Program: Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production

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About The
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Welcome to your new office: the production studio!

The Recording Connection Ableton Live Electronic Music Production program prepares aspiring music makers for careers in electronic music production. Through in-person, one-on-one lessons with an accomplished EDM producer, you will gain an in-depth understanding of electronic music including the skills needed for arranging, composing, sound synthesis and more!

This program is designed for students interested in EDM, Hip Hop, IDM, live DJ or any other electronic music creation. You can learn how to bring your own music into existence and create the tracks you’ve imagined with Ableton Live, the dynamic digital audio workstation beloved by so many of today’s most exciting artists, composers, and producers.

Elements of electronic music are found across the spectrum of today’s music. As an electronic music artist or producer, your goal is synthesize those elements into a style that is truly your own, whether it be used for licensing in film and television or as a part of your live DJ set.

Our Ableton Live program is available as a 24 week music creator course, or a 36 week advanced course designed to get your music in front of the decision makers in the EDM world.

The Recording Connection helps you get the knowledge, experience, and understanding it takes to create your own music. Equipped with these tools, you can be ready to follow your own path toward an intense and rewarding career!

In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Electronic Music with Ableton Live program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week, depending on their schedule.

The structured music creator course curriculum includes 24 sections; the advanced structured course curriculum includes 36 sections and covers all of the following:

 

Building Relationships

With music producers, artists, A&R, music directors, music publishers, record labels.

 

Audio Software

Ableton Live Suite.

 

Making Music

Arranging, sampling, basic harmony/melody and composition.

 

Hardware and Equipment

Analog and digital consoles, outboard compressors, preamps and FX processors.

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

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Ableton Live Electronic Music Program
Curriculum

Welcome to the first Lesson in Recording Connection’s Ableton Live 9 curriculum. We have meticulously updated our already industry-oriented lesson plan to conform to the multitude of additions and improvements included in Ableton Live 9.11

Learn more about Introduction: Getting Started

ADVANCED ABLETON LIVE ELECTRONIC MUSIC PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Contains modules 1 through 4 and continues with modules 5 and 6.

Electronic Music Genres

What's Included

  • Ableton Electronic Music Production online curriculum
  • The lastest version of Ableton Live

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

DJ Axenzo Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo Live DJ

Background

Axenzo had recently graduated San Diego State University with a degree in mechanical engineering when he found that having achieved a major life goal, namely getting a degree to make his parents happy, had quite an interesting effect on him. Now that he’d achieved that, what else was possible? What could he achieve if he pursued something he was downright passionate about—music.

While an engineering student, Axenzo had tried to double in music but the classes weren’t stimulating and were “very theoretical” with nothing practical or new to offer. Brewing at the back of his mind for years been the idea of learning how to produce EDM. While it wasn’t a choice his mother would consider practical, to him it was the natural conclusion. Axenzo was an active EDM explorer who attended shows regularly, a lifelong musician who played guitar and piano, and even wrote melodies on a whim. Music was just the thing going on in his mind.

After completing his college degree with high marks, Axenzo spent a number of months training with a professional EDM music mentor who taught him Pro Tools and Logic with direct, one-on-one lessons. Although he already knew how to play a couple instruments he’d never set his hands on a DAW. Nevertheless he excelled fast, and consistently challenged himself while getting hands-on training and tips from his music mentor, a longtime engineer and EDM producer himself. During his time in the program Axenzo was able to create his own EDM songs, first starting on MIDI, then composing from within a digital environment. Crossing the bridge from having to play and record, to creating digitally “opened a door” for the EDM creator and DJ.

In the two years since graduating the program, Axenzo has built a promising career in EDM as a DJ who has opened for Bob Sinclar, Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, Borgeous, Nicky Romero, among others. Nevertheless, for him DJing and especially composing new material as a producer is a never ending journey. The great unifier isn’t by genre or culture for the rising talent. Regularly dipping into multiple genres and researching far and wide, Axenzo is in quest of something singularly specific: “I’m trying to create something that every time people listen to my tracks they’ll know it’s me. That’s my focus right now. I’m working on it every day.”

Now, the melodies and musical ideas Axenzo used to write on a whim are being put to use professionally as he divides his workdays between producing new material and performing at venues. He says, he’s even got a surefire way of capturing the music when it hits: “I open the recorder on my phone and just sing the melody to myself. Even if I’m in the shower, I’ll get out and record it.”

Now versed in Ableton as well as Logic and Pro Tools, Axenzo is fluent in the various DAWS and he’s confident in his capacity to continually explore and grow as an artist. And as for future goals, he’s got a few: “I definitely would like to play in big festivals. Hopefully at Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and I would like to go worldwide. I’m working on it. I know there’s lots of competition, but I think nothing is impossible.”

As for the time he spent as an extern in the program, Axenzo says, “It was an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful.”

Axenzo currently performs weeklies at The Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Pool House and Sunset Vibes in San Diego, California.

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Artists

Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW

Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms.

Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

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Mehul Tolia Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Mehul Tolia Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

Justin Hachat DJ / Producer

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Justin Hachat DJ / Producer

Background

Sweetdrop Digital is a record label founded in 2013 by DJ/Producer Justin Hachat aka Justin David and partners. We are a label built by sound engineers, djs and producers for djs and producers. We have a philosophy of creating something that artists want to be a part of. For our clients we offer a broad array of services including, mixing, mastering, editing, arrangement, sfx placement, foley recording, and background music. For our artists we offer an almost unmatched payout on royalties, worldwide digital distribution, promotional efforts and booking management if chosen. For all others we offer you a selection of music and videos to entertain you. If you are new talent looking for an outlet to get your music heard or a industry professional looking for some of our services please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to check out our other pages on facebook and soundcloud. Thank you for visiting and enjoy.

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Artists

Mihai Sebastian
Justin David
Above & Beyond
Mimo & Kalam
Helios (software)

Carmen Rizzo Producer / Remixer

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Carmen Rizzo Producer / Remixer

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a two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Producer-Remixer, Artist and Artist Relations Manager for Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance.

For those of you who are not totally familiar with Carmen, he’s got one very eclectic career! From co-writing, engineering and programming material on Seal’s classic 1994 self-titled album (aka Seal II), to co-producing and co-writing Paul Oakenfold’s Bunkka album; remixing such artists as BT and Tiesto; collaborating with Tuvan Throat singers Huun Huur Tu; and co-founding the ground-breaking World Music act Niyaz, Carmen has done it all!

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Artists

Coldplay
Alanis Morissette
Dido
AR Rahman
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ric Web Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

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Ric Web Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

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Taylor Swift
Alan Jackson
Trace Atkins
Neal McCoy
Mel Torme'
George Shearing
Dolly Parton
Kenny Rodgers
Vanilla Ice
Lulu Roman
Buddy Miles
Tina Turner
The Imperials
Salt N Pepa
Sylvia
Al "TNT" Bragg
Johnny Taylor
Phil Keaggy
Dr Hook
Brownsville Station
South Street Studios
SplashMatter
Blue Desert Records
World Music League
Latin CMA
Willie Makkit Productions
Paradigm Records
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Scarlet War Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

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Scarlet War Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

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Scarlet War is a rapper, music producer, song writer, and actor. Along with being the president of NxtUp Media, Scarlet War teamed up with business partner Jay Sangz to form Sky9 Productions and the two have been hard at work crafting sounds for some of the industries hottest talent. Scarlet War has been featured in numerous magazines & publications and his current record “Twerkin It” is being played across the country on such stations as 103.3 FM WGIV Charlotte, 99.5 FM Milwaukee, 91.3 FM KPVU Houston, K-100 Radio Atlanta, 94.3 FM & 102.5 FM KDUC High Desert, CA and also has his a video “Bet Big Win Big” being featured in Shiekh Shoe Stores Nation Wide.

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Monster Headphones
TyDolla$ign
Jordan Newt
Jay Sangz

Doug Boulware Producer

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Doug Boulware Producer

Background

After working in some of the biggest studios in Los Angeles, under some of the biggest names in music, Doug Boulware partnered with visionary Jason Ries to bring you The Abstract LA. Doug’s start in music began as a child vocalist in music theater. His influences range from the big band and jazz present in the household to Motown and oldies his mother insisted on! Doug’s obsession for music took a more contemporary turn in his formidable years in the early electronic music scene in LA. Doug has been an underground house music DJ since the 90’s which led to him to his true passion, music production and songwriting. The Abstract LA represents the culmination of a lifelong dream based of a lifelong love of music!

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Artists

Portugal. The Man
Trinidad James
Atlantic Records
Kendrick Lamaer
A$AP Rocky
TLC
Tboz
Levenbirds
Lazy Ass Specialist
Burgundy Skies
Dej Loaf
Discovery Channel
Scoop DeVille
Huntr
Kenny O'Brien
Frank Ocean
Two Cheers
LL Cool J
Nicki Minaj
Danger Mouse

Omer Saar Engineer / Producer / DJ

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Omer Saar Engineer / Producer / DJ

Background

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to build a studio that attracted and ignited great musicians. A place that offered a Sound & Vibe that couldn’t be found anywhere else and would become responsible for exceptional music and memories.

I started DJ’ing in 1995, shortly after moving to Detroit metro from Orange County, CA. A young skateboard and snowboard punk-rocker that fell in love with hip-hop in a graffiti filled basement in Novi, MI and in the streets of Detroit, Chicago, New York and Philly.

I started making beats in the late 90’s on Pro Tools with my partner in crime, Bill. Before we understood sampling, we used to download one note of an instrument at a time from Limewire, pitch-shift it up and down and write melodies. Considering my love affair with vinyl was already deep in the sheets, getting into sampling records opened me to music I had never explored before. Until today, vinyl is my main gateway to musical education, inspiration and sensation. For the next 7+ years I made beats, collaborated with artists I admired and even managed to put out a single project, THE GREEN ALBUM.

After a few year hiatus, I was introduced to a friend with whom I started producing music with live musicians. Since then, I am more interested in working with the human element and brilliance of great musicians than anything else.

Now, after virtually a lifetime of living and loving music, I am proud to bring all my knowledge, skills, experiences, resources and relationships together in the name of a dream.

So, I cashed out my life savings and went all in. Sound & Vibe Recording Studio is the dream. The music, people and memories being made here already have been a direct reflection of the dream and I’m overwhelmed by the people and opportunities that present themselves virtually every day.

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Artists

Method Man
Mos Def

G.W. Childs Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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G.W. Childs Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

Background

If you look up the phrase “Renaissance Man,” you’ll probably end up with millions of results for Leonardo da Vinci. Painter of the Mona Lisa, an expert in anatomy and physiology, and noted engineer and inventor, da Vinci would investigate an idea or notion until he became the foremost expert in the field.

But he died more than 450 years before the first digital audio workstations were even conceptualized. So instead, we’ll turn our gaze to our resident Ableton Live expert and one of the most accomplished Recording Connection mentors: G.W. Childs. He literally wrote the book i.e. co-authored our curriculum on the software, as well as the Reason and Creator curricula.  From how to get music from your imagination into your DAW, to making music for video games, to building your own electronic instruments, G.W. Childs knows and has done all of it.

He was a sound designer on Reason as well as a sound designer, composer, and voice editor for video games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords; Star Wars: Battlefront; and LucasArts’ The Force Unleashed. He was also enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he co-founded the band Soil & Eclipse. He was a songwriter, keyboardist, and producer for the electro-industrial group that found extensive airplay throughout North America and Europe in the late 90s.

He even led a recent talk about working and learning during the time of a pandemic, leading a Q&A session with noted audio engineers. The session brought in people from around the country hoping to find out how Covid-19 changed the way we look at remote learning.

If you’re looking for one of the most direct ways of starting a career in the music business, Recording Connection will place you in a one-on-one situation with Childs or other industry insiders. You’ll learn how to work with a DAW, how to run a studio, how to work with artists, and even the business side of being an audio engineer or music producer.

“Really take advantage of the lessons,” Childs says. “The more time you put into the course, the more content it’s possible for you to create. That really is building your own brand. So that’s the first thing: the more you put into it, the more that you’ll get back from it.

“I’m not just talking about the education you get,” Childs added. “Literally, what you walk away with is part of your discography now. That’s huge. It’s something that goes on the resume now. So if you have the opportunity to make five song sketches that week that you could use for the entirety of the course, do the five sketches.”

And it will take time, drive, and determination. However, when you enroll in the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program, you’ll have the guidance of experienced mentors like Childs.

“There are certain things that you have to have within a song,” Childs says. “Just the same way there’s certain things you have to have in a haiku, or in a poem, or even in a paragraph, or even in an essay. You got to have an intro, you got to have the meat of it, and you have to have the ending. And that’s just the basic form of it. And everybody wants those parts of it, but how do you do it well?”

Want to find out? Amplify Your Life by applying today.

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Artists

LucasArts
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords

Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

Background

Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few.

Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry.

Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

Background

The manager and chief engineer at Miller Street Studios, Joe “Dante” Delfino has established himself as one of the top audio engineers in Chicago. Working with established mega-groups like Wu-Tang Clan as well as up-and-comers like Ta’Rhonda Jones, Delfino sees the benefits of the Recording Connection mentor programs.

“Out here in Chicago, we have Columbia College which is a big music school,” Delfino said. “I’ve had interns that have gone four years there, and they came in here and didn’t even know how to basically run a Pro Tools session.

“It’s a big difference when you’re learning with somebody who is actually doing this for a living and in the industry right now versus in a classroom where it may be somebody that doesn’t have that much real-world experience or has been out of it for a number of years. Definitely more beneficial that you’re learning with somebody that’s actually doing it.”

Learn More Than The Gear

While some classes may teach you how to work with Ableton Live or Logic Pro, how to place your monitors for optimal performance, or even the differences in mics, the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program give you something no book can: Opportunities.

You won’t be working with every act that comes into the Miller Street Studios. But when your chance to sit in on a session finally arrives, this is the time to shine. An impressive performance by you may make a connection with the artists, who may pass your name on to other artists. In the music industry, if you don’t get your name out there, no one will.

“One of the most important things I try and teach (is) you can’t rely on anybody to give you clients,” Delfino says. “There are tons of engineers graduating from all sorts of programs all the time. There are thousands of guys that are not going to be doing this full time for that simple fact.”

Impress your mentor during your time with Recording Connection and you could get more opportunities to work with clients. The more people that know your name—and your talent— the easier it will be to bring people into the studio. That will really impress the studio chiefs.

“You got to get out there, hit the pavement and shake hands, hand out business cards, and get people talking about you,” Delfino said. “That’s one of the things I really kind of push these guys on is, don’t just rely on me to give you sessions; do some of the footwork yourself too. That’ll speed up the process. That is how I really was able to start my own business because I had gone out, done the footwork, promoted myself, and gotten clients that wanted to work with me.”

Learn from The Inside

Recording Connection programs are designed to give you access to the industry and learn it from the inside. In fact, many mentors hire externs after they finish the program – or even during the program! Delfino likes having potential hires under his tutelage because he knows they’ll be taught the right way.

“I think having the ability to be able to teach these guys exactly the way you run your business and the tools that you’re using in the studio is really key,” Delfino says. “Because that’s not really something you can teach in a classroom. I’ve already hired a couple of people, students that have gone through the Recording Connection.”

We can’t guarantee you’ll be hired right off the bat. But what we can guarantee is you’ll learn how to work in a studio, how to interact with acts, and learn the gear used in the music production business. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. Ready to Amplify your life? Apply today.

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Artists

Wu-Tang Clan
Lecrae
Vic Mensa, Ta’Rhonda Jones

Donny Baker Donny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles

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Donny Baker Donny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles

Background

Donny BakerDonny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles, CA has decades of experience in the music industry, both in studio and behind the console. He spent 13 years working as a touring engineer for some of music’s most influential and dynamic artists including: Madonna, Chick Corea, Aerosmith, Herbie Hancock, and more. Donny then moved his talents into the sphere of recording and audio engineering production at ES Audio alongside CEO and studio owner Jo Ann Bush.

As a Recording Connection mentor for more than 16 years, Donny’s passionate about helping tomorrow’s audio engineers, music producers, and music industry professionals discover the very thing that sets them on fire, and use their passion along with the insight Donny’s able to provide to create a solid game plan for building their careers.

As a result of their hard work and the expert training and experience they’ve been able to receive through our mentor-led programs, a great number of Donny’s former Recording Connection students have gone on build amazing careers for themselves:

Taylor Crommie recently recorded and mixed for DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia). Other artists include: Kembe X, Jay Rock, Wifi Funeral, YelaWolf, Lance Skiiwalker, Eric Hudson, Rob Vicious, and Reddish Blu.

Uriel Soto Jr. aka “Junior” got hired full-time at ES Audio (DJ Paul, Yelawolf, Yung Gravy). Now, Uriel is also a Recording Connection mentor.

Skyler Felix went on to work with Disney and VH1. Credits also include a top-10 record on the UK dance charts.

Morning Estrada has recently engineered for Aminé, Rosalía, Brandy, Trinidad James, Tech N9NE, Jessie J, and more.

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Artists

Madonna
Chick Corea
Aerosmith
Herbie Hancock

35th Street Studios Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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35th Street Studios Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

Background

Everything from the blues to certain genres of electronic house music call Chicago home. And the 35th Street Studios has seen an equally eclectic group of musicians come through their doors. The Who and Crunchy Black, The Rolling Stones and Yolanda Adams, Cheap Trick and Kanye West.

Their ability to work with a wide variety of acts over the years, and housing several studios, a live sound stage, and more. It is the premier rehearsal venue in Chicago because of its size and has all of the gear to record podcasts, film, and video work. And, as one of Recording Connections mentoring studios, it’s grooming the next generation of audio engineers and music producers.

“One of the things I appreciate every day is that I am surrounded by like-minded people,” former extern Robert Avila said. “Those who have the expertise and patience to listen to a mix repetitively, and for as long as it takes, to accomplish what needs to be done. The qualities I see in my peers at the studio are great. Everyone at 35th Street Studios has their unique background, style, and personality type; nevertheless, they work together seamlessly- true teamwork- and I’m more than happy to be involved.”

Work with Professionals

With our ability to place externs inside real-world studios, we feel our programs have a little something more to offer those looking to make it in the music marketplace. Using the latest hardware and software, our mentors will show you how to set up a studio, get the most out of an act’s material, and how to use the most up to date recording software.

But it goes beyond knowing how to operate a digital audio workstation or knowing which mic to use. The Recording Connection gives you something very few universities or trade schools can: connections. Other schools may bring in guest speakers for an hour or two. The Recording Connection will give you the opportunity to work alongside those already in the industry.

With these opportunities, you can start to build your brand from within the business. Many of our externs find work immediately after completion of the program, often at the very recording studios they learned in. How many schools can say that? Not many. After all, they aren’t looking for beat-makers, audio engineers, or music producers.

Many Recording Connection mentors are, however. We have helped hundreds of externs find work after completing their program. Some stay with their mentors, others are referred to other studios, and a few have even opened their own studios. They create music, beats, or samples that are used in video games, television, and film.

The one thing they all had in common when they walked through the 35th Street Studio doors, or any of our more than 250 locations in the United State, was pure passion. Learning how to engineer music isn’t a hobby at Recording Connection, it’s a way of life. Are you ready to Amplify Your Life? Apply today.

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Artists

The Who
Crunchy Black
The Rolling Stones
Yolanda Adams
Cheap Trick
Kanye West. 

Zack Phillips Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Zack Phillips Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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Andy Shoemaker, Rax Trax Recording Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Andy Shoemaker, Rax Trax Recording Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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For Andy Shoemaker, Grammy-nominated audio engineer at Rax Trax Recording and Recording Connection mentor, it takes more than being a superstar with the gear. The best audio engineers and music producers also know how to take care of their clients.

“The way young engineers get early opportunities often comes from a situation where they can fill in at a time of need,” he said. “But before I start saying, ‘Hey man, can you do this session?,’ I need to see, technically, they know enough of what they’re doing to trust them enough not to screw up and also that I don’t fear that they’ll conduct themselves in a negative way with a client.”

A bad demeanor on one side of the glass will lead to very little action on the other side of the glass. At the start of your career, musicians don’t come to you – you have to bring them in. Think of it as being a salesperson. You may have the best product, but if you’re lacking in the personality department, you’re not going to be very successful.

“There are people that I think of very highly, like, ‘Man, this guy is great. He knows what he’s talking about,’” Shoemaker said. “But I just don’t know that I can hand him a session because his people skills are a bit lacking. If someone can’t read the artist and interact with them based on what the artist needs, then it isn’t a good fit between engineer and artist.”

It’s About More Than The Gear

With the Recording Connection Audio Engineering & Music Production Program, you’ll learn what you need to know about digital audio workstations (DAW) like Ableton Live or Logic Pro. As Shoemaker explains, however, it’s just one tool. There’s only so much that can be done with sub-par performances.

“So much of the tone comes from the player,” Shoemaker said. “Artists themselves contribute so much more of the tone than we want to give them credit for a lot of times. I think as engineers, it’s easy for us to idolize equipment. It’s easy for us to idolize microphones and preamps and compressors, and those are all really important parts of the chain, but it comes down to the source.

“All those tools are going to help you capture the source in a more interesting or more pleasing way, but they themselves won’t change the source. If you don’t have that sorted out, then you’re going to be struggling with it regardless.”

Get What You Need From A Pro

At a traditional four-year university or trade school, you may get enough experience on a DAW, learn about music theory, or even work with other students to create music. But we feel it just can’t compare with the immersive experience you get when working one-on-one with an industry insider in a real-world setting.

“I went through a traditional four-year style school,” Shoemaker said. “In my final semester, I started an internship and I found that I was learning a lot of things that I’d never learned about in school. I was three semesters in at my school before I was doing some of the stuff that I might have my students do in their first week of the Recording Connection program.

“There are a lot of different audio programs out there. How effective any program is going to be for you personally really depends on what you put into it. You could really dive into any program and get something out of it, but I think Recording Connection provides an opportunity to do that in a different and more efficient way because it isn’t isolated from reality.”

Are you ready to get what you need to Amplify Your Life? Apply to Recording Connection today.

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Mac Miller
Chance the Rapper
Sammy Adams
Ice Cube
Jurassic 5
Los Lonely Boys
Smashing Pumpkins

Steve Catizone, Infinite Recording Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Steve Catizone, Infinite Recording Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone or one of our mentors in the greater Boston area.

From Aerosmith to Wyclef Jean, Steve Catizone knows the ABC’s about working with international superstars. Catizone ran Sanctum Sound in Boston for more than a decade before moving across the country to give the West Coast and Los Angeles a try. Now he’s back on the East Coast with Infinite Recording in the Boston Metro area.

No matter where he is, Catizone looks forward to working with the next generation of audio engineers and music producers. He knows what to look for in a Recording Connection extern and doesn’t take long for him to spot those that have what it takes to make a career in the music industry.

And it has nothing to do with their previous musical experience or technical mastery of a digital audio workstation. A previous student, Scott Johnson, impressed Catizone enough to hire him to work at his state-of-the-art second studio, even have him run a tracking session with British pop-dance superstar Charli XCX.

“He just made himself available for things whenever and wherever he needed to be,” Catizone says. “Luck is preparedness meets opportunity, and anytime I’d ask him to come in to shadow or assist, he was there. I told him, ‘It’s like anything else, she’s like anybody else. She wants to come in, she wants to do her thing; just do your thing.’”

For Catizone, the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program offers an advanced way to teach those up-and-comers who want to make a name for themselves in the industry. Although major audio schools may have a “name,” they don’t always graduate students who have the conceptual side of things down, or know their way around a professional recording studio.

“He said he wasn’t really getting much experience with them at all,” Catizone says, speaking of former student Melvin Perdomo. “And it’s funny because I went through some simple concepts with him, and it was obviously stuff that they didn’t hit with him.”

Besides, it isn’t always what you know, but who you are. Like Johnson, Catizone could tell right away that investing in Perdomo would pay instant dividends.

“His temperament is perfect,” Catizone says. “He’s a go-to guy. I kind of knew that he was going to work out from the start, and I was pretty much right. So three sessions in, I was like, you know, ‘We need somebody to help out.’ And he’s very chill and laid back. He’s perfect.”

Making Connections

A third extern, Shardinee Fort, was brought in to help with an audio recording of author/columnist David Savage. She had the right temperament for the job, so Catizone knew she’d be perfect.

“I needed someone who could help out and just be, you know, have a pleasant disposition and be in the studio as well,” Catizone says. “She sat in and made herself available for whatever technical stuff needed to be done.”

All of that is to say: when you apply to Recording Connection, you get more than a one-on-one education from an industry insider, you get the chance to prove your worth to a potential employer or reference. Those opportunities just aren’t available at most universities or trade schools.

Former Catizone extern Jordan Schuh took advantage of the connections he made. Now he runs his own studio. The exposure he received with Catizone and Recording Connection was invaluable.

“I guess the best thing I can say about Recording Connection is that it proves its name,” Schuh says. “In other words, what I valued most about the experience was the connections with real people in the recording industry.”

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Black Eyed Peas
Charli XCX
U2
Justin Bieber
Wyclef Jean
Disney
M-Audio

Writer’s Room Recording Studio Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Writer’s Room Recording Studio Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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After starting his career in New Jersey and New York, Sheldon Ellerby moved South to hip-hop hub Atlanta. First with The Writer’s Room and now with Private Sound Studios, Ellerby provides externs with a little of the old and a little of the new.

As an audio engineer or music producer, you need to have the right combination of both. Technology is constantly changing how we make music, making it more accessible for everyone instead of a select few. Digital Audio Workstations allow you to make music in the studio, in your home, or on a bus.

But it won’t change the theory of music, how soundwaves travel, and the overall fundamentals of audio engineering.

“My approach is really to give them an understanding of the principles of recording,” Ellerby said. “I like to go back to not just the start, but to even eras where you had The Beatles, James Brown, the Motown era. Everybody has the same principles of recording, and we still use those principles to this day.”

While Ableton Live or Logic Pro has made it easier for the masses to make music, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good music. So many new music makers want to run before they can walk, with no foundation or understanding of the music in place. Digital audio workstations are great – but there’s a lot of work to be done to get the most out of the software.

“I try to get people to understand that it’s more than just running a program,” Ellerby said. “Anyone can push a couple of buttons and say they’re engineers. But if you don’t know how to identify distortion, ‘Am I getting a good signal?’ or ‘What mic should I use?’ ‘Does this mic complement his vocal tone?’ I get into helping them build a real foundation and understand the how’s and why’s of what they’re doing.”

Love What You Do

You’ve come to Recording Connection because you want to make a career in the music business. But it takes more than “want.” There’s a determination that comes with establishing yourself in the industry and even more dedication to stay there.

“What drives me more than anything is passion,” Ellerby said. “The passion to learn, always wanting to know more. One thing I really pass onto a lot of the students is never stop learning. You have to continue to learn because everything is always like a constant evolution with the technology.”

The Recording Connection will give you the tools and the education you need to build a solid base. You will build your brand while expanding your portfolio. Learn how to move around the studio, interact with the talent, and how to market yourself. But what will you do with this opportunity you’ve given yourself? Are you ready to Amplify Your Life? Apply today.

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Artists

Ludacris
Patti Labelle
Anita Baker

Bernard Johnson Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Learn Ableton LiveElectronic Music Production Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

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