Boulder

Recording Connection Audio Institute

An Immersive
Audio Education

From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

About Our Audio School in Boulder

Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

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.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

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. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

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.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

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.

Advanced Audio Details

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.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. 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 Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified 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 Certification Details

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Our Boulder Studio Locations

  • University Hills
  • Whittier
  • Mapleton Hill
  • Chautauqua
  • Pine Brook Hill
  • Table Mesa
  • North Boulder
  • Arapahoe Ridge
  • Columbine
  • Magnolia
  • Valmont
  • Gunbarrel
  • Louisville
  • Superior
  • Eldorado Springs
  • Lafayette
  • Erie
  • Altona
  • Longmont
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Music Scene in Boulder

The Boulder, CO Recording Connection

If you’re looking for a quality recording school in Boulder, Colorado, you’ve just found the most innovative program available. We’re the Boulder RECORDING CONNECTION, the only recording school that gets you inside an actual Boulder recording studio, where you will train as a studio student apprentice (extern) while you learn your choice of audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, drum and bass, techno, jungle and more), club DJ and post production audio. The best way to enter the recording industry in Boulder is to apprentice (extern) in a Boulder recording studio–and we’re the ones who can make that happen for you.

Why spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to a typical recording trade school when you can get on the inside track by attending recording school in a real recording studio for far less money? Be smart, learn from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our recording school is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

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Boulder, Colorado rests about 25 miles north of Denver along the scenic Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, this arts-friendly city has also had a vibrant music scene for many years, covering genres from folk-acoustic to punk, and just about everything in between. Live music can regularly be heard along the picturesque outdoor walking/shopping area Pearl Street Mall, both from scheduled bands and street artists. Among the live music venues in Boulder is the noteworthy Fox Theatre, which spotlights both local and traveling acts.

While much of the music activity is from indie bands and artists, a number of these acts have garnered national attention.  Among the notable bands with ties to Boulder are The Samples, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The String Cheese Incident, The Fray, and 3Oh!3.

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Meet our Faculty

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Geoff Gray Boulder Engineer

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Geoff Gray Boulder Engineer

Background

A student of the legendary Les Paul, Geoff Gray has worked with countless musicians and recorded hundreds of albums for over 30 years.

Locally, Geoff has helped bands come away with albums that are polished by platinum-record holding engineer standards. Geoff’s number one rule is quality, and combining the tools and tricks hidden by industry greats with new techniques has satisfied many musicians looking for a truly professional sounding album.

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Artists

Led Zeppelin
Mindy Jostyn
Larry Alexander
Bill Perry
Chris Lehman
Sonny Sharrock
Chuck Loeb
Brian Tarquin
Randy Brecker
Jock Bartley
Randy Coven
Nelson Rangell
Lincoln Schleiffer
Chris Caffery
Bob Mintzer
Jason Miles
Baron Raymonde
Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Rich Maraday
...and many others.

Harley Fine Boulder Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine Boulder Producer / Engineer

Background

“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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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks Boulder Producer

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Asaf Fulks Boulder Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

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Recording Connection Grads find work at The OC Recording Company Inc!

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

James Salone Boulder Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Boulder Producer / Engineer

Background

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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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Israel Lliteras Boulder Mentor

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Israel Lliteras Boulder Mentor

Background

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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Ryan Hewitt Boulder Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt Boulder Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

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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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

Lionel Pedro Boulder Mentor

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Lionel Pedro Boulder Mentor

Background

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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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Brian Boland Boulder Producer / Engineer

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Brian Boland Boulder Producer / Engineer

Background

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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Artists

Timbaland
Macy Gray
Rihanna
Y.G.
Mary J. Blige
DJ Mustard
Big Krit
Sha Money XL
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
So Percussion
The Partch Ensemble
Joe Lavano
Sunny Murray
Sonic Liberation Front
American Babies
Lee Smith
Global Illage
Butch Ballard
Sam Dockery
Odean Pope
Marshall Allen
Lee Smith
Jamey Haddad,Bakithi Kumalo
Jo Lawry
Jack St.Clair big band

Matt Stein Boulder Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein Boulder Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

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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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Tom Rowan Boulder Audio Engineer

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Tom Rowan Boulder Audio Engineer

Background

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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Artists

Bahama Mamas
Big Sean
Brian Lynch
Heads Up Entertainment
Ja Rule
Joey Ramone
American Express
Backyard Records
Dreamworks Records

Justin Hachat Boulder DJ / Producer

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Justin Hachat Boulder DJ / Producer

Background

Sweetdrop Digital is a record label founded in 2013 by DJ/Producer Justin Hachat aka Justin David and partners. We are a label built by sound engineers, djs and producers for djs and producers. We have a philosophy of creating something that artists want to be a part of. For our clients we offer a broad array of services including, mixing, mastering, editing, arrangement, sfx placement, foley recording, and background music. For our artists we offer an almost unmatched payout on royalties, worldwide digital distribution, promotional efforts and booking management if chosen. For all others we offer you a selection of music and videos to entertain you. If you are new talent looking for an outlet to get your music heard or a industry professional looking for some of our services please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to check out our other pages on facebook and soundcloud. Thank you for visiting and enjoy.

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Artists

Mihai Sebastian
Justin David
Above & Beyond
Mimo & Kalam
Helios (software)

“I’ve become more involved at the Sonic Factory in helping out with more and more sessions.”

Brandyn Zellmer Recording Connection Student

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Tuition
Comparison

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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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Get Access,
Get Hired.

With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.


The Boulder, Colorado

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

We Are Located Everywhere.

Yes, you can go to audio engineering school in Boulder, Colorado. Or Denver, or Colorado Springs, or Atlanta, or New York, or Sydney. We have locations throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and even Australia.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Our Low Tuition Helps Keep You Out of Debt.

The Recording Connection is disgusted by how expensive audio technician schools are, not to mention the poor level of education that you receive at them. That’s why we only look out for you. We have cheap tuition and we pride ourselves on having extremely immersive education.

The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Go To Class In a Real Recording Studio.

During our program you’ll be working in a real recording studio. You’ll be learning from your mentor while simultaneously learning the ins and outs of the recording process. You’ll be gaining experience from the first minutes.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One.

Your mentor will teach you everything you need to know about audio engineering and music production. You’ll be honing your craft while learning one-on-one in a real recording studio.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

5

Our Mentors Gold Records. Lots Of 'Em.

Our mentors are successful producers and engineers who have worked in every genre imaginable, and who have worked with the biggest names in the business. It stands to reason that among them are hundreds and hundreds of Gold and Platinum records.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance Program.

The Recording Connection offers a job placement assistance program so that any of our students who isn’t immediately hired has help finding a job.

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

Thousands of Endorsements From the Pros.

Pros dig us. They just do. The recognize quality when they see it, and they want to talk about it.

8

You’re On The Inside At the Jump.

From the get go, you're working in a real recording studio. Do you know how many people want that opportunity? They’re lining up outside the door. They’re banging on the walls. But you get it because you partnered with us.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

Are you nervous about the course work? Don’t be. We’ve got free tutoring if you need it.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections. Connections. And More Connections.

The connections that you make in this business will have a great impact on your future. They’re defining the course of your career and the trajectory of your success. Thank goodness that our school is so amazing because the connections that you’re going to make in our audio production school will play a huge role in your success.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.