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 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.
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:
- You must be enrolled in, or about to be enrolled in, the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production. -OR-
- 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-
- 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!
Music Industry – Lesson 20
In lesson 20 of the Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering Program you will explore the music industry, 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... Read more
Music Business – Lesson 19
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production Program lesson 19, 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... Read more
Music Mastering, File formatting, and Conversion – Lesson 18
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production School lesson 18, 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: MUSIC MASTERING In this section you will get a thorough overview in the mastering process with exercises to practice your techniques. SECTION TWO: MUSIC FORMATTING & FILE CONVERSION Section two will cover the... Read more
Music Mixing Techniques & Methods – Lesson 17
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering program lesson 17, 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... Read more
Mixing Vocals – Lesson 16
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production course lesson 16, 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... Read more
Layering in Music – Lesson 15
In Recording Connection Advanced Music Production school lesson 15, you will be going over the overdub process and music layering. 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... Read more
Bass & Drum Tracking – Lesson 14
In lesson 14 of Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering program, 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... Read more
What is Tracking in Music – Lesson 13
In advanced audio engineering course lesson thirteen, 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... Read more
How to Produce a Song – Lesson 12
In lesson 12 at Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production school, 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... Read more
How to use autotune – Lesson 11
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production program lesson eleven, you will cover the techniques and uses for auto tune. SECTION ONE: WHAT IS AUTOTUNE AND 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... Read more
How to Master a Song – Lesson 10
Principles and History of Mastering In Recording Connection Audio Engineering Masters Program lesson ten, you will be covering the final step in a song’s life span: how to master a song. 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 MUSIC MASTERING In this section, you will explore the reason for... Read more
How to Mix a Song – Lesson 9
In Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production masters program lesson nine, 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... Read more
Overdubbing Vocals and Background – Lesson 8
Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Masters Program lesson 8 teaches you about overdubbing vocals and background overdubs. 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... Read more
Overdubbing – Lesson 7
In Recording Connection Audio Engineering masters program lesson seven, 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... Read more
Finishing Drum and Bass Performances – Lesson 6
In lesson seven of the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Masters Program, 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... Read more
Music Tracking – Lesson 5
In Recording Connection audio engineering masters program lesson five, you will learn all about music tracking. 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... Read more
Elastic Audio and Elastic Pitch Pro Tools – Lesson 4
In Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production course lesson four, 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... Read more
SoundReplacer and Drumagog – Lesson 3
In Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Masters program lesson 3, you will explore SoundReplacer and Drumagogs. 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... Read more
Dynamic Range Compression (Compression) – Lesson 2
In advanced audio engineering and music production course 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.... Read more
Recording Arts Review – Lesson 1
In lesson one of your Recording Connection Advanced Audio Engineering and Music Production 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... Read more
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Other schools do classrooms and campus studio labs, with us, your classroom is a real studio in the real world.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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