Welcome to Nimbus! Are you ready to start your career in music? As a Nimbus student, you will spend your time learning to master the skills you need to launch your dream career in the music and media industries.
Mix Contest 2015 Mix Contest 2015 This year, the Nimbus Mix Contest is for High School Students and Adults, with over $100k in Scholarship Prizes! Summer Technology Bursary Summer Technology Bursary Start a 12-month program in May 2015 and receive a $4,000 bursary towards the cost of your laptop and software bundle.
Train in Vancouver Train in Vancouver Considered one of the best cities in the world to live, Vancouver has a vibrant music scene and is the perfect place to start your career in the music industry!
Learn By Doing Learn By Doing We offer a hands-on approach to learning. Whether you are learning production, engineering, or how to run a live show, you train with the same tools used by professionals around the world. Get Mentored By Award Winners Get Mentored By Award Winners Train alongside the professionals, including Bob Ezrin, gaining experience, and potential album credits, while learning industry secrets. Learn In Small Class Sizes Learn In Small Class Sizes There is no bad seat at Nimbus. We cap our classes at 8 students so you get direct access to instructors. You learn right at the console. Dedicated Studio Time Dedicated Studio Time With your own dedicated studio time and 24 hour access to the school, you will have all the time you need to gain confidence and experience with the skills and concepts you are learning. Train On World-Class Gear Train On World-Class Gear Get your hands on the highest-quality industry standard studio gear and the very latest digital technology at Nimbus and our satellite campus, Fader Mountain Sound.
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Vancouver Music Production School

GGGarth Richardson working with Nimbus students

Nimbus School of Recording Arts is Canada’s premiere hands-on creative media and music technology school offering hands-on training and mentorship in a variety of disciplines. Co-founded by some of the world’s top music producers–Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper) and GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro)–and taught by industry leaders, Nimbus equips the next generation of music and media professionals with both the technical and personal skills needed to succeed in the ever-changing creative industries.

Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nimbus School of Recording Arts offers immersive, career-focused training programs in a range of specialties including: music production, hip hop production, beat making, post-production sound, advanced audio recording, mixing and mastering techniques, sound design, live music recording and mixing, touring and artist management, A&R, music marketing, business and entrepreneurship, Pro Tools, Logic, and much more.

If you want to become the best, you need to learn from the best in the business. Our alumni and faculty are all currently working audio engineering, music production and music business professionals. Many are Juno award winners and nominees. Nimbus is making a continual, positive impact on the Canadian and wider music industry.

As a Nimbus student, you will benefit from small class sizes and hands-on training on industry standard studio gear in a professional studio environment and 24/7 studio access, so you can actively practice what you learn.

Nimbus School of Recording Arts comes from a long history of successful music producers and audio engineers with its roots going back to the old Nimbus 9 studios in Toronto and a tradition of mentorship founded on the very model that empowered our co-founders to become some of Canada’s brightest and most successful music producers.

 
Owen Marmorek, Alumnus
Owen Marmorek Nimbus School of Recording Arts Alumni
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. Success in the music business isn't really about gear, it's about knowing how to work with people: producers, engineers, assistants, runners, record labels, managers, agents and (most importantly) musicians! Read more...
Ryan Forsythe, Artist, We Hunt Buffalo
We Hunt Buffalo Endorses Nimbus
We are blown away by the caliber of recordings we walked away from Nimbus with. Having recorded with other audio engineering institutions in the past, we can safely say none of them compare to the professionalism of the Nimbus students and faculty.
Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat vocalist & Producer/Engineer/Mix Engineer
Steve Bays Hot Hot Heat
I recently recruited Nimbus student Cam Tatham as an intern. His knowledge and attitude was far beyond what I expected, given that he was only halfway through the course when we first started working together. Read more...
Nicholas Russell, Artist, Mercy Years
Nicholas Russell, Mercy Years
As a recording musician, my experience with the students and facilities at Nimbus has been entirely positive. The combination of eagerness, knowledge and professionalism that Nimbus students are equipped with makes them a joy to work with.
St. James Music Academy
St James Music Academy Logo
"Your recent efforts to record our Christmas Concert, and the behind-the-scenes effort you made to bring it about is special to us because you used your talents and resources to help us share our music and vision with even more people. We graciously thank you for your help, and pledge that these recordings will be put to good use inspiring and preparing a generation of young musicians to pursue a lifetime of both personal achievement and community mindedness."
James Goodon, Alumnus
Nimbus has definitely opened doors and been very valuable on my resume. Employers always ask me about Nimbus. I'm very proud to be a part of the Nimbus family!
Chloe Anne Lloyd
I can honestly say that my time at Nimbus was one of the best years of my life. I learned more in one year than I would have expected to learn in five. Not only did I learn how to engineer and produce, I learned how to utilize my time and energy for something I really care about, and all the while having more fun then I ever imagined possible. I am truly amazed at how much it has changed me as an artist and really just as a person. Read more...
Artist, Producer/Songwriter for Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake
Chin Injeti Nimbus
I would hire a Nimbus graduate in a heartbeat. There isn't a school out there that equips students for "the real world" the way Nimbus does. In this ever-changing climate of the music industry, Nimbus prepares it's students for what's to come. It's instructors are pros and very relevant to what's happening right now in the industry.
John Lindsay, Alumnus
I went to school for audio in the UK for 3 years and worked in a studio for two years before I came to Nimbus. I found myself constantly under prepared for what was needed in order to succeed in the music industry as a recording engineer. When I came for an interview at Nimbus one of the things that struck me as being the most interesting was the sense of community and family among students and mentors. Read more...
Chris Shaw, Producer/Engineer for Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Jeff Buckley
Chris Shaw Nimbus
Nimbus students are focused and professional. It's no wonder, given the high calibre of its instructors and facilities. I'd much rather work with an assistant with a Nimbus degree than from the other over-priced / over-hyped schools out there. They just seem to know how the studio operates in the real world.
Being a student at Bob and Garth's school Nimbus, I was lucky enough to be chosen to help out on the main day of tracking. (Young Artists for Haiti at the Warehouse Studios).   Let me just say what an experience it was, definitely something I will never forget. The song sounds dope and I wish these organization(s) all the best! NIMBUS baby!!
John Fluevog, Owner Vogville Recording
Vogville Recording
Why have other grads when the Nimbus ones are the best this town has to offer.
Dustin Lionhart III, Rude City Riot
Dustin Lionhart III, Rude City Riot
As far as I know our record “Nothin’ But Time” was the first full length to be primarily recorded and produced at Nimbus. It was done so by none other than Nimbus Professor Alex “Condor” Aligizakis. With his tremendous talent, the state of the art facility, and enthusiasm of the students, our experience was fantastic. The record sounds world class thanks to everyone at Nimbus.
Erin Penzes, E.Ed., M.A., Dean, Division of Adult Development at Medicine Hat College
I want you to know how much of a difference your program has made. Clayton is so happy it is unbelievable. He told me that only about 5% of what he is doing ever feels like work. He is a completely different young man than the kid who left home last August. Read more...
Katie Schaeffers, Producer, Khatsahlano Music & Arts Festival
Khatsahlano Festival Nimbus Partner
Thanks so much for providing us with such awesome volunteers.  They were incredible and a great addition to the festival.  We’d love to work with you guys again!  Please pass on our thanks to the whole gang.
 - Katie Schaeffers, Producer, Khatsahlano Festival
This is what school should be like! Their learning is done as if it is in an actual work environment. Their projects are to be completed as if they were handing them to an employer not a teacher. Very valuable… very, very valuable. And what the industry demands.
George Gorton, Production Designer, Loud Entertainment Design Group Inc.
George Gorton Production Designer, Loud Entertainment Design Group Inc. Nimbus
Nimbus holds a very special place in my heart, it has nurtured and supported a vibrant exhilarating group of talented musical minds in a way that is tremendously positive and inspiring. It has become a staple contributing member to the local music scene and a well known, respected organization in Vancouver and across the country. Read more...
Nolan Gladu, Alumnus
After spending the majority of my life in construction I made up my mind that life is too short to be content trapped in the rat race, waking up annoyed every day to go to a job you only ever did for money and necessity rather than enjoyment. Music has always been, and always will be, my biggest passion. I decided to make a change. The decision to attend Nimbus has been one of my best to date. To my knowledge there are no other schools like it. It's a fact that the best way to learn anything is to physically do it. At Nimbus you don't sit at desks in stuffy classrooms learning how to 'theoretically do things' out of books. Instead you are situated in a professional recording environment where you are able to put to use the theory you are taught immediately after learning it. There is no better way to learn. Read more...
Chris Witoski, Singer/Songwriter
Chris Witoski, Singer/Songwriter Nimbus School of Recording Arts
I was lucky enough to have the experience of recording vocals and guitars for both splitTRACT and Chris Witoski Band with Instructor Alex “Condor” Aligizakis and his group of students at Nimbus. I can honestly say it was one of the most fun and rewarding sessions I have ever had. Big props to this amazing studio and its staff, Thank you all so much.
Nimbus is simply the best school there is. If you're interested in classrooms of 30, little to no hands on instruction, and a dated curriculum then Nimbus is not the place for you. The professionalism of my instructors far exceeds all expectation. Instruction and learning is very approachable with the hands on method of teaching in a small classroom environment (the max is 8 per class). Not to mention the one on one interaction and instruction from industry professionals Read more...
Sadie Campbell, Singer/Songwriter
Sadie Campbell Singer/Songwriter
I have had the pleasure of working at Nimbus a few times, and always leave excited, inspired and SO happy with the way the songs transform from start to finish.  Having the students be a part of the recording process brings an untarnished, positive energy to the room and a certain magic to the songs.  I would recommend Nimbus to ANYONE that has an open mind and wants to see their songs come out the best they can be.
BESTiE Vancouver Band Endorses Nimbus Recording
We just wanted to say thank you very much for all the hard work and late nights/days/nights put in by your students during the Peak Performance Project Bootcamp. We would especially like to thank Hollywood (Johnny?) who was assisting during our sessions with Jeff Dawson. He was helpful and on point the entire time. He made our jobs easier and us feel welcome from the start. Thanks, BESTiE
Ric Arboit, President, Nettwerk Records
Nettwerk Records
If I were 30 years younger and looking for a musical education in Vancouver, Nimbus would be my first visit. The energy in the building is truly inspiring. I just love the vibe in there. Hats off to Nimbus.
Dave Schiffman, Producer/Mixer/Engineer for Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, Weezer
Dave Schiffman Producer
Nimbus teaches their students that making records is more than a job, it’s a passion and an attitude. To be successful you must eat, sleep and drink recording. Nimbus is the only school that instils those beliefs because the founders are still doing it every day. If I am ever in a situation where I need to take on help, Nimbus would be one of the first places I would reach out to.
Siskiyou Recommends Nimbus
"Alex was a huge asset to the team, and our producer Leon Taheny couldn't say enough about how awesome he was. He knew what to do when, was really technically competent, great under pressure, reliable and punctual. He was consistently kind, mellow and a great all around person to work with. We couldn't have asked for a better intern for the record, and the final product wouldn't be the same without all his help and resourcefulness Thank you to everyone at Nimbus!"
Joe Barresi, Producer/Mixer/Engineer for Tool, Wolfmother, Queens Of The Stone Age
Joe Barresi Producer Nimbus School of Recording Arts
I’ve learned so much about making records from working with GGGarth Richardson that having him as a mentor at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts is surely an amazing experience and an invaluable aid to a proper understanding of the art of record making and production. His knowledge of the music business is real – not read in a book. It’s the best education one can offer a student. Read more...

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