Learn Post Production Audio

Learn Post Production Audio while externing in a post-production facility with a post-production specialist. This workshop is geared for individuals who want to work on movie, TV show, and video game soundtracks.

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Welcome to your new office: the audio post house!

The Recording Connection Audio Post Production workshop prepares aspiring audio enthusiasts for careers in audio post production for film and TV by giving you access to the same tools, concepts, equipment, and techniques the pros use. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons, an accomplished post production audio engineer teaches you the basics of dialog editing, sound design, audio sequencing, music editing and audio clean up.

Post production audio is an essential component of any successful movie or TV show production. Quality sound and music shapes a viewer’s experience by conveying the mood of a scene, enhancing the importance of dialogue, and ultimately enhancing the impact of visual storytelling. Directors and producers will attest to the importance of high quality audio on their productions.

Our audio post production workshop provides you with the knowledge, experience, and understanding needed to enter the busy and deadline driven world of audio post production. Equipped with these tools, you are empowered to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!

In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive post production workshop, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or sound effects room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Hours are flexible and students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week, depending on their schedule.

The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:

 

Building Relationships

With filmmakers, directors, music directors, composers, editors, audio engineers, mixers, production companies, actors.

 

Audio Software

Pro Tools, VocAlign Pro

 

Working with Audio

ADR, Foley, editing and clean up, surround sound mixing.

 

Hardware and Equipment

Field Recorders, analog and digital mixing consoles, 5.1 sound systems

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

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Meet our Mentors

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

Gregory Hainer Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection externs and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Asaf Fulks Producer

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Asaf Fulks Producer

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Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

Joey Peters Producer / Composer

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Joey Peters Producer / Composer

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Critically acclaimed drummer/percussionist, producer/composer, Josef Peters has written, performed, produced and scored countless television shows, films, trailers and commercial campaigns. Joey is recognized for his dynamic attention to musicality and detail and for his keen perception of what drives the visual.

Always endeared to his original instrument, Josef created a niche market of unique tribal percussive cues favored for trailers. Some of these credits include: Taking Pelham 123, Terminator Salvation, Armored, Bangkok Dangerous, Beowulf, The Brave One, War, Suspect Zero, Bride Wars, Planet of the Apes, Fast Food Nation, Lost, and Apocalypto.

His commercial campaigns run the gamut from quirky pop songs to emotional score, play nationally and internationally and include spots for Victoria’s Secret, Coke, Gillette, Toyota, Haagen-Dazs, Honda, Panasonic, Old Navy, Sony, Sure, Nikon, Verizon and Camry. Some of his recent TV credits include: True Blood, Entourage, (HBO) and American Gangster.

Joey’s seminal band of many years, for which he was drummer/percussionist, Grant Lee Buffalo (GLB), released four CD’s on Warner Brothers (1992-1999) and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. GLB played with REM, The Cranberries, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins as well as headlined its own tours. GLB contributed songs for film and television: Friends (NBC), I Know What You Did Last Summer (Columbia/Tristar) With Honors (Warner Studios), Velvet Goldmine (Zenith/Single Cell/Killer Films) and is reuniting for a European tour, summer 2011, kicking off with a show at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Not forgoing his love of live performance, Josef is involved as musical director and drummer for band, Rusty Truck, performing with Willie Nelson, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Seu Jorge. Rusty Truck’s debut CD includes tracks produced by: Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Jakob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, T-Bone Burnett, and Gillian Welch. Rusty Truck has been featured on the Don Imus show, MTV Brazil and the Jimmy Kimmel show.

Deemed a child prodigy by those in San Francisco’s music scene of the late seventies and early eighties, Joey stayed behind, when his parents moved from Santa Cruz, CA to Hawaii, to play with Charlie Musselwhite. While playing professionally by age 16, he simultaneously studied music at Cabrillo College then moved to Los Angeles in 1985.

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Taking Pelham 123
Terminator Salvation
Armored
Bangkok Dangerous
Beowulf
The Brave One
War
Bride Wars
Planet of the Apes
Fast Food Nation
Lost
Victoria’s Secret
Coke
Gillette
Toyota
Haagen-Dazs
Honda
Panasonic
Old Navy
Sony
Nikon
Verizon and Camry. True Blood
Entourage(HBO)
American Gangster

Robert Mercier Engineer / Producer

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Robert Mercier Engineer / Producer

Background

From 2001 to present, Robert Max Mercier has recorded over 750 recording artists and bands from every genre of music. His studio, The Looney Bin Recording Studio, Inc. is a dominant establishment in the San Antonio area because of its fair pricing, quality of product, and speed of service. In addition to his Audio/Video Recording/Editing/Mixing/Mastering Skills, Robert has also acquired a significant amount of knowledge pertaining to Information Technology and Cyber Security. As a student at Hallmark University, he maintains a 4.0 GPA in his pursuit of a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems with a Concentration in Cyber Security which he will complete October 22, 2015. After receiving his A+ and Security+ Certifications, he was accepted by Digital Defense Inc. (DDI) for a paid internship in their Management Information Systems department. After two months of hands on learning with the department Director, Scott Harper, he obtained his Cisco CCNA Certification. After less than a year, Robert’s hard work, dedication, and character landed him a full time position in DDI’s Security Operations Department as a Network Security Specialist. In just three short months, he was moved back to the MIS department where he is currently working for and learning from some of the most skilled individuals in the industry as a Network Administrator. Robert continues his pursuit of education and skills and plans to acquire his CCNP Certification by the end of next year.

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Anaal Nathrakh
Iron Age

Vance Hornbuckle Engineer / Producer

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Vance Hornbuckle Engineer / Producer

Background

Vance Vexed is an engineer that does music and video production. He is owner of Solar Sound Studio & CEO or RTK Media, better known as Roundtable Kings. He is 1/2 of Roundtable Kings Productions, responsible for introducing artists such as: P. Magnet and Ice Mizzle, & Starbabies. Vexed is one of the premier musicians / writers / engineers in Atlanta. Vexed is a highly trained Audio Professional. A Graduate of Full Sail and has a Mass Communications degree from Clark Atlanta University, Vexed has worked in music recording studios in Atlanta and LA as a recording engineer and provided his mixing expertise for a broad base of clients representing some of today’s most popular recording artists. Currently, Vexed owns & operates Solar Sound Studio in Atlanta and has engineered in the best studios in town including Patchwerk, Jagged Edge’s JOI, and Red Zone Entertainment.

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Waka Flaka
Yo Gotti
Trae The Truth
Animul House
Solar Sound Radio
Nappy Roots
Aleon Craft
Mike Jones
Bizarre of D12
Chasity Hardman
Vida Guarra
Ice Mizzle
Darksyde Empire
Too Short
Arrested Development
ABC Family
Disney
Lade
Blue
Anthony David

Bruce Tambling Composer / Producer

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Bruce Tambling Composer / Producer

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Bruce Tambling is an award winning musician, producer, audio engineer, composer, video editor, entrepreneur, web developer and teacher with many years of professional experience in the content creation industry. He has performed internationally on drums, percussion and keyboards in many genres including jazz, classical, rock, funk, electronic and world music. Audio engineering and production credits include hundreds of albums for major record labels featuring: Motown, Windham Hill, Sony, BMG, Atlantic, Tommy Boy, Warner Brothers. Dialog editor credits include: Quincy Jones, Sally Fields, Jack Welsh, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and President Jimmy Carter. Bruce has composed original music soundtracks for many feature films, documentaries, video games, commercials and TV shows including: 20th Century Fox, New World Pictures, PBS, CNN, NBC, HBO, NASA, Apple Computer, Nissan, and BMW. Currently Co-Director of Music Technology at Foothill College, Bruce continues to actively engineer/produce music and owns/operates one of the top recording studio facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the few Avid Certified Expert Level Pro Tools Instructors in the world.

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Composer: 20th Century Fox
New World Pictures
PBS
CNN
NBC
HBO
NASA
Apple Computer
Nissan
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G.W. Childs Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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G.W. Childs Learn Post Production Audio 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?”

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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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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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios Learn Post Production Audio 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

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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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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35th Street Studios Learn Post Production Audio 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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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Zack Phillips Learn Post Production Audio 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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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Andy Shoemaker, Rax Trax Recording Learn Post Production Audio 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.”

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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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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Steve Catizone, Infinite Recording Learn Post Production Audio 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 Post Production Audio Mentor

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Writer’s Room Recording Studio Learn Post Production Audio 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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Ludacris
Patti Labelle
Anita Baker

Bernard Johnson Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Learn Post Production Audio 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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Madison Records/The Oates Music Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Madison Records/The Oates Music Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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For Wyatt Oates, it doesn’t matter if you already know a digital audio workstation inside and out, or if you’ve worked with multiple bands, or even cut a few demo tracks before. As a mentor, the technical side of making music, building a brand, and working on a portfolio will all come in time.

It’s the little things that show Oates everything he needs to know about a new Recording Connection intern. How an extern holds themself in the studio, how they interact with others, just their overall demeanor.

“The very first thing would be being on time,” Oates said. “The next thing I’m going to notice is attitude. And then it’s just walking through what they’re trying to do, try to get a feel for them.”

And when it’s time to get to work, how do the externs act? Even a technical genius on the gear needs more than being a technical genius on the gear. Local, regional, or national acts don’t want to work with a robot, they want to work with someone who makes them sound better. Who can feel the music and make the needed adjustments.

When an artist is in the studio, this is the time for the extern to take a step back and watch the professionals at work. Learn when (and why!) they push, pull, or just sit back when the artist gets in a groove. Although this is a fully immersive, hands-on learning experience, there are times when it’s best to observe.

“A good, safe starting point is being a fly on the wall, and don’t interject your opinions into what the producer is doing, for example,” Oates said. “It’s just bad form. Don’t solicit people right off the bat if you have your own music, your own productions. Treat them like normal people.

“Obviously, introduce yourself,” Oates continued. “And if they seem like a hand-shakable person, shake their hand or whatever the proper greeting is in that culture, and don’t overdo it. You should sit either at the console or back of the room, you know, leaving the sweet spot, so to speak, for the producer, engineer, artists. And just hanging out and paying attention.”

But Oates also believes you need to make yourself useful. Once you’ve learned the DAW and other technical aspects, you’ll begin to sit in on some sessions. Until then, learn to follow the cues your clients give you.

“Trying to be as proactive and predict the needs of the artist, producer, and engineer as much as possible,” Oates said. “So if you hear that somebody is coughing and is obviously thirsty, then offer to run and get them a water, and go do it.”

Take advantage of the opportunities

Stay alert during the process – the entire process. You never know when the chance to sit down and get to work will present itself. Getting the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve been learning is one of the most important parts of any Recording Connection program.

“I’ve seen a few people fall into the trap of putting their headphones on and just rocking out to some music while they’re in session,” Oates said. “You lose a lot of opportunities to be proactive and to really help the session along. I guess how I’d sum it up is, help the session along. During a recording session, do everything within your power to help the session along.”

Hands down, it’s Hands-On For The Win

“I’ve always loved the (mentor) model,” Oates said. “I came up through it myself. That’s how I learned engineering, producing, songwriting, all of that. So anytime I got a chance to help an intern or an assistant engineer up under me along the way, I always did.

“So when I found out about the Recording Connection and one of the guys called me from there to see if I would be interested in mentoring, I jumped on it,” Oates continued. “One of the things that I thought was really cool about the Recording Connection was the fact that they focus on that model. I’m just a fan of it because it works. The real-world experience is always better than classroom experience for these kinds of careers.”

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Justin Bieber
Blackberry Smoke
Collective Soul

Joey Heier Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Joey Heier Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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Southern Eagle Music Group Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Southern Eagle Music Group Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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RENEGADE EL REY, an audio engineer/producer with Stankonia Studios, the legendary studio started by Outkast, has been a Recording Connection mentor for a few years now. He has hired past externs and regularly keeps in touch with other students who are busy making a name for themselves in the business.

Like many of our mentors, he is more interested in working with externs that have the drive and determination to succeed rather than any particular technical skill. Digital Audio Workstations can be taught – having the right attitude can’t.

Making yourself necessary during the Audio Engineering and Music Production Program is a great way to get in the good graces of your mentor. Yes, you’re there to learn, and your mentors are there to teach. But they’re also there to work.

By taking cues from the mentor, and the artists they work with, you’ll learn more about the industry than you will from almost any book. When RENEGADE EL REY was coming up, he made himself necessary in the studio. Engineers, producers, and studio chiefs remember that.

“As far as the actual, physical work that was done, I made myself valuable,” RENEGADE EL REY SAID. “And that was one thing that my professors always told us was to always make yourselves valuable, make people want to need you for whatever the case may be, and that’s exactly what I did.”

The Recording Connection offers one thing most traditional universities or trade schools just can’t: Opportunity. By making yourself available, your mentor, other staff, and their clients will remember you as the one they can rely on for anything.

“I learned how to do several things, and that was just something that I always did,” RENEGADE EL REY said. “I don’t write my rhymes, my lyrics, but I keep pens and pencils, just different things that people need. So whenever they need something, they think to call you. I just made myself that guy, and it just took off from there.”

Make Your Own Name

That’s how he made his connections and earned his shot at Stankonia. But it’s more than just making sure everybody else has what they need. The Recording Connection program wants to help you get what you need: a job making music in the industry.

We can give you the tools, but you have to put in the work. Both in the studio with your mentor and on your own. If you wait for things to happen for you, you’ll be waiting a long time.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” RENEGADE EL REY said. “I’ve always been the type to look ahead and try to say, ‘Okay, what’s going on next and where do I need to be?’ Because things don’t happen overnight. I’m always trying to reach out to the type of people that I need to reach out to ahead of time. You’ve got to get the ball rolling one way or the other.”

The Recording Connection will place you in a one-on-one situation with music producers like RENEGADE EL REY, but what you do during that time will determine how far you go in the industry. Our most successful graduates go on to find work in the studios where they externed, other studios, and even starting their own studios.

Will you make yourself available, invaluable, and teachable? That’s what our mentors are looking for. If you’re ready to Amplify Your Life, apply today.

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The music that slowly grows in the background to build tension, pulsing beats that drive the action, or a pop song that’s playing on the watering hole jukebox where the hero gets one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer. Even during the silent film era, music played an integral part in shaping the movie.

Imagine a car chase without squealing tires and revving engines, an old west shootout without the echoing pings, or a sword fight without the clangs. All of the action on the screen would lose its impact, feeling, and maybe even it’s soul. That’s why post-production audio is so important in film, TV, and video games.

Do you find yourself picking out a different soundtrack for a movie while you’re watching it? Do you dream of a career as a video game composer? Does creating a new score every week for a TV show give you goosebumps?

Maybe you’re already making music with a digital audio workstation that gets people moving on the dance floor. Perhaps you’re thinking about transitioning from weekly gigs in town to getting your music heard on screens big and small, if only you had the connections to do so.

Recording Connection has the programs and workshops to give you the tools you need. If you’re willing to work for it, you could be on your way to a career you want in the music industry.

Creating Audio for Film, Television and Video Games

If you are interested in creating sound and music for film, television and video games, you owe it to yourself to check out Recording Connection’s options for delving into post-production sound and music. There are many fascinating and challenging aspects to master in the post sound and music field. From basic dialogue, ADR and sound editing, to Foley recording, 5.1 surround sound mixing and sound design. With this workshop, you could learn what it takes to create the signature sound effects for alien creatures, lasers, magic spells and the like!

Be it a fast-paced car chase, a romantic comedy, or a video game battle with a 12-story-tall dragon, music composition and songwriting of literally every style (orchestral, hip-hop, rock, electronic, dubstep, etc.) are in demand for today’s feature film, television, and video game soundtracks.

A solid foundation in post-production sound is essential for careers in related fields like commercial work, online media, theme park attractions, and location-based entertainment. Here at the Recording Connection, you get our exclusive one-on-one hands-on mentoring and training, working side by side with professionals in the field.

As a Recording Connection student, you might even study as an extern under award-winning sound designers, mixers, and composers who have contributed to films like Black Hawk Down, The Prince Of Egypt and We Were Soldiers, as well as top video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Guild Wars 2.

Why The Recording Connection Educational Model Works So Well.

If you’re thinking of attending audio post-production school, look into Recording Connection.

Training directly with a working, seasoned audio pro, aspiring audio enthusiasts can get started at building their careers in audio post-production for film and TV. Get access to the same tools, concepts, equipment, and techniques the pros use when you extern to a mentor in an actual audio facility. Through one-on-one instruction, you can learn the basics of dialog editing, sound design, audio sequencing, music editing, audio clean-up and more.

Post-production audio is an essential component of any successful movie or TV show production. Quality sound and music shape a viewer’s experience by conveying the mood of a scene, enhancing the importance of dialogue, and ultimately enriching the impact of visual storytelling. Directors and producers will attest to the importance of high-quality audio on their productions.

The Recording Connection Audio Post Production Workshop provides you with the knowledge, experience, and understanding needed to enter the busy and deadline-driven world of audio post-production. Equipped with these tools, you are empowered to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!


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How To Make All Those Hours You Spent On Video Games Pay Off

The video game industry is all grown up and has become a very substantial market worldwide. Along with this development, the experience level and technical expertise required for sound and music professionals seeking work in this field has also grown.

Providing audio and music for video games requires a specialized set of skills well-beyond post-production sound alone. Individuals seeking to work and succeed in this area often have to demonstrate knowledge and experience in all aspects of sound and music. But they’ll also need some basic understanding of computer programming and asset management.

The fact is that there are very few places in existence where you are able to get the level or quality of education and hands-on experience that today’s video game companies demand. Why not learn within the field as an extern within the video game industry itself? That's exactly where the Recording Connection puts you.

Learn Post-Production From a Pro at Recording Connection

There are many different ways you can learn post-production audio, either through postsecondary education for a music production degree program or through trade film schools where programs are designed for live sound. In either case, you could be in a classroom for a few years to earn a degree or certification and you’ll still be where you started.

With The Recording Connection Post Production Workshop, you’ll be placed in a working studio or production facility from day one. Our mentor/extern educational model enables you to learn post-production sound and music from an experienced professional.

You’ll be learning how to create audio for film, television, and video games in a production facility, not a classroom. You won’t need to take a bunch of classes you don’t care about to earn a bachelor’s degree. And you won’t have to move to Los Angeles, New York, or Miami to do it, either.

With more than 130 locations located throughout the US and Canada, you may not even have to leave your hometown! Save money, save time, and save yourself from wasting years in front of a teacher. With Recording Connection, you’ll be working side-by-side with your mentor.

Being successful in this industry requires skills, experience, and connections. All of which can be gained through one of our on-the-job externships. When it comes to working in the music industry and the video game industry a diploma or degree does not guarantee access, success or even a way of getting your foot in the door of the entertainment business. Success is built on hard work, character, solid connections, and the skills, abilities, knowhow that comes from doing it and making yourself an expert in the craft.

With us, you’ll be trained in audio techniques and tools, learn how the post-production business really works, and have the opportunity of making the connections that are vital in the entertainment industry. Recording Connection enables you to start on the inside of the business, from day one. Apply now to learn more! There's no application fee either!

 

Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Externship locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The externship mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

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