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Hip Hop / Beat Making
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Program: Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making

Audio Education Upgraded
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Amplify your life! Get inside access to the music business, extern under a professional audio engineer inside of their recording studio. Gain insider knowledge and connections during real sessions. Work hard and turn your dreams into reality.

The Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our Hip Hop Music Production and Beat Making School

Ask Yourself

+ Do you want 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 freestyle 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 serious and ready to work hard to achieve your dreams?

Do any of the 5 descriptions sound like you?

Have you ever thought of making it as a hip hop mogul?

Do you have the passion to be a warrior like Diddy, 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. Here’s 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 you in a regular school classroom. That’s why we place you as an extern with a music professional who is making his/her living in the music business.

To become a working artist, you often need feedback from industry pros.

The Recording Connection audio school alternative is the audio externship program that gives you the opportunity to learn inside the music business like no ordinary school.

The Recording Connection is built 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, if you’re serious about beating out your competition and starting your career in hip-hop:


Curriculum Overview

Lesson 1 – What is Hip Hop?

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... Read more

Lesson 1 – What is Hip Hop?

Lesson 2 – Sound and Hearing

Like vision and touch, our sonic awareness enables us to make sense of the world we live in. We examine the raw, objective characteristics of sound and how it travels through space, so we can harness our imagination and create captivating subjective experiences for our listeners. Objectives: Be able to define terms used to describe sound by the end of the course, as measured by the end of course quiz. Be able to explain how waveforms work by... Read more

Lesson 2 – Sound and Hearing

Lesson 3 – Analog vs. Digital

You can get the best sonic results out of your productions by understanding the difference between analog and digital audio and how our digital audio workstations are actually emulations of traditional analog processes, gear, and electronics. Understanding the basics of both of these realms of audio gives us a more knowledgeable foundation for the creation of our own music. Objectives: Be able to define terms used to describe analog and digital by the end of the course,... Read more

Lesson 3 – Analog vs. Digital

Lesson 4 – The DAW

Understanding one’s DAW or digital audio workstation is a key aspect of being a modern-day hip hop music producer who is adept at creating and communicating various song and artistic ideas to other artists and music professionals. Whether you choose to learn Pro Tools™ or Logic Pro X ® this course will enable you to understand the basic functions of your DAW and its layout, identify various tools, and demonstrate the ability to navigate its... Read more

Lesson 4 – The DAW

Lesson 5 – Music Fundamentals 1

If you find the term “music theory” a little intimidating, know this, there’s nothing to worry about. Chances are, you already intuitively know quite a bit of music theory. In Music Fundamentals I, we’ll uncover the building blocks of western music which consists of features like scales, chords, and intervals. We’ll then see how such fundamental knowledge of music theory can help you to make informed, sonically pleasing decisions for your music. Many notable hip... Read more

Lesson 5 – Music Fundamentals 1

Lesson 6 – Music Fundamentals 2

Building on Music Fundamentals I, we will delve into the basics of rhythm, musical notation, time is expressed in musical units of measures and bars, and numerical time notation in your DAW. Also known as meter, time signatures such as 4/4, 6/8, and 5/4, greatly impact the feel, character, and groove of your music. Developing a sophisticated ear takes time and practice. Together, we uncover the essentials of groove to better understand the magic that... Read more

Lesson 6 – Music Fundamentals 2

Lesson 7 – Producer Considerations & Arranging

Today’s hip hop producer is often much more than the person in charge of guiding a project. In the context of popular music, the producer can even be the person responsible for the entire arrangement, including the lyrics. As the professional responsible for the construction of the instrumental, you must keep certain musical considerations in mind when aimed at creating an interesting piece of music. We’ll also uncover certain key aspects such as the difference... Read more

Lesson 7 – Producer Considerations & Arranging

Lesson 8 – Elements of Style

Find out what musical elements you’ll need to consider to bring your music into the hip hop idiom! From the tight pocket, to the catchy baseline, to the hook, hip hop is a rich and varied world, full of different feels, tones, and elements of style that vary across the genre and its subgenres. We explore the various stylistic elements that work to create distinctive, signature sounds or flavors. Objectives: Be able to define what elements create a... Read more

Lesson 8 – Elements of Style

Lesson 9 – Form

Question: What do the best novelists and music producers have in common? Answer: Control of form. Much like a great novel, a good song requires a solid foundation to support the body of work as the listener is led along on a musical journey. We’ll learn more about the various sections of songs in western popular music, the 32-bar AABA form, sections of a song (hook, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, bridge, outro) as well as using... Read more

Lesson 9 – Form

Lesson 10 – Song Analysis

One of the most important things that we can do to help ourselves as hip hop producers, musicians, songwriters, and artists is to understand the work of veterans and our contemporaries. Through song analysis, we can break apart the elements that make a song successful and thereby incorporate them into our own music. Typically speaking, song analysis starts by considering key, chord changes and form. But whether you’re looking at a Baroque piece from... Read more

Lesson 10 – Song Analysis

Lesson 11 – MIDI

Since becoming a “standard protocol” in 1983, MIDI has undoubtedly revolutionized the way music gets made. Its options and flexibility allows users to create and manipulate sounds in a way that’s downright impossible with physical instruments. Together, we will explore the power of MIDI sequencing. From creating scratch tracks, to controlling FX parameters during a live performance, to assembling a virtual orchestra inside of your computer, MIDI can steal the show or be no more... Read more

Lesson 11 – MIDI

Lesson 12 – Drums

Drums can emphasize a precise moment in a piece of music, they can drum a song forward to the next bar, provide a sense of space or an element of interest, and perhaps most importantly stir up the listener and rouse their emotions. Drums have probably been a staple of music since our earliest days as a species. Drums have been at the center of hip hop since before the term “hip hop” came to... Read more

Lesson 12 – Drums

Lesson 13 – Midterm

Can you believe it? You’re halfway there! This chapter is all about preparing you for your midterm, so make good use of it. We’ve poured a lot of thought into the delivery of some valuable information and we want to be sure that you are retaining it. From “What is hip hop?” to the way sound works and how human ears interpret soundwaves, to the fundamentals of music theory and classic and numerical musical notation,... Read more

Lesson 13 – Midterm

Lesson 14 – The Bass

Big, round, and booming, the bass can be found at the foundation of western popular music across nearly all genres. As you certainly know, the bass is a huge component in hip hop production. Learning how to use it well can make all the difference between a muddy sounding low end, to one that hooks listeners with its seemingly hypnotic power. As a hip hop producer, the value of knowing how to produce a bassline... Read more

Lesson 14 – The Bass

Lesson 15 – Sampling

Sampling is a key part of the hip hop genre because it’s what gives the genre its unique sound. There are many ways to go about sampling from choosing what to sample, how to sample, how to use the sample, how to manipulate the sample, and the list goes on. Fortunately, many giants of the genre have walked the earth to create a path for us to follow as we create our own musical identities... Read more

Lesson 15 – Sampling

Lesson 16 – Melody

The melody makes most songs, even in hip hop. A melody is a single line progression of notes which the listener perceives as a singular part. In other words, in thinking about your song, the listener will likely hum that part of it. The melody is memorable and as such it should be simple. In a song’s arrangement, the melody is in the foreground. The accompaniment, whether it’s a solo piano or a huge, texture... Read more

Lesson 16 – Melody

Lesson 17 – Harmony

Two or more notes playing simultaneously to create a chord is harmony. When harmony is used to create a series of chords, that’s called a chord progression or harmonic progression. Harmony does a whole lot of the work for us as producers of hip hop when it comes to creating a song’s overall feel and vibe. Certain harmonies create a feeling of wholeness, rightness, even completeness, while others evoke unease, indecision, trepidation, heartache or loss.... Read more

Lesson 17 – Harmony

Lesson 18 – Equalization and Dynamic Processing

Creating an instrumental with impact often requires a number of sonic touchups. Equalization and dynamic processing are two powerful tools which allow us to sonically carve out various elements so that everything has its place within the sonic spectrum. Doing this well can enable you to get the sound you’re wanting to bring to the listeners. In this course you’ll learn two of the most powerful sonic manipulation tools you have in your arsenal—equalization and... Read more

Lesson 18 – Equalization and Dynamic Processing

Lesson 19 – Effects Processing

Effects processing is the act of intentionally altering a signal by sending it through an effects unit. Traditionally, this was done by routing the signal through racks of outboard gear or guitar pedals and then into the system to record. Nowadays, a large portion of effects processing is done “in the box” with high powered tools, some of which you already have pre-stocked inside your DAW. In the audio world, we producers thrive on effects processing... Read more

Lesson 19 – Effects Processing

Lesson 20 – Mixing

A good mix can take a song to the next level. It can make a song a hit by giving it a well-balanced sonic landscape, or by transporting the listener to another planet (metaphorically speaking, that is). With all the tools available inside of a digital audio workstation, the sky’s the limit on what can be done to a song. In this chapter, you will learn the basics of mixing and how to think of... Read more

Lesson 20 – Mixing

Lesson 21 – Mastering

Mastering is the art of sweetening the mix and preparing the mix down for duplication. Mastering often takes an elevated set of ears that can discern and hear very subtle sonic intricacies that make up certain sounds and effects. These listening skills take time to develop. In this lesson, we put you on the right path to developing your sonic tastes and mastering abilities. Your mentor is another key resource to help you become acquainted... Read more

Lesson 21 – Mastering

Lesson 22 – Performance Rights Organizations and Publishing

Learn how protect your music and your brand while also creating a positive revenue stream. There are numerous ways you can make money from having a solid project. Some of them require you to embark on a process of discovery while others are long established, making it easier to understand how things work from the outset. The right licensing opportunity can bring your music significant publicity but in order to take advantage of these opportunities,... Read more

Lesson 22 – Performance Rights Organizations and Publishing

Lesson 23 – Agreements

The music industry doesn’t run on handshakes alone. Because of the nature of quarterly payments and prospective success, it works on a series of agreements between parties in order to ensure that everyone gets paid what they deem is fair for the situation. What we will look at in this section are basic agreements between producer, artist, and record label. In this course we’ll get into various agreements including work for hire, collective work, side artist... Read more

Lesson 23 – Agreements

Lesson 24 – Final Exam

Please take time to go back through your past lessons’ section reviews. They are very helpful study tools. The Final Exam contains questions from ALL past lessons, so be sure to review everything you can. Proper review of Courses 1-23 and scheduling sessions with your Academic Facilitator will help you set yourself up for a good and hopefully relatively stressless exam experience. Remember, preparation is key, so prepare yourself! Objectives: Displays a comprehensive understanding of all previous... Read more

Lesson 24 – Final Exam
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All Students Have Access To:

1-on-1 learning in a real recording studio.

Other schools do classrooms and campus studio labs, with us, your classroom is a real studio in the real world.

All of our curriculum, labs, etc. are taught by a working industry professional.

You will only learn from an industry veteran who owns or operates his or her own real-world recording studio. Other schools employ full-time teachers who may or may not have achieved success in the real world. Our mentors are not only artists in their craft but working, successful business pros. Imagine what you can learn from them!

Sit in on real-life sessions.

Many of our students have been offered the opportunity to work on real-world sessions while they are students with us!! Our students have worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Solange, Khalid, Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few while being taught by legendary producers Joe Chicarelli, Al Schmitt, Detail, Ross Hogarth, Ryan Hewitt, F. Reid Shippen and countless others.

Low Costs.

Recording Connection takes a unique approach to learning music production and pride ourselves on having a very modern approach to cost. Put plainly—we hate student debt just as much as you do. Throughout our 30 years in the business, we have made it a primary focus to keep our tuition affordable. Very affordable. While we believe we could price our education at three times what it actually costs, we have made it our mission to keep costs low. When you graduate with us, you will not be buried by burdensome amounts of debt.

Tutoring.

In addition to the industry pro who will be your mentor, tutoring is available to you for the entire time you are enrolled with us. Need help with your homework? Can't figure out Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or more? Want to learn how to make more beats? Have a question you forgot to ask your mentor? Want career advice? Want us to help you build a song? Create a resume? Our tutors and Academic Facilitators are here for you!

Real Career Services.

Our fully staffed Career Services Department exists for one reason—to help our students and graduates get hired. From helping you create an awesome resume, to handling and scheduling your job interview, to finding job opportunities in your area, we’ve got your back.

Additional Studio Time.

The more you give to our programs the more you get. Want more time in the studio to study, practice or observe? Simply prove your passion and dedication to your mentor and you will find there is virtually no limit to studio access.

Lab Time.

Personal, hands-on lab time is built into our program. You’ll never find yourself fighting over gear availability with dozens of other students. And speaking of gear, because you will be learning in a real-world recording studio you will be learning on the latest gear.

Real World Experience.

The only way to learn how things work in the real world is to learn in the real world. Since our program places you inside a real-world recording studio on the very first day, you’ll learn all the essentials: studio etiquette, client relations, shortcuts, how to meet a deadline, the art of running a recording studio and so much more. This gives you a tremendous advantage over other schools’ students who never got off the campus and who often graduate underprepared.

Connections.

You’ve probably heard the expression “It’s who you know.” In the music industry this is definitely true. With The Recording Connection you have access to industry connections on a daily basis. As your progress with our program and start sitting in on recording sessions, you’ll meet your mentor’s connections—artists, producers, mixers, managers, gear reps and many more. It’s networking from the inside.

Our Network.

Once you are in with us, YOU ARE IN! The Recording Connection deals with hundreds of recording studios, audio engineers, music producers, mixers, record labels and studio owners on a daily basis. As long as you are a student or graduate of our programs, in good standing, our access is your access.

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