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Course: Recording Connection for Artist & Producer in Ableton Live

Audio Education Upgraded
for 2022

Curriculum Overview

Course #1: Your Production Map for the Future

The start of any great endeavor requires planning. Your first meeting with the music industry professional who will mentor you is a big deal. During your meeting with your mentor, you’ll fill them in on the music that speaks to you, tell them what you’re aiming to accomplish as an... Read more

Course #1: Your Production Map for the Future

Course #2: Beats

Where oh where would we be without rhythm?! This week you’re going to take one of the seven sketches you laid out in week one and use Ableton to start fleshing it out, thereby turning your musical ideas into tight beats. Once we go over the core concepts of Ableton,... Read more

Course #2: Beats

Course #3: Bass

With your voice and beats in the batter, we’re going to start adding bass to set a great foundation by building on the root note and learning how to “root” the listener through laying down those fundamental progressions that’ll get them begging for the break. With Ableton and the techniques... Read more

Course #3: Bass

Course #4: Studio Preparation

You’ve got the lyrics, the main vocal melody, the bass, and the drum parts. In other words, you’re on fire! Now’s the time to lay it all out, flesh out those vocals, fine-tune the foundation before you go into the studio to record the real vocals you’ll be using in... Read more

Course #4: Studio Preparation

Course #5: Studio Recording

The day has arrived but before you go into the recording studio to record those master vocals and choruses, you’re going to prepare like the professionals do. You will bring your spreadsheet (recording inventory checklist), your properly packaged stems, and you will be ready to work i.e., mentally, vocally, and... Read more

Course #5: Studio Recording

Course #6: Fleshing Out the Arrangement

Ready to make it phat?! This week you’re going to learn about oh so many of the amazing digital instruments and tools at your fingertips. We’re talking leads (guitar, violin, saxophone, trumpet, piano, etc.), pads, plucks and arps (pizzicato, harp, glockenspiel, church bells), loops, and harmony, intervals, chord structures and... Read more

Course #6: Fleshing Out the Arrangement

Course #7: Mixdown

You’ve got the instrumentation, the vocals, beats, and bass. You’ve got chord progressions, effects, and variations. Alas, you do not have a mix. Not yet! This week, it’s all about polishing up our mix and getting everything sounding right together. To do this, we’ll be incorporating several audio effects that... Read more

Course #7: Mixdown

Course #8: Online Content Creation

Now, with fully mixed and polished music under your belt you’re considered a content creator. You are one of the millions online, who can actually create rather than just critique, listen to, and watch what’s available. If thinking about the millions of other creators out there gets you nervous, it... Read more

Course #8: Online Content Creation

Course #9: Music Video Creation

Expand your reach and add to the lure and artistry of what you do through the power of moving pictures. That’s right, this week you’re going to jump into music video creation! Music videos started out in the early 80s as short and simple visual media showing a band playing... Read more

Course #9: Music Video Creation

Course #11: Employment Training Bootcamp, Part I

There is, without a shadow of a doubt, a way of being that can afford you swift passage through the ambiguous waters of not knowing and into professional audio work. This week, we’re going to focus on making the studio your place of earning a living, either as an employee... Read more

Course #11: Employment Training Bootcamp, Part I

Course #12: Collecting Graphics and Intro to Effects

This week we’re going to dip into Live’s Audio Effects that have a never-ending array of uses in music making and sound design. We’ll explain the differences between various kinds of effects and discuss those which defy classification. From spectral processors, equalizers, and filters to wicked dynamics processors, LFOs, time-based... Read more

Course #12: Collecting Graphics and Intro to Effects

Course #13: Workflows

Want to stay loose and uninhibited while you create? Establish workflows that work for you! As we start working on your forthcoming single, we’ll look into putting together workflows that serve you well by including the feel, sounds, instruments, and qualities that are associated with you as an artist/producer. From... Read more

Course #13: Workflows

Course #14: Virtual Synths

Every artist has a palette of paints they carry around, every DJ a few crates of vinyl, and every artist using a DAW, their own cherry-picked plugins. Plugins are virtual devices like synthesizers, effects processors, drum kits, and more. Last week, we began to get familiar with synthesis, particularly subtractive... Read more

Course #14: Virtual Synths

Course #15: Sampling for Effect

Up to now you’ve largely been immersing yourself in sound design with synths and effects. That’s great but now let’s dive into one of Live’s original and main strengths—recording audio. This week, we’ll specifically cover recording audio in the session view. This is one of the biggest features that sets... Read more

Course #15: Sampling for Effect

Course #16: Sampling for Percussion

If you’re interested in using sampled loops, you’re working with the right application. Ableton was made with looping in mind. Regardless of whether you’re recording your own loops or going to a massive online sound library like sounds.com, integrating sampled loops into your music is easily handled, thanks to Ableton’s... Read more

Course #16: Sampling for Percussion

Course #17: Sampling Programming & Editing

Now that you’ve both recorded and edited samples, you’re getting a feel for how they fit into the songwriting workflow and are probably seeing just how much time they can save. Have you found yourself wishing there were a more elegant way of handling samples, specifically one-shot samples? Wouldn’t it... Read more

Course #17: Sampling Programming & Editing

Course #18: Returning to Your Vision

You’ve come so far in such a short time! How do you feel? Pause and take a look back at all you’ve learned and accomplished. Pat yourself on the back and breathe. What do you see in your future? What’s next on the horizon? Once you’re in a balanced, congruent... Read more

Course #18: Returning to Your Vision

Course #21: Self-Documentation

Those who will identify with your sound, your lyrics, your look are going to want to learn more about you. It’s vital that you as the artist/producer take charge of your narrative and your image or you’ll find others doing it for you. Listeners expect access to key bits of... Read more

Course #21: Self-Documentation

Course #22: Employment Training Bootcamp, Part II

You’re back in the studio this week and you’re helping out, even saying yes to the grunt work. Why? Because you know cementing your relationship with your mentor and the other pros in the environment can lead to paid work, gigs, and opportunities. Also, because these people are fellow music... Read more

Course #22: Employment Training Bootcamp, Part II

Course #19: Vocal Editing 2

Having done this before, you’re ready to take the reins at editing your vocals. Just like the pros do, you’ll clean up those large swathes of audio and apply EQ and compression. From there, you’re assembling your audio and building your song utilizing the many, many tools and techniques you’ve... Read more

Course #19: Vocal Editing 2

Course #20: Song 2 Mixdown

During your first mixdown we kept things a bit simpler so that you wouldn’t get too overwhelmed. This time around, we’re stepping things up! On song two we’ll get into more advanced mixing techniques and jump into automation with the completion of not one, not two, but three different mixes... Read more

Course #20: Song 2 Mixdown

Course #10: Remixing 101

Want to catapult your career to the top? Remixes are a great way to spread your name, sound, and production style around in clubs, radio shows, DJ sets, and more. Now’s the time to start showing off your chops and make your mark as a producer by reconceiving a known... Read more

Course #10: Remixing 101
XLNT Sound and Music Producers Parker Ament, Danny Ferrare and Los Angeles, CA Music Mentors at Recording Connection
XLNT Sound and Music Producers Parker Ament, Danny Ferrare and Los Angeles, CA Music Mentors at Recording Connection

The Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our Ableton Electronic Music Production Program

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) have revolutionized the way today’s music is made. By removing bulky analog recorders and the need for tape, artists and producers can make music faster, with more flexibility, and less cost (and less space too). DAWs have also made music production more accessible to the masses. With a click and drag and drop, nearly anyone can lay down beats and work with samples.

Ableton Live is one of the most versatile, powerful, and durable DAWS on the market. Its development has stood the test of time and offers a huge library of samples, instruments, and effects. Skrillex, Flume, Diplo, and Deadmau5 are just a few of the artists and producers who use Ableton when producing music.

Whether you want to make your own music or produce music for others, the Recording Connection Artist and Producer in Ableton Live Program is designed to get you ready to work in a professional studio. Not only by learning the software itself but also how to handle yourself when working with clients and how to set up the studio for a variety of uses.

Learn Ableton Electronic Music Production from a Pro

Learn the Digital Audio Workstation Used Around the Globe

You can certainly learn the basics about Ableton Live, sifting through millions of Google search results. Download a PDF here, watch a YouTube video there, and many other one-way avenues for learning. But what if you have a question two minutes into an hour-long online tutorial? Or find how a piano roll is used to manually manipulate notes in the 46th minute of a 50-minute video?

That’s a lot of wasted time, frustration, and no guarantee the information you’re receiving is even correct. The Recording Connection Artist and Producer in Ableton Live Program, on the other hand, makes the most of your time. Working side-by-side with your mentor, you’ll get answers to your questions in real-time.

Save Time and Money While You Learn Ableton

Making Music Doesn’t Require a Diploma

Recording Connection was created after seeing just how expensive the cost of “higher learning” had become and just how little students had actually learned. Obviously, four years of school are needed for many industries–we don’t think music production is one of them. Making music is and has always been a creative endeavor. Talent, the right skills, and savvy about current formats, genre, demand, and knowing how to handle yourself are the things you need to learn. 

Our programs last six to nine months and cost just a fraction of those two and four-year programs at universities, colleges, and private schools. The music industry, or any creative business really, relies more on experience than anything. You’ll get that real-world experience almost from the start. This includes networking opportunities and gaining the connections that can really help your career get off to a great start.   

The Best Way to Learn Ableton is in a Studio, not a Classroom

We Feel Learning from inside a Studio with a Pro Is the Only Way to Go

What sets Recording Connection apart from other music school course offerings and curricula is the ability to learn in a working, professional studio. Our mentors are Grammy winners, work with the biggest names in the industry, and have years of experience in the industry. With the professionals who mentor with us, you’ll see how Ableton is used in real-life rather than reading about it in a book.

You’ll work on the same versions of Ableton Live that are being used to make the music you hear on the radio, the music you stream, and the music you own. Instead of competing with others for lab time, you’ll be working with the gear the pros use from the start, all of it from inside a working studio.

Ableton Live Electronic Music Production Curriculum

Your Experience Matters

Another advantage of learning Ableton Live music production from Recording Connection is the ability to help set your syllabus, so to speak. Working with your mentor and an Academic Facilitator, we’ll find out what you know, what you don’t, and what you excel at and create a program for you.

You’ll still get the basics, but why spend more time on a specific area that you already know or don’t plan on pursuing? With university courses in music, you’ll need to take the classes they tell you to before getting to the classes you want. When creating or modifying the curriculum, we’ll take your experience into account while also ensuring you’ve got a firm grasp on all of the foundations you need to succeed and continue learning and understanding as you progress as a music producer. 

Look through our Ableton Live courses for an idea of what you’ll be getting from our program. Setting up virtual drum racks, creating templates and workflows that make sense (including working in the best view: arrangement view or session view), integrating midi controllers, and bringing in audio and midi tracks are covered. Along with the software, learning how the audio interface and other gear works together with Ableton is key to achieving an overall understanding that prepares you for the work ahead.

Learn Ableton in the Studio or at Home

Recording Connection Has Been Offering Remote Learning for Decades

We feel the best way to learn Ableton is side-by-side with an experienced producer in their real-world studio. But we also understand that’s not always possible. Even with more than 300 locations throughout the U.S., we know you may not always have the access to a local recording studio.

But that doesn’t mean you have to uproot your life and move to L.A., New York, or Miami to learn midi clips, midi notes, or other midi audio effects. We offer distance learning with our mentors to ensure that anyone who wants to learn Ableton Live music production can. All you need is a powerful enough computer, enough memory, and a solid internet connection.

These aren’t a series of online tutorials or a handful of videos for you to look through. You’ll be sharing your screen with your mentor as you learn the software. Your questions are answered in real-time and you get immediate feedback on your work. You’ll just be in a different city, possibly thousands of miles away. Are you ready to take your artist or producer career to the next level? 


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All Students Have Access To:

1-on-1 learning in a real recording studio.

Other schools do classrooms and campus studio labs, with us, your classroom is a real studio in the real world.

All of our curriculum, labs, etc. are taught by a working industry professional.

You will only learn from an industry veteran who owns or operates his or her own real-world recording studio. Other schools employ full-time teachers who may or may not have achieved success in the real world. Our mentors are not only artists in their craft but working, successful business pros. Imagine what you can learn from them!

Sit in on real-life sessions.

Many of our students have been offered the opportunity to work on real-world sessions while they are students with us!! Our students have worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Solange, Khalid, Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few while being taught by legendary producers Joe Chicarelli, Al Schmitt, Detail, Ross Hogarth, Ryan Hewitt, F. Reid Shippen and countless others.

Low Costs.

Recording Connection takes a unique approach to learning music production and pride ourselves on having a very modern approach to cost. Put plainly—we hate student debt just as much as you do. Throughout our 30 years in the business, we have made it a primary focus to keep our tuition affordable. Very affordable. While we believe we could price our education at three times what it actually costs, we have made it our mission to keep costs low. When you graduate with us, you will not be buried by burdensome amounts of debt.

Tutoring.

In addition to the industry pro who will be your mentor, tutoring is available to you for the entire time you are enrolled with us. Need help with your homework? Can't figure out Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or more? Want to learn how to make more beats? Have a question you forgot to ask your mentor? Want career advice? Want us to help you build a song? Create a resume? Our tutors and Academic Facilitators are here for you!

Real Career Services.

Our fully staffed Career Services Department exists for one reason—to help our students and graduates get hired. From helping you create an awesome resume, to handling and scheduling your job interview, to finding job opportunities in your area, we’ve got your back.

Additional Studio Time.

The more you give to our programs the more you get. Want more time in the studio to study, practice or observe? Simply prove your passion and dedication to your mentor and you will find there is virtually no limit to studio access.

Lab Time.

Personal, hands-on lab time is built into our program. You’ll never find yourself fighting over gear availability with dozens of other students. And speaking of gear, because you will be learning in a real-world recording studio you will be learning on the latest gear.

Real World Experience.

The only way to learn how things work in the real world is to learn in the real world. Since our program places you inside a real-world recording studio on the very first day, you’ll learn all the essentials: studio etiquette, client relations, shortcuts, how to meet a deadline, the art of running a recording studio and so much more. This gives you a tremendous advantage over other schools’ students who never got off the campus and who often graduate underprepared.

Connections.

You’ve probably heard the expression “It’s who you know.” In the music industry this is definitely true. With The Recording Connection you have access to industry connections on a daily basis. As your progress with our program and start sitting in on recording sessions, you’ll meet your mentor’s connections—artists, producers, mixers, managers, gear reps and many more. It’s networking from the inside.

Our Network.

Once you are in with us, YOU ARE IN! The Recording Connection deals with hundreds of recording studios, audio engineers, music producers, mixers, record labels and studio owners on a daily basis. As long as you are a student or graduate of our programs, in good standing, our access is your access.

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