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Recording Connection Audio Engineer School: A Common-Sense Alternative

6/30/2012 For the many recording students who spend too much money to attend traditional recording schools that offer no connection to the recording industry, the Recording Connection Audio Engineer School provides a common-sense alternative: train audio engineering students as apprentices in actual recording studios. The cost of education is skyrocketing, but for recording students, the […]

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Recording Connection Audio Institute Provides Real-World Training

You’ve probably noticed by now that the Recording Connection’s approach to training you as an audio engineer or music producer is a little different than most other programs. We skip the classroom completely, and place all our students for real-world training in recording studios. Some might wonder why this is so important: Why do we […]

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Do I Need an Audio Engineering Degree?

A common question asked by aspiring recording engineers and music producer is, “Do I need an audio engineering degree to get a job in the music industry?” The short answer is, no, you don’t. Most people in this business really don’t care whether you have a degree, or a diploma, or a certificate, or whatever—and […]

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The Problem With Audio Engineering Schools

7/12/2012 If you’re dreaming of becoming a music producer or recording engineer, you might be scoping out different audio engineering schools to figure out where to get your education. If so, you’re likely to find quite a few different options. Depending on where you live, you’ll find anything from full-blown college degree programs at local […]

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How to Get Audio Engineering Certification

7/14/2012 Looking to get certified as an audio engineer? If so, there are several places to get audio engineering certification, some more expensive than others. Here is some helpful information that can help you make the right choice for you. First of all, you should know that “certification,” per se, is not really a requirement […]

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Recording Connection Audio Engineering School: Direct Access to the Music Indust

7/23/2012 The primary difference between the Recording Connection Audio Engineering School and other audio programs is where the training actually takes place. While most audio engineering schools set up their own training facilities in on-campus classrooms and studios, the Recording Connection offers its students direct access to the music industry by placing them as apprentices […]

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Do You Need Audio Engineering Scholarships?

Given the cost of education these days, it’s always a good idea to look for scholarship funds to help offset the cost. But audio engineering is a rather specific trade that not many schools offer—so how do you go about getting audio engineering scholarships? The great thing about scholarships (as opposed to student loans) is […]

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The Critical Flaw of Audio Engineering Schools: A History

05/14/2012 Before there were any audio engineering schools, people learned the skills of recording and audio production by much more practical methods. In those days, if you wanted to learn to be an audio engineer or a music producer, if you wanted to learn the skills of recording, mixing, editing and mastering, you got yourself […]

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Does Music School Help You Launch a Career?

02/14/2012 If you’re considering any kind of career in music, you might be wondering: does music school help you launch a career? In other words, does going to music school increase your chances for success in the field of music? How much does a college degree or music school diploma really matter? The answers to […]

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How the Best Audio Engineering Schools Can Still Fail You

2/03/2012 Perhaps you’re looking for the best audio engineering schools in preparation for a career as an audio engineer or music producer. It makes sense on the outside: if you want to be the best at something, you go to the best school—right? However, before you commit to spend all that money on an education, […]

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Top 10 Things to Look For in Audio Engineering School

If you’re thinking of a career as an audio engineer or music producer, choosing the right school can critical to your succes. Here are the top 10 things to look for in audio engineering school: Hands-on Training. Audio engineering is learned best with a practical, hands-on approach, not by textbooks. Make sure your school offers […]

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A Balanced Perspective on Recording Schools

If you want to be trained in audio production and music recording in order to become a producer or engineer, the different kinds of recording schools out there can be confusing. They range from full-blown degree programs at colleges and universities to short-term certificate programs at trade schools, and can range in price from a […]

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Will Recording School Improve My Chances for Success?

01/05/2012 Are you looking for a good recording school to prepare you for a career in professional audio? If so, you might be wondering whether going to recording school will improve your chances for success as an audio engineer or music producer. Surprisingly, the answer is no. Attending a recording school can give you an […]

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How Recording Schools Fail to Help Their Students

01/05/2012 If you’re thinking of a career in professional audio, before you decide among a number of recording schools, there are some common-sense things you should know about recording education and how it relates to the music industry. Contrary to conventional wisdom, going to a “good” recording school does not guarantee you a job in […]

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Is Music School Right for You?

If you’re pursuing a career in the music industry, perhaps you’re wondering whether attending music school is the right choice for you. Does attending music school increase your chances for success? Does having a music degree make you look better to the industry? Will music school make you more qualified to work in this business? […]

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Why You Need to Learn Pro Tools

  01/09/2012 If you are planning to be an audio engineer or music producer in today’s music industry, it is absolutely essential that you learn Pro Tools. With the advent of digital recording, Pro Tools has become the industry standard, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a recording studio that does not use it. […]

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The Best Way to Learn to Record Music

The apprenticeships/externships offered at the Recording Connection put you in a unique position to focus on the aspects of the music industry that interest you the most. If you want to be a recording engineer, what do you suppose is the best way to learn to record music? The answer might not be as obvious […]

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The Critical Flaw with Recording Schools

November 18, 2011 It would seem that for aspiring recording engineers, recording artists and music producers, the most likely place to get an education would be one of the many recording schools available. Given the common mentality that the best way to learn a skill is to go to school for it, this is understandable. […]

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What Is the Best Way to Learn to Record Music?

November 18, 2011 Perhaps you are dreaming of a career as a music producer or audio engineer, and you are wondering: what is the best way to learn to record music? Many people assume that, as is the case with many professions, the best way to learn these skills is simply to go to a […]

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Music Schools and the Music Industry

November 18, 2011 As the music industry has grown and evolved over the years, many music schools have taken notice, adapting their programs to include courses in music production, audio recording, music technology, music business and the like. While most music schools used to focus almost exclusively on classical training (and some still do), it […]

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What is the Best Way to Learn to Produce Music?

November 18, 2011 With so many education options, many would-be music producers are always wondering: what is the best way to learn to produce music? Traditional schools are far too costly and fair to produce results. Trade schools overcharge for an entirely underwhelming training experience. The single best way to learn music production, and break […]

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Researching Music Schools

November 9, 2011 Music schools can offer aspiring audio engineers, music producers, film composers, and studio managers an excellent education in the artistic and technological aspects of the recording industry. Unfortunately, they can also saddle cash-strapped students with mountains of debt that they will spend years paying off. It's clear that those who wish to […]

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Understanding Technology and Music

November 9, 2011 Technology and music have affected each other a great deal, and changes and improvements in technology have changed many things about how music is made, recorded, and distributed. Not only has the format of music changed from vinyl albums to magnetic tapes to Compact Discs, but the way that the music is […]

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Tips for Finding Financial Aid through Private Programs

If you’re trying to figure out how to pay for school, the government is not your only resource for finding financial aid. There are also quite a few private programs out there, ranging from grants and scholarships to privately issued student loans.  Here are some tips to help you expand your options by finding financial […]

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Places to Look for Scholarships

One type of financial aid that can be especially helpful in funding your education is scholarships—free money given toward your education based on your academic achievement, artistic abilities, athletic skills or other criteria. A scholarship can be a one-time gift, or can be renewable based on your continued performance—and the best part is that unlike […]

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Overview of School Fee Waivers

When thinking about financial aid for colleges or career training schools, most people think of grants, scholarships or student loans. One form of financial aid that is often overlooked is fee waivers. Most programs have added fees in addition to tuition, which might include application fees, lab fees or book fees; in many cases, you […]

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Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Microphone

When choosing the right microphone, the two major aspects of audio recording that should be considered are the technology you want in the microphone, and the directionality of the microphone. All microphones utilize the same basic concept for capturing sound: a thin surface across the inside of the microphone called the diaphragm vibrates as sound […]

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Common Software Programs in the Recording Studio

Common Software Programs in the Recording Studio

For up-and-coming audio engineers and music producers, it is essential to have a good working knowledge of the common software programs used in the recording studio. Because the rise of digital technology has audio engineers the ability to do more things for less money, recording studios are relying more and more on computer software programs […]

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Is Music School Helpful?

  There is a theory held by many that talent cannot be taught.  It can be merely encouraged, guided and allowed to develop.  This may be particularly true when it comes to musical talent. Most of the important figures in contemporary music received little to no musical training.  The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan […]

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Choosing the Right Microphone

  Choosing the right microphone for your recording purposes is an important decision.  There are several types of microphones, but the two most common types are dynamic and condenser mics.  What type of microphone should you choose?  First you have to find out what type of recording you are going to use it for.  Vocals? […]

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Importance of Hardware in a Recording School

The hardware in a recording school can be very important, and as you look at different schools you may want to attend, you should consider what kinds of technology they will provide you with. If you are considering traditional educational programs, then you will want to look around the school, see the classrooms, and look […]

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Getting a Job After Recording School

  Getting a job after recording school may be difficult, because few recording companies value a degree. Unfortunately, the music business is one where a formal education does not matter, you have to use all of your skills and resources to find alternative ways to make it in the industry. To work in the music […]

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Finding Work after Recording School

When it comes to finding work after recording school, you may find the process to be quite daunting or potentially overwhelming. This is a fairly natural feeling, and one that you will have to learn to move past and begin finding the path that will lead you to your future and a successful career. One […]

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Understanding Different College Degrees in Music

There are many different college degrees in music offered by different schools, and the type of degree and program that will be right for you will likely depend a great deal upon what it is you wish to do within the music industry. If you are interested in working on the creative side of music, […]

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Things To Look For in a Recording Studio

If you’re a band or musical artist looking to record a demo, EP or full-length album—or if you’re a producer or freelance engineer looking to bring a band into a studio for a recording project—your choice of a recording studio may be key to the record’s success. When making this choice, here are some practical […]

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Taking Charge of Your Recording Education

Taking Charge of Your Recording Education

Whether you go to a conventional audio engineering school, or whether you go through an apprenticeship (externship) program like the Recording Connection, one thing is certain when it comes to your recording education: you only get out of it what you put into it. Even when we put you in a real recording studio for […]

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What Goes Into Producing a Recording Project?

So you’ve spent some time learning the ropes in the recording studio, and you’ve decided to try your hand at producing a recording project for another artist. But what does this actually entail? What will you need to do in order to make this project a reality? If you’re stepping into the role of producer, […]

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What is a Studio Musician

What is a Studio Musician

As the name suggests, a studio musician (sometimes called “session musician” or “session player”) is a musician or vocalist who makes the majority of his/her income playing in recording studio sessions.  A studio musician is in essence a musical “gun for hire,” a musician who is paid to play on tracks or even in live […]

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What Does a Concert Audio Technician Do?

What Does a Concert Audio Technician Do?

Concert audio technicians (also called live audio engineers) are the people responsible for the quality of sound an audience hears during a live music performance. Unlike studio engineers who mainly work in controlled acoustic environments, where mistakes can be corrected by multiple takes or in post-production, a concert audio tech basically has to work to […]

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Is Going to a Music School for You?

  If you believe you are musically gifted, this might be a question you are pondering.  The question is answered differently by everyone and can only be truly considered after gaining knowledge about music schools.  Because people love music for different reasons, there is not a cookie-cutter answer that can be given or a one-size-fits […]

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Learning to be a Studio Engineer

Learning to be a Studio Engineer

When you’re studying music production and audio engineering, it’s important to understand that learning to be a studio engineer isn’t just a matter of reading the curriculum. A studio engineer isn’t just someone who understands the acoustics of music, or the scientific principles of mic placement, or what a compressor does. This knowledge is only […]

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How Can I Learn to Be a Studio Engineer?

How Can I Learn to Be a Studio Engineer?

Studio and audio engineering is one of the most hands on aspects of music production. Studio engineers work just under producers and are the ones who responsible for actually operating the soundboard during a recording session. If you’ve ever wondered, “How can I learn to be a studio engineer,” there are several possible options. Many […]

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Analog or Digital: What Is the Difference?

Analog or Digital: What Is the Difference?

The question of analog vs. digital audio is one of the more hotly debated questions in the world of music, film and media today. Does digital sound better? Does analog sound better? Is there even a noticeable difference? It’s impossible to understand the difference completely without understanding what distinguishes analog audio from digital audio. A […]

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Different Types of Microphones Compared

Different Types of Microphones Compared

Many guitarists treat their instruments better than they do their girlfriends. Keyboardists covet their racks of sophisticated synths and vintage organs more than their mothers. Even drummers are often meticulous about their kits. So for singers, it would seem that choosing the right microphone should be equally important. Microphones are the vessel through which vocalists […]

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Choosing the Right Microphone

Choosing the Right Microphone

In the recording studio, choosing the right microphone to capture an instrument or vocal is a key to creating a high-quality recording. At the same time, microphone selection is a subjective thing because there may be more than one “right answer.” In fact, this decision is a huge part of how audio engineers come up […]

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Audio for Film (Sound Effects)

Audio for Film (Sound Effects)

Audio for film can also be referred to as sound effects. In the context of motion pictures and television, sound effects refers to an entire hierarchy of sound elements, whose production encompass many different disciplines, including: Hard sound effects are common sounds that appear on screen, such as door slams, weapons firing, and cars driving […]

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Top Recording Schools

Top Recording Schools

With music in the sad state that it is in, the world is looking for the next talented producer, technician, editor, and sound engineer to create something that the entire world can enjoy. Being in the music industry and working in recording is a great job, one that may even earn you fame or fortune. […]

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Recording Schools Examined

Recording Schools Examined

If you are interested in a career in the recording industry, then there are a number of different types of recording schools you can choose from. Some Recording Schools will offer you the chance to work with a professional in the recording industry and learn on the job, while others will keep you in a […]

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Finding a Recording Career Mentor

Finding a Recording Career Mentor

  Having a recording career mentor is very important, because a mentor can teach you all of the insider information about working in the recording career you need to know – unlike in college.    The problem is that college no longer provides the best possible education and training for workers. So, employers no longer […]

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How Can I Learn to Become a Studio Engineer?

How Can I Learn to Become a Studio Engineer?

If you have been thinking to yourself "How can I learn to be a studio engineer?" then this article is just for you. Entering such an exciting career is not as difficult as you may think it is. Let's explore the wonderful world of studio engineering. To get started in this field, you probably should […]

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Is College Really Worth It?

Is College Really Worth It?

There’s no doubt about it: making a decision about attending college can be a real conundrum. On one hand, there’s a lot of pressure because many people assume college is the only way to get a good job. On the other hand, it’s gotten so expensive that it’s easy to wonder whether college is really […]

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What Does a Recording Engineer Do?

What Does a Recording Engineer Do?

Recording engineers, like record producers are involved in the recording, editing and mixing of live audio. It is often the record producer who crafts a vision of a song and carries that out by stirring the performances of the singers and musicians, whilst artfully attuning faders on a mixing board to arrive at just the […]

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Pros and Cons of Recording School

If you’re considering becoming an audio engineer or recording engineer, you’re probably thinking about recording school, and wondering if there’s any advantage to attending one. As with anything, a lot of that answer will depend on what type of school you attend. When most people think of recording school, they’re thinking of the typical college […]

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Choosing Among the Best Audio Engineering Schools-A Guide

Choosing Among the Best Audio Engineering Schools-A Guide

No doubt about it—there is a lot of confusing information about there when it comes to audio engineering schools. Not only are there plenty of differing reviews and opinions, but obviously each school claims to be the best one! How do you make sense of it all and make an informed decision? The real question […]

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What does an Audio Engineer do?

What does an Audio Engineer do?

Take our survey to find out if you have what it takes to succeed in the music business! We don’t take everyone. In fact, we only take about 1 in 20 applicants. Take our 60 second survey and see if you have what it takes

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Finding the Right Mentor: A Guide

Finding the Right Mentor: A Guide

In training to become an audio engineer or music producer, one key to having a successful apprenticeship (externship) is finding the right mentor for you. The fact that someone works in the music industry doesn’t automatically mean that person is the right one to teach you. The Recording Connection goes the extra mile to try […]

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