The Recording Connection
“Entrepreneurs? Wait a minute: isn’t this a school to teach audio engineering and music production?”
Of course it is. The Recording Connection is designed to give you the most practical, hands-on education in music production and audio engineering that you’ll find anywhere. But it’s also more. Much more.
In over 30 years of training apprentices (externs) on-the-job, we’ve noticed a pattern among the music producers and recording engineers we work with, including those who have gone through the Recording Connection program: the most successful ones have an entrepreneurial mindset. In other words, whether they do freelance work, own their own studio or work for a studio, they always see themselves as being in business for themselves. This is not merely their “job.” It’s their career, their business. Their dream.
This is why you see the most dedicated producers and engineers spending 12-14 hours a day in the studio, run home to catch a few hours sleep, and they’re back again the next day ready to go, without giving a second thought to how many hours they are putting in. Yes, it’s work—hard work—but when you’re passionate about it, it doesn’t feel like work. This is how it is to think like an entrepreneur: when you see yourself as the owner of your career, you gladly do whatever it takes to make it work.
CHANGING TIMES CALL FOR FRESH IDEAS
The recording industry is in a constant state of change, and it seems the changes are happening more rapidly as the years go by. Some of the changes are good—for example, digital technology enables smaller studios to accomplish things cheaply that used to take rooms full of equipment that cost millions of dollars. But these changes can also mean making a good living as a producer/engineer is no longer as simple as punching a time clock and waiting for clients to walk through the door. If you see yourself merely as an employee of some recording studio, what do you do when the patterns change and there’s no longer enough work for the studio to keep you around?
That’s where being an entrepreneur comes in. When you think like a person of business, you learn to adapt. Instead of relying on a paycheck, you are always looking for fresh ideas, new ways to use your skills to bring in the income, or to bring new business into your studio. That equals job security, and it’s what separates the most successful producers and engineers from the least successful. The successful one aren’t deterred by changing times—they are willing to change with the times. They aren’t afraid of change: they thrive on it.
THE OTHER SIDE OF ON-THE-JOB MENTORING
Yes, when we place you as an apprentice (extern) in a real recording studio, you’ll be learning the “tricks of the trade” from a mentor, a working producer/engineer. But pay attention in the studio, and you’ll learn something more. You’ll learn how the studio runs, how the studio pays its bills, what the studio owner does to bring in more business, what the studio engineers do “on the side.” Chances are you’ll find out your mentor does much more than run the console during recording sessions, and you’ll be amazed at how many ways your new-found skills can help you make a living besides just sitting in the control room. This is the other side of on-the-job mentoring. You have the opportunity, not just to learn recording, mixing and producing, but also to learn to think like the most successful people in this industry.
By attending the Recording Connection, you’ll be learning a new set of valuable skills, but learning how to use those skills in a variety of different ways is perhaps even more important. Audio engineers and producers aren’t just needed in recording studios: they can be found running live audio for concerts, or doing post-production for film companies and commercial media, or recording their own music, or creating soundtracks for films, or mentoring other students…the list goes on and on, and many producers and engineers take on a variety of these tasks. The key is: don’t just see your apprenticeship (externship) as a time to learn how to record and mix music—see it as an opportunity to learn how to think like a successful industry pro. Learn to think like an entrepreneur, and your new skills will take you farther than you ever thought possible. This is perhaps the most important reason to consider the mentor-apprentice (extern) learning approach.
At the Recording Connection, we don’t just train new audio engineers: we build entrepreneurs. If you’re ready to get started, click here to apply.