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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:

October 25, 2014 Success Stories

I’m really excited to dive more in depth with Pro Tools.

“I learned how to set up a recording such as muting the other tracks soloing one and punching the little red record ready button before starting the recording. I did however make the mistake of cutting the fade off of the humming guitar. I changed the gain so there weren’t any peeked spots in the song. I was even able to bring my friend home and record a few songs of his. I’m really excited to dive more in depth with Pro Tools. Too much time in the week for an eager student against a full time audio engineer!”


I worked on creating aux tracks for the drums of an americana song

“In this chapter I learned many new things about electricity. I learned how electricity flows by using electrons and how they hit each other and move down a wire to create electricity. I learned what voltage, resistance and current are and how they are used in recording and sound. In the studio with Mark Sinko I started working on mixing a song and learning new techniques to make it sound professional. I worked on creating aux tracks for the drums of an americana song and adding reverb and delay and which ones sound appropriate with the style of music. It was very fun and interesting to learn about.”


I’m excited and ready for anything! I’m excited and ready for anything!

“Just completed chapter 4 and was amazed at the different wires and cables we use! I did good on the quiz which makes me feel good. Can’t wait for Friday to come so I can be back in the studio! Don’t know what I will be doing in the studio Friday but I’m excited and ready for anything!”


My mentor showed me some cool techniques

“Last week in the studio I got some more practice in the SSL 4000 E series console. My mentor showed me some cool techniques on a simple instrumental which consisted of drums, percussion, bass, a pad, and guitar. We made a big drum sound by using parallel compression. On the bass we used a chorus effect which made it stand out bigger and gave it a unique color. On the pad we used some reverb to give it more space and push it back in the mix more. On the guitar we used a subtle slap back delay which made it slightly more spacey and bigger while it fit in the mix better. We also used some eq and compression from the channels on the console. I’ve noticed that I definitely feel more comfortable working on this console now that I have a decent understanding of the signal flow and how everything works. It seems easier to just concentrate on the actual sounds in the mix now that I’m not just trying to figure out how to do something.”


It was a hell of a ride

“Nevertheless, it was a hell of a ride, and I’m BEYOND thankful for the opportunity to learn all this, and especially to have met and learned from my mentor. I’ve been given the tools to be successful with my music, and it may take some time, but I will be.”


October 18, 2014 Success Stories

I’m really starting to get the hang of things! I’m really starting to get the hang of things!

“Today my mentor and I worked more on acoustic guitar microphone placement. We used the SM-57 microphone to track and we played around with the placement of the microphone until we got a decent sound, I think I’m really starting to get the hang of things!”


Learning the fundamentals of professional recording.

“I learned a lot about the history of microphones and the specifications of different microphones, like a flat response microphone is a good choice for vocals, acoustic instruments, and strings because it doesn’t color or alter the natural sound of a vocal or instrument. I learned cardioid microphones are best for close micing vocals instruments because of its heart-shape pick up pattern, it is more sensitive in the front than the back providing great rear side noise reject.”


It was very hand on since week one

“The fun stuff began! I’m learning how to do the frequency wave chart and the basics. I also got to watch film going into detail how to break it down. It was very hand on since week one and I got to watch one of the producers in action so that was a good experience for me. Also my quiz grades are improving!”


All very informative.

“The past week has been very interesting. I’m now starting to dive more into the hands on training that the Recording Connection has promised. I went to the session where they recorded a drummer by the name of Danny. I was able to help out with setting the mics up for the drum kit, seeing what mics were used where and why, the different positioning of the mics and how they affect the sound either in a positive way or negative, etc. All very informative.”


This chapter was one of my favorites as far

“This chapter was one of my favorites as far as useful knowledge and physical microphone identification. I learned some different types and ways microphones work that I had never learned from past musician experience, as well as brushing over and re-defining knowledge that I had. It was interesting finding out the different polar patterns that I didn’t know existed, and VERY cool that it showed me different models of microphones in the real world that I can apply in certain situations”


October 4, 2014 Success Stories

I belong in a studio!

“I sat in on my very first recording session; a band session! It was truly a dream come true. For years and years I pictured just being able to look inside or stand in a studio, and I was there for a good 6 to 7 hours! I got my first good look at a mixer board and wasn’t lost which made me feel as confident as ever. I belong in a studio!”


Looking forward to my next visit.

“Learned a lot about various cords and connectors in this chapter. Patch bays was a little harder to grasp so I got a hands on look in the studio. Gained lots of new knowledge on the different cords and learned about the patch bay hands on! Also learned a little more on pro tools in the studio. Looking forward to my next visit.”


My mentor did a really good job explaining things My mentor did a really good job explaining things

“Learning about how electricity works and all that like was like a throwback to freshman year physical science class in a way. My mentor did a really good job explaining things about how it all works.”


Another solid day in the factory. Another solid day in the factory.

“Had my second lesson and meeting at the sonic factory this past Thursday. Matt and I dove into basic electronics and how electricity in the studio worked. I learned a lot of valuable information on how the flow of electricity is transferred into the units and machines we use in the studio. Another solid day in the factory, and I’m looking forward to many more!”


Very interesting stuff, I feel smarter already! Very interesting stuff, I feel smarter already!

“This lesson was the most direct and practically useful yet, covering signal flow. This is something I have always yearned to understand, how the different wires and cables work together. Even more so learning about ground, impedance, and how to figure out where unwanted noise is coming from, my mentor also explained how to best isolate the source of the problem, by splitting up the different parts of the signal path in half, much faster than the way I always did it with my guitar pedals to find a faulty pedal or a bad guitar cable. Very interesting stuff, I feel smarter already!”


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Blake La Grange, Las Vegas, NV Blake's mentor offered him the position of First Engineer.
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John Digiacomo, Philadelphia, PA This student now produces for a major record label.
Justin Lomelino, Oak Park, IL This graduate now works as a freelance engineer.
Daniel Neilson, Atlanta, GA Daniel accepted a job just a couple of months into our program.
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Scott Buzzell, Baldwinsville, NY With his mentor's guidance, Scott was able to start his own Recording Studio.
Charles Buckley, Denver, CO This Graduate is currently working as a DJ, Producer, and Engineer in Denver
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Jesse Rothman, Lebanon, NJ Work with real artists, producers, and engineers as you apprentice.
Jane Song, Open Call Studios After graduation, Jane Song founded her Own Production Company.
Frank Gillis, Fort Myers, FL Apply what you learn in the curriculum to real recording sessions.
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Ben Eklund, Philadelphia, PA Audio Engineering Student Ben Eklund Secures a Job After Graduation
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Pierre Navales, Salt Lake City, UT Pierre Navales builds connections as he works with local artists at his mentor's studio.
Todd Talbot, Denver, CO A musician of 20+ years, Todd Talbot came to us to extend his knowledge.
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Anthony Zuniga, Philadelphia, PA Recent Graduate Anthony Zuniga Finds Success as a Live Sound Engineer
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Gabe Green, Little Rock, AR Despite Gabe's busy schedule, he was able to get the training he needed to succeed.
Neil Schultz, St. Louis, MO Neil continues to work for his mentor on professional projects.
Brian Piper, Cleveland, OH Brian Reflects on the Program After Graduation
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Joey Merichko, Frankfort, IL This student is now working for a major music producer in Chicago
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Ian Thompson, Lahaina, HI Ian worked with his mentor on professional projects as a student.