Our Programs

Hip Hop & Beat Making

Learn what separates the real deal from the wannabe. Take your beat making/hip hop game to a whole other level by apprenticing (externing) on the inside with a major Hip Hop Producer in their recording studio.

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.

Hip hop is arguably the most popular form of music today but it’s influence has undoubtably made it’s way across the spectrum of today’s popular music from country to indie. 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 considered yourself just a beat maker or a talented lyricist what you will learn in this program will provide you the foundation to create new music to influence the world!

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, and understanding to create professional quality hip hop music. Equipped with these tools, you are empowered to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!

Tuition
Comparison

Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-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 may attend part-time or full time and 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 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.

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.

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Meet our Mentors

Produce music with the industry's finest mentors and musicians.

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

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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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

Chris Steinmetz Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz Engineer / Producer

Background

Chris Steinmetz has over 30 years of experience in the record industry and has worked on gold, platinum, and grammy nominated albums. Steinmetz began his career working as an assistant engineer for Warner Bros. Records in L.A., and began freelancing his work as well before moving back to his native Chicago.

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Artists

Kiss
Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Disturbed
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Feist
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Styx
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Usher
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
E-Dub
Jin
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
Common
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
Lovehammers
311Madonna
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
NAS
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Fantasia
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Larry Goetz Engineer

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Larry Goetz Engineer

Artists

Katy Perry
Ke$ha
One Direction
Weezer
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
3OH3
All Time Low
Big Time Rush
Mike Posner
Pixie Lott
All Star Weekend
David Archuleta
David Cook
Chord Overstreet
Bowling for Soup
Breathe Carolina
The Pussycat Dolls
Lauren Bennett
Alejandro Escovedo
John Cale
The Maine
Forever The Sickest Kids
A Rocket To The Moon
Emily Osment
Julian Casablancas
Rivers Cuomo
Soulfly
Cavalera Conspiracy
OTEP
HIM
Dommin
The Used
Alexndra Burke
Best Coast
Cady Groves
This Providence
Monty RI
Axis Of Awesome
Edgar Winter
Sarah Evans
Maia Sharp
Edwin McCain
The Ready Set
Buzz Feiten
Albert Lee
Guitar Shorty

Sharrief Thomas Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas Songwriter / Producer

Background

Most of the time, building a career requires moving, evolving, and learning over time. One’s “career” is the byproduct of work that’s done in the present, the things you do while you’re in the pocket, perfecting your craft.

Sharrief Thomas knows about this intimately. This writer/producer/engineer and artist in his own right was exposed to the Recording Connection program when he was recording at Quad Studios in New York City. Seeing our program at work led Sharrief to become a mentor himself. Today he helps our students hone their chops, gain skills, and plan for their futures while gleaning a first-hand understanding of how the music industry works from a creative and business perspective at Water Music Publishing, an independent music publishing and media company run by Sharrief and business partner Big Bug, whose known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, and as one of the original members of the 90s R&B group, Today.

While recording at Quad, Sharrief and another Recording Connection mentor, Sax DMA, decided to give a number of RC apprentices the opportunity to earn engineering credits on his forthcoming album. “We had to turn down kids that wanted to join,” Sharrief says. And a number of notable artists came in to help on vocals including Sky Heavens, backup singer for Eminem, and Big Bub himself. “It was just the students getting to be in a live situation with real, live artists.”

Today, as a Recording Connection mentor himself, Sharrief apprentices students at Water Music Publishing in Bloomfield, NJ, just outside of New York City.

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Artists

Snoop Dogg
AMG/Universal
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Rob Ruccia Engineer

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Rob Ruccia Engineer

Background

“In Late 2001 Rob along with his band-mates of Arista Recording Artist From Zero, spent a week working out material for their new album, though he left From Zero he never left Uptown.

With over 20 years experience and expert knowledge in analog and digital recording technology, Rob actively tests software for various companies that keep him ahead of the curve.

Rob continues to stay in tune with the local and national music scene, having engineered mixed and mastered many local and national artists.”

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Artists

Cameron Esposito
Nonpoint
Stu
Levi Kreis
Madina Lake
Dexter
No1
Somatic
Arabesque Music Ensemble
Terri Carroll
Robert Irving III
Shooting Blanks
Street Brats
The Euphoric
Soulio
Las Guitarras de Espana
Gayle Ritt
Caviar
Ivory Wire
Peter Lerner
Dead Space Age

Zarven Kara Producer / Engineer

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Zarven Kara Producer / Engineer

Background

Zarven Kara is the engineer, producer and manager of Reel to Reel Studios and has worked in most facets of the music industry throughout Europe and Australia. He earned his living working in the clubs of Germany as a jazz guitarist and composer, and gained valuable insight and experience inside some of Germany’s finest studios.

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Tony Ricci Producer

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Tony Ricci Producer

Background

Tony Ricci is a veteran music producer with over 20 years experience and 6 Grammy Considerations since 2005. Tony is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony was the staff Sound Designer at the TONY Award winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence RI for two years, dealing with all aspects of Theatre production sound and also composing original music for the world premier of the play Reckless. He has worked with all styles of music including rock, metal, pop, country, jazz, world, urban, classical and folk. In addition to his studio work, Tony is an audio instructor at New England Institute Of Technology.

Tony’s production style is based on capturing what makes each artist unique and recognizable, and creating showpiece mixes. He is currently looking for artists who have strong songs, true passion for their music and a desire to take their career to the next level.

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Artists

Kari Tieger
Godless Rising
Necrosis
Godspeed
Shryne

Oscar Diaz Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Engineer

Background

Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Artists

Dr. Dre
E-40
Gucci Mane
Jay-Z
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
TLC
Too $hort
Warren G
YG
Waka Flocka
Google
YouTube
Dreamworks
HBO
FOX
Showtime
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Devon Kirkpatrick Engineer

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Devon Kirkpatrick Engineer

Background

Devon has worked as an engineer or Pro Tools engineer on numerous grammy winning albums. Most notable was his Pro Tools Engineering work for Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill which won four GRAMMYs (including album of the year) in 1999.

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Busy in Baton Rouge: Recording Connection student Jordan Robertson launches his music production career

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Artists

Kane & Abel
The Williams Brothers
Thomas Jackson
C-Murder
Da Bricklayaz
Clyde Cotton Band
Aaliyah
Soulscript
Lil' Boosie
Mystikal
Backstreet Boys
Lauryn Hill
Timbaland
Chris Potter
Joe Pesci
Marilyn Manson
Janice Marshall Coates

IV Duncan Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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IV Duncan Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

Background

A Detroit Native, IV Duncan III is a RIAA Multi-Platinum Certified Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer. He is also an accomplished Music Producer. He graduated top of his class from the Recording Institute, nationally renowned for its engineering curriculum. IV is the owner of Mix Factory One Studios and Music Brokers Entertainment Group. His experience in the music industry is sought after by major labels and corporate America as well as local/independent artists.  He is an active participant in the community and is a partner in the Light Up Detroit campaign designed to shine a positive light and promote growth for that city. Music is IV’s passion. His goal is to continuously empower the art that drives him.

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Artists

Eminem
Royce Da 5’9″
Rich Homie Quan
Rocko
ASAP Ferg
M-City
Kashdoll
Dej Loaf
Slaughterhouse
WOW Gospel
Karen Clark-Sheard
KEM
Mario Winans
Deelishis
Rick Ross
Interscope
Shady Records
Sony
Warner Bros.

Scott Ferguson Producer

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Scott Ferguson Producer

Background

Picture this… It’s 1968 in a remote fishing village in eastern Canada. A six year old boy comes home from an afternoon jigging tommy cods on the wharf. He carefully drops the needle on “Rubber Soul”, his parents only Beatles album, adjusts his headphones and starts jamming to Ringo on his toy tin drum. These are the humble beginnings of what has become a great musical adventure. After a string of school concert bands, a Diploma in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Music from St. Francis Xavier University, Scott Ferguson has gone on to live his musical dreams.

In the early 80′s Scott focused on his jazz passion studying with renowned drum teacher Jim Blackley in Toronto and performing with such greats as Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard and Dave Young. Settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Scott broadened his stylistic scope and in 1992 embarked on a seven year tenure touring and recording with “The Rankin Family”.

After hundreds of concerts in Canada, The United States, The U.K. and Australia Scott started pursuing his interest in studio production. Fueled by his work with legendary Nashville producers George Massenberg and John Jennings on the Rankin CDs “Uprooted” and “Endless Seasons”, Scott started “Ferguson Music Productions Inc.

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Richie Beretta Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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Richie Beretta Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

Sevensound’s Chief Engineer, Richie Beretta is a multi-faceted musician, internationally known writer/producer and educator. With over 15 years of studio experience, there isn’t many styles or genres that he is a stranger to. He grew up in New York City with a love for punk and reggae but has written, mixed, and produced almost every genre from Metal to J-pop. He has also worked for some of the biggest names in music like Beyoncé and Major Lazer.

Richie is just as passionate about sharing his love of how music is made as he is about making it.  In 2013 he began cultivating the talent of future engineers and hit makers at the world’s leading electronic audio institute, Dubspot. Since then he also started and coordinates possibly one of the first and only live mixing tutorials on Twitch.tv.

SEVENSOUND is a production company founded by producer and New York City native, Richie Beretta. Built with his own two hands he created a full service production house that is an affordable alternative to the “big facility” experience for both independent and major label artists.

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Artists

Beyonce
BOYSLASHFRIEND
Diplo
Kerwin DuBois
System 32
Tigarah
Twin Twin

Steve Wright Engineer

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Steve Wright Engineer

Background

Built in 1990, WrightWay Studios has been a staple of the Mid – Atlantic music scene and a destination for national recording artists since it’s inception. The Studio has an impressive client list including artists ranging from Rihanna, Dru Hill, Bibi Bourelly, Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot, U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta), Misery Index, Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne), Steel Pulse and Celebration, to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hezekiah Walker and many more. WrightWay prides itself in its ability to deliver the highest quality projects for artists in any genre. WrightWay has worked with artists from every Major Label including Warner Brothers, EMI, Sony, BMG and Universal and most of their subsidiary labels in addition to most of the region’s budding talent.

WrightWay’s Engineers are far more than just engineers. Each is also a musician, trained as a producer who fully understands what it takes to make a great record. Each Producer/Engineer is committed to delivering the highest quality product for every client. Wright Way’s Producers/Engineers have worked with: Rihanna, Mos Def, Blaqstarr/M.I.A., Lake Trout, Slipknot, Mambo Sauce, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dying Fetus, Fertile Ground, SR71, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

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Artists

Mos Def
Rihanna
Dru Hill
Bibi Bourelly
Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot
U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta)
Misery Index
Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne)
Steel Pulse and Celebration
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hezekiah Walker
Blaqstarr/M.I.A.
Lake Trout
Slipknot
Mambo Sauce
Lonnie Liston Smith
Dying Fetus
Fertile Ground
SR71
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

Harley Fine Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine Producer / Engineer

Background

“I operate a recording studio, record, produce and mix records for clients, write songs and get song placements on nationally distributed compilations. Record voice overs and edit video.” – Harley Fine

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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks Producer

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Asaf Fulks Producer

Background

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

James Salone Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Israel Lliteras Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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Israel Lliteras Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Lionel Pedro Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

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Lionel Pedro Hip Hop & Beat Making Mentor

Background

Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Ryan Hewitt Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for such notable artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks, needtobreathe, Flogging Molly and Jamie Cullum.

Relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in early 2015, Ryan took residence at House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and jumped into a non-stop string of records. In between mixing albums for The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Sean McConnell, and Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan produced and mixed up-and-coming Georgia rockers, Crass Mammoth, Knoxville troubadours, The Black Lillies and Nashville mods Elle Macho. He spent last summer recording and mixing The Lumineers’ #1 album Cleopatra with producer Simone Felice in upstate New York and has since recorded and mixed several more songs for film soundtracks.

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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

Brian Boland Producer / Engineer

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Brian Boland Producer / Engineer

Background

Brian Boland is a producer/engineer with twenty years of studio experience behind him. Starting out at William Paterson College, he learned the art of recording from exceptional teachers including Bob Both (James Brown). After college, he was lucky enough to start his career at the legendary Greene Street Recording NYC (Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Dave Matthews, George Benson, Beastie Boys…) His band Elwood, was signed to Palm Pictures in 2000 by Chris Blackwell and had success with their cover of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot reaching the Billboard charts. In 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he began freelancing at various studios in LA, Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Brian continued his many personal projects working and playing bass with Shadow Rewind, Baby Stone (Sly Stone’s daughter), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), and countless others. He also worked at Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, (formerly Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flight Tyme) where he was able to work on many major label writing camps engineering,and assisting some of the worlds top artists and producers in the urban world, including Timbaland, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Y.G., Mary J. Blige, DJ Mustard, Big Krit, Sha Money XL and many more.

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Artists

Timbaland
Macy Gray
Rihanna
Y.G.
Mary J. Blige
DJ Mustard
Big Krit
Sha Money XL
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
So Percussion
The Partch Ensemble
Joe Lavano
Sunny Murray
Sonic Liberation Front
American Babies
Lee Smith
Global Illage
Butch Ballard
Sam Dockery
Odean Pope
Marshall Allen
Lee Smith
Jamey Haddad,Bakithi Kumalo
Jo Lawry
Jack St.Clair big band

Matt Stein Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

SWAN7 is a comfortable space to work with someone who’s as in to your music as you are. Whether you just need a place to record or you need a collaborator to help bring your songs to life, SWAN7 is a great place to start. As an engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry and a former touring musician, I’ve got the skills to help you get you music sounding the way you imagine. I can help with any and all aspects of the process: recording, mixing, arranging and co-writing.

Articles

One on One: A Formula for Success

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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Justin Hachat DJ / Producer

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Justin Hachat DJ / Producer

Background

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

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Artists

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

Tom Rowan Audio Engineer

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Tom Rowan Audio Engineer

Background

The Sound Lab is a fully-equipped recording studio in Greensboro, NC. We offer professional sound recording, production, mixing, and mastering services backed by over 34 years of recording experience at competitive prices. Our personnel is versatile; we have recorded musicians in diverse genres—including classical, country, jazz, hip hop, rock and blues—and spoken word artists, as well as corporate clients such as Volvo of America, Marriott International, and Penguin Group (USA)—recording projects such as audio books, voiceovers, jingles, and training manuals.

Our studio is comfortable, large, and architecturally designed for high-end sound production. The live room is 800 square feet, with 20 foot ceilings—perfect for orchestras, choirs, and big drum sounds. And its multiple isolation booths allow bands to easilly record in one room. The control room is also a very spacious 700 square feet.

Once your music recording is completed we also offer graphic design and duplication and replication services from 10 to 100,000 copies to help you fully complete and release your next project! In addition to audio recording and production services we also offer dvd duplication, and a variety of digital transfers (cassette to cd, LP/45 to cd, vhs to cd, vhs to dvd, and reel-to-reel to cd).

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Artists

Bahama Mamas
Big Sean
Brian Lynch
Heads Up Entertainment
Ja Rule
Joey Ramone
American Express
Backyard Records
Dreamworks Records

Peter Wolf Producer

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Peter Wolf Producer

Background

I have been passionately involved in the audio production field for 20 years, and have owned my own business for the last 15 of those years. I started with simple equipment and have progressed through many analog and digital advancements. I continue to pursue an understanding of cutting edge technologies within my field of expertise on a daily basis. I have and will always continue to strive for perfection in everything that I do.

I am a firm believer in the adage “where there is a will, there is a way” and I press until problems are solved and tasks are done.

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Artists

A&E Network
Brian Clay
Chico and the Hornets
Dying Within
Face Down
Gene Day
Heads Up
Infinite Aggression
Kevin James
L.R.A.
Nightmare
Matt Bishop
Mental Radio
Nosedive
Not for Hire
Outlaw
Part DJ Party
Pryme Tyme
Sick Little Monkeys
Something for Tomorrow
Space Hooker
The Bridge
The Neptunes
The Sierra Brothers
Violet Kill

Gregory Hainer Sound Designer

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Gregory Hainer Sound Designer

Background

Gregory teaches Post Production, Audio Engineering / Pro Tools, and Video Game Audio. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Synthesis and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music, where he also received the MP&E Academic Scholar Award.

Gregory has since worked in Hollywood as a sound designer, engineer, mixer, composer, voice director, producer, songwriter, classically-trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked on a number of feature films, TV, video games, records and theme park attractions.

He has won multiple Golden Reel Awards and worked with companies such Warner Bros., Disney, Soundelux, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Universal Studios and more. Gregory has also owned and operated his own recording and post-production studio, Scorpio Sound, since 1999.

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Artists

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Guild Wars 2
Prince of Egypt
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
We Were Soldiers
Dishonored
Black Hawk Down

Gradie O’Neal Engineer

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Gradie O’Neal Engineer

Background

Tiki Recording Studios was established in 1967 when the name was drawn out of a hat. CEO Gradie O’Neal has been a legendary engineer in the Bay Area and well respected. Many name groups have come through the doors and have recorded here. Jeannine O’Neal joined the company in the 80’s and has been an experienced music producer for the company. Both have recorded gold albums.

Two complete professional recording studios. Studio A-large recording room for bands with isolated drummers booth and singers booth. 91/2′ concert grand piano, excellent selection of microphones. Studio B- Production & Mixing facility. If you are a singer/songwriter/musician and need music behind you, let Jeannine create the arrangement of your dreams.

LP & cassette transfers to CD, Add your voice to Karaoke tracks for your family and friends, Career & internet music marketing consultation available. Call for prices and hours Many creative people have come through the doors of Tiki Studios-O’Neal Productions.

A bit of history, Tiki Studios was created by Gradie O’Neal and several partners back in 1967. We have survived many recessions, economy downturns, booms, you name it we’ve seen it and still survived by the grace of God. Tiki originally was on the corner of 17th and Julian St. in San Jose, Ca. and was in that location until 1985 where we moved into a much larger facility. The name Tiki came from Gradie and his partners at that time were trying to come up with a name for the new studio.

Everyone threw names in a hat and out popped Tiki. So for all these years, we have held on to the name and now added O’Neal Productions to the mix. The new facility offered two studios instead of one. One studio Studio A is the large room for bands to record. Studio B is the smaller music production and mixing room. Tiki in their beginning careers has recorded people such as Santana, Bill Withers, Lydia Pence of Cold Blood, Grupo Vennus, Los Aquario. We have also done many Gospel recording artists such as Lillie Knauls, Danni Bell and more. Many others (too many to name them all) have recorded throughout the years.

Both studios record many styles from Rock to world music heard throughout the world. Jeannine produces a wide variety of styles from African, South American, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Persian, India, Mexican you name it we’ve done it. That’s the beauty of music, it’s all the language we understand. More to come.

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Artists

Santana
Bill Withers
Lydia Pence of Cold Blood
Grupo Vennus
Los Aquario
Lillie Knauls
Danni Bell

Dave Goetter Sound Designer / Engineer

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Dave Goetter Sound Designer / Engineer

Background

Since a teenager, Dave has played various instruments in different bands. His history with audio engineering goes back to junior high when he started learning and helping run sound for various school functions and productions. In later years Dave worked at a studio where he fine-tuned his craft of session playing, recording, producing and mixing.

For the past decade Dave has been working with artists and bands helping them discover and create there sound. He has worked on hundreds of songs, and as a result has seen artists and bands he’s worked with, land deals with major and indie labels.

In 2013 Dave joined a collective of multimedia content creators based out of Kona, Hawaii, headed up by film director and entrepreneur David L. Cunningham. Since then, Dave has expanded into composing, sound design and mixing for film, TV and games. Out of this new direction, Dave started Twenty20Sound as a post sound and music production company.

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Artists

NBC
Discovery Channel
National Geographic
Nate Fowler
The Waiting Kind
Julie Turner
Forever Worthy
Act of Surrender
MacKayla Hunter

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Recording Connection Audio Institute is now enrolling students for our Hip Hop Music Production and Beat Making School

Ask Yourself

+ Do you dream of a career as a Hip-Hop Music Producer, Beat Maker, Songwriter or Audio Engineer?
+ Have you already made beats, or do you want to learn how to make beats, that blow people away?
+ Are you are a rapper or free style author of rhymes and want to learn how to create your own music to go along with them?
+ Are you already creating your own music but aspire to take it to the professional level?
+ Are you are a serious young man or woman who is ready to work hard to achieve your dreams?

DO ANY OF THE 5 DESCRIPTIONS ABOVE FIT YOU? HAVE WE STRUCK A CHORD WITH YOU AND YOUR DREAMS?

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THIS LIFE AND MAKE IT SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? ARE YOU COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO GO FOR YOUR DREAM OF MAKING IT AS A HIP-HOP MUSIC MOGUL?

DO YOU HAVE THE PASSION TO BE A WARRIOR LIKE DIDDY, RUSSELL SIMMONS, COMMON, DRE, EMINEM, TIMBALAND, ALEX DA KID, THE RZA, LAURYN HILL and JAY Z? Are you ready to make smart choices for your career?

LOOK, LET’S BE REAL AND TELL YOU RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Your career as a hip-hop producer or artist can be ruined if you get into serious debt while trying to afford tuition. Many students are falling into the snare of dream-killing debt. It is so bad that Rolling Stone Magazine just wrote a huge article on the college loan scandal; check it out here.

Making the right choice for your career in hip-hop starts with you making smart choices about your education. We believe that you shouldn’t have to spend $25,000 or more on an education that puts them you in a classroom. That’s why we place you as an apprentice (extern) with a music professional who is making his/her living in the music business.

TO BECOME AN ARTIST, YOU NEED FEEDBACK FROM INDUSTRY PROS.

The Recording Connection Audio School is the audio apprenticeship (externship) program that can break you into the business like no other school. Seriously.

The Recording Connection is a school for the 21st Century. We put you in the music business instead of a college classroom. That’s right–we put you inside the music business, and that is where you go to school.

Read on to learn more, but only if you are truly serious about beating out your competition for a career in hip-hop:

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GET EDUCATED ABOUT THE RECORDING CONNECTION:

Your career as a hip-hop mogul starts here. Take some time to read this information carefully:

The Recording Connection is the world-renowned audio school that trains you inside a real recording studio. The Recording Connection is backed by over 300 hip-hop music producers who believe in our on-the-job training approach.

LEARN FROM INDUSTRY PROS

Instead of training you inside crowded classrooms and charge you BIG MONEY, we take a more modern approach to learning. We train you for less money in a recording studio. A LOT LESS MONEY.

WHY DO WE USE REAL RECORDING STUDIOS? BECAUSE AS FAR AS WE KNOW, CLASSROOMS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ZERO HIT RECORDS. RECORDING STUDIOS HAVE PRODUCED AND RECORDED ALMOST ALL OF THEM.

Be more than just a student–be a student apprentice (extern) inside a hip-hop studio. One of the best ways to learn hip-hop production is to study under a real hip-hop producer.

You can come to our program for anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on where you are at in your career. Whether you are a beginner, in the middle or advanced, we believe you'll agree the Recording Connection’s very unique approach to learning hip-hop is a smart choice for your career. But you won’t know unless you APPLY for FREE and talk to one of Admissions Counselors.

Let’s not mince words: we believe we can save you time and money here by placing you in a real recording studio. Many industry pros agree, which is exactly why we have so many hip-hop legends producers teaching for us and endorsing us. They wouldn’t partner with us if we didn’t have the goods.

You have now learned something about us, and we want to hear all about you. We want to help you take your career to the professional level. We want to break you into the business, and we are the school that can do just that.

Don’t trust us, see for yourself……Apply below and get started; your life is waiting…..

 

Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (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.”