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  • Pyramind: the Institute for Advanced Digital Audio Training

    -- San Francisco, CA 
  • ***********
    880 Folsom St
    San Francisco, CA 94107
  • 415.896.9800
  • Campus:Yes         Online: No
  • In state: 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
    Out of state: 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
    Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
  • Pyramind is a unique educational environment dedicated to those who have a passion for creating, recording and producing music and working in audio post-production.

    Designed for the serious professional and developing recording artist, Pyramind's certificate programs are the result of over forty years of collective experience producing, composing, sound designing, engineering and mixing, as well as studio design and installation, teaching and consulting.

    The curriculums are firmly based on the three skills needed for success: technology, creativity and business. At Pyramind, we believe that today's producer and artist need a solid understanding of all three disciplines to survive in the highly competitive music and audio industries. You are sure to gain real world skills when you apply to Pyramind.

    The Core

    The Core is the foundation of Pyramind's training programs. Designed for career-minded students seeking to become active content creators in today's pro audio industry, it blends what we consider to be the three themes of success in any creative field: Creativity, Technology, and Business.

    Within those three areas the subjects covered are both fundamental and wide-ranging, including beginning and intermediate courses in:

    • Music theory
    • Music production
    • Synthesis
    • Game sound
    • Recording
    • Remixing
    • Music business, and more.

    The Core student will also learn four major creative applications - Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Ableton Live, and Reason - plus some of the popular Waves, McDSP, and Native Instruments series of audio plugins.

    And all Core graduates earn the following industry certifications (5 total):

    • Pro Tools Operator Music
    • Logic Studio Levels 1 & 2
    • Waves Certification A
    • Ableton Live.

    Beginners will find the pace of the 8-month Core to be challenging without being overwhelming. Those with previous sound experience will appreciate the depth of the training, as well as the pace. And all students, no matter their experience level, will gain valuable real-world information about the technologies and best practices of the sound industry today by attending classes taught by instructors who are doing daily work as part of our production division.

    Finally, Core graduates are also given a student membership to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, producers of the Grammy's.

    The net result is a training program designed to get young content-creation careers off the ground, and give a much-needed boost to those looking to grow or modernize their skills for today's audio industry.


    The Digital Sound Producer (DSP) Program

    The Digital Sound Producer (DSPc) is the most complete curriculum offered by Pyramind Studios, providing advanced training in all aspects of sound. Students interested in the DSP should be prepared for an intense and rewarding educational experience that will prepare them for some of the most demanding jobs in the industry.

    DSP graduates have gone on to hold creative positions at companies like Sony PlayStation, DoubleFine Studios, and work on properties such as "Star Wars: The Old Republic", "Watchmen", "God of War 3", "Dante's Inferno","Brutal Legend", "Infamous", and more, in addition to developing their own successful personal projects.

    The DSP builds on the subjects offered in the Core and extends them to professional levels. The subjects of music theory, production, synthesis, and game sound each feature additional classes. The DSP also includes four more subjects - music mixing & mastering, 5.1 surround-sound mixing, video production, and DVD authoring - that further expand the student's skills.

    At this advanced level, many classes are project-based, giving DSP students a heavy creative workload. This ensures that the full arsenal of students abilities are tested and refined; everything from technical and musical skills to software "chops" and business acumen.

    The DSP also includes 4 additional highly sought-after industry certifications in addition to the 4 found in the Core:

    • Pro Tools Expert Certification in Music
    • Pro Tools Operator Post
    • Apple Final Cut Pro
    • WAVES Gold

    Finally, the DSP grants students memberships to The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS, producers of The Grammys) and the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG), two global networks of industry professionals that gives the DSP graduate a running start into an innovative, successful career.

    It's a lot to take in, but for those looking to grow from content creators to the industry-defining professionals of tomorrow, the DSP is your ticket.

    DSP Subprograms

    The DSP-Music (DSPm)

    Designed for those who wish to focus specifically on producing music at the professional level. The DSPm comes with Pro Tools Expert Certification, as well as the advanced classes covering remixing, music mixing, and advanced music composition.

    Certifications Offered (7 Total):
    Pro Tools Expert: Music, Pro Tools Operator: Music, Apple Logic Studio Level 1, Apple Logic Studio Level 2, WAVES A, WAVES Gold, Ableton Live.

    The DSP-Interactive (DSPi)

    Designed is for those focused solely on audio post production and game audio. With global revenue for the games industry exceeding that of the film industry, there's no denying the opportunities available in the gaming and interactive media production fields. Other than the DSPc, the DSPi is the only program that offers advanced training in game sound.

    Certifications Offered (7 Total):
    Pro Tools Operator: Post, Apple Final Cut Pro Level 1, Waves Gold, WAVES A, Apple Logic Studio Level 1, Apple Logic Studio Level 2, Ableton Live.