Study music and post production, audio engineering and sound design for picture and games, in professional studios, led by great instructors, and surrounded by other creative professionals who care about your success. LIVE A LIFE OF SOUND.
Become a Complete Producer
Being a sound professional means being able to produce audio for a variety of clients. The Complete Producer program builds your skills in a wide range of disciplines - music and post production, sound design, audio engineering, and sound for picture and games. Only the Complete Producer offers this many career paths. Get the client to say “yes” to YOU when opportunity comes - be prepared by learning everything about sound!
Produce In World-Class Studios
Pyramind offers students access to 4 production studios and 2 multi-workstation labs, all equipped with the latest gear. You’ll be working with industry-standard software in great-sounding rooms so you’ll really know how good your music sounds and how well your mixes translate to clubs, screens or games. There’s no experience like hearing your music through expertly tuned monitors in a professional studio.
Create Any Sound For Any Client
Whether producing sound for Music, Film, TV or Games, you’ll need a complete skill set across multiple digital audio workstations and disciplines. With the Complete Producer program, you’ll be challenged to produce media in multiple formats for multiple purposes. This is the program to take if you want to set yourself up for the most career opportunities.
Launch Your Career In Just 1 Year
Pyramind offers courses that deliver what you want and need to learn and nothing else. The Complete Producer program is perfect if you are looking to avoid the long-term debt of a university or already have your degree and don’t want to be forced to take more “required” courses. You’ll save time and money by focusing on what matters most to your career.
Next Start Date - January 7th, 2019
“I looked for a few other schools but I felt there were too many students and not much time for the teachers to spend with each student. I made a lot of use of the teachers at Pyramind. I didn't really feel confident before coming here, now I face the client and say "I can do this. I will deliver you great stuff. And I will charge." I don't have any doubts now."
– Miguel Matarazzo // Sound Designer, Composer for TV, Film and Games // Sao Paolo, Brazil
Audio Director // Doublefine Games
Sound Designer // Ubisoft Games
Senior Producer // Blizzard Entertainment
“Pyramind’s program was essential in preparing me for the unpredictability of this business. You not only have to have a Plan B, but a C, D, E, and F as well.
The relationships I gained through this school were incredible and vital. The old cliche “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” is especially true in this business. The teachers are not only world class, but have been in the biz for decades. They have some very important relationships.”
– Camden Stoddard // Audio Director // Doublefine Games
The Complete Producer Program Curriculum
Ableton Live Courses
Ableton 101 - The Live workflow, the music production process, MIDI, warping audio and recording.
Ableton 110 - Devices within Live Suite, audio FX, MIDI FX, working with racks, groups and macros.
Ableton 210 - Advanced production workflows, advanced techniques, workflow efficiency.
Mixing and Mastering
Mixing 301 (Live) // Mixing 301 (Logic) // Mixing 301 (Ableton) - Advanced mix techniques, EQ, FX, automation, mastering. *Mixing 301 students' portfolios are professionally mastered at Michael Romanowski Mastering.
Surround Mixing- Surround sound mixing for Post and Music, 5.1 and 7.1 configurations, spatialization, stereo and mono fold down techniques, DVD and MP4 surround renders.
Sound Design & Production Techniques
Sound Design 101- Introduction to sound design, components of a synth, additive, subtractive, analog modeling, basic sampling techniques, wavetable and introduction to FM synthesis.
Sound Design 201- Complex sound design, 1st, 2nd and 3rd-order modulation, audio-as-sound design, warping, building custom sampler instruments, granular and semi-modular synthesis.
Sound Design 301- Custom, modular synthesis with Reaktor, building simple to complex synths, custom MIDI and audio routing, math blocks, CV, front-end / back-end design.
Sound Design for Film- Spotting to picture, creative sound design techniques, Foley recording, post-recording processing, DME mix considerations, asset management.
DJing and Live Performance
DJ 101- The fundamentals of DJ’ing, beat matching, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing.
DJ 110- Set preparation, live performance techniques, showmanship, FX, turntable DJing, Rekordbox.
DJ 210- Performing with Ableton, workflow strategies, moving sessions from studios to stages, getting paid.
Game Audio 130- The Game Audio workflow, creating assets in Pro Tools, basic implementation, Unity game engine.
Middleware 110- Middleware tool WWise, game trigger capture, asset management and organization, randomization, sound design in WWise, middleware implementation, quality and data management.
Games 201- Sound design and implementation, Unreal game engine, creative strategies to sound design, when to use synths vs when to use the engine / Middleware, client considerations, asset management.
Games 301- Scoring for Games, orchestral samples vs live recordings, FMOD middleware for music, music implementation strategies, looping vs layered score approaches.
Theory 101 - Notes, # and b, major and minor scales, intervals and triads, basic chord progressions.
Theory 110 - Triad extensions, circle of fifths, ear training, inversions and alternate chord choices, dominance.
Piano 101 - Note familiarity, LH / RH practice, bass and chord / chord and melody performance.
Piano 110 - Continued left hand / right hand intermediate practice, bass and chord / chord and melody techninques, melody composition and performance, song performances.
Producing and Arranging (PnA)
PnA 101 - Basic music production process, the three phases of production, rhythm, harmony, melody, "the 7 color keys", "IABO" and its importance on workflow, arranging strategies, basic mix process.
PnA 110 - InDepth harmony analysis, song deconstruction, "the 7 color keys" - advanced, modes, 7th and extended chords, mode mixing, Dominance and it's substitutes, exotic scales.
PnA 210 - Producing for Film, music editing, spotting, setting up Logic for scoring, music re-creation, trailer scoring, "themes and variations", Leitmotifs and scoring large-format productions.
Logic Pro X
Logic 101- Windows and capabilities, the Logic Workflow, MIDI and Audio recording and Editing, Arranging, Mixing.
Logic 201- The synths and devices, working with orchestral samples, spotting to picture, advanced production technqiues.
Audio 101- Sound physics, terms and definitions, audio interactions, studio tour, audio workflows, connections and levels, mics and preamps, dynamics, frequencies and musical relationships.
Audio 110- Cables, connections, microphone considerations, monitors, MIDI and the computer, studio design considerations, DSP and audio effects.
Audio 201- Multi-instrument recording, drums, bass, guitars, vocals, preamp considerations, studio ettiquite and best practices, multi-track editing and mixing, headphone routing, working with talent.
MBiz 101- The independent music business, self-releases, reaching fans, finding clients and copyrights.
MBiz 110- Publishing, and licensing, licensing and rights issues for composers and producers.
MBiz 201- Establishing a unique brand, getting found on the web, strategies on getting your music licensed into TV, ads and video games.
MBiz 210- Brand awareness as a music producer, engineer, recording artist, composer, sound designer and budding entrepreneur. Career development, entrepreneurship, and business development.
Pro Tools 101 - Basic Pro Tools principles, using Pro Tools from initial set up to final mix-down.
Pro Tools 110 - Pro Tools for music production, MIDI sequencing and editing, arranging and mixing.
Pro Tools 201 - Avid Pro Tools HD system workflow, session mgmt, studio configurations.
Pro Tools 210M Pro Tools HD for music production. Leads to Operator Certification.
Pro Tools 210P - Pro Tools in a post production environment. Leads to Operator Certification.
Pro Tools 310M - Advanced operation of Pro Tools for music production. Leads to Expert Certification.
“The hands-on teaching method and the sincerely invested faculty guided me to specialize and make a viable career out of my passion. It would have taken me years to even understand the amount of information I learned from Pyramind in a short period of time.
– Jasim // Producer, Singer, Videographer // Independent Artist // Dubai - India
Additional Information about the Complete Producer program
All courses in the Complete are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.
41 classes within the program - a total of 912 in-class hours.
Veterans qualify for VA benefits to be applied to tuition!
International Students welcome on an M-1 Visa. Govt. approval required both in the US and the country of origin.
13 subject tracks across 3 DAW’s (Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).
Students will produce up to 35 portfolio pieces!
Payment plans are available to qualified students with low monthly interest up to 2-years.
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. That’s 12-months of studio access to all 4 of our production suites!
Free class repeats are available for all classes (except the Mixing and Mastering class).
Tuition - $30,995
Click on the questions below for more info
When do programs begin?
The Complete Producer Program (Complete) has three enrollment cycles a year beggining in January, May and September!
What tools do I need before joining the course?
We recommend you already have the tools (computer, keyboard, headphones, DAW etc). As a student in a full time ground campus program, we provide AKG K702 headphones, solid state external hard drives and all relevant books. All other software and hardware purchasess can be purchased at a discount from Sweetwater and all manufacturers that offer EDU pricing!
Do you offer payment plans ?
Pyramind offers payment plans for all of our full-time programs, custom programs above $10,000 to qualified applicants. Payment plans run at a reasonable interest rate and require a downpayment. Plans can be 1 or 2 years long.
Because Pyramind holds the debt for payment plans, we’re able to work with each student to find a financing option which works for him or her.
Will I earn a degree upon graduation?
Pyramind is a private vocational training school and not a University. This is a choice that allows us to keep our tuition costs down, hire instructors with a wider variety of relevant backgrounds, and keep our curriculum up-to-date. The Music and Audio Industry by and large is not an industry that values degrees.More important than any degree or certification is the portfolio you create while in school which represents yourself once out in the real world.
Do you provide housing for students?
This web page lists some of the options our students use to find housing.
How many days a week are classes run?
As a student in the Complete Producer Program you would be considered a 'full tinme' student. Expect to have anywhere from 2 to 6 hours of class daily and roughly 18 hours per week on average.
Will I be able to release / get signed after this?
We have many label relationships and are constantly connecting students with opportunities. This program will certainly get your music up to the professional level—IF you put in the work yourself. If the work is good, getting signed is definitely a possibility. Many of our students get signed while still in school!
What if I need to take a break from the program?
Students have the right to take a Leave (4 months) due to family emergency, personal health concerns or financial hardship. Students returning from LOA will be re-enrolled into the program at the beginning of the Block of classes they were enrolled in during the Leave request.
I'm an Internatinal sudent, can I enroll in the Complete?
Pyramind can issue an I-20 that will allow you to obtain an M-1 visa for 12 months. Only full-time programs qualify for student visas. You can find out more about requiremnts and procedure for International students here.
If I fall behind, can I repeat classes?
Yes! As a student in a full tiume program you are eligible for a free repeat of any class, excluding Mixing and Mastering 301. After retaking, a student may take the class again for a third time, at 1/3 the original cost of the course.
Can I add courses to my program?
The Complete Producer Program is literally every class we offer so there's nothing to add - you're already doing everything you can here!
Can I place out of classes if I’m already familiar with the material?
Yes! You can place out of some classes that are early in the program if you can demonstrate existing proficiency with the material. Frankly, most people think they know more than they do and often they fail the demonstration BUT if you truly are beyond the material, we can consider the course "passed" and deduct it from the tuition!