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Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice (extern) under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry.

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Program

Welcome to your new office: the recording studio!

The Recording Connections Advanced Audio Engineering program is designed for graduates of our Basic Audio Engineering and music production programs to take a deeper dive into both the technical and business side of the recording studio. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons with an accomplished audio engineer or music producer, students learn in-depth mixing, session and project management, editing client interaction, advanced recording practices and mastering.

As an audio engineer, you’re responsible for shaping a listener’s experience through the work you do in recording sessions.  This course expands upon the skills you already have in order to teach you how to finalize a commercial quality project.

The Recording Connection gives you the practical experience of running recording sessions in a professional environment, giving students the knowledge and ability to monetize from their craft. Equipped with these insights, you are enabled 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

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In the
Studio

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Advanced Audio program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio 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, recording studios, A&R, record labels.

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live.

Making Music

In depth mixing, session management, project management, advanced audio editing, recording practices, studio operations, introduction to mastering.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog and digital consoles, microphones, outboard preamps and compressors, FX processors.

Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production
Curriculum

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 allow for recording, editing, and playback. SECTION TWO: SIGNAL FLOW – FROM THE SOUND SOURCE TO SOUND MONITORS. Covers the path an audio…

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Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

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Meet our Faculty

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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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Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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
Water Music Publishing

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

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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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

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

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

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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Adam Moseley mentors for Recording Connection!

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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

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

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.

Bruce Tambling Composer / Producer

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Bruce Tambling Composer / Producer

Background

Bruce Tambling is an award winning musician, producer, audio engineer, composer, video editor, entrepreneur, web developer and teacher with many years of professional experience in the content creation industry. He has performed internationally on drums, percussion and keyboards in many genres including jazz, classical, rock, funk, electronic and world music. Audio engineering and production credits include hundreds of albums for major record labels featuring: Motown, Windham Hill, Sony, BMG, Atlantic, Tommy Boy, Warner Brothers. Dialog editor credits include: Quincy Jones, Sally Fields, Jack Welsh, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and President Jimmy Carter. Bruce has composed original music soundtracks for many feature films, documentaries, video games, commercials and TV shows including: 20th Century Fox, New World Pictures, PBS, CNN, NBC, HBO, NASA, Apple Computer, Nissan, and BMW. Currently Co-Director of Music Technology at Foothill College, Bruce continues to actively engineer/produce music and owns/operates one of the top recording studio facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the few Avid Certified Expert Level Pro Tools Instructors in the world.

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Composer: 20th Century Fox
New World Pictures
PBS
CNN
NBC
HBO
NASA
Apple Computer
Nissan
BMW

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

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

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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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

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)

Richie Beretta Advanced Programs Mentor

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Richie Beretta Advanced Programs 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

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

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

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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.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…

If you maintain a “B” equivalent in your Advanced Audio Engineering Course, 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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR ADVANCED AUDIO PROGRAM

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 Audio Institute Audio Program for Audio Engineering and Music Producing.

    -OR-

  2. You must be a graduate in good standing of the Recording Connection Audio Institute’s Audio Program for Audio Engineering and Music Producing 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 another accredited institution of higher learning.

Tuition: 9,800, or 8,800 if you pay for the Advanced Audio Program at the time you sign up for the Audio Program

Audio Program and Advanced Audio Program Bundle: 17,550

Financial Assistance Available!

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Sean Tallen's Experience with the Advanced Audio Program

Interview:

As I approached Michael Blum’s studio in Sherman Oaks, CA not knowing at all what to expect from this studio, or mentor, I was just as excited as I was nervous. This is a big deal for me. I’ve already foolishly invested $30,000 I don’t have, and two long and difficult years in earning a degree at Los Angeles Recording School (that may as well be a napkin with the words, “Sean is an audio engineer…” written in crayon on it) just to work and learn in a studio like this. Michael opens the door, revealing a busy studio that’s clean, decorated with framed platinum albums and small shelves supporting hundreds of unwrapped CD albums, all produced by him, a vintage Harrison console, and fancy wood trim all over the place. I was comfortable as my nervousness began to fade. His other apprentice (extern) through RRF was tracking in the studio with a full band, as requirement in lesson five includes, so we went into a vacant room to talk. He was very friendly, and had a lot to talk about, as did I. I completely lost track of time, exchanging stories of our experiences, discussing areas where I needed help, revealing my strengths and weakness’s in audio knowledge, and laughing about my previous recording school struggles at Los Angeles Recording School. It turns out that he had engineered with and for some of my favorite artists and producers from the 80’s, like Harold Faltemeyer and Giorgio Moroder… I was STOKED! An hour later we shook hands and discussed my new start date and schedule (obviously I was accepted). I left with a skip in my step, anxious to get started.

Lesson 1:

Two weeks after my interview, I was finally starting the program. After a minute of chatting about how our previous weeks went, Michael and I sat down in his studio’s lounge area and began “A Complete Review of Basic Recording Arts.” The curriculum was thorough, a lot of the reviewed material was taught to me at LARS, and a lot of it was not. My mentor was a wealth of information, digging in to the subjects in the workbook and more, explaining things in a way that not one of my teachers had been able to properly explain to me in college. Little things like the importance of using a fabric pop filter to protect a capsule from moisture, and other tips and facts that only a pro would know. I realized this was the beginning of my “un-training”… what I had learned in school was mostly irrelevant with the exception of a bit of basic theory.

After a couple hours of book work, Michael invited me to stick around to watch him master a record he was finishing. This was very educational (I had recently finished mastering a record for a local artist). To learn what I was doing wrong and right was just what I needed. Soon after, he had a client come in to record some acoustic. I sat in on the entire session, observing his workflow, and learning the way he operates his studio. I wanted to start playing with gear and helping out, but I had to practice restraint in that area—not only was it my first day and my cue to shut up and observe, I also had a terrible cold, and didn’t want to infect the whole studio.

This was a very productive and educational day. I’d say I learned more here in nine hours than I had in one month at LA Recording School… and I was mostly just watching.

 

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.”