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Audio Engineering
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Course: Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production

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Curriculum Overview

Introduction to Sound and Hearing – Lesson 1

In Recording Connection audio engineering school lesson 1: Introduction to sound and hearing, we will take a look at the physics of sound. We will understand how sound travels through air, how our ears receive sound, and how our brains interpret the sounds we are receiving. Understanding this will help... Read more

Introduction to Sound and Hearing – Lesson 1

Basic Electronics – Audio Engineering Lesson 2

In Recording Connection audio engineering course lesson 2 you will explore basic electronics. Did you ever stop to think about what is happening when you flip on a light switch? We take for granted that it will turn on every time. We don’t stop to think about the evolution that... Read more

Basic Electronics – Audio Engineering Lesson 2

Digital Audio Production – Audio Engineering Lesson 3

In Recording Connection audio engineering course lesson 3 we will explore digital audio production. Even before the introduction of the Compact Disc, digital audio started to shape the sound of popular music, as digital effects processors, samplers/sequencers, and digital synthesizers started to appear on commercial records as early as the... Read more

Digital Audio Production – Audio Engineering Lesson 3

Audio Connectors, Connectivity, and Audio Signal Flow – Lesson 4

In Recording Connection audio engineering program lesson 4 you will learn about audio connectors, connectivity, and audio signal flow. Let’s think for a moment about the long journey that a single sound recorded in a studio must take in order to travel from the musician’s instrument to the control room... Read more

Audio Connectors, Connectivity, and Audio Signal Flow – Lesson 4

Microphone Placement Techniques – Lesson 5

Recording Connection audio engineering school lesson 5 dives into microphone placement techniques. A microphone is a device that changes acoustic energy into an electric current that can be altered and manipulated. Any device that converts one form of energy into another form of energy is called a transducer. Microphones are... Read more

Microphone Placement Techniques – Lesson 5

Microphone Placement – Lesson 6

Recording Connection audio engineering course lesson 6 covers microphone placement including mic choice, techniques, and more. Microphone choice and placement plays a huge result in the final recording product. Everything we have discussed up to this point plays a role in how our signal is captured. Hopefully, by now you... Read more

Microphone Placement – Lesson 6

Music Tracking – Lesson 7

Recording Connection audio engineering school lesson 7 covers music tracking. Tracking is the term that audio engineers use for recording multiple tracks of audio information at the same time. There are many different strategies used for many different situations. No one understands this process better than your mentor! In this... Read more

Music Tracking – Lesson 7

Introduction to Pro Tools – Lesson 8

Recording Connection Audio Engineering program lesson 8 introduces you to Pro Tools™. Pro Tools™ is an extremely advanced digital audio workstation (DAW). Pro Tools has remained an industry standard for engineers and producers in the professional studio environment, as well as for novice music enthusiasts, for more than 20 years.... Read more

Introduction to Pro Tools – Lesson 8

Learn Pro Tools Basics – Lesson 9

In our audio engineering course lesson 9 you will learn the basic of Pro Tools. It’s time to start making some music! In this chapter, we will walk you through the installation and the basic functionality of the Pro Tools user interface. Don’t hate on Avid too much for the... Read more

Learn Pro Tools Basics – Lesson 9

Digital Audio Plugins and Plugin Processors – Lesson 10

Audio Engineering course lession 10 will give you insight into digital audio plugins, plugin processors, and more. The web defines a software plugin as, “a set of software components that adds specific capabilities to a larger software application.” In the case of digital audio, plugins add functionality to your DAW.... Read more

Digital Audio Plugins and Plugin Processors – Lesson 10

Audio Engineering Mid-term Exam – Lesson 11

You’re halfway there, you have completed have the coursework for Recording Connection Audio Engineering Program! This chapter is dedicated to preparing you for your midterm. We have put a lot information in your hands, and we want to make sure you are retaining it. Testing can send some people into... Read more

Audio Engineering Mid-term Exam – Lesson 11

Music Mix Theory – Lesson 12

Learn Music Mix Theory in Recording Connection Audio Engineering School lesson 8. Mixing is the process by which we audio engineers combine an entire multi-track session into a stereo track. Mixing is the place where technical skill and creativity come together, resulting in the creation of a song. Here we... Read more

Music Mix Theory – Lesson 12

Music Equalization – Lesson 13

Recording Connection audio engineering course lesson 8 teaches you about music equalization. Equalization is the process that engineers use to alter the frequency response of an audio signal. Frequencies become more pronounced (if boosting) or less pronounced (if cutting), depending on what the engineer is trying to accomplish. Equalization (or... Read more

Music Equalization – Lesson 13

Dynamic Signal Processing – Lesson 14

Dynamic range is the ratio between the largest and smallest possible values of a changeable quantity. In audio engineering, dynamic range generally refers to the distance between the loudest possible sound and the quietest possible sound in an audio recording. In a multi-track recording, each constituent track has a unique... Read more

Dynamic Signal Processing – Lesson 14

Time-Based FX – Lesson 15

In Recording Connection audio engineering program lesson 15 you will learn time-based audio FX. Time-based effects, along with many other tools found in the modern studio, are catalysts for creativity, and they have a wide range of uses in the studio and onstage. When applied to the audio signal, tools... Read more

Time-Based FX – Lesson 15

USB, MIDI, and Beat Matching – Lesson 16

In Recording Connection audio engineering school lesson 16 you will learn about MIDI in Pro Tools, beat matching, and more. Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is the standard way in which we interact with music in the digital world. Think if it as the DNA of your musical performance.... Read more

USB, MIDI, and Beat Matching – Lesson 16

Automation in Pro Tools – Lesson 17

Recording Connection audio engineering program lesson 17 teaches you about automation in Pro Tools. Automation in Pro Tools is the ability to control a specific parameter automatically by telling Pro Tools what to do, and when to do it in real-time. For example, you might need to adjust the volume... Read more

Automation in Pro Tools – Lesson 17

Acoustics and Monitoring – Lesson 18

In Recording Connection audio engineering course lesson 18 you will learn some advanced concepts, acoustics and monitoring. Acoustics is the study of how sound waves behave in an environment. Since you are nearing the end of this course you should be more than ready to handle some more difficult concepts.... Read more

Acoustics and Monitoring – Lesson 18

Music Mastering – Lesson 19

You are almost there. In Recording Connection audio engineering program lesson 19 you will learn about music mastering. Mastering is the art of sweetening the mix and preparing the mixdown for duplication. The goal of this chapter is to familiarize you with some of the very basics about the mastering... Read more

Music Mastering – Lesson 19

Lesson 20

You’re finally there!!! This chapter is about preparing you for your final. Now is the time to find out how much you’ve learned, and what you want to keep working on as you move forward to your career. To make your final as low-stress as possible, we’ve included plenty of... Read more

Lesson 20

Is It Your Passion to Make Others Sound Their Very Best?

In the field, music engineers are most typically referred to as audio engineers. As such, these technical specialists are experts in the capture, recording, editing, and mixing and mastering technologies involved in the production of sound. While a great many audio engineers work in music, audio engineers can work in the recording and production of nearly any sound medium. 

This includes producing and or editing sound for video games, new media, radio broadcasts, podcasts, phone apps, live sound venues, conferences, television networks, post-production for film and television, and more. Within the realm of music-making, music engineering may be understood as the tech-facing side of music production.

Why Music Engineering Schools?

Unreliable Sources Do More Harm than Good

It’s true, you can pick up some of the technical skills of the production process required to become an audio engineer, learn the nuances of a digital audio workstation (DAW), and get a general understanding of the job. But are you sure you’ll be working with the right information? How will you know if the information is outdated?

Working from an established curriculum is important to the cadence of your education–you need to learn to walk before you can run. Trying to understand difficult concepts of electronic music production before learning the basics can lead to some bad habits. But which direction is best: A four-year university, a trade school, or an online audio engineering school? How about a combination of all three–and then some.

The Best Way to Learn Sound Engineering

Why We Feel Our Programs Are the Best

Instead of sitting in a classroom, listening to lectures, we put you in a fully immersive environment. By learning the trade from inside a professional studio, you’ll have a better understanding of how to prepare for a session, how to act with a client, and other aspects of the job. It’s no longer theoretical at this point–it’s real life.

Our programs last from six to nine months and cost just a fraction of universities and trade schools. We’ll save you time and money while giving you the hands-on education you need to start looking for work in less than a year. After taking a 4-year degree program, you’ll have a diploma and firm handshake. With us, you could already have three years of job experience in the same amount of time. 

One-On-One Interaction Replaces a Group Setting

We believe the best audio engineering school courses are the ones that work for you, enabling you to learn useful skills directly from a working audio engineer. Our mentors help produce Grammy-winning records, work with platinum-selling artists, and bring years of experience to the table. They can give you immediate feedback and insight into your work.

Because of our one-on-one approach, you have the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with your mentor. With us, you get access to a working professional who is committed to helping you master the material. Learning in audio is often an iterative process: Concepts and technical aspects of the work become better understood over time, through application, repetition, and as your ears and brain attune themselves to working with sound.

Instant Access to the Gear the Pros Use

If you’re learning about the sound recording arts, doesn’t it make sense to work on the tools of the trade as often as possible? Whether it’s state-of-the-art DAW like Ableton Live or Pro Tools, choosing between 20 different mics, or operating a soundboard, audio engineering is learned by doing, not by waiting for lab time.

A traditional setting just isn’t going to have the resources for each student to work in their own studio space. With Recording Connection, you will be required to spend at least 10 hours a week in the studio with your mentor. Or should we say you get to spend at least 10 hours a week in the studio?

Set Your Curriculum

We understand you have a life outside of our programs. And while there are very strict parameters you must follow, we don’t feel you need to suspend your life while working towards a career in music. When accepted into the audio engineering program, you, your mentor, and an Academic Facilitator will collaborate on a schedule that works for everyone.

Working at odd hours is the norm for many of our mentors (the music industry never sleeps), so they have the flexibility to work when you’re able. And unlike a college syllabus, they can craft the curriculum to your experience and intentions. Why worry about video game sound design when you want to work in film? (Although you should never limit yourself.)

Online Audio Engineering Schools

Remote Learning for Audio Engineering

Even with hundreds of locations across the U.S., we understand that many potential students will still have a hefty commute in some cases. Recording Connection believes in making it easier to access our programs. Why uproot your life and move thousands of miles away if you don’t have to?

This is much more than a handful of videos and a series of PDFs. Working with your Academic Facilitator, with our audio engineering school remote access allows you and your mentor to see each other and share screens. You’ll still have that immediate give-and-take that students experience in the studio–you’ll just be in a different city, state, or side of the country.

Take Advantage of Career Opportunities in Audio Engineering

Every Day is a New Day to Make an Impression

Perhaps the most important part of our program is the connections you’ll make during your time with us. Remember, your mentor is an industry professional first, mentor second. They want their engineers to run a session with a client the right way. And if you prove yourself during the program, your mentor will know you’re the real deal.

And who you know is almost as important as what you know in the music business. If your mentor doesn’t currently have space for you, they can give your name to other studios looking for help. Just remember, they’ll only pass your name along if you’ve shown you have what it takes. That goes beyond just having technical expertise.

If the idea of learning to become an audio engineer through a structured course curriculum and externship within a local professional recording studio appeals to you, consider the Recording Connection. Knowing how a real recording studio works, where you meet real clients and work as an extern under real audio engineers and music producers, just can’t be learned in a classroom.


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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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You’ve got to put in your effort. You have to show the studio you’re actually going to show up, you’re going to be there, you’re going to work hard, and you know your stuff.
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