Recording Connection Audio Institute

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.

About Our Audio School in Miami

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.


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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Music Scene in Miami


While there are several Miami Recording Schools from which to choose, there is only one that gets you working inside an actual Miami recording studio as an audio student apprentice (extern), working with the pros while you learn mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (trip hop, techno, house, trance and more), electronic DJ and post production audio. The smartest way to break into the recording industry in Miami, FL is to start inside a Miami recording studio as an apprentice–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION comes in.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to learn the recording arts in a college or recording trade school, when for a fraction of that amount you can go to recording school in a real recording studio. Be smart, get on the inside track, and make vital industry contacts while learning in a real-world environment. Hands down, our recording school is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

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While Miami, Florida is largely known for its gorgeous beaches and ocean views that draw vacationers from around the globe, it is also home to a very solid and influential music scene.  While a diversity of genres is represented, Miami’s largest contribution to the musical climate is in various forms of dance music, nurtured in part by Latin and Caribbean ethnic influences. Miami was a hotspot for disco in the 1970s, spurred on by local acts K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Gordon MacRae, then later by the Cuban rhythms of Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. (U.K. band The BeeGees also migrated here.) Hip-hop, freestyle, reggae, electro and Miami Bass all have roots here, as well as modern rock forms like ska, punk and metal, and even indie and folk. Other well-known musicians and acts with ties to Miami include Ricky Martin, Flo-Rida, Jon Secada, Expose, Cat Power, and Deborah Harry of Blondie, just to name a few.

Miami’s highly active music scene includes plenty of live venues and recording studios, providing plenty of opportunities for aspiring audio engineers and music producers. If you long for a career in one of these areas, Miami is an excellent choice for you–and the RECORDING CONNECTION can get you close to the action in ways other recording schools can’t match.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Bo Davis Miami Engineer

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Bo Davis Miami Engineer


Sonic Recording was built from the ground up in 1989 by Bo Davis. The studio has always maintained an old school approach with an MCI JH 2″ 24-track recorder and Sound Workshop 34C analog console. Complementing the analog approach is a collection of top of the line, industry standard microphones from Neumann, Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, Royer, beyerdynamic and more. We’ve also got mastering quality A/D D/A convertors as part of our top-of-the-line Pro Tools HD rig.

Our analog tape and Pro Tools HD has connected the best of the old and the new technology while providing industry standard tools to compete in today’s marketplace. Getting all that great sound into Pro Tools is done with multiple Lynx Aurora convertors and mic pre’s from API, Universal Audio and our vintage analog console. Our collection of plugins includes companies such as Universal Audio, Waves, SPL, Plugin Alliance, Antares, Steven Slate Digital and much more.

The facility is a stand-alone building custom designed recording studio and covers over 2000 square feet. Advanced sound treatment includes non-parallel walls and ceilings plus quadratic residue diffusers in the back of the control room using a LEDE (live-end, dead-end) design. The main tracking room has wood floors and wall treatment and is the largest in SWFL. Drums sound incredible in this space and all tracking areas have tall, angled ceilings, even our adjoining isolation rooms. Even the lounge has a great sound for tracking!

Services: Albums, EP’s, singles, demos; tracking, analog or digital; mixing; overdubs; song production, composition, co-writing, arranging and programming; instrument instruction; audio consulting; and graphics. We can work with whole bands or singer/songwriters. If you don’t have the whole band we can supply top session players for just about any genre. Say you have guitars and vocals recorded at your home studio but don’t have the room or mics to record drums, we can help. We can handle files from Pro Tools, Garage Band, Sonar or any DAW that supports the OMF file format. Got the tracking done but need a great mix? We can help with that too.

We have established relationships with designers who can develop your artwork, CD cover art and any other typesetting you need. We also know a select group of videographers as well as equipment rentals when you’re ready to make a video from your music.

You can follow some of our current projects on our Facebook page. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions there as well!

From our Cape Coral location, we serve musicians in Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, Punta Gorda, Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, Marco Island, Estero, Bonita Springs and all the rest of Southwest Florida. We’re only minutes from US 41 and I-75 and are close to shopping, restaurants and lodging. Coming in from out of town? It’s hard to beat the weather here in sunny Southwest Florida.

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Russell Wolff Miami Producer

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Russell Wolff Miami Producer


Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.

He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.

Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.

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Miranda Lambert
Michelle Branch
Little Big Town
James Wolpert / NBC's The Voice
Lilly Winwood

Chris Steinmetz Miami Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz Miami Engineer / Producer


Chris Steinmetz has over 30 years of experience in the record industry and has worked on gold, platinum, and grammy nominated albums. Steinmetz began his career working as an assistant engineer for Warner Bros. Records in L.A., and began freelancing his work as well before moving back to his native Chicago.

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Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Sharrief Thomas Miami Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas Miami Songwriter / Producer


Most of the time, building a career requires moving, evolving, and learning over time. One’s “career” is the byproduct of work that’s done in the present, the things you do while you’re in the pocket, perfecting your craft.

Sharrief Thomas knows about this intimately. This writer/producer/engineer and artist in his own right was exposed to the Recording Connection program when he was recording at Quad Studios in New York City. Seeing our program at work led Sharrief to become a mentor himself. Today he helps our students hone their chops, gain skills, and plan for their futures while gleaning a first-hand understanding of how the music industry works from a creative and business perspective at Water Music Publishing, an independent music publishing and media company run by Sharrief and business partner Big Bug, whose known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, and as one of the original members of the 90s R&B group, Today.

While recording at Quad, Sharrief and another Recording Connection mentor, Sax DMA, decided to give a number of RC apprentices the opportunity to earn engineering credits on his forthcoming album. “We had to turn down kids that wanted to join,” Sharrief says. And a number of notable artists came in to help on vocals including Sky Heavens, backup singer for Eminem, and Big Bub himself. “It was just the students getting to be in a live situation with real, live artists.”

Today, as a Recording Connection mentor himself, Sharrief apprentices students at Water Music Publishing in Bloomfield, NJ, just outside of New York City.


RC mentor Sharrief Thomas Talks Truth on Having the Winning Mindset

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Snoop Dogg
Water Music Publishing

Larry Goetz Miami Engineer

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Larry Goetz Miami Engineer


Katy Perry
One Direction
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
All Time Low
Big Time Rush
Mike Posner
Pixie Lott
All Star Weekend
David Archuleta
David Cook
Chord Overstreet
Bowling for Soup
Breathe Carolina
The Pussycat Dolls
Lauren Bennett
Alejandro Escovedo
John Cale
The Maine
Forever The Sickest Kids
A Rocket To The Moon
Emily Osment
Julian Casablancas
Rivers Cuomo
Cavalera Conspiracy
The Used
Alexndra Burke
Best Coast
Cady Groves
This Providence
Monty RI
Axis Of Awesome
Edgar Winter
Sarah Evans
Maia Sharp
Edwin McCain
The Ready Set
Buzz Feiten
Albert Lee
Guitar Shorty

Zarven Kara Miami Producer / Engineer

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Zarven Kara Miami Producer / Engineer


Zarven Kara is the engineer, producer and manager of Reel to Reel Studios and has worked in most facets of the music industry throughout Europe and Australia. He earned his living working in the clubs of Germany as a jazz guitarist and composer, and gained valuable insight and experience inside some of Germany’s finest studios.

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Tony Ricci Miami Producer

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Tony Ricci Miami Producer


Tony Ricci is a veteran music producer with over 20 years experience and 6 Grammy Considerations since 2005. Tony is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony was the staff Sound Designer at the TONY Award winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence RI for two years, dealing with all aspects of Theatre production sound and also composing original music for the world premier of the play Reckless. He has worked with all styles of music including rock, metal, pop, country, jazz, world, urban, classical and folk. In addition to his studio work, Tony is an audio instructor at New England Institute Of Technology.

Tony’s production style is based on capturing what makes each artist unique and recognizable, and creating showpiece mixes. He is currently looking for artists who have strong songs, true passion for their music and a desire to take their career to the next level.

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Kari Tieger
Godless Rising

Rob Ruccia Miami Engineer

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Rob Ruccia Miami Engineer


“In Late 2001 Rob along with his band-mates of Arista Recording Artist From Zero, spent a week working out material for their new album, though he left From Zero he never left Uptown.

With over 20 years experience and expert knowledge in analog and digital recording technology, Rob actively tests software for various companies that keep him ahead of the curve.

Rob continues to stay in tune with the local and national music scene, having engineered mixed and mastered many local and national artists.”

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Cameron Esposito
Levi Kreis
Madina Lake
Arabesque Music Ensemble
Terri Carroll
Robert Irving III
Shooting Blanks
Street Brats
The Euphoric
Las Guitarras de Espana
Gayle Ritt
Ivory Wire
Peter Lerner
Dead Space Age

Oscar Diaz Miami Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Miami Engineer


Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Dr. Dre
Gucci Mane
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
Too $hort
Warren G
Waka Flocka
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Devon Kirkpatrick Miami Engineer

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Devon Kirkpatrick Miami Engineer


Devon has worked as an engineer or Pro Tools engineer on numerous grammy winning albums. Most notable was his Pro Tools Engineering work for Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill which won four GRAMMYs (including album of the year) in 1999.


Busy in Baton Rouge: Recording Connection student Jordan Robertson launches his music production career

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Kane & Abel
The Williams Brothers
Thomas Jackson
Da Bricklayaz
Clyde Cotton Band
Lil' Boosie
Backstreet Boys
Lauryn Hill
Chris Potter
Joe Pesci
Marilyn Manson
Janice Marshall Coates

IV Duncan Miami Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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IV Duncan Miami Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer


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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Royce Da 5’9″
Rich Homie Quan
Dej Loaf
WOW Gospel
Karen Clark-Sheard
Mario Winans
Rick Ross
Shady Records
Warner Bros.

I initially enrolled at the Recording Connection for educational reasons—I wanted to improve my skills. Next thing I know my mentor is telling me he enjoys my work and my creativity and skill set. Now I’m working as a secondary engineer in my mentor’s recording studio. I did not see that coming—I’m just floored.

Leija Beatriz Recording Connection Student

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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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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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’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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Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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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


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$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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School News

Sebastian Lefeld Hits Miami, Works with Shawn Mendes, Santana!

Recording Connection graduate Sebastian Lefeld, who currently works full-time at Big Wall and the Miami Studio City District in Miami, Florida, looks back on his apprenticeship. "Even though you have a mentor and everything, 90 percent of what you learn is up to you," he says. "I really like that, because that's how the real world is. Nobody is going to hand you anything."

Apparently, not only did Sebastian learn the ins and outs of recording and producing from his mentor, Dave Mikeal at StudioLive USA in Orlando, FL—he also learned the importance of a strong work ethic and taking the initiative. Those lessons served him well when he decided to try his hand in the Miami music scene shortly after graduating. Within 6 months, he had landed a full-time engineering gig, and has had the opportunity to work with big names like Ricky Martin, rising star Shawn Mendes, and even the iconic Carlos Santana!

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

Contact the Miami Recording Connection

200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2790
Miami, FL 33131

(786) 358-0930

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 12:00 - 21:00

The Miami, Florida

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage


More Locations Than You Can Imagine.

The Recording Connection has audio mixing and music production school locations all over the world. We also have convenient locations scattered throughout the U.S. In Florida, we have Miami, Jacksonville, Ft Myers and Panama City, just to name a few.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Our Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.

Many students that we talk to are skittish about attending higher education due to rapidly increasing tuition costs. Well, that needn’t be a concern when investigating the Recording Connection in Miami. We keep our tuition affordable for just that reason.

The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn In a Real Recording Studio.

There are no classrooms in our program; there are only real recording studios. You’ll learn everything about the business of recording and music production while working in a real studio. Yes, that is correct. We put you in a real studio where you’ll be working and learning the ropes.

Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn One-on-One.

We pair you with a mentor who knows exactly how to achieve your goals, because he or she has lived them. We pair you with someone who is doing exactly what you’re attempting to do, and that person teaches you one-on-one.

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


Gold Records.

Our mentors are the best. We don’t settle for anything less. We’re proud of our program, and we want our students to get the best training from our mentors. The only way to ensure quality on both fronts is to hire mentors that are amazing. So that’s what we do. Suffice it to say that Gold and Platinum Records are common in our mentors' studios.

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


Actual Job Placement Assistance.

Unlike other schools, our job placement assistance is not mere lip service. Our program offers a job placement service for any students who are not immediately hired after graduation. We do so for an entire year. We’re dedicated to your success.

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


Thousands of Professional Endorsements.

We are awesome. Pros know it. That’s why they always talk about us. They recommend us because we do school the way they would do it if they had a school. The pros in this industry know the best way to learn this business is to apprentice (extern) on-the-job—and that's exactly how our program is structured.

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


You Start Out on the Inside.

Our program lets you skip the step of "banging on the doors," because we put you inside the industry at the jump. From the very beginning of our program, you’ll be working in a real studio, and you’ll be picking up the insider's modus operandi. This is something that can’t be taught. It has to be instinctively picked up.

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


Free Tutoring.

We have a free tutoring service. You’re welcome to try it if any of your assignments are giving you even minor issues.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.



You can't advance in this business without connections, and you can't make those connections in a classroom. With our on-the-job apprenticeship (externship), you’ll be making connections left and right. You’ll be learning everything about the industry and about your craft. You’ll be proving yourself to the pros, and making the connections that will one day make your career.

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