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Real studio eduation. Real studio connections.

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.

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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Chicago

Recording Connection Audio Institute
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Tuition
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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

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$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Audio School in Chicago

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.

Meet our Faculty

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

Rob Ruccia Chicago Engineer

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Rob Ruccia Chicago Engineer

Background

“In Late 2001 Rob along with his band-mates of Arista Recording Artist From Zero, spent a week working out material for their new album, though he left From Zero he never left Uptown.

With over 20 years experience and expert knowledge in analog and digital recording technology, Rob actively tests software for various companies that keep him ahead of the curve.

Rob continues to stay in tune with the local and national music scene, having engineered mixed and mastered many local and national artists.”

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Artists

Cameron Esposito
Nonpoint
Stu
Levi Kreis
Madina Lake
Dexter
No1
Somatic
Arabesque Music Ensemble
Terri Carroll
Robert Irving III
Shooting Blanks
Street Brats
The Euphoric
Soulio
Las Guitarras de Espana
Gayle Ritt
Caviar
Ivory Wire
Peter Lerner
Dead Space Age

Chris Steinmetz Chicago Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz Chicago Engineer / Producer

Background

Chris Steinmetz has over 30 years of experience in the record industry and has worked on gold, platinum, and grammy nominated albums. Steinmetz began his career working as an assistant engineer for Warner Bros. Records in L.A., and began freelancing his work as well before moving back to his native Chicago.

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Artists

Kiss
Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Disturbed
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Feist
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Styx
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Usher
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
E-Dub
Jin
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
Common
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
Lovehammers
311Madonna
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
NAS
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Fantasia
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Pat Pulver Chicago Producer / Mixer

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Pat Pulver Chicago Producer / Mixer

Background

Village Recording Studio is a spacious new Chicago recording studio located in the suburb of Elk Grove Village. We offer incredible rates within a secure, clean, friendly, and artistic atmosphere. The studio has a fresh new custom design buildout that features an SSL 4048E/G+ recording console along with all the vintage analog gear you would expect. We run on the ProTools HD3 platform with just about every plugin known to mankind. Our experienced engineers and producers are ready to work with you whether it be a full album project or just a vocal track.

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Artists

HighDef Records
Black Ensemble Theater
Sony Music
Insurgance Records
Relativity
CBS Records
Barracuda
Teddy Richards
The Black Mollys
Eric Carr Kiss
Supermint
Jackie Wilson
Donnie Vie

Gregory Hainer Chicago Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Chicago Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection apprentices and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Kevin Sharpe Chicago Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Chicago Producer / Engineer

Background

Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits.

Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song.

As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music!

Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Graylyn “Gino” Claiborne gets hired by his mentor’s studio after graduating!Aver

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Artists

Critical Bill
My BedBugs
Coven
David Shelby
Avery Sharpe
Mazinga
Blue Snaggletooth
Tiles

Josh Monroy Chicago Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Chicago Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Josh “Igloo” Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G. The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. An Atlanta native, Josh recently answered the call to come out to Los Angeles and is now co-owner of Studio 1 Zero. His most recent success includes the work he’s done on JoJo’s critically-acclaimed album Mad Love, which includes three tracks recorded, produced, and co-written by the multifaceted music professional.

Articles

RC mentor Josh Monroy Talks How He Got Hired by Ludacris and Doing JoJo’s “Mad Love”

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Ira Parker Chicago Producer / Engineer

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Ira Parker Chicago Producer / Engineer

Background

A true music industry veteran, Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker is the owner and chief producer/engineer for Maximus Music Records, one of the top recording studios in Charlotte, NC, serving clients like Jadakiss, DMX and many others. As a Recording Connection mentor, Ira is passionate about training up new talent and always looks for opportunities to push his students to expand their skills.

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker on pushing the limits
Wes Hagy: From Mechanical Engineering to Audio Engineering

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Artists

Zaytoven Beats
Jadakiss
Royce da 5'9
Chevy Woods
Rocko
Joe Budden
Dj ESudd (2Chainz DJ)
prod. Dame Grease
prod Billionaire Boy Scout
Crime Mob's Diamond
Travis Porter
Treach
Marcus Cooper (Pleasure P)
DMX
prod Buckwild
Slim of 112
CTE's Blood Raw
Universal Records
Cash Money Records
Bad Bo
Kane Beatz
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
Kevin Gates
Kid Ink
Travie McCoy
and Rich Homie Quan (Amongst many more)

Jeramy Roberts Chicago Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Chicago Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeremy appeared on the “Gong Show” at age 13 – and has been a professional musician ever since. His passion for vocal accompaniment led him to Las Vegas, then Atlantic City, then to New York. He met Linda Eder in 1987 and was her musical director/arranger/conductor for 18 years.

With Linda, he appeared on her Bravo Christmas Special, PBS special, and appearances with the Boston Pops. He’s conducted some of the leading “pops” orchestras, including the Philly Pops, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symmphony, and many others. Concert appearances include 3 sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Gershwin and Palace Theaters on Broadway.

His work with “Team Wildhorn” include the Broadway and pre-Broadway stage productions and/or recordings of JEKYLL & HYDE, as well as SVENGALI, THE CIVIL WAR, DRACULA, WAITING FOR THE MOON, CAMILLE CLAUDEL and TEARS OF HEAVEN.

Jeremy is the Musical Director of the Valhalla Symphonia

Jeremy is married to Debra Rubin-Roberts (Makeup Artist and founder of “Mommy Makeup”), and has 2 daughters, Daisy and Riley.

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#IZCONNECTED 62 | Jeramy Roberts - How To Monetize Your EDM
Recording Connection mentor Jeramy Roberts talks about the new music industry and creating your own job within it

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Mehul Tolia Chicago Mentor

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Mehul Tolia Chicago Mentor

Misha Kachkachishvili Chicago Engineer

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Misha Kachkachishvili Chicago Engineer

Background

An established audio engineer/producer based in New Orleans, Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili is an industry veteran whose client list includes names like Solange Knowles, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Janelle Monae, Taj Mahal, T-Bone Burnett and many others. A few years ago, he purchased a historic church left decimated by Hurricane Katrina, chose to keep the church’s historic pipe organ donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and converted the space into what is now Esplanade Studios, the largest recording studio in Louisiana (and one of the most prestigious).

Articles

A Day in the Life of Our Student
Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili on working with artists and finding opportunity

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Eric Clapton
Willie Nelson
Dr. John
David Crosby
Bonnie Raitt
Joe Jackson
Elvis Costello
Rickie Jones
Irma Thomas
Van Morrison
Mary J Blige
Common
Janelle Monae
Mary J Blige
Solange Knowles
Sean Combs
Young Jeezy
Lil Boosie
Ana Popovic
Metric
Kim Burrell
John Legend
Rebirth
Juvenile

Scott Lee Chicago Studio Manager

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Scott Lee Chicago Studio Manager

Background

In 1996, Scotty became Production Manager for the powerhouse production team, The Characters. It was during this time that Scott worked on numerous Platinum and Gold albums, including releases by SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, and Faith Evans. Scotty has been lending his expertise in Studio and Production Management at Engine Room Audio since 2006.

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Artists

Trey Songz
50 Cent
SWV
Johnny Gill
Tyrese
B2K
Brian McKnight
Petey Pablo
Faith Evans.

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School News

RC mentor Joey Paranoia on Ableton and Elemental Creative Urges

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Afropop Ambassador, Recording Connection grad Fredrick Nsiah

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Rising Star Emily Stamer on the Creation of LUCY

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RC grad Alexa Cooper’s 3 Secrets for Success

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From College Football to Music Production, Tavior Mowry Scores a Touchdown

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Misha Kachkachishvili on What it Takes to Work with the Greats

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Recording Connection student with Asperger’s Thrives in Program

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RC grad Jamaal Taylor Gets His Music in Blumhouse Production!

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Chicago
Recording Studios

School News

Charles Huston: The turning point

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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Music Scene in Chicago

Your CHICAGO, IL RECORDING SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

While there are several recording and audio programs in Chicago from which to choose, only one Chicago Recording School gets you inside an actual Chicago 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. Make no mistake: the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Chicago, IL is by apprenticing inside a Chicago recording studio–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION comes in.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go to a recording program at a college trade school, when for a fraction of that amount you can study recording inside a real recording studio. Play it smart, get on the inside track, learn directly from the pros, and get your education in a real-world environment. Our RECORDING SCHOOL alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

To APPLY for our Chicago Recording School, click here.

Chicago, Illinois is the third largest city in America, with an urban population of nearly 3 million and a surrounding metro area of over 9 million. Besides being known for its commerce and manufacturing, Chicago’s contribution to America’s musical history runs very deep, being a hotspot for blues, jazz and Dixieland music in the early 20th century, then a hub for folk music in the 1960s, then the birthplace of House Music in the 80s, and continuing today as a major player in the rock and hip-hop scenes. The list of noteworthy bands and artists with Chicago roots is long, and includes such names as Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Ted Nugent, Kanye West, Liz Phair, Styx, Smashing Pumpkins, and of course the namesake band Chicago–just to name a few.

With such a broad and diverse music scene, Chicago is also home to quite a few live music venues and quality recording studios, offering plenty of learning opportunities for aspiring recording engineers, music producers, live audio engineers and the like.

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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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Get Educated,
Get Access,
Get Hired.

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

Contact the Chicago Recording Connection

155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 4250
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 626-2920

Email: [email protected]

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

The Chicago

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Hundreds of Locations Worldwide.

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.

2

Affordable Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.

The worst thing you can do when trying to launch a music industry career is to take on a ton of student debt. Our amazingly low tuition means you won't have to.

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

3

Train In an Actual Recording Studio.

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.

4

Learn One-on-one.

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.

5

Gold Records.

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.

6

Job Placement Assistance Program.

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.

7

Thousands Of Pros Endorse Us.

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.

8

From Day One, You’re On The Inside.

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.

9

Free Tutoring.

We offer free tutoring. It’s free and unlimited. Did we mention it's free?

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Industry Connections.

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.


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  • Charles Huston: The turning point
  • Welcome to Your Chicago Campus
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