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The Recording ConnectionAudio Engineering School ChicagoNot like any other school: We. Hit. Different.

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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.Get Started

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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 Chicago studio?

On Location, Or Remote.

We hit different and here is why:

You remember school, right? Go to class for an hour, wait for a bell, and then shuffle to the next class. Different teachers, different subjects, doing what you needed to make sure you checked all of the graduation requirements. And then it’s four more years of the same thing at a university to learn the recording arts – at a considerably higher price tag!

The Recording Connection MUSIC ENGINEERING EXERNSHIP IN CHICAGO breaks that cycle. Instead of four more years of shuffling from pre-requisites to labs, we put you in the middle of music recording studios from day one. Working with professional audio engineers, music producers, and beat makers, you’ll learn the business from the INSIDE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

Working one-on-one with a mentor (instead of elbowing for attention in a classroom), the Recording Connection MUSIC PRODUCTION externship creates its curriculum based on the day-to-day operations of a real-world recording studio. We give you the tools of audio production, sound engineers, and live sound to give you the foundation you need to start a career.

And we do it in a quarter of the time and a tenth of the price of major 4-year universities. Depending on the selected program, After six or nine months at the CHICAGO RECORDING CONNECTION, you’ll have the education, the experience, the confidence, and maybe even a job. After four years of college, you’ll have a degree, potentially six figures of debt, and not much else.

How are we different than other professional audio engineering 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!

Recording Connection is Audio Education Upgraded for 2021.
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Featured Chicago Music Mentors on Location or Remote

The Recording Connection offers something no “name” 4-year university or audio engineering and music production trade school can. From day one, you’ll be placed in a professional recording studio and receive one-on-one mentoring from award-winning producers and engineers.

With more than 200 locations throughout 48 states, you won’t have to travel thousands of miles for this immersive experience. You learn what it takes to make it in the music business from the inside alongside industry professionals. This includes recording, mixing and mastering, hardware and software, live sound design, and even business skills.

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Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios

Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios

Joe “Dante” Delfino has earned a reputation as one of the “go-to” guys in Chicago and beyond. As manager and chief engineer of Miller Street Studios in Chicago, Dante has worked with a long list of notable artists, including Wu-Tang Clan, Lecrae, Vic Mensa, and more recently, rising star Ta’Rhonda Jones, (i.e., Porsha Taylor on the Fox hit TV series Empire). Dante is a huge advocate for the Recording Connection’s on-the-job mentoring approach, and he takes great pleasure in passing his expertise to passionate individuals who want to learn the craft.

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Study with Joe “Dante” Delfino, Miller Street Studios

Close to Home or In Your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future as a Music Industry Professional

Chicago was a mecca for early jazz, gospel, blues, and other forms of music while producing many of today’s most influential artists. But it’s also your home! And in this “new normal,” your home may be the best place for you to start your audio engineering, music production, post-production, and other music recording education. While you may still be placed in a CHICAGO AUDIO ENGINEERING STUDIO, all of our programs can also be taken remotely. We won’t let a pandemic get in the way of chasing your dreams.

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Iconic Music and Audio Engineering Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

While there are numerous Chicago AUDIO ENGINEERING externships from which to choose, only the Chicago Recording Connection lets you get your education inside an actual working CHICAGO RECORDING STUDIO. But it’s much more than the music itself. In Chicago (or New York, L.A., and wherever else music is made), it’s as much about getting your foot in the door as it is about what you do when you’re inside. With the Recording Connection, opportunities come to you, not the other way around. It’s what you do with those opportunities that go a long way to solidifying your career track, whether it’s producing albums, editing movie scores, or making music for video games. We feel learning the business, any business, from the inside makes the most sense. Why spend time and money on the outside looking in? Learn the technical side, the personal side, and the professional side of the music-making business from those still in the business. What could make more sense than that?

Audio and Music Programs Available Learn from an Industry Professional in a Real Recording Studio.

Ableton Electronic Music Production

24-Week and 36-Week Programs Available

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.

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Hip Hop & Beat Making

24 Weeks

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.

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Logic Pro Electronic Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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Music Producing

20 Weeks

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 Producing program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

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Audio Engineering & Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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Recording Connection is Audio Education Upgraded for 2021.
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Here's what Former Chicago Students have to Say About Recording Connection

This program was fantastic. I earned my certificate in just 6 months, receiving hands on learning all the way, which I learn way better from. My academic facilitator regularly reached out to me, making sure I had everything I needed, from help with lessons to scheduling 1 on 1 time to help with Pro Tools. My mentor at 35th Street Studios was incredible, teaching me everything in the course work, as well as supplementing my education with tidbits of knowledge he'd picked up from his time in the business. And to top it all off, Recording Connection was super affordable. I came out of the program ready to enter the field without a penny of debt.

Seth Kiel in West Chicago, Illinois

Highly recommend this organization. Started the program about a month ago and I have already learned so much from it. Definitely worth the money. Student Services there are great. They are always checking up on me to make sure that everything is going well and that I am keeping up with the work. My student services man Corey is really good at what he does. Always offering tutoring in case I run into any trouble and is always making sure that things are running smooth.

Dustin Marsee in Spiceland, Indiana

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You’ve got to put in your effort. You have to show the studio you’re actually going to show up, you’re going to be there, you’re going to work hard, and you know your stuff.
- Recording Connection grad Jake Kiyokane, Los Angeles, CA
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Chicago Recording Connection Audio Institute

155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 4250
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 626-2920

Chicago Recording Connection Audio Institute

1913 S Miller Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 481-7020

Chicago Recording Connection Audio Institute

3126 N. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 448-8381

Chicago Recording Connection Audio Institute

4200 West Diversey Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 482-3235

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