Los Angeles Recording Connection Reviews
I can’t wait to put what I learned to practice!
“After settling down & looking at everything as a whole, I’m really starting to enjoy my experience with Recording Connection. Having an interactive setting made it much easier for me to understand & really grasp the chapter. The Sound & Hearing chapter was a huge eye-opener on a lot of things; it actually made me more cautious of my ears. Now, I’m way more protective of my ears. Especially since I’m hoping into this type of field, I’m going to need them to be as good as possible. I can’t wait to put what I learned to practice!”
— Collie Grant, Los Angeles, CA
Learn from a pro.
“I’m learning a lot with my mentor. He explains things very well, he’s patient and it’s easy to learn with him. Everybody in the studio is friendly and is happy to help.”
— Rick Islas, Pico Rivera, CA
Learn hands on in some of the biggest recording studios in Los Angeles.
Even big cites can?t offer something to every one of its citizens. Depending on what side of town you?re on in LA, NYC or Chicago you may have more options for just about anything, and commuting through heavy traffic is not something to look forward to (for a cheeseburger or a education).
Thats why our program makes sure to have several studios on-hand in different places around major metropolitan areas, not just one. Read below to find out more about one of our students from the many studios we have around Los Angeles, CA:
“It was really cool just meeting Michael (my mentor) because he’s a really cool guy and the studio just seems like a really nice, homey kind of studio. It wasn’t too big but it was a really cool place. I was a little nervous at first because sitting there watching him while he’s working with an artist or something it’s kind of intimidating because you don’t know what to do yet and you’re pretty much just observing. At first you’re just there observing things over his shoulder. It was a little weird at first but I got used to it.”
“A normal day. Well I would go in, do the lesson usually in the morning and then just stay afterwords. He (my mentor) would always have one to three different projects that he would be working on. I would come in to find him either recording, mixing or mastering or something like that. Just watch my mentor and watch how he directs with an artist and how he works the ProTools and how he does everything from ProTools ecording.”
“I was always focused on the recording aspect of the program. But as I watched what my mentor was doing during mixing and mastering it got me even more interested in those aspects because I never really knew what mixing and mastering entailed until I saw what he was doing. I got interested in mixing and mastering a whole lot more and getting good at it. ProTools, first was my first priority. Just getting that down mechanically was pretty much the first thing I tried to perfect a little bit. But also tweaking my abilities of recording and mixing was extremely important to me when I started working in the studio.”
J.J. Mosier – Los Angeles Recording Connection Student
I decided to go to recording school because it was something that interested me very much, and I was unable to get into an actual university and do classes there.
When I was applying for the Recording Connection, I did look at other options. I looked at L.A. Recording School as well as a similar type school in Alhambra. However, I felt that my application experience and just overall experience was the best with the Recording Connection, and that’s why I chose it.
It all started with an interview with Warren Huart, a producer out of Swing House Studios here in West Hollywood, and it’s a major Studio. A lot of big bands have been through there. He agreed to take me on as an extern. So, during the week I studied the material by myself at my house and would go over the lessons with Warren when I was in the studio. And, like I said, it was very positive experience.
I felt that I was learning much more because I was in a real studio environment and not in a classroom. I’ve always felt that school isn’t necessarily for everybody, and this was a much more effective way for me to learn how to become an engineer, by actually doing it and working with the real producer, as opposed to going to an actual school.
The main difference between this program and me going to a school or possibly a trade school was that I’m actually working in a real recording studio. There is no lab. There’s no we have a guest coming in today to kind of explain to you how it’s going to work. I’m actually doing the real thing and working with real bands. I’m setting up real microphones and real sessions and doing the whole thing, and it’s been great because I know how things work now. I know the procedures for everything, and I just don’t feel personally that I would have received that at a school. Granted, there are some really great recording schools out there, but this I feel has been much more effective for me.
I’ve been lucky enough to be awarded several opportunities to do things at the studio, for Warren and for some of the other employees there, I have some responsibility now. I’m the Drum Tech there. I handle a lot of changing drum heads and setting drum sets up, which is something that they value highly, and Warren’s been very impressed with some of my work.
Swing House was where I first did my externship, and they have since gotten me a couple of paid jobs.
Most of all, ultimately, I’ve been awarded a great opportunity. As of late, I was asked to come and extern on the new Aerosmith record, which is currently being recorded at Swing House Studios in West Hollywood. It’s just been a great opportunity, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
— J. J. Mosier, Los Angeles, CA
Work with the stars.
“Spent several hours in the studio for Lesson 5 this week, which was quite easy to understand because it was basically review of the previous chapters I have trained on since I joined the Recording Connection, as well as the basics of recording and discussing Mixing Consoles. Also, my mentor and I discussed the main functions of an Input strip and what is found on it: Input jacks, Input controls, Channel EQ, Input faders, Subgroup faders, and Output controls. We also talked about metering, which plays a big roll in the session because you need to monitor the meter in order to make sure levels are not peaking. After our Lesson was completed, my mentor allowed me to stick around and It was a surprise to hear who was coming in for a recording session, which turned out to be the Drummer from Guns N Roses who came to do some work. It was an honor to meet him and he was very cool, my mentor let us hear some of the session. I had a good experience this past lesson.”
Learn hands-on when you enroll in the Recording Connection.
“I spent the entire day on Lesson 4 with my mentor. In this lesson I learned about the Signal Flow and Patch Bays. My mentor showed me his own studio Console and all the different parts that are in it, like the Compressors and Preamps and digital to analog converter. He explained to me the Signal Flow of his gear and what was running through what. After we brought out all of his microphones and took pictures of them for his website. Here I got really good hands-on with all of his microphones and got to get familiar with them. A few days later I spent the entire evening on Lesson 5. During this Lesson I got an Introduction to the Console, where I learned about Input jacks, Basic Input controls, Channel equalizers, Input faders and more. He showed me his gear that what he runs his stuff through, which is the Digital Analog Converter. We talked about different Consoles and their benefits, in which there are Large Consoles and Small Consoles. After the Lesson we recorded a rapper and I learned how to set up the microphones.”
Learn how the professionals run recording sessions.
“Lesson 2 this week was Digital Audio Basics. I spent the first part of the day with my mentor going over the mandatory question sheet in the Recording connection book. He explained sampling rate, alias frequencies, dither, and quantization. My mentor made this very easy for me to understand by drawing diagrams to explain what he was saying. By the end of the Lesson review with my mentor I had a great understanding of the material discussed as well as the reading in the text book. For the second half of the day I was allowed to sit in on a session. The engineer working at the time as a graduate of a recording school in Los Angeles that my mentor had recently hired. The engineer was working with an artist from Philadelphia was actually present with her producer and what seemed to be her manager. For the duration of time that I was present, my mentor and this artists’ producer worked on vocals for a song they had recorded at the studio. This sit in was very informative for me. I was able to see the creative interaction between engineer, producer and artist for the first time. The process is a lot of fun but also very repetitive and precise. Being able to sit in on this session and observe the entire process was a great experience.”
— Oscar Olmeda, Pasadena, California
Learn in a way that is best for you.
“This week I went to my first session with my mentor. The experience went even better than I expected. Not only did my mentor clear up some questions I had from my readings, he provided me examples. We went over the test and embarrassingly enough I had a couple answered incorrectly. My mentor went on to explain those answers thoroughly to the point where I honestly feel the session was the most essential part of lesson 1 for me. I’m more of a “hands on”, by example type of learner and my mentor did a great job providing me the teachings along with tips and advice from his expertise! I learned the different career opportunities in the field, the characteristics of a wave such as amplitude, frequencies, wavelengths and velocity. The different waves like Saw tooth, Square and Triangle shaped. I could write a couple pages in detail of all I’ve learned in just one session with my mentor in his studio. I am very pleased with the way lesson 1 went and I can’t wait for lesson 2 since I have joined the Recording Connection program. I have reviewed lesson 1’s test several times now and it makes so much sense now I can’t believe I answered them incorrectly the first time. It’s a learning experience and now that week 1 is in the books I have learned a great deal.”
Use your musical talent in real studio sessions.
Matt Baker was an accomplished musician and LA Music Academy graduate before delving into the recording side of the industry when his uncle needed help with the Sound design for his company’s iPhone application. While at the mixing studio he met his future mentor and was soon convinced that a career in audio engineering played to his lifelong, natural strengths as an artist and producer.
Once in the program the “doors” were open to him almost immediately as his abilities as a musician made him invaluable to the work his mentor was producing. While learning his lessons and getting up to speed with the workings of the studio he quickly learned that assisting with the studio?s artists and producing quality sound was, and always will be, second to none when it comes to operating your own reporting studio.
“We kind of just jumped into it right away because he likes having me around in case he needs a drummer for a session or in case he needs someone with a little musical knowledge for sessions and producing ideas. We kind of hit it off really well, we jumped right into this stuff.”
Now he gets the chance to work with another Recording Connection graduate in helping his mentor create their own record label!
— Matt Baker, North Hollywood, CA
Sit in on real studio recording sessions.
“Before I even started my lessons in the studio, they let me come in to sit with an artist called DJ Rick One. He has produced a lot of beats. He works a lot with Will-I-Am from Black Eyed Peas for a long while. I got to sit in on a session where he would do a ‘finger’ for a ‘hook’ for a song as well as he produced a beat that is possibly going to be sent to Def Jam”
Apply what you learn at the studio to your own projects.
“My mentor was showing me how he set up a few aux sends in order to have a few preset effects that he could run each desired track through. Then we talked about the usage of aux sends as a part of setting up my own template, which was really enlightening for customizing my setup at home.”
Take a step in the right direction for your career.
“When I would make my own music and I had audio tracks, I would always insert effects onto the tracks like reverb for example. My mentor told me not to do that because if you do, you will flood that track with the effect or effects. He told me to create a separate aux track and put the effects onto that channel then run a bus from my instrument track to that effect track. Then I was able to toggle the effect onto the instrument track and it was awesome! I now have a complete understanding of inserts and aux sends now, and it was a really cool feeling because now my music will sound so much better.”
— Daniel Amaral, Chino, CA
Learn by doing.
Learn one on one from an expert.
“My mentor has been answering all my inquiries and it is a good feeling knowing that he knows most things.”