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An Immersive
Audio Education

From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

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Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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$12,200 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Mike Brown’s Trip from Heartbreak to EP

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Leland Kracher on MOJO and Getting his Groove Back (the smart way)

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How Recording Connection grad Michael Shelton Found his Way

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Top Tips on Studio Etiquette

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Recording Connection mentor and Berklee grad Pablo Reynoso on Capturing Good Music

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Orlando Gomez and Robert Macias get Platinum and Gold on Khalid’s “Location”!

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Nathan Zimmerman finds his path at The Abstract

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From Slump to Success Devin Zorn Goes into High Gear

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Job Placement
Within Industry

Not every graduate will work with the stars. But the music industry offers great career opportunities at many levels. Find out more about Recording Connection success stories and what drives our outstanding job placement rate.

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The Recording ConnectionAudio School Advantage


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LOTS OF LOCATIONS. 250 CITIES TO CHOOSE FROM.

Think about it. No moving expenses. Keep your current job. Leverage your existing local connections. If you are serious about being an audio engineer, music producer or even a recording studio owner, don’t you think it makes sense to do everything you can to stack the deck in your favor? Then why on earth would you even consider moving halfway across the country to study audio in a classroom or studio lab? The Recording Connection works with hundreds of top recording studio locations throughout the United States from Los Angeles, California to Bangor, Maine, and all points in between, so you can concentrate on becoming a great audio engineer or music producer without complicating your life.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

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Learn on the Latest Gear When You Attend the Recording Connection.

Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means you’ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.

Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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STUDY FOR CAREERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Whether you're into making hip hop, electronic music, rock, country, pop, classical, jazz, R&B music or being a live DJ, you need to have both know-how and talent in order to be successful. This is where the Recording Connection comes in. We tailor our curriculum specifically for each student who attends our program.

No one-size-fits-all curriculum. The Recording Connection offers a flexible curriculum designed around your goals.

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JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Let’s face it: the end game here is you want to work as an audio engineer or music producer. We get that. And we do everything we can to help you succeed. From day one, you’re building equity. The more you show your mentor what you can do, the more likely he’ll hire you or recommend you. In addition, our Stay Connected Job Assistance Program will actively help you find employment for up to a full year after you graduate.

We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We actually help you become employable. Advantage: Recording Connection

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LEARN AS AN APPRENTICE (EXTERN)

How are we different? We're different in many ways, but perhaps the biggest difference is that we train you as an apprentice (extern) on-the-job, not as a student in a classroom. Recording Connection connects you into a working recording studio not as an intern but as an apprentice (extern) where you learn all the secrets, tricks and shortcuts that you will need to be successful.

With most schools you study in a classroom. With the Recording Connection you apprentice (extern) inside a major recording studio. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC

We understand: you want to be a working artist in the music business. The Recording Connection can help you. We have courses in producing, recording and distributing music. You’ll learn to make and record your own music and get it heard by industry professionals who can help make your dreams come true.

The Recording Connection helps you fulfill your dreams, not just pass tests. Advantage: Recording Connection

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LEARN THE GEAR AND SOFTWARE

To be successful in today’s music industry, you need to know what the gear and software does and how to use it. That means you need to know Pro Tools, Ableton, Reason, Logic, Native Instruments and more. One of the best ways to learn to use these tools is one-on-one in private training sessions. That’s the Recording Connection way.

No competing with a bunch of other students to learn what you need to know. With the Recording Connection, you have a private mentor and a team of private tutors. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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GREAT CLASSROOMS INSIDE REAL RECORDING STUDIOS

A lot of audio engineering schools and music production schools talk about hands-on learning. However, we don't believe touching the board in a college lab provides enough real-world experience. That's why our students learn in real recording studios, where real music is recorded for real albums by real artists. This is where we put you so you can gain real experience by studying in a real-world environment with real client pressures and demands.

True hands-on learning and on-the-job experience. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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ONE ON ONE LEARNING

Rather than placing you in a crowded classroom with other students where you might have to compete for lab time and attention from your teacher, the Recording Connection hooks you up as an apprentice (extern) with a mentor (professional audio engineer, music producer or sound technician) in a real recording studio where it's just you and your mentor. In other words, you receive quality face time, each and every week. Of course, sometimes you and your mentor will be dealing with clients while you sit in on sessions, and eventually run them, but truth be told, that's a good thing.

With us, you are always number one, and the only student in the class. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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OUR MENTORS HAVE LOTS OF GOLD RECORDS

Imagine learning to be an audio engineer or music producer from the guy who produced U2, or Michael Jackson, or Prince, or Pearl Jam, or 50 Cent, or… With the Recording Connection, our instructors (mentors) are world-class music producers and audio engineers who work with some of your favorite bands, and who often have Gold records and Grammy Awards. In the music industry, a Gold record tends to speak even louder than a college degree.

Learn from seasoned industry pros with real accolades. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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RECOMMENDED BY THE PROS

There’s a simple reason why so many professional audio engineers, music producers and performers recommend The Recording Connection: they know our program works. It’s not rocket science: if you want to work in the business, you need to hang out with other people in the music business. That’s exactly what The Recording Connection offers. You get to hang out in a recording studio while you learn from a professional audio engineer or music producer. Nobody else comes close.

We have glowing endorsements from some of the best in the business. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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FROM DAY ONE, YOU'RE ON THE INSIDE

Being on the inside is one of the biggest advantages the Recording Connection provides. Why? Because when you are on the “inside,” you are making connections daily. Because the “inside” is where jobs first become available. Because being on the “inside” means you learn how the music business really works. Classroom learning is great in theory, but if all you’ve ever done is sit in a classroom or practice in a simulated on-campus recording studio lab, then you won't necessarily have the connections you need.

Other audio school graduates are on the outside looking in. With us, you’re on the inside from day one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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FREE TUTORING

With the Recording Connection, everything is included. All your books, your own copy of the latest version of Pro Tools, and unlimited free tutoring are all included. This means if you have a burning question regarding your current lessons, technical issues or how to achieve the sound you are looking for, you don’t have to wait for your next class in the studio to get the answer. You can contact Student Services and schedule a free tutoring session. Use it to improve yourself, get the sound you’re looking for, or to impress your mentor with how much you’ve learned since your last session with him.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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CONNECTIONS

We’re called the Recording Connection for a reason. Since the beginning, we’ve always known that the best thing we can offer our students is the opportunity to make industry connections. Why? Because music industry connections are how you get work as a producer or engineer. Without connections, you are just another faceless job applicant. As you progress through our audio course, you could get the chance to meet, network and connect with music producers, executives and clients almost every time you go to class (in your mentor’s recording studio). Connections are the primary reason our job placement statistics are so high.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.

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WE BUILD ENTREPRENEURS

The music business is constantly changing. What was “in” yesterday is “out” today. If you develop entrepreneurial skills, you will always be able to make a living in the music business. If you just want to show up for work at some job, you will always be subject to the whims of a capricious business or employer. Our mentor-apprentice method of education places each student in a private apprenticeship (externship) with an independent working industry professional who is by definition an entrepreneur, so you get to see and experience what it takes to forge your own success in an exciting field. It’s one of the reasons our students do so well out in the real world.

Learn to forge your own success in a changing industry. Advantage: Recording Connection.