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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:

Singer/Songwriter Lindsey Kappa adds music engineering to her skills

“I knew when I was 14 that being a musician wasn’t always a guarantee,” says Recording Connection apprentice Lindsey Kappa.. “So I ended up going to a concert for my cousin’s band, and after the show he recommended, ‘Hey, why don’t you check out sound while you start trying to pursue your music career?’” It […]

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Recording Connection graduate Devin Zorn: developing a “signature” sound

Spend a few minutes talking with Recording Connection graduate Devin Zorn, and it’s apparent that he’s got some very specific opinions about sound and audio in the music he records and mixes. Take, for example, his own band The Q, which he describes as “if Pink Floyd made a dance album.” The band’s sound is […]

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Two Recording Connection students form a “Clever Empire”

Tanner Bjorklund (“T-Strix”) was a gifted teenage rap artist who attended the Recording Connection because he wanted to try and record his own music. After graduating, he had the skills he needed, but as an artist, he still found it challenging to be both in front of the board and behind it. Rodolfo Lopez (“R-Lo”) […]

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Recording Connection graduate Mike Messina: Guided by Passion and Opportunity

“I’ve honestly been interested in sound since I was like five years old,” says Mike Messina. “I just screw around with sound effects and music—sound effects from movies, video games, animation—I’ve been doing that most of my life…I’d put a sign on my [bedroom] door saying, “Recording session in progress, do not disturb.’” Looking for […]

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Jake Kiyokane lands paid gigs at his mentor's studio!

Apprenticing at Serenity West Recording in Los Angeles, Recording Connection master’s program student Jake Kiyokane has learned an important secret to breaking into the recording industry: be available as much as possible, even beyond the lessons. “I started just putting myself out there more a little bit,” he says, “just hitting them up more, like, […]

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Recording Connection graduate Garrett Pace: HIRED!

Never presume. This is one of the biggest lessons to take away from the story of Recording Connection grad Garrett Pace, because at first glance he seemed the most unlikely student to get hired by his mentor. Classically trained as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, Garrett held a bachelor’s degree in music and seemed poised to […]

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Recording Connection Apprentice lands Job at Mentor's Studio in Corpus Christie, TX

Perhaps nothing is a better birthday present for any aspiring audio engineer than a job offer and that’s exactly what Jacob Keithley of Corpus Christi, TX, got just days before turning 22! While some apprentices start Recording Connection knowing exactly what they want to do and which areas they want to focus on, others like […]

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Recording Connection Graduate Sebastian Lefeld Works with Santana, Shawn Mendes!

“Whenever I take a break,” says Recording Connection graduate Sebastian Lefeld, “I’m always thinking there’s someone else out there who’s doing what I do who’s not taking a break, and I get back to work.” It’s this very work ethic that not only helped Sebastian make the most of his Recording Connection apprenticeship, but also […]

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Thomas Dante: From Apprentice to Paid Staff Engineer in Houston!

It’s something we tell all our students: when you apprentice in a real recording studio with a mentor, you’re not only learning audio engineering—you’re auditioning for a job. Impress your mentor, and he might just hire you! That’s exactly how Thomas Dante played it, which is how he landed an ongoing job in Houston, Texas […]

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Recording Connection Student Opens Recording Studio in Nashville!

When John Curtis signed up to apprentice with Ric Web at South Studios, little did he know that within less than a year, he’d be running a recording studio of his own but that’s exactly what happened. Getting into a real studio and learning the craft was dream come true for John who, in his […]

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Taylor Crommie, Los Angeles, CA

Talk to any famous musician, producer or audio engineer and ask them what they have to say about learning, about growing creatively and technically and chances are, they’ll all tell you, learning is a lifelong pursuit. The people who make it are always growing, always gaining exposure to as many sounds and musical worlds as […]

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Recording graduate Alex Arnold quits job, launches career!

Sometimes, you have to close one door before another one opens. And sometimes the connections you make now will come back to help you in the future! Recording Connection graduate Alex Arnold learned this firsthand when his former Recording Connection mentor called him up a year later with a job offer—a job that enabled Alex […]

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Nacor Zuluaga Beats the Odds at New York City's Engine Room Audio

Despite a language barrier that would have deterred some people, Recording Connection apprentice Nacor Zuluaga’s commitment to the craft of audio engineering not only gained the trust of his mentor, master engineer Mark Christiansen, but also landed him a job working with his mentor long past his apprenticeship! Nacor was slated to start audio engineering […]

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Dallas, TX recording apprentice Ayaz Ismail releases Bollywood-style album with help from industry veteran Rick Rooney!

Learning on-the-job definitely has its advantages—for example, the opportunity to have a seasoned industry veteran help you produce your own music! Ayaz Ismail of Dallas, TX experienced this firsthand when his mentor, music industry veteran Rick Rooney at Planet Dallas, worked with Ismail to help record and release his own full-length Bollywood-style album! Titled Is […]

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Living in the Moment - Checking in with Engineering Graduate Clint Badal

Clint Badal is a recent graduate of the Recording Engineering program at the Recording Connection. Clint has stated that his mentor was not only very professional, but also that he really knows his stuff and wants his apprentices to be as knowledgeable as he is about audio engineering. In their workshops together, Clint’s mentor devoted […]

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Recording Connection Student Opens "Blue Creek Productions"

Dustin Bannister is a Recording engineer from about an hour and half from St. Louis, Missouri in a town called Patton. While still enrolled in the Recording Connection Program Dustin successfully opened his own studio called “Blue Creek Productions” in March 2013. During his time at the studio, Dustin had the awesome opportunity to work […]

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Mentor: Matt Stein, Brooklyn, NY

One on One: A Formula for Success Matt Stein is no stranger to success in the recording industry. In 2005, he was nominated for a Grammy award and has overseen Swan7 studio, which he founded and was recently featured in “L Magazine.” In addition to his years of experience in production and mixing, he has […]

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My TIme with Uncle J - Brandon Skylar

by Brandon Skylar, Bethlehem, PA The Recording Connection has taught me a few things. One, I didn’t know jack about audio before I attended. (No pun intended). Two, workers in the entertainment business are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met and finally, three, If you apply yourself and take every opportunity that […]

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Richard Sawchuk Finds Success After Graduating from the Recording Connection

I grew up with music. My father was a square dance caller and my older brother was very active as a keyboard player and vocalist. I took 4 years of Royal Conservatory piano and theory when I was quite young and went on to drumming at age 10. My brother, David, went on to audio […]

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Jasmine Charleston - Recording Connection Graduate

My name is Jasmine Charleston, and even as a very young child, I always had a passion for music. My mother bought me my first keyboard when I was 10 years old, and from there, I began to produce beats, as well as study the production of music. I couldn't wait to get to high […]

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Darlene Pech - Recording Connection Student

We pride ourselves in many things here at the Recording Connection. 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 […]

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Rachael Kylie - Recording Connection Student

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. When getting started with the program: "It was awesome, like I loved it right away. I was excited […]

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Lilly Carey works with Legendary Singer / Songwriter Roberta Flack.

When Lilly started taking the program she: “thought it was really cool. My first or second week I ended up meeting Roberta Flack… (later) Penn Badgley… He came in to record a song for his movie about Jeff Buckley. That was really cool because he;s a pretty big celebrity… Elizabeth Chan, she has this pretty […]

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November 2011 Reviews from our Students and Graduates

November 18, 2011 Success Stories Work along side the music professionals. “This week with my mentor has been amazing. Actually, every week so far has been. The first week I had very little confidence in what I was doing due to all the technical jargon, as well as just overall complexities within a professional recording […]

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October 2011 Reviews from our Students and Graduates

October 28, 2011 Success Stories Learn the skills needed to become a successful audio engineer. “This lesson was with my mentor was one that I had been looking forward to for quite some time, the week where I started console training. The console is eye candy that anyone aspiring to be an audio engineer wants […]

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September 2011 Reviews from our Students and Graduates

September 30, 2011 Success Stories Work with your mentors’ famous clientele. “At my lesson today with my mentor we arrived at my 4th week in the Recording Connection program. This lesson was on patch bays and signal flows. While going through the quiz assigned to me by the program, my mentor would repeatedly go to […]

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Ozzy Williams - Recording Connection Graduate

Prior to joining the Recording Connection I was working in a field that made me extremely unhappy. I realized at that point that I desperately needed to make a change. I can remember that, ever since I had attended a concert when I was a young child, working in the music industry was a true […]

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Joey Merichko - Recording Connection Graduate

“I am a vocalist and keyboardist currently now working in Chicago. I have loved playing and making music ever since I can remember. I decided to open my own home studio, but didn’t know much at the time. So I found myself at my local music store asking them how to get started. I bought […]

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BJ Francisco - Recording Connection Graduate

Musically, I have been a DJ, and still currently am, for the past twenty plus years. I have continued to evolve my passion for music by expanding into the audio engineering and production arena within the last eight years of my involvement in the music industry. The fascination of being able to create my own […]

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Todd Talbot Returns to the Classroom After a 20 Year Break

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. "Having the opportunity to be in the studio and working on stuff, […]

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Anthony Zuniga - Recording Connection Graduate Success Story

Before coming across the Recording Connection, I was currently attending a private college for something I was okay at and interested in. While in college I got a part-time job, and at the job I met some people that were into music and where going to school for it. I found myself around them (co-workers) […]

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Work with your mentor in real studio sessions

"As we brought in more clients to the recording studio I matured in the sense that I felt more prepared for the next duty or session. You know, it's just as long as sessions kept coming I was able to add what I learned the previous session and it was almost as though I could […]

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Philadelphia Music Student Rachel Is Hired Upon Graduation

Entertainment Connection graduate Rachel Zeiner has not let any grass grow under her feet since completing the program at Philadelphia's Crystal Clear Recording Studios. She was hired almost immediately by owner Joe Heier, and serves not only as an Assistant Engineer but also as the studio's publicist. Recently Rachel and Joe worked on NBC's new […]

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Juma Spears - Recording Connection Graduate

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. "During the end of my […]

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Ben Eklund

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 […]

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Peter Rodriguez - Recording Connection Graduate

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 […]

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Anthony Opher - Recording Connection Student

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. […]

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Brian Piper: Recording Connection Success Story

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 […]

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Shoneen Stenftenagel Shares Her Experiences with Recording Connection

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 […]

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Checking in with Recording Connection Student Matt Baker

When asked to honestly describe his experience with his mentor so far, Matt Baker had his to say: "It's been really good, I've learned a lot a lot about ProTools and also at my house I use some (recording) software which is a little different (than Pro Tools) but it's good to know all the […]

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Kyle Thurman works with Grammy Award Winning Artist, Norman Brown

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 […]

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Andrew Kirk: Recording Connection Honors Graduate

By the time Andrew Kirk came across the Recording Connection and enrolled as a student, he had already had nearly a decade of experience in recording—but he knew he needed more. “It's a tough industry to break into,” he says. Seeing how I never had any formal education, I had done a lot of freelance […]

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Quotes from Our Students

August 22, 2015 Student Quotes

This week was even better than the previous.

“I have been learning so much since the start of Recording Connections. This week was chapter four. Chapter four has been all about connectivity. So I found it very amazing to learn and study all of the different types of cables. Both in the digital, and the analog world. And I think the greatest part of the week has been learning the patch bay with my mentor. He has taught me so much already in these past few weeks and I can’t thank him enough. The patch bay was the greatest thing because it is the central area where everything comes together to complete a project. Learning the patch bay for me has been very fun and it is teaching me so much of how the studio works.”


August 2015

What’s up guys, this week was a great week!

“I got to sit in on two sessions, both of which, I was learning from Josh and were in studio B. The first session was on Tuesday (8/11) after my lesson on basic electronics. The client was this very talented guitar player, Nolan James. It was just a mixing session. We knocked out five songs in the four hours he had booked. Nolan was a very cool guy and just an amazing guitar player. The next session was tonight (8/13). The clients name was David Kramer. He had previously recorded acoustic guitars and vocals. Tonight was all about tracking my personal favorite, the electric guitar. We only worked on one song tonight, but this guy has got some talent. His voice is very trained and his guitar playing is exquisite. I actually got to set up the mics and stands tonight. Winterland studios has so much gear.”

I will be using these methods a lot during my music career

“A lot of different things were discussed in this chapter that I didn’t know how to do before and wanted to know how to. These different techniques can really make the difference in the sound you’re looking for. They add a punch to the hook of a song and can make the verses sound strong. I will be using these methods a lot during my music career and will be practicing and getting better and better at them along the way.”


August 2015

This week I learned about reverb and effects.

“This was a good chapter because I found this to really make a mix sound better learning more about reverb really helps a mix sound more full. Chorus helps a lot with me for vocals when I use it for a doubling effect. In the studio I got to see my mentor coach a singer that he is working with. He was telling her how she should build her song and what instruments should be in there. I got to see how an artist and the producer work together to make a song come together.”


August 2015

Looking forward to sitting in on his session this Sunday!

“Chapter 3 was challenging, but I loved it. I love learning all these cool facts about audio and production. I never realized how technically similar music and film productions actually is! Paul is really down to earth and is really good at relaying concepts and ideas that I’d otherwise have trouble with.”

This week I was able to work on a session

“Chapter 3 was definitely a challenge. After re reading it at least 3 times, I had to reassure myself that it will all come in time. Being able to have studio time will help me with the things I might not understand on paper. This week I was able to work on a session with my fiancé doing vocal tracks for Vegas! The Show. Exciting to watch her in action on that side of things, and scared I would do something wrong in front of her on my side!! lol All went well and I was grateful for the opportunity. I have seen the show many times, so to be able to watch it in the studio and see a few things that help create it was a fun experience.”

July 25, 2015 Student Quotes

This week at Bates Brothers Recording

“This week at Bates Brothers Recording we didn’t have a session for the day but we went over the chapter about acoustic treatment and monitoring. We went all over the studio looking at the angles and looking at the acoustic treatment they did to get a good noise free studio but also have a great sound too. We looked at the glass that was angled in the frame that caused reflection all over the studio and in the control room they have acoustics to absorb the sound and behind them they have a wall to reflect the sound.”


July 2015

Today I had a chance to sit in on another full session

“Third session and still going strong! Today I had a chance to sit in on another full session, but this time with a different artist. I’m glad I had the chance to sit in on someone different because, then I had a chance to see Edwin work with a different artist and see how his methods change. This particular artist aims to make it big, but as it turns out, she wasn’t completely “on” today. I wouldn’t have noticed, because at least she was able to finish a rough draft of one song and then start another. However, she did come in right from the start to give some of her own ideas and ready to work. She could also hear when something didn’t quite exactly sound right and would try to do it all over again.

I had a chance to see Edwin use more of his music producing skills to give her suggestions on how she could make her track different. In an industry where a lot of the music on the radio sounds the same, Edwin gives some clever ideas on how to make the track sound fresh and not so homogenous. She worked on a lot of harmonies with her track. However, they had to remake some of the track because the artist couldn’t remember which musical direction she wanted to go. She was having some pitch issues as well and Edwin had to spend some time figuring out which pitches needed to be centered. It didn’t help that the second piece she was working on constantly switched between G major and G minor every two to four beats. It makes the track sound musically interesting, but very time consuming to work with when you have an artist who has some pitch issues. So, I had a chance to see Edwin use a lot of the auto tune. Overall, it was a good session and I will be seeing her again the next time I go to the studio.

In terms of reading, now I understand how sound waves travel to the microphone and then the analog-to-digital converter converts the voltage into sine waves the computer interprets the waves into actual sounds based on the amount of samples taken per second, also known as sample points. Now I understand how the Nyquist theorem works in order to produce the most accurate sound so it does not sound distorted when it’s reproduced. I still need to read the rest of chapter 3 and it is loaded with information. I can’t wait to see what I read relates to work in the studio.”

I hope to see him in action again soon!

“I got to sit in on a session with Joe on Tuesday July 14th. He was engineering a session with an artist by the name of Roy. I watched in amazement as he did his thing. I was impressed and amazed on the confidence Roy and his Producer had in Joe, knowing everything on the mixdown and mastering was going to be perfect. With a resume that Joe has along with the experience, I would feel the same. It was a great session. On Friday after a Q&A with Joe, I got to sit in on 2 sessions with a Rec graduate by the name of Fabian. I met his artist by the names of Pig and Red Rum. Before the session started, I watched him mixdown vocals in a song they were working on. Watching him mixdown I was also amazed on what he has learned. He has the knowledge which I know came from Joe, but also from him honing his craft. The time you put in will determine how far you go in this field. I was very impressed. His other artist Slimtino recorded a song and I can’t wait to hear the final results from both songs. I hope to see him in action again soon!”


July 2015

Still rolling along here!

“Hollis and I dove into time based effects today! Delays, reverbs, phasers, flangers etc. Im really getting an ear for everything in noticing the different sounds and the effects all of these have on vocals etc. The flanger interests me for some dubstep or edm type music, meaning I would probably use it more in that genre or with an acoustic guitar. Still rolling along here, I’m sad that my lessons will be ending soon.”


July 2015

Tonight’s Band

“The band tonight was called Swami and they were good. Super nice guys. I think they would be intresting to work with. I’m learning that it takes a lot more to record a band than a rap or hip hop artist. There is a lot more that goes into the recording process.”


July 2015

The First Chapter

“It’s always good to know what kind of material you’re working with, in this case sound. Before the first chapter, I didn’t know what sound actually was or how our eardrums worked. It’s very interesting and a great introduction to music!”


July 2015

With a little practice I learned how the patch bay works

“This week has been filled with so much knowledge. So many things that are helpful. I learned how electricity moves in the wire, and how resistance is used and needed in the current to have a successful cycle. I also started to learn the equipment in my studio. My mentor took me around the studio and showed me how the whole studio is wired and hooked up. Then he showed me the patch bay. That is the coolest thing. How the whole studio is wired to this one central area that is easy to access. Then he showed me how it worked and I had the opportunity to try it out. With a little practice I learned how the patch bay works. This week has been amazing. Thank you!”


July 2015

August 8, 2015 Student Quotes

Acoustically Speaking

“What I loved about this chapter was the fact, that you can truly “calculate” the details of how to build your room. Put pen to paper, and meticulously create a space that will work well for your needs. Do you want more room sound? Great, treat the room accordingly. Do you want a totally dead room? No problem…treat the room this way. Much of this really boils down to going after what you want, and realizing that different projects will have different necessities for sound. It’s important as an audio engineer to try and prepare for as many scenarios as you can, so that you’re ready for whatever your clients throw at you. Or…at very least…know where you can rent the space to do it! At the end of the day this was a very helpful chapter to open my eyes to the importance of Acoustics, and to pay closer attention (and not take for granted) how much of a difference Acoustics, and the treatment there of, make in the whole process!”

End of Week 12 Entry

“This week involved Karlo helping me with a new mix assignment that will progress over several chapters, the first chapter required me organizing a general mix session which included me setting levels and panning. Slowly but surely I’m starting to get the hang of the interface and where everything is located. Karlo also spent time on a new assignment to create a hardcore rock intro with several tracks for Ink Master.”

He pushed me in the right direction

“I wasn’t sure how to do what I was hearing so I asked my mentor for a little push. He pushed me in the right direction and I got what I wanted. I had the strings almost sound like they were slowing down and dropping in pitch, like on a record player if you put your finger on the vinyl and made it spin slower. He was actually impressed and liked it a lot. He liked it so he jokingly said he was going to steal it from me.”

After a couple weeks of hard work, I finally created a song that worked.

“For the song assignment, I had to create a 30 second musical piece using only a 1kHz sinewave and audiosuite plugins. This assignment was both fun and frustrating. As I spent hours using the audiosuite plugins to manipulate the sinewave, I was amazed with how a 1kHz sound could become a kick drum, snare, synth sound, and just about any other sound I needed to fit the composition of my musical piece. It was very easy for me to get overly caught up in the details of the sound, which was frustrating due to my lack of experience and strong desire for things to sound perfect. After a couple weeks of hard work, I finally created a song that worked.

For my SoundCloud profile, I uploaded two songs I produced that were written by my friend Justin Peasley. He is an extremely talented guitarist (and my roommate), so I plan on collaborating with him and creating an album of our music. With his guitar talent, our composition interests, and my music production education, I am confident that we will be able to create some great music!”


August 2015

I finally had a chance to blend a mix and it was fantastic!

“I was in the studio Monday and Tuesday this week going over chapters 3 and 4 learning about digital audio formats, quantization errors, sampling rates, and ADCs, bit depth and how that is related to amplitude, the Nyquist Theorem. We even had a chance to talk about some of the first digital recorders that he used when he first started audio engineering himself and to see how much technology has progressed to make recording more efficient. Signal flow is also important when micing instruments and getting the best sound quality. There is so much that goes into producing the best sound quality when recording that when you’re just an average listener listening to music on the radio or an album that people don’t even realize! I always wondered how albums sounded so “perfect”. Now I know why. Yes, artists are incredibly talented, but watching how Edwin does his job as an audio engineer brings a lot of things to light.”

OMG! One week left!

“How the heck did I even get to this point. I’m amazed at myself. lol. This it the final academic lesson in the textbook, Mastering. It was a very brief chapter, beginning with a “Crash Coarse” in mastering, & in the first paragraph, they explained there really wasn’t such a thing. Ironic right? lol All jokes asside, it’s my understanding that the RRFC offers coarses in mastering as well, but because I’m in the Audio Engineering program, an extensive knowledge of mastering would just not be pheasable. There’s another textbook just for that, I think. But they did give a good rundown of what it is, & even posted some very helpful videos on how other audio engineers mastered their songs on DAWs. Another irony: DAWs don’t offer a lot of mastering tools, even plugins that you can buy aren’t nearly as good as the analog mastering gear that can sometimes cost upwards of $100,000. My mentor explained to me that if you were just recording a mixtape, you could possibly get away with just mastering on Pro Tools, but if you’re realeasing an album, you can’t afford to flake on the mastering. That is most important. So essentially you can only pre-master on a DAW (like Pro Tools).”


August 2015

Every single day I make time for what I love to do

“I try to stay consistent. Every single day I make time for what I love to do and what I want to be my career. So every day every chance I get I either try to mix a project, make a beat, or write a song. If I can’t do any of those things for whatever reason I will either promote myself by posting/showcasing the work I’ve already or networking with other people to get more work. Every day I have to make time for that stuff.”

July 18, 2015 Student Quotes

Barriers to Entry

“From the beginning, you find that this structured program- where equal importance is placed on education and networking- really fosters apprentices’ branding efforts; which is critical to a successful career. In short, this school really does teach the necessary skills and tools to overcome any barriers that stand in the way of pursuing one’s professional goals.”

I learned more about compressors, gates, etc.

“This chapter was one that I was very interested in learning more about. I learned more about compressors, gates, etc. The chapter did a good job at explaining it, however, on the Quiz I felt that the questions explained each different kind of compressor differently than on the section reviews. All in all, I see now what which of them are.”


July 2015

Seeing it firsthand makes me love music even more.

“Connectivity is pretty key to an audio engineering because there are so many different systems that have to connect to each other especially when you’re using a patch bay and you have to turn a sample from digital to analog. One thing i learned from my mentor prince this week was having a good sticker system for your patch bay otherwise you will just create more work for yourself and if you have a client they are depending on you to know your stuff so if you don’t it might come off as unprofessional. This week was awesome because I was in the studio while an artist was putting vocals over old tracks he had previously worked with so that was a really cool experience and seeing it firsthand makes me love music even more.”


July 2015

The variety of practice has been invaluable

“Since my last post, I’ve been back and forth between Las Vegas and San Diego, piece-by-piece tracking a demo for my own band in San Diego, DETHSURF, and mixing it in Vegas. Additionally at Audio Mix House under the supervision of Josh, I’ve single-handedly set up, mic, established gain structure, tracked, and torn down a drum set numerous times. That variety of practice- being a guitarist by trade and having minimal knowledge of drums- has been invaluable. I won’t air some mic and placement tricks I’ve learned along the way, but I will say I’m excited to have a couple of the input lists up my sleeve.”


July 2015

Today’s session I started my first mix in Pro Tools

“Today’s session I started my first mix. The engineer went over the basic key commands for Pro Tools, and how I should name and organize the tracks in the session. I learned how to cut notes, duplicate, delete sections, and clean up the gaps in each section. Today I also got to sit in while Josquin and the engineer recorded an artist on the keyboard and I also got to watch them work on another artist’s song.”


July 2015
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