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Course: Recording Connection for Live Music

Audio Education Upgraded
for 2022

Curriculum Overview

Live Sound Lesson 1 – Safety and Operations

A career in live music as a live sound engineer can be fun and very rewarding. Nevertheless, live sound is serious business. Your positive, professional demeanor, high-caliber work, and exacting adherence to safety and best practices sets you apart from the rest. Your positive, professional demeanor, high-caliber work, and exacting adherence... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 1 – Safety and Operations

Live Sound Lesson 2 – Sound and Hearing

Whether you’re setting up at The Wiltern or Madison Square Gardens, understanding the science behind how you perceive sound, how sound travels, and how sound is produced and measured—this is essential knowledge for anyone aspiring to be any type of audio engineer. For the purposes of your electronic odyssey, grasping the... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 2 – Sound and Hearing

Live Sound Lesson 3 – Basic Electronics

Live sound and audio has been dependent on electricity for a very long time. Let’s look at the fundamentals of electricity and the evolution of technological advances that have shaped the audio world and made live sound what it is today. Ever stop to think about what is happening when you... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 3 – Basic Electronics

Live Sound Lesson 4 – Digital Audio

Let’s unpack that term, shall we? Digital audio refers to an electrical voltage that’s turned into binary data that a computer can understand through a series of ones and zeros. If that sounds at all daunting, don’t worry! We’ll break it down for you in a way that makes sense. By... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 4 – Digital Audio

Live Sound Lesson 5 – Pro Tools

Pro Tools has remained an industry standard for engineers and producers in the professional studio environment, as well as for the novice music enthusiast, for more than 20 years. In this chapter, we will begin to scratch the surface of this very ubiquitous DAW. Today, Pro Tools is owned and operated... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 5 – Pro Tools

Live Sound Lesson 6 – Connectivity

For a moment, pretend you’re in the studio recording Hendrix, Van Halen, Slash, or Stevie Ray Vaughan as they’re laying down some overdubs. The virtuoso is in the live room and you’re in the control room, sitting at the console and running the session. The single strum of a guitar... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 6 – Connectivity

Live Sound Lesson 7 – Microphones

A microphone is a device that changes acoustic energy into an electric current—one that can be altered and manipulated. In this lesson, we will look at various types of microphones, explain how they work, and help familiarize you with popular mics you will see in the studio and on stage. Any... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 7 – Microphones

Live Sound Lesson 8 – Basic Miking Considerations

Reach the hall of fame for live sound, and you’ll undoubtedly find it’s full of reflections and phase shifts. Whether you’re miking the Staples Center or Red Rocks, the challenges of live sound never, ever cease. Applying all of the necessary considerations to time, space, and environment is a beast!... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 8 – Basic Miking Considerations

Live Sound Lesson 9 – Monitors

In live sound, the first thing we tend to think about is “how is the sound in the house?” While this is very important, we have to consider the reason everybody is in the house in the first place— the band. While making sure the sound in the main room is... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 9 – Monitors

Live Sound Lesson 10 – Dynamic Signal Processing

In audio engineering, the dynamic range refers to the distance between the loudest possible sound and the quietest possible sound in an audio recording. Dynamic range control is an important part of balancing and blending a performance. In audio engineering, the dynamic range refers to the distance between the loudest possible... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 10 – Dynamic Signal Processing

Live Sound Lesson 11 – Equalization

Equalization is what engineers use to alter the frequency response of an audio signal. If boosting, frequencies become or appear more pronounced. If cutting, they become less pronounced. But knowing is not the same thing as truly understanding. It all comes down to what one is striving to accomplish. Equalization or... Read more

Live Sound Lesson 11 – Equalization

The Recording Connection audio school alternative is now enrolling students for our Live Sound Engineering Program

The Most Immersive Way to Get Live Sound Experience

The Recording Connection live sound audio engineering program is designed to get you in front of state of the art mixing consoles, digital audio workstations, mics, amps, and speakers as soon as possible. If it’s your dream to make live performances sound their very best, our mentors will build on what you already know and prepare you for a career in live audio engineering, whether that’s in front of a crowd, FOH (front of house), or handling the monitor mix.

Going with the university or trade school route to get an audio engineer degree can be expensive and take years to complete. Working side by side with your mentor, a recording arts industry professional, you’ll be placed in a real-world environment to learn live sound audio engineering including electronics, digital audio, Pro Tools, connectivity, monitors, the mixing console, and more. Learn what it takes to work within a number of different environments and different setups so that you can foster great listening experiences for everyone in the venue.

How You Learn is Important

In traditional educational settings, you’re required to sit in a classroom with other students, biding your time to ask questions, get feedback, or sign up for lab time. But so much of working in live music, sound design, studio engineering, and other aspects of the music industry relies on getting your hands dirty. With Recording Connection, it’s almost all “lab time.”

When it comes to the entertainment marketplace, who you know is just as valuable as what you know. Our mentors are music producers and audio engineers who work with Grammy-award winning and platinum-selling artists as well as live performers that want to pass on their knowledge. Prove yourself to them and take advantage of these opportunities to network.

Meet Our Mentors

Our mentors have worked in all corners of the music industry, from producing albums and records to touring pros to creating soundtracks for movies, TV shows, and video games.

We Have Places All Over the Place

With more than 300 locations around the U.S., you don’t have to move to Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or anywhere else to get the education you need to start a career in live sound engineering.


Will I need to know how to produce music for this program?

Not necessarily. Although many artists enroll in our Live Music program, this course is designed to help you understand the differences between indoor and outdoor venues and how to make the most of the sound system and other gear you’re working with. This way you’ll be able to make any band sound better during a live performance.

How often will I meet with my mentor?

When you enroll in any Recording Connection programs, you are expected to spend at least 10 hours a week with your mentor. Remember, this isn’t a hobby to them–this is their career. That’s why all potential students go through an interview process to ensure they are ready to put in the work.

How much is tuition for the live sound engineering school program?

A fraction of those university or trade school programs. For a complete list of our programs and tuition rates, please look at our tuition page.

Are there remote learning opportunities?

Yes! Even though we have hundreds of locations, we understand that traveling to a studio or live music venue isn’t always possible. For three decades, we’ve been offering remote learning options for students to provide as much access as possible. While we always recommend spending time in the studio, you’ll still get the same information in our remote offerings.

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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.


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.


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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You’ve got to put in your effort. You have to show the studio you’re actually going to show up, you’re going to be there, you’re going to work hard, and you know your stuff.
- Recording Connection grad Jake Kiyokane, Los Angeles, CA
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