The Mindlab Learning Center (Menlo Park, Calif.) announced its grand opening. The new school offers Pro Tools software and hardware training, as well as both Digidesign Operator and Expert Certifications. Mindlab was founded by former Digidesign employees.
"The response leading up to our opening has been tremendous," said Russell Bond, president of Mindlab and the new owner of the recording studio, The Annex, where the school is located. "We've had people asking for many levels of training. The first folks that have gone through the courses are very pleased with their new knowledge of Pro Tools."
The Mindlab offers all authorized Digidesign Pro Tools curriculum including: Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools; Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production Essentials; Pro Tools 210M: Music Production Techniques; Pro Tools 210P: Post-Production Techniques; Pro Tools 310M: Advanced Music Production Techniques; Pro Tools 310P: Advanced Post-Production Techniques. In addition to the standardized Pro Tools courses, Mindlab plans to offer courses on specific audio plug-ins for Pro Tools and Master Classes with recording engineers, composers and sound designers who use Pro Tools in their professional audio production work. The training facility is comprised of two rooms: a Pro Tools 100-level lecture room, equipped with state-of-the art Mac and Windows XP computers with seating for up to 12 students; and an Advanced Curriculum room, featuring four TDM systems equipped with a 32-fader Pro Control with EditPack, and three Control-24 units for hands-on work with Pro Tools 200/300-level exercises.
Former hardware product manager for Digidesign, Robert Campbell is now Mindlab's general manager and head instructor. "After years of working on the development teams for Pro Tools|HD and Digi 002, I wanted to shift my focus from creating to teaching in order to show people how to maximize the potential of Pro Tools," said Campbell. "During my years of product research, I found that most Pro Tools users only scratched the surface of what the systems can do and wanted to learn more but didn't know how or where." Other Mindlab instructors include long-time Digidesign employees Tom Dambly, curriculum developer; Mark Kirchner, post-production director; and Tom Murphy, Internet audio technologies.
For more on The Mindlab, visit www.themindlab.us.