Colorado Springs

Recording Connection Audio Institute

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.

About Our Audio School in Colorado Springs

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.

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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Our Colorado Springs Studio Locations

  • Briargate
  • Rockrimmon
  • Broadmoor
  • Knob Hill
  • Mesa
  • Cheyenne Hills
  • Ivywild
  • Falcon Estates
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Norwood
  • Peregrene
  • Old Colorado City
  • Southborough
  • Spring Creek
  • Holland Park
  • Mountain Shadows
  • Cimarron Hills
  • Gleneagle
  • Manitou Springs
  • Fort Carson
  • Monument
  • Eastonville
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Music Scene in Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Recording Connection

Looking for a great Colorado Springs Music School to learn recording and audio engineering? You’ve just found the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only music school that gets you inside an actual Colorado Springs recording studio, where you will learn as a studio student apprentice (extern) while you study your choice of audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (trance, trip hop, house music, acid house and more), post production audio and electronic DJ. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Colorado Springs is to start inside a Colorado Springs recording studio as an apprentice–and that’s where we come in.

Why would you spend 50 thousand dollars or more to go to a music recording trade school, when for a fraction of that amount you could go to music school in a real recording studio? Make the smart choice: learn directly from the pros in a real-world environment, and get connected as you get educated. No one can put you in the center of the action more cost-efficiently than our music recording school. 

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Located in south-central Colorado in the towering shadow of Pike’s Peak, the city of Colorado Springs is home to over 400,000 people, as well as the United States Air Force Academy.  It is also home to a solid local music scene which often shares resources with nearby Denver.  A number of well-known musicians and bands have either come from or have ties to Colorado Springs, including hip-hop artist Black Pegasus, power metal band Jag Panzer, jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, Aerosmith bass guitarist Tom Hamilton, and popular band OneRepublic, to name a few.

Colorado Springs music scene today is sustained with live music venues and local recording studios which accommodate artists’ needs. If you are thinking about a career as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, Colorado Springs holds plenty of opportunity for you to learn.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Harley Fine Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

Background

“I operate a recording studio, record, produce and mix records for clients, write songs and get song placements on nationally distributed compilations. Record voice overs and edit video.” – Harley Fine

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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks Colorado Springs Producer

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Asaf Fulks Colorado Springs Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

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Recording Connection Grads find work at The OC Recording Company Inc!

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

James Salone Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Ryan Hewitt Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for such notable artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks, needtobreathe, Flogging Molly and Jamie Cullum.

Relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in early 2015, Ryan took residence at House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and jumped into a non-stop string of records. In between mixing albums for The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Sean McConnell, and Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan produced and mixed up-and-coming Georgia rockers, Crass Mammoth, Knoxville troubadours, The Black Lillies and Nashville mods Elle Macho. He spent last summer recording and mixing The Lumineers’ #1 album Cleopatra with producer Simone Felice in upstate New York and has since recorded and mixed several more songs for film soundtracks.

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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

Israel Lliteras Colorado Springs Mentor

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Israel Lliteras Colorado Springs Mentor

Background

Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Lionel Pedro Colorado Springs Mentor

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Lionel Pedro Colorado Springs Mentor

Background

Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Brian Boland Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

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Brian Boland Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer

Background

Brian Boland is a producer/engineer with twenty years of studio experience behind him. Starting out at William Paterson College, he learned the art of recording from exceptional teachers including Bob Both (James Brown). After college, he was lucky enough to start his career at the legendary Greene Street Recording NYC (Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Dave Matthews, George Benson, Beastie Boys…) His band Elwood, was signed to Palm Pictures in 2000 by Chris Blackwell and had success with their cover of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot reaching the Billboard charts. In 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he began freelancing at various studios in LA, Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Brian continued his many personal projects working and playing bass with Shadow Rewind, Baby Stone (Sly Stone’s daughter), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), and countless others. He also worked at Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, (formerly Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flight Tyme) where he was able to work on many major label writing camps engineering,and assisting some of the worlds top artists and producers in the urban world, including Timbaland, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Y.G., Mary J. Blige, DJ Mustard, Big Krit, Sha Money XL and many more.

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Artists

Timbaland
Macy Gray
Rihanna
Y.G.
Mary J. Blige
DJ Mustard
Big Krit
Sha Money XL
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
So Percussion
The Partch Ensemble
Joe Lavano
Sunny Murray
Sonic Liberation Front
American Babies
Lee Smith
Global Illage
Butch Ballard
Sam Dockery
Odean Pope
Marshall Allen
Lee Smith
Jamey Haddad,Bakithi Kumalo
Jo Lawry
Jack St.Clair big band

Matt Stein Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein Colorado Springs Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

SWAN7 is a comfortable space to work with someone who’s as in to your music as you are. Whether you just need a place to record or you need a collaborator to help bring your songs to life, SWAN7 is a great place to start. As an engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry and a former touring musician, I’ve got the skills to help you get you music sounding the way you imagine. I can help with any and all aspects of the process: recording, mixing, arranging and co-writing.

Articles

One on One: A Formula for Success

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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Tom Rowan Colorado Springs Audio Engineer

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Tom Rowan Colorado Springs Audio Engineer

Background

The Sound Lab is a fully-equipped recording studio in Greensboro, NC. We offer professional sound recording, production, mixing, and mastering services backed by over 34 years of recording experience at competitive prices. Our personnel is versatile; we have recorded musicians in diverse genres—including classical, country, jazz, hip hop, rock and blues—and spoken word artists, as well as corporate clients such as Volvo of America, Marriott International, and Penguin Group (USA)—recording projects such as audio books, voiceovers, jingles, and training manuals.

Our studio is comfortable, large, and architecturally designed for high-end sound production. The live room is 800 square feet, with 20 foot ceilings—perfect for orchestras, choirs, and big drum sounds. And its multiple isolation booths allow bands to easilly record in one room. The control room is also a very spacious 700 square feet.

Once your music recording is completed we also offer graphic design and duplication and replication services from 10 to 100,000 copies to help you fully complete and release your next project! In addition to audio recording and production services we also offer dvd duplication, and a variety of digital transfers (cassette to cd, LP/45 to cd, vhs to cd, vhs to dvd, and reel-to-reel to cd).

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Artists

Bahama Mamas
Big Sean
Brian Lynch
Heads Up Entertainment
Ja Rule
Joey Ramone
American Express
Backyard Records
Dreamworks Records

Justin Hachat Colorado Springs DJ / Producer

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Justin Hachat Colorado Springs DJ / Producer

Background

Sweetdrop Digital is a record label founded in 2013 by DJ/Producer Justin Hachat aka Justin David and partners. We are a label built by sound engineers, djs and producers for djs and producers. We have a philosophy of creating something that artists want to be a part of. For our clients we offer a broad array of services including, mixing, mastering, editing, arrangement, sfx placement, foley recording, and background music. For our artists we offer an almost unmatched payout on royalties, worldwide digital distribution, promotional efforts and booking management if chosen. For all others we offer you a selection of music and videos to entertain you. If you are new talent looking for an outlet to get your music heard or a industry professional looking for some of our services please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to check out our other pages on facebook and soundcloud. Thank you for visiting and enjoy.

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Artists

Mihai Sebastian
Justin David
Above & Beyond
Mimo & Kalam
Helios (software)

Gregory Hainer Colorado Springs Sound Designer

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Gregory Hainer Colorado Springs Sound Designer

Background

Gregory teaches Post Production, Audio Engineering / Pro Tools, and Video Game Audio. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Synthesis and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music, where he also received the MP&E Academic Scholar Award.

Gregory has since worked in Hollywood as a sound designer, engineer, mixer, composer, voice director, producer, songwriter, classically-trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked on a number of feature films, TV, video games, records and theme park attractions.

He has won multiple Golden Reel Awards and worked with companies such Warner Bros., Disney, Soundelux, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Universal Studios and more. Gregory has also owned and operated his own recording and post-production studio, Scorpio Sound, since 1999.

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Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Guild Wars 2
Prince of Egypt
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
We Were Soldiers
Dishonored
Black Hawk Down

Loved it learned a lot from my mentor Rick Rooney. And thanks to all the knowledge I now have a studio of my own.

Umair Jamal Recording Connection Student

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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Tuition
Comparison

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

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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The Colorado Springs, Colorado

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Locations Worldwide.

Locations, locations, locations. They’re of the utmost importance. Which is why we have them everywhere. Even right here in Colorado Springs. You don't have to relocate to some other town to attend audio engineering school, because there's one near you.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Low Tuition So You Can Avoid Student Debt.

Our tuition is very low. We pride ourselves on not following the herd. We don’t want to have a tuition that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. We want to have a school that works.

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

3

Learn In a Real Recording Studio, Not In a Classroom.

Classrooms are boring. There, we said it. You certainly can't learn audio engineering very effectively there. In our audio engineering school, you’ll be learning inside a real recording studio. You learn everything there is to know about both the industry and the craft from your mentor.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One.

The Recording Connection pairs you with a mentor who is a seasoned producer/engineer. You’ll be learning one on one. You’ll be taking it one day at a time. And you’ll be picking up the skills that you’ll be using for the rest for your life. You’ll be honing your craft.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

5

Gold Records On the Walls.

Our mentors are awesome. We only pair our students with the best people--people who’ve worked with the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, and Lady Gaga. It's common to walk into one of these studios and see walls plastered with Gold and Platinum Records.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance. For Real.

We have a year-long job assistance program that helps you find work if you’re not immediately hired out of our program. We don't want your education to be for nothing; we do everything in our power to plug you into your career.

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

Thousands Of Pros Endorse Us.

The Recording Connection is amazing. It just is, and professionals know this. They know that you have to make connections, and you have to be on the inside. That’s why so many of them recommend and tout our positive attributes.

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.

From the word go, you’re inside a real recording studio. You’re making your name and gaining experience. No pounding on the doors like other audio school graduates. You're in the door from day one.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

Free tutoring for anyone who wants it. It’s as simple as that.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections.

Connections are the most important thing to any person in a creative industry. They mean the difference between success and failure. They mean the difference between a long career and a short one. The Recording Connection knows this, and that’s why we put you inside a real recording studio. You'll meet lots of industry pros you'd never meet in a classroom.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.