Pyramind has produced audio, voice, sound design and music for some of the top games and game companies in the world – Insomniac, Ubisoft, Samsung, Microsoft, SONY, Disney and Amazon, to name a few. From Halo and Overwatch to new titles in VR, you’ll begin your career in game audio by learning from working game audio producers.
Pyramind’s facilities include multiple production studios and multi-workstation labs, all equipped with the latest gear. You’ll be working with industry-standard equipment in great-sounding rooms so you’ll REALLY know how well your latest mix will translate to the console or screen. There’s no experience like hearing your mix through expertly tuned monitors 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Producing sound for film,TV and games requires getting out of the studio and into the world. With the Sound for Picture and Games program, you’ll be challenged to find audio from everywhere and turn it into something amazing – no matter the client. Whether recording cars, capturing the sound of destruction or sampling every day items to create unique sound assets, the Sound for Picture and Games program will have you creating audio for a wide variety of projects.
Pyramind’s Sound for Picture and Games program will fast-track your career and offers connections to industry professionals. It can be difficult to enter this industry but here, you’re already connected. Our alums are Audio Directors at companies like Disney, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Doublefine, Facebook and more!
Focusing on post-production and game audio allows you to build a stable and exciting career in a high growth industry that needs talent!
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 and industry leading guest speakers that provide valuable networking opportunities and build life-long relationships.
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.