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The Paducah, Kentucky Recording Connection

If you thought there were no good recording schools in Paducah, Kentucky, take another look. We’re Recording Connection, the Paducah alternative to conventional recording school that gets you working as an audio student extern inside an actual Paducah recording studio, learning directly from the pros as you study your choice 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 club DJ. We believe there’s no better way in Paducah (or anywhere else) to get started in the recording industry than by externing in a Paducah recording studio. We’re the ones who can get your foot in the door.

You could spend 20-50 thousand dollars to go to a recording trade school somewhere, or you could go to our recording school alternative in a real recording studio in Paducah for considerably less. Play it smart, get on the inside track, and get connected while you get educated in the ways things are really done in the industry. Our recording school alternative is the no-frills, no-nonsense, cost efficient way to get a quality education in audio engineering and music production.

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Situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers in western Kentucky, the town of Paducah is home to about 25,000 people. Despite its small size and seemingly remote location, Paducah is actually home to a burgeoning music scene. Musical artists in a variety of genres play regularly in any of a number of live music venues and the city itself takes specific measures to encourage musical and artistic growth. Notable musicians with roots in the Paducah area include legendary saxophonist Boots Randolph, clarinet-player and Dixieland jazz bandleader Matty Matlock, and CCM singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, to name a few.

If you’re interested in a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, but prefer the small-town vibe to the craziness of the big city, Paducah offers a great alternative place to learn–and with the help of Recording Connection, one of Paducah’s recording studios can literally become your “classroom.”

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This is your first step to becoming a beat maker, DJ, rapper, electronic composer, audio engineer, or music producer. Call us for more information at (800) 755-7597

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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 School

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 Engineering School

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 School and Beat Making

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 Engineer School

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 School with Logic Pro

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.

Electronic Music Production School with Ableton

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 Production School

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 School

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.

DJ School


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 Audio School

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.

Audio Production Certification

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Our "Near Me" Paducah Campus Locations

Learn in a recording studio in or near Paducah.

  • Great Oaks
  • Springbrook
  • Littleville
  • Fairfield
  • Willow Lake
  • Coleman Place
  • Lower Town
  • Stinespring/Brookhaven
  • Lone Oak
  • Hendron
  • Massac
  • High Point
  • Reidland
  • West Paducah
  • Grahamville
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About Our Audio School Alternative in Paducah

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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Students & Mentors

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Recording Connection grad Isaac Wolfe Made VP of Legendary Hollywood Recording Studio!

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Mentor Rene Reyes on The Creative, Fluffy Land of Unicorns, Objectivity & What it Really Takes to Be a Professional Music Producer

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Recording Connection grad London Elixir Paves Her Own Path to Success

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

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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 programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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

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Kendrick Lamar

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

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-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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Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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We’ve Got Lots of Locations.

The Recording Connection is proud of the fact that we have locations throughout the U.S.A and beyond, in cities large and small. Even in Paducah, Kentucky.

Real world audio education in your location. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn on Pro Gear When You Attend the Recording Connection.

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

School's gear is often 2nd or 3rd generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Your "Classroom" Will Be the Recording Studio.

You’ll be learning and working in a real recording studio that's matched to meet your needs and interests.

Get paired with the right pro to teach you. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn One-on-One from a Professional.

You’ll be learning your craft of recording and engineering from a mentor who is a real music producer or audio engineer. You’ll have the opportunity of picking up these valuable skills during one-on-one sessions, observation, and simply being in the right environment.

Learn in a holistic manner, not apart but within.Advantage: Recording Connection.

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Many of Our Mentors even have Gold Records.

Our mentors are successful because they've done their time and made their living in the industry. Many of our mentors have won numerous awards: Grammys, Gold and Platinum records, Pensado Awards and more.

Learn from pros actively working and making their mark.Advantage: Recording Connection.


Career Services' Job Assistance Program.

Are you concerned about finding work after graduation? We have an employment assistance program that's highly committed to helping you draft a killer resume, give a winning interview, and find a job.

Ordinary schools often give grads a cold-call lead list they graduate. Not us. Career Services works with you.Advantage: Recording Connection.


The Alternative Audio School Recommended by Pros.

Our audio technician school alternative is respected in the industry and known by producers and engineers throughout the world. When pros are asked to recommend a school or program they often talk about Recording Connection.

The pros teach our students and recommend our programs because they work. Advantage: Recording Connection.


From Day One, You’re on the Inside.

No pounding on the doors, trying to get noticed. From day one, you’ll be on the inside. You’ll be a part of the team. If you're smart, you’ll be working tirelessly too. But we think you'll agree that getting in and getting known to the people in the studio is a major bonus.

The other guys (and gals) graduated on the outside, looking in. With us you're in on Day #1. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Yes, We Have Tutoring.

All Recording Connection students are offered tutoring via remote, one-on-one sessions with our Academic Facilitators. From assistance on understanding concepts, to help with the software, to getting that mix assignment finalized, we have knowledgeable tutors who act as your second mentor and are here to help.

Direct, high-quality tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

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Network and Make Connections.

We're all about giving you the opportunity to make your own success. We get you in place to make the connections, to spend the time, and acclimate to the enviroment so that you can build a solid foundation for yourself. It's up to you to make the most of it.

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

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Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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