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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About the
Workshop

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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Gregory Hainer Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Post Production

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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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Kendrick Lamar
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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. Request an Invitation

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Taking Pelham 123
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Planet of the Apes
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Coke
Gillette
Toyota
Haagen-Dazs
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Robert Mercier Engineer / Producer

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Robert Mercier Engineer / Producer

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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. Request an Invitation

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Vance Hornbuckle Engineer / Producer

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Vance Hornbuckle Engineer / Producer

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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. Request an Invitation

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Lade
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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. Request an Invitation

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Composer: 20th Century Fox
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Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

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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
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BET
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Taking the Stage
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Zack Phillips Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Zack Phillips Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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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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Donny Baker Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Donny Baker Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Donny Baker, Studio Manager and Lead Tech at ES Studios in Burbank, is able to summarize his job as the Recording Connection Burbank, CA, mentor in a single sentence:

“We help with the weaknesses and push towards the strengths.”

It’s a simple concept, but takes a lot of work to see through to the end. Baker has spent most of his adult life in the music business, touring as an engineer for nearly 13 years before finding a home in the studio.

Baker has been with ES Studios since 2003, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recording Connection program. He believes in the proven time-tested approach of learning hands-on within the studio environment. Sure there are books (an eBook, actually), quizzes, exercises, and tests. Oftentimes though, Baker likes to start with the student, see where their curiosity is leading them.

Sometimes Baker just wants to see what the student has to offer.

“It’s a guideline,” Baker said of the Burbank audio engineering Recording Connection course. “It’s used as a way to get from point A to Point Z. We can take a student who knows nothing about recording or doesn’t know much about computers and we can make that person an engineer.”

The one-on-one mentoring, the hanging out and talking, and the personal attention Baker gives to his students are why he has been such a successful mentor for us. He finds out where the student wants to go and he guides the program in that direction.

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Steve Catizone Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Steve Catizone 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.

Steve Catizone at Infinite Music in Charlestown has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry across several genres. U2 and Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal and Bob Saget, and Disney and M-Audio. And while he knows his way around a studio, knowing your way around a client is just as important.

Every recording professional had their first gig at some point. The adrenaline gets pumping, you could be working with a star, and you might start overcompensating.

Chill.

“Don’t be too opinionated when you’re talking to the clients,” Catizone said. “Just sort of listen and absorb. See what the climate in the room is, and make sure that if you do say something, it’s tactful.”

And relax. You could be a master of your craft, but if you don’t have a good repertoire with your clients, no one will want to work with you. Learn how to read the room, develop solid relationships, and remember it’s a collaborative effort. The “hang-ability” will follow.

“If people enjoy having you in the room, it’s a big thing,” Catizone said. “A lot of that comes down to personality and basically just being a positive force in the room, and being creative, and knowing when to offer up ideas and how to tactfully do so, and knowing when to not be the guy ‘doing your job’ but just being cool to hang around with.”

This is the advantage of the Charlestown Recording Connection programs. Yes, you’ll learn the technical side of the recording industry, but you’ll also learn how to handle yourself while in the studio. We believe the one-on-one time with a professional mentor gives you a complete picture of the business.

That’s what sets us apart from the traditional method of learning. The sights, smells, and sounds of a real studio can’t be matched in a classroom.

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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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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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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Rick Carson Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard are up to the minute music producers, audio engineers, and entrepreneurs who know how to navigate the music industry in the 21st Century. Besides working with artists like Omarion, Todrick Hall, and Lauren Chase, they create great sound design tutorials on their popular YouTube channel.

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Jason Phelps Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Jason Phelps Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Recording Connection mentor Jason Phelps is an audio engineer, producer, and musician who’s been involved in music all his life. He’s downright passionate about recording, producing, and teaching the next generation of music industry professionals. He expects the externs he trains to bring their A-game, and to listen and learn in a proactive manner.

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Post Production Audio Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Ross Vanderslice or one of our mentors in the St. Louis area.

An engineer since 2001, Ross Vanderslice has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The experience he’s gained works perfectly with what we do at Recording Connection: pairing externs with seasoned professionals for invaluable one-on-one time with a mentor.

With multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment, Vanderslice has worked with several Recording Connection externs. Doing it right is about so much more than having the right gear, software, or equipment. Because of his experience working with internationally-known acts, Vanderslice knows how to work with artists, how to make them feel comfortable and safe within the studio environment.

Here are some of the clients with whom Vanderslice and/or the professional audio engineers at his studio have worked:

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Nelly
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Waka Flocka
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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. Request an Invitation

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

Kevin Sharpe Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits. Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song. As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music! Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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+ Do you dream of a career as a Film, TV and/or Video Game Composer? + Are you already writing lush string arrangements and/or electronic beats and synth passages that blow people away? + Do you record your own compositions at home but want to learn to do it at the pro level? + Do you dream of having your music featured on major feature films, television shows, or video games? Do you dream of having your music released on motion picture soundtracks? + Do you think that if you had the right connections, you could make it in the music business? + Do you have the passion and work ethic that it will take to make it happen?

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 our new Post Production Sound and Music Workshop. 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 creating 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 boss 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 will 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.

Post-production sound disciplines such as dialogue editing, sound design, mixing, foley and music composition have all traditionally followed the same industry proven artistic/trade method of the master and his extern. Getting good at this craft simply requires lots of hands-on time and “one to one” feedback specifically tailored to each individual’s talents and unique skill set. This is why we emphasize one-on-one training with a mentor, rather than the typical classroom setting.


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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 substantial market. 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 very 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, as well as 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.

The Harsh Reality

Nowadays, a diploma or degree does not offer you a guaranteed way of getting your foot in the door in the entertainment business. Actually, it never really did, but this is perhaps more true today than ever before. Being successful in this industry requires skills, experience and connections, all of which can be gained through an on-the-job externship.

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The Recording Connection’s mentor/extern educational model means you will learn post-production sound and music from someone who already has a track record of creating audio for film, television and video games. Your mentor will be an established veteran of post-production audio work with a client list you would die for. You will learn post-production audio inside your mentor’s studio or production facility. You’ll be trained in all required audio techniques and tools, you’ll learn how the post-production business really works, and you’ll meet and connect with the players you need to know to jump start your own endeavors. The 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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