Blake LaGrange graduated in 2009 from Recording Connection under mentor Steve Weatherbee of Golden Track Studio, San Diego. “If you are already doing what you love and you go through the program using the resources at Recording Connection, you can succeed,” Blake said during a visit to Los Angeles Center Studios this week. Blake comes from a place of personal experience, as he currently owns and operates two of his own studios with a focus on EDM music.
Recording Connection Audio School
Study as an apprentice and train for audio careers inside a real recording studio.
Audio Engineering Program (Pro Tools)
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Learn 1 on 1 from the best.
Legendary Pros. Industry Vets.
Professionals in the music business—famous music producers and noted audio engineers who’ve worked on the music you’re passionate about—endorse The Recording Connection audio programs for one simple reason: they know our mentor apprentice method works.
Our Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt
SCHOOL$22,000 + $20,500*
JR. COLLEGE$44,000 + $61,000*
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The Recording Connection
Watch how we teach audio through our mentor apprentice method of education. Learn more about the pros from whom you will learn professional recording techniques, where our courses are taught, what professional audio engineers and music producers think about our programs, and more.
We get our students jobs.
Of Our Graduates Get
Jobs in the Music Business
Our outstanding job placement rate is no accident. We are able to achieve this high mark because our graduates have trained inside a working recording studio. This gives our students excellent hands-on skills, real-world job experience, and the industry connections and references that just aren’t available on a school campus. Additionally, we have a very proactive Stay Connected Job Assistance Program that serves as our graduates’ advocate in the job market for up to a year after course completion. When we say we’re connected with the music business, we mean it.Read our student success stories.
Top 15 Things You Should Know
About The Recording Connection
Right From the Start
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.
OUR LOW TUITION KEEPS YOU OUT OF DEBT
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find the tuition costs for some schools? It’s like they’re trying to hide how much they cost. With the Recording Connection Audio Institute, there are no surprises. Our tuition costs are easy to find ($9400). There are no hidden costs, no extra fees, no surprise charges. Everything is included: books, Pro Tools, mentoring, tutoring sessions, job placement assistance, and more.
Low tuition rates, no add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.
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.
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
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.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC
We get it: you want to be a star 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
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.
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, and where 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in our low tuition cost. 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.
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 will 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.
WE BUILD ENTREPRENEURS
The music business is constantly changing. What was “in” yesterday is now “out.” 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.