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Certificate 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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About Our Audio School Alternative 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, and Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

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Meet our Mentors

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.” Request an Invitation

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

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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. Request an Invitation

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. Request an Invitation

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

Shane Anderson Chicago Producer

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Shane Anderson Chicago Producer

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Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few. Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry. Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

DJ Axenzo Chicago Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo Chicago Live DJ

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Axenzo had recently graduated San Diego State University with a degree in mechanical engineering when he found that having achieved a major life goal, namely getting a degree to make his parents happy, had quite an interesting effect on him. Now that he’d achieved that, what else was possible? What could he achieve if he pursued something he was downright passionate about—music. While an engineering student, Axenzo had tried to double in music but the classes weren’t stimulating and were “very theoretical” with nothing practical or new to offer. Brewing at the back of his mind for years been the idea of learning how to produce EDM. While it wasn’t a choice his mother would consider practical, to him it was the natural conclusion. Axenzo was an active EDM explorer who attended shows regularly, a lifelong musician who played guitar and piano, and even wrote melodies on a whim. Music was just the thing going on in his mind. After completing his college degree with high marks, Axenzo spent a number of months training with a professional EDM music mentor who taught him Pro Tools and Logic with direct, one-on-one lessons. Although he already knew how to play a couple instruments he’d never set his hands on a DAW. Nevertheless he excelled fast, and consistently challenged himself while getting hands-on training and tips from his music mentor, a longtime engineer and EDM producer himself. During his time in the program Axenzo was able to create his own EDM songs, first starting on MIDI, then composing from within a digital environment. Crossing the bridge from having to play and record, to creating digitally “opened a door” for the EDM creator and DJ. In the two years since graduating the program, Axenzo has built a promising career in EDM as a DJ who has opened for Bob Sinclar, Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, Borgeous, Nicky Romero, among others. Nevertheless, for him DJing and especially composing new material as a producer is a never ending journey. The great unifier isn’t by genre or culture for the rising talent. Regularly dipping into multiple genres and researching far and wide, Axenzo is in quest of something singularly specific: “I’m trying to create something that every time people listen to my tracks they’ll know it’s me. That’s my focus right now. I’m working on it every day.” Now, the melodies and musical ideas Axenzo used to write on a whim are being put to use professionally as he divides his workdays between producing new material and performing at venues. He says, he’s even got a surefire way of capturing the music when it hits: “I open the recorder on my phone and just sing the melody to myself. Even if I’m in the shower, I’ll get out and record it.” Now versed in Ableton as well as Logic and Pro Tools, Axenzo is fluent in the various DAWS and he’s confident in his capacity to continually explore and grow as an artist. And as for future goals, he’s got a few: “I definitely would like to play in big festivals. Hopefully at Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and I would like to go worldwide. I’m working on it. I know there’s lots of competition, but I think nothing is impossible.” As for the time he spent as an extern in the program, Axenzo says, “It was an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful.” Axenzo currently performs weeklies at The Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Pool House and Sunset Vibes in San Diego, California. Request an Invitation

Artists

Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW

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

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 externs 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

Josh Monroy Chicago Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Chicago Producer / Engineer

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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.

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

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Jeramy Roberts Chicago Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Chicago Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms. Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

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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

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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).

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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


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Students

Recording Connection grad Rohan Solomon on Getting Noticed & Getting Hired

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Seva Ball on The Three Rules of Audio and The Virtues of Experimentation

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Recording Connection mentor Kelly Jones on The Relationship Behind the Glass, and More!

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Adam Moseley Talks Early Days at Legendary Trident Studios & more!

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How Collin Jacka Got Hired at Unique Recording Studios

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Recording Connection grad Nate Riley Joins Staff at Mentor’s Studio

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Recording Connection grad Efrain Matias Goes to NAMM, Gets Going in Audio!

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Recording Connection mentor RENEGADE EL REY on Hiring Student, Big Boi Album & Having the Drive

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Rob Ruccia

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“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.”

Credits

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

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 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 externing 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 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-extern 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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155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 4250
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 626-2920

1913 S Miller Street
Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 481-7020

3126 N. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

(312) 448-8381


Email: [email protected]

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

Chicago

Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools is an Audio School Alternative

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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

Learn on the Latest Gear When You Attend the 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 you’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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Free Tutoring.

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

Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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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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