Nimbus School of Recording Arts Ltd, Vancouver BC:
Conveniently located on 2nd Avenue and Main Street just outside of downtown Vancouver BC, Nimbus School of Recording Arts Ltd is Canada's elite accredited music, media and recording industry training facility. We offer 12 month diploma programs and 8 month fast-track certificate programs. Diplomas are offered in Advanced Music Production, Beats & Urban Music Production, Post-Production and Game Audio and Live Sound & Recording, plus the option for 4 month post-graduate certificates. Our Advanced Music Business program is an intensive 8 month diploma. Both our Live Sound & Recording and Post-Production and Game Audio courses can be taken as an 8 Month Fast-Track Certificate.
All of our courses are 95%+ hands-on, and include mentorship from professional engineers, producers, managers and more. We cap our classes at 8 students so everyone gets quality time working world-class gear, including SSL consoles and ProTools digital work stations. Our studios are open 24/7 ensuring every students has access to dedicated studio time to work with bands and practice what they are learning.
We also offer serious hands-on time with Solid State Logic consoles, ProTools HD digital workstations, Studer analog multitracks and a vast selection of processors, mics, vintage keys, amps and guitars. Students have studio access 24/7.
- Class size for this type of training at most Colleges is typically 25 – 30 students. Here at Nimbus each group is comprised of 8 students max.
- Here at Nimbus we don’t have classrooms in the traditional sense; our control rooms and studios are our classrooms!
- Nimbus provides two SSL (Solid State Logic) consoles which are the standard in the industry, one being a “G Series” and the other the very newest in hybrid digital/analog technology, the SSL AWS 9000.
- Nimbus students will personally interact with and spend quality time with our co-founders GGGarth Richardson and Bob Ezrin, and award winning producers and engineers. Students also benefit from guest mentor sessions with producers Roger Swan (K-Os, Swollen Members) Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Coheed and Cambria).
Nimbus School of Recording Arts holds accreditation by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC, British Columbia Education Quality Assurance and Avid. One benefit of being an accredited college is that, to help with the cost of education, students may be eligible for financial aid.
Our courses start in January, May and September. You must be over 19 years of age or a high school graduate to apply.
- Advanced Music Business (8 Month Diploma)
- Advanced Music Production (12 Month Diploma)
- Beats & Urban Music Production (12 Month Diploma )
- Post-Production and Game Audio (12 Month Diploma or 8 Month Fast-Track Certificate)
- Live Sound and Recording (12 Month Diploma or 8 Month Fast-Track Certificate)
"Nimbus is more than just a school. It is a philosophy, an attitude, a way of life. While my instructors taught me invaluable lessons about recording techniques and technology, they went far beyond all that. My experience there has made me not only a better engineer, but a better person as well!"
- Owen, Alumnus
"Nimbus feels like home. There really is no other place like it. If your dreams are in the music and recording industry, your money will be wasted going elsewhere. Nimbus is the future of music. Fact."
- Nolan, Alumnus
"Simply put, Nimbus prepared me for the professional world of engineering by giving me the skills and having the right tools to work with, and I received an internship at the Armoury Studios upon graduation. Without them, this would've never been possible."
- Matt, Alumnus
Bob Ezrin is one of the most influential producers of all time with a successful career spanning 35 years, crosses all genres of music and continues to evolve to this day. Called “the Producer’s Producer,” the arc of his career reads like the progression of popular entertainment.
He has produced, mixed and played on legendary albums for some of the world's leading artists including: Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Roberta Flack, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Hanoi Rocks, Nine Inch Nails, The Jayhawks, Kurupt, Jane’s Addiction and The Darkness. One of his most noteworthy productions is Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” a masterpiece that is often credited as one of the greatest albums of all time. In April 2004, Bob Ezrin was inducted by CARAS into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Garth Richardson started in 1973 at his father’s studio, Nimbus 9 as a second engineer on Bob Seger’s legendary “Night Moves.” Garth moved on to work with numerous artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, and Alice Cooper. With the debut record with Rage Against the Machine, Garth earned a Grammy nomination and secured his place as a serious record producer.
Since then, Garth has worked with acts such as 54-40, Trapt, Mudvayne, Down the Sun, Kittie, Boy Hits Car in LA, Hedley, Bloodsimple, From Autumn to Ashes, Autovein, Rise Against, and Biffy Clyro. Garth received his third Juno nomination in 2005 in the category of Jack Richardson Producer of the Year, for his work with the Canadian band Hedley. In 1996, Garth won the Juno for his work with the Melvins and Jesus Lizard.
Kevin is the Director of Education for Nimbus. Along with Garth Richardson, Bob Ezrin, and Diane Lamb, Kevin is also a partner and founder of Nimbus. Kevin combines the worlds of music and education. With over 30 years experience as producer, engineer, studio musician, studio owner, indie label owner and music publisher, Kevin also has an impressive 18 years experience at the post-secondary level as an Instructor, Dept Head and Supervisor of Curriculum Development for numerable large Institutions.
In 1994 Kevin incorporated Hot Sole Music Inc. and founded his own college and curriculum. Since then it has become arguably the most complete and respected Recording Arts teaching model in the industry and is the foundation for the Nimbus Recording Program. In 2000 the AEP Program was the first Recording Arts program to become locally accredited by PCTIA. In 2004, Kevin was appointed to the PCTIA Board by the Min of Advanced Education Ida Chong. Later in 2007, Kevin was elected Chairman of the PCTIA board.
Where does “Nimbus” come from? The Nimbus name is a tribute to the famous production company Nimbus 9 and its co-founder Jack Richardson, who is a Juno Award-winning Canadian record producer, Canadian Music Hall of Famer, Order of Canada recipient and so-called “Godfather” of the Canadian music business.
Jack was the producer behind the Guess Who at a time when they were the best selling rock group in the world. From the early 1970s on, Richardson produced many of the biggest selling records of the era. Alice Cooper, Bob Seger's Night Moves, Badfinger, Moxy, Poco, The Irish Rovers, Max Webster and many others. The Juno Award for Producer of the Year has been named in his honour since 2002. Jack Richardson is the father of Nimbus director Garth Richardson and former business partner of and mentor to Nimbus director Bob Ezrin.
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