Oakland

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 Oakland

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.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

Take your beat making and hip hop knowledge to the professional level by learning from a major Hip Hop Producer in his or her studio. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

Hip Hop / Beat Making Details

Prepare for a career as a front-of-house engineer by apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, who’ve crafted records for U2, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Hole, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and hundreds more.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. Gain insider access to the electronic music scene. You tell us your favorite genres of electronic music, and we will help you produce that type of music.

Electronic Music Production Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified you are showing over 5,000 Producers and Engineers worldwide that you have what it takes to work for them as both and an assistant engineer and an Engineer/Producer.

Audio Certification Details

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Our Oakland Studio Locations

  • Fruitvale
  • Chinatown
  • Jack London District
  • Glenview
  • Rockridge
  • Uptown
  • Old Oakland
  • Melrose
  • Elmhurst
  • Bushrod Park
  • Lake Merritt Park
  • Trestle Glen
  • Temescal
  • Mosswood
  • Upper Laurel
  • Piedmont
  • Berkeley
  • Alameda
  • Emeryville
  • Albany
  • El Cerrito
  • Kensington
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Oakland
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Music Scene in Oakland

Looking to train for a career as a music producer or engineer in the Oakland music scene? The Oakland RECORDING CONNECTION is the audio engineering school that gets you inside an actual Oakland recording studio as a student apprentice (extern), working with real professionals as you learn your choice of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, trance, drum and bass, techno and more), club DJ and post production audio. One of the best ways to launch a music industry career in Oakland is to learn on-the-job in a real Oakland recording studio. The RECORDING CONNECTION is the school that can put you there.

You can easily spend 50 thousand dollars or more to go to a music school, but why do that when you could learn in a real recording studio for less? Learn the ins and outs of recording and producing music directly from the pros in a real-world environment, and make plenty of industry connections while developing your craft. Our on-the-job training approach is a highly affordable and efficient way to launch your audio engineering career.

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Located across the bay from San Francisco, the city of Oakland is home to nearly half a million people, also boasting the busiest port in Northern California. Known to many as the home of the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders, this centerpiece of the East Bay is also home to one of California’s more vibrant music scenes. Not only is Oakland a known hotbed for jazz, but its busy music club scene also features such genres as rap, R&B, metal, punk and many others. Not surprisingly, Oakland has yielded more than its fair share of notable artists and bands, including Tower of Power, Green Day, MC Hammer, En Vogue, Sheila E, Keyshia Cole, The Pointer Sisters, tUnE-yArDs and many others.

Suffice it to say if you want to break into a career as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, Oakland provides many opportunities to connect. The RECORDING CONNECTION’s on-the-job training approach can put you in the heart of the action.

How do we do it? Our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach places you in a real recording studio, where all your training takes place one-on-one next to a working producer or engineer. You’ll learn the skills of recording, producing and mixing while working on the actual gear and software used by the studio, you’ll gain valuable experience on real recording projects with real artists, and you’ll get to meet and connect with lots of industry pros that you’d never meet in a classroom. Over 70 percent of Recording Connection graduates move into successful music industry jobs. Enroll in our Oakland Music Production School today, and let us get you started on the path to your own success.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Oscar Diaz Oakland Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Oakland Engineer

Background

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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Artists

Dr. Dre
E-40
Gucci Mane
Jay-Z
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
TLC
Too $hort
Warren G
YG
Waka Flocka
Google
YouTube
Dreamworks
HBO
FOX
Showtime
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Bruce Tambling Oakland Composer / Producer

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Bruce Tambling Oakland Composer / Producer

Background

Bruce Tambling is an award winning musician, producer, audio engineer, composer, video editor, entrepreneur, web developer and teacher with many years of professional experience in the content creation industry. He has performed internationally on drums, percussion and keyboards in many genres including jazz, classical, rock, funk, electronic and world music. Audio engineering and production credits include hundreds of albums for major record labels featuring: Motown, Windham Hill, Sony, BMG, Atlantic, Tommy Boy, Warner Brothers. Dialog editor credits include: Quincy Jones, Sally Fields, Jack Welsh, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and President Jimmy Carter. Bruce has composed original music soundtracks for many feature films, documentaries, video games, commercials and TV shows including: 20th Century Fox, New World Pictures, PBS, CNN, NBC, HBO, NASA, Apple Computer, Nissan, and BMW. Currently Co-Director of Music Technology at Foothill College, Bruce continues to actively engineer/produce music and owns/operates one of the top recording studio facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the few Avid Certified Expert Level Pro Tools Instructors in the world.

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Artists

Composer: 20th Century Fox
New World Pictures
PBS
CNN
NBC
HBO
NASA
Apple Computer
Nissan
BMW

Harley Fine Oakland Producer / Engineer

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Harley Fine Oakland Producer / Engineer

Background

“I operate a recording studio, record, produce and mix records for clients, write songs and get song placements on nationally distributed compilations. Record voice overs and edit video.” – Harley Fine

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Artists

Black Mesa
The Bramblemen
Pete Minda
Maureen Russell
Laminated Menu
Inwood Jones
Ken Master
Matt Gibbons and the Elevators

Asaf Fulks Oakland Producer

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Asaf Fulks Oakland Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

Articles

Recording Connection Grads find work at The OC Recording Company Inc!

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

James Salone Oakland Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Oakland Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Israel Lliteras Oakland Mentor

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Israel Lliteras Oakland Mentor

Background

Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Ryan Hewitt Oakland Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Ryan Hewitt Oakland Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music for such notable artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, blink-182, The Dixie Chicks, needtobreathe, Flogging Molly and Jamie Cullum.

Relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in early 2015, Ryan took residence at House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and jumped into a non-stop string of records. In between mixing albums for The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Sean McConnell, and Harry Connick, Jr., Ryan produced and mixed up-and-coming Georgia rockers, Crass Mammoth, Knoxville troubadours, The Black Lillies and Nashville mods Elle Macho. He spent last summer recording and mixing The Lumineers’ #1 album Cleopatra with producer Simone Felice in upstate New York and has since recorded and mixed several more songs for film soundtracks.

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Artists

Lady Gaga
Angus & Julia Stone
Harry Connick
Jr.
Sheryl Crow
The Avett Brothers
Joe Cocker
Matchbox 20
Oslo
blink-182
Gloriana
The Roots
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raphael Saadiq
Tom Morello
Flogging Molly
Barbra Streisand
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Luther Vandross
Jimmy Buffett
Blue Oyster Cult

Lionel Pedro Oakland Mentor

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Lionel Pedro Oakland Mentor

Background

Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Brian Boland Oakland Producer / Engineer

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Brian Boland Oakland Producer / Engineer

Background

Brian Boland is a producer/engineer with twenty years of studio experience behind him. Starting out at William Paterson College, he learned the art of recording from exceptional teachers including Bob Both (James Brown). After college, he was lucky enough to start his career at the legendary Greene Street Recording NYC (Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Pete Rock, Dave Matthews, George Benson, Beastie Boys…) His band Elwood, was signed to Palm Pictures in 2000 by Chris Blackwell and had success with their cover of “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot reaching the Billboard charts. In 2004, Brian moved to Los Angeles where he began freelancing at various studios in LA, Detroit, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Brian continued his many personal projects working and playing bass with Shadow Rewind, Baby Stone (Sly Stone’s daughter), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), and countless others. He also worked at Windmark Recording in Santa Monica, (formerly Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flight Tyme) where he was able to work on many major label writing camps engineering,and assisting some of the worlds top artists and producers in the urban world, including Timbaland, Macy Gray, Rihanna, Y.G., Mary J. Blige, DJ Mustard, Big Krit, Sha Money XL and many more.

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Artists

Timbaland
Macy Gray
Rihanna
Y.G.
Mary J. Blige
DJ Mustard
Big Krit
Sha Money XL
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
So Percussion
The Partch Ensemble
Joe Lavano
Sunny Murray
Sonic Liberation Front
American Babies
Lee Smith
Global Illage
Butch Ballard
Sam Dockery
Odean Pope
Marshall Allen
Lee Smith
Jamey Haddad,Bakithi Kumalo
Jo Lawry
Jack St.Clair big band

Matt Stein Oakland Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein Oakland Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

SWAN7 is a comfortable space to work with someone who’s as in to your music as you are. Whether you just need a place to record or you need a collaborator to help bring your songs to life, SWAN7 is a great place to start. As an engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry and a former touring musician, I’ve got the skills to help you get you music sounding the way you imagine. I can help with any and all aspects of the process: recording, mixing, arranging and co-writing.

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One on One: A Formula for Success

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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Justin Hachat Oakland DJ / Producer

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Justin Hachat Oakland DJ / Producer

Background

Sweetdrop Digital is a record label founded in 2013 by DJ/Producer Justin Hachat aka Justin David and partners. We are a label built by sound engineers, djs and producers for djs and producers. We have a philosophy of creating something that artists want to be a part of. For our clients we offer a broad array of services including, mixing, mastering, editing, arrangement, sfx placement, foley recording, and background music. For our artists we offer an almost unmatched payout on royalties, worldwide digital distribution, promotional efforts and booking management if chosen. For all others we offer you a selection of music and videos to entertain you. If you are new talent looking for an outlet to get your music heard or a industry professional looking for some of our services please feel free to contact us. Don’t forget to check out our other pages on facebook and soundcloud. Thank you for visiting and enjoy.

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Artists

Mihai Sebastian
Justin David
Above & Beyond
Mimo & Kalam
Helios (software)

“I really appreciate the avenues your program is providing and want to say thank you for everything Recording Connection is doing for myself and others in the program.”

Mitch Villalva 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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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Tuition
Comparison

Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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The Oakland, California

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

1

Located Across the Globe.

Our on-the-job training approach gives us the ability to train students in hundreds of locations across three continents, including dozens in California and several right here in Oakland. No need to relocate—we can train you in a real facility near where you live.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Low Tuition Means Little or No Debt.

The skyrocketing cost of education forces too many people into crushing debt. At the Recording Connection, we don't think you should be held hostage for 10-20 years by student debt just to get quality career training. We keep our tuition low so our students can graduate with little or no debt.

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

3

Learn In the Real World.

In our program, you won't spend a single day in a stuffy classroom. All our classes take place in the real world, where you will learn how the music industry actually works. We train you in a real recording studio.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn From a Real Professional, One-on-One.

Your real-world training is conducted by a real producer/engineer, a mentor who teaches you one-on-one. Receive guided, personalized training on all the gear and software, ask any questions you like. You don't have to compete with other students for your mentor's attention.

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

5

Our Mentors Have Plenty of Accolades.

The Recording Connection partners with some of the world's most successful producers and engineers to train our students. It's common to see Gold and Platinum Records on the walls of your mentor's studio.

Learn from true industry professionals. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Real Job Placement Assistance.

For up to a year after graduation, we work closely with you, leveraging our connections to help you find work through our job assistance program.

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

7

We Come Highly Recommended.

Music industry professionals love our audio school and frequently recommend us. Why? Simple: they know how the industry works, and they see our results!

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

8

On the Inside From the Beginning.

One of the biggest hurdles to breaking into the music industry is to become an "insider"—to become known in the industry. Our on-the-job training makes this hurdle much easier to jump because you're placed on the inside from the very beginning. You spend your entire course in the presence of working professionals, earning your stripes while you learn.

Get on the inside track. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

The Recording Connection offers free tutoring to anyone in the program who needs it. Really.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Industry Connections.

In the music industry, education alone won't get you where you want to go. This is a business that lives and breathes by connections. Those connections aren't typically made in classrooms—they're made by spending time in the work places where the pros are hanging out. The Recording Connection puts you there, giving you the opportunity to make lots of real industry connections that can further your career once you graduate.

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