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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 filmmaker at a fully-equipped film production company.

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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 (extern) with a professional audio engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on-the-job. Take your dreams 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 professional 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 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.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a professional 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.

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Learn in a recording studio in or near Portland.

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  • Riverton
  • Rosemont
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  • West End
  • Westbrook
  • South Portland
  • Scarborough
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About Our Audio School Alternative in Portland

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.

Meet our Mentors

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

Steve Sundholm Portland Engineer / Producer

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Steve Sundholm Portland Engineer / Producer

Background

Steve’s introduction to the audio world started shortly after he was born. Before he could walk, Steve’s father, Conrad Sundholm (founder of Sunn Amps and Biamp Electronics) handed him a soldering iron and put him to work in the family basement. (It was the 70’s, and child labor laws were not what they are these days…) After a 7-year tour of duty in the Los Angeles music scene, Steve has recently come back to his hometown of Portland, where he and his wife can raise their two sons close to family. Steve’s first “big break” in the music business came when he produced Grammy-Nominated artist Jim Brickman’s song “Hideaway”, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard AC Chart. Shortly after that, Steve was offered the Chief Engineer position at NightBird Studios (formerly The Studio at the Sunset Marquis Hotel). From hanging out listening to mixes with Green Day, to recording Carrie Underwood singing the National Anthem for the Super Bowl, NightBird provided Steve a rare opportunity to work alongside an incredible list of musical icons of all genres. Being blessed with the chance to observe and collaborate with so many incredibly talented producers and engineers gave Steve a chance to learn creative and technical workflow techniques from the biggest names in the business. The result is Steve’s unique approach to the record-making process. Fusing an analog sound with digital polish, Steve’s skills are in demand world-wide.

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Nuggets of truth: Recording Connection mentor Steve Sundholm on the illusion of fame, keys to breaking into the industry, and the “Portlandia” vibe

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Artists

Dr. Luke
Teddy Riley
Carrie Underwood
Ryan Tedder (One Republic)
Chris Daughtry
Madonna
Joe Perry
Jet
Buckcherry
Dann Huff
Mark Bright
Randy Jackson
Robbie Robertson
Mikal Blue
Ke$ha
‘Lil Wayne
Mack Maine
Green Day
Johnny K
Hall & Oates
Good Charlotte
Cee-Lo Green
Joe Bonamasa
Lady Antebellum
Kevin Rudolf

Shane Anderson Portland Producer

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Shane Anderson Portland Producer

Background

Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few. Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry. Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Unique Recording Studios

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

DJ Axenzo Portland Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo Portland Live DJ

Background

Axenzo had recently graduated San Diego State University with a degree in mechanical engineering when he found that having achieved a major life goal, namely getting a degree to make his parents happy, had quite an interesting effect on him. Now that he’d achieved that, what else was possible? What could he achieve if he pursued something he was downright passionate about—music. While an engineering student, Axenzo had tried to double in music but the classes weren’t stimulating and were “very theoretical” with nothing practical or new to offer. Brewing at the back of his mind for years been the idea of learning how to produce EDM. While it wasn’t a choice his mother would consider practical, to him it was the natural conclusion. Axenzo was an active EDM explorer who attended shows regularly, a lifelong musician who played guitar and piano, and even wrote melodies on a whim. Music was just the thing going on in his mind. After completing his college degree with high marks, Axenzo spent a number of months training with a professional EDM music mentor who taught him Pro Tools and Logic with direct, one-on-one lessons. Although he already knew how to play a couple instruments he’d never set his hands on a DAW. Nevertheless he excelled fast, and consistently challenged himself while getting hands-on training and tips from his music mentor, a longtime engineer and EDM producer himself. During his time in the program Axenzo was able to create his own EDM songs, first starting on MIDI, then composing from within a digital environment. Crossing the bridge from having to play and record, to creating digitally “opened a door” for the EDM creator and DJ. In the two years since graduating the program, Axenzo has built a promising career in EDM as a DJ who has opened for Bob Sinclar, Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, Borgeous, Nicky Romero, among others. Nevertheless, for him DJing and especially composing new material as a producer is a never ending journey. The great unifier isn’t by genre or culture for the rising talent. Regularly dipping into multiple genres and researching far and wide, Axenzo is in quest of something singularly specific: “I’m trying to create something that every time people listen to my tracks they’ll know it’s me. That’s my focus right now. I’m working on it every day.” Now, the melodies and musical ideas Axenzo used to write on a whim are being put to use professionally as he divides his workdays between producing new material and performing at venues. He says, he’s even got a surefire way of capturing the music when it hits: “I open the recorder on my phone and just sing the melody to myself. Even if I’m in the shower, I’ll get out and record it.” Now versed in Ableton as well as Logic and Pro Tools, Axenzo is fluent in the various DAWS and he’s confident in his capacity to continually explore and grow as an artist. And as for future goals, he’s got a few: “I definitely would like to play in big festivals. Hopefully at Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and I would like to go worldwide. I’m working on it. I know there’s lots of competition, but I think nothing is impossible.” As for the time he spent as an apprentice in the program, Axenzo says, “It was an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful.” Axenzo currently performs weeklies at The Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Pool House and Sunset Vibes in San Diego, California. Request an Invitation

Artists

Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW

Kevin Sharpe Portland Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe Portland Producer / Engineer

Background

Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits. Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song. As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music! Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Graylyn “Gino” Claiborne gets hired by his mentor’s studio after graduating!Aver

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Artists

Critical Bill
My BedBugs
Coven
David Shelby
Avery Sharpe
Mazinga
Blue Snaggletooth
Tiles

Gregory Hainer Portland Post Production

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Gregory Hainer Portland 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 apprentices 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 Portland Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy Portland Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh 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, Josh “Igloo” Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G. The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. An Atlanta native, Josh recently answered the call to come out to Los Angeles and is now co-owner of Studio 1 Zero. His most recent success includes the work he’s done on JoJo’s critically-acclaimed album Mad Love, which includes three tracks recorded, produced, and co-written by the multifaceted music professional.

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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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Jeramy Roberts Portland Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts Portland Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeramy Roberts is an EDM producer, composer, DJ and Ableton educator located in Austin, Texas. As founder of the Electronic Musician’s Guild, his approach combines the creative and the pragmatic—an ethos that’s dedicated to helping his students get their music out into the digital marketplace and distributed on major platforms. Jeramy has sold his songs and records in dozens of countries around the world. He has broken the Top 100 spot in numerous international sales charts and even his former students have hit #2 in Amazon’s House Top 100 while training under his direction. A loyal lover of EDM and the great local EDM scene in Austin, Jeramy Roberts is serious about helping today’s most driven and committed newcomers create productive, rewarding careers in music.

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#IZCONNECTED 62 | Jeramy Roberts - How To Monetize Your EDM
Recording Connection mentor Jeramy Roberts talks about the new music industry and creating your own job within it

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Mehul Tolia Portland Mentor

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Mehul Tolia Portland Mentor

Misha Kachkachishvili Portland Engineer

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Misha Kachkachishvili Portland Engineer

Background

An established audio engineer/producer based in New Orleans, Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili is an industry veteran whose client list includes names like Solange Knowles, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Janelle Monae, Taj Mahal, T-Bone Burnett and many others. A few years ago, he purchased a historic church left decimated by Hurricane Katrina, chose to keep the church’s historic pipe organ donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and converted the space into what is now Esplanade Studios, the largest recording studio in Louisiana (and one of the most prestigious).

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A Day in the Life of Our Student
Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili on working with artists and finding opportunity

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Eric Clapton
Willie Nelson
Dr. John
David Crosby
Bonnie Raitt
Joe Jackson
Elvis Costello
Rickie Jones
Irma Thomas
Van Morrison
Mary J Blige
Common
Janelle Monae
Mary J Blige
Solange Knowles
Sean Combs
Young Jeezy
Lil Boosie
Ana Popovic
Metric
Kim Burrell
John Legend
Rebirth
Juvenile

Scott Lee Portland Studio Manager

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Scott Lee Portland Studio Manager

Background

In 1996, Scotty became Production Manager for the powerhouse production team, The Characters. It was during this time that Scott worked on numerous Platinum and Gold albums, including releases by SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, and Faith Evans. Scotty has been lending his expertise in Studio and Production Management at Engine Room Audio since 2006. Request an Invitation

Artists

Trey Songz
50 Cent
SWV
Johnny Gill
Tyrese
B2K
Brian McKnight
Petey Pablo
Faith Evans.

Mark Christensen Portland Mastering Engineer

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Mark Christensen Portland Mastering Engineer

Background

Head Mastering Engineer and owner of Engine Room Audio in New York city. Starting his music career as a guitar player in numerous garage bands, Mark was the owner of the first Tascam Portastudio 4 Track Cassette Recorder in Colorado. He has spent the ensuing thirty years staring at knobs and meters. Recent projects include Mastering for They Might Be Giants, Mr Probz, The Killers, 50cent, Trey Songz, Dr. Dre, and OK GO. Mark and Engine Room Audio have been the recipient of multiple Grammy awards, and have been lucky enough to have been involved with a pile of Gold and Platinum award winning records. In early 2012 Christensen mastered the first single off Trey Songz’ album Chapter V, titled “Heart Attack,” which was produced by Benny Blanco and Rico Love.Around that time he mastered a track for Pauly D on G-Note Records as well, and he worked with the Italian rap group Club Dogo in June 2012. Signed to Universal Music Group, the group’s members DJ Don Joe and engineer Andrea “db” Debernardi flew to New York to mix and master an album with Christensen. Their resulting single “Cattivi Esempi” reached #2 on the Italian music charts. Christensen’s other mastering projects in 2012 included the alt-rock band Weep’s album Alate and the Trey Songz album Chapter V, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Also that September, 50 Cent was in the studio with Christensen to master his single “New Day,” which features Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys. The song was mixed by Eminem before mastering. In 2013 Mark starting working with the artist “Mr Probz”, initially on his album “The Treatment” and the single “Waves” and new material including the single “Nothing Really Matters”. On 27 April 2014, Waves debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart after selling 127,000 copies in its first week. As of October 2014, it was the fourth-biggest selling single of 2014 in the UK, with sales of 758,000. The song also peaked at number one in Australia (currently 3x platinum), Austria (currently gold), Germany (currently 5x platinum), Italy (currently 3x platinum), Sweden (currently 5x platinum) and Switzerland (currently 1x platinum). In the United States, the remix reached number one on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart for the issue dated 16 August 2014 and is currently 1x Platinum. Engine Room Audio in 2014 continued to work on projects by both 50 Cent and Trey Songz, with Christensen mastering albums such as 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition. Other recent mastering projects include Collide by Boyz II Men and Game Changer by Johnny Gill. Christensen’s associated projects had been nominated for five Grammy Awards as of 2015, winning two of them. At that point Christensen had also worked on over 24 Billboard chart top ten hits, and around 25 of the releases had gone platinum or gold. Christensen is an official “mentor” at Recording Connection, a New York-based school for music recording. He also periodically chairs and moderates audio engineering panels at music industry events.

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Recording Connection mentor Mark Christensen
Engine Room Audio completes work on 50 Cent, Trey Songz albums!
From Newcastle, Australia to New York, New York, Darren Fewins Gets Going!
Mark Christensen of Engine Room Audio NYC talks Student Success rates with Brian Kraft

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Artists

They Might Be Giants
Mr.Probz
OK GO
The Killers
98 Degrees
Alicia Keys
Boyz II Men
Trey Songz
Tony Braxton
50 Cent
The Rooks
Blue Woods
Ryan Leslie
Talib Kweli
The Killers
Dr. Dre


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Recording Connection grad April Edwards produces Kentucky Rapper & Climbs the Charts!

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Steve Sundholm

Bio

Steve’s introduction to the audio world started shortly after he was born. Before he could walk, Steve’s father, Conrad Sundholm (founder of Sunn Amps and Biamp Electronics) handed him a soldering iron and put him to work in the family basement. (It was the 70’s, and child labor laws were not what they are these days…) After a 7-year tour of duty in the Los Angeles music scene, Steve has recently come back to his hometown of Portland, where he and his wife can raise their two sons close to family. Steve’s first “big break” in the music business came when he produced Grammy-Nominated artist Jim Brickman’s song “Hideaway”, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard AC Chart. Shortly after that, Steve was offered the Chief Engineer position at NightBird Studios (formerly The Studio at the Sunset Marquis Hotel). From hanging out listening to mixes with Green Day, to recording Carrie Underwood singing the National Anthem for the Super Bowl, NightBird provided Steve a rare opportunity to work alongside an incredible list of musical icons of all genres. Being blessed with the chance to observe and collaborate with so many incredibly talented producers and engineers gave Steve a chance to learn creative and technical workflow techniques from the biggest names in the business. The result is Steve’s unique approach to the record-making process. Fusing an analog sound with digital polish, Steve’s skills are in demand world-wide.

Credits

Dr. Luke
Teddy Riley
Carrie Underwood
Ryan Tedder (One Republic)
Chris Daughtry
Madonna
Joe Perry
Jet
Buckcherry
Dann Huff
Mark Bright
Randy Jackson
Robbie Robertson
Mikal Blue
Ke$ha
‘Lil Wayne
Mack Maine
Green Day
Johnny K
Hall & Oates
Good Charlotte
Cee-Lo Green
Joe Bonamasa
Lady Antebellum
Kevin Rudolf

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Nuggets of truth: Recording Connection mentor Steve Sundholm on the illusion of fame, keys to breaking into the industry, and the “Portlandia” vibe

Music Scene in Portland

Your PORTLAND, MAINE AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL

If you’re searching for places to study recording and audio engineering in Portland, Maine–your search stops here! We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only Portland audio engineering school that gets you hooked up as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual Portland recording studio, working with the pros while you learn your choice of music production, audio engineering, mixing, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (trip hop, techno, house, trance and more), club DJ and post production audio. There’s no better way to learn audio engineering than by apprenticing in one of Portland’s recording studios–and no better school than the RECORDING CONNECTION to get your foot in the door. Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go to an audio engineering trade school somewhere, when you can spend a fraction of that amount and go to audio engineering school in a real recording studio in Portland. Play it smart, get on the inside track, and get connected as you get educated in a real-world environment. Our audio recording school is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

To APPLY for our Portland Audio Engineering School, click here.

Located in southwestern Maine along Portland Harbor, the city of Portland, Maine serves as the state capital, hosting a population of around 64,000 people. Despite its relatively small size, Portland is a cultural hub for the region, hosting a popular Arts District and nurturing a solid music scene as well. Local and touring bands and artists regularly make appearances at numerous live music venues around the city, playing styles ranging from acoustic to hard rock. One of Portland’s premier venues is One Longfellow Square, which hosts major traveling acts from a wide range of genres. To accommodate the ongoing needs of the music community here, a number of quality recording studios make their home in Portland. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, Portland, Maine holds plenty of opportunity for you to learn.
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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 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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The Portland

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

1

We Can Train You Almost Anywhere.

The Recording Connection is proud to have locations in hundreds of cities and towns across the U.S., including Portland, Maine. We are also located in Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Wherever you happen to live, our audio school is located near you.

The other guys don't come close. 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

Your Classroom Is a Real Recording Studio.

While you’re enrolled in our program, you’ll be learning and working as an apprentice (extern) in a real studio. You’ll learning the ropes of the industry at a multi million dollar recording facility right here in Portland, Maine.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One.

In our program, you'll be paired with a highly regarded industry pro for one-on-one instruction in the recording arts. Our mentors are all producers or engineers who have been working within the industry for many years.

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

5

Our Mentors Have Lots Of Gold Records.

You’ll be impressed by the quality of mentors that we employ. We’re partners with the producers of Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre and many, many other famous acts. Gold and Platinum records are common.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

Job Placement Assistance.

You’ll be working in a recording studio, sure. But you’ll also be working towards getting a job. If you're not hired right out of school, we work with you for up to 12 months after graduation to help you become gainfully employed.

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

Recommended by Thousands of Pros.

We come highly recommended by industry professionals the world over. Within the industry, we are the audio school that is known for breaking people like you into the business.

You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

From Day One, You’re On the Inside.

You’ll be an insider from the get go. No banging on the doors trying to get noticed. You're already in the door. You just need to prove you deserve to stay there.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Free Tutoring.

While you’re enrolled as an apprentice (extern) in our program, you’ll be eligible for private tutoring.

Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Connections.

The best part of our program is that you’ll be making connections with people from all walks of the industry. You’ll be working and networking simultaneously. These connections are vital to your future in the industry, and you could never make them sitting in a classroom.

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