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Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production
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Program: Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production

Audio Education Upgraded
for 2021

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.

Why our music audio engineering program works

What You Will Learn

This Advanced Audio Program offers specific advanced instruction in the following areas:

  • In-depth treatment of Pro Tools, including elastic audio, auto-tuning, and many other techniques
  • In-depth instruction on the use of compressors, effects and plugins
  • Tracking in a real recording session with a band you bring to the studio, with your mentor at the helm with you, as you make the transition from assisting to running the session
  • Advanced techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering
  • Personalized instruction in the business aspects of music production, including budgeting for sessions and operating a business
  • …and more!

At the conclusion of the program, you will have a completed, mastered, high-quality two-track demo to your credit, which can be submitted with confidence to record labels, music supervisors, and other music industry professionals.


If you maintain a “B” equivalent in your Advanced Audio Engineering Program, we will SUBMIT THE DEMO ON YOUR BEHALF to TWO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS!

That’s right: the Recording Connection will send your demo to one pro-level music producer and one record company executive, at no additional cost to you.


To be eligible for any of the Advanced Audio programs listed below, applicants must meet just one of these requirements:

  1. You must be enrolled in, or about to be enrolled in, the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production. -OR-
  2. You must be a graduate in good standing of the Recording Connection Audio Program for Audio Engineering & Music Production within the last 7 years-OR-
  3. You must have graduated and earned either a certificate of completion or degree in Audio Engineering and/or Music Producing from an accredited institution of higher learning.

Financial Assistance Available!

Curriculum Overview

Lesson 1

In lesson one of your Masters Program, you will be re-examining the basics in the recording arts. Reviewing the fundamentals will get you right on track and prepared for the new challenges ahead! SECTION ONE: THE DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION – THE HEART OF YOUR PROJECT STUDIO. Your computer acts as a host for the sound card and software and provides processing power for audio editing. Software controls all related hardware components and provides a user interface to... Read more

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

In lesson two, you will be covering an overall knowledge of compressors. This is essential to the engineer when producing a commercial-sounding recording as a final product. Here you will be covering the many different types of compressors, their overall use, functionality, and type of characteristics compressors have over a sound signal. This section will also cover a compressor’s limitations, and the most commonly used compressor, depending on the job. There are many different types of compressors... Read more

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Ever wonder how professionals get that perfect drum track? In this new digital age amazing things are possible: a badly tuned drum set during a recording is no longer a problem, an out of time recording can be adjusted. Quantizing and replacing a sound has never been easier, and all the mystery behind the process will be revealed with the guidance of a professional recording engineer or producer. Section One – Sound Replacer Sound Replacer allows you... Read more

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

In this lesson, you will dive deeper into the power of Pro Tools by utilizing two of its most useful features: Elastic Audio and Elastic Pitch. This lesson helps you with recordings that were recorded out of time or out of key. Understanding the full power of this tool will also help you get more creative with a track even if it was recorded perfectly. Section One – Elastic Audio Elastic Audio allows you to make anything... Read more

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Have you ever wanted to record a complete song from beginning to end with all the professional equipment in a real studio? Of course! In this lesson, you will do just that. You and a professional recording engineer or producer will either work with a live band you find, or you can work on a song you wrote yourself. If you decide to record a live band for this lesson, you will go through the steps... Read more

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

In this lesson, you will be focusing on Elastic Audio and Drum Replacer to tighten up the song track from the previous lesson, putting the lessons previously learned to practical use. You will work on these areas with your mentor and complete this assignment at home on your own Pro Tools system. Section One: Using Elastic Audio In this section, you will be using elastic audio to make new edits to the track’s overall performance, pushing, pulling... Read more

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

In this week’s lesson, you will be covering the art of overdubbing, which can be thought of as creating a space for all of your song’s track elements. Since sounds fill areas in your song’s stereo spectrum, understanding how to balance all tracks so that they each have their own space and affective sound element is important. You will find out how to make the most of the available space you have for all of your... Read more

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Vocals are the most critical part of your song. In this lesson, you will be covering the pre and post recording methods used for vocals. SECTION ONE: VOCAL OVERDUBS You will cover the types of characteristics male singers have that differ from female singers, and the microphones that work best for your recording situation. SECTION TWO: MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS Covers the use of a microphone preamplifier in the beginning of the vocal chain, which adds warmth to a vocal recording. SECTION... Read more

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

In this lesson, you will find out how to make a great final mix. You will be exploring the techniques that are involved with mixing each individual track, such as EQ, compression, placing a track in the best stereo space available, and balancing all tracks in the stereo spectrum. SECTION ONE: MONITORS How to listen to your song as you mix for the best results, keeping mind of monitor set up and volume. SECTION TWO: ORGANIZATION AND EFFECTS How... Read more

Lesson 9

Lesson 10

Principles and History of Mastering In this lesson, you will be covering the final step in a song’s life span: the mastering process. Here you will uncover the art mastering a song and learn some important facts about mastering other songs in an album so that they all fit perfectly together as a whole. SECTION ONE: THE IMPORTANCE OF MASTERING In this section, you will explore the reason for mastering a song and the difference between a mastered... Read more

Lesson 10

Lesson 11

In this lesson, you will cover the techniques and uses for auto tune. SECTION ONE: BASIC TERMINOLOGY Here you will learn the basic terminology of the user interface along with a brief lesson in music theory so that you can use auto tune correctly. SECTION TWO: COMMONLY USED CONTROLS AND FUNCTIONALITY In this section, you will cover the functionality and how to control and use the many powerful options for auto tune such as: Tracking, Input type, Correction, Retune Speed,... Read more

Lesson 11

Lesson 12

In this lesson, you will be covering some music theory and music fundamentals. SECTION ONE: RHYTHM Here you will discover important concepts in rhythm such as time signatures, note values, and tempo. SECTION TWO: SONG STRUCTURE In this section, you will be going over some very commonly used song structure styles that will help you understand how songs of different genres are put together. SECTION THREE: SONG ARRANGEMENT The overall purpose for this section is to help you think more like... Read more

Lesson 12

Lesson 13

In this lesson, you will begin the tracking your second song, which will help you develop the strengths you need as a professional recording engineer/ music producer. SECTION ONE: DRUMS In this section, you will get a thorough overview of the importance of a finely tuned drum, the anatomy of all parts of a drum kit, proper microphone placement, and techniques for recording a drum track. SECTION TWO: BASS Section two will cover the different setup and tracking that... Read more

Lesson 13

Lesson 14

In this lesson, you will be covering the creative aspect of the recording arts by focusing on drum and bass performances during the tracking process. This lesson will shadow many of the same fundamentals as lesson six with the exception that you will have more creative control over the main decision making for edits and changes of sound. You will be working with Elastic Audio, Sound Replacer and other tools in this process. Your mentor will work... Read more

Lesson 14

Lesson 15

In this lesson, you will be going over the overdub process. You will be working with your previously recorded tracks, starting with the rhythm guitar, and finding an open space for each track in the sound mix. Here you will be learning more mixing techniques such as layering sound elements in the stereo space. You will go over subtle mixing strategies like deciding what instruments or sounds get placed in a stereo field, where they are... Read more

Lesson 15

Lesson 16

In this lesson you will be mixing down all your vocal tracks. By this lesson, you will have the skills you need to mix down your previously recorded vocal tracks. You will be using your own creativity and knowledge to work with a range of tools such as EQ, compressors, limiters, reverb, delay, vocoding, chorus, auto tune and more to add color and uniqueness to your vocal tracks. Your mentor will be there to help you make... Read more

Lesson 16

Lesson 17

In this lesson you will be covering advanced methods in mixing. Section One: Room Acoustics and Monitor Set up In this section you will go over room set up for recording and mixing, this is to help with the mixing process. Section Two: Balancing a Mix In this section you will be gaining mixing and balancing information to help all your musical elements in a song in focus. Section Three: Song Elements This section is designed to help your mixes have... Read more

Lesson 17

Lesson 18

In this lesson you will be covering the more technical area of recording engineering, going over how to start your session for a mastering project to how to convert your files to proper data archiving. SECTION ONE: MASTERING In this section you will get a thorough overview in the mastering process with exercises to practice your techniques. SECTION TWO: FILE CONVERSION Section two will cover the most commonly used file format options for delivering a mastered product. SECTION THREE: DATA... Read more

Lesson 18

Lesson 19

In this lesson, you will learn the key information you will need to approach your career. You will also go over a list of career opportunities available in the field. SECTION ONE: MUSIC CAREERS AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS In section one, you will learn about the different roles that are played in the recording industry, along with a detailed explanation of all the duties that go along with each role. SECTION TWO: LEGAL INFORMATION Section two covers all the legal... Read more

Lesson 19

Lesson 20

In this lesson, you will be doing some exercises that will help you choose where you belong in the music industry! You will go over some idealistic career choices with your mentor to discover what options might suit you best. This lesson is designed to help push you in the right direction to gain insight and help you develop a deeper understanding of your career path. You’ll also go over the cost of recording an... Read more

Lesson 20
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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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