The Recording Connection
Externship San Antonio

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 San Antonio 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:

There are a few different directions you can go about getting the experience you need to make a career in audio engineering and music production. You can spend a few hours a week, reading through online tutorials, watching YouTube videos, and trying to figure things out your own way; that’s one direction.

Or, you could also spend six figures on a four-year university. Take the prerequisites you don’t really need, potentially move thousands of miles away from your life, and end up with a diploma, a pat on the back, and not much else. Their schedule, their lesson plans, their class sizes. Their rules.

Then there’s the Recording Connection way. You set your schedule, you choose what programs you want to take, and you get to work one-on-one with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER. There are no classrooms, just PROFESSIONAL SAN ANTONIO RECORDING STUDIOS. Whether you have recorded a few tracks of your own, once played in the high school band, or know the difference between a treble and a bass clef, or not.

There are SAN ANTONIO AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOLS to choose from, but how many put you in a real-world recording studio in the first week, giving you a fully immersive, hands-on experience over a six-to-nine month period? With us, the Recording Connection Academic Facilitator, your mentor, and you will collaborate on a schedule and customize your training program to suit your needs.

The music industry doesn’t have a standard work environment, so why should your audio engineering or music production education be based on protocols made up by academics, not working, practicing audio engineers and music producers? With us, there is still an eBook you’ll be required to read, there are still exams you’ll need to take, and there will still be plenty of homework but it’s all industry-oriented and written by practitioners, not pontificators.

This isn’t playtime, remember. Our San Antonio mentors are working in the real world, so you’ll be expected to do the same. This is the time to understand how to interact with clients and anticipate their needs, how to set up a studio for recording, and when to chime in, when to sit back and just let the magic happen.

So put away your phone – it’s time to Amplify Your Life.

How are we different than other music production 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 Industry

The music industry has come a long way since having to get every instrument and vocal performer in the same room to record a song. The technology is such that individual tracks can be recorded at different times and brought together for final mastering. Recording Connection also takes advantage of that technology, allowing our mentors and students to remain in contact through rain, sleet, or snow.

Or worldwide pandemics. As 2020 showed us, it’s not always possible - or advisable - to spend time in the studio. But it’s not an issue for Recording Connection. For decades we’ve been offering remote learning to make sure we’re as accessible as possible for our students. Although we have locations in San Antonio, all over Texas, and throughout the U.S. and Canada, sometimes it just makes more sense to stay home.

Not only does this allow our students, and our mentors, to remain safe, it also means you don’t need to move to New York or L.A. to work with the music producers you admire most. The San Antonio music scene has much to offer, but if you want to work with someone based in Chicago or San Francisco, we can make it happen. You just need to have a powerful enough computer and reliable internet access.

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Elevated Audio and Music Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

Our San Antonio mentors work with newcomers, regional stalwarts, and national touring acts. They need to be ready to work with little notice, make sure the studio is ready to go, and have the ability to switch between genres at a moment’s notice. The SAN ANTONIO RECORDING CONNECTION will put you in the middle of it, a front-row seat to how the music industry really operates.

We feel the access we give you to working professionals, on both sides of the glass, is unsurpassed. Other educational institutions are not equipped to offer the direct mentorship and connection building opportunities we do. Such opportunities may be the most valuable aspect of the Recording Connection audio engineering and music production programs. But, hey, there’s a whole lot to love and really dig into if you’re willing to apply your mind, heart, and body to the challenge of learning and growing as much as possible.

In the biz, who you know is just as important as what you know. Or, more accurately, who knows you. Your mentor will bring in clients and give you the opportunity to build your brand and expand your portfolio. During these interactions, how will you be remembered? How do you want to be remembered?

As your good name begins to grow, and you start to bring in clients of your own, you will be making your own opportunities. Working with clients in the studio is just one part of the job. If you’re the one bringing those clients in, you’ve just made yourself that much more valuable to your mentor.

Think of this program as one massive job interview or resume. Many of our most successful graduates find work at the studios they learned in or with other engineers based on recommendations. Make yourself indispensable. When you finish the program, will it end with a shrug - or a job?

It’s a simple equation. You can travel thousands of miles to train in another country, attend a four-year school, and be shown the door with a pretty piece of paper. Or, you can work your butt off, build a portfolio, improve your brand, and maybe even a job waiting for you after nine months. What makes more sense?

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San Antonio 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

Uplifted 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

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.

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Contact the San Antonio
Recording Connection Advisor Team

San Antonio Audio Externship Location

21750 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 102
San Antonio, TX 78258

(210) 970-7380

San Antonio Audio Externship Location

8126 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209

(210) 255-3090

San Antonio Audio Externship Location

25802 Hazy Hollow Drive
San Antonio, TX 78255

(210) 853-2130

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 11:00 - 20:00