Our Story

OUR STORY

For over 20 years Pyramind has specialized in offering the highest quality studio services and education in music production, composition, sound engineering, sound design, audio post production, live performance, and DJing.  Our years of studio and business development experience served to inform the development of our curriculums. We have carefully crafted our programs to fit the needs of someone who is looking to build a career in the music and game audio industries as well as those just starting their journey into sound .

Our students have gone on to open their own studios, tour the world, start their own labels and publishing companies, get signed to international labels, release sample packs with Splice, Loopcloud, & Black Octopus and work for companies such as Sony, Blizzard, Facebook, Google, Universal Audio, Doublefine, and so many more!

Our staff have worked with a diverse range of world renowned artists including: Ferry Corsten, DJ Tiesto, Nicodemus, Mix Master Mike, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), Armin Van Buuren, Beastie Boys, The Bronx, Rocker T & Joan Baez, Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead), and many more. 

Our production services team have produced soundtracks, sound design and interactive audio for industry leading companies like Disney Interactive, Sony Interactive, Microsoft Studios, THC Vive, Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, Amazon, and Insomniac Games.  You can find their music and influence in games such as Halo, World of Warcraft, Fable, God of War, Bioshock, and Sunset Overdrive.

OUR STORY

San Francisco’s first fully integrated digital audio and MIDI production facility, Pyramind Sound, is founded in 
1992 by Gregory J. Gordon  

Pyramind Sound – 1994

 From his college days as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in multiple rock bands to running live sound and working in numerous SF Bay Area, New York and Paris studios, Greg develops a reputation as a savvy engineer and producer working with cutting edge technology.

Cover of Blues For The Rainforest Album and Photo of Jerry Garcia, Greg Gordon & Merl Saunders in the control room of Merl’s Studio.

1995: Native, DJ collective with Bill Thompson (bTru), Tony Fader, Chris Campbell, Greg Gordon (G2), and Mark Paley signed to Vox Lumania/Priority Records

Trance Ambient Native Budz get signed to Priority Records Dance Label: Vox Lumania

1996: Pyramind’s operations expand to address the needs of San Francisco’s rapidly growing dot com and multimedia industries. This leads to rapid growth in commercial post production and interactive audio development. 

Pyramind Sound, 2000

1997 – 2000: Greg develops and teaches the digital audio curriculum at SF State University’s multimedia studies program. Pyramind becomes an SF State University studio training partner. 

Matt Donner in Studio 832

1999: Greg meets Matt Donner, a New York City based engineer, producer, and acclaimed digital audio specialist. Matt first comes on board to engineer for Pyramind’s commercial studio clients, then becomes an instructor and co-architect of Pyramind’s training programs. In 2004 Matt and Greg formalize the partnership and Matt becomes Pyramind’s Chief Academic Officer.

Matt Donner, Training Lab at 832 Folsom St.

2000 – Pyramind becomes a registered non-degree granting institution with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education under the DBA: Institute For Advanced Digital Audio Training.

David Earl, Training Lab at 880 Folsom St.

2001: Pyramind becomes one of Digidesign’s (now Avid) first official training centers as a sponsored school, well ahead of the rest of the world. Its first instructors are hired; Steve Heithecker and David Earl (AKA sflogicninja). 

2003: Pyramind outgrows its original space of operations and begins renovations at 880 Folsom St. Pyramind begins training in Logic Audio, well in advance of the purchase of the software company by Apple, and well before any formal Logic Certification program.

Steve Heithecker (Protools Certified Expert and Senior Instructor) Recording the orchestral score for Iron Man 2

David Earl (AKA sflogicninja), Producing in the Loft Studio at 880 Folsom St.

2007: Pyramind expands again by acquiring a second facility, previously home to Universal Music’s Northern California distribution headquarters. 

832 Folsom Street SF, Sidewalk Display

Established Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, 2007

 2007: Greg is awarded the prestigious “entrepreneur of the year” award by The Renaissance Center For Entrepreneurship.

With the expansion brought more hires including Paul Lipson, then president of The Game Audio Network Guild, who helps develop and grow Pyramind Studios game audio production work.

Mix Magazine Article by senior editor Tom Kenny, 2009

The team recording the orchestra at Skywalker Sound

Pictured L-R: First Row…..Lenny Moore, Jan Flute, Wataru Hokoyama, Leslie Ann Jones, Paul Lipson, Greg Gordon, Brian Tryfon, Tom Salta
Second Row…. Michael Roache, Dann Thompson, Andre Zveers

Sound stage at Skywalker Sound recording the score for Halo Combat Evolved, Anniversary.

Sunset Overdrive Soundtrack production: In the studio with Meat Market with Steve Heithecker & Greg Gordon


 Sunset Overdrive Soundtrack production: Greg in Nashville at “Welcome to 1979” Studios recording Cheap Time 

2008 – 2017: Greg and Matt pioneer the rapid growth of Pyramind as a school in tandem with a real working studio facility.

Award winning projects and clients include: Microsoft Studios, Insomniac Games, Ubisoft, Disney Interactive, Sony, Sega, Blizzard and Zynga working on titles including: Halo Anniversary, Sunset Overdrive, World Of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Tron Run/r, Iron Man II and many more.

  

2009: Pyramind hosts the first ever US Ableton Trainer Certification.

First US Ableton Trainer Certification
Pictured Above
Laura Escude, Timo Preece, Greg Gordon & Ulrich Fisher

GANG_Awards_Win_Pyramind_Studios

2011-2014: Pyramind wins multiple G.A.N.G. awards including two for Microsoft Studios’ Kinect Disneyland Adventures. 

2015: Pyramind is named to the Inner City 100 list (ICIC) of the country’s fastest growing small businesses.

2017 Greg Gordon mixing with Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation)
 “Re Mana” Garza Solo Project 

 

Matt Donner & Greg Gordon producing Youtube & Podcast content.

2019: A new partnership is created with the Bay Area Video Coalition. Pyramind re-locates its training headquarters to 2727 Mariposa Street and studio operations to 39 Gilbert Street.

Studio C at Gilbert Street

Magenta Training Lab at Mariposa Street Facility

Studio B at Gilbert Street

Studio B at Gilbert Street

That’s a very quick overview of our past… If you’re interested in becoming a part of our future, click the button below!

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