Blake LaGrange graduated in 2009 from Recording Connection under mentor Steve Weatherbee of Golden Track Studio, San Diego. “If you are already doing what you love and you go through the program using the resources at Recording Connection, you can succeed,” Blake said during a visit to Los Angeles Center Studios this week. Blake comes from a place of personal experience, as he currently owns and operates two of his own studios with a focus on EDM music.
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Your DENVER, CO AUDIO RECORDING SCHOOL
Congratulations–you’ve just found the most innovative Denver AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL program available! We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL that gets you working as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual Denver recording studio where you will learn your choice of music production, audio engineering, mixing, 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 in Denver to get into the recording industry is by apprenticing in one of Denver’s recording studios–and we’re the school that gets your foot in the door.
You could spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to an audio engineering trade school, or you could spend a fraction of that amount and learn audio engineering in a real recording studio. The choice is clear! Get on the inside track, learn the skills in a real-world environment, and get connected as you get educated. Our AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL is hands-down the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.
Nicknamed the Mile-High City because it’s elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, Denver is the state capital of Colorado, as well as its largest city. Known for its art-friendliness, Denver is home to a diverse and burgeoning music scene, with hundreds of local bands and artists and an abundance of live venues. Denver celebrates its music scene with several annual local music festivals, including the 4-day-long Underground Music Showcase, which is considered by some to be Colorado’s answer to Austin’s famed SXSW festival. Some of the better-known bands and musicians hailing from the Denver area include The Fray, Breathe Carolina, Meese, Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), jazz guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, folk singer Judy Collins, and American Idol contestants Ace Young and Lily Scott, to name a few.
Denver is also home to numerous high-quality recording studios to accommodate the needs of the growing music scene here. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, you'll find plenty of opportunity in Denver–and the RECORDING CONNECTION can get you close to the action in ways other AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOLS can't. We do it by our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, in which we pair you with a working professional in one of Denver's recording studios to get personal, hands-on training during real recording projects. With our revolutionary system to help them, over 70% of our graduates go on to permanent positions in the recording industry. You owe it to yourself to see what we can do for you!
Success Stories from Students Near Denver
Learn how to work with ease while working with the professionals.
“My very first lesson ever with my mentor in the Recording Connection was very intimidating. Just hearing all the things my mentor and his assistant know, as well as have done in the musical recording field, was honestly a little shocking. But as the day progressed, the more and more they made me feel at home in their studio.”
-- Adam Stevens, Longmont, Colorado
Receive one-on-one Pro Tools training with your Recording Connection mentor.
“Today’s lesson with my mentor was really fun because I got to show my mentor and Pro Tools what I am made of. We started off by opening up a previous session that my mentor produced himself. Then my mentor just let me take control and let me mix everything. First I started off by creating a stereo master volume track so I could make sure that the overall level of everything wasn’t getting too loud. After that, I went through all of the tracks to see what was recorded to each one of them. From there I began to set the overall levels of each track so they blended well together. Once all of the track volumes were set to a point where they were not clipping, I put the maxim compressor on the master track to bring the mix to life. Next I proceeded to insert the RTAS D verb into the bus of the aux track and routed the drum tracks and vocals to the D verb aux track to make the performance sound like it is in more of a live environment. Finally I had a little fun with delaying the vocals slightly at the end of each chorus by setting the delay to a pattern that sounded good and then automating the bypass to disengage at the last bar of each chorus.”
-- Jeff Franks, Arvada, Colorado
Receive your very own one-on-one training from your mentor.
“I arrived early for my second session at with my mentor. When I got there we shook hands and we went straight to the "A room" for my second official lesson with my mentor. We went over my lesson and quiz the Recording Connection assigned me and I got all the questions correct. After this we began to get more in-depth about sample rate and bit depth. I already understood these concepts fairly well, but my mentor cleared up all questions I had still remaining. I got to also ask him about analog recording and tape, compared to digital. Because of this, we then went in to detail on how tape works, how a nice tape recorder works, what tape is made out of, and how to store tape. After this I decided to ask about all the rack gear because I wrote down everything they had in the studio, then had gone home and researched on the internet about everything. We mostly talked about compressors, the Manley Voxbox specifically, and after that we talked about API's 500 series rack gear. For the remainder of my one-on-one time with my mentor, we moved onto drum micing and how to set them up in detail. I was happy I was even getting a head start on the next lesson and at this point we decided to end the session. I then walked out the door a happy student.
-- Jordan Hanson, Thornton, Colorado
Learn how to use MIDI.
“This week was a really great lesson for me with my mentor. Learning the ropes of MIDI is exactly what I need right now. I am doing some work on a Control Pad using an EZ Drummer demo program and know how to use MIDI through Pro Tools, which is very important to my success in becoming a music producer. I will be in the world of MIDI for many years to come. Also this week I learned about synchronization and how automation works, and this was very interesting. Knowing the SMPTE time codes will be great to know for any film editing I want to do as well. This also shows how crazy Pro Tools is. I did not realize that it has full capability of putting audio to video. Also using the correct Time Codes for each and how crucial that is. Very interesting stuff!”
-- Erik Edson, Denver, Colorado
Build a working relationship with your mentor.
“My very first day in the studio with my mentor was a review over the materials that I studied over the past week that the Recording Connection assigned me. We went over the structure of sound and how humans perceive sound. My mentor is awesome and I can tell that he has a great understanding of the concepts of the curriculum and knows how to explain them in terms that I can understand. He is obviously very in tune with the entire process and shows that he cares about how I learn things as well as how I absorb the materials. I am very impressed with my mentor and look forward to continuing to build a solid relationship with him.”
-- Jeff Franks, Arvada, Colorado
Fine-tune your skills with the guidance of your Recording Connection mentor.
"I just concluded with week 12 with my mentor and it was, by far, the longest and most in depth lesson I have done yet. First we discussed more signal processing, but this time compressors and volume control were added into my training. The lesson goes far into dynamic range processors, as well as the many functions of analog and digital compressors, limiters, and noise gates. I've had a large number of past experience working with the hardware, but not so much on the software, so my mentor and I spent a lot of time talking about how they differ, and what applications to properly use them for. The most interesting thing I learned in this lesson with my mentor was the range control, with furthermore expanded my knowledge on how things work, as well as how to use them. Next, my mentors and I had a meeting about how we could better understand the inner electronic workings of transformers, and we decided to have a wizard session with one of them, as well as all the other apprentices from the Recording Connection. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to doing more work on these technical aspects of recording in the future."
-- Jason Zinn, Littleton, Colorado
Prepare yourself for the future with the training provided by the Recording Connection.
"The day finally arrived to have my first session with my mentor. We started off the lesson by digging deeper into the career opportunities that are available within the music industry. Next, we talked about some basic principles of sound and hearing. The rest of my session, and most of the focus in this lesson was on waveforms, as well as the Fletcher-Munson graph, per my request. My mentor did a great job breaking these topics down in ways that were easy for me to understand. Overall, this was a great first experience with the Recording Connection program. What I learned in my readings assigned through the Recording Connection, as well as the depth of knowledge that I obtained from my time with my mentor, will serve as great building blocks for the rest of my education, both throughout the program and after."
-- Dan Morris, Thornton, Colorado
Learn the importance of Pro Tools in the Recording Connection.
"I got my MBox, with my Pro Tools, that the Recording Connection shipped to me and it couldn't look any better! My mentor and I went over the reading for this week about Pro Tools, and the DVD with the practice sessions for the Pro Tools that the Recording Connection gave me. Everything was not too hard to understand and I love how free you can be with Pro Tools! This program now allows my creative side to go nuts! Now I see why Pro Tools is essential: the amount of free plugins allow for effects that add that certain funk I'm looking for. I can only imagine the access I'm going to receive once I purchase a few plugins I've had my eyes on. Things get better every day in the Recording Connection, Thank the Lord!"
-- Maurice Elliot, Aurora, Colorado
Work hands on in a real recording studio.
"This week was a really great lesson for me with my mentor. Learning the ropes of MIDI is exactly what I need right now. I am doing some work on a Control Pad using an EZ Drummer demo program and know how to use MIDI through Pro Tools, which is very important to my success in becoming a music producer."
-- Erik Edson, Denver, Colorado
Learn Microphones with a Professional Audio Engineer
"Today’s lesson with my mentor was focused on microphones. I learned about the different kinds, including Dynamic and Condenser, as well as all the different polar patterns that they can have. My mentor then showed me a bunch of his own personal microphones and we talked about what they were, and their patterns. At first, going into this lesson, I didn’t have a very good understanding about mics. However, after this lesson review with my mentor, I feel a lot better about them and what to look for when working with them."
Benjamin Crabtree, Denver, Colorado
Learn to apply your lessons to your sessions by using visuals
"I have to say I love how my mentor explains things while he’s teaching me, along with his visuals to make everything so much easier to understand. At first, I didn't truly fully understand wavelengths from my reading. However, my mentor went into great detail and, once seen with a visual from my mentor, I truly understood what wavelengths were, as well as how to break down the cycles in a wavelength. All in all, I feel like I continue to learn a lot and, if I thought I already knew it from the reading, my mentor makes sure to touch up on my assigned lesson anyways, in order to make me understand it even more."
-- Steven Scott, Thornton, Colorado
Learn Microphone Types and Placement Hands On
<"Today my mentor and I covered microphones. I knew a little bit about how microphones work, but it was nice to get a little more information. My mentor spent a lot of time this week showing me the various mics he has in the studio, and what they use them for. My mentor also had a lot of set ups needed for sessions my mentor had for the week, which was extremely helpful. Also, my mentor showed me a documentary on Friday, called Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. There was a lot of history and a bunch of interviews, which I found extremely interesting."
-- Joseph Unrein, Littleton, Colorado
Contact the Denver Recording Connection
1600 Broadway Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Mo-Sa 09:00 - 18:00
We get our students jobs.
Of Our Graduates Get
Jobs in the Music Business
Our outstanding job placement rate is no accident. We are able to achieve this high mark because our graduates have trained inside a working recording studio. This gives our students excellent hands-on skills, real-world job experience, and the industry connections and references that just aren’t available on a school campus. Additionally, we have a very proactive Stay Connected Job Assistance Program that serves as our graduates’ advocate in the job market for up to a year after course completion. When we say we’re connected with the music business, we mean it.Read our student success stories.
The Denver, Colorado Recording Connection Audio School Advantage
We Are Located Everywhere.
If you’re interested in attending a cutting-edge audio engineering school in Denver, or anywhere in the U.S., the U.K., Canada or Australia, then the Recording Connection is the school for you. Our on-the-job approach means we have locations all over the world.
The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.
If you’re at all worried about leaving higher education with massive amounts of debt, you’re a wise person. Our audio school doesn’t roll like that. We have cheap tuition so we can help you focus on what’s important—not how to pay back student loans.
The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Your Classroom Will Be The Recording Studio.
During your apprenticeship (externship) with our audio engineering school, you’ll be studying in a real recording studio. You’ll be working alongside industry professionals and you’ll be problem solving on your feet.
Advantage: Recording Connection.
You’ll be paired with a mentor who will instruct you in the ways of your chosen craft. You’ll be learning one-on-one from an individual who has been there and done it all before.
With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Gold Records On the Walls.
Our mentors have had lots of success. We want you to learn from the best, so we only accept the best mentors. Our mentors have worked with the biggest names in music, and many have Gold and Platinum Records on their walls.
Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Job Placement Assistance Program.
Don’t be nervous about finding employment post graduation. If there's no work available from your mentor when your apprenticeship (externship) is finished, we offer up to 12 months of active job placement assistance. We'll do all we can to help you find work.
The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Thousands of Pros Recommend Us.
Our approach is so successful that our school is recommended by industry professionals. That’s how much we rock. People who aren’t even our mentors talk about us. Lots of them.
You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.
On the Inside Track.
With our program, You’re an insider. Plain as can be. You’re on the inside, and you’re working your way up. That’s the way our school works.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We offer tutoring if you need it. All the help you could ever want. For free.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Connections are key to succeeding in the industry. They are what will make your career. You need to know people, and you need to have experience. Our program makes sure that you have both the connections and the audio engineering experience to be viable in the workplace.
Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.