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Program: Recording Connection for Artist & Producer in Ableton Live

Audio Education Upgraded
for 2021

Amplify your life! Get inside access to the music business, extern under a professional audio engineer inside of their recording studio. Gain insider knowledge and connections during real sessions. Work hard and turn your dreams into reality.

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

Ask Yourself

+ Do you want to build an exciting career as an EDM Artist or Producer?
+ Do you want to take your music to the next level?
+ Do you want to learn what it takes to turn the songs you imagine into sonic masterpieces, ready to be shared with the world?
+ Are you ready to work hard to become the artist/producer you envision?

Do you have the passion to be the next Skrillex, Billie Eilish, DJ Snake, Grimes, Diplo, Marshmellow, or Flume?

Our program doesn’t try to make you conform to our standards or society’s dictates of who you should be and how you should sound. We start with you telling us about who you are and the kind of music and sounds you want to create. From there, we show you how to tap into your own creative fire and capture what you see and feel from within.

So many aspiring artists and producers burn out before they even start. Rather than drowning our students in debt, we empower them with the freedom and opportunities they need to power their passion and achieve their dreams.

Beware! Your career as a maker of EDM can be ruined before you start if you get into serious debt just trying to afford tuition. It’s so bad in fact that Rolling Stone Magazine just wrote a huge article on the college loan scandal; check it out here.

Making the right choice for your career in EDM starts with you making smart choices about your education. We believe you shouldn’t have to spend $25,000 or more on an education that puts you in a regular school classroom. That’s why we place you as an extern with a music professional who is making his/her living in the music business.

Here’s what you need to know to be a professional artist/producer of EDM in today’s music industry:

While it may sound fanciful, it’s a fact: those who want to work in music professionally need to know how to access their own innate creativity, again and again. That’s where we start. Throughout our 6–9-month Ableton EDM Music Production Program you chart your course and make your music with our support and the guidance of an experienced industry professional who’s there to help you, one on one.

Step by step, you build upon the solid foundation you acquire in our program. You make your music while gaining mastery of the techniques professional music producers use to create high-quality tracks that move listeners.

You need feedback from industry pros.

The Recording Connection audio school alternative is the audio externship program that gives you the opportunity to learn inside the music business like no ordinary school. Your mentor and your Academic Facilitator (your 2nd mentor) are there to help you gain mastery of your DAW, grow in areas where you need to improve your game, and help you achieve the sound and smarts it takes to be a working artist in today’s dynamic industry.

The Recording Connection is built for the 21st Century. We put you in the music business instead of a college classroom. That’s right–we put you inside the music business, and that is where you go to school.

Read on to learn more if you’re serious about building your career in EDM.


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 artist/producer, and share your vision for the future. As you start mapping out your goals, you’ll also start bringing your music into fruition. By the end... 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, you’ll start programming your original beats via realtime or pattern-based sequencing. You’ll also get a taste of beatboxing as an effective vehicle for conveying your... 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 we show you, even the most complex bass patterns are at your fingertips. On this ride we’ll crack into MIDI, recording in MIDI, quantizing, modulation,... 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 your song. Before we delve into full-on studio preparation, let’s get into the fundamentals of audio clips and the possibilities Ableton’s Warp Engine provides—stuff yesterday’s... 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 physically prepared for a productive day of recording in the studio with your mentor. At this juncture, you will position yourself more as producer than... 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 chord progressions. Exploring the aptly named Flesh by Native Instruments, you’ll learn how to flesh out that song like a pro, with a pro! That’s... 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 will really add some seasoning to what we’re doing while also bringing a lot of balance. We’re getting into all of it: working with clip... 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 should! With tons of people out there creating music, you need to be smart in how you publish and in how you present yourself. Conveying... 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 and/or artist singing their lyrics. Within just a few years, they became works of art, short movies with compelling storylines, or powerful statements of protest... Read more

Course #9: Music Video Creation

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 song in a whole new way. This week, you’re going to tackle remixing a song in three different ways. Then, you’ll learn how to use... Read more

Course #10: Remixing 101

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 or freelancer. The place where you’re currently recording and are forging a solid relationship with your mentor could be your launchpad to making your living... 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 effects, distortion effects, and much, much more, we’ll peak behind the curtain and get a taste of what’s in store for us with Ableton effects! Along... 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 there we’ll get into setting up templates that include the instruments and effects that you gravitate towards so that everything is ready to go 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 synthesis. This week, we’re jumping further into synthesis, laying out the types of patches and explaining why they’re useful to you as an EDM creator... 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 Live apart from other DAWs on the market, and it can be a real strength for how you produce with it. Mastering these features will... 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 session view. Sampling, or digitally recording drums and other instruments, has been a major element in a multitude of genres for years. This form of musical... 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 be nice to be able to trigger drums on a drum pad or MIDI controller? Let do that now, shall we? This week we’ll get into... 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 state of mind, you’ll set five more milestones you’d like to accomplish in the near future and further visualize the outcomes of your endeavors.    Along... Read more

Course #18: Returning to Your Vision

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 learned along the way. Can you believe the possibilities before you? Aside from the important work of building out your song, you’ll get a crash... 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 of your song. We’ll also be pulling back the curtain on a few practices you may already be doing intuitively like giving every instrument (digital... Read more

Course #20: Song 2 Mixdown

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 information about the artists they relate to and whose music they support. Smart self- documentation of your journey that you share on social engenders a... 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 makers, fellow creators, and though your musical leanings may be different (or the same), you’re part of the same small community of music professionals in... Read more

Course #22: Employment Training Bootcamp, Part II
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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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