The Core Producer Program
An 8-month audio engineering and music production course.
Learn the foundations of music production, recording, sound design, and DJing in professional studios, led by great instructors who care about your success.
Get started, then focus your training on your career path.
The Core Producer solves the problems of time and budget as it’s the shortest and most compact of our full-time programs. You’ll learn music production, sound design, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, DJ performance, theory, piano and even a bit of game audio. You can then extend your training an extra 4 months to focus ONLY on the advanced classes you want achieving expert level training!
The Pyramind Difference
Enter the World of Sound
If you’re not sure where you want your career to go, the Core Producer program is your best choice. In 8 months, you’ll be exposed to different areas of sound and you’ll be ready to either enter the job market or choose your specialty for the next 4 months of training.
Produce In World-Class Studios
Pyramind’s facilities include multiple production suites and 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 well your latest mix will translate to the club. There’s no experience like hearing your music through expertly tuned monitors in a professional studio!
Establish The Foundations Of Sound
The sound industry is varied with many areas to explore. With the Core Producer program, you’ll take all the beginner and intermediate classes so you can determine the best direction for your career. You can upgrade to the advanced courses within the specialty you choose afterward.
Finish In 8 Months
Pyramind offers courses that deliver what you want and need to learn and nothing else. The Core Producer program is perfect if you are looking to focus your time and energy into a more compact program that can get you entry-level positions after completion.
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.
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.
Theory 101 - Notes, sharps & flats, major & 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, left-hand/right-hand practice, bass & chord/chord & melody performance.
Piano 110 - Continued left-hand/right-hand intermediate practice, bass & chord/chord & melody techniques, melody composition and performance, song performances.
Logic Pro X
Logic 101 - Windows, tools and capabilities, the Logic Workflow, MIDI and audio recording and Editing, Arranging, Mixing. Apple’s flagship DAW is one of the standards in music production, composition, sound design and post-production sound.
Logic 201 - The synths and devices, working with orchestral samples, spotting to picture, advanced production techniques. Includes Alchemy, EXS sampler, entire ES-series synths, vintage keys models and Ultrabeat.
Producing & Arranging
P&A 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.
P&A 110 - In-depth harmony analysis, song deconstruction, "the 7 color keys" - advanced modes, 7th & extended chords, mode mixing, Dominance and it's substitutes, exotic scales.
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.
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 etiquette and best practices, multi-track editing and mixing, headphone routing, working with talent.
Technical Training 101 - DAW questions, workflow improvements, collaborations and group learning, audio fundamentals and pre-mix concepts, sound design tips and patch sharing, game audio technical discussions, composition feedback and creative workshop
Technical Training 201 - DAW questions, workflow improvements, collaborations and group learning, audio fundamentals and pre-mix concepts, sound design tips and patch sharing, game audio technical discussions, composition feedback and creative workshop
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 management, 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.
Contact us to get started.
All courses in the Core are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.
24 classes within the program for a total of 536 in-class hours.
Veterans qualify for VA benefits to be applied to tuition!
International Students welcome on an M-1 Visa. Government approval required both in the US and the country of origin.
9 subject tracks across 2 DAW’s (Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).
Students will produce up to 18 portfolio pieces!
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).
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!
Tuition - $18,995.
Click on the questions below for more info
When do programs begin?
The Coree Program (CORE) 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 Core 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 Core?
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?
Absolutely! All of our Ground Campus programs can be customized to add classes. Most students in the Core opt to add many of the Advanced courses once done with the 8-month Core.
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!