The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School Birmingham

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 Birmingham 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:

With the famed Muscle Shoals about 90 minutes away, Birmingham enjoys a long history of rock, jazz, gospel, and country music. As Southern rap began to make itself known in the music industry, Birmingham has continued to act as one of the epicenters of music coming out of the south.

With established local acts, emerging regional musicians, and a frequent stop for those nationally touring groups, there are plenty of BIRMINGHAM RECORDING STUDIOS available in town to help tighten sets or produce new music. And if you’re interested in an audio engineering or music production career, what better way to learn than in a professional studio with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER?

You could move thousands of miles away to attend a “name” university or even attend 4-year school closer to home. But we feel working in a recording studio beats sitting in a classroom. Creating your own schedule beats a rigid timetable, and learning what you want beats having to take prerequisites.

And the Recording Connection does it for less money and in less time than most of those other institutions. Working with Academic Facilitators and mentors to create programs made specifically for you, you’ll be gaining hands-on experience in the first week! The music industry is a 24-7-365 operation – any time is the right time to be producing music.

Along with hands-on learning in a one-on-one situation with a professional audio engineer or music producer, you’ll still be expected to read up on music theory, work on your craft outside of the studio, and show your proficiency throughout the program. But while students in a classroom will be receiving a GPA, you’ll be building your portfolio.

Working with the latest gear, learning what the music business wants today, and doing it alongside industry insiders, is what we enable you to experience. This is the time to be learning as much as you can about making music your career. Ask questions, observe how your mentor works with clients, apply what you’ve learned when it’s time for your own sessions.

What better time to Amplify Your Life than right now?

How are we different than other music education courses?

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 Audio Production Business

The BIRMINGHAM RECORDING CONNECTION has multiple studios/mentors you can learn from, so you’re never too far away. This means you won’t have to move thousands, or even hundreds of miles away to get the foundation you need to start pursuing a career in the music-making industry.

But as the events of 2020 showed us, sometimes traveling just a few miles isn’t even an option. As many other educational institutions struggled to figure out a plan for their students, we’ve spent decades perfecting remote learning. Our virtual learning programs allow you to stay home, stay safe, and still get the education you need to build your foundation.

Even when the pandemic is finally held under wraps, remote learning will continue at Recording Connection. Want to learn from a music producer in New York or an audio engineer in Chicago? Recording Connection makes it possible for you to do just that without having to uproot your life. And you’ll still have as much access to your mentor as you would if you were sitting next to them in the studio.

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We feel the Recording Connection offers so much more than four-year universities or trade schools, from shorter program lengths, lower enrollment costs, and more time working in a professional setting. But one thing we know we do as well - or even better - than anyone else can’t be measured in dollars or by the calendar.

It should come as no surprise that the music industry is dominated by who you know as much as what you know. By working alongside a professional audio engineer or music producer, you’ve already made your first contact in the business. As your mentor brings in more clients, and you begin to start working with these clients, you’ll begin to make more contacts of your own.

These are opportunities you just can’t get in a university classroom. Your professor may bring in the guest speaker, but more than likely they’re there to give a lecture, not work on a bassline. At Recording Connection, the mentor, their clients, and you are there to work. While being a good listener is important, showing what you can do is that much more impressive.

What makes more sense to you?

These opportunities will determine just how far you will take what Recording Connection has given you. Are you determined, attentive, thoughtful, and responsible? Or do you spend your time in the studio hanging back and texting your pals? If this is just a hobby for you, we’d just as soon you didn’t waste the time of our mentors. They’re here to work - if that’s not your thing, Recording Connection probably isn’t for you.

However, if you want to build a portfolio, create your brand, have the chance to work with a wide range of musical genres (and personalities!), we’re here to welcome you with open arms. What do successful Recording Connection graduates look like? They are often hired on by the mentors they worked with, hired on at other studios based on a good recommendation, or even start their own studios upon the completion of the program.

In some cases, they’ve been hired in the middle of a program and taken on a months-long tour because their skills were so elevated. But they did that themselves. What will you do with your opportunities?

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Birmingham 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

Engaging Audio Production 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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Birmingham Recording Connection Audio Institute

4000 Eagle Point Corporate Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 208-0360

Birmingham Recording Connection Audio Institute

3625 Fifth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222

(205) 354-2330

Email: [email protected]

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