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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 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill studio?

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The Raleigh, North Carolina Recording School Alternative

Looking for a great recording school alternative in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area? Look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION, the only recording school alternative that gets you inside an actual Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill recording studio, where you can work as an audio student extern and learn audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (trance, trip hop, house music, acid house, and more), club DJ and even post production audio. In the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina, there’s a commonsense way to launch a career in audio by externing in one of the area recording studios–and the RECORDING CONNECTION is the recording school alternative to help make it happen.

You do not have to 20-50 thousand dollars to go to recording school at a college or conventional trade school, when for a fraction of that amount you can go to our recording school alternative in a real recording studio. Make the smart choice–learn directly from the pros in a real-world environment. Our recording school alternative is the smart, cost efficient and time-effective way to learn audio engineering and music production.

If you’re in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, TO APPLY for our recording school alternative, click here.

Located in central North Carolina, the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill collectively form the area known as “The Triangle,” a metro area of nearly two million people, anchored not only by the cities themselves, but also by three major universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These and other area schools serve to fuel an active music scene, with bands playing in numerous live venues throughout The Triangle. This area has been a particularly notable hotspot for indie-rock, hip-hop, punk and metal. Noteworthy musicians with ties to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill include Clay Aiken, James Taylor, singer/songwriter Ben Folds, gospel artist Shirley Caesar, and hip-hop band Little Brother, to name a few.

The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area is also home to several quality recording studios to accommodate the busy musical activity in the area. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer, or music producer, you’ll find plenty of learning opportunities in this area.

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, the RECORDING CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill your goal of a career in the recording industry. Through our revolutionary mentored-externship approach, we pair you with a working industry professional who trains you one-on-one during real recording projects, putting you close to the action in ways conventional recording schools can’t. You owe it to yourself to see what our Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill recording school alternative can do for you!

How are we different than other professional audio engineering 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).

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Why do you recommend the RC over other more traditional audio schools?

The Recording Connection offers students the opportunity to receive an education in audio engineering while simultaneously developing relationships with key industry professionals. Being able to study in a commercial facility gives the student an advantage over most by allowing each student to get their feet wet in a professional environment before landing a job in the industry.

Many professionals these days don’t recommend traditional audio schools anymore because they say have become diploma mills more interested in enrollment money than actually advancing the art of recording and producing? Please tell us your comments.

Well without directly bashing the competition, I would just say that there are obviously some schools that have recognized the peak in interest in recording technologies and science. I feel that the recording connection excels in this area because the program is centered around the reality of the recording industry. In order to be successful as an industry professional one must be gifted in their area of expertise, in addition to constructing a viable network. Recording Connection provides both by enabling their students to train hands on in a studio where they can get a professional education and professional contacts.

The mentor-apprentice (extern) method of education taught by you at the RC is the original way up and coming engineers learned, from a mentor. What are your thoughts in our method of education (one on one inside a real studio).

Receiving one on one training is very important. In a traditional classroom environment the majority rules. If the majority of the class isn’t focused or equally as passionate, the instructor may have to ration the information according to the pace of most students. With one on one training, the instructor may work at the pace of the individual student. This allows the student to be educated at their own pace. Everyone gets the attention they need whether they are advanced level or just getting started.

How do you feel about the new curriculum?

The new curriculum is great. Not only has Recording Connection added additional information, they’ve added useful resources such as relevant videos to enhance the training experience.

If you had one or two pieces of advice for applicants to the Recording Connection, what would you tell them about our program and its benefits?

Study hard and take this opportunity seriously. If you had the chance to talk to anyone who had succeeded in this industry I’m sure they would tell you that success comes when preparation meets opportunity. Secondly, now is the time to slow down and get it right. Many students get excited about the opportunity and forget that they are still learning. This program will naturally accelerate the process of learning. Take advantage by taking your time to learn each aspect of the business. Patience is a virtue.


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Ableton Electronic Music Production

24-Week and 36-Week Programs Available

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.

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Hip Hop & Beat Making

24 Weeks

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.

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Logic Pro Electronic Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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Music Producing

20 Weeks

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

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Audio Engineering & Music Production

20 Weeks

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.

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Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Recording Connection Audio Institute

1500 East Club Blvd.
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 885-0075

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Recording Connection Audio Institute

3300 Needle Point Circle
Willow Spring, NC 27592
(289) 203-6705

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