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These Recording Connection graduates are now working in the audio recording and music producing business because of the education they received and the connections they made through our school. Some are now Chief Engineers, others are recording studio owners, and still others are producing.
Recording Connection gets you in the door of a real studio where the action happens. We open the door, we make the connection, and we train you. If you are hard-working and motivated, this could be you one day soon. "The proof is in the pudding," as the saying goes; these stories are proof that you, too, can live your dream. Please read on:
Andrew Kirk, Sarasota, FL
“What drew me to Recording Connection was comparing them to a lot of different schools,” Kirk continues, adding that he had seriously considered moving from Boston to Florida to attend Full Sail University. “Full Sail deals with hundreds and hundreds of students and they are just pumping out people with degrees into the industry without getting much actual real world recording experience, which is very important in this industry.” At the end of the day, he decided on Recording Connection because of the real-world connection. “I was going to be learning in a real studio, doing actual real work.” Read More
Juma Spears, Fort Worth, TX
We would like to congratulate Juma Spears for not only completing the program but for continuing to share his gift with his community. With his work ethic, the connections he’s made, skills he learned and the assistance of our Stay Connected program we are confident he’ll continue to find success. Read More
Ben Eklund, Philadelphia, PA
We here would like to congratulate Ben Eklund of Philadelphia for securing his own job just after completing his program. He used his time with his mentor to not only gain his trust but that of his colleagues and made his hiring an easy choice. While we can never guarantee any graduate a paid position like Ben’s, we are confident that those who can take full advantage of the opportunities only the Recording Connection can provide will find success. Find our more in Ben’s own words. Read More
Peter Rodriguez, GA
No matter what the job market presents we, and our mentors, are sure to teach our graduates how to be patient yet tenacious when looking for work. If nothing presents itself right away it’s not uncommon for our mentors to take on graduates in their own studio until he or she secures a position of their own. Don’t believe us? Read on to hear about it in a students own words. Read More
Anthony Opher, Philadelphia, PA
While many join our program to work in studios we provide many have already found success in other fields and are looking to improve upon the skills they need and other endeavors. We are proud to say our program can open the most doors for our graduates and are happy to share their varying experiences. Read More
Brian Piper, Cleveland, OH
Brian Piper first came to the Recording Connection looking for more hands-on experience than he was getting at the university where he had enrolled in an audio production program. “I did learn a lot,” he says, “but it wasn't real world. It wasn't real life.” When he looked at the Recording Connection website and realized they would be placing him in an actual recording studio, Piper was sold. “I really liked the fact that I got put into an actual studio, a running studio that has their own clients,” he says. Read More
Anthony Zuniga, Philadelphia, PA
After finding out the prices of what is cost to go to school for music and what the schools offered, from my co-workers, I became determined to find a school/program that was designed to concentrate all its classes on just music and was in my budget. My search ended when I was on the internet and came across the Recording Connection. I looked over the lessons in the audio program and was extremely pleased, but not as pleased as when I found out that the program cost one-fourth the price of what is cost for me to stay another year at my current college. Read More
Anthony Alvarez, Las Vegas, NV
Anthony Alvarez, a Recording Connection Student and independent artist from Bloomington, CA had this to say about his time in the program. There are many ways of learning the recording industry with in the Los Angeles area. Understand that learning your own abilities at your own pace is the only way to gain confidence in your abilities for the future. Read More
Shoneen Stenftenagel, Saint Anthony, IN
The Recording Connection truly believes our students have an opportunity to achieve something special while attending our program. Whether a member can take full advantage of this opportunity lies in his or her hands. To help illustrate this, we asked Shoneen Steftenagel of Saint Anthony, IN to share some of her experiences after having completed 12 of her 20 lessons. Read More
Frank Gillis, Fort Myers, FL
"At first it was very inviting. I walked in there and everyone was, you know very accepting of the program and knew I was there to learn and everything, and do everything they could to make me feel welcome. A normal day would be: I go in there, they usually have a session signed up whether it?s with a band or a solo artist..." Read More
Matt Baker, Miami, FL
Matt Baker was an accomplished musician and LA Music Academy graduate before delving into the recording side of the industry when his uncle needed help with the Sound design for his company's iPhone application. While at the mixing studio he met his future mentor and was soon convinced that a career in audio engineering played to his lifelong, natural strengths as an artist and producer. Read More
Kyle Thurman, Buffalo, NY
Many people work their entire lives hoping for a chance to worm a real recording session, to know their work is going to help an artist share his or her voice with the public. When the opportunity comes knocking, we are confident our students can step up and produce great works. Kyle Thurman is one of those students whom works hard to be able to create great works when called upon. Read in his own words what he has able to accomplish in his mentor's Grammy award winning studio. Read More
Thomas Gentil, Austin, TX
To help explain what this program can mean to it's student we asked Thomas Gentil about his time in the program. More importantly, we wanted to help him get his name out there and share his ideas with the world. No matter the ups and downs that come with learning audio engineering and music production we are always pleased to hear how our student?s dream for their future triumphs over the struggle. Read More
Todd Talbot, Denver, CO
While many people think of "going back to school" as a time for the young to pick up where they left off last spring, many return to the classroom after a VERY LONG summer break (try nearly 20 years in this case). Just like with other higher education programs, the Recording Connection is open to adults looking to get a grip on how music is recorded industry wide. Read what Todd Talbot, 42 from Denver, CO had to say about his time in the program. Read More
Darlene Pech, Tyngsboro, MA
While many of our students capitalize on the opportunities we provide or paid employment, during and after our program, we have much more to be proud of as well. As simple as it might sound we take great pride in knowing that what we promised to each of our students, coast-to-coast, in every city across the country, is what our students actually receive. Read More
Rachael Kylie, Taylorsville, UT
Rachael Kylie had been making her own music since the age of eight and wanted to propel her passion for making music beyond her own talents and into the studio. She committed herself to the realm of technical understanding of equipment and talents beyond her own understanding of music. In our effort to highlight the achievements of our students the Recording Connection interviewed one of our our, Rachael Kylie of Taylorsville, Utah to hear share how she is making the most of her talents and opportunities. Read More
Lilly Carey, Verplanck, NY
As our program progresses it can be difficult for our students to avoid the 'bright lights' of the music industry and realize the hard work that goes into making a name for yourself in this business. At the same time, there is a way to use this hard work to enjoy oneself and make the most of this opportunity. To better articulate this fine line between stress and success we interviewed one of our many hard working students to hear her take on balancing this responsibility. Read More
JJ Moser, Atlanta, GA
When JJ began working his studio he knew that big names came with the territory. His mentor operated a state-of-the-art facility where A-list artist don't just live, they come to work. So while taking lessons with the Recording Connection, JJ had the rare opportunity to assist Aerosmith record their newest album! JJ, already an accomplished drum technician, had recently begun working with guitars as a way to expand his potential in the industry, a mindset our program strives for with each student. Read More
Neil Schultz, St. Louis, MO
Since my graduation from the Recording Connection I have continued to work not only with my mentor, but as an independent engineer as well, often freelancing my expertise as an independent engineer for well known recording studios. Before I joined I had the basic knowledge to record, but once I joined the program is when I really delved in hands-on and my dreams continue to become a reality is I progress deeper into the recording industry. Read More
James Njau, Hartsdale, New York
Aside from the welcome challenges that the Recording Connection course has provided, my mentor has also taken special interest in insuring that the little details that come into all aspects of music (such as sonic), that span from production and engineering, are recognized and mastered. The studio and Recording Connection have also always been very patient with my schedule, considering I am an international student, which can be a bit tricky. Overall this experience has let me experience working in a Home and very basic studio, to a world class "three-room studio" in a matter of months... Read More
Kyle McPherson, Clearwater, Florida
At the beginning of the program my mentor asked me to come on as an apprentice under the Recording Connection, which I was for about 3 months out of the 6-month program offered by the program. However, 3 months into the program my mentor offered me a full-time staff position at the studio, so I am not only earning my certification through the Recording Connection, but I have now proved myself to my mentor and have earned a full-time position as part of his professional recording team at the studio. Presently I am really enjoying the program, as well as my continued success within the music industry. Read More
Pierre Navales, Salt Lake City, Utah
When I enrolled in the Recording Connection I had already started promoting my studio to friends in the music industry. Recently a local Rnb Artist by the name of E. Williams started recording at my mentors’ studio, who is a personal friend of mine and I used to play the keyboards for him in the past. What happened is, I called him one day and told him I was in music producing school and that's when he just showed up unexpectedly in on one of my lesson days!!! My mentor was impressed with his vocal ability. Read More
BJ Francisco, Chicago, Illinois
The Recording Connection program was really helpful. I was able to continue expanding on my current knowledge and fine-tuning the uncertainties in the engineering field in an active and open environment. My mentor was very capable of identifying my strengths, along with my weakness, and provided clear explanations as how to better my overall sound. The continuous sessions provided me a solid knowledge base to secure a job as the lead audio engineer for a cable television music program. Read More
Jasmine Charleston, Lilburn, Georgia
After I graduated I joined my mentor's management company, and now I've been working with famous rappers, and ghost writers that are with Atlantic Records, and Interscope Records. I've worked out of multiple studios and have made valuable connections with people who are in the industry. At this time, I am currently only 20 years old and I'm doing what I love to do for a living and I have the Recording Connection to thank, as well as the in-depth training received from my mentor, and the guidance provided to me once I received my certification. Read More
Joey Merichko, Frankfort, Illinois
After years of recording smaller projects and demos I wanted more. I was stuck. I knew that if I wanted to work with higher-end clients that I needed a better foundation and more training. I also had to find a program that allowed me to hold a job and learn at the same time. After some soul searching and lots of research, I finally found the Recording Connection. As soon as I walked into my mentor’s studio, I knew that this was it!!Read More
Ozzy Williams, Jackson Heights, New York
I have done everything, from setting up microphones, to Pro Tools, to punching in. I also was offered the position of office manager for the studio, a position that I gladly accepted. The Recording Connection, as well as my mentors, have been great and I have learned so much. I can’t wait to see what my future continue to hold upon graduation of the Recording Connection program!Read More
Charles Buckley, Denver, CO
The Recording Connection really put me in the right direction to pursue a career in the music industry. When I first started looking around for options as to program I could join to get my foot in the door, I was looking at many different schools and programs, but none of them seemed right for me. However, I found the Recording Connection and I really admire the one-on-one lessons the Recording Connection provided me. close one-on-one time spent with my mentor, and all the other mentors located all over the country, is key to a positive education... Read More
Dana Kilcrease, Fishkill, NY
Once I began my courses I couldn’t have been happier. I was placed at a very prominent recording studio, which is located right in the heart of Times Square (penthouse level!) and is located in a building with a phenomenal amount of recording history (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Tupac to name a few). My mentor was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating from the start and provided a very comfortable and personal learning environment. The course consisted of one-on-one lesson time once a week plus other days during the week for review and apprenticing. Through the labs we were exposed to every aspect of studio life. Read More
Ian Thompson, Lahaina, HI
When it came time for my turn to create my demo, it was recorded in my mentors’ studio, with a local funk band. I have been continuing to go to my mentors’ studio since graduation, continuing my success within the music industry. I still work with him, assisting my mentor in engineering his new CD, which will be released shortly and is a great accomplishment. I have continued to master my controller and mixer, always reading about mics and new techniques in the industry. Thank you goes out to the Recording Connection for helping me on my way to a new exciting part of my music career... Read More
Jason Guzman, Washingtonville, NY
The lessons became much more hands on, and soon I found myself editing audio files, working with clients, assisting sessions, and playing piano for some tracks. I also began working in other events and venues related to the studio such as Webster Hall, where I helped to direct a couple of fashion shows. Being involved in these projects was a crucial part to my understanding of the business (I still have much to learn) because it showed me how all the different spectrums of media are related. Networking is key, and my mentor demonstrated through example. He introduced me to everyone he could at events, and got me involved in any way possible. Read More
Jesse Rothman, Lebanon, NJ
I was familiar with Pro Tools prior to enrollment; however, the studio’s vast array of the best outboard gear, microphones and software that money can buy has certainly opened my eyes to the limitless control, technical achievements and expectations of this industry. By being outgoing, humble, and making relationships with the people I met in-studio; I was able to sell myself and create connections. I played with some bands, produced some songs with people, and am now focused solely on a project I am embarking on (with my partner and co-apprentice from the recording connection, where we work with the same mentor. Read More
John Digiacomo, Philadelphia, PA
I met with my mentor at his recording studio and we got started. He immediately made me feel comfortable in his studio and from the first lesson I knew I would gain from his 30 years experience in the business. Everything I learned from mic selection to mic placement to frequency and dynamic based processors, and studio design and monitors gave me all the skills I was lacking before I joined the program. Within a month and a half I was running recording sessions on my own in my mentors’ studio. I was so comfortable with my mentor after I graduated from the Recording Connection I stayed on and took an advanced pro tools class that he offered. Read More
Justin Lomelino, Oak Park, IL
I came up as a bass player in a bunch of local rock bands, even going as far as a self-financed tour of the east coast. From very early on I was interested in recording, doing Sony Acid-based compositions in my basement. While I wasn't actually playing anything in my songs, I had a blast messing with the audio. In high school I played in a group that put out several different CD’s, and as a band we decided to do each at a different studio. At the time we were just looking to be the weirdest group in the area, and didn't want a consistent sound. I ended up being exposed to a modern digital workstation at a studio built in... Read More
Travis Cole, Dorr, MI
When I joined the Recording Connection, I already had one year of experience in the music industry. At that time, I had built my own mobile recording studio, made custom to travel on the road to encompass all of my equipment that entailed recording my clients. My mobile studio held, and still holds to this day equipment such as my pre amps, MBox, in which throughout the program I began to collect more and more. I currently now have three different MBoxes since graduation, as my own music career is booming. What I needed to learn was how to use my equipment better, and because of the Recording Connection, and the training from... Read More
Blake La Grange, Las Vegas, NV
As the program progressed, I had established my foundation and really found myself getting more and more hands on assignments. The program started looking moving more and more into training me as the assistant engineer. I started micing equipment and working with all the clients and recording artists. I really began to develop my skills at that point, learning the business side, and not only the audio side of the program. I learned the only way to gain all of the skills and experience is to work in a real studio. To get your reading curriculum done, then apply it to my mentorship, really fine-tuned my skills. Read More
Chris Biggin, Dallas, TX
A week or so ago, my mentor advised me that I would be ready to take on sessions as chief engineer. This Tuesday I was able to look after a session, as well as perform! This entailed recording guitars, vocals, midi sequencing, and rough mixing for the client. This whole process, from knowing audio basics, routing sound, and being literate on Pro Tools, has enabled me to move much further than I could have imagined. Furthermore, I have been asked to engineer more upcoming sessions, which I’m very much looking forward to. Read More
Daniel Neilson, Atlanta, GA
I feel very fortunate to be able to learn under Brian, because he instilled a "family" like culture at the studio, and he was very patient with allowing me to work at my own pace under my unexpected circumstances. I would have times where I could devote more time than other times, and sometimes even had to leave the country on business, yet Brian allowed me to come and go through all of that time to learn and pick up where I had left off. My mentor was always willing to re-review any specific areas of training. Read More
Jane Song, Open Call Studios
Everything about the school sounded perfect for me, and I talked to my parents about it, and so I quit work, and decided to dedicate my time at the studio. Learning the basics of sound was the most crucial part for me. Since I never learned anything about recording music, it was very critical for me to learn, and everything just started to click after that. My relationship with my mentor is great. Donny is an awesome mentor, and has helped me every step of the way. Once I was getting near to the end of my course, Donny had offered me to intern at the studio. Read More
Luther Banks, Atlanta, GA
When Luther first came upon the Recording Connection, he had just started his own recording studio. However, he noticed the smaller studios were being shut down and needed to move into a larger recording company to learn the way they were run. In order to continue his growth within the music industry, Larry’s two options at this time were to either get a degree to work for these larger companies, or use his contacts to get his foot in the door in order to work for these large-scale companies. Then, Luther Banks came across the Recording Connection, which both provided the curriculum to receive his certification, but would get his foot in the door at the same time. Read More
Richard Martens, Stegar, IL
When I first found the Recording Connection, I had been doing some research on the internet in order to exercise all of my options. Found Rec. connection on internet, research recording schools. What really stuck out about the Recording Connection was the affordable price for such an excellent opportunity. When I got accepted into the apprenticeship with my mentor, my mentor was absolutely great. I went in several days a week, one day to go over the reading assigned by the Recording Connection. The other days were designed for my apprenticeship duties. Read More
Scott Buzzell, Baldwinsville, NY
Once I graduated the program, my mentor and I continued to work with each other outside of the program, as he began to assist me in the start up of my own small recording business. Not only did my mentor outlined my entire business plan, taking his own personal and business experiences with the start up of his own company, and applying them to how I would build my own company, thus fulfilling my career dream. And even furthermore, my mentor furthered my clientele base by writing me the most amazing letter of recommendation... Read More
Vincent Campos, Houston, TX
Once I graduated the program, I continued my career in the industry and worked on the tools I had been trained on as an apprentice. Two years later, my mentor called me so set up an appointment over dinner, for him to discuss some details with me. When I got to dinner, my mentor notified me that the company was currently expanding and building a new studio within the expanded company. Right then and there to work for my mentors company, hired as the staff engineer and producer. I put in the dedication and in the end, it has finally started to pay off for me. Now, I have clients of all genres that I work with, providing the complete recording, mixing, and mastering. Read More
Gabe Green, Little Rock, AR
When my computer crashed last week and I couldn't use my m-box he let me bring in the tracks I had backed up and put them on their system just so I could hear how my mix sounded on their big board in a professional monitoring environment and make my own adjustments to the plug-ins. He has been nothing but nice to me and has never said no to any favor I've asked him that involved me learning. I told him in the beginning that I wanted to learn how to be a studio engineer and how to run live sound. He responded by promising to do everything in his power to go above and beyond what was required by the course just so that I would have a marketable resume and be able to make a career change to do what I love. Read More
More Student Success Stories, Read On
Every week, the Recording Connection Recording School receives dozens of honest reviews from our audio engineering and music producing students and graduates. Regardless of location, one thing is consistent: our Recording Students are thrilled with our offering. We invite you to read through this ever-growing list of actual student comments. They are current, up-to-date, and real.
Ever wonder why other schools only list a handful of success stories? Here, you have the opportunity to read thousands of comments from students who are currently succeeding with our recording and music producing programs.
May 17, 2013 Success Stories
Learn by doing.
"After we got done going over a lesson, a female artist wanted to tune her vocals so my mentor asked if I had time to stick around, and I did. This part was really interesting because I had never seen this been done before. My mentor used a program called Melodyne or something along those lines to tune the artist's vocals. They took each verse and tune each one that they felt needed it. The artist and my mentor then recommended putting a bass & cello in the song which was pretty cool to see how my mentor set those up and see what plug ins were needed!"
Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.
"My mentor been very helpful in my journey. Helping me to get past the technical side of this schooling and making it much easier to understand. When I finally do understand it, it's so exciting and makes me want to learn more. For example, last week I was having a difficult time understanding the "ins and outs" of patch bays and signal flow. Especially the part about configuring the patch jacks. But once my mentor was able to explain it in simpler terms and show me how it all worked, hands on, I was able to answer his questions and go back to the lesson this week and find that I understood it ten times better."
Jump start your career.
"I am excited about everything I am learning and look forward to the real life application aspect. My mentor explains everything thoroughly and leaves none of my questions unanswered. Simply being enrolled makes the idea of making a career out of music more real and serves as the perfect motivation."
-- Miguel Davila, Joliet, IL
Work with real artists as you learn.
"Working with a lot of different people, of the studio I'll be honest, I didn't know most of them (local bands) just because I don't know all of the bands out there but I did get to work with a pretty famous guitarist. He's a metal guitarist, that was a pretty cool moment when I realized "Wow, I'm working with some pretty famous people right now" and just sitting in and listening in on how they talk to one another and stuff is pretty cool. There was one session in particular where a mastering engineer came in and talked, they had a class from the Art Institute come in and I got to sit in on it which was kind of a bonus at the time. I didn't know who he was but he was actually pretty famous guy who had worked with a lot of big names and that was pretty cool... It's pretty interesting how big names come through there, they're just people, they treat people the same so it was pretty cool."
"At first I was kind of nervous and excited at the same time but it was really cool (to start the program). The guys of the studio I went to in Seattle were really cool and down to earth and I thought that we got along right away and it kind of help me build my confidence."
-- Logan Gibson, Aberdeen, WA
Real Sessions, Real Musicians
"I also sat in on a cool recording session. There was a younger musician who came in to lay down a vocal track. He brought in a lot of people for this session. There were a few extra engineers and producers that helped the session. There were also a few people that did the camera and the light for a music video. I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to many more sessions."
-- Shawn Tumolo, Woodbury, NJ
The fastest way to learn audio engineering in on the job.
"EQ'ing was awesome. So many possibilities. ProTools is an amazing tool. Currently at the studio where I’m apprenticing, I’m training on waves plug ins, but I’m also training on Focusrite plug ins at home. This week I learn about Compression, and I’m already doing some studying at home. This should be fun!"
-- Michael Seda, Roswell, GA
Learn the fundamentals as you apprentice at a real recording studio.
"We went into using expanders and gates. He showed me how to the sound can be affected with different attack times mainly on drums. He also helped me prep for my own upcoming drum session. Overall I learned a lot of different things this week!"
-- Justin Jacoby, Abington, MA
"This week was the toughest week so far. Both times I was in the studio we had a string quartet come in to record. They had a cello, 2 violins, and a viola. The hardest part of this was setting up all of the microphones for all four of them. Each musician had two microphones on their instrument along with three other room microphones to capture the sound of the room. In the end we had eleven different microphones. I took in and wrote down as much as I could about placement of the microphones to the pre-amps and compressor settings. The second day with the quartet was definitely a lot easier. We took pictures of the setup of the microphones so that on day two we knew where they all had to go. We also saved the track sheet that showed the signal flow from the microphones into the console. Setting up on Monday took us about two hours to get everything perfect. On Tuesday we had it nailed down to just under an hour. This was definitely the most informative week as of yet!"
Achieve your goals of becoming a music producer.
"Gaining the skills to do this, and working with an artist who has talent, and a message to get across, is what I want to do. I can help and support other musically talented people create their works of art for people to listen to, and show off their magic. The vibe that I get from being in the studio, as well as the feeling of the butterflies flowing through my body, is what I want all of the time."
May 10, 2013 Success Stories
Real Sessions, Real Experience
"The great part about today's session was that I got to learn some things that cannot be read in a textbook. I got to be in a professional environment - and I had fun being there. What a great experience to have this early on in the program."
Personalized advice from your mentor.
"Lesson eight was super helpful, I really was looking into how to mic instruments and this actually went into more detail on how to do it. Also, my mentor and I spoke about my goals, which are to own my own studio and open a record label. He gave me advice about the record label and reassured me if I have questions about anything or need equipment for me to ask him about it."
Form industry relationships as you learn.
"What surprised me the most was how effortless it felt, it was just second nature. I would go to the studio around 3pm and leave around 8 am and be the last one left in the building. The music industry really has endless hours and it takes a lot of time, dedication, and sacrifice in order to reach your full potential. The studio life is like a family its a lot about relationships, bonding, laughs, making artist feel comfortable but at the same time remaining professional. Now that the program is over I want to branch out to producing!"
-- Anthony Cotton, Atlanta, CA
The best way to learn audio engineering is at a real recording studio.
"All throughout my academic career (until now anyway) I have had a tough time keeping my focus and attention on the teacher and the things I was supposed to be studying. Having this interest in what I'm learning and how it affects me, has given my ambition ammunition."
Learn from the pros.
"For this lesson we went over everything that has to do with the console. All the aspects of it; the inputs, outputs, channels, etc. My mentor explained everything very well and I had a thorough understanding of the console after his explaining. He's the man!"
-- Sergio Rivera, New Carrallton, MD
Observe real recording sessions with famous artists.
"This lesson dealt with reverb and delay. I enjoyed this lesson because it is the bread and butter for hip-hop vocal mixing, which is my strong suit. I sat in on a singer session that went well with the lesson as well. I am learning a lot with these sessions and I love being able to put the knowledge to use at home."
-- Connor Madding, Marshallville, OH
Build your confidence as you learn the profession.
"This week I'll be getting into EQ-ing, this should be fun. I'm already doing some extra studying on EQ-ing at home. I’m so glad I found out about the Recording Connection!"
-- Michael Seda, Roswell, GA
Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.
"I have been in the Recording Connection program for about a month now. I am learning a lot and eager to learn more. At first I was a bit overwhelmed. Everything seemed extremely complicated, and there was some math involved which is not my strong suit. However, my mentor Joey Heier has a way of explaining things that make it very easy to understand."
-- Michael Held, Glenside, PA
Work with real musicians.
"Watching the studio musicians today was really cool. They got their chord charts and some vague (to me) sounding instructions, and off they went. Amazing. The musicians were set up next to each other, facing the control room, with cathedral-looking individual mikes. Pretty simple! After the studio musicians left, my mentor played the guitar tracks, which sounded like ambient, dreamy car horn keyboards, it was crazy! Then he messed around some more and got a completely different sound: high little ringing bells, with a nice pinging delay. Beautiful and atmospheric."
Learn by doing.
"This week I had the chance to sit in on a session with someone in the process of getting an album together to be released in the summer. The room was already set up for her when I arrived so I watched as my mentor set up the session and he instructed me on how tracks are started, duplicated and saved with the command controls. Then, we switched seats and I was sitting in front of the control board. It took me a little bit of time to catch on but once I figured it out I was re-taking a track, duplicating and saving. The end result was a very well harmonized Interlude and I gained a lot of knowledge dealing with the manipulation of Pro-Tools."
-- Malecia Bynum, Washington, DC
Have fun as you learn!
"So far I am very happy with the program and working with my mentor. I have not once found myself not wanting to be there which is a very good sign for the future."
May 3, 2013 Success Stories
One on one learning.
"This day at the studio was very informative. We talked about how to make things run smoothly with clients and how to stay organized through all the chaos that can be happening around the studio."
Learn by doing.
"I went into the studio expecting good things, and good things did come out of it! We spent about 2 hours the last day I was there learning the basic functions of Logic, which I dove right into. I’m excited for the next learning session, I learn from example and my mentor shows a lot of good examples which should keep me ahead of the game in terms of my Learning Curve. I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead."
Learn mixing and mastering as you work on real projects.
"Today, we went over 5.1 surround sound, before today, surround sound wasn't the most interesting subject to but after today I got a better perspective on it and it’s really quite interesting. I never knew that it was used in TV, I thought it was used only in home theatres. I also got a chance to do some more mixing on the track I've working on and I met a wonderful individual from France, who introduced me to some amazing plugins that I’ve never heard of and they do amazing thing to your mix."
Build connections as you learn.
"Only 3 weeks in the studio and I have not stopped making new connections and watching my network of other talented artists and producers grow. I have DJ gigs lined up and I currently working with a local rock band running lights and DJing live sets. The studio is an environment that I wish I was in a long time ago. It is easy to learn and have fun doing what you already love."