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Music Scene in Orange County

Recording Connection is:
audio education upgraded for the 21st century
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Your ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA RECORDING SCHOOL

You have a choice among numerous audio engineering schools in the Orange County area, but the RECORDING CONNECTION can place you as a student audio extern in a real Orange County recording studio, where you will work directly with the pros as you learn the arts of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, drum and bass, techno, jungle and more), post production audio and DJing. If you want to break into the music industry as a producer or engineer, one of the best ways to do it is to extern in an Orange County recording studio. We’re the school that gets your foot in the door.

You don’t need to spend 50 thousand dollars or more to get your education; you can go to AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL in a real recording studio for far less. Play it smart–get on the inside track, and learn directly from the pros. Our music recording school offers one of the most effective and affordable ways to get a quality education in music production.

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Orange County, California, home to around 3 million people on its own, is part of the greater Los Angeles metro area, hosting a population of nearly 13 million people. Thus, not only does Orange County host its own active music scene and culture, but it is also part of the extremely active LA music scene, arguably the busiest music industry center on the planet. You’d be hard pressed to find a major label artist who has not recorded in LA-area recording studios, including some in Orange County. If you dream of becoming a music producer or audio engineer in the music industry, Orange County recording studios can offer a plethora of real-world opportunities for you to learn the ropes–and the RECORDING CONNECTION can connect you to those opportunities in ways no other audio school can.



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Certificate Programs

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.

Audio Engineering Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Extern under a professional audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry with the Recording Connection for Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production program.

Advanced Audio 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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. 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 externing under a touring audio engineer. Recording Connection for Live Music program is geared for those who want to get inside of the music industry and tour the world.

Live Sound Details

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.

Electronic Music Production Details

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.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

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 Production program, you’ll learn in private sessions with a professional producer who can show you the ins-and-outs of this dynamic career.

Music Producing Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. Learn the real ins-and-outs of music business from inside the industry in Recording Connection for Music Business program. Are you the next music mogul?

Music Business Details

The Recording Connection Live DJ program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. Want an insider’s perspective? Get the ultimate all-access pass to music-performance business knowhow. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Workshops

Learn Post Audio while externing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, the Recording Connection for Post Production for Film and TV workshop is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Collaborate with music producers and learn from some of the most qualified professionals in the industry like those 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. The Recording Connection Learn from Legends workshop is for graduates of the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program and is currently an invite-only workshop.

Learn from Legends Details

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified in Recording Connection’s Audio Certification workshop, 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.

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Recording Connection is:
audio education upgraded for the 21st century
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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 ordinary audio schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry professional at a fully-equipped recording studio.

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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Affordable Music Producing School Tuition
$12,200 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
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About Our Audio School Alternative in Orange County

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, and Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

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Meet our Mentors

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

Gregory Hainer Orange County Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Orange County Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection externs and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Josh Monroy Orange County Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Orange County Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh “Igloo” Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G.

Monroy is looking for the same kind of commitment from his externs. Whether it’s during the Recording Connection for Audio Engineering & Music Production program or using Ableton to lay down hip hop or electronic music tracks, Monroy is looking for inspiration, originality, and dedication.

“I do two-hour drills with my externs where they have two hours to make a track, and there has to be a full-on song, or music bed for a song anyway,” Monroy said. “That means intro, verse, chorus, the whole nine yards, Not just an 8-bar loop that’s looped over and over again for three minutes. I don’t want to hear that.”

The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. The ability to work with a wide range of acts – and create something extraordinary – is what makes someone a sought-after studio engineer.

“They walk in the room and there’s no expectation, and then they leave six to eight hours later, and there’s this whole freaking song made, and it’s special,” Monroy said. “It’s about them and it’s encompassing their influences and what they love. It’s not just this generic track…That’s what I show my externs, is how to get inside someone’s head in a short period of time [and] use your time wisely so that the artist walks away satisfied.”

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RC mentor Josh Monroy Talks How He Got Hired by Ludacris and Doing JoJo’s “Mad Love”

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Artists

IGLOO began his career in Atlanta GA as an engineer
where he worked with Elton John
Shinedown
and eventually met Ludacris. He soon took over as head engineer of The LudaPlex
Ludacris' private production studio in Atlanta
where he continued to earn many platinum and gold certified records such as Justin Bieber's "Baby"
as well as a Grammy for Rap Album of the Year with Ludacris himself. He signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and relocated to LA since 2010. His recent hit song with Walla - "101" has 30 million streams on Spotify alone
and has been featured on NFL Sunday Night Football
Apple Support hold music
and Starbuck's own Spotify playlist. He produced the title track of JoJo's 2016 Mad Love on Atlantic Records
which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200. He's had music featured on ABC's hit TV series Black Box
JC Penny's
Arizona Jeans
The Simpson's
Acura
and Harley Davidson. He's currently developing new projects for release in 2018 and is on the lookout for new and interesting artists.

Asaf Fulks Orange County Producer

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Asaf Fulks Orange County 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. [^]

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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

Josquin Des Pres Orange County Producer, Composer

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Josquin Des Pres Orange County Producer, Composer

Background

Led by producer-songwriter Josquin des Pres, the Track Star Studios team is comprised of some of the best studio musicians and vocalists in the industry. Over the years, Josquin has earned the respect of his peers in various areas of the music industry. His credits include multiple songwriting collaborations with Bernie Taupin (of Elton John fame), as well as hundreds of song placements in film, TV and publishing. His production credits surpass 150 albums and CDs for various major and indie labels.

Articles

RC mentor Josquin Des Pres Hires from Within
Recording Connection mentor/music industry veteran Josquin des Pres chats about his musical journey and why he loves to hire his apprentices
Josquin Des Pres: Recording Connection Prepares You for the Real World

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Artists

Slightly Stoopid
Jack Johnson
Tech N9ne
The Gipsy Kings
Carly Smithson
and Ricky Skaggs
Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist)
TV Networks (Catfish
The Seven
When I Was Seventeen
Cribs
Pimp My Ride
Teen Mom
True Life
10 on Top etc.) Warner Bros
CBS
Viacom
VH1
ABC
BET
CNN
NBC
HGTV
TBS
OWN
Bravo
Food Network
Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
History Channel
Travel Channel
KPBS
TLC
CW Network
Time Warner
Universal Music
EMI
Sony
Ellen DeGeneres
Tyra Banks
George Lopez Show
Anderson Cooper
TMZ
Extra
American Chopper
Pawn Stars
Deadliest Catch etc. MasterSource
PremiumBeat
Big Fish Audio

Scarlet War Orange County Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

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Scarlet War Orange County Producer / Songwriter / Rapper

Background

Scarlet War is a rapper, music producer, song writer, and actor. Along with being the president of NxtUp Media, Scarlet War teamed up with business partner Jay Sangz to form Sky9 Productions and the two have been hard at work crafting sounds for some of the industries hottest talent. Scarlet War has been featured in numerous magazines & publications and his current record “Twerkin It” is being played across the country on such stations as 103.3 FM WGIV Charlotte, 99.5 FM Milwaukee, 91.3 FM KPVU Houston, K-100 Radio Atlanta, 94.3 FM & 102.5 FM KDUC High Desert, CA and also has his a video “Bet Big Win Big” being featured in Shiekh Shoe Stores Nation Wide.

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Artists

Monster Headphones
TyDolla$ign
Jordan Newt
Jay Sangz

Bill Davidow Orange County Engineer / Producer

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Bill Davidow Orange County Engineer / Producer

Background

Producer/engineer Bill Davidow owns and runs Virlouise Recording in Anaheim, CA. His client list includes names like Israel Houghton, Darren Vegas, Johnny Come Lately, I Am Ghost, Guy Fieri to name a few.
And he’s been mentoring our students for nearly a decade.

The reason? He says he wants to give back and help the next generation of audio professionals but there’s also an ulterior motive at play. Nearly all of the Virlouise’s engineers and studio assistants came through the program. Bills says, “I’m going to hire the guys that I train from the Recording Connection. I’ll just use one of my externs if I’m going to hire someone because I trained them.”

Why? The curriculum is practical, the training is practical, and RC grads are already accustomed to being in a professional environment. Turns out, getting a real world understanding of the craft pays off (duh). Bill recalls trying to hire people coming out of other programs:

“I had a kid come in from Full Sail. He did the four-year plan at Full Sail. He does the L.A. Recording Academy, another $18,000 or whatever. [He] pops into my studio. I point in the corner and say, ‘what’s that stuff in the corner?’ He doesn’t understand what a UPS is.”

Ask Bill about the students who succeed and he’ll tell you, they’re proactive and are really into the program. They “took the initiative and learned the stuff.” Two successes are Recording Connection Nick Becker who’s currently finishing the Master’s program and is gearing up for a job at a solid production house. Coby Thompson, a recent grad, has a paid gig mixing a rock band.

So is learning the gear and technology all it’s about? Not really. It’s about getting a well-rounded skillset that serves you well in the studio and the world. “Sometimes people have a lot of skill on the audio engineering and producing side but don’t have good people skills and don’t know how to make connections. Sometimes they have the opposite.”

No matter where you’re at today, the best externs remain confident and aim high. Speaking of the inner strength it takes to build a career in music, Bill quotes his friend Harriet Schock, the Grammy nominated singer: “‘If you’re trying to hit the ceiling, you probably won’t, but if you shoot for the moon you’ll hit the ceiling.’ And hitting the ceiling in the music industry is making a living out of music. So people have to be confident and believe in themselves.”

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Michael Vail Blum Orange County Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Michael Vail Blum Orange County Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Early on in his career, Michael teamed with Pat Leonard, where he used his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and his lifelong study of music to design more than sixty recording.html studios, including Johnny Yuma recording.html. During this time Michael engineered several Madonna LPs, including “Like A Prayer” (Triple Platinum) and “Who’s That Girl” (Platinum). He also had the opportunity to work with such superstar talent as Pink Floyd, Bryan Ferry, Kenny Loggins, Julian Lennon, Meredith Brooks, Peter Cetera, and Jody Watley, among others.

Michael’s shift to producer was a natural outgrowth of his overall goal. “My aim is to support the artist’s musical vision, draw the best performances out and help them focus creatively,” says Michael. Pursuing this goal has led to successful creative teaming with such innovative artists as The New Radicals (MCA), Suicidal Tendencies (Epic), 3T (MJJ/550Music), Goo Goo Dolls (Warner Bros.) Brownstone (MJJ/550 Music), Spectacle (Supreme/Island), Morman Brown (Warner Bros.) Redd Kross (Atlantic), Infectious Grooves (550 Music), Tura Satana (Formerly Manhole – Modern Music), Low Pop Suicide (World Domination), and The Young Dubliners (Scotti Bros.). Michael also produced a Gold Album for Portugal’s recording.html artist Blind Zero (EMI/Valentim De Carvalho).

Lately Michael’s passion for developing promising new artists has taken him from St. Louis, where he produced indie band The Urge (since signed to Immortal/Epic), to San Diego, where he produced Steve Poltz (co-writer of “You Were Meant For Me” recorded by Jewel and since signed to Mercury), and back to his own Titan Recording Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA, where Michael has completed a project for new vocal artist, Anastacia (signed to Epic/Sony as the newest protege of Tommy Matola). Anastacia recently reached Multi-Platinum status in Europe. Most recently, Michael discovered, recorded and produced Kelly Clarkson before she went on to become the winner of the first “American Idol”. In the quest to make great records, identifying and developing new talent will continue to be at the head of Michael’s personal “Top 10”.

Articles

Michael Vail Blum on Working with Artists and What He Looks for in Apprentices

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Artists

Joan Baez
Pieces of a Dream
Rebbie Jackson
Suicidal Tendencies
James Hood
Fred Schneider
Low Pop Suicide
Darren Housholder
Gerald Albright
Norman Brown
Alphonse Mouzon
H.E.A.T.
Japanther
AJ Croce
Jimmy Demers
Nicole Gordon
Led Zepagain
Norman Brown
Roger Daltrey

Doug Boulware Orange County Producer

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Doug Boulware Orange County Producer

Background

After working in some of the biggest studios in Los Angeles, under some of the biggest names in music, Doug Boulware partnered with visionary Jason Ries to bring you The Abstract LA. Doug’s start in music began as a child vocalist in music theater. His influences range from the big band and jazz present in the household to Motown and oldies his mother insisted on! Doug’s obsession for music took a more contemporary turn in his formidable years in the early electronic music scene in LA. Doug has been an underground house music DJ since the 90’s which led to him to his true passion, music production and songwriting. The Abstract LA represents the culmination of a lifelong dream based of a lifelong love of music!

Articles

Recording Connection Mentor Doug Boulware Opens his Own Studio
Recording Connection mentor Doug Boulware: What it Means to Hustle

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Artists

Portugal. The Man
Trinidad James
Atlantic Records
Kendrick Lamaer
A$AP Rocky
TLC
Tboz
Levenbirds
Lazy Ass Specialist
Burgundy Skies
Dej Loaf
Discovery Channel
Scoop DeVille
Huntr
Kenny O'Brien
Frank Ocean
Two Cheers
LL Cool J
Nicki Minaj
Danger Mouse

Omer Saar Orange County Engineer / Producer / DJ

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Omer Saar Orange County Engineer / Producer / DJ

Background

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to build a studio that attracted and ignited great musicians. A place that offered a Sound & Vibe that couldn’t be found anywhere else and would become responsible for exceptional music and memories.

I started DJ’ing in 1995, shortly after moving to Detroit metro from Orange County, CA. A young skateboard and snowboard punk-rocker that fell in love with hip-hop in a graffiti filled basement in Novi, MI and in the streets of Detroit, Chicago, New York and Philly.

I started making beats in the late 90’s on Pro Tools with my partner in crime, Bill. Before we understood sampling, we used to download one note of an instrument at a time from Limewire, pitch-shift it up and down and write melodies. Considering my love affair with vinyl was already deep in the sheets, getting into sampling records opened me to music I had never explored before. Until today, vinyl is my main gateway to musical education, inspiration and sensation. For the next 7+ years I made beats, collaborated with artists I admired and even managed to put out a single project, THE GREEN ALBUM.

After a few year hiatus, I was introduced to a friend with whom I started producing music with live musicians. Since then, I am more interested in working with the human element and brilliance of great musicians than anything else.

Now, after virtually a lifetime of living and loving music, I am proud to bring all my knowledge, skills, experiences, resources and relationships together in the name of a dream.

So, I cashed out my life savings and went all in. Sound & Vibe Recording Studio is the dream. The music, people and memories being made here already have been a direct reflection of the dream and I’m overwhelmed by the people and opportunities that present themselves virtually every day.

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Artists

Method Man
Mos Def

Zack Phillips Orange County Mentor

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Zack Phillips Orange County Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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Donny Baker Orange County Mentor

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Donny Baker Orange County Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Donny Baker, Studio Manager and Lead Tech at ES Studios in Burbank, is able to summarize his job as the Recording Connection Burbank, CA, mentor in a single sentence:

“We help with the weaknesses and push towards the strengths.”

It’s a simple concept, but takes a lot of work to see through to the end. Baker has spent most of his adult life in the music business, touring as an engineer for nearly 13 years before finding a home in the studio.

Baker has been with ES Studios since 2003, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recording Connection program. He believes in the proven time-tested approach of learning hands-on within the studio environment. Sure there are books (an eBook, actually), quizzes, exercises, and tests. Oftentimes though, Baker likes to start with the student, see where their curiosity is leading them.

Sometimes Baker just wants to see what the student has to offer.

“It’s a guideline,” Baker said of the Burbank audio engineering Recording Connection course. “It’s used as a way to get from point A to Point Z. We can take a student who knows nothing about recording or doesn’t know much about computers and we can make that person an engineer.”

The one-on-one mentoring, the hanging out and talking, and the personal attention Baker gives to his students are why he has been such a successful mentor for us. He finds out where the student wants to go and he guides the program in that direction.

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Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection externs and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

Credits

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

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RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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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-extern 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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Contact the Recording Connection

Orangethorpe Ave, Unit O
Anaheim, CA 92028

(657) 208-2420

2800 S Main Street Ste I
Santa Ana, CA 92707

(657) 229-4940


Email: [email protected]

Orange County

Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools is an Audio School Alternative

1

Hundreds of Locations Worldwide.

We’ve got locations everywhere, throughout the U.S. the U.K., Canada and Australia. Almost anywhere you want to go to school, we can make it happen. Orange County is one of our busiest locations. The Recording Connection would love to help you advance your career through higher training in the audio engineering arts.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.

2

Learn on the Latest Gear When You Attend the Recording Connection.

Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means you’ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.

Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.

3

Go To Class In a Real Recording Studio.

You’ll be learning in a real recording studio, not in a stale classroom. You’ll be apprenticing on-the-job, learning in a real-world environment everything there is to know about the business and the industry that you’re entering.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One.

You’ll be instructed by a mentor, one-on-one in a real recording studio. Ask anyone who works in this business, and they'll tell you this is one of the best ways to learn.

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

5

Our Mentors Are Top Industry Pros.

Our mentors are successful. It’s not bragging. They are. They work with famous people, and they’ve made important things. It's common for our mentors to have Gold and Platinum records hanging on their walls. If you’re into anyone from 50 Cent to Lady Gaga to My Chemical Romance, you’ll be impressed with the artists our mentors have worked with.

Learn from true industry professionals with real accolades. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance Program.

We offer 12 months of active job placement to anyone who doesn't get immediately hired after attending our school.

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

7

Industry Pros Recommend Us.

We’re awesome. Lots of industry pros know it. And that’s why lots of pros talk about us and recommend us. It really is that simple.

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

8

From the Jump, You’re On the Inside.

From the initial seconds of being inside a real recording studio, you’re going to sense a shift. You’ll be on the inside. You won’t have to worry about how you’re going to break in. You’re just going to be working to prove yourself. You’ll be awesome, don’t worry.

You're on the inside from day one. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

No Cost Tutoring.

Are you worried about our course work? Don’t be. We have tutoring. It’s unlimited and cost.

Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections, Connections, Connections.

Connections are everything in this business. Connections can mean the difference between going hungry and being successful. You’ll be working in a real studio and making lots of industry connections. That’s the dream, isn’t it?

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

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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