The Recording Connection
Externship Portland

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 Portland studio?

ON LOCATION, OR REMOTE

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

We hit different and here is why:

Although the unofficial slogan of the city is “Keep Portland Weird,” there’s nothing odd about the love of music they have in the Rose City. There are some truly legendary venues in the largest city in Oregon State, as well as some lesser-known, more intimate locales. As one of the main stopping points for touring acts along the West Coast, there is also a wide range of PORTLAND AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOLS.

But what better way to learn your way around a sound console, digital audio workstation, and sound room than inside a real-world, fully operational recording studio? That’s what the PORTLAND RECORDING CONNECTION is all about. There may be a time and place for classroom learning in more traditional industries, but the music business isn’t what you’d call traditional.

Instead of instructors looking to get tenure, we’ll place you with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER looking to make local, regional, and national acts sound that much better. Instead of vying for facetime with that instructor, you’ll get one-on-one attention from your mentor. Instead of waiting your turn to get your hands on whatever gear a four-year university or trade school has, Recording Connection mentors have actual industry standard gear and they use it to capture and make great sounding music, day-in, day-out.

But we’re not done flipping the script on what a traditional education looks like. Instead of forcing you to follow a standard schedule, Recording Connection’s Academic Facilitators and mentors work with you to set a routine that works with your life. We understand that you may have job or family commitments that make attendance during the day a little more difficult.

Lucky for you, the music industry doesn’t run on a traditional timetable. Nor does it run on prerequisites, GPAs, and or a set amount of education academics think you need. Our mentors work to expand on the knowledge you have, improve the skills you lack, and show you what it takes to make a career in the music industry your living reality.

And we won’t force you into a six-figure financial hole or make you commit to four years either. Our programs cost a fraction of traditional “name” universities and take anywhere from six to nine months to complete.

Like was said at the top, Portland is anything but “standard” or “traditional.” Maybe that’s why we feel Recording Connection is such a great fit in Rip City.



How are we different than other music programs and music colleges?

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 Unlocking Your Future as a Music Legend

With Recording Connection mentors located in Portland, there’s no need for you to uproot your life and head up to Seattle or down to Los Angeles. And with plenty of up-and-coming talent, as well as touring regional and national acts, there’s never a shortage of clients looking to clean up a track or begin working on something new.

But as 2020 showed us, it’s not always possible to head down to the studio at the last second to meet with your mentor. Or the gym, the movie theater, or live music venue. And while many educational institutions were left scratching their heads when it came to giving students access, Recording Connection was well-positioned to keep the music flowing.

During the past couple of decades, we introduced and perfected remote learning for hopeful audio engineers and music producers. By establishing a curriculum that could be followed alongside your mentor as well as from home, the Covid-19 lockdown did little to restrict student access.

Even when there isn’t a pandemic forcing self-quarantines or social distancing, our remote learning means you aren’t limited to Portland mentors. With more than 250 locations around the United States and Canada, learning from a mentor that speaks to your soul through his or her work is only limited by the power, storage space, and speed of your computer and the reliability of your wifi.

Does a Career as a Music Business Professional Sound Too Good To Be True?  
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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.

Amplified Music Programs


Work with the Stars and Amplify



With the Portland Recording Connection, there’s no waiting for your questions to be answered, no need to figure out how to pay $100,000 (or more!), and no musical experience is required. While there are music producers out there who seem to be born with genius and the stars properly aligned, most of those in the industry grind their way to a career - and continue to do so client by client, and track by track.

They build their success by going out and making connections, networking with potential clients, and working their behinds off while in the studio. With the Recording Connection, you’ll still have to put in lots of work. But we’ll take care of one key component: Opportunity.

We give you the opportunity to work side-by-side with an industry insider. They give you the opportunity to work with established clients on the latest and greatest gear. And when the time is right, you’ll get the opportunity to work with clients and start building your brand and your portfolio.

By taking advantage of these opportunities, you’ll be in a perfect position to begin to bring in clients of your own as well as impress your mentor and other audio engineers, producers and artists in that environment. Every minute you spend in our PORTLAND RECORDING STUDIO is a time when an opportunity could come knocking.

How will you answer? We can’t guarantee there will be a job waiting for you at the end of the program. Guarantees are hard to come by in the music business. But our most successful graduates, the ones that make themselves indispensable, have gone on to work with their mentors in a professional capacity, have been hired by other studios, and even been taken on the road in the middle of their programs!

What makes more sense to you? Spending time and money at a four-year university only to be handed a diploma and firm handshake? Or spending less than a year building a resume, industry experience, a portfolio, and a fat list of potential clients? We can’t guarantee a job, but your hard work, determination, and making the most of your opportunities can go a long way towards helping you cash that first check.

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Portland 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 Education 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
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2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
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Online, Interactive Curriculum
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Meaningful Industry Connections
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Hands-on Learning in a Recording Studio (Not a College Classroom)
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A Recipe for
Success!

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

A Recipe for
Success!

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 Portland
Recording Connection Advisor Team

Portland Audio Externship Location

1001 SW 5th Ave Suite 1100 No. 973
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 388-4980

Portland Audio Externship Location

2718 SW Kelly Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

(503) 575-7703

Portland Audio Externship Location

6200 Southwest Virginia Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

(971) 288-1690


Email: [email protected]


Hours: Mo-Sa 09:00 - 18:00

This institution is not authorized to enroll Oregon students.