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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

Shane Anderson Detroit Producer

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Shane Anderson Detroit Producer

Background

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

Zack Phillips Detroit Mentor

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Zack Phillips Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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Donny Baker Detroit Mentor

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Donny Baker Detroit Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Donny Baker, Studio Manager and Lead Tech at ES Studios in Burbank, is able to summarize his job as the Recording Connection Burbank, CA, mentor in a single sentence:

“We help with the weaknesses and push towards the strengths.”

It’s a simple concept, but takes a lot of work to see through to the end. Baker has spent most of his adult life in the music business, touring as an engineer for nearly 13 years before finding a home in the studio.

Baker has been with ES Studios since 2003, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recording Connection program. He believes in the proven time-tested approach of learning hands-on within the studio environment. Sure there are books (an eBook, actually), quizzes, exercises, and tests. Oftentimes though, Baker likes to start with the student, see where their curiosity is leading them.

Sometimes Baker just wants to see what the student has to offer.

“It’s a guideline,” Baker said of the Burbank audio engineering Recording Connection course. “It’s used as a way to get from point A to Point Z. We can take a student who knows nothing about recording or doesn’t know much about computers and we can make that person an engineer.”

The one-on-one mentoring, the hanging out and talking, and the personal attention Baker gives to his students are why he has been such a successful mentor for us. He finds out where the student wants to go and he guides the program in that direction.

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker on what it takes to make it in recording
JoAnn Bush, owner of ES Audio in Los Angeles

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Meet Some of Our

Students

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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Seva Ball on Hiring Externs & his Journey into Audio Engineering

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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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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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Contact the Recording Connection

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Rochester Hills, MI 48309

(248) 266-2450


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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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