Industry Partners

One of Pyramind’s greatest strengths is our industry partners, all of whom are indisputably leaders in their field. Many provide industry certifications, some sponsor our curriculum and events, while others are simply the best at what they do. We integrate their technology into our curriculum as de facto industry standards and production best-practices.



As an Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC), we offer Logic Pro certification, beginner and advanced (for the record, we were training in Logic before Apple owned the program!!) as well as Final Cut Studio. We are oftentimes host to the AATC Training sessions when Apple comes to San Francisco during Macworld, and we are proud of our close relationship with this giant in technology and media.



More than just a digital audio workstation, Ableton Live lets you create, produce and perform music with inspiring devices and an intuitive workflow. Pyramind has been teaching Ableton for years and we’ve published training videos on Ableton’s website. We host a Certified Trainer and we host the Certification testing performed in June of 2009. Ableton are sponsors of Pyramind Training Events and Videos. Pyramind students receive special pricing on Ableton software and hardware. 



The de facto industry leader in DAW’s, we are proud to offer Pro Tools Operator Certification in both Music and Post production, as well as Expert training in Music. All students taking certification courses with Pro Tools Certification (the Core, plus all advanced Certifications) have the ability to purchase Digidesign gear at radical student discounts (40%) through Pyramind. As an Avid Certified Training Location (DCTL), Pyramind has direct access to the massive knowledge banks at Avid and can solve most technical problems that students run into. We’ve been doing this since 2000, which is the same year AVID started their training program. We were the 4th school in the world to offer it. There are now 120 schools offering this training. Our instructors have authored several articles and books on the subject to critical acclaim.


Indaba Music

Indaba Music is an online home to over 1 million musicians. Our community collaborates with some of the biggest artists and brands in the world to create incredible new music and engage millions of consumers across the web.

Indaba was founded in 2005 to be an online home where musicians can make friends, get feedback and inspiration from other musicians, build their musical resume, and advance their musical aspirations by participating in our contests and opportunities.



SoundCloud is a sound platform that enables anyone to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds across the web, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. Its open platform that supports a wide range of applications built on the SoundCloud API, enabling everything from mobile voice recording, online mastering, sharing to Facebook artist profiles and iPad music making SoundCloud offers free accounts to sound creators, with more advanced users able to upgrade to premium accounts for advanced features like statistics, controlled distribution and custom branding. In addition, Soundcloud also provides premium accounts for our students.


Native Instruments (NI)

Often referred to as the Mercedes Benz of software synthesis, NI is the industry leader in software synthesis tools. Pyramind uses these tools regularly and use Native’s highest-end tools FM8, Absynth and Reaktor as the basis of our advanced synthesis classes. Pyramind is an approved education partner with Native Instruments.



It is safe to say that Propellerhead changed the face of software synthesis. Propellerhead’s Reason made software synthesis both affordable and powerful. This incredible music creation tool contains many different forms of sound synthesis and sequencing and is the music production platform of choice among the top names in hip-hop and dance music. Its power is limited only by your CPU, which makes it more powerful now than ever before. We’ve been teaching Reason since version 1, and we’ve got the posters to prove it.


Dave Smith Instruments

Dave Smith Instruments is a world wide leader in analog synthesizers.  Widely acknowledged as the father of MIDI, Dave's contributions to the world of music are unparalleled as are his synths. 


Keith McMillen Instruments

Keith McMillen Instruments develops innovative hardware and software technologies that allow musicians to interface with computers in exciting new ways. Based in Berkeley, California, KMI’s products provide today’s musician with the tools needed to bring new dimensions of expression and control to their performance. We believe when a computer is played as a musical instrument it should feel and respond like one, with all the nuance and sensitivity that makes an instrument musical.


Universal Audio

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. With nearly 80 employees and more than a decade of rapid growth, Universal Audio (UA) is today headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.


Output develops innovative software for musicians, composers, producers and sound designers across all genres. Our focus is simple – groundbreaking concepts, new sounds, new sources of inspiration.

Symphonic Distribution

Symphonic Distribution

Symphonic Distribution is a digital music distributor launched in late 2006 by Jorge Brea, a former music producer from Tampa, Florida. Symphonic Distribution delivers music from independent record labels and musicians to hundreds of online retailers such as Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Napster, Deezer, Pandora, Amazon, Beatport and more. They have expanded their offerings to include Video Distribution, Publishing Administration, Neighboring Rights, Marketing, Sync Licensing, Mastering, Web and Graphic design, YouTube monetization, Soundcloud Monetization, and Piracy Protection



Beatport is the global pulse for electronic music and dance culture, a trusted source where fans, DJs, producers, and artists alike can create, connect and discover through a complete collection of music-inspired experiences, all within one platform. This includes listening to streaming music, downloading tracks, creating and sharing mixes, enjoying festivals and events both in person and live online, and accessing  news, reviews, and insider videos. Founded in 2004 as the principal source of music for DJs, Beatport today attracts an audience of more than 50 million unique visitors a year. Beatport is has offices in NYC, LA, Denver, Berlin and Amsterdam. 


Audiokinetic - Wwise

Pyramind is a Certified Training partner for Audiokinetic's Wwise technology. Wwise is the most advanced, feature-rich interactive sound engine for games, bar none. Whether you're an indie or a multi-million dollar production, Wwise will work for you.



Splice Sounds

Splice Sounds is the new subscription sample platform that is brimming with top notch and exclusive loops, drums, hits and one shots.  Brought to you by the fine folks at Splice.

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Xfer Records

Xfer Records is a label formed in 2005 by Steve Duda and Deadmau5 for their collaborations, including music releases, sample libraries and VST/AU Plugins. Best known for their line of products including Serum, LFO Tool, Cthulhu and Nerve.


Alfred Music Publishing

Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA. Alfred is also the publisher of our new 9-book music production series. (More info about the series and its release dates coming soon.)



Sweetwater is one of the United States' largest dealers in musical equipment for musicians, recording studios, schools, churches, concert sound companies and broadcasters.


Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in the world with 269 location throughout the United States.


The Recording Academy (NARAS)

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. 



A venue for artists, by artists,. The New Temple offers a nightlife experience that is unrivaled in the San Francisco Bay Area. From awe-inspiring, fully immersive state of the art lighting and visuals, to a thumping custom sound system, multiple rooms of music, paired with world-class talent.



Monarch is a cutting edge two floor bar and dance club that hosts touring DJs and local talent to a thriving crowd of electronic music fans. Pyramind students also enjoy private access nights in the club to practice DJ sets at Pyramind sponsored events.


Bingo Shakerz

Bingoshakerz is a sound design company specialising in royalty-free samples and synth presets. Bingoshakerz are dedicated to providing high quality products to ensure that your productions elevate to the next level. They provide free samples and loops to all Pyramind students


G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild)

G.A.N.G. is the global game audio community – without borders, without limits, and without exclusion.  Help us to advance our mission, and foster excellence in audio for games and interactive media.



Clyp is a streamlined audio sharing platform that provides a simple and free way to upload, record and share audio across the web. Boasting creator-friendly features like unlimited uploads, sharing a quick guitar lick or entire tracks has never been easier. With a growing community of over 1 million users and counting, Clyp is becoming the go-to platform for musicians and producers to share their work and gain additional exposure.


D15 Group

Today, D16 Group Audio Software have become a premium audio plug-ins vendor. Continuously high level of quality and will of improvement allow us to deliver virtual instruments that set a new standard of sound perfection and effects that take creativity to the next level. Solid trust from audio community and respect for products fruitful in many rewards make D16 Group Audio Software the company of choice for many musicians around the globe.

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McDSP is an innovative and award-winning Silicon Valley audio software company founded in 1998 by Colin McDowell.  McDSP technology can be found in pro audio plug-ins for popular digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and Avid live sound systems. McDSP audio algorithms are also used by companies such as Audiokinetic, Bioware, and Microsoft, and in consumer products like the LouderLogic iOS audio player.


Music Expo

Music Expo SF, in association with Sound on Sound, is the premier music conference in the San Francisco Bay Area for music makers. It’s the only event of its kind and caliber in Northern California for artists, recording musicians, songwriters, music producers, audio engineers, DJs, students or anyone interested in the art of music making.