Recording Connection Audio Engineering School: Direct Access to the Music Industry
The primary difference between the Recording Connection audio engineering school alternative and other audio programs is where the training actually takes place. While most audio engineering schools set up their own training facilities in on-campus classrooms and studios, the Recording Connection offers its students direct access to the music industry by placing them as externs in actual recording studios.
To be clear, there are a great many colleges and trade schools that now offer courses in audio engineering and music production, and many of these do a fair job teaching the technical skills of production. However, on a foundational level, most of these schools are missing the point, because education alone is not enough to launch a career in the field of music recording. The music industry is a dynamic, relationship-based business, one in which prior work experience and inside connections are literally more valuable than any degree or a diploma. This is a business where who you know is just as important as what you know—if not more so.
The problem is that by training students on campus, most traditional audio engineering programs rob their students of the opportunities to connect to the music industry itself. Students who have no connections or experience are far less likely to get hired than those people who do have connections and experience—regardless of whether the person in question holds a degree or not. Thus, many of the graduates from these schools wind up unable to find work in the music industry, their tuition money effectively wasted.
The Recording Connection Audio Engineering School offers a different approach. By placing each of its students as an extern in a real recording studio, and by providing one-on-one instruction from a seasoned professional inside that studio, the school literally offers each student direct access to the music industry. Because all training is done on-site, during actual recording projects, the student gains valuable work experience (which looks very good on a resume). And by working on a daily basis with actual industry professionals, the student forms vital working relationships that greatly increase his/her chances of getting hired.
There is another, unexpected benefit to in-studio training: the price. Because it costs a lot of money to build and maintain an on-campus recording facility (along with paying full-time instructors), many audio engineering schools charge excessive tuition rates to offset the costs. By placing students in existing, for-profit recording studios with working professionals, the Recording Connection bypasses those costs entirely, and is therefore able to offer the same intensity of training for a fraction of the cost.
Industry professionals agree that it is much more effective to learn audio engineering from inside the industry itself than it is in a classroom. This is why the Recording Connection audio engineering school alternative gives its students direct industry access through its extern-based learning approach.