Sound Design Classes

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“The instructors are all really one-of-a-kind and add to the unique atmosphere at Pyramind. I met a lot of great people and left confident in my abilities as a music producer."

– SNR // Producer, DJ and Owner - SNR and Adrenaline Room

Sound Design 101:

The new era of sound synthesis is here and more accessible then ever. Synthesizers have changed the face of modern music and the quality of our films’ and games’ soundtracks dramatically. With the combination of the modern D.A.W and software synth, one producer can now take the place of an orchestra. Native Instruments is the de-facto leader in software synthesis and Pyramind features Native Instruments Komplete through all 16 weeks of Synthesis 101. This course is designed to deliver a comprehensive understanding of Sound design and Synthesis basics using Native Instruments Products.

  • Sound Sculpting with audio effects.

  • Basic of arrangement and layering of sound design.

  • Komplete synthesizers - Massive // FM8 // Battery 4 // Battery 4 // Kontakt // Monark // Retro Machines.

  • Serum wavetable synth.

  • Elements of a Waveform.

  • Components of Synthesizer.

  • Various types of synthesis - Additive // Wavetable // Subtractive // FM

  • Drum Sampling with Battery and Kontakt.

Sound Design 201:

A continuation of Synthesis 101, Synth 201 digs deeper into the Native Instruments toolset as well as the amazing “Serum” synth from Xfer records. 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.

  • Kontour and Steampipe (Reaktor)

  • Guitar Rig and NI audio effects.

  • Hard Sync Synthesis with Massive.

  • Monark - extra modulation techniques.

  • Serum (Xfer Records Synth).

  • Absynth - semi-modulat synthesis.

  • Modulation - 1st , 2nd and 3rd order applications.

  • Deeper Exploration of FM Synthesis with FM8.

  • Deeper Exploration of Battery and Kontakt.

  • "The Keyboards" and Rounds.

Sound Design 301:

An in-depth look at Reaktor and modular code-based synthesis. Students will create various synthesizers from ‘scratch’ using Native Instruments’ Reaktor and will blend standard synthesis forms to create customized instruments. By the end of the course, students will be able to deliberately and efficiently create complex systems within Reaktor. This knowledge will help them decipher and master any software synthesizer that comes their way. 

  • Creating sequences within Reaktor

  • GoBox

  • Morphing

  • Exploration of Kontakt

  • Reaktor Components

  • Creating Oscillators, LFOs and Gates

  • Signal Path

  • Ensembles and Macros


Meet your PnA Instructors!


Andrew Haak - Sound Design 101

Andrew is a composer and producer and recent graduate from Pyramind. His music blends many genres and involves several different types of sound design approaches, making him well-suited for this introductory class. His patient style and ability to both deconstruct and reconstruct sounds by ear AND his smiling and friendly demeanor add to the warm experience when beginning your exploration of this wide world!


Mario Graham - Sound Design 201

Mario embodies the heart and soul of Pyramind! His unwavering positivity and desire to be helpful make him a sought-after coach and mentor as well as a fantastic Sound Design instructor. As a Logic and Live user, he’s extremely well-versed with the synths of both tools and has a very unique approach to Sound Design. His main goal as instructor is to breakdown barriers to understanding and to open possibilities of creativity for students. He loves to “break the rules” and make great sounds in new and unexpected ways. He has great taste in music as well :).


Don Phillips - Sound Design 301 Reaktor

Donald Phillips began playing classical guitar as a young child and has been involved in music ever since. In the early 2000s, a friend introduced him to an early version of Fruity Loops, sparking an interest in using computers to make music. These days, he designs custom Native Instruments Reaktor ensembles, teaches modular synthesis, authors almost all of the content available on, and does work coding his own music production tools in the form of VSTs.

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.

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