The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School Pittsburgh

Not like any other school:
We. Hit. Different.
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.

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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 Pittsburgh studio?


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:

You’ve spent time on the weekends with your buddies, writing, playing, and trying to record your music. And you’re good. If you’ve made the decision to make a real run in the music industry, there are a few tracks you can take with you. Continue to spend time a few hours a week, reading online tutorials or watching YouTube videos, and grow your skillset slowly over time.

Or you can turn to the professionals. There are several PITTSBURGH AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOLS to choose from, as well as “name” universities you move across the country to attend. You can spend years at these schools, spend six figures, and follow their rules.

In the end, you’ll have a piece of paper that says you spent four years in a classroom. Or you can enroll in the PITTSBURGH RECORDING CONNECTION programs. Your instructor is a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER, your facility is a PROFESSIONAL RECORDING STUDIO, and your curriculum is based on how the music business operates today, not a decade ago.

Instead of vying for your teacher’s attention, you’ll be placed in a real-world studio working one-on-one with your mentor. Get answers to your questions when you ask them, work with our Academics Facilitator to set a schedule (you do have a life outside of school, right?), and learn in accord with a curriculum that matches your needs.

You’ll be working in a pro recording studio, with the latest gear, and with actual clients. Fresh new local bands, established regional acts, and maybe even the occasional artist that’s known the world around. But this isn’t the time to get autographs. This is the time to work.

When you make the decision to enroll in the Recording Connection Audio Engineering & Music Production Program, you need to make a real commitment. The efforts you put in for the next six to nine months will go a long way to deciding whether or not you’ll have a job waiting for you.

After four years at a traditional 4-year university, you’ll get a firm handshake, a GPA, and a diploma. With Recording Connection, you could have three years of professional music-making experience (that means you’ll be getting paid) in that same amount of time. The decision is yours, but we happen to think it’s a pretty easy decision.

How are we different than other music 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!

Endorsed By

Tim Palmer   (U2, Ozzy, The Cure)  
Warren G.   (Legendary Rapper)  
Hans Zimmer   (The Lion King, Inception)  
Ryan Hewitt   (Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers)  
Adam Moseley   (Rush, Wolfmother)  
Common   (Legendary Hip Hop Artist)  
F. Reid Shippen   (Newsboys, Toby Keith)  
Warren Huart   (The Fray, Disturbed)  
Steve Catizone   (U2, Justin Bieber)  
Joey Heier   (B.o.B., Christina Aguilera)  
XLNT Sound   (Timbaland, Borgore)  
Ricky Rich   (Travis Scott, Kevin Gates)  
Ira Parker   (Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross)  
Kevin McCloskey   (DaBaby, Dreamville)  
Donny Baker   (Madonna, Aerosmith)  
Billy Flores   (Eminem, Black Eyed Peas)  
Mark Christensen   (50 Cent, Trey Songz)  
Steve Sundholm   (Lil' Wayne, Ke$ha)  
Rick Rooney   (Diana Ross, Joe Cocker)  
Mike Johnson   (Justin Timberlake, John Legend)  
Yudu Gray, Jr.   (Talib Kweli, Ginuwine)  
Jesse O' Brien   (Matisyahu, Mumford & Sons)  
Zack Phillips   (The Game, Jessie Ware)  
Ryan Greene   (Megadeth, NOFX)  
Dave Pensado   (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé)  
Larry King   (Legendary Broadcaster)  

Close to Home Or in your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future in the Music Recording Industry

As the second-largest city in Pennsylvania, the city offers those in the Keystone State an option other than Philadelphia when looking for AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOLS. With more than 250 locations throughout the U.S., chances are, Recording Connection has a studio near you.

But no matter how close we are to your front door, sometimes world events make it feel like we’re millions of miles apart. As 2020 proved, we may not always be as mobile as we’d like to be. Self quarantines and social distancing limited or shut down many institutions of higher learning. But not Recording Connection.

And although we didn’t plan for a pandemic specifically, we did want to make our particular educational system as accessible as we could. For decades we’ve been offering remote learning, allowing our students to work with mentors no matter how many miles of separation there are between them.

All you need is a fast enough computer with enough storage space and a reliable internet connection. In the studio or in your home, you’ll receive the same one-on-one attention from your mentor that Recording Connection specializes in. Why move hundreds—or even thousands—of miles away if you don’t have to?

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We have a high job placement rate.


Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:


REAL Film Production Companies

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios


Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Recording Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

We're here to help.

We have a
high job placement rate.

Find Out Why

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.


REAL Film Production Companies

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Recording Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 755-7597

We're here to help.

Audio and Music Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

We’ve told you how you can save time and money by enrolling with the PITTSBURGH RECORDING CONNECTION. How you’ll work side-by-side with an industry insider, learn to move around a real-world studio, and interact with paying clients. All of which can be boiled down to a single word.


From the moment you meet your mentor, you’ll be receiving opportunities just not available in a traditional educational setting. Think about it: will a college professor have a job for you after four years? You don’t want to work at a university, you want to be making money in a recording studio!

But if you make yourself irreplaceable during the time with your mentor, how can they let you get away. What does irreplaceable look like? Showing up on time, acting responsibly, working on your skills outside of the studio. It means not only learning how to use a digital audio workstation but putting what you learn into practice.

It means knowing when to make suggestions and when to hang back and let the magic happen. How to work with “the talent,” no matter what kind of music they play. How to prepare yourself for a session, how to set up the mics, and how to bring in your own clients to work.

If you can make the studio money, your mentors will see the potential opportunities you provide. Consider your Recording Connection education a months-long interview, with your mentor, other audio engineers and music producers, and every artist you work with.

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Pittsburgh Music 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

Elevated Audio Production and Music 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 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

Our Approach to Education

We are not like other audio or trade schools. We don’t waste your time in classrooms. This is the world of audio. Everything you need to know should be taught in the real world. We are unique, bold, out-of-the-box thinkers; and after over 3 decades service — we have the formula that works:

Private Mentor in Professional Recording Studio
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
Online, Interactive Curriculum
Meaningful Industry Connections
Hands-on Learning in a Recording Studio (Not a College Classroom)

A Recipe for

Private Mentor in Professional Recording Studio
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
Online, Interactive Curriculum
Meaningful Industry Connections
Hands-on Learning in a Recording Studio (Not a College Classroom)

A Recipe for

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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Still not sure which audio school is right for you? We ask you to check us out in person or over Zoom before you decide. We will arm you with the facts so as you can make the right decision. Given that our interviews are at no charge, you can’t afford not to talk to us.

Real studio education. Real studio connections.

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Contact the Pittsburgh
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Pittsburgh Recording Connection Audio Institute

3312 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15239

(412) 837-9970

Email: [email protected]

Our "Near Me" Pittsburgh Campus Locations
Learn in a Recording Studio in or Near Pittsburgh.

  • Regent Square
  • Highland Park
  • Mexican War Streets
  • North Shore
  • Mount Washington
  • Troy Hill
  • East End
  • Virginia Manor
  • Bloomfield
  • Manchester
  • Chartiers
  • Saint Clair
  • Brookline
  • Morningside
  • Shadyside
  • Squirrel Hill North
  • Wilkinsburg
  • Ross Township
  • Carnegie
  • Whitehall

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