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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:

April 11, 2015 Success Stories

Starting the Recording Process

“Today was an exciting day because we got the recording room all set to record my guitar tracks! This room’s walls were covered in sound-absorbing panels so that no sound would reflect off the walls and distort the recording. I also used a remote transport when recording my track. This enabled me to start and stop the recording from inside the recording room. With it I could also turn the metronome click on and off, and select the track I was recording to. Getting used to using a remote transport will be very helpful in case I ever need to record in the studio by myself.”

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I’ve been learning a lot and super busy!

“Well, so far this apprenticeship has been pretty interesting. I’ve been learning a lot and super busy! But I would say some of the most important things I’ve learned would be about how a studio works, how it runs, and how to get the sound you’re looking for.”

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I was really excited to start this chapter!

“The 3rd lesson in the text book is Digital Audio. I was really excited to start this chapter! I feel like it’s the first chapter that really dives into what I’m looking forward to learning and mastering. Bit Depth and Sample rate are two things that really stick out to me in this chapter because those are two things I knew about.”

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Pro Tools! Pro Tools!

“So far I have finished lesson 6 and I am becoming very excited to receive pro tools. I have been working hard with my mentor at the studio and learning everything I can from him as I watch him work. A few weeks ago some local band came in to work on a project. Another day another local musician came in to talk about recording with my mentor and I was there to see all of that. My mentor has now started to teach me about pro tools and the plug ins. As soon as I get pro tools I will start to apply all that information I have learned so far and get familiar with pro tools.”

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Over all my first week I felt was a success and can’t wait for my next lesson!

“I am proud to announce that I have officially ended my first week in the Recording Connection program, but most importantly I have started the program which is a huge step into my career! My time at the studio was spent learning the new daw, learning about a lot of equipment that my mentor has in his studio, learning about a lot of plugins I was yet to use and watching my mentors approach mixing a little bit. Over all my first week I felt was a success and can’t wait for my next lesson!”

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Mic Placement

“I’ve never worked in a live recording setting but I’m sure it will be a very exciting experience for me. He also talked to about different brands of microphones and how that can be critical when wanting certain results. Over all can’t wait to get started!”

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April 4, 2015 Success Stories

Overall I had a great experience at the House Studio DC.

“Today I had my first lesson at the House Studio DC and what a amazing place it is. I have never been in a professional studio before, as a musician I have worked to try and build my own underground studio but I was blown away by the technology they have there. I worked with one of my mentors Jake and the space is very big, we went into a room and discussed the first lesson on the dynamics of sound. We talked about how sound works learned about what the frequency of a pitch looks like and much more. After we discussed the lesson I sat in on a recording session and witnessed some guys record a track the quality was flawless. Overall I had a great experience at the House Studio DC.”

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I feel like I really unlocked a lot of knowledge

“This chapter has been one of my favorites so far, I feel like I really unlocked a lot of knowledge for what is needed and needed to be done before a session and exactly how to do so. Setting up a live room for a session is a lot of work and reading through this chapter explained every step and every piece of equipment needed. Every lesson I feel closer and closer to being an official Audio Engineer.”

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Mastering session. Mastering session.

“I got to sit in on a mastering session the other day and bounce off ideas with Brett. It was fun to be able to use all his pre amps, EQ, effect consols, and everything else he had available. We did a lot of cool changes to the song by adding echo effects in the break down giving it a “spacey” feel as well as adding chorus to the backing vocals which filled up empty spaces. It is crazy how much goes into mastering a song. We spent over 2 hours on a 3 minute song and we only got about 70% of the way finished. Maybe I just slowed him down. It gives me a better look at how much really goes into everything a producer does and it gives me a whole new appreciation for audio engineers. I love how the patience pays off because the songs sound way better than the dry version after all the work is put into it.”

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Hip Hop Scholar – Chapter 5 Hip Hop Scholar – Chapter 5

“I loved this chapter because I recently just started recording my own music at my house in my home studio and it helped me to understand how the microphone works and how to make your vocals have a higher quality sound. I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned next time I record & to hear the difference!”

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I realized how important knowing your mics inside and out really is.

“This week we worked with an EDM style artist who incorporated live drums and sax into his songs. He had tracked at a different studio, so we really just worked on mixing. I learned a lot about panning and delay to make certain elements wider. Our other engineer John was with us who is an expert in electronic music. I’ve learned a lot from him when it comes to making beats. In the chapter I realized how important knowing your mics inside and out really is.”

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This Connectivity Chapter was a quite interesting chapter. This Connectivity Chapter was a quite interesting chapter.

“Most of the connectors I seen in this chapter review were very familiar but I never really knew the names besides the USB connector. I’m glad that I learn about TRS, RCA and XLR connectors because these are all used in recording my music. Now I Know! I will also be going in to Serenity West studio for my first lesson tomorrow. I’m very excited!”

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Studio Soirees: Band Practice Studio Soirees: Band Practice

“I was able to sit in on my mentor band practice, The Bo Keys. It was kind of like having a front row seat to an awesome concert really. They were getting ready to go perform in New York over the weekend. They’re an amazing crew of guys and all full of such great talent. There’s just something about being in the studio and hearing the music live and up close.”

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My mentor was able to set a few things up for me.

“I had my laptop with my pro tools with me when I went to the studio. My mentor was able to set a few things up for me, change a few preferences to help my system work well. Some of it was in pro tools; some of it was just things in my MacBook. We talked about what would be coming up, he said to be sure I am on the lookout for things to download and work on. He also let me know that any time I want; he can set me up with some work from his studio also.”

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EQing frequencies is an art.

“My mentor and I went over the fundamentals of pro tools. It’s a lot to take in but it was my first time ever looking at the program. We went over how to bring up tracks and how you need multiple tracks to make a song. We went over the frequencies and how to eq the frequencies and by fluctuating the points in order to make the take louder or quieter. EQing frequencies is an art you really have to have and good ear to try to find that perfect tone in order to get the best quality. Overall it was a very informative lesson!”

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