Digital DJ'ing


  Live Performance


M3RC

Instructor - DJ101 & DJ110

After graduating high school, Shawn decided to take the next step and start producing his own original music. Shawn has performed at many world renowned venues & events including; Avalon Hollywood, Ruby Skye, The Regency Ballroom, Fox Theater, Sunrise Event Center, LovEvolution, Control LA/SF, Insomniac Awakening, etc. He has performed with artists such as; Noisia, Zedd, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Madeon, Tommy Trash, Dada Life, The M Machine, The Chainsmokers, LA Riots, Blasterjaxx, and many more. Shawn currently holds a residency at Ruby Skye nightclub & Control in San Francisco under his solo alias ‘M3RC’. 

DJ 101: CDJ's & Serato

This in-depth course begins with the basic fundamentals of DJ’ing such as; beat matching, EQ’ing, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing, effects, set prep, and more. Students will learn how to DJ using Pioneer CDJ’s, Rekordbox, and Serato Scratch Live. With classes capped around 10 people, students get ample time with the instructor and opportunity to practice on Pyramind’s DJ equipment. The class culminates with each student performing a 15-minute mix. The highest scoring student earns the opportunity to DJ at a Pyramind or partner event in San Francisco. 

Topics Include:

  • DJ Fundamentals & Equipment Overview
  • CDJ 2000, Zone 92 and RekordBox in-depth look
  • Serato Scratch Live
  • EQ, Effects, and Gain Matching
  • Song Structure, Harmonic Mixing, and Genre Mixing
  • Track Selection, Stage Presence, and Promotion


Liam Shy

Instructor - DJ210

Liam Shy is a dynamic and passionate audiophile, dedicated to the world of sounds his entire life. His work includes being a Music Producer, DJ, Sound Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Instructor and advocate for the electronic music community. Liam graduated from Pyramind Training in 2009 specializing in Music Production, Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering. He has worked professionally as a Sound Designer and Composer including work on titles for the Wii and nationally broadcasted television commercials.


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I really enjoyed the classes. I feel I can go into any venue now and rock it, CDJs, LIVE or my custom setup.
— Peter Clark (EMP Graduate)
 

DJ 110

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. Students will get one on one time with the instructor and opportunities to practice on Pyramind’s DJ equipment.
The class culminates with each student performing a 15-minute mix. The highest scoring student earns the opportunity to DJ at a Pyramind or partner event in San Francisco. 

Topics include:

  • DJ Fundamentals and Equipment Overview
  • Traktor Software in-depth look
  • EQ, Effects, and Gain Matching
  • Song Structure, Harmonic Mixing, and Genre Mixing
  • Track Selection, Crowd Read, Stage Presence, and Promotion
  • Midi Mapping and Advanced Traktor Techniques 

DJ 210: Live Performance & Advanced DJ'ing with Ableton Live

This 16-week class focuses on harnessing the power of Ableton Live to create sophisticated DJ sets and Live Performances. If you’re looking to take your Live Show to the next level - this is it! We will focus on workflow strategies to ensure successful performances in a variety of applications. Whether you want to create all of your sounds on the fly or simply DJ with the most power and flexibility possible - this class is for you!   

Topics include:

  • Live Performance Workflow
  • Warping - The Right Way
  • Critical Organization Tools
  • MIDI Controllers
  • Audio Interfaces
  • MIDI Mapping
  • MIDI Remote Scripts
  • Working with Loops and One Shots
  • Complex Launching Techniques
  • Creating Custom Racks
  • Live Instrument Performance
  • Live Vocal Performance
  • Performing Original Music
  • Syncing Traktor and Ableton
  • Manipulating BPM
  • Many Advanced Ableton Tracks and Techniques