This is your Long Beach Classroom

Real studio eduation. Real studio connections.

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.

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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Long Beach

Recording Connection Audio Institute

Our Long Beach Studio Locations

  • Belmont Heights
  • East Village
  • Sunrise
  • Alamitos Beach
  • Lakewood Village
  • Bixby Knolls
  • West Side
  • Wilmington
  • Houghton Park
  • Naples
  • North Long Beach
  • Los Altos
  • Bellflower
  • Cypress
  • Signal Hill
  • Carson
  • Seal Beach
  • Westminster
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Get started with a tour of one of our California studios. Or call us for more information at 800-755-7597

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

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About Our Audio School in Long Beach

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.

Meet our Faculty

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

Gregory Hainer Long Beach Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Long Beach Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection apprentices and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

Articles

RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Josh Monroy Long Beach Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Long Beach Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Josh “Igloo” Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G. The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. An Atlanta native, Josh recently answered the call to come out to Los Angeles and is now co-owner of Studio 1 Zero. His most recent success includes the work he’s done on JoJo’s critically-acclaimed album Mad Love, which includes three tracks recorded, produced, and co-written by the multifaceted music professional.

Articles

RC mentor Josh Monroy Talks How He Got Hired by Ludacris and Doing JoJo’s “Mad Love”

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Asaf Fulks Long Beach Producer

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Asaf Fulks Long Beach 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

Tim Palmer Long Beach Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Tim Palmer Long Beach Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Tim is one of alternative rock’s most recognized and respected names. Originally from England, then L.A., and now based in Austin, Texas Tim is a “household name” among famous musicians and record executives. His platinum credits speak for themselves: as a record producer, engineer and mixer Tim’s credits include David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and U2.

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Artists

Robert Plant
David Bowie
Ozzy Osbourne
Pearl Jam
U2
Faith Hill
Deep Blue Something
The Cure
Catherine Wheel
Goo Goo Dolls
Better Than Ezra
The Psychedelic Furs
Bon Jovi
H.I.M.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Tears for Fears
Texas
Switchfoot
Jason Mraz
Blue October
David Cook
The Mission UK
Mother Love Bone
Cutting Crew

Rahki Long Beach Producer

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Rahki Long Beach Producer

Background

Columbus Smith III, better known by his stage name Rahki (sometimes Rahk or Rahki Beats), is an American record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. He is known for his work with mentor DJ Khalil and acts such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Currensy, Evidence, Schoolboy Q, 50 Cent, Domo Genesis, Lecrae, Aloe Blacc, and more.

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Eminem
The Game
50 Cent
Ab-Soul
Mac Miller

Matt Linesch Long Beach Producer / Engineer

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Matt Linesch Long Beach Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection is happy to welcome producer/engineer Matt Linesch from Ocean Way Recording to our mentor-family!

Ocean Way is a world-renowned studio that has worked with many of music’s biggest names. The multiple-award-winning studio boasts four locations including two in LA, one in Nashville, and one in St. Barths in the French West Indies. All told, this powerhouse studio has been in on the ground level of project which have sold more than one billion units globally!

Working out of the Ocean Way Hollywood location, Linesch is an LA native. The producer and engineer’s deep love and dedication for making music was fostered from a young age. An independent musician in his own right, he feels a great sense of accomplishment from working with artists and helping them to develop their own unique sounds. Personal and creative growth are a big part of what he’s about and Linesch is always checking in to see where his expertise and relationships can help take a project and an artist to the next level.

As this pro’s career continues to thrive as a producer and engineer, so does his passion for making his own music. For him, everything is connected. Ultimately, the goal is to share the music he believes in and to continue building a life that’s wholly centered around music.

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Artists

Fool's Gold
Dave Mason
Edward Sharpe
Aaron Embry
Tété
Van Halen

Carmen Rizzo Long Beach Producer / Remixer

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Carmen Rizzo Long Beach Producer / Remixer

Background

a two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Producer-Remixer, Artist and Artist Relations Manager for Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance.

For those of you who are not totally familiar with Carmen, he’s got one very eclectic career! From co-writing, engineering and programming material on Seal’s classic 1994 self-titled album (aka Seal II), to co-producing and co-writing Paul Oakenfold’s Bunkka album; remixing such artists as BT and Tiesto; collaborating with Tuvan Throat singers Huun Huur Tu; and co-founding the ground-breaking World Music act Niyaz, Carmen has done it all!

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Artists

Coldplay
Alanis Morissette
Dido
AR Rahman
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Michael James Long Beach Sound Designer

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Michael James Long Beach Sound Designer

Background

Michael has become one of the most respected and sought-after sound design consultants to the pro-audio industry as a result of his roles as a preset/algorithm designer and beta-tester for several highly successful, award-winning products from Lexicon, Eventide, Sound Toys and TC Electronics, among others.  He is a long-time endorser of Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, Tom Anderson Guitarworks, Taylor Guitars, Eventide, Manley Labs, Dangerous Music, Chandler Limited, Avalon Design, Tonelux, Glyph Technology and SIT Strings.

Today Michael is in constant demand as a mix specialist precisely because of his multi-faceted skill set.  As a writer-mixer, he knows when to make the technology get out of the way of the song and the artistry.  As a musician, he can completely rearrange a song when an artist wants to dig deeper—even at the mix stage.  He is frequently hired to do just that, often performing new guitar, bass and keyboard parts at the artists’ request, breathing new life into the song and the mix.

 

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Artists

New Radicals
Too Much Joy
Hole
L7
Maia Sharp
A.J. Croce
Jane's Addiction

Patrick Doyle Long Beach Composer

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Patrick Doyle Long Beach Composer

Background

“I’m a Los Angeles based producer, composer, and engineer. I’ve been a part of some amazing productions, and am always excited to hear about new opportunities and adventures.”

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Artists

Cinderella (2015)
Brave (2012)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Thor (2011)
Eragon (2006)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Bill Davidow Long Beach Engineer / Producer

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Bill Davidow Long Beach Engineer / Producer

Background

Producer/engineer Bill Davidow owns and runs Virlouise Recording in Anaheim, CA. His client list includes names like Israel Houghton, Darren Vegas, Johnny Come Lately, I Am Ghost, Guy Fieri to name a few.
And he’s been mentoring our students for nearly a decade.

The reason? He says he wants to give back and help the next generation of audio professionals but there’s also an ulterior motive at play. Nearly all of the Virlouise’s engineers and studio assistants came through the program. Bills says, “I’m going to hire the guys that I train from the Recording Connection. I’ll just use one of my apprentices if I’m going to hire someone because I trained them.”

Why? The curriculum is practical, the training is practical, and RC grads are already accustomed to being in a professional environment. Turns out, getting a real world understanding of the craft pays off (duh). Bill recalls trying to hire people coming out of other programs:

“I had a kid come in from Full Sail. He did the four-year plan at Full Sail. He does the L.A. Recording Academy, another $18,000 or whatever. [He] pops into my studio. I point in the corner and say, ‘what’s that stuff in the corner?’ He doesn’t understand what a UPS is.”

Ask Bill about the students who succeed and he’ll tell you, they’re proactive and are really into the program. They “took the initiative and learned the stuff.” Two successes are Recording Connection Nick Becker who’s currently finishing the Master’s program and is gearing up for a job at a solid production house. Coby Thompson, a recent grad, has a paid gig mixing a rock band.

So is learning the gear and technology all it’s about? Not really. It’s about getting a well-rounded skillset that serves you well in the studio and the world. “Sometimes people have a lot of skill on the audio engineering and producing side but don’t have good people skills and don’t know how to make connections. Sometimes they have the opposite.”

No matter where you’re at today, the best apprentices remain confident and aim high. Speaking of the inner strength it takes to build a career in music, Bill quotes his friend Harriet Schock, the Grammy nominated singer: “‘If you’re trying to hit the ceiling, you probably won’t, but if you shoot for the moon you’ll hit the ceiling.’ And hitting the ceiling in the music industry is making a living out of music. So people have to be confident and believe in themselves.”

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Doug Boulware Long Beach Producer

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Doug Boulware Long Beach Producer

Background

After working in some of the biggest studios in Los Angeles, under some of the biggest names in music, Doug Boulware partnered with visionary Jason Ries to bring you The Abstract LA. Doug’s start in music began as a child vocalist in music theater. His influences range from the big band and jazz present in the household to Motown and oldies his mother insisted on! Doug’s obsession for music took a more contemporary turn in his formidable years in the early electronic music scene in LA. Doug has been an underground house music DJ since the 90’s which led to him to his true passion, music production and songwriting. The Abstract LA represents the culmination of a lifelong dream based of a lifelong love of music!

Articles

Recording Connection Mentor Doug Boulware Opens his Own Studio
Recording Connection mentor Doug Boulware: What it Means to Hustle

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Artists

Portugal. The Man
Trinidad James
Atlantic Records
Kendrick Lamaer
A$AP Rocky
TLC
Tboz
Levenbirds
Lazy Ass Specialist
Burgundy Skies
Dej Loaf
Discovery Channel
Scoop DeVille
Huntr
Kenny O'Brien
Frank Ocean
Two Cheers
LL Cool J
Nicki Minaj
Danger Mouse

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School News

RC mentor Joey Paranoia on Ableton and Elemental Creative Urges

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Afropop Ambassador, Recording Connection grad Fredrick Nsiah

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Rising Star Emily Stamer on the Creation of LUCY

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RC grad Alexa Cooper’s 3 Secrets for Success

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From College Football to Music Production, Tavior Mowry Scores a Touchdown

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Misha Kachkachishvili on What it Takes to Work with the Greats

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Recording Connection student with Asperger’s Thrives in Program

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RC grad Jamaal Taylor Gets His Music in Blumhouse Production!

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Long Beach
Recording Studios

Music Scene in Long Beach

If you live in Long Beach and want to train as a music producer or audio engineer, look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION, the audio engineering school that gets you inside a real Long Beach recording studio as a student apprentice (extern). Work alongside actual working professionals as you learn your choice of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, trance, drum and bass, techno and more), club DJ and post production audio. One of the smartest ways to launch a music industry career in Long Beach is to learn on-the-job in a real Long Beach recording studio. We are the school that puts you there.

Music school can cost 50 thousand dollars or more, but you can learn the skills you need in a real recording studio for much less! Get your training on-the-job from real professionals, and discover how the business really works as you make lots of connections. Our audio engineering school offers an extremely affordable and efficient way to get started in your audio engineering career.

To APPLY for our Long Beach Music School, click here.

Located on the south side of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolitan area, Long Beach lies about 20 miles south of downtown L.A., home to almost half a million people. Widely known for its beaches, sailing and aquatic sports, Long Beach also supports its own highly active music scene, even while remaining in close proximity to one of the most famous music scenes in the world. Embracing a wide range of genres and cultures, Long Beach houses its own opera company and symphony orchestra, and its nightlife scene offers a diverse array of live music in genres that include jazz, Latin, electro-dance, rock and much more. Notable bands and artists with connections to Long Beach include Snoop Dogg, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Warren G, Frank Ocean, and the late Nat King Cole, to name a few.

Long Beach offers plenty of real opportunities for you if you plan to become a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer. With the help of the RECORDING CONNECTION, one of Long Beach’s high-quality recording studios could become your personal classroom. Our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach enables you to learn the skills you need, on-the-job, under the personal guidance of the mentor. Not only will you learn real-world skills as you work on real recording sessions, but you’ll also get the opportunity to connect with many industry pros that you’d never meet in a classroom. Enroll in our Long Beach Music Production School today, and discover why over 70 percent of our graduates get hired.

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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 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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Get Educated,
Get Access,
Get Hired.

With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

The Long Beach

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Lots of Locations.

The Recording Connection trains students in hundreds of locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK, including locations in Long Beach and throughout SoCal. This means you can learn audio engineering and music production near where you live, without having to relocate.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Stay Out of Debt With Low Tuition.

Make no mistake: crushing student debt has the potential to kill your career before it starts. With our low tuition, that won't happen to you. Our affordable rates mean you can graduate with little or no debt.

Low tuition, no hidden charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Real-World Training.

At the Recording Connection, we don't see the point of training you in a classroom because you won't be producing music in a classroom! Instead, we'll train you in a real recording studio, where you'll learn how the industry really works.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

One-on-One Training With a Mentor.

We believe the best way to train you in the recording arts is through one-on-one instruction with someone who does it for a living. That's why we pair you with a real producer/engineer who will become your personal mentor.

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

5

Our Mentors Are Industry-Recognized.

Our mentors are highly successful producers and engineers who have worked with many of your favorite bands and artists. Don't be surprised to find Gold and Platinum Records hanging on the walls of your mentor's studio.

Learn from true industry professionals. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Actual Job Placement Assistance.

Many of our students are hired by their mentors, or through connection they made while learning on-the-job. But if no positions are available when you graduate, there's no need to worry. We'll work closely with you to help you find work through our job assistance program.

We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

Our School Is Recommended By the Pros.

We've received endorsements from some of the top producers, engineers and artists in the busienss. We're known as the school that breaks people into the music industry.

Endorsed by some of the best in the business. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

Get On the Inside Track.

Becoming an "insider" is half the battle to breaking into the business. With our on-the-job training approach, you're on the inside from the very beginning of your training, which means you're not just learning the skills—you're forming relationships and becoming part of the industry.

Get on the inside track. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

Stuck on an assignment? Need advice on a project? The Recording Connection offers free tutoring to all our students who need it.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections.

No matter how well you master the skills of recording, producing and mixing, you won't go anywhere in this business without connections. The great news is that by putting you in the middle of the action, you're in a prime place to make lots of connections that can lead to future work. Play your cards right, and you may never have to beg for a job.

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