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The Recording ConnectionAudio Engineering School OaklandNot like any other school: We. Hit. Different.

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Amplify your life by breaking into your dream career in audio or music with our unique 1-on-1 mentorship programs. Available in-person or online.Get Started

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Why learn audio or music production from an instructor on a campus when you can learn from a pro in his or her Oakland studio?

On Location, Or Remote.

Not like any other school, this is Audio Education Updated, Reimagined, and Revitalized. Are You Ready to Take Your Place?

We hit different and here is why:

If you want to be a lawyer, a teacher, a pharmacist or some other nine to five job, you’ll need to go to school. But Recording Connection knows becoming an audio engineer or music producer isn’t like a “traditional” job. And we believe you can’t truly learn how to do it in a “traditional” classroom environment.

When you learn AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION IN OAKLAND with us, you’ll be placed in a one-on-one situation with a professional music producer, learning how they set up a studio, work with artists, and take command of the most up-to-date gear.

Being a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER means you don’t work traditional hours. You work when your clients are ready to work. That means late at night, on the weekends, even during a holiday. This allows our students the freedom to learn on their own time. They can still have a job, they can still have a family life, they can still have their own time.

That’s where we really separate ourselves from four-year universities and other institutes of higher learning. The amount of time it takes to complete our audio engineering and music production program is six to nine months. The cost? A mere fraction of what those university and trade schools are asking for in tuition.

Let’s face it – in the music industry, who you know matters almost as much as what you know. That’s why we feel working with an OAKLAND MUSIC PRODUCER in real-life situations is so much more beneficial than the piece of paper you get after four years at a college.

How are we different than other professional audio engineering schools?

We took that old stale classroom concept, rebuilt and upgraded it by putting your classroom in a professional recording studio.Then we emptied out all the other students and left only YOU and YOUR TEACHER (yay for one-on-one learning!) who happens to be a pro music producer (with killer credits) to train you privately (at your pace, full time, part time, nights or weekends available).

Your hands-on learn-by-doing experience starts here!

Close to Home or In Your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future as a Music Industry Professional

The success of M.C. Hammer, En Vogue, Too Short, and Digital Underground proved 30 years ago that you don’t need to be in the hip hop epicenters of L. A. or New York to make it big. It proves you don’t need to move a hundred miles, or thousands of miles, to learn how to make music. In fact, The OAKLAND RECORDING CONNECTION makes it so you don’t need to move at all. Even before Covid-19 shut down many institutes of education, we had been offering remote learning for decades. In addition to one-on-one learning with an industry professional inside a real-world recording studio, we also allow our students - and mentors - to remain safe during the pandemic via virtual learning. You’ll still work on the digital audio workstations the pros do, you’ll still get that personal time, and you’ll still learn how to be a professional. You’ll just be able to do it from an Oakland home, condo, or apartment. Don’t have a car? Learn remotely. No access to public transportation? Learn remotely. Family commitments keeping you close to home? Learn remotely. And when the opportunity comes for you to be in the studio with your mentor? We’ll save you a seat. Recording Connection makes sure that anyone who wants an audio engineering or music production education will have access to it - no matter where they live. What other OAKLAND AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOLS offer that?

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Music and Audio Engineering Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

Beyond making a solid foundation of music theory and technical expertise accessible, in much less time and for far less money than a four-year “name” university, the Oakland Recording Connection offers something most schools can’t. Opportunities. How many touring acts will you get the chance to work with in a classroom? How many professors still work with Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artists? How many times will you be able to sit in the studio and watch industry insiders do their jobs for hours at a time, showing you the tricks of the trade? That’s just another day in one of our programs. One thing you won’t be able to do is spend time on your phone on the studio couch. You’re there to work. To do the homework. To learn as much as you can in the six or nine-month time period. Our mentors don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a hobby. They spend it on a career. A career you could have - if you have the drive and determination. If you act responsibly. If you learn to anticipate what your clients need during a session. If you make yourself irreplaceable. Because that’s how you make a name for yourself in the music production industry. Our students have been hired by their mentors and still more have gone on to open their own shops. But they put in the time, the effort, the blood, and the sweat to make that happen for themselves. We’ll give you the foundation, but we can’t guarantee a career. That’s up to you. Learn the industry from the inside, build a brand, and produce your portfolio - it’s all part of what we offer. A university may have name recognition, but after four years, all they offer is a degree. With us, you could already have three years of experience in audio production or as a live sound engineer. What makes more sense?

Audio and Music Programs Available Learn from an Industry Professional in a Real Recording Studio.

Ableton Electronic Music Production

24-Week and 36-Week Programs Available

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. In the Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production program, learn how to elevate your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision-makers at major EDM labels.

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Hip Hop & Beat Making

24 Weeks

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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. Learn what separates the real-deals from the wannabes.

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Logic Pro Electronic Music Production

20 Weeks

Learn Logic Pro as you extern under a professional electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio in our Recording Connection for Logic Pro Electronic Music Production program. 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.

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Music Producing

20 Weeks

Looking to build a career as a music producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups that can help you get started at producing today’s music. In our Recording Connection for Music Producing program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

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Audio Engineering & Music Production

20 Weeks

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, extern with a professional audio engineer in the studio, learn in the trenches and on-the-job. Take your dreams to the professional level in our Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

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Here's what Former Oakland Students have to Say About Recording Connection

This program is a really good way to get your feet wet in the recording industry. You'll get firsthand experience in the studio one on one with your mentor. I was worried after Covid-19 hit that I would be out of luck getting a hands on education, but The Recording Connection made the transition as seamless as possible in continuing my education; I got to spend a lot of time in online sessions with my Mentor Dave and am now getting pretty familiar with Pro Tools because of it. To top it all off, I get to go back to the studio and make up for lost time due to Covid-19 even after my completion date, so it's kind of like I'm getting more than was originally promised. Shout out to Samuel Zulfer, my academic facilitator, with whom I also go to spend a lot of time in online sessions whenever I wasn't working directly with my mentor. He's is a real wizard with EQ and brought me to plenty of "ah-ha" moments when producing/mixing songs. Cheers to everyone involved with making this program available. I'm already looking forward to starting my Advanced courses.

Kyle Cecil in Pleasanton, California

I completed the 9-month Abelton program. I appreciated that I got to work with two awesome human beings. Sam (my facilitator) and Lucas (my mentor). They both have different styles of production and so much insight. Experiencing the different styles gave me a wider range of musical experiences to learn from.

Dominique Percy in San Jose, California

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6171 Hillmont Drive
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 898-6400

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