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.”
The fastest way to learn is on the job.
“I’m glad I’m in this program, without it, it probably would’ve taken my whole college career to learn all the stuff I’ve learned over the past few months. I am eternally grateful Recording Connection, and to my mentor, thank you both so much!”
Make your parents proud.
“Lesson 9 with my mentor went real well for me today. I really understood the concepts that were in this lesson right off the bat when I first started reading this chapter assigned to me by the Recording Connection. The reading assignment explained how to start a new session in Pro Tools and what folders are automatically already in that sessions folders. Like the fade folders for all the fades you would use in that session and saves any fades made in that session automatically to that folder. Same with the audio folder it saves all your audio in that folder. It’s a really cool feature of the program and helps keep you organized. I spent a lot of time in the studio today, I think a total of 6 or 7 hours, and I learned a lot. My mentor and I went over the signal chain and what everything does from the pre amp to the E/Q and compressors. My mentor also let me use his pro tools to record some people signing that were having a session today. Also, he showed me how to tell if it is mono or stereo. My sessions are going great every week. I spend more and more time in the studio and learn a lot every week. My mentor and I get along great and he says I pick up things really fast which is a good thing. I really enjoy what I have been learning and putting it to good use. My parents are really proud that I am doing something I like which makes me feel pleased. Thank you for all your help Recording Connection.”
— Maxx Limbourne, Redlands, California
Work as a team with the leading professionals.
“I arrived at the studio early afternoon and went directly into the main control room where I met up with my mentor and a client for a meeting. I sat in on the tail-end of this meeting and met and then talked with the client, while his producer/agent spoke privately with the engineers. Shortly after the meeting ended I started work with my mentor. We first started by talking about technology in the industry and the direction of the company. Shortly after a producer for one of the clients we are working with came into the studio to bring us some of the songs he had recorded of their female vocalist/guitarist. My mentor, the producer, and I immediately went to the control room where the producer made sure his client’s tracks were all present and ready to be mixed. After the producer explained the goal of the project so my mentor and I could have a clear direction of where we wanted to go with the songs. At this point we went into a direct overview of what my mentor does and played me a song he produced and engineered. After that we got into a discussion about compressors and equalizers and he showed me some of his favorites and gave me a demo of their sounds and functions. This was an extremely valuable experience and I really enjoyed my peek into how he works and what he likes to use.”
— Max Dinnerstein, Los Angeles, California
Learn what you love.
“I’m having so much fun! This doesn’t even feel like school, it’s just learning what I’m interested in naturally. I’m sooooo excited for what’s next!! Each session is getting me more and more pumped!!”
— Josh Dugan, Upland, California
Receive hands-on demonstrations to better understand the music industry.
“Today I went to the studio where my mentor and I reviewed the quiz previously assigned to me by the Recording Connection. My mentor also even went on to explain all the different types of plug-ins to use in Pro Tools. This really helped me to learn the basic uses of plug-ins so I will be able to use them on my own when I receive my Pro Tools equipment and start mixing. My mentor then went on to explain the different types of microphones, as well as which ones worked best for when I start mixing my own songs. One of the best microphones he told me about was the MS 57. After talking about microphones my mentor went on Pro Tools to fix a song, showing me what he used to fix it, as well as how to add music of the guitar into it. Then at the end of my day I got to watch my mentor use different parts of the soundboard to make a CD. I cannot wait to get my own Pro Tools so I can start mixing my own songs! My mentor really assists me in better understanding the questions I have by actually showing me things. He actually takes me to what we are talking about and shows me first hand with live examples. While being in the Recording Connection program I feel like a have learned a lot, as well as tips and tricks the professionals use in order to make a song have better sound quality, as well as what things to listen for while mixing a song. Now that we are going to start getting into Pro Tools training I will be learning even more things and I cannot wait. I’m having a great time working with my mentor and really enjoying the Recording Connection.”
— Jackson Herrera, Los Angeles, California
Work with professional recording equipment.
“This lesson was good for me because it had visual examples for me to really get hands-on with. The topic was microphones, and there was more material that was new to me than in the previous weeks beginning in the Recording Connection program. My mentor brought out several microphones for comparison and it really helped to hear the differences in frequency response between dynamic coil, ribbon, and condenser microphones, as well as different models of the same type. After the lesson review, which was my third Lesson in the program, four guys doing voiceovers for an independent film joined us in the studio. They recorded using a condenser microphone because of its excellent frequency match for vocals and spoken word. It was very helpful to observe how my mentor directed the setup of the recording session, as well as the technical aspects of the takes, asking the actor to talk past the microphones, as well as back away when speaking louder. I’ll make note of his method and probably use it myself when it’s my turn to work with artists.”
Receive in-depth microphone training with a professional mentor.
I think that this lesson with my mentor so far was my favorite because I love microphones. I just think they are so interesting and this lesson taught me why they are so interesting. I learned the 6 different types of microphones, as well as how the inner-workings of the microphone actually take acoustic sound and turn it into digital energy for the computer to recognize it. I also learned that many microphones have many different patterns, such as omni-directional, bi-directional, cardioid, hyper-cardioid, and shotgun. I had no idea that microphones could be designed based on how far, wide, well-rounded, or close the sound they pick up is and I thought that was really cool. I actually got to see some professional microphones in the studio because my mentor let me look at a couple for reference. He showed me a condenser microphone and then he showed me a dynamic microphone that was broken in half by a drumstick. This was cool because it gave me the chance to see inside of the microphone and actually take a look at the coil in it to get a feel of it in real life. It was very interesting and I’m really looking forward to next week for my next lesson in the Recording Connection.
Work as a true team while working in professional recording studios.
“My first lesson with my mentor was great! I was able to see the studio again and just re-acclimate myself since my initial acceptance with my mentor. Another student who was also working on lesson 1 like me joined me and my mentor about halfway through my training session. I’m glad that a lot of this program is just one-on-one time with my mentor, but at the same time, was good to interact with other students going through the Recording Connection program. We went over the quiz assignment the Recording Connection assigned us, as well as discussed all the basics of sound and hearing. My mentor is a great teacher and is very committed to making sure his students understand what’s going on. My next lesson with my mentor, a few days later, actually turned out to be particularly helpful for me. I already have some recording experience, but I was never formally trained in audio engineering. So, going over the basics of digital audio really helped solidify what I already knew. My mentor and I also talked about some other Pro Tools techniques, and scheduled a few times when I could sit in a few sessions and get some more real experience. I’m stoked to get into the studio, and just help out any way I can.”
— David Chong, Los Angeles, California
Learn how to work in a professional recording studio.
“Today with my mentor I finished the drum sample layering for a project that one of my mentors’ is mixing. As was my day last week working on sample layering with my mentor, I had the entire recording studio to myself. It was yet another confidence builder to be able to power up the mixing room, do an editing session, and shut it down all alone. The Pro Tools editing workflow is becoming second nature to me, and each day I grow significantly faster at it.”
— Ryan Hunter, Los Angeles, California
Receive one-on-one training from the experts within the recording industry.
“This week in the studio my mentor and I went more deeply into his control room set up, which is unique in some ways. In fact, he uses his vintage 80’s Trident to work with, along with selective compression techniques through both analog outboard gear and internal digital plug-ins. I looked at all the possibilities on his system, just with the Waves Platinum package of effects, and was just overloaded with the possibilities! Then, the best thing to happen this week was that, at the end of my training session with mentor, he invited me to sit in on a final mix down session for a group he had been working with for a few months. I worked with him 2 song edits with his Pro Tools system, actually utilizing the analog techniques. He took the musicians’ vague guidance of “more hi-hat” and showed me the intricate process that came out of that seemingly simple request. The whole recording process demanded great attention to detail and good listening technique. My mentor even asked my opinion on a couple of mixes to see if I was hearing what he was! The session really opened my eyes as to how precise you need to be to get something correct.”
— Paul Fraley, Irvine, California
With the Recording Connection learn in a real life studio, while at the same time, receive your school training.
“This was my second week with my mentor, the week of Sample Rate and Bit Depth. This week, like all the rest, has been very useful training. I’ve already learned quite a bit in the last few weeks. I am very happy I made the decision to enroll in the program with the Recording Connection. I really like the fact that I get to learn in an actual studio from my mentor, and that I’m not stuck back in a classroom. I feel that the Recording Connection has a better learning environment, as I am being taught one-on-one. I really enjoy watching my mentor work with clients because I get to see some real world application of the things I’m learning”
— Chris Dodds, Westminster, California
Learn by doing.
“In my second lesson with my mentor, we covered analog to digital (A to D). I learned that a transducer converts one energy to another. For example, a microphone. Next, I learned how to identify and read bits, which was a little confusing for me, but through practice with my mentor, I’m sure I’ll understand. However, we mostly emphasized on those main parts. My session was a lot of information, and a very interesting lesson!”
— Tiffany Wan, West Hollywood, California
Prepare yourself for the future with the Recording Connection.
“My time spent with my mentor has been excellent. My student service advisors, and everyone associated with the Recording Connection, have been so helpful and attentive throughout my program, ensuring it has been a very smooth and an enjoyable experience. I really appreciate how I have been treated thus far. I do not feel like a customer, I feel like student with full support from the institution. My session this week with my mentor was about signal flow and patch bays. I was very excited going into this session because now we would be getting into more engineering material, as opposed to the basics and preliminary topics. After discussing this topic in great detail, my mentor starting explaining and showing me the different wires, as well as their construction. After the lesson with my mentor I was able to meet a producer who came into the studio, who uses studio B of my mentors’ recording studio to produce his records. This was great for me because I am a big fan of producing and producers.”
— Oscar Olmeda, Pasadena, California
Make your dream a reality through the Recording Connection.
“Before I started the Recording Connection, I was effectively a 100% solo artist. By that I mean, I recorded all of my own material, and anything I couldn’t record (drums usually), I used loops. My mixing abilities then were basically a “make it sound good” mentality, which is good, but I lacked fundamental skills to make the music commercially exploitable. A family friend of mine, who is also an audio engineer, was really intrigued by how quickly I began to understand and use DAW’s after only a couple of weeks of poking around with it. This friend was constantly praising mixes that I produced, and even though they sound crude in comparison to what I can make today, he understood that the skill was there and that it just needed to be polished. So basically, before I joined the Recording Connection, I knew what needed to be done, and had a rough idea of how it should have been done, but I didn’t know how to do it professionally. Now that I joined the Recording Connection program, m y mentor has shown me the things I need to know to make my music, as well as any clients’ music I may work with, sound like a real piece of detailed work. I don’t consider myself to be an expert yet though, because that comes with experience. But I do consider myself well advanced in terms of understanding those fundamental skills to bring a recorded piece of music to life.”
— Will Carlson, Valencia, California
Fine-tune your skills obtained prior to the program with the instruction of your mentor, an expert in the recording industry.
“Today I was back at my mentors’ studio with my mentor for week number 9 in the Recording Connection program. Although the lesson assigned to me was quite a breeze, considering I already have a little experience with Pro Tools, my mentor was able to adapt and make a lot of use of the time I was there in the studio. Afterwards, my mentor asked me to bring in my hard drive to go over some of the projects I had worked on before I joined the program. He brought up sessions on his system and proceeded to go over hints and tips for organization by using plug ins and other tricks. This helped a lot because I realized how much more I am able to do now then I originally thought I knew. Last, but not least, my mentor and I went over some basic shortcuts, but that was a little more difficult for me, considering I run PC and he runs off a Mac. I really enjoyed our lesson and I feel like every lesson, including this one that I thought would be a very simple one, gets more intense and I learn so much more as the program continues.”
— Jose Morales, La Mirada, California
Learn the basic principles and structure of large recording studios, training with the experts in your industry.
“My first session with my mentor was excellent. We spent the beginning of the session going over the basics of how my sessions will work, as well as what I should expect. After the preliminary details were discussed, we jumped right into lesson one in the Recording Connection work book the program has assigned me, which was my introduction to sound and hearing. After we finished going over lesson one, my mentor next brought me into studio A so he could physically show me examples pertaining to information presented in lesson one. On his computer screen, my mentor showed me examples of amplitude, wavelength, attack, decay, sustain, and release. We then talked about decibels and how it relates to human hearing. He played music for me at different levels to show me what the proper levels to mix music are, and what happens to your ears when music is too loud. After we finished going over examples from the book in studio A, my mentor gave me a complete tour of the recording studio. He brought me into each individual room and explained the functions of the room, as well as the equipment present in each of these rooms. After the tour of the facilities was over, I left for the day. This first session made me very excited and anxious for the sessions to follow.”
— Oscar Olmeda, Pasadena, California
Get hands-on experience with your mentor.
“Since the lesson this week with my mentor was aimed to familiarize myself with the MBox, and the background and history of Pro Tools,