New York Recording Connection Reviews
My mentor did a great job going over this chapter.
“Week 18 was about acoustics and monitoring. My mentor did a great job going over this chapter. Not only did he explain in detail the importance of acoustics, he also showed me how the studio is set up. He showed me the diffusers, absorbers and reflective devices in the main studio. He also went as far as to show me how I could better set up my home studio. After the in depth overview of this chapter, my mentor then helped me mix one of my songs that I’m working on. He has a good ear and showed me some of his techniques that he uses when he mixes. Great week!”
— Rian German, New York, NY
Live your dream.
“Today was my first day with my mentor. I have to say I was nervous most of the time but they made me feel comfortable and I enjoyed myself a whole lot. I met a lot of cool people. Learning the basics about mics, speakers, what’s done at the studio was interesting. I had the pleasure of sitting in a recording session with an engineer name and it was amazing. I even caught chills stepping into the space lol it was like I’m finally living out my dream.”
— Judy Theodore, Brooklyn, NY
Put Yourself in the Right Place to Reach Your Goals
“I wanted to ‘intern at a recording studio and get hands on experience’ and I like that (the Recording Connection) isn’t a classroom…I graduated hight school a year early, I think I’m the youngest one interning so this is my first (time in a studio). I had an M-fast track audio box since 2009 and I would do some recordings on that and I would mess with them to make them sound better and I can play some guitar, bass and vocals.”
“My goal has always been live sound engineering and I definitely wanted to learn recording basics too because you have to learn the specific microphones and everything so if I had to record a live concert I want to know everything I have to do it right, which is why I took this program.”
— Lilly Carey, Verplanck, New York
Work and learn hands-on in a professional recording studio.
“Today when I arrived I got right to work at the front desk at my mentors’ studio. My mentor was busy working on other things so I sat at the front desk and re-wrote my notes from last weeks’ training session. I wanted my notes to be organized and clear so I could just look anything up at a moments’ notice if needed. Re-writing my notes also helped me remember everything from the week before to jog my memory and keep it fresh in my head. Not too long thereafter I went into one of the studios and kept practicing my training from last week by opening up a new session and setting up a microphone for recording. I did it bunch of times to really get some practice in. I actually started getting a little bored with doing it, but tell you the truth, this is such a good thing because it just means I’m getting used to it. I feel very confident with setting up a microphone and opening up new sessions. The next day, which was today, was an absolute amazing day! I was in the studio for hours and I really learned a lot. Besides learning a lot, my mentor went over my Lesson assignment with me and I got it all right! I loved today because my mentor introduced us to “Logic Pro” as well, which is an amazingly awesome program. My mentor showed me how to open a session and record on. There are some differences between recording in “Logic” and “Pro Tools”. It was very interesting to see how both programs work. “Logic” is really cool and I learned some basics. I truly cannot wait to just mess around with it and learn. I also learned how to record a live electric guitar totally on my own for the next 3 hours straight! I got to record another extern playing the electric guitar. He put a little beat together and we added guitar to it. I really felt like an engineer. I recorded him numerous times and was creating playlists and doing the actual thing and again really felt like an engineer. I also felt really confident, and even though I still have a bunch to learn, I feel that I’m getting the basics down a very well. I successfully set up an amp and successfully recorded an electric guitar, continuing to be very eager to go further and further in the music industry.”
— William Coors, Shirley, New York
Learn by assisting professional musicians.
“This week we worked with an artist named Margo. She is in a group called The Ivaders. They wrote the song Wild Ones by Flo-Rida. I hear that song on the radio all the time, everywhere, and I have such a special connection to the song. What we did in the studio was a reality show. They wanted to document the creative process and the recording process of the song. I was so happy to be a part of that. The whole group is super friendly.”
— Alicia Smith, Central Islip, New York
Understand the nuts and bolts of recording.
“My real breakthrough was in the areas of Acoustic Isolation, Frequency Balance, and Studio Setups. I have a much more in depth view of studio construction on the carpentry end, as well as a better understanding of crossover networks. I really hope to be able to build an even greater understanding on this subject and eventually design my own studio space to better progress my own sound.”
— Gregory Castro, Middletown, NY
Learn from the pros.
“It’s been a nice environment to be around. We have lots of conversations about music techniques, the business, different avenues to make a business through music.”— Nicholas Ruminjo, Brooklyn, NY
Achieve your goals and jumpstart your career.
“Going through this externship has given me a clear understanding on what I want to do with all this new information! I have been able to create better music, and I have a new fire under me and it doesn’t matter how long it takes but one day I will be able to say that a career in the music industry is not only a dream but a reality. This has been one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had in my life. I learned soo much about engineering, how a studio operates with actual hands on experience, and I met some amazing individuals that I hope that I can keep in contact with as I go through my journey in music. For all who I’ve met, I hope we all accomplish all our goals, and I hope our paths cross. God bless!!”— Cancey DeJean, Wyandanch, NY
Learn what is available to you within the music industry.
“My lesson this week with my mentor was where I learned about the variety of career opportunities that are available to me within the field of music. I never knew how many specific jobs can spring off out of the industry. From the mastering engineer, to the artist themselves, there is a surplus of opportunities involving music. Next, my mentor and I talked about the technological aspects that an engineer must be knowledgeable about, such as the recommended volume for mixing and the actual scale for measuring the volume of a sound, which is the decibel. After my one-on-one lesson, I got to watch a brand new aspiring artist record her first song. This was an experience I will always remember. Just getting this one experience was already worth the money spent. Its one thing to watch videos at home of artists and producers who work in the studio, But, to witness it first hand was surreal. I learned it takes time getting each verse the way you want it and hitting each note can take quite some time. Watching the artist sing was so inspiring and watching the engineers help and guide her through the process was unforgettable.”
— Joseph Cannavo, Rye, New York
Receive hands-on training from your very own mentor.
“Upon arriving at my mentors’ studio for my first day of externing with my mentor, I quickly realized that it was going to be a full session, as in full of things going on in the studio. Right away my mentor had me watch some of the other externs, who were further ahead in Recording Connection assignments, set up mics to record a drum sequence. My mentor introduced me to and went over a few different types of microphones, including a Shure Beta 91, which was his own and he then went on to explain how it was originally used in broadcasting but was excellent for picking up the kick drums and the wide range of pickups. As soon as all the mics were set up, a few of the other externs started setting up the patch bay and were trying to explain some of how it works to me. My mentor showed me what a “Gobo” is, and how they are all around the live room to help absorb sound and is also used in the isolation booth. Another thing my mentor showed me was in regards to Preamps, which is obviously something I’d be learning about more in future lessons with my mentor. However, today was such a full-packed day I was shown tons of things and it definitely didn’t just get thrown over my head. Everyone was very helpful and quick to explain everything and anything to me. And finally once a recording session began, my mentor introduced me to Pro Tools and the basics of making sure everything is in order even before recording. Things like making sure all of your tracks are in place with the right levels, making sure that nothing is “clipping” or getting distorted and at last making sure that everyone is carefully monitoring the levels during the recording. At the end of the project he made sure that I knew to always save all projects in 3 places, because that’s the best way have a 100% backup. All in all, my first day was more than what I expected by far from the Recording Connection program. Thanks for placing me here with my mentor!”
— Alex Ahn, Brooklyn, New York
Learn by doing.
“For this lesson my mentor showed me how various Mic combinations produce different sounds and the different methods of stereo recording. First we tried using two sets of two different mics on a grand piano. His assistant played while we listened in the control room and compared the different recordings to see just how they stand up against each other. Though it was hard to hear a difference at first, after a while the accentuated frequencies started to shine through. Then we went over M/S micing, which was an ingenious, yet an odd way of obtaining a fake stereo recording. After exhausting the methods of stereo, we tried an omni-directional mic on the piano to see how it held up against the wide range of frequencies and it didn’t do too badly. The next day I went in to see my mentor again and we tried a guitar amp, micing it with two different mics and putting it through a DI box, then blending it all to get the best sound. My mentor was recording some of his own work so I was able to get behind the console and punch him in when he needed, so I got some lessons behind the desk. He showed me a good amount of how Pro Tools work and how to bring up new tracks and playlists. I also worked a bit with the patch bay, connecting external preamps to the EQ and so forth. Things are really going great, I’m learning a lot in the Recording Connection program.”
— William Szent-Miklosy, New York, New York
Learn Pro Tools with your Mentor
“This week with my mentor I went into the studio and learned their entire filing systems, book keeping system, and computer system where they keep their invoices and other financial documentation. Next, I got to sit in with one of my mentors and go over Pro Tools. Now, I am starting to get use to the shortcuts offered by Pro Tools, which will help cut time during real recording sessions. The next day I learned how to record, and once the weekend arrived, I got to sit in on a real recording session with my mentor. This recording session was for a producer, as well as his artist. It was really inspiring to see my mentor do her thing.”
— Onyetta Williams, Jackson Heights, New York
Makes your goals become a reality with the assistance of your own mentor.“When I got to the studio on Tuesday, the first thing I did was watch my mentor help another man record steel string guitar solos onto a track. I looked around the studio and saw several acoustic panels on the walls, with my mentor later explaining to me how they absorb some of the sound in the room so that you can’t hear any echoes on the song. After this, we went through lesson 1 assigned to me by the Recording Connection, where we listened to the sound of different wave forms seeing how they come together to make different noises, as well as why. My mentor then moved on to give me several examples and thoroughly explained Lesson 1 to me, even applying some of the terms to live sound, which was really helpful because we talked about how that was my goal for the future! Everything that I read in the curriculum assigned to me by the Recording Connection that I do not completely understand is always clear to me once my mentor and I go over it in detail and I am very excited to start lesson 2!”— Lilly Carey, Verplanck, New York
“I just got home from my session with my mentor. We reviewed Lesson 14, as well as spent time with Pro Tools analyzing and breaking down a couple of sessions that my mentor had done in the studio. It is all very interesting and motivational!”
— Glen Petri, Bronx, New York
Work with the leading professionals in your industry.
“My mentor and I went over the basics of Pro Tools, how to start a session, as well as the difference between audio files, file backups, adding new tracks, setting inputs and outputs and basic recording techniques. I think it was a great decision to join the Recording Connection and work as an extern for my mentors’ studio. I definitely have gotten a strong understanding now how the studio functions, and starting to get familiar with how Pro Tools works.”
— Ben Wiener, New York, New York
Review in-depth recording procedures required to be a successful engineer.
“This week with my mentor, he walked me through the important parts of the lesson reading from the Recording Connection. We went over the amplifier processes, from operational to digital, while my mentor emphasized things in great detail. We also discussed capacitors and resistors, all the while my mentor explaining in detail what their function was, and how they were used in preamps. My mentor then even pulled out an old preamp and showed me the various parts, and how they work. After our reading review, he spent a huge amount of time dedicated to describing what the amplifiers and equalizers in the studio do, and where they are located in the signal flow and on the main board. I’m really happy with my mentor, and he’s doing a great job! He really enjoys what he does and it shows in how he describes things. My mentor is very energetic, even when I know he is exhausted.”
— Ernest Perez, New York, New York
Learn how to work with professional equipment.
“I really enjoyed my 4th week with my mentor where I learned how to patch a mic in and out to different plug ins. My mentor showed me how to patch a U87 mic into a SSL 4064 console and how to assign it to whatever track I want in the future. She also showed me how to patch it into a 1176LN compressor. Next I learned how to bus a number of tracks on to one track. My mentor has a simple guide line that she told me to remember for patching mics and equipment, which was very simple to remember. She went over the Time Code system, which is the number system based on frames, as well as how it’s used to sync different pieces of equipment together. Once again I really enjoy this lesson because it was more hands on.”
— Ray Spears, Bronx, New York
Learn on the Job
“This lesson we started the week with all three externs in the studio and we were back to running full speed. We continue to record guitars but this time we added condenser room mics AKG 414s to give the sound a different color. Also my mentor brought in a Vox Mini Nighttrain 3 watt amp that was amazing for us to use. Only this time we were to set up everything without his help and he would then come and verify our work. He played through both and showed us the different micing techniques that each amp and sound require. As also the way that he would work them out on the console. My mentor let us power up the studio in order to ease the process of proper start up procedures. Then we got to patching up all the mics we set up, running them through the DAW and various pre amps. After we got everything to work we all took turns setting a take on Pro Tools and running the session in a way. My mentor was always there when we needed help or had a question. However, more importantly he wasn’t hovering over us. He gave us breathing space and let us make mistakes to later show us how to trouble shoot them. Great session..!”
— Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York
Work as a team with the real recording professionals.
“I have entered into week 9 in my enrollment in the Recording Connection program while I work in my mentors’ professional recording studio. After listening to a few songs my mentor had recorded for some new artists the week before, he asked me to work on one of the songs as well! The tricky part was that I’ll be mixing the song and working directly with the song artist, which means whatever I do needs to be okay with not only my mentor, but the artist as well. This was pretty new to me since usually my mentor lets me mix the song the way I like it and then when I’m done he gives me feedback on my work. However, this time will be different. The artist will be sitting right next to me and watching every single thing I do. Fortunately when the recording happened the artist was a real cool guy and he loved the work I was doing, which was such a relief.
The next day when I went to my mentors studio it turned out the part of the book the Recording Connection had already assigned me was the same thing they were doing in the studio, so it wasn’t wasn’t anything new to me since I’ve already used Pro Tools tons of times, opening sessions and saving them. It was a thorough review, and reviewing definietely isn’t a bad thing.
In between lecture and applying the concepts hands-on on Pro Tools, the day went by pretty quickly. A few days later, that day an artists who writes poems came back in to the studio to record some more of her poems and short stories. She’s working on a CD for her brother’s birthday so all her material relates to her childhood with her brother so it was a nice and fun project to work on. Once again, my mentor put me in charge. I was to set up the recording room, the mic, set up the session and then let the client know when to begin. The session went perfectly and my mentor had some extra time to record a couple more of her newer poems.
As I was recording my mentor brought in a couple spectators to watch me work and let me know that one of them will be coming in frequently to watch me and learn from me, she just needs to become more familiar with Pro Tools and I don’t mind helping her out at all! I am quite surprised by how much progress I have made in the past few months in the Recording Connection program and I’m eager to continuing spending time at the studio. Working with my mentor has truly made me a better engineer.”
— Paul Saif, Vestal, New York
Learn hands-on how to become an audio engineer.
“This Saturday my mentor and I went right into setting up a drum set for a client session that was going to be held Monday. We were also joined by another extern, who was near completion of the Recording Connection program. It was a breath of fresh air since he is a drummer and none of us that attend the Saturday classes are drummers. The live room was also a mess so after we set up all the drums we hurry to tidy up for the Monday client, which is extremely important.
My mentor gave me a session micing log and then from there, I went hard at work with the rest of the Recording Connection team, as I knew a majority of the mics and those few I didn’t I just Googled. We miced the entire drum set with the use of 13 microphones condensers, dynamic, and many others. I used some of the techniques that engineer in the studio had showed me in one of the sessions I’ve sat in with him when he was behind the Console, such as micing the bass drum at his preference and adding some foam isolation to the top snare mic. Especially since this engineer himself was the one engineering the upcoming session I was working on that day. I tackled the switch board in order to speed up the process but soon forgot the complexity ritual it is to properly arrange it. Thankfully I always photograph past patch bay configurations so with those I was able to much easily figure this one out.
The only curved ball was the engineer had asked for a different mic preamp than those we were accustomed to using. After my mentor showed me the proper form of wiring I quickly snapped a picture of it for future reference. Next came setting up the Pro Tools session which my mentor let me take the helm. With the levels checked and everything else labeled and neatly organized we went over what I have done and what I did wrong, as well as how to avoid it in the future. My mentor prompted that I ask the Owner for permission to join the upcoming session. So I emailed the Owner and was able to get in, time was of the essence since this was a high profile customer and only one extern was allowed to sit in the session.
Alton Fitzgerald White, who plays “Mufasa” on Broadway’s Lion King, was recording his first commercial solo record, and with the aid of a famous producer that all the studio engineers, as well as my mentors, were thrilled for. I ended up going iinto the studio early that morning as prompted, first working to help the engineers set up mics, stands, and chairs for the artists. I was pleasantly surprised hearing that my mentor had asked for me to come in, especially since he is very strict on students coming in on important sessions.
The whole session was a great experience and a true eye opener. Especially since Mr. White had songs that varied from Jazz fusion to slow ballads, and it was a contrast the last session I sat in with the last engineer, which was a Metalcore band. Truly a pleasure meeting all the artists, conversing with them, and seeing and hearing how much of perfectionist and creative a great group of artists can be.”
— Yosimar Gomez, Brooklyn, New York
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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GO TO SCHOOL INSIDE A REAL STUDIO?
Great question. Learning from inside the actual environment where music gets made professionally is a proven way to acquire industry skills, experience, and connections. When it comes to getting a career in the music business, it’s smart to start out from inside the business. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than three decades and it works.
The value of interacting with professional audio engineers, music producers, and their clients from within a real recording studio environment cannot be overstated. You must learn within the environment in which you want to work. It’s all about being able to grow usable skills and showcase your abilities and determination to the very same people who do the hiring.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT THAN ORDINARY SCHOOLS?
With The Recording Connection, you do not have to fight over lab time, experience overcrowded classrooms, or work to get your teacher’s attention. With us, you are the only student. It’s just you and your mentor who trains you privately, at your own pace. A real recording studio is your classroom. It’s within this environment that you acquire skills and knowhow in a way that makes sense—hands-on.
HOW MUCH CAN I MAKE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS?
The amount you can make in the music business varies greatly and that largely depends on you. Like other careers in arts and entertainment, you’re going to have to pay your dues which can mean earning a lower wage while you’re starting out. The duration, cost, and setup of our unique approach enables our students to incur less in student loan debt (vs. traditional 4 year college and university programs) and get themselves in, right where they need to be to gain skills, get connected, and get on with building a career in music—without drowning in debt. If your goal is to get paid for doing what you love and music is it, then training from inside a real recording studio could be your way to start.
WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS?
Our mentors own and work in the studios where Jay Z, Solange, Kanye West, U2, Blake Shelton, Rihanna, Jason Mraz, Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Beck, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Eminem, Janelle Monáe, Taj Mahal, Deadmau5, Skrillex and many more have recorded. In fact, our students and graduates have met and/or recorded/collaborated with artists including Miley Cyrus, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue, The Killers, A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, Carlos Santana, Lil Wayne, Scorpion Child, Fetty Wap, Mae, Trinidad James, The Ting Tings, Sia and more!
Mark Christensen (Alicia Keys, The Killers, Trey Songz, 50 Cent), Larry Goetz (Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande), Josh Monroy (Ludacris, Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones), Ira Parker (Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, DMX, Zaytoven Beats), Devon Kirkpatrick (Lauryn Hill, Marilyn Manson, Timbaland), Brian Boland (Rihanna, Timbaland, Macy Gray, Y.G.), Matt Stein (DMX, Trey Songz, Jason Mraz), Oscar Diaz (Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg), IV Duncan (Eminem, ASAP Ferg, Dej Loaf), and many more.
DO YOU GUARANTEE ME A JOB ONCE I’M FINISHED WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION?
We are guaranteeing only access, education and real world training via our blended education model, but make no mistake: such access can be an essential part of your success. We put you in the door, guarantee you a one-on-one education inside a real studio, no-cost tutoring, Pro Tools (or Ableton, Logic Pro), and a year of career services if you are not hired by the studio where you trained as an extern. Doesn’t it make sense to learn the music industry from inside it?
SO YOU PUT ME INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO, DO YOU MATCH ME WITH MY FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
Yes, we try. If you are into hip hop we will try to place you in a hip hop studio. Rock students go to rock studios, etc. But working in this industry requires its professionals to be versatile, capable of working in multiple genres and with all types of clients. The Recording Connection believes in what we call the Cross Genre Principle — this means we will train you to be a certified Recording Connection audio professional who can work in all genres. This unique approach to learning enables you to maximize your chances for success and to remain tapped in to a myriad of opportunities.
HOW AM I LEARNING, HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
Our hands-on, project-based assignments and workshops are designed to get you attuned to working as a professional within a professional environment. You receive private classes in the studio which are reinforced with lessons in our comprehensive eBook. With us, you learn at the pace of one lesson per week. The work is intensive and structured to get you thinking and building the foundation you need to achieve your goals. Furthermore, you’re training in an environment where you get to learn theory and practice in-tandem. When you have questions about something complex, your mentor is there to answer your questions, in depth. For many, this is where the real learning and understanding takes place.
BUT DON’T I NEED A DEGREE?
Like many other creative industries, the music business does not run on degrees. The studio owners, music executives, artists and producers who are hiring generally don’t ask for degrees. Knowing what you’re doing is generally what they’re after. Having experience and connections matters because they’re markers of someone who is trustworthy, hardworking, and dependable.
MY PARENTS WANT ME TO GET A DEGREE IN MUSIC. I’M NOT SURE THEY KNOW HOW THE MUSIC BUSINESS WORKS.
The job of being a parent means setting your children up for success. We understand that. Degrees are necessary for people who want to work as doctors, lawyers, scientists and other such careers. But degrees are not commonly necessary when it comes to working in the music industry (as a musician, audio engineer, music producer, DJ, music business professional, hip-hop, EDM producer, and in other areas of the business) unless you want to be a professor of music, perform with the philharmonic, or be an entertainment lawyer, in which case, getting a degree is the prescribed path to follow.
But don’t get us wrong. Education is great and so are degrees (when suited to one’s goals). Having to spend lots of hard earned money on an expensive music degree is not a prerequisite for working in the music industry. The majority of recording studio owners are not going to ask you for a degree. Instead, they want to know what you’ve worked on and what you can do. Degrees don’t automatically get you access, connections, or real world experience you can put on your resume. So, if your parents have questions, encourage them to do their research online or contact us directly. Knowledge is power. When you understand how the music industry operates, you can make an informed choice that works for you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MENTOR AND A TEACHER?
Mentors usually help with career advice and guidance, while teachers teach a course. Typically, the best teachers are also mentors. With the Recording Connection, your mentor is your one-on-one, in-person instructor (a working professional audio engineer or music producer) and your Academic Facilitator also works with you remotely (telephonically and online) to oversee your progress and assist where needed.
WHO ENDORSES YOU?
Great question. The Recording Connection has earned thousands of professional endorsements. We do not know of any ordinary recording schools that can make that claim.
Ryan Hewitt (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks), Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall), Niko Bolas (Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Stan Getz, KISS, John Mayer), Bob Bullock (Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, George Strait), Bil VornDick (Bob Dylan, Béla Fleck, John Oates), Carmen Rizzo (Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, DJ Tiesto), Steve Marcantonio (Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton), Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Elvis Costello, The Roots), F. Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Jewel), Adam Moseley (U2, Beck, Rush, The Cure)
“I am very impressed with the way Recording Connection trains students in real recording studios and how hard they work for their students. This is a special program run by visionaries.” -Dave Pensado, Grammy Award Winner, Mixer for Beyoncé, Pink, Michael Jackson.
“I endorse this program.” -Hans Zimmer, Grammy Award-winning Composer for films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King
“I recommend this program. Excellent way to break into the business.” -Larry King, award-winning television & talk show radio host
“The Recording Connection puts students into a real world work place. Students learn first hand what it means to be in a recording session with producers, engineers, musicians and songwriters. It’s on the job career training! You learn the practical, technical, and people skills that cannot be found in any classroom. I highly recommend the Recording Connection.” -Warren Huart, producer for Aerosmith, Better Than Ezra, The Killers, The Fray, James Blunt
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO BE ACCEPTED?
No. You need a good attitude, a sense of responsibility, and a hard work ethic. Your acceptance depends on you making a lasting first impression with your prospective mentor. Our admissions staff will help you prepare for this meeting.
SO WHAT IS AN EXTERNSHIP EXACTLY?
Externs learn on the job, they learn one-on-one, from a professional audio engineer, music producer, or music business professional (for applicable programs). Make no mistake, externs are students, only with externship they get: On the Job attention. Our students learn via our eBook, materials, and from inside a real recording studio. The opportunity to get their hands dirty (so to speak). We believe the way to get a job in this business is to get inside and learn from a pro. This allows students to show what they’re made of, starting on their very first day. The ability to connect with the professionals who do the hiring. Working in music takes knowing the people who do the hiring. Our approach eliminates the searching and guesswork and places you right where you need to be to show what you’re made of.
WHAT COURSES DO YOU OFFER? WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
We offer programs in EDM, Hip Hop, Beat Making, Audio Engineering, Music Producing, Electronic Music Production, Music Business, Live Sound, DJ, Post Production for Film and TV, Advanced Audio, and more.
WHERE ARE YOUR STUDIO SITES LOCATED?
We’re probably a lot closer than you think! With us you can go to school i.e. an externship location in a recording studio in cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. Chances are, we have a location within easy commute distance of where you live. We are in more than 250 cities and towns, on three continents! View a full list of our US locations.
HOW OFTEN DO I ATTEND MY PRIVATE CLASS INSIDE A REAL RECORDING STUDIO?
Students are expected to put in 10 hours per week. Students start off their externship at a pace of twice per week until Lesson 4 or four weeks into their training. If you’re hardworking and reliable, do not have excessive truancies/ absences, and get the okay from your mentor, we can arrange for you to go 3, 4, or 5 times per week. Many of our students spend up to 8 or more hours per day in the studio, while others choose to work around their work schedules. Either way, we are here for you. Days, nights, and weekends may be available, depending on the mentor’s schedule. Schedules are set and agreed upon by mentor and student extern.
HOW LONG DOES YOUR PROGRAM LAST?
Most of our programs are designed to last six months. Your length of time may vary based on the time you make available for your studies. A list of all our programs is here.
CAN I WORK WHILE I DO MY EXTERNSHIP?
Yes. Many of our students work while they do the program. Scheduling is set by the mentor and student. Externs must do a minimum of two in-studio lessons per week, although we strongly encourage them to go into the studio as much as possible to observe, assist, and learn.
WHEN DO YOUR SEMESTERS START?
We offer open enrollment, year-round, to all students. You can start at any time.
HOW MANY LESSONS ARE IN YOUR COURSE OR PROGRAM?
Our curriculums are comprised of 20 lessons. Upon completion of the 20 lessons, graduates will automatically be entered into our career services program.
IS THIS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Nope. We’re the real deal and happy about it too. Check out our Reviews page to see what actual students and mentors say about us in their own words. None of the students or mentors are fake. These are all real people who believe in our in-industry approach.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I GRADUATE?
You get three things when you graduate from the Recording Connection. The first is a certificate of completion. The second is a skill set that you have used in actual recording studio sessions—in other words, actual job experience you can put on your resume. The third is one year of graduate employment and job placement assistance. Helping people get themselves hired in the industry is an intrinsic part of our graduate employment and job placement success.
ONCE I GRADUATE, WILL I BE CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a certificate of completion, certifying that you have completed the workshop or graduated the program in which you were enrolled. Graduates of the audio engineering program will receive a certificate of completion which signifies to the music recording industry that you have enough experience to hold a position as an Assistant Audio Engineer or Audio Engineer. Upon completion, they will be an RC Certified Audio Engineer – Music Producer with on the job experience. Graduates from any of our externship along with distance education programs will have accumulated at least 6 months of real life studio experience which is something studio owners often look for when hiring.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION?
We’ve had students in their early teens to well into their sixties and older. If you are under 18 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian approve your application. We strongly encourage applicants to get their parents involved so that we may answer any and all of their questions.
CAN I STILL ATTEND RECORDING CONNECTION EVEN IF I DIDN’T GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL OR DON’T HAVE MY GED?
While we would never advocate not finishing high school or its equivalent, we would never hold it against you. As long as you can read, write, speak English, have basic computer skills and a passion for music, you’re eligible to apply.
CAN I ASSOCIATE WITH MY MENTOR AND GO INTO THE STUDIO AFTER I FINISH THE COURSE, AFTER I GRADUATE?
Yes. If you are invited back to your mentor’s studio, we have no problem with that. In fact, we encourage it. We urge all of our students to show up to every class, never be late, and to be helpful. Build a relationship with your mentor that will last a lifetime.
DO YOU PROVIDE STUDENT HOUSING?
Not at this time. Since you don’t have to move to attend the Recording Connection, if you already have a roof over your head, your housing is taken care of. If you have a job, you can keep it and schedule your externship around your work schedule too.
DO YOU TAKE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
We accept international students provided they have the necessary VISA requirements. As for VISA issues, upon acceptance into our program we are more than happy to furnish a letter of enrollment for your consulate/embassy to qualify you for a visitor visa. It is recommended, however, that you attend a community college in your city of choice as they have the necessary facility and faculty to petition F1/J1 Student Visas. A Student Visa is valid for the entire duration of your studies at the community college and would enable you more than enough time to attend this program and take full advantage of our career services program afterwards.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
A private mentor in a real recording studio.
Our course curriculum taught by that mentor and overseen by an Academic Facilitator.
The opportunity to extern in that studio and make real-world connections while taking our structured course curriculum.
Your very own Student Services Representative who calls you every 2 – 4 weeks to assist you and make sure that you are going to class.
Upon graduation, a certificate of completion that certifies you as a Recording Connection Certified Assistant Audio Engineer (if applicable), plus one more full year of career services assistance.
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