The Recording Connection
Externship Austin

Not like any other school:
We. Hit. Different.
Amplify your life by breaking into your dream career in audio or music with our unique 1-on-1 mentorship programs. Available in-person or online.

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Why learn audio or music production from an instructor on a campus when you can learn from a pro in his or her Austin studio?


Not like any other school, this is Audio Education Updated, Reimagined, and Revitalized. Are You Ready to Take Your Place?

We hit different and here is why: 

Working in a creative field just isn’t like other “normal” jobs. So The Recording Connection decided that learning about a creative industry couldn’t be done in a “normal” learning environment. After all, Dr. Dre didn’t become the head of a billion-dollar headphone company by sitting in a classroom. He did it by spending time in the recording studio.

That’s what the Recording Connection AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOL IN AUSTIN will do for you. You’ll be placed inside a real-world recording studio, working one-on-one with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER, learning the gear, and helping with clients.

You won’t need to carry around eight books or worry about early morning math classes, but there is an e-book you’re expected to read and plenty of work to do on your time. However, the curriculum will be built around your needs, not something that has been rehashed year after year.

The music producing biz can move pretty fast. What was standard operating procedure five years ago may seem archaic today. That’s why we feel working in an actual AUSTIN RECORDING STUDIO now can be worth so much more than sitting in a four-year university classroom.

For much less money, too. Where we really separate ourselves from other institutes of higher learning is the amount of time and money you need. Our programs last from six to nine months and cost a fraction of those “name” schools.

Let’s face it – in the music industry, who you know matters almost as much as what you know. That’s why we feel working with a AUSTIN MUSIC PRODUCER in real-life situations is so much more beneficial than the piece of paper you get after four years at a college.

How are we different than other music recording schools?

We took that old stale classroom concept, rebuilt and upgraded it by putting your classroom in a professional recording studio. Then we emptied out all the other students and left only YOU and YOUR TEACHER (yay for one-on-one learning!) who happens to be a pro music producer (with killer credits) to train you privately (at your pace, full time, part time, nights or weekends available).

Your hands-on learn-by-doing experience starts here!

Endorsed By

Tim Palmer   (U2, Ozzy, The Cure)  
Warren G.   (Legendary Rapper)  
Hans Zimmer   (The Lion King, Inception)  
Ryan Hewitt   (Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers)  
Adam Moseley   (Rush, Wolfmother)  
Common   (Legendary Hip Hop Artist)  
F. Reid Shippen   (Newsboys, Toby Keith)  
Warren Huart   (The Fray, Disturbed)  
Steve Catizone   (U2, Justin Bieber)  
Joey Heier   (B.o.B., Christina Aguilera)  
XLNT Sound   (Timbaland, Borgore)  
Ricky Rich   (Travis Scott, Kevin Gates)  
Ira Parker   (Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross)  
Kevin McCloskey   (DaBaby, Dreamville)  
Donny Baker   (Madonna, Aerosmith)  
Billy Flores   (Eminem, Black Eyed Peas)  
Mark Christensen   (50 Cent, Trey Songz)  
Steve Sundholm   (Lil' Wayne, Ke$ha)  
Rick Rooney   (Diana Ross, Joe Cocker)  
Mike Johnson   (Justin Timberlake, John Legend)  
Yudu Gray, Jr.   (Talib Kweli, Ginuwine)  
Jesse O' Brien   (Matisyahu, Mumford & Sons)  
Zack Phillips   (The Game, Jessie Ware)  
Ryan Greene   (Megadeth, NOFX)  
Dave Pensado   (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé)  
Larry King   (Legendary Broadcaster)  

Close to Home Or in your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future in the Music Business

Austin is the counterculture hub of Texas, blending good ol’ boy vibes with tex-mex flavor. New and emerging as well as the tried and true can be heard in the city, so chances are you have a variety of AUSTIN AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL to choose from. However, very few offer the fully immersive environment of the AUSTIN RECORDING CONNECTION.

But what happens when a worldwide pandemic closes down those other studios? Does the making of music just stop? Not with the Recording Connection. For decades we’ve been perfecting remote learning for those that can’t get to the studio. It could be transportation issues, family commitments, or even governmental guidelines to keep people safe.

So if you can’t make it to the studio of your choice, we’ll bring it to you. All you need is a computer fast enough to handle a digital audio workstation (DAW) and a reliable internet connection. Because even during Covid-19, the world still needs music. With us, we can keep you on track to making that music.

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Music and Audio Engineering Programs

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Seems like an ideal situation, right? You get to set your schedule, create a program of your choosing, and spend days, weeks, and months of one-on-one time with a music producing professional. The programs last just six to nine months and you won’t go into six figures of debt like you would with a four-year university.

There’s one thing all educational institutions should hope you achieve, though: getting a job. With the Recording Connection, you could be “interviewing” for jobs from the start. We say this because from day one, you’ll be showing your mentor if you have the responsibility, the personality, and the tenacity to make it in the business.

Many of our students have gone on to work at the recording studios they learned in while others have found work at other studios based on their mentor’s recommendation. Other students have been hired by clients they worked with during the program or even opened their own studios when the program was complete.

Do you know what happens when you show your mentors, clients, other engineers, or producers that you know what you’re doing? They’ll call YOU about a job, not the other way around. Build a portfolio, create a brand, and make the most of these opportunities.

A university may have name recognition, but after four years, all they offer is a degree. With us, you could already have three years of experience in audio production or as a live sound engineer. What makes more sense?

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Austin Music Programs

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, extern with a professional audio engineer in the studio, learn in the trenches and on-the-job. Take your dreams to the professional level in our Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

Audio Engineering School

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Extern under a professional audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry with the Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

Advanced Audio Engineering School

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop School and Beat Making

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by externing under a touring audio engineer. Recording Connection for Live Music program is geared for those who want to get inside of the music industry and tour the world.

Live Sound Engineer School

Learn Logic Pro as you extern under a professional electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio in our Recording Connection for Logic Pro Electronic Music Production program. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production School with Logic Pro

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. In the Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production program, learn how to elevate your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Electronic Music Production School with Ableton

Looking to build a career as a music producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups that can help you get started at producing today’s music. In our Recording Connection for Music Production program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

Music Production School

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. Learn the real ins-and-outs of music business from inside the industry in Recording Connection for Music Business program. Are you the next music mogul?

Music Business School

The Recording Connection Live DJ program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. Want an insider’s perspective? Get the ultimate all-access pass to music-performance business knowhow. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

DJ School

Audio Engineering and Music Workshops

Learn Post Audio while externing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, the Recording Connection for Post Production for Film and TV workshop is for you.

Post Production Audio School

Collaborate with music producers and learn from some of the most qualified professionals in the industry like those 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. The Recording Connection Learn from Legends workshop is for graduates of the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program and is currently an invite-only workshop.

Learn from Legends Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified in Recording Connection’s Audio Certification workshop, you are showing over 5,000 producers and engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an engineer/producer.

Audio Production Certification

Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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Contact the Austin
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Austin Audio Externship Location

106 E. Sixth St Ste 900
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 920-0281

Austin Audio Externship Location

1824 South Interstate Highway 35. Apt 157
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 481-2925

Austin Audio Externship Location

5400 N Lamar Blvd, Ste 2023
Austin, TX 78751

(512) 298-5360

Austin Audio Externship Location

407 Baylor St
Austin, TX 78703

(512) 298-1940

Austin Audio Externship Location

9306 Ledgestone Terrace
Austin, TX 78737

(512) 759-8722

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 11:00 - 20:00