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

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

F. Reid Shippen Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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F. Reid Shippen Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

F. Reid Shippen is a New Jersey-born, Nashville-based, highly motivated, completely caffeinated multiple Grammy® award-winning producer/engineer/mixer.

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Artists

Death Cab for Cutie
CeCe Winans
Ingrid Michaelson
Cage the Elephant
Chris Tomlin
Dierks Bentley
India.Arie
Jewel
Adam Lambert
Backstreet Boys
Clay Aiken
Avalon
Eric Benét
Jennifer Knapp
A Fine Frenzy
Jonas Brothers
Marc Broussard
Eric Church
Robert Randolph
Jonny Lang
Flyleaf
Switchfoot
Third Day
MercyMe
Newsboys
Lucy Hale
Chesney
Urban
Sam Hunt
Dierks
Lady A
Ingrid Michaelson
India.Arie
Adele
Steven Tyler
Temptations
Colony House
Matthew Perryman Jones
Lucie Silvas
Brett Eldridge
Jake Owen

Tim Palmer Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Tim Palmer Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Tim is one of alternative rock’s most recognized and respected names. Originally from England, then L.A., and now based in Austin, Texas Tim is a “household name” among famous musicians and record executives. His platinum credits speak for themselves: as a record producer, engineer and mixer Tim’s credits include David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and U2.

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Artists

Robert Plant
David Bowie
Ozzy Osbourne
Pearl Jam
U2
Faith Hill
Deep Blue Something
The Cure
Catherine Wheel
Goo Goo Dolls
Better Than Ezra
The Psychedelic Furs
Bon Jovi
H.I.M.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Tears for Fears
Texas
Switchfoot
Jason Mraz
Blue October
David Cook
The Mission UK
Mother Love Bone
Cutting Crew

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

Ross Hogarth Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ross Hogarth Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ross Hogarth is a man of many talents. He’s an award winning producer, mixer, and engineer. He’s been the main man behind the control board for such artists as The Doobie Brothers, John Mellencamp, R.E.M., Sick Puppies, and Van Halen.

Ross is one of the Learn from Legends mentors at the Recording Connection. He works with advanced or graduated students to further their abilities. He’s given numerous apprentices their first big break. He’s one of the mentors in Los Angeles that put the students first. When you’ve been around as long as Ross has you’ve seen people come and go. You’ve seen trends die and fades fade. You know that the only way to really be successful is to follow your passion and create the work that you want to create.

This is something that gets lost in the hubbub and doldrums of Los Angeles. People are always chasing the almighty dollar. But Ross knows that the real success lies in following your passion.

When one of the Recording Connection students works with Ross they’re going to be gaining a wealth of knowledge, make valuable connections within the industry, and learn the ways of a master craftsman.

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Artists

Van Halen
Ziggy Marley
Keb’ Mo’
John Mellencamp
Motley Crue
Jewel
REM
Melissa Etheridge
The Doobie Brothers
Stephen Bruton

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

Warren Huart Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Warren Huart Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Warren Huart is a well-known songwriter, audio engineer, music producer and mixer who has produced, mixed and/or engineered on recordings for The Fray, Korn, Better than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, and Howie Day to name a few. Warren also has extensive Film and TV credits including Inglorious Basterds, Transformers 2, MTV’s The Hills, Lost, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy. Warren also co-owns a recording studio in Los Angeles, CA.

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Artists

The Fray
Korn
Aerosmith
James Blunt
Kris Allen
The X Factor
Howie Day
Better Than Ezra
Augustana
Ashbury

Niko Bolas & Al Schmitt Producers / Engineers

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Niko Bolas & Al Schmitt Producers / Engineers

Background

Niko Bolas is known as a “vibe oriented” producer/engineer in music studios and in forays with hi-tech companies. He has recorded and produced music and technology since starting at the famous Record One Studio in 1979.

In music, he’s cut with a wide spectrum…



Classic Artists – Neil Young (The Volume Dealers), Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Keith Richards, Herb Alpert, KISS, Steve Perry…

Contemporary Artists – John Mayer, Los Lonely Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, The Mavericks…



Emerging Artists – RACES, The Vim Dicta, Incan Abraham…

Film work spans “The Breakfast Club”, “Singles”, Scorcese’s “Lightning In A Bottle”, and Beyonce’s “Cadillac Records”.

In ’89 Niko co-founded Fakespace Music, and at computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH ’95 in Los Angeles, débuted two new patented music technologies in Virtual Reality.

In ’98 he co-founded internet radio company Sonicbox, and as President/CEO, successfully raised venture capital, and integrated Sonicbox technologies with several consumer products (Acer, Panasonic, Phillips). In 2000 the company was re-named iM Networks and in 2001 merged with Japan’s software giant Softbank.

Niko moved to Nashville in 2006, and set up a room at the amazing Blackbird Studios. He bought George Jone’s former house where he could fire up his secret passion, Bird Watching, which he did every free chance he got, along with his pet, Shovelhead.

In late 2010, Niko moved back to Los Angeles, where he promptly set up a the now infamous Surf Shack mix room in the Capitol Records tower…

Niko is also technical advisor to the Microsoft Surface (multi-touch computing) project in Los Angeles.

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Artists

Circle Jerks
Neil Young
Fionna Apple
Steve Perry
James Taylor
Billy Joel
Kiss
Bonnie Raitt
Barbra Streisand
Crosby
Stills & Nash
Toto
Melissa Etheridge
Spinal Tap
Mary's Danish
The Commitments
Bette Midler
Don Henley
Teena Marie

Vance Powell Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Vance Powell Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Four-time Grammy award winning producer, mixer, engineer, and co-owner of Sputnik Sound

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Artists

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
The Revivalists
Chris Stapleton
Tinariwen Emmaar
Black Prairie
The Dirty Guv'nahs
Peter Bradley Adams
Bobby Bare
Jr.
The Almost Fear
Insane Clown Posse
Sturgill Simpson
Seasick Steve
Various Artists Iron Man 3
Andrew Stockdale
Moon Taxi
LeAnn Rimes
Kings of Leon
Various Artists The Great Gatsby
Caitlin Rose
Red Fang
North Mississippi Allstars
Jack White
The Whigs
Keb' Mo'
Andrew Osenga Leonard
Andrew Peterson
Buddy Guy
The Kicks
Danger Mouse & Danielle
Chris Thile
Wanda Jackson
Johnny Gimble
The Kicks
The Whigs
The Dead Weather
Karen Elson
Andrew Belle
The White Stripes
Hillsong
Seasick Steve Man
Willie Nelson
Jessica Simpson
Jewel
Alicia Keys
Caedmon's Call
Matt Dusk
Raul Malo
Scott Kempner
Head for the Hills
The Whistles & the Bells
Dirk Powell
Leagues You Belong Here

Rafa Sardina Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Rafa Sardina Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Los Angeles based, 12-time Grammy-winner, producer/mixer/engineer Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic and impressive client list in the recent years. As a musician, engineer and producer Rafa connects easily with artists and has tremendous respect for creating a studio vibe that’s performance-friendly for both new and established talent.

Rafa’s love for music began at an early age playing guitar and attending recording sessions in his native Spain. After four years in Medical school, Rafa chose to pursue his life-long passion: Music. A live sound stint with folk, jazz and world artists in northern Spain and the south of France led him to the United States. Soon after he landed an engineering position at the legendary Ocean Way Recording Studios in Hollywood and Record One Studios in Sherman Oaks. Rafa had the unique opportunity to work with world reknowned artists on a daily basis – from Natalie Cole to the Black Crows, Celine Dion, Greenday, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Sinatra, the pre-recording of The Academy Awards and worked on numerous movies. Rafa’s intuition to move to Los Angeles proved to be one of the most rewarding synergies of his life.

Though Sardina is best known for working on pop, rock and R&B projects, he has recorded and mixed just about any genre of music you can imagine: orchestral recordings, big band, R&B, dance, gospel, soul, rap, choral, film/TV soundtracks and movie scores like “Any given Sunday”, “102 Dalmatians”, “Michael Jordan – To the Max”, “Biker Boyz”, Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion”, Johnny Depp’s “The Rum Diary” and many more.

Over the years Rafa has developed professional and personal relationships with many artists that he has grown to respect.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to a simple studio philosophy – I’m there to make sure the artist is able to realize his vision and have fun in the process.”

Rafa founded Fishbone Productions in 2001. He built “Afterhours Studios” from the ground up with artists’ needs in mind. “It helps me to be more flexible with today’s recording budgets and create a safe place for artists to work without having to worry about the clock,” says Sardina, who specified the acoustics and gear installation details of his studio in Los Angeles, California. He also frequents major studios around the world. “Basically, I go where the projects take me…”

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Artists

Elvis Costello & The Roots
Michael Jackson
Celine Dion
Mariah Carey
Shakira
Dr. Dre
Dru Hill
Susan Boyle
Beyonce
Stevie Wonder
Clare Fisher Big Band
Macy Gray
Alejandro Sanz
Lady Gaga
Calle 13
Harry Connick Jr.
D’Angelo
Michael Buble
Placido Domingo

John Greenham Mastering Engineer

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John Greenham Mastering Engineer

Background

John Greenham has more than two decades of mastering experience to draw from. His client list is about as versatile as it can get, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Ice Cube to Queensrÿche, Susana Baca to Ae$op Rock, Kimya Dawson to American Royalty and up-and-comers Bad Suns. Now ask him to explain just what “mastering” is and he turns to metaphors to help explain the process. “Closure” is the word that comes up again and again. For Greenham it’s less about certain processes since every album, track and artist is undoubtedly different: “Mastering is like framing a piece of art. You have a bunch of paintings lying around but no one’s going to be able to look at them and appreciate them until they’re framed properly and hung. That’s what mastering is, it’s framing the art, not changing it’s essential character.”

Now ask John Greenham what mastering is not, and he gets pretty adamant. For him the job of the masterer is NOT to put their signature mark on the work. The job of any good mastering professional is to achieve the sound, feel and character that the artist intended. Greenham says, “You’ve got to get behind the artist’s music and their vision. You’ve got to love it and feel passionately about it, otherwise, it just won’t work out very well. Ultimately, you’ve got to allow it (the song) to speak directly to the audience and get all the technical stuff out of the way.”

We are honored to have John Greenham of Infrasonic Sound on board as our newest Recording Connection mentor. We look forward to placing our students with this gifted master of mastering.

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Artists

Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
Ice Cube
Capital Cities
Omar Sosa
Aesop Rock
Dirty Ghosts
Queensryche
Tess Henley
Bad Suns
Alika & Nueva Alianza
Kimya Dawson
Mindless Behavior
Tito Gonzalez
Cobalt Cranes
Sistema Bomb
Young & Sick
Jessie Bridges
The Mantles
The Aislers Set
Annalisa Tornfelt

Jeff Balding Engineer / Mixer

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Jeff Balding Engineer / Mixer

Background

Nashville based Jeff Balding’s hits are almost too many to list. He engineered & mixed Don Henley’s Billboard #1 country debut ‘Cass County’ and recently finished working with Megadeth’s own Dave Mustaine on the band’s upcoming album. Recent mixes include tracks for superstars Brett Eldridge, Jana Kramer, Ashley Monroe,Michael Ray, and Chris Janson just to name a few. Jeff has been at the helm mixing some massive hits like Taylor’s Swift’s self titled debut, Kellie Pickler ‘Small Town Girl, Keith Urban’s ‘Day’s Go By’,LeAnn Rimes ‘This Woman’, Trace Adkins ‘Songs About Me’, and Brooks & Dunn ‘Cowboy Town’ as well as recording Brad Paisley’s’This is Country Music’, Shakira’s ‘Shakira’, and Trisha Yearwood’s’Jasper County’. Jeff’s projects have won multiple Grammy awards and received even more nominations.

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Artists

Don Henley
Megadeth
Brett Eldridge
Jana Kramer
Ashley Monroe
Michael Ray
Chris Janson
Taylor Swift
Kellie Pickler
Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Trace Adkins
Brooks & Dunn
Brad Paisley
Shakira
Trisha Yearwood

Matt Linesch Producer / Engineer

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Matt Linesch Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection is happy to welcome producer/engineer Matt Linesch from Ocean Way Recording to our mentor-family!

Ocean Way is a world-renowned studio that has worked with many of music’s biggest names. The multiple-award-winning studio boasts four locations including two in LA, one in Nashville, and one in St. Barths in the French West Indies. All told, this powerhouse studio has been in on the ground level of project which have sold more than one billion units globally!

Working out of the Ocean Way Hollywood location, Linesch is an LA native. The producer and engineer’s deep love and dedication for making music was fostered from a young age. An independent musician in his own right, he feels a great sense of accomplishment from working with artists and helping them to develop their own unique sounds. Personal and creative growth are a big part of what he’s about and Linesch is always checking in to see where his expertise and relationships can help take a project and an artist to the next level.

As this pro’s career continues to thrive as a producer and engineer, so does his passion for making his own music. For him, everything is connected. Ultimately, the goal is to share the music he believes in and to continue building a life that’s wholly centered around music.

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Artists

Fool's Gold
Dave Mason
Edward Sharpe
Aaron Embry
Tété
Van Halen

Adam Moseley Producer / Engineer

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Adam Moseley Producer / Engineer

Background

Since the late 70s sonic-master Adam Moseley has had a very successful career as producer, engineer, and mixing for bands like U2, Beck, The Cure, Rush, Kiss, Maxi Priest. He’s also mixed audio for big budget movies like The Big Wedding and hit TV shows including True Blood and The Americans.

With more than three decades worth of experience in the music and audio industry under his belt, for Adam Moseley building tracks is a very big deal, an enlarging and fine-tuning of one’s perception and “sonic awareness.” On this point Moseley says, “The essence of music is arrangement, both musical and sonic.” Becoming proficient at assembling tracks entails learning how to “build a musical arrangement through awareness of your sonic field.” Attaining this heightened level of awareness involves sharpening one’s listening skills, talking about the craft (and having the vocabulary to do that) as well as growing through one’s experiences and becoming fine-tuned to the work itself.

To those future apprentices we say: Listen, learn and take it all in from this most sagacious master of sound.

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Artists

Lucybell
Galliano
A. J. Croce
Abandoned Pools
Roxette
Maxi Priest
April Wine
John Cale
Kazumi Watanabe

Bob Bullock Producer / Engineer

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Bob Bullock Producer / Engineer

Background

Bob Bullock knows what it takes to compete in today’s ever changing market and brings years of creative and technical expertise to every recording session. He possesses a unique understanding and sensitivity when it comes to creating the perfect atmosphere for an artist or musician, helping them to reach their highest potential. Whether he’s working with today’s hottest acts, independent artists on the rise or the young, developing artists of tomorrow his attention to the needs of the client, combined with his ability to combine the different colors of musical instruments and equipment, make Bob Bullock one of the industry’s top producer/engineers.

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Artists

Shania Twain
George Straight
Reb McEntire
George Jones
Loretta Lynn
Glen Campbell
Chick Corea
REO Speedwagon
The Tubes
Crazy Horse
Steely Dan
Waylon Jennings
Kenny Rogers
The Monkees
Keith Urban
Kenny Chesney

Steve Marcantonio Engineer / Mixer

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Steve Marcantonio Engineer / Mixer

Artists

Taylor Swift Band
Hank Williams Jr.
Cheap Trick
Doobie Bros
Thomas Rhett
Billy Currington
Steven Tyler
Reba McEntire
Vince Gill

Carmen Rizzo Producer / Remixer

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Carmen Rizzo Producer / Remixer

Background

a two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Producer-Remixer, Artist and Artist Relations Manager for Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance.

For those of you who are not totally familiar with Carmen, he’s got one very eclectic career! From co-writing, engineering and programming material on Seal’s classic 1994 self-titled album (aka Seal II), to co-producing and co-writing Paul Oakenfold’s Bunkka album; remixing such artists as BT and Tiesto; collaborating with Tuvan Throat singers Huun Huur Tu; and co-founding the ground-breaking World Music act Niyaz, Carmen has done it all!

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Artists

Coldplay
Alanis Morissette
Dido
AR Rahman
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Bil VornDick Producer / Engineer

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Bil VornDick Producer / Engineer

Artists

Marty Robbins
Allison Krauss
Mark O’Connor
Béla Fleck
Doc Watson
Jerry Douglas
Ralph Stanley
Rhonda Vincent
Bob Dylan
Charlie Haden
Lynn Anderson
T-Bone Burnett
James Taylor

Gary Wright Singer / Songwriter

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Gary Wright Singer / Songwriter

Background

Visionary songwriter, performer and all-around musical pioneer Gary Wright has spent more than forty years shattering conventional ideas about how to make chart-topping rock music. Not only have his classic songs “Dream Weaver,” “Love is Alive” and “Really Wanna Know You” proven their genius by achieving hit status in four different decades; Wright’s musical wizardry has also extended, more than once, to changing the very sound and texture of contemporary pop.

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Artists

George Harrison
Steve Winwood
Salt-N-Pepa
Eminem
Mick Jones (of Foreigner)
Joe Cocker
Busta Rhymes
Joan Osborne
Anastacia

David Huff Producer / Engineer

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David Huff Producer / Engineer

Artists

Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Bonnie Tyler
The Doobie Brothers
Armin van Buuren
Kid Rock
Faith Hill
Jewel
Giant

Joey Peters Producer / Composer

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Joey Peters Producer / Composer

Background

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Artists

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

Geoff Gray Engineer

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Geoff Gray Engineer

Background

A student of the legendary Les Paul, Geoff Gray has worked with countless musicians and recorded hundreds of albums for over 30 years.

Locally, Geoff has helped bands come away with albums that are polished by platinum-record holding engineer standards. Geoff’s number one rule is quality, and combining the tools and tricks hidden by industry greats with new techniques has satisfied many musicians looking for a truly professional sounding album.

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Artists

Led Zeppelin
Mindy Jostyn
Larry Alexander
Bill Perry
Chris Lehman
Sonny Sharrock
Chuck Loeb
Brian Tarquin
Randy Brecker
Jock Bartley
Randy Coven
Nelson Rangell
Lincoln Schleiffer
Chris Caffery
Bob Mintzer
Jason Miles
Baron Raymonde
Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Rich Maraday
...and many others.

Nick Raskulinecz Producer

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Nick Raskulinecz Producer

Artists

Foo Fighters
Ghost
We As Human
Evanescence
Marilyn Manson
Deftones
Coheed and Cambria
Stone Sour
Trivium
Duff McKagan
Mondo Generator
Danzig
The Exies
Ash
My Ruin
Velvet Revolver
Rush
Mastodon
Shadows Fall
Superdrag
Goatsnake
Fireball Ministry
Rye Coalition
Death Angel
Danko Jones
Apocalyptica

Michael James Sound Designer

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Michael James Sound Designer

Background

Michael has become one of the most respected and sought-after sound design consultants to the pro-audio industry as a result of his roles as a preset/algorithm designer and beta-tester for several highly successful, award-winning products from Lexicon, Eventide, Sound Toys and TC Electronics, among others.  He is a long-time endorser of Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, Tom Anderson Guitarworks, Taylor Guitars, Eventide, Manley Labs, Dangerous Music, Chandler Limited, Avalon Design, Tonelux, Glyph Technology and SIT Strings.

Today Michael is in constant demand as a mix specialist precisely because of his multi-faceted skill set.  As a writer-mixer, he knows when to make the technology get out of the way of the song and the artistry.  As a musician, he can completely rearrange a song when an artist wants to dig deeper—even at the mix stage.  He is frequently hired to do just that, often performing new guitar, bass and keyboard parts at the artists’ request, breathing new life into the song and the mix.

 

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Artists

New Radicals
Too Much Joy
Hole
L7
Maia Sharp
A.J. Croce
Jane's Addiction

Patrick Doyle Composer

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Patrick Doyle Composer

Background

“I’m a Los Angeles based producer, composer, and engineer. I’ve been a part of some amazing productions, and am always excited to hear about new opportunities and adventures.”

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Artists

Cinderella (2015)
Brave (2012)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Thor (2011)
Eragon (2006)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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

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

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)

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

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

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Find Your Legend

Open to any graduate of Recording Connection or experienced recording proffessional who wants to learn from the industry’s best.

About the
Program

Welcome to your new office: the recording studio!

The Recording Connection’s from legends program was created for outstanding graduates of our audio engineering and music production programs.  This course is tailored to the students career aspirations. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons, an accomplished audio engineer or music producer teaches you mixing, mastering, production, arranging, and the principles of music business.

Any aspect of music producing or audio engineering can be a part of your learn from legends program.  This program is best suited for the student who has a solid grasp on audio engineering and music producing skills but wants the competitive edge to take their game to a whole new level.

Recording Connection provides you the knowledge, experience, and understanding used to hone your audio skills in real world situations with industry legends. Equipped with these insights, you are enabled to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!

In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Learn From Legends program, you’ll receive private in-person education in a professional recording studio plus remote tutoring from a living audio legend.  Students may attend part-time or full time and are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week depending on their schedule.

The Recording Connection and your Learn From Legends mentor will design a custom curriculum based on your input and goals.  The course curriculum can include:

 

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

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

 

AUDIO SOFTWARE

Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reason.

 

MAKING MUSIC

Mixing, mastering, producing, arranging, music business, promotion.

 

HARDWARE AND EQUIPMENT

Analog consoles and digital consoles, outboard mixing and mastering gear, preamps and recording backline.

Job Assistance has been helpful being in Spain. I’m looking forward to getting my business put together.

Juan Garcia Recording Connection Student