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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 Details
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 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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. 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 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 Details
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 Details
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.Ableton Electronic Music Details
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 Producing Details
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 Details
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.Live DJ Details
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 for Film and TV Details
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 Certification Details
From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary audio schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry professional at a fully-equipped recording studio.
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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Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:
With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.
Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, and Ableton Live.
Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.
Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.
We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:
Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?
Arabesque Music Ensemble
Robert Irving III
Las Guitarras de Espana
Dead Space Age
Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Do or Die
Sones De Mexico
Black Ensemble Theater
The Black Mollys
Eric Carr Kiss
Taking the Stage
Bad Girls Club
Make a Wish Foundation
Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Mary J Blige
Mary J Blige
Charles' new career in the music industry is something of a turnaround for him. Although he's always been a self-described “tech head,” he says before coming to the Recording Connection he got disillusioned when he went to school for audio engineering. “I actually dropped out of the Berklee School of Music out of Massachusetts as a production student,” he says. “Took a couple years as a break because I didn't really find their program worth it for me...I was getting into a good amount of trouble living in the burbs.”
Charles decided it was time to get serious again about his career, and started looking for ways to get into the studio. That's when he discovered the Recording Connection and discovered he could train on-the-job at a pro-level studio in Chicago. His mother put up the tuition money for him, and soon found himself apprenticing with Andy Shoemaker at Rax Trax Recording. It was the perfect environment for Charles to turn things around.
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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.
Some certificate programs may not be available in AZ and TN. Please consult our school catalogs for more information.
Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.
Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones
Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5
Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.
Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.
Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection
An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students
Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor
Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.
Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-extern learning approach.
Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.
John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection
Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher
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155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 4250
Chicago, IL 60606
1913 S Miller Street
Chicago, IL 60608
3126 N. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Mo-Sa 11:00 - 20:00
No other audio school has as many locations as we do. How many do we have? Hundreds—across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and even Australia. We can train you in Chicago, in Champaign, in Springfield, in Dallas, in Boise…the list goes on.
The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means youâ€™ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.
Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We don't believe in classrooms around here. The best place to train as an audio engineer or music producer is in a real recording studio—so that's where we put you. You'll literally be learning on-the-job.
Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our audio engineering school is based on the mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. You'll be learning from a mentor with years of real-world experience, and he/she will be training you one-on-one.
With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our mentors aren't classroom instructors or career professors. They're the real deal—actual, top-shelf producers and engineers who work with real hit-making artists all the time. You might not see a college degree on their walls, but you're likely to see some Gold and Platinum Records.
Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Worried about finding a job after graduation? Don't be. Many of our students get hired right out of their apprenticeship (externship)s, but if a job isn't immediately available for you, we offer an active job placement program that helps you find work for up to 12 months after you graduate.
The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our on-the-job training approach is so effective at breaking people into the industry that many industry pros have taken notice. After nearly three decades of doing this, we're now the most recommended audio school by industry pros around the world.
You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.
With our program, there's no beating on the doors of the industry trying to get noticed, because from day one of your apprenticeship (externship), you’re already in. You're already seen as an insider, you already have the attention of at least one world-class professional, and you have the opportunity to prove your skills.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We offer private tutoring. It’s free and unlimited. Did we mention it's free?
Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Connections are key to succeeding in the music industry. No matter how talented you are, without connections, you will go nowhere fast. That's why connections are a central part of our program. By training in a real studio, you'll make lots of industry connections you'd never, ever make in a classroom. The connections you make today are what will keep you in business tomorrow.
Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.