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Mixing // Mastering Classes

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“I’m learning a lot and having a lot of fun! This is mind blowing stuff! Thanks so much to you and the staff at Pyramind for putting it all together. There is just so much freaking awesomeness to absorb!"


– Ron Reeser // DJ, Producer



Mixing and Mastering 301 with Ableton Live

This class is the culmination ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts. Each week for 16 weeks, 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 chosen by the student. Once mixed, the song will undergo mastering both at Pyramind “in the box” as well as at a professional facility in SF – the final step on the way to professional delivery. 

*Prerequisites exist for this class which include a minimum of: Ableton Live 101, 201 and 210 // Music Theory 101, 110 // Producing and Arranging 110 // Sound Design 101, 201.

  • Vocals and tuning issues.

  • Cleaning up noisy tracks.

  • Musical EQ’ing based on song key and mode.

  • Advanced automation techniques.

  • Preparing tracks for Mastering.

  • Maximizing song arrangement during the mix process.

  • Dissecting and understanding the emotional arc of the song.

  • Balancing the elements of the song with volume.

  • Advanced automation and FX routing.

  • The “6 stages of mixing”.


Mixing and Mastering 301 with Logic Pro X

This class is the culmination ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts. Each week for 16 weeks, 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 chosen by the student. Once mixed, the song will undergo mastering both at Pyramind “in the box” as well as at a professional facility in SF – the final step on the way to professional delivery.

  • Vocals and tuning issues.

  • Cleaning up noisy tracks.

  • Musical EQ’ing based on song key and mode.

  • Advanced automation techniques.

  • Preparing tracks for Mastering.

  • Maximizing song arrangement during the mix process.

  • Dissecting and understanding the emotional arc of the song.

  • Balancing the elements of the song with volume.

  • Advanced automation and FX routing.

  • The “6 stages of mixing”.


Mixing and Mastering 301 with Pro Tools

This class is the culmination ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts. Each week for 16 weeks, 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 chosen by the student. Once mixed, the song will undergo mastering both at Pyramind “in the box” as well as at a professional facility in SF – the final step on the way to professional delivery.

  • Parameters vs. the timeline - non-linear sound design.

  • The actor-mixer.

  • Using and analyzing the effectiveness of generative audio.

  • Game calls and understanding what sound is expected by the game.

  • Banks & functionality.

  • Implementation and optimization for low-size banks.

  • Game sound conventions and parameters

  • Platform limitations

  • The WWise studio workspace

  • Event types & functionality

  • Nested and associated Events

  • Multi-track events


Surround Sound (5.1/ 7.1) Mixing 310

5.1 mixing is an extension of stereo.  The mixing techniques are different but the tools are mostly the same. Using Pro Tools and Pyramind’s ICON worksurface, students will mix an Audio/Visual project in 5.1 surround sound in a workshop setting. Students have the option of doing a 5.1 Music Mix or a 5.1 Mix to Picture as their final project. 

  • Down-mixing to other formats.

  • DME considerations for surround vs stereo.

  • Audio level standards for TV, film, broadcast and games.

  • Rendering final media for client delivery.

  • Mixing for home vs. mixing for the theater.

  • Calibrating your studio for 5.1 / 7.1.

  • The life cycle of surround audio.

  • Setting up Pro Tools for surround mixing.



Meet your Mixing and Mastering Instructors!


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Underbelly - Mixing with Ableton Live

…”Sup ya'll. My name is Underbelly and I like to teach people how to make beats over the internet in a way that doesn't put you to sleep. I started doing music when my parents forced me to take classical piano at the age of 7. To rebel against them I began producing electronic music when I was 14 and teaching online when I was 17. My YouTube channel, You Suck at Producing, now has over 36,000 subscribers. I've had my tutorials and original productions featured in publications such as DJ Tech Tools, Earmilk, NEST HQ, and more. I've also toured internationally with a viral flute sensation (!) and supported artists such as Lido, The Gaslamp Killer, Keys N Krates, Sango, and Giraffage”.


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Jay-J Hernandez - Mixing with Logic Pro X

Spanning a career with over 150 releases, he’s won a Grammy® nomination, had his own Coke® bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, DJ’d the MTV® AVMAs and launched two comp series for Defected.

As a producer, you’ll see his name on the biggest releases from Moulton Studios, OM, Naked Music and Defected. He’s remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Kaskade to Miguel Migs.


Steve Heithecker - Mixing with Pro Tools, Surround Mixing

In addition to years of experience in the music industry as an engineer and producer, Steve is one of the very first certified Pro Tools Experts on the planet and brings that skill and dedication to his position as chief Engineer at Pyramind Studios on a daly basis. In addition to co-authoring Pyramind’s “Signal Flow - Audio Fundamentals” and “Pro Tools - Session Secrets” texts, Steve has recorded the orchestral parts for the games “Iron Man 2”, “the Monks” for “Halo - Anniversary" and “Sunset Overdrive”.


Additional Information about building Custom Programs

  • All courses in the Complete are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.

  • Custom program students can choose from ANY of our existing individual classes based on need and satisfying all prerequisites.

  • Veterans and International students must choose from one of our approved Full Time programs and cannot build custom programs.

  • 13 subject tracks across 3 DAW’s (Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).

  • Payment plans are available to qualified students with low monthly interest up to 2-years based on the size of a custom program.

  • Discounts on gear are available through our partnerships with Ableton, Mixed in Key and Sweetwater Sound!

  • All Access Studio Pass is granted FREE with enrollment of a custom program over $10,000 in tuition.

  • Tuition - variable based on the choice of classes in the Custom Program.

Need More Information?


Contact us directly:
(888) 378-MIND Extension 202 or admissions@pyramind.com