THE CORE PRODUCER PROGRAM

A condensed 8-month audio engineering and music production course

Enter the world of sound

If you’re not sure where you want your career to go, the Core Producer program is your best choice. In 8 months, you’ll learn audio engineering and production skills to help guide you onto your ultimate path. These skills will give you the foundation to build from or to choose your specialty for the next 4 months of training. 

in professional studios

Pyramind’s facilities include multiple production suites and multi-workstation labs, all equipped with the latest gear. You’ll be working with industry-standard software in great-sounding rooms so you’ll really know how well your latest mix will translate to the club. There’s no experience like hearing your music through expertly tuned monitors in a professional studio!

8
months of studio time

1-on-1 weekly mentorship

536
hours of class time

12:1
student ratio

9
finished tracks

11
portfolio
pieces

Curriculum

Ableton 101 – The Live workflow, the music production process, MIDI, warping audio and recording.

Ableton 110 – Devices within Live Suite, audio FX, MIDI FX, working with racks, groups and macros.

Ableton 210 – Advanced production workflows, advanced techniques, workflow efficiency.

Sound Design 101 – Introduction to sound design, components of a synth, additive, subtractive, analog modeling, basic sampling techniques, wavetable and introduction to FM synthesis.

Sound Design 201 – Complex sound design, 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-order modulation, audio-as-sound design, warping, building custom sampler instruments, granular and semi-modular synthesis.

Theory 101 – Notes, sharps & flats, major & minor scales, intervals and triads, basic chord progressions.

Theory 110 – Triad extensions, circle of fifths, ear training, inversions and alternate chord choices, dominance.

Piano 101 – Note familiarity, left-hand/right-hand practice, bass & chord/chord & melody performance.

Piano 110 – Continued left-hand/right-hand intermediate practice, bass & chord/chord & melody techniques, melody composition and performance, song performances.

Logic 101 – Windows, tools and capabilities, the Logic Workflow, MIDI and audio recording and Editing, Arranging, Mixing. Apple’s flagship DAW is one of the standards in music production, composition, sound design and post-production sound.

Logic 201 – The synths and devices, working with orchestral samples, spotting to picture, advanced production techniques. Includes Alchemy, EXS sampler, entire ES-series synths, vintage keys models and Ultrabeat.

P&A 101 – Basic music production process, the three phases of production, rhythm, harmony, melody, “the 7 color keys”, “IABO” and its importance on workflow, arranging strategies, basic mix process.

P&A 110 – In-depth harmony analysis, song deconstruction, “the 7 color keys” – advanced, modes, 7th and extended chords, mode mixing, dominance and it’s substitutes, exotic scales.

P&A 210 – Producing for film, music editing, spotting, setting up Logic for scoring, music re-creation, trailer scoring, “themes and variations”, Leitmotifs and scoring large-format productions.

MBiz 101 – The independent music business, self-releases, reaching fans, finding clients and copyrights.

MBiz 110 – Publishing, and licensing, licensing and rights issues for composers and producers.

MBiz 201 – Establishing a unique brand, getting found on the web, strategies on getting your music licensed into TV, ads and video games.

MBiz 210 – Brand awareness as a music producer, engineer, recording artist, composer, sound designer and budding entrepreneur. Career development, entrepreneurship, and business development.

Audio 101 – Sound physics, terms and definitions, audio interactions, studio tour, audio workflows, connections and levels, mics and preamps, dynamics, frequencies and musical relationships.

Audio 110 – Cables, connections, microphone considerations, monitors, MIDI and the computer, studio design considerations, DSP and audio effects.

Audio 201 – Multi-instrument recording, drums, bass, guitars, vocals, preamp considerations, studio ettiquite and best practices, multi-track editing and mixing, headphone routing, working with talent

Mixing 301 (Logic) – Advanced mix techniques, EQ, FX, automation, mastering.

Mixing 301 (Pro Tools) – Advanced mix techniques, EQ, FX, automation, mastering.

Surround Sound Mixing – Surround sound mixing for post-production and music, 5.1 & 7.1 configurations, spatialization, stereo and mono fold-down techniques, DVD & MP4 surround renders.

Pro Tools 101 – Basic Pro Tools principles, using Pro Tools from initial set up to final mix-down.

Pro Tools 110 – Pro Tools for music production, MIDI sequencing and editing, arranging and mixing.

Pro Tools 201 – Avid Pro Tools HD system workflow, session mgmt, studio configurations.

Pro Tools 210M – Pro Tools HD for music production. Leads to Operator Certification.

Pro Tools 210P – Pro Tools in a post production environment. Leads to Operator Certification.

Pro Tools 310M – Advanced operation of Pro Tools for music production. Leads to Expert Certification.

Partners

audio production and sound engineering

The sound industry is varied with many areas to explore. With the Core Producer program, you’ll take all the beginner and intermediate classes so you can determine the best direction for your career. You can upgrade to the advanced courses within the specialty you choose afterward.

Finish in 8 months

Pyramind offers courses that deliver what you want and need to learn and nothing else. The Core Producer program is perfect if you are looking to focus your time and energy into a more compact program that can get you entry-level positions after completion

You’re drawn to a career in sound because you love it. However, being able to pay the bills is always a concern no matter what art you choose to pursue. With the Core Producer, you’ll save time and money starting small then focusing on where you want to go.

 

At Pyramind we believe in fueling your passion which is why we offer students the chance to follow their dreams and develop their skills as a professional audio producer, with caring instructors while building 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.

Ready to Start?

Tuition: $18,995

  • payment plans available
  • SPECIAL PRICING ON ABLETON & push 2
  • special pricing at select retailers
  • international visa assistance
  • program covered by G.I. bill
  • housing assistance