Program: Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making

Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making

Learn what separates the real deals from the wannabes. Take your beat making/hip hop game to a whole other level by externing on the inside with a hip hop producer in their recording studio.

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Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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About the
Program

Welcome to your new office: the production studio!

The Recording Connection Hip Hop Production program prepares aspiring audio enthusiasts and music makers for careers in the music industry as hip hop producers by learning the same tools, concepts, equipment, and techniques the pros use. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons, an accomplished producer teaches you the principles of the hip hop genre along with beat making, arranging and sampling.

This program is created for students interested in Hip Hop, EDM, IDM, live DJ or any other electronic music creation within an array of genres. Arguably the most popular form of music today, hip hop production is one of the most expressive and dynamic musical careers of the 21st Century. Today, its influence can be heard across the spectrum of today’s popular music, from indie to country.

As a hip hop producer, your goal is to draw upon your influences and use the tools at your disposal to create music that is the soundtrack to the culture. Whether you consider yourself a beat maker, talented lyricist, or sonic groundbreaker, this program is designed to provide you with the foundation it takes to create new music, learn song structure, and maybe even influence the world!

The Recording Connection helps you at getting the knowledge, experience, and understanding it takes to create dynamic, professional hip hop music. Equipped with these tools, you can be empowered to follow your own path toward building an exciting,  rewarding career!

In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s immersive Hip Hop Program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.  Students are expected to put in 10 hours per week.

The structured course curriculum includes 24 lessons and covers all of the following:

 

Building Relationships

With music producers, artists, audio engineers, A&R, record labels.

 

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Logic Pro X.

 

Making Music

Arranging, beat making, sampling, genre specifics, basic harmony/melody.

 

Hardware and Equipment

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

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Get Access,
Get Hired.

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

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Hip Hop / Beat Making
Curriculum

Hip hop is an integral part of American pop culture, making waves in fashion, television, movies, retail sales, and literature. As such, it is a multi-billion dollar industry. The music is a multi-genre, multi-cultural experience that draws artists of other genres into its vortex. But hip hop’s beginnings were downright humble and anything but omnipotent. We look at the history of this now-powerful, iconic genre, starting with hip hop’s progenitors, through to its meteoric rise to dominance.

Objectives:

Be able to define what Hip-Hop is by the end of the course, as measured by the end of course…

Learn more about Lesson 1 - What is Hip Hop?

What's Included

  • Hip Hop Music Production online curriculm
  • Pro Tools or Logic Pro X (depending on mentor)

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Meet our Mentors

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

Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

Background

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

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

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

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Artists

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

Josh Monroy Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh “Igloo” Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G.

Monroy is looking for the same kind of commitment from his externs. Whether it’s during the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program or using Ableton to lay down hip hop or electronic music tracks, Monroy is looking for inspiration, originality, and dedication.

“I do two-hour drills with my externs where they have two hours to make a track, and there has to be a full-on song, or music bed for a song anyway,” Monroy said. “That means intro, verse, chorus, the whole nine yards, Not just an 8-bar loop that’s looped over and over again for three minutes. I don’t want to hear that.”

The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. The ability to work with a wide range of acts – and create something extraordinary – is what makes someone a sought-after studio engineer.

“They walk in the room and there’s no expectation, and then they leave six to eight hours later, and there’s this whole freaking song made, and it’s special,” Monroy said. “It’s about them and it’s encompassing their influences and what they love. It’s not just this generic track…That’s what I show my externs, is how to get inside someone’s head in a short period of time [and] use your time wisely so that the artist walks away satisfied.”

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IGLOO began his career in Atlanta GA as an engineer
where he worked with Elton John
Shinedown
and eventually met Ludacris. He soon took over as head engineer of The LudaPlex
Ludacris' private production studio in Atlanta
where he continued to earn many platinum and gold certified records such as Justin Bieber's "Baby"
as well as a Grammy for Rap Album of the Year with Ludacris himself. He signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and relocated to LA since 2010. His recent hit song with Walla - "101" has 30 million streams on Spotify alone
and has been featured on NFL Sunday Night Football
Apple Support hold music
and Starbuck's own Spotify playlist. He produced the title track of JoJo's 2016 Mad Love on Atlantic Records
which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200. He's had music featured on ABC's hit TV series Black Box
JC Penny's
Arizona Jeans
The Simpson's
Acura
and Harley Davidson. He's currently developing new projects for release in 2018 and is on the lookout for new and interesting artists.

Scott Lee Studio Manager

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Scott Lee Studio Manager

Background

In 1996, Scotty became Production Manager for the powerhouse production team, The Characters. It was during this time that Scott worked on numerous Platinum and Gold albums, including releases by SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, and Faith Evans. Scotty has been lending his expertise in Studio and Production Management at Engine Room Audio since 2006.

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Artists

Trey Songz
50 Cent
SWV
Johnny Gill
Tyrese
B2K
Brian McKnight
Petey Pablo
Faith Evans.

Ira Parker Producer / Engineer

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Ira Parker Producer / Engineer

Background

A true music industry veteran, Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker is the owner and chief producer/engineer for Maximus Music Records, one of the top recording studios in Charlotte, NC, serving clients like Jadakiss, DMX and many others. As a Recording Connection mentor, Ira is passionate about training up new talent and always looks for opportunities to push his students to expand their skills.

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Artists

Zaytoven Beats
Jadakiss
Royce da 5'9
Chevy Woods
Rocko
Joe Budden
Dj ESudd (2Chainz DJ)
prod. Dame Grease
prod Billionaire Boy Scout
Crime Mob's Diamond
Travis Porter
Treach
Marcus Cooper (Pleasure P)
DMX
prod Buckwild
Slim of 112
CTE's Blood Raw
Universal Records
Cash Money Records
Bad Bo
Kane Beatz
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
Kevin Gates
Kid Ink
Travie McCoy
and Rich Homie Quan (Amongst many more)

Rahki Producer

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Rahki Producer

Background

Columbus Smith III, better known by his stage name Rahki (sometimes Rahk or Rahki Beats), is an American record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. He is known for his work with mentor DJ Khalil and acts such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Currensy, Evidence, Schoolboy Q, 50 Cent, Domo Genesis, Lecrae, Aloe Blacc, and more.

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Eminem
The Game
50 Cent
Ab-Soul
Mac Miller

Detail Producer

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Detail Producer

Background

Noel “Detail” Fisher has been behind the scenes crafting the biggest hits for Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez and more. Producing songs like the Grammy Award winning hit, “Drunk in Love” as well as, “7/11” for Beyonce’. Are just mere pieces of the eclectic producer of Detail+Music Studio whom gave us the heart felt “How to Love” by Lil Wayne, and the melodic “We Dem Boys” by Wiz Khalifa.

He connected regions through Drake’s “305 to My City”, and sent good vibes through the globe on Lil Wayne’s “No Worries”. These sonic historic landmarks established Detail as an artist who can do more than just create a hot beat. His songwriting and hookcraft abilities have helped him emerge as one of the biggest and most well-rounded talents in hip-hop today.

Detail was first known for being a co-executive on Ray J’s Raydiation, which was his first major contributions on an album. However, times have changed for the Detroit, MI native, “When you’re in Detroit there’s nothin’ to do. There’s no opportunity” Detail explains.

“All of the record labels left, and it’s just been a desert. All I could do was ,sing, play the piano and write. I came up from that era of just tapping into all genres of music. It’s not different than having a house and pulling in the person that does the air conditioner and the person that does the plumbing;’ that’s what I’m doing with my music. It’s a household and I’m connecting with the best people to make that happen.”

With production in the works for Big Sean and more, Detail is slated to not only be one of the most talked about names in music, but will be defining the sound of our modern generation.

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Artists

Beyoncé
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Drake
Jennifer Lopez
Ray J
Akon
Wiz Khalifa
Flo Rida

Ric Web Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

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Ric Web Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

Artists

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

Scarlet War Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

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Scarlet War Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

Background

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

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Artists

Monster Headphones
TyDolla$ign
Jordan Newt
Jay Sangz

Isaac Meek Engineer / Producer

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Isaac Meek Engineer / Producer

Background

Owner and founder of Undercaste Studios, has been producing, engineering and playing music for the majority of his life. With years of dedication and schooling, he has given life to a “diamond in the rough” recording studio focused on hip hop/rap and surrounding music genres. His approach to the studio as an engineer/producer is dedicated to improving and preparing the artist for the music industry. He believes an artist should have a life changing experience at Undercaste and be welcomed into it’s large family. Attention to detail and experience has made his artist development and final mixdown sought out by many recording artists. His business instinct and creativity insures future growth for Undercaste.

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore

Mike Hemberger Engineer / Producer

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Mike Hemberger Engineer / Producer

Background

My name is Mike Hemberger, also known as Jive The Universal or JiveDig. I was born and bred in NJ and have spent over a decade in various roles throughout the music scene. I began my music career as a teenager playing guitar, bass, singing and playing in several bands, all the while pushing myself as a solo hip-hop artist. I went to a local college and earned a degree in Music Theory and Music Technology. Right out of school I purchased Pro Tools, a Mac and a bunch of studio gear. I haven’t looked back since.

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Artists

A-Lox
AR
Athene
Bandit
Borys Blacksmith
Brenadette Francis
Che Da Vinci
D.Roc
DJ Head Debiase
DJ Insizion
Donny Goines
Duma
Flow
G'd Up Clique
Giovanni Keys
Hall Of Ruin
Hyphen One
Ian J
Icy
[email protected]
Jae Krew
James Aris
Jive The Universal
Joe & Box
JR Writer
Just Bizarre
KaiAre
Kajmir Royale
Matt Clark
Mazik Beats
MCMF
MJ Gigs
Nucci Reyo
One Man Bandit
Plan B
Ruin
Ryan Sko
Shameless Plug
Soufboi
Spa
The Aphilliates
themindofdre
The Weeknd
X-Phaze
Yung Dred

Aaron Mancina Engineer / Producer

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Aaron Mancina Engineer / Producer

Background

I am owner founder of WiseGuy Records, Audio Engineer / Producer

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Pete deBoer Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

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Pete deBoer Engineer / Producer / Studio Owner

Background

Award Winning Recording Engineer, Record Producer, Recording Studio Owner Pete deBoer is dedicated to bringing artistry and technology together to create the ultimate recording experience for his clients.

A Musician from the age of 6, Pete moved to New York City in 1998 to attend the Institute of Audio Research. Pete started his career working at several prominent NYC recording studios (The Magic Shop, Electric Lady, The Hit Factory, Avatar, Sear Sound, etc.). He learned hands-on from some of the best producers and engineers in the business including mentor Ron Saint Germain (Tool, Soundgarden, 311, Jimi Hendrix, Creed, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger)

Over 20 years experience and a masters understanding of analog and digital recording technology have led to an eclectic catalogue of credits spanning across all genres. Pete deBoer is an expert in his field and pursues excellence in whatever part he plays in the creative process of music production, engineering and mixing.

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Artists

Norah Jones
Living Colour
Default
Brand New
Crash Test Dummies
Rufus Wainright
Glen Hansard
Creed
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
Scott Stapp
Q-Tip
DMC (including performances by Elliot Easton
Joey Kramer and Josh Todd)
The Exit
Ollabelle
Biohazard
Kim Taylor
Morningwood

Doug Boulware Producer

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Doug Boulware Producer

Background

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

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Artists

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

Omer Saar Engineer / Producer / DJ

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Omer Saar Engineer / Producer / DJ

Background

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artists

Method Man
Mos Def

Ross Vanderslice Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

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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Artists

Nelly
Black Eyed Peas
Jaden Smith
Sade
Panic! at the Disco
Waka Flocka
Tech N9ne
Ludacris
Travis Barker
Son Volt
Chuck Berry
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
Fantasia
The Game
Jurassic 5
Ja Rule
David Banner
Jive Records
Universal Records
Interscope
Rocafella Records
RCA Records
Motown
Def Jam
Yelawolf
Hopsin
Rittz
Lil Jon
Murphy Lee
Chingy
Capitol Records
Bad Boy Entertainment
Atlantic Records

Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

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Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

Background

Lucas AbendAs a music producer, studio co-founder, DJ and mentor, Lucas Abend of Studio 369 (Snoop Dogg, Krewella, Sony Music) is the consummate example of the artist producer who’s constantly pushing the boundaries, breaking outdated rules and modalities and bringing the future into the now. That being said, Lucas doesn’t sustain himself on hype. Rather, he believes deeply in the importance and value of art, music making, and creative expression.

As a believer in creative expression, Lucas focuses on putting Recording Connection students’ own music and creativity at the center of the training every chance he gets. Their desire to make their own music unique helps keep them charged up for the challenges they can encounter while they learn the DAW (Pro Tools, Ableton).

“Part of it is having the challenge inspire you to keep working…That’s probably my most direct way that I’m mentoring, is helping the students find a creative workflow that works for them so that they have that motivation to spend 15 hours a week [learning]. That’s not easy. It takes some effort to spend that kind of time but once they’re spending [it], you see them get so much better. They improve so drastically that that’s kind of what makes it all worth it, is to see them improve and start to feel like, ‘Hey, actually at first when we first started I didn’t know what 4/4 meant!’”

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Artists

Snoop Dogg
Krewella
Sony Music

David Hughes, Shine On Studio Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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David Hughes, Shine On Studio Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

David Hughes, Shine On Studio

Although there are many differences between four-year universities and The Recording Connection – such as cost, length of a program, and availability, it’s the one-on-one relationship between you and your mentor that could be the most important distinction.

Sitting in a traditional school setting, students all tend to learn the same thing, usually by listening to the teacher or professor lecture from the head of the class. With Recording Connection, you’re training with a professional music producer and/or audio engineer, a mentor  who shapes the education around you.

For David Hughes, of Shine On Studio in San Francisco, developing the strengths of his externs and helping them develop in accordance with their interests and talents is what matters most.

Helping audiophiles grow into audio engineers, music producers, beatmakers, and artists isn’t something that can be done with a cookie cutter approach. Furthermore, the music business has something for everyone—many just need to find out what that something really is.

“The students I mentor at the studio are all extremely talented and gifted in many different ways,” Hughes says. “I’m seeing them mature and develop to a point where I help them focus on their strengths. I’m trying to push them in those directions, ‘That’s what you should be doing; that’s your strength.’ It’s never going to be cut and dry what you should do. It’s good to try a few different things to see where your strengths rise up.”

“Some students are good at composing. Some are good at mixing. Others are actually just good at networking. So, not everybody is cut out to sit behind the board and push buttons. A few of the students are really good at socializing and making a personal connection to people. They know how to go out and get people energized and excited about music and concerts. So I try to encourage them to focus on being out at shows and to network as they go to events.”

Understanding your strengths is what makes Hughes and other Recording Connection mentors such an important resource when working towards a career in the music industry. The technical aspects, such as learning digital audio workstations or how to properly set mics, will come in time. It’s your innate talents that can’t be taught—but we can teach you how to use them.

Opportunities in San Francisco

No matter how talented you are, success in the music business is driven as much by who you know as it is with what you know. Hughes keeps in touch regularly with his music connections and past student externs, many who have opened their own studios and launched successful music careers. He can trace much of that success back to the networking events he holds every month.

“We try to promote an audio engineer meeting once a month…That’s a big thing, to have something available for the students that are trying to come up in the industry. You can’t really succeed in this industry on your own. You do need to rely a little bit on other engineers to help you develop in the industry.

“In some situations, they might be your competitors,” Hughes continues, “But I don’t really think of them that way because everybody has their strengths and weaknesses in audio production. I have made it possible for some of the students to come and join us at these meetings and network with other engineers or music professionals in the area. This is a big door that has opened for them and I think that they are definitely taking advantage of the opportunity.”

Opportunity. That’s how Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production program differs greatly from traditional schools. By working in professional, real-world studios, you could be working with an up-and-coming local band one week, international stars the next. How you take advantage of those opportunities can help determine how far you go in the music business.

Are you ready to Amplify Your Life? Apply today.

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Artists

Mars Volta
Rich Eagle

Blue Room Productions, Conrad Osipowicz Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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Blue Room Productions, Conrad Osipowicz Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

Recording Connection programs are designed to put you in the middle of the action so you can soak up as much experience and information as possible. With Conrad Osipowicz, you’ll be paired with a mentor that has been in the industry for years, both in the recording studio and out.

As an audio engineer, he’s worked with The Dave Matthews Band, Dropkick Murphys, Regina Spektor, and the Pixies. He also has experience working with live audio for a large Boston radio station and helping companies test new products for music production.

“I guess I’ve always been more on the technical side of the music industry,” Osipowicz says. “I was always interested in computers and technology. I produce, too. It’s not that I exclusively engineer. I’ll produce with full bands and indie rock bands and up and coming artists here in the DC area, but I was definitely more inclined on the technical side of operations.”

Starting from the Ground Up

Although many of our externs have some experience before coming to the Recording Connection Audio Engineering & Music Production Program, it certainly isn’t a requirement. Our mentors utilize our industry-oriented curriculum to help students build a solid foundation around what the industry is looking for now, not 10 years ago. Osipowicz knows a little something about building from the ground up.

“It started as an empty room, and I slowly added equipment and software…A vocal booth from eBay, at one point the whisper room booth, a piece at a time. Just kind of recording a couple of sessions for two or three weeks and then buying a new mic on eBay. And then recording another week or two and buying a new plug-in online. Just kind of piecing together whatever I could.

The studio is honestly one of the top studios in the area…I’ve got at this point some of the best mics, best preamps, best vintage compressors. Some really unique items that you might not find at any other studio on the East Coast.”

Hands-on Experience

The most important thing is getting your hands dirty. Even with just a laptop and the right digital audio workstation, externs can start putting what they learn into practice. That’s why Osipoicz feels learning in a professional studio—not a classroom—gives people the best chance to really learn the craft.

“I am a firm believer that practicing and learning in the studio in a hands-on manner will always yield a more informed and experienced studio engineer than someone who simply learns via lectures, YouTube tutorials, discussion forums, etc…. For that reason, I often encourage my students during their lessons to record a friend’s band, or an individual singer-songwriter who might play acoustic guitar and sing, or play piano and sing.

That way, the artist can act as a guinea pig for the students, but also walk away with a professional well-mixed recording. The student gets to practice on a real recording artist in a real recording studio. Everybody wins.”

That’s what Recording Connection has to offer: Working with an industry insider on the best gear, building a portfolio, and learning how to build a studio the right way. If you’re looking to Amplify Your Life, apply to The Recording Connection today.

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The Root Studio, Mark Moreau Learn Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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In almost any profession, if you want to be the best, you work with the best. That’s why Recording Connection has secured some of the best audio engineers and music producers from the United States. In Washington, D.C., Mark Moreau is a two-time Grammy winner and has been working in the industry for decades.

Moreau has worked with Madonna, Rage Against The Machine, Roger Waters, and Ziggy Marley, just to name a few. As a mentor with Recording Connection, he passes that experience on to you, both on the technical side and the personal side. But, he’s careful to point out, it’s up to the student to make the most of their time with him:

“The thing that I like to see the most is that they’re just hungry for getting to the next step, and learning more, and absorbing all of that. And I think that’s a great quality and attitude that will help take them far in the long run…

The attitude of somebody who’s really open, ready to learn, eager to absorb the information and to put it into practice in their own work…. Curiosity is a big thing. When I see the students coming in, I love it when they’re full of questions like, ‘What’s that?’ and ‘Why is that going like this?’ and ‘What’s going on there?’…. You see these lightbulbs go off and the next time they come in the following week, their song that they were working on has just taken this huge leap forward.”

We’re Rooting for You

Being a mentor isn’t just a side job at Recording Connection. We are just as interested in your success as you are. Our mentors are chosen because they want to make sure the next generation of audio engineers and music producers come up with learning what the music industry needs.

“That’s neat to see and that’s a great part of being a mentor, too,” Moreau says. “Being able to help them discover those things and take it from the academic part of like, ‘This is what this thing does’ to ‘Here’s how you could actually use it for the type of music that you’re doing’ and ‘Here’s where you could get creative with it.’ That not only makes their productions better, it makes them feel better. Then they learn it on a deeper level than just like, ‘Oh, that’s what that knob does.’”

Fully Immersed from Day One

The Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program will place you with a mentor in a professional studio from the start. The recording studio is your classroom, and the curriculum is created by mentors who understand the industry from the inside. However, as we said before, the most successful externs are those that give it both heart and soul.

“One of my (externs) Nick Leupen, is a great example of that,” Moreau says. “He’s a composer/producer in the Recording Connection Ableton Electronic Music Production Program and has an insatiable appetite for learning. He’s not only on it when it comes to the course work and being a great student, but constantly curious about tips I can give him for working with other artists, etiquette with clients, and is always looking at the bigger picture of what he needs to know for his career. That’s a great sign of future success.”

Moreau is here to help Amplify Your Life. Are you ready? Apply today.

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Madonna
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Why do we use real recording studios? While we have great respect for colleges and universities, classrooms have produced and recorded zero hit records. Recording studios have produced and recorded just about all of them.

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You can come to one of our programs and we'll meet you where you're at in your career. Whether you are a beginner, in the middle or advanced, the Recording Connection’s unique approach to learning hip-hop could be the right choice for building your career. But you won’t know unless you APPLY at no cost and talk to one of Admissions Counselors.

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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 10 hours per week.”

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