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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:

July 26, 2014 Success Stories

The remix is almost done and I’m excited to go back and finish it!

“During my second week, I got to work with a lot more gear and learn some more about pro tools. John let me bring in a remix I am doing for a contest so we could track acoustic guitar and learn how to produce it through pro tools. It’s pretty similar to Ableton live as far as the commands and such, but John has a ton of VST plugins that I don’t have so it’s fun and new to me in that sense. The remix is almost done and I’m excited to go back and finish it!”


So it was my first time being at the studio this week.

“So it was my first time being at the studio this week. I went with my mentor to help with some recordings that we did at this oil company BP. The experience recording at a live setting in an office was pretty sick!”


My first session was terrific.

“My first session was terrific. My mentor showed me to studio A and left me alone to explore and to get a feel for everything surrounding me. I was fortunate enough to take a selfie with the mixer board. A highlight to say the least.”


I’m one step closer to getting my home studio.

“I had a student workshop going over the lessons of processing and tracking. The main engineer led the class for the night. It was the most fun class yet because not only does he get to the pint he enjoys himself as well. We went over the basic plugins such as the EQ and Reverb and played around with different varieties. Dave went over the basic functions of running through a session and also went over the past lessons as well. It was a great day because I also bought my own Apollo Twin interface; I’m one step closer to getting my home studio.”


It’s all about getting the right tone to produce the right sound! It’s all about getting the right tone to produce the right sound!

“This chapter was awesome because it makes me feel like I’m getting closer to finally working with Pro Tools and engineering first hand. The main basis of this chapter was planning before a session that away there is no problems. It focused mainly on the basics like being prepared with notes of each song such as the instruments used, bpm, song length, gear info, etc. It was cool to focus even more on determining the right mic as well. There are so many different little keys to creating the best sound within instruments such as drums, keyboards, guitars and even vocals within a mic that I wasn’t too aware of. It’s all about getting the right tone to produce the right sound! Therefore, when engineering, experiment, use your ears, and embrace what sounds good.”


My mentor’s knowledge of music seems fathomless

“I just finished the first lesson with my mentor and I experienced moments in which I realized I am doing exactly what I need to be doing. My mentor’s knowledge of music seems fathomless; I will learn a great deal from him!”


This lesson was awesome

“This lesson was awesome and I learned a lot about aux sends and how to utilize them. I also went over how to save files and save them to other versions of pro tools! So, I can bring your files to other studios that are running different pro tools versions, besides current updated applications.”


Session four was a lot of fun! Session four was a lot of fun!

“Session four was a lot of fun! We went over my tests, and then headed to the studio to go over some microphone placements. We talked about stereo and mono, recording with certain mics and how you can get the close to perfect sound quality. We also talked about what mics are good for certain instruments and certain situations.”


July 19, 2014 Success Stories

The studio was a lot more under my control.

“This week in the studio was a lot more under my control. We were recording a cover song and tracking a lot of guitar parts. I was able to set up all the tracks, record; do punch-ins, and other helpful things. I can’t wait to work on this song some more and see where it goes.”


This week went by pretty fast. This week went by pretty fast.

“This week went by pretty fast. The chapter wasn’t that long which was great because there wasn’t that much reading however the material was pretty dense. I got a little bit confused on the labeling of certain concepts but I was straightened out by my mentor Steve. After reviewing the chapter we started to dive a little bit into how Ableton software works and how to shortcut your way into saving hours of time. One of my favorite parts was when Steve showed me Ableton Push which is the controller/launch pad that Ableton created as a tool that would work seamlessly with their software. I couldn’t believe that we were actually kind of making beats in the studio. It may have been simple examples so I could grasp the reality of this dynamic machine but it was still a great feeling. I also have a friend who just got a brand new DJ set up that he has been letting me come and jam on with him. I am very excited to continue the program and I look forward to chapter 3.”


Week 13 was all about EQ.

“Week 13 was all about EQ. My mentor went into depth explaining high and low pass filters, as well as showing me what he uses when he is mixing. He did an awesome job using actual recording sessions to point out the differences while making EQ changes. He encouraged me to start playing around with EQ so that I can start to train my ears more.”


My mentor and I went over my chapter 1 quiz

“My mentor and I went over my chapter 1 quiz and made sure that I understood everything that was on it. This included auditory masking and acoustic beats which I had been getting mixed up. He showed me how some sounds can get blocked out by others on a guitar and also explained why sounds don’t travel as far through thin air when the air molecules are spread out.”


I’d like to talk about my mentor some.

“I’d like to talk about my mentor some. He’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met before. He’s able to take SUCH delight in this work, and you can see it and hear it as he talks about it. It comes off of him in waves. I thought I was going be knocked over by a riptide of his enjoyment! But really, when I listen to him talk about music and engineering and such, I can truly hear his love and passion for it. I can see it in his eyes. Whenever he talks about it, he’s always smiling because of it. Like he’s at peace with the continuity of the universe and at one with it. It’s truly remarkable. But more than that, he incredibly understands. He’s leaps and bounds beyond helpful as far as I’m concerned, especially with helping me to learn and retain more of the information. Above all else, he’s infinitely patient with me. I feel truly, deeply lucky to have been paired!”


I had the opportunity to work with the original bassist from FFDP.

“Hearing that I had the opportunity to work with the original bassist from FFDP put a smile on my face. Meeting him was a great first step in getting to know people since he was very rehearsed in Audio Engineering. He and Doug were bouncing ideas and thoughts around; half of what they were saying went straight over my head. But I just got Pro Tools and I’m on my way to figuring out the ropes. Can’t wait until next studio session!”


I am evolving and growing each day I spend on practicing my craft!

“Well here we are! Almost approaching the close of the first segment of my program and I must say I’m very excited! This past week I ran my own session from beginning to end and I loved every moment of it. I still have more to learn but it’s really just about repetition. I am very hungry to be the best that I can be and I am evolving and growing each day I spend on practicing my craft!”


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