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Your DETROIT, MICHIGAN RECORDING SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Congratulations–you’ve just found the innovative alternative to Detroit recording school. We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only recording school alternative that gets you working as an audio student extern inside an actual Detroit recording studio, working alongside the pros as you learn mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub fusion, industrial, house music, trance and more), electronic DJ and post production audio. Hands down, the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Detroit is to start inside a Detroit recording studio as an extern. We’re no ordinary school. We get your foot in the door, right from the start.

Did you know you don’t have to spend as much as 20-50 thousand dollars to go to a recording trade school? You can spend far less money and go to our recording school alternative from inside a real recording studio. You can train while you get yourself on the inside track, and get your audio education in a real-world environment. Our recording school alternative could be your path to getting working in recording and music without spending years in class.

To APPLY for our Detroit Recording School alternative, click here.

Nicknamed “The Motor City” for its automobile manufacturing, Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan. Perhaps best known in music circles for Motown Records (which in the 1960s produced the distinctive R&B/soul sound known the world over as simply “Motown”), Detroit has been a consistent musical influence in a variety of genres, including rock, rap, hip-hop, blues, jazz, hardcore, punk, techno and others. The list of notable bands and musicians with Detroit connections (past and present) is long and varied, and includes such names as Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Ted Nugent, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Madonna, Eminem, The White Stripes, Insane Clown Posse, Sufjan Stevens and many others.

Today, Detroit’s music scene continues to be strong and active, with plenty of venues and recording studios to accommodate bands and artists. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, Detroit holds plenty of opportunity for you to learn.



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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.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

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.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

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.

Music Producing Details

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?

Music Business Details

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.

Live DJ Details

Workshops

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.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

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.

Learn from Legends Details

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.

Audio Certification Details

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Recording Connection is:
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Our "Near Me" Detroit Campus Locations

Learn in a recording studio in or near Detroit.

  • Grosse Pointe
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Ann Arbor
  • Wyandotte
  • Bricktown
  • Greektown
  • Park Avenue
  • Cass Corridor
  • West Canfield
  • Woodbridge
  • Boston-Edison
  • New Amsterdam
  • Highland Park
  • Palmer Woods
  • Sherwood Forest
  • MorningSide
  • Indian Village
  • Rivertown
  • Warrendale
  • Delray
  • Seven Mile
  • Littlefield
  • Royal Oak
  • Southfield
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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 ordinary audio schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry professional at a fully-equipped recording studio.

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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Affordable Music Producing School Tuition
$12,200 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.

About Our Audio School Alternative in Detroit

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.

Four Ways to Take the Next Step

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


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Meet our Mentors

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

Kevin Sharpe Detroit Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Detroit 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.

Articles

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

Mehul Tolia Detroit Mentor

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Mehul Tolia Detroit Mentor

IV Duncan Detroit Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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IV Duncan Detroit Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

Background

A Detroit Native, IV Duncan III is a RIAA Multi-Platinum Certified Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer. He is also an accomplished Music Producer. He graduated top of his class from the Recording Institute, nationally renowned for its engineering curriculum. IV is the owner of Mix Factory One Studios and Music Brokers Entertainment Group. His experience in the music industry is sought after by major labels and corporate America as well as local/independent artists.  He is an active participant in the community and is a partner in the Light Up Detroit campaign designed to shine a positive light and promote growth for that city. Music is IV’s passion. His goal is to continuously empower the art that drives him.

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Artists

Eminem
Royce Da 5’9″
Rich Homie Quan
Rocko
ASAP Ferg
M-City
Kashdoll
Dej Loaf
Slaughterhouse
WOW Gospel
Karen Clark-Sheard
KEM
Mario Winans
Deelishis
Rick Ross
Interscope
Shady Records
Sony
Warner Bros.

Aaron Mancina Detroit Engineer / Producer

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Aaron Mancina Detroit Engineer / Producer

Background

I am owner founder of WiseGuy Records, Audio Engineer / Producer

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Bernard Johnson Detroit Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

Articles

Recording Connection mentor Bernard ‘IQue’ Johnson Shares His Smarts & Hires from Within!
Recording Connection grad Goes to NAMM, Gets Hired, Gets Going in Audio!

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Joey Heier Detroit Mentor

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Joey Heier Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Joey (“Uncle Joe”) Heier talks about the importance of hands-on training and his passion for teaching

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Aaron R. Reppert Detroit Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson Detroit Mentor

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Rick Carson Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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A Day in the Life of Our Students
A Day in the Life of Our Students

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Detroit Mentor

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Parker Ament and Danny Howard Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Recording Connection mentors Parker Ament and Danny Howard are up to the minute music producers, audio engineers, and entrepreneurs who know how to navigate the music industry in the 21st Century. Besides working with artists like Omarion, Todrick Hall, and Lauren Chase, they create great sound design tutorials on their popular YouTube channel.

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Jason Phelps Detroit Mentor

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Jason Phelps Detroit Mentor

Background

Recording Connection mentor Jason Phelps is an audio engineer, producer, and musician who’s been involved in music all his life. He’s downright passionate about recording, producing, and teaching the next generation of music industry professionals. He expects the externs he trains to bring their A-game, and to listen and learn in a proactive manner.

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Ross Vanderslice Detroit Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Ross Vanderslice or one of our mentors in the St. Louis area.

An engineer since 2001, Ross Vanderslice has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The experience he’s gained works perfectly with what we do at Recording Connection: pairing externs with seasoned professionals for invaluable one-on-one time with a mentor.

With multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment, Vanderslice has worked with several Recording Connection externs. Doing it right is about so much more than having the right gear, software, or equipment. Because of his experience working with internationally-known acts, Vanderslice knows how to work with artists, how to make them feel comfortable and safe within the studio environment.

Here are some of the clients with whom Vanderslice and/or the professional audio engineers at his studio have worked:

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Artists

Nelly
Black Eyed Peas
Jaden Smith
Sade
Panic! at the Disco
Waka Flocka
Tech N9ne
Ludacris
Travis Barker
Son Volt
Chuck Berry
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
Fantasia
The Game
Jurassic 5
Ja Rule
David Banner
Jive Records
Universal Records
Interscope
Rocafella Records
RCA Records
Motown
Def Jam
Yelawolf
Hopsin
Rittz
Lil Jon
Murphy Lee
Chingy
Capitol Records
Bad Boy Entertainment
Atlantic Records


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Meet Some of Our

Students

I Want to Learn How to Make Music

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Current Real World Success Stories of Audio Engineers.

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How to make music like Getter.

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How Can I Make Music My Career?

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How to be a Beat Maker

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Zack Slippy on Finding his Purpose and Building the Career he Wants

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Community and Creativity Explodes at NAMM 2019

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Music Producers and Audio Engineers’ Tips on Working with Artists

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Spotlight on Detroit Producer / Engineer

Kevin Sharpe

Bio

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.

Credits

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

Articles

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

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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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Detroit

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

1

Learn In Detroit, Or Anywhere Else.

In Detroit, Michigan, the only real option for higher audio engineering education is the Recording Connection. We’ve also got alternative audio engineering schools locations all over the country and the world.

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.

3

Real-World Training in a Recording Studio.

Forget about classrooms. You’ll be working in a recording studio in Detroit. You’ll be thrown into the deep end and asked to swim. In this business, there's no better way to learn.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Be Paired With a Mentor for One-on-One Training.

While you’re apprenticing in the studio, you’ll be learning one-on-one from a Detroit mentor. This person knows the industry backwards and forwards, and his/her knowledge and skill will blow your mind.

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

5

Our Mentors Are Working Audio Professionals.

Our mentors are the working audio industry professionals. They’re the people who’ve produced music for the likes of Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Literally.

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

6

A Job Is Your End Goal.

After you graduate, we’ll work with you for an entire year to help you find a job.

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

7

The Audio School Alternative Recommended By Pros.

Our audio engineering school alternative is designed to help people serious about building their careers and connections do just that. The pros in the industry have lots to say about us and our unique approach.

You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

Insider Knowledge and Position.

As an apprentice (extern), you’ll be working towards a permanent position at a recording studio. If you’re already on the inside of a recording studio, don't you think getting that job is going to be much easier? Because it will be.

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

9

Free Tutoring For Students.

We offer private tutoringto anyone in our program who needs help. Nervous about your study habits? Stuck on your homework? We've got your back.

Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Industry Connections.

Connections are key to having a future in this business, and making connections usually doesn't happen in some classroom. With our on-the-job approach, you’ll have the opportunity of making connections with exactly the kinds of music industry professionals who can one day help advance your career.

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

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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