Have a technical side and a creative side? Pursue a career that satisfies both, shaping and mastering sound to transform a recording into a hit. With the right education and connections, music producers get the chance to work with some of the biggest artists in the business.
In the Studio
Welcome to your new office: the recording studio!
The Recording Connection Music Producing program prepares aspiring audio professionals for long, successful careers in the music industry as music producers. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons, an accomplished producer teaches you the techniques, tools and practices of music production put into place by industry leaders!
In the modern recording industry, music production and audio engineering has overlap. As a modern music producer, you’re responsible for organizing all the moving parts on a recording project in order to create an amazing listener experience. This often include recording and mixing the tracks yourself so have to make sure you are ready and up to task.
The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, and understanding to fall on both sides the production-engineering spectrum. Equipped with these tools, you are empowered to follow your own path toward an intense yet rewarding career!
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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About the Program
As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Music Producing program, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room 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:
With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.
Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live.
Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.
Hardware and Equipment
Analog consoles and digital mixing consoles, outboard compressors, preamps, and FX processors.
LEARN ABOUT SOUND IN THE “REAL WORLD” OF RECORDING STUDIOS In this lesson, we will take a look at the physics of sound. We will understand how sound travels through air, how our ears receive sound, and how our brains interpret the sounds we are receiving. Understanding this will help us build a foundation for how we can manipulate audio and create an experience, balance, and blend with the instruments that we are mixing. The most important thing to remember is not to feel overwhelmed. It is not necessary to understand these concepts on a scientific or mathematical level your…
LEARN BASIC ELECTRONICS INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO WITH OUR CURRICULUM Did you ever stop to think about what is happening when you flip on a light switch? We take for granted that it will turn on every time. We don’t stop to think about the evolution that went into making that light switch possible! But what does this have to do with audio? The answer is, a lot! The ability to record anything has been largely dependent on electricity for a very long time. In this chapter, we will take a very basic look at some of the fundamentals…
LEARN ABOUT DIGITAL AUDIO FROM A REAL PRODUCER/ENGINEER IN THE STUDIO Even before the introduction of the Compact Disc, digital audio started to shape the sound of popular music, as digital effects processors, samplers/sequencers, and digital synthesizers started to appear on commercial records as early as the mid 1970s. The evolution of computer-based technology was gaining tremendous momentum, and digital processing began to creep into every aspect of music production. By the 1980s, the digital revolution was taking the music industry by storm. Digital instruments, digital recorders and digital consumer audio formats were taking over the audio world. Over the…
LEARN ABOUT CONNECTIVITY AND SIGNAL FLOW INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO Let’s think for a moment about the long journey that a single sound recorded in a studio must take in order to travel from the musician’s instrument to the control room monitors. Picture yourself, if you will, in the studio tracking electric guitar overdubs with your favorite guitar player—Slash, or Jimi, or whoever, is in your live room; you are sitting at the console running the session. Let’s follow the path of the electric guitar signal from beginning to end. In this chapter, we will take a look at…
LEARN ABOUT MICROPHONES ON-THE-JOB WITH OUR CURRICULUM A microphone is a device that changes acoustic energy into an electric current that can be altered and manipulated. Any device that converts one form of energy into another form of energy is called a transducer. Microphones are used in many different applications and are typically the first stop in the signal flow of your recording path. In this chapter, we will look at various types of microphones, explain briefly how they work, and help familiarize you with popular mics you will see in the studio. Objectives History of Microphones Microphone Specifications Microphone…
LEARN ABOUT MICROPHONE PLACEMENT FROM A REAL AUDIO PRO IN THE RECORDING STUDIO Microphone choice and placement plays a huge result in the final recording product. Everything we have discussed up to this point plays a role in how our signal is captured. Hopefully, by now you have started to think of the recording process as a lot more then just pointing a microphone at a sound source and pressing play. The many factors that come into play can affect your final product. In this chapter, we will look at the common practices of the recording process with regard to…
LEARN ABOUT TRACKING TECHNIQUES WITH A REAL RECORDING STUDIO CONSOLE ALONGSIDE YOUR MENTOR Tracking is the term that audio engineers use for recording multiple tracks of audio information at the same time. There are many different strategies used for many different situations. No one understands this process better than your mentor! In this chapter, we will take a look at some hypothetical situations and try to give you a general understanding of how to approach these situations. Objectives Planning Mic Selection Setting Up Getting Tones Professional Behavior Troubleshooting Chapter Quiz Blog Entry « Previous Choose a Lesson...Lesson One -…
LEARN PRO TOOLS™ INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO, WHERE IT IS MOST USED Pro Tools™ is an extremely advanced digital audio workstation (DAW). Pro Tools has remained an industry standard for engineers and producers in the professional studio environment, as well as for the novice music enthusiasts, for more than 20 years. In this chapter, we will begin to scratch the surface of this very dense DAW and prepare you for the task of installing and using this amazing tool. This isn’t the most exciting of chapters, but a lot of what is described in this chapter will help educate…
LEARN THE BASICS OF PRO TOOLS™ WITH OUR CUTTING-EDGE CURRICULUM Its time to start making some music!! By now you should have received your copy of Pro Tools™. In this chapter, we will walk you through the installation and the basic functionality of the Pro Tools user interface. Don’t hate on Avid too much for the complexity of the installation. Be forewarned that this is a 48-hour process! Yes…48 hours! We have included step-by-step directions and a tutorial to help. After you get Pro Tools installed, we will look at some of the basic functionality of the user interface and…
OUR CURRICULUM TEACHES YOU THE INS AND OUTS OF PLUGINS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING The web defines a software plugin as, “a set of software components that adds specific capabilities to a larger software application.” In the case of digital audio, plugins add functionality to your DAW. From analog compressor emulators to bass wobble synths, plugins can enhance your sound and the way you work. In this chapter, we will look at some of the more popular plugin bundles you will see in the audio world and give you a basic understanding of how plugin formats work. We will also show…
PREPARE FOR YOUR MIDTERM WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR You’re halfway there! This chapter is about preparing you for your midterm. We have put a lot information in your hands, and we want to make sure you are retaining it. Testing can send some people into panic attacks! We get it, and we want to make this as low stress as possible. For this section, we have included a ton of review material right at your fingertips, to make your test as painless as possible! Just remember that we use tests to gauge your progress in the program to identify…
LEARN ABOUT MIXING INSIDE AN ACTUAL RECORDING STUDIO Mixing is the process by which we audio engineers combine an entire multi-track session into a stereo track. Mixing is the place where technical skill and creativity come together, resulting in the creation of a song. Here we take all the live instrumentation, sequenced MIDI and effects, and seek to create a balance between the elements of the song. There is no one correct way to approach a mix, just as there is no one correct way to finish a mix. This chapter is about educating you on common aspects of mixing…
LEARN ABOUT EQUALIZATION HANDS-ON IN THE STUDIO WITH OUR CURRICULUM Equalization is the process that engineers use to alter the frequency response of an audio signal. Frequencies become more pronounced (if boosting) or less pronounced (if cutting), depending on what the engineer is trying to accomplish. Equalization (or EQ) is a crucial tool used in all phases of music production. Whether to enhance or minimize some aspect of the frequency spectrum, EQ is an important part of the workflow for the recording professional. In this chapter, we will take a look at the beginnings of equalization and take a detailed…
LEARN DYNAMIC SIGNAL PROCESSING AT A REAL RECORDING CONSOLE IN THE STUDIO Dynamic range is the ratio between the largest and smallest possible values of a changeable quantity. In audio engineering, dynamic range generally refers to the distance between the loudest possible sound and the quietest possible sound in an audio recording. In a multi-track recording, each constituent track has a unique dynamic range; there is also a “master” or overall dynamic range, which is the total dynamic range of the tracks mixed together into the master bus. Consequently, dynamic range processing is often applied to tracks at an individual…
LEARN TIME-BASED EFFECTS WITH OUR CURRICULUM Time-based effects, along with many other tools found in the modern studio, are catalysts for creativity, and they have a wide range of uses in the studio and onstage. When applied to the audio signal, tools such as delay or reverb will alter the space and time of a given sound in the stereo field, depending on certain variables of the device you’re using. The desired effect can take you somewhere far beyond the original sound source, and when used to taste, a subtle shift in the listener’s subconscious occurs, altering the perception of…
LEARN ABOUT MIDI AND HOW IT’S USED IN A REAL RECORDING STUDIO Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is the standard way in which we interact with music in the digital world. Think if it as the DNA of your musical performance. Without it, our ability to compose, produce and perform music in modern times would be remarkably different. In this chapter, we will have a look at what types of messages MIDI contains, that is, how it allows humans to communicate with computers and digital instruments in a universal binary language. Using what we know about MIDI, we will…
LEARN AUTOMATION TECHNIQUES ONE-ON-ONE WITH YOUR MENTOR, USING OUR CURRICULUM Automation in Pro Tools is the ability to control a specific parameter automatically by telling Pro Tools what to do, and when to do it in real-time. For example, you might need to adjust the volume of your vocal track at 1 minute and 32 seconds by increasing the volume precisely by 4 decibels. At the same point in time, you might need to shift the pan on your guitar track from the left side to the right. With automation, you can do both of these moves simultaneously, and more…
LEARN THE SCIENCE OF ACOUSTICS AND HOW IT AFFECTS RECORDING STUDIO DESIGN Acoustics is the study of how sound waves behave in an environment. You are nearing the end of this course! By now, we expect you to be able to handle some more difficult concepts. The science of acoustics could fill several volumes, so we have included those things that are important to your development as a music industry professional. Understanding these concepts and implementing them into your workflow will help you set yourself apart as a music industry professional. In this chapter, we will take a look at…
LEARN ABOUT MASTERING INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO Mastering is the art of sweetening the mix and preparing the mixdown for duplication. The goal of this chapter is to familiarize you with some of the very basics about the mastering process. Mastering is a very technical process that often involves specific gear that is calibrated to subtly alter a mix in ways that improve the sonic qualities of a specific song, and to alter multiple songs to work together as an album. Mastering often takes a precision set of ears that can take years to develop. A good mastering engineer…
PREPARE FOR YOUR FINAL EXAM WITH HELP FROM YOUR MENTOR You’re finally there!!! This chapter is about preparing you for your final. Now is the time to find out how much you’ve learned, and what you want to keep working on as you move forward to your career. To make your final as low-stress as possible, we’ve included plenty of review material here, and your mentor will go over any questions you may have. Objectives Section Reviews Final Exam Practical Exam « Previous Choose a Lesson...Lesson One - Sound and HearingLesson Two - Basic ElectronicsLesson Three - Digital AudioLesson…
From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.
Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.
Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.
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.
With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.
Since 1986, my mentor has been the premier studio for recording, rehearsal, and education for Chicago’s south side. Situated just 10 minutes from the main loop, I have been privileged to entertain many illustrious names from Smokey Norful and Albertina Walker to Hall and Oates and Willie Williams. I was fortunate enough to come across the Recording Connection and started studying at my mentors’ studio, I graduated just as an opening was available for the General Manager position in my own mentors’ studio. My prior management and teaching abilities, combined with recording talents, enabled me to fill the position. Since then, I have headed the great team of engineers (who all are graduates of Recording Connection) bringing a new outlook and focus built on the fine traditions set up by previous recording mentors at this fine recording establishment.
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Meet our Mentors
Produce music with the industry's finest mentors and musicians.
Harley Fine Producer / Engineer
Harley Fine Producer / Engineer
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“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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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.
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Brian Boland is a producer/engineer with twenty years of studio experience behind him. Starting out at William Paterson College, he learned the art of recording from exceptional teachers including Bob Both (James Brown). After college, he was lucky enough to start his career at the legendary Greene Street Recording NYC (Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Dave Matthews, George Benson, Beastie Boys…) His band Elwood, was signed to Palm Pictures in 2000 by Chris Blackwell and had success with their cover of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot reaching the Billboard charts. In 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he began freelancing at various studios in LA, Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Brian continued his many personal projects working and playing bass with Shadow Rewind, Baby Stone (Sly Stone’s daughter), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), and countless others. He also worked at Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, (formerly Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flight Tyme) where he was able to work on many major label writing camps engineering,and assisting some of the worlds top artists and producers in the urban world, including Timbaland, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Y.G., Mary J. Blige, DJ Mustard, Big Krit, Sha Money XL and many more.
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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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Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.
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Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.
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Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.
He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.
Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jimmy Douglass (also known as The Senator) is an American four-time Grammy winning recording engineer and record producer, whose prolific career has spanned more than four decades.
In the early 1970′s at Atlantic Records studios in New York City, he started his studio career as a part-time tape duplicator while still attending high school. There he learned how to operate the studio’s custom made 16-channel console and observed, was trained by, as well as worked with some of the greatest engineers, producers and record moguls including Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun. For his first time behind the faders, he was encouraged by Wexler to engineer the session recording for a demo of a new band. He went on to work with great Atlantic Recording artists such as Aretha Franklin, Hall & Oates, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Foreigner, Led Zepellin and AC/DC to name a few.
During the 1980′s, Douglass continued to hone his engineering skills while also taking on the role as producer. He engineered and produced established artists including The Rolling Stones, Slave, Odyssey, Roxy Music and Gang of Four.
Douglass started the first half of the 1990′s, working mainly on jingles and post-production. This style of work taught him the importance of working efficiently and capturing the vibe which would greatly benefit him in the years to come. In 1994, he began working with up and coming contemporary R&B/hip hop producer Timbaland and served as his main engineer for more than a decade. They would eventually collaborate on classic projects from artists such as Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Ginuwine and Jay-Z .
Beginning the new millennium, Douglass continued engineering and mixing more Timbaland produced projects including Snoop Dogg, Bjork and Grammy winning albums for Justin Timberlake. Among the artists he also mixed are Rob Thomas, Sean Paul, Kanye West, Ludacris, Al Green, John Legend and Duran Duran.
Presently, he continues to display his versatility by remaining current while drawing from his years of experience. Douglass is best known for bringing unconventional techniques into the studio and encouraging artists to transcend genre restrictions. He is credited with bringing a raw edge to sound and specifically bringing a heavy funk bass sound into rock music. His hard work and immense talent has carved a place for him among some of the most respected engineers and mixers in the world.
Deep Blue Something
Goo Goo Dolls
Better Than Ezra
The Psychedelic Furs
Gene Loves Jezebel
Tears for Fears
The Mission UK
Mother Love Bone
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.
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.
The Doobie Brothers
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.
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.
The X Factor
Better Than Ezra
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.
Crosby Stills & Nash
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.
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
The Dirty Guv'nahs
Peter Bradley Adams
Bobby Bare Jr.
The Almost Fear
Insane Clown Posse
Various Artists Iron Man 3
Kings of Leon
Various Artists The Great Gatsby
North Mississippi Allstars
Andrew Osenga Leonard
Danger Mouse & Danielle
The Dead Weather
The White Stripes
Seasick Steve Man
Head for the Hills
The Whistles & the Bells
Leagues You Belong Here
Four-time Grammy award winning producer, mixer, engineer, and co-owner of Sputnik Sound
Elvis Costello & The Roots
Clare Fisher Big Band
Harry Connick Jr.
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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Why our music producing program works
Imagine how awesome it would be to have a career doing something you love. Think about what your life would be like if the recording studio were your office.
Music producing is an essential component of the recording session. The music producer helps shape the sound, enabling the artist to get the recording they are aiming for. The music producer is part technician, part musician, and part creative force.
Music producing is pressure-filled, hardcore, and intense– but, if you achieve success, it can be one of the most exciting ways to satisfy your creativity and make a serious living.
From day one, our structured music production course curriculum puts you inside a real recording studio under the direct tutelage of a professional music producer. You will go into the studio anywhere between 2-7 times per week, depending on your schedule (yes we can work around your needs).
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people apply to audio schools worldwide in the hopes of breaking into the highly competitive music business as a music producer. But, this is the 21st century, not the 1970s. There are more students than ever, and not enough music producing jobs to go around.
Each year, a handful of new music producers actually break in to the music business and forge a career as a producer. And guess who these people are? They are the ones who have been educated properly AND who have the connections necessary to advance their dreams.
Why are connections so important? Think for a moment: If you were a big-time record executive and you had a hot new band for whom you needed a producer, would you hire a kid out of an audio trade school, or would you hire a young music producer whom your friends were telling you had the talent, creativity, and the hard work ethic to make the best record possible?
You see, the dirty little secret of the music industry is this:
No amount of classroom instruction will open the doors you need to make it. The ONLY way to make it in the music business as a music producer is to work your way up the ranks of a professional recording studio, where you can gain experience and make connections. This is exactly where the Recording Connection Audio Institute puts you from day one.
But it's not all about connections; it's also about what you know.
At the Recording Connection Audio Institute Music Production School, you will go into a real recording studio 2 – 7 times per week, where you will receive private tutoring in all of the following:
Audio engineer relations
Record label relations
Composition and arranging
Reason, Logic, or Ableton Live
The ins and outs of signal flow and patch bays
Available audio plugins and how they work
How analog consoles work
In-depth study of analog consoles
Signal processing and compressors
Correct microphone placement
How microphones are designed and used
How to perform a professional mix-down
How various studios are designed and how their monitors work