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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:

January 17, 2015 Success Stories

Soon! Soon!

“Pretty soon I will be done with the RRF course. This will be a sad time but I hope that I get the opportunity to continue my learning in a studio! I really enjoy mixing, micing, and editing music! These past two weeks has been fun in the studio. My mentor worked us though several music sessions. I’m starting to really understand the mixing science! Looking forward to studio time this week. Happy Learning!”

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My Seventh week at Atmosphere Recording!

“It has been yet another great week with Recording Connection and Atmosphere Recording this week has also been very educational and ground breaking. During the lesson session I continued working on my project and in the middle of enhancing a track I realized that I was just aimlessly wondering across my mix not knowing what to do and asking Jeremy my mentor every question that came to mind. Later on that evening I ran across a YouTube tutorial on mix bus compression posted by Rob Williams. Inspired by the tutorial I subscribe to Rob’s channel and found two more helpful tutorials. One of the tutorials titled the 5 drivers of mixing is where Rob covers 5 key factors in mixing and the second tutorial How to master a song – The 7 step formula he covers the 7 steps of mastering. After applying these notes I immediately heard a big difference in my mix. Once again I would like to thank Recording Connection and Atmosphere Recording for this opportunity.”

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My first session with my mentor was very exciting.

“We talked and got to know each other a little bit and I think that we are going to mesh well together. Everything he said was very informative. I told him about my experience in the industry and my prior in-studio schooling which covered much of the basics; this helped so that we could skip some of the things that I had learned and used many times, in order to focus on the more relevant materials.”

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Finally almost there to actually having my own pro tools!

“Lesson 8 was intro to pro tools. Finally almost there to actually having my own pro tools! As always went through the chapter and answered questions. Once we were done we jumped into actually using pro tools. He showed me everything I could comprehend at the moment and then little bits and pieces of editing and cutting things out and pasting them elsewhere. Also he showed me the various editing tools at your disposal. Once we went through pro tools with what I could understand once I get my own well get that going and ill definitely be better the next time.”

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Time is Money Time is Money

“Today my Mentor and I went over Chapter 8 introduction to Pro Tools. After the book work we got to the fun part, which was setting up a session for a Recording Artist. My mentor was the artist and I was the engineer. I learned how to prepare for sessions and how to name each insert involved in the recording process and troubleshooting problems that can occur. I also learned that the signal flow travels from the recording booth, to the Avalon and finally to the recording console. I learned how to setup tracks for a recording sessions.”

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Miking Drums

“There are more nitpicky details that I could spew about what I’ve learned but that is a pretty good overview for now. It was really exciting to learn all that stuff because I am a drummer. I don’t know if I would call myself studio worthy, but it was definitely good to learn some general guidelines to follow for studio miking drums. Woo-hoo! Good stuff! I’m amped about learning some more good stuff!”

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There are so many different ways to create sound! There are so many different ways to create sound!

“This chapter changed my outlook. There are so many different ways to create sound! This chapter has influenced me to take advantage of my MIDI controllers: for example, Maschine Studio and Axiom Keyboard. I’ve also experimented with the several controllers handed by Pro Tools in Plug-ins. All in all, I learned much in this chapter about producing sounds that I never knew before and I can’t wait to see what more there is to learn.”

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The first session.

“This is starting out to be a wonderful program. The text was informative and easy to understand, minus a couple typos, and I learned even more once I visited my mentor. He is an all-around great guy and extremely knowledgeable. I look forward to progressing even further.”

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Choosing the right microphone.

“I feel one of the biggest things this chapter and my instructor pointed out was microphone selection. The right selection in itself is does a lot of the equalizing for your recording session. That’s not to say it does it all for you, but it can eliminate much unwanted time, energy, and money. When you learn to avoid that issue you’re running a much smoother ship and then the real fun begins!”

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What’s Next?!? What’s Next?!?

“So I performed at a wedding on Saturday! My first big break in music. I played acoustic guitar and sang a couple cool songs in honor of the bride and groom. I think my next step is going to be trying to get as much internships as possible!”

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January 10, 2015 Success Stories

Week Seventeen Week Seventeen

“I worked on making complex guitar edits. Everything from swapping a chord from a different section in the region to changing the timing. I would cut and drag the section from the region and add a crossfade to smooth it out. Also having two extra people in the room watching my every move added a little more pressure but I enjoyed the challenge, it really helped me break my threshold..”

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Knowing the basics will make doing the complicated tasks much simpler.

“Chapter 9 was very helpful to towards taking my baby steps in Pro Tools. The fundamentals are always great to know and that’s what chapter 9 explains conveniently. Now knowing the basics will make doing the complicated tasks much simpler.”

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Glad to be back at school. Glad to be back at school.

“Today my mentor and I went over Chapter 7 which talked about Tracking. We went over what Bleed means which is an outside noise other than the noise coming from instrument in which the Mic was assigned to. We went over Line Check which is to make sure that the signal is going from Mic to the cables. I was also able to do a little Instrumentation which was fun to do. Also glad to be back at school.”

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Chapter 20 Final

“I like to think I had a very creative approach to my final mix assignment. It helped to have overall ideas on where to pan the tracks, what types of plugins to use, and what kinds of time-based/send FX to use for the final touch. Also, knowing the frequency range that best compliments each instrument/track speeds up the mix process and provides a resonant clarity.”

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I had a great first night at my mentor’s studio. It was so much fun! I had a great first night at my mentor’s studio. It was so much fun!

“My first day with my mentor was great. We did a walkthrough tour of the studio so that I would get acquainted with it. My mentor and I went through all the different recording and control rooms. The consoles and gear that I saw were beautiful. I also met two other engineers of the studio as well. We spoke and began getting to one another. After I had gotten acquainted we went over my first lesson. He tested my hearing with different sine wave frequencies to see where my hearing would drop. He tested me with up to 20000Hz. I had a great first night at my mentor’s studio. It was so much fun! And it’s only the beginning of a great experience for me.”

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