Loading...
RRFC is fully functional during the current Coronavirus public health crisis. Find out how.

Chicago Recording Connection Reviews

Steve Rivera, Recording Connection Audio StudentGet all the answers straight from the professionals.
“Today we covered Mix Theory. We discussed the importance of organizing a session prior to making your initial adjustments. We covered the initial balancing of levels and the stereo image. We also setup the stage for a recording session taking place in Studio A over the weekend. We setup all the mics, stands, and cables and ran everything into the control room. In the control room we setup patch bay to route all our incoming signals to the appropriate Preamps, Compressors, and Effect units. After a quick test tomorrow morning, the session will be all set to go.”
Steve Rivera, Chicago, IL
Get all the answers straight from the professionals.

Kari DeNeal, Recording Connection Audio Student“For our first official Lesson we went over the entire reading assignment, as well as Quiz, I had been assigned by the Recording Connection. We discussed a few of the question I had prepared myself with, having my mentor clear everything up for me, as well as discussing the transducers and that at my mentors studio he has everything go straight from the microphones to the preamp and into Pro Tools. I asked him what the difference between frequency and pitch was, as I have always known what pitch is but I wasn’t sure how it was different from frequency. Turns out they are closely linked. The pitch is perceived as high or low. Low pitch mean low frequency and high pitch means high frequency. My mentor kind of explained it as frequency is more focused on EQ and measured using Hertz, while pitch is measured using a scale of A-G like keys on a piano. The following day I returned to my mentors’ studio for my second day in the Recording Connection program, which got way more in depth about the different mics they use in the studio. He showed me condenser mics and some dynamic mics along with different brands of mics including Shure, Sennheiser, Blue, and Audix. Then he gave me a preview of Pro Tools and some of the projects he’s been working on. He showed me how he can adjust sounds and manually or automatically adjust a person’s vocal pitch. Then he showed me his Patch Bay, which is apparently an easier way of getting sound from the mic into the preamp and onto Pro Tools without having to remember where each cable in the studio is plugged into. Everything on the Patch Bay is labeled so it’s easier to remember where is where. I am really enjoyed working with my mentor assigned to me by the Recording Connection. He is very patient with me and doesn’t mind me asking ridiculous questions or asking him to repeat things. He definitely knows what he’s doing and I’m glad to be learning from him!”
Kari DeNeal, Danville, Illinois
Work with your very own personal mentor.
“The very first lesson with my mentor assigned by the Recording Connection was pretty simple. We began by going over the questions at the end of the lesson, working on the areas that I got incorrect, which proved to be very useful. Later on that day in the studio with my mentor I got to watch another extern in the studio take an exam, see what I would be looking forward to as the weeks continue with my mentor. During this hands-on session I learned how to wrap cable cords, set up microphone stands, and the type of compressor to use for harsher and rougher tones. What a great first lesson with my mentor and I’m looking forward to the lessons to come as I continue in the Recording Connection program.”
Hollis Marshall, Chicago, Illinois

Gerry Leibnitz, Recording Connection Audio StudentLearn everything there is to know about audio.
“I just read through my text book for school and the thing that just amazes me is the human ears. How they work is so fascinating, especially the ear drum and Malleus, Incus, and Stapes. How they work together is pretty cool, like our own built in hydraulic system.”
Gerry Leibnitz, Hainsville, Illinois
Work with artists of various genres.
“My mentor allowed me to sit in on a tracking/ mixing session with an R&B/Hip-Hop artist. It was really interesting to see their process of working together. I paid attention to how Joe organized his pro-tools session, which was in a way I hadn’t seen before but it made sense. Watching him, it seemed a lot easier than the way I had previously been taught.”
— Mary Sanders, New Lenox, IL

Learn hands-on in a professional recording studio.
“This week was my first official Lesson with my mentor in the Recording Connection. When I first got to the studio my mentor gave me another tour of the studio just to refresh my memory from our initial interview. He showed me what my responsibilities would be as an extern for when I first arrive for each session to get started for the day. Next we started going over my assignment assigned to me by the program, in which my mentor was very good at going into great detail with. After going through the entire lesson my mentor was able to explain to me what amplitude actually is in a couple short sentences. I also sat in on a mastering session for a little bit until I had to leave, which was really great. The following day I went into the studio to go over the Lesson about microphones, which I was told is the beginning of the complicated lessons. However, my mentor and I went over it for quite a while and it started to make a lot more sense. I then got to do some hands-on work where my mentor turned down everything on a song and had me turn them up to where I thought they should go which was exciting for me. I enjoyed being at the studio and I can’t wait to go back and learn more.”
— Jasper MacRae, Naperville, Illinois

Work on your own personal projects, and build your own clientele, using the skills learned from your mentor.
“Things with my mentor are going very well and the studio is a great place. My mentor is an excellent teacher, as he is a little older, and therefore, more wise. He has such a great method of teaching so I can understand the recording industry in general. Overall, I’ve learned so much already from the Recording Connection, it’s amazing! With what I’ve learned so far, I’ve been able to go back and improve my own personal mixes on a lot of my old tracks, also producing the music for a few short film projects now that I have started to fine-tune my skills. I can’t wait to progress further!”
— Vincent Williams, Palatine, Illinois

Learn by doing.
“Today was an extern recording day so one of the employees at the studio had his band come in and all the externs took turns recording different parts. My part was to record the vocals and I really picked up a lot just from watching everyone else, and when it was my turn, I was able to work pretty well, and I was even told this. This session was a great experience and makes me more excited about being at the studio with my mentor. I am starting to understand everything a lot better now and I’m going to start getting more and more into it as the Recording Connection continues.”
— Jasper MacRae, Naperville, Illinois

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

Does A Career In The Music Industry Sound Too Good To Be True?
 
It isn't. Become a Music Legend. You are too good not to be true to your dreams. Get Started Now.

Amplify Your Life Now

Get Started

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.

Electronic Music Production School with AbletonElectronic Music Production School with Ableton

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.

Hip Hop School and Beat MakingHip Hop School and Beat Making

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.

Electronic Music Production School with Logic ProElectronic Music Production School with Logic Pro

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.

Music Production SchoolMusic Production School

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.

Audio Engineering SchoolAudio Engineering School

More Programs

Recording Connection is Audio Education Upgraded for 2021.
Watch to Learn Why:

View all Frequently Asked Questions


Request a Call: Speak with Admissions

Fill out the form below to connect with our Admissions Department.
Or call us for more information at (800) 755-7597


Secure form submission.

*Not all programs are available in every state. Consult an Admissions Representative to learn more.

Our Students & Teachers

Student
Miley KnoxPlaces 2 Beats with Wu-Tang Affiliate

Read More

Miley Knox

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
View Successes

Amplify your Life
with Recording Connection

View Successes

Email: [email protected]

Request a Call: Speak with Admissions

Fill out the form below to connect with our Admissions Department.
Or call us for more information at (800) 755-7597


Secure form submission.

*Not all programs are available in every state. Consult an Admissions Representative to learn more.

Climb Credit Logo

Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

New! Finance your education with Climb. Get approved in minutes with no impact to your credit score.

We Stand Against Student Debt!
FIND OUT MORE

Learn About Your Options
Pensado Award Logo
RRFC Seal

Our Site

ApplyExternship LocationsView Your ClassroomFAQReference LibraryMission StatementStudent Consumer InformationContact Us
Request Info