten and clean up the recordings with editing, tuning and processing with the latest tools and plug-ins to create finished pro sounding mixes.
The six month Pro Tools program is one of the most comprehensive options in the world for students to learn how to use Pro Tools in the studio as well as to earn vital certifications necessary to find work in the industry.
The Pro Tools Program introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles, covering everything an individual needs to know to complete a basic Pro Tools project, from initial setup to final mixdown. Students will learn to build sessions that include multi-track recordings of live audio, MIDI sequences and virtual instruments. Hands-on exercises and projects introduce essential techniques for creating sessions, recording and importing audio and MIDI, editing session media, navigating sessions and arranging media on tracks, and using basic processing and mixing techniques to finalize a production. Students in the beginning will also build upon these lessons to achieve the skills they need to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized sessions.
Within six months students will be eligible to earn actual certifications from Avid that will open doors in the industry.
The Pyramind DJ/Performance course begins with the basic fundamentals of DJing including beat matching, EQ’ing, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing, effects, set prep, and more. Students will learn how to DJ using the latest in Pioneer gear and industry standard equipment.
Once students have a firm understanding of the using physical gear we switch gears and dive into the world of Digital Vinyl Systems. This is a ground-up look at Native Instruments DJ software “Traktor.” Students will review the key fundamentals of beat matching, EQ’ing, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing, effects, set prep, and more. Using Traktor controllers and software, students will learn how to prepare and perform a DJ set from top to bottom and remix on the fly.
This is Apple’s certified training course for Logic Studio: an integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. Students will be introduced to all of the primary windows and features in Logic, to the point where they can confidently manage and complete a song using Logic, from inspiration to a finished product ready to be mixed and mastered..
This Apple Logic class covers higher-end functions relating to composition, sound design, and post-production. All of the builtin synthesizers are explained and explored, cross-referencing the synthesis training happening in other courses.
There are as many ways to produce music as there are people doing it, but some methods yield more consistently good results than others. This class will show you best practices in music production and will involve lots of in-class, hands-on activity. We’ll be integrating the concepts learned in the other classes into a cohesive workflow. Students will build ideas from day one towards a completed track in the style of their choosing.
Throughout, students will learn more advanced concepts and techniques which can be applied to any DAW. This course builds off of the lessons learned in our DAW courses as well as the Music Theory course as students learn various workflows, remixing techniques, and advanced concepts to take their music to the next level.
The new era of sound design is here and more accessible than ever. Synthesizers have changed the face of modern music and the quality of our films’ and games’ dramatically. This course is designed to deliver a comprehensive understanding of Sound design basics using Native Instruments Products, Serum, Ableton Live Suite tools and Logic Pro X tools.
Concepts are reinforced through in-class lab work, homework assignments and the final project in which students create a sample pack of patches from every instrument covered in class.
Pyramind’s comprehensive Music Business program is an industry leading, robust program that covers everything from the basics all the way to learning how to make a living in the music business. We start by providing a broad look at the ever-changing music business. This class explores the differences between the Major Label and Independent Label, the use of social media, grassroots marketing, physical manufacturing and basics of distribution, planning for a release, nontraditional retail, and creating multiple revenue streams from your music.
Designed to help focus career objectives and to make the most out of the intense learning and growing experience that is Pyramind. This class lays the ground-work necessary to generate the confidence and assets needed post graduation to launch your career as a recording artist or producer or to find work doing what you love.
The Film Audio Program at Pyramind offers a comprehensive journey into the world of crafting and sculpting a sonic landscape for various types of media. This course provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflow, and concepts involved in creating and implementing film audio using Pro Tools systems. Session time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice, with ample time for experimentation with sample material, and understanding the Film Audio Workflow and common techniques for assessing, acquiring, recording, editing, mastering and implementing.
Students will create entirely original sound design for a short section of video while preparing candidates for the Avid Certified Operator: Pro Tools HD | Post certification exam.
The six month Game Audio Program at Pyramind offers a comprehensive journey into the world of crafting and sculpting a sonic landscape for various types of games. This course provides students with exposure to the core skills, workflow, and concepts involved in creating and implementing game audio using Pro Tools systems. Session time is divided between demonstration and hands-on practice, with ample time for experimentation with sample material, and understanding the Game Audio Workflow and common techniques for assessing, acquiring, recording, editing, mastering and implementing game audio.
Pyramind is the only school on the west coast that is Wwise certified which means students receive hands-on training with specific tools of the trade. Middleware provides a basic understanding of game audio creation and implementation using the WWise application. Students will compose music, sound design and other assets for implementation into a game environment and work with audio as components for interactive playback and will explore today’s game sound implementation tools.
The Live Performance course focuses on harnessing the power of Ableton Live to create sophisticated DJ sets and Live Performances. Whether you want to create all of your sounds on the fly, perform with a band, create a live show for a touring act, or simply DJ with the most power and flexibility possible this course is the answer for you.
Students will work with various types of MIDI controllers, workflows, and strategies culminating in an actual live performance at the end of class.
The mixing and mastering processes are an essential part of the production process. Student projects and mixes will be dissected in a workshop setting to determine what works and what doesn’t using a set of specified objective criteria. This class synthesizes ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts – as the students realize what a piece of music actually goes through to be finished!
Students will learn how to utilize fundamental mixing concepts as well as creative techniques to bring their music to life and prepare their tracks for release.
Our full-time students benefit from having a place every week to present and talk through their projects, ideas, and get their questions answered by a professional musician/instructor. This class is to ensure that each student is cementing the concepts and techniques from each of their classes. Being able to recount the lessons learned is a vital part of the growing process and Pyramind has dedicated time each week to providing students the platform to do so with Technical Training.
Whether producing sound for Music, Film, TV or Games, you’ll need a complete skill set to satisfy your client. With the Complete Producer program, you’ll be challenged to produce media in multiple formats for multiple purposes. This is the program to take if you want to set yourself up for the MOST career opportunities.
The Complete Producer is intense – it’s designed to overload you just like the real world. Throughout the program, you’ll have multiple projects running and you’ll have to manage your time, communicate your deadlines to partners and clients.
You’re drawn to a career in sound because you’re passionate about doing what you love. With the training in the Complete Producer, you’ll bridge the wide gap between being a hobbyist to becoming a professional.
This program is designed to give you the knowledge, experience and portfolio pieces you need to have the confidence to secure a stable future in this competitive industry.
At Pyramind we believe in fueling your passion with caring instructors and collaborative relationships that build life-long relationships with other developing artists.
Take the next step in evolving your sound into your career and building the life you want by applying now. We’ll follow up with an interview to answer all your questions!
We can’t wait to hear what you create.