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Music Scene in San Diego

The San Diego Recording Connection

Looking for a great San Diego Music School in which to learn recording and audio production? Look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION, the San Diego Music School that gets you inside an actual San Diego recording studio, working as an audio student extern while you learn your choice of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, trance, drum and bass, techno and more), club DJ and post production audio. One of the best ways to enter the recording scene in San Diego is by externing in a San Diego recording studio–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION can place you.

There’s no need to spend 50 thousand dollars or more to go to a music school; we can train you in a real recording studio for less. Get on the inside track, learn directly from the pros in a real-world environment, and make vital industry contacts along the way. Our music school alternative is a highly affordable and efficient way to launch your audio engineering career.

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Located about two hours south of Los Angeles, the city of San Diego anchors its own metro area of nearly 3 million people. Although its music scene is not quite as high-profile as that of L.A., it is still quite influential across a wide range of genres. Among the numerous bands and musicians with connections to San Diego are Jason Mraz, Blink-182, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Ratt, and Switchfoot, just to name a few.

Today, San Diego continues to have a vibrant music scene, with live venues and high-quality recording studios hosting local, national and international acts. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, there’s plenty of activity in San Diego to keep you busy.

San Diego’s own music scene, plus its close proximity to Los Angeles, make it an ideal connection point for aspiring audio engineers, recording artists and other music professionals–and when you enroll in the RECORDING CONNECTION, our many professional connections and relationships become your cutting-edge advantage to getting your foot in the door. Our mentor-extern approach gets you in the heart of the action, and as you learn the career skills on real recording/audio projects, you’ll also make important industry connections which usually lead to future work. Enroll in our San Diego Music School today, and let us get you started on the path to your dreams!



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Certificate 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 Details

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 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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. 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 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 Details

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 Details

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.

Ableton Electronic Music Details

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 Producing Details

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 Details

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.

Live DJ Details

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 for Film and TV 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. 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 Certification Details

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  • Little Italy
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  • Mission Beach
  • Bird Rock
  • Old Town
  • La Jolla
  • Miramar
  • Pacific Beach
  • Burlingame
  • Carmel Valley
  • El Cerrito
  • La Playa
  • Midway
  • Nestor
  • Rolando
  • Skyline
  • Webster
  • El Cajon
  • Lakeside
  • National City
  • Chula Vista
  • Del Mar
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An Immersive
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 professional at a fully-equipped recording studio.

Tuition
Comparison

Recording Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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Affordable Music Producing School Tuition
$12,200 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Audio School Alternative in San Diego

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.

Four Ways to Take the Next Step

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Meet our Mentors

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

DJ Axenzo San Diego Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo San Diego 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 extern 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.

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Artists

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

Asaf Fulks San Diego Producer

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Asaf Fulks San Diego Producer

Background

Asaf Fulks is a record artist, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, videographer, graphic designer, educator, author, inventor and founder of OC Recording in 2005. He discovered his passion for music production during his college years. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Denison University in Ohio, he also spent time recording and producing in his dorm room. After graduating in 2004, he moved to his family in Hollywood and eventually relocated to Orange County to work for a book publisher. His boss recognized his passion for music and encouraged him to set up a studio in his unused office space. With minimal gear and few contacts Asaf set up shop and The OC Recording Company opened its doors in 2005. [^]

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
C-Nice
Young Keno
The Dirty Heads
My Hero
Common Kings
Tenelle
Adam Sander's Chuck and Larry
ESPN
Fox TV
JBL
Bad Girls Club
The Franchise

Josquin Des Pres San Diego Producer, Composer

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Josquin Des Pres San Diego Producer, Composer

Background

Led by producer-songwriter Josquin des Pres, the Track Star Studios team is comprised of some of the best studio musicians and vocalists in the industry. Over the years, Josquin has earned the respect of his peers in various areas of the music industry. His credits include multiple songwriting collaborations with Bernie Taupin (of Elton John fame), as well as hundreds of song placements in film, TV and publishing. His production credits surpass 150 albums and CDs for various major and indie labels.

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Recording Connection mentor/music industry veteran Josquin des Pres chats about his musical journey and why he loves to hire his apprentices
Josquin Des Pres: Recording Connection Prepares You for the Real World

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Artists

Slightly Stoopid
Jack Johnson
Tech N9ne
The Gipsy Kings
Carly Smithson
and Ricky Skaggs
Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist)
TV Networks (Catfish
The Seven
When I Was Seventeen
Cribs
Pimp My Ride
Teen Mom
True Life
10 on Top etc.) Warner Bros
CBS
Viacom
VH1
ABC
BET
CNN
NBC
HGTV
TBS
OWN
Bravo
Food Network
Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
History Channel
Travel Channel
KPBS
TLC
CW Network
Time Warner
Universal Music
EMI
Sony
Ellen DeGeneres
Tyra Banks
George Lopez Show
Anderson Cooper
TMZ
Extra
American Chopper
Pawn Stars
Deadliest Catch etc. MasterSource
PremiumBeat
Big Fish Audio

Bud Martin San Diego Engineer

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Bud Martin San Diego Engineer

Background

Signature Sound recording studio in San Diego has been in business for over 25 years servicing artists/bands such as U2, Blink 182, The Used, Unwritten Law, Switchfoot, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Florence + The Machine, and T-Pain just to name a few. We’ve dedicated ourselves to the art of recording, mixing and mastering so we can make your music sound the way you want it to sound.

Our facility showcases two world-class studios with an intimate working environment that allows artists/bands to focus on their creative and artistic processes. Each studio features expert acoustic design, vintage gear, and the latest in digital audio technology. You can rest assure to receive professional quality from high end manufacturers. Our most recent upgrade is in Studio-A with a hybrid console comprised of an API 1608 32-channel board, a Vintage Neve Sidecar with 1073 and 1081 pre amplifiers and an Avid D-Command control surface with 8 faders.

From grammy award winning recordings, to local rock and rap artists, our studios are equipped for all types of projects. We’re confident in saying we’re a top recording studio in San Diego and all of Southern California. If you have any questions about our facility or services don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re located in San Diego, California just a few miles away from the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, historic Downtown Gaslamp, Balboa Park and Airpot.

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Artists

Bad Company
Myke Sanchez
Cerrisa McQueen
Ginny Howard
Abandon Dead Movie
Paris

Zack Phillips San Diego Mentor

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Zack Phillips San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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Donny Baker San Diego Mentor

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Donny Baker San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker or one of our mentors in the greater LA area.

Donny Baker, Studio Manager and Lead Tech at ES Studios in Burbank, is able to summarize his job as the Recording Connection Burbank, CA, mentor in a single sentence:

“We help with the weaknesses and push towards the strengths.”

It’s a simple concept, but takes a lot of work to see through to the end. Baker has spent most of his adult life in the music business, touring as an engineer for nearly 13 years before finding a home in the studio.

Baker has been with ES Studios since 2003, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Recording Connection program. He believes in the proven time-tested approach of learning hands-on within the studio environment. Sure there are books (an eBook, actually), quizzes, exercises, and tests. Oftentimes though, Baker likes to start with the student, see where their curiosity is leading them.

Sometimes Baker just wants to see what the student has to offer.

“It’s a guideline,” Baker said of the Burbank audio engineering Recording Connection course. “It’s used as a way to get from point A to Point Z. We can take a student who knows nothing about recording or doesn’t know much about computers and we can make that person an engineer.”

The one-on-one mentoring, the hanging out and talking, and the personal attention Baker gives to his students are why he has been such a successful mentor for us. He finds out where the student wants to go and he guides the program in that direction.

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Video: What to expect with Donny Baker
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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Donny Baker on what it takes to make it in recording
JoAnn Bush, owner of ES Audio in Los Angeles

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Steve Catizone San Diego Mentor

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Steve Catizone San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone or one of our mentors in the greater Boston area.

Steve Catizone at Infinite Music in Charlestown has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry across several genres. U2 and Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal and Bob Saget, and Disney and M-Audio. And while he knows his way around a studio, knowing your way around a client is just as important.

Every recording professional had their first gig at some point. The adrenaline gets pumping, you could be working with a star, and you might start overcompensating.

Chill.

“Don’t be too opinionated when you’re talking to the clients,” Catizone said. “Just sort of listen and absorb. See what the climate in the room is, and make sure that if you do say something, it’s tactful.”

And relax. You could be a master of your craft, but if you don’t have a good repertoire with your clients, no one will want to work with you. Learn how to read the room, develop solid relationships, and remember it’s a collaborative effort. The “hang-ability” will follow.

“If people enjoy having you in the room, it’s a big thing,” Catizone said. “A lot of that comes down to personality and basically just being a positive force in the room, and being creative, and knowing when to offer up ideas and how to tactfully do so, and knowing when to not be the guy ‘doing your job’ but just being cool to hang around with.”

This is the advantage of the Charlestown Recording Connection programs. Yes, you’ll learn the technical side of the recording industry, but you’ll also learn how to handle yourself while in the studio. We believe the one-on-one time with a professional mentor gives you a complete picture of the business.

That’s what sets us apart from the traditional method of learning. The sights, smells, and sounds of a real studio can’t be matched in a classroom.

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Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone on creating opportunities for his students
Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone talks studio etiquette

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Bernard Johnson San Diego Mentor

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Bernard Johnson San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

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Recording Connection mentor Bernard ‘IQue’ Johnson Shares His Smarts & Hires from Within!
Recording Connection grad Goes to NAMM, Gets Hired, Gets Going in Audio!

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Joey Heier San Diego Mentor

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Joey Heier San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Joey (“Uncle Joe”) Heier talks about the importance of hands-on training and his passion for teaching

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Aaron R. Reppert San Diego Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson San Diego Mentor

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Rick Carson San Diego Mentor

Background

Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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DJ Axenzo

Bio

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 extern 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.

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

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Contact the Recording Connection

6320 Riverdale St
San Diego, CA 92120

(858) 256-4680

1465 Magnolia Avenue, Suite I
El Cajon, CA 92020

(619) 493-0083


Email: [email protected]

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

San Diego

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

1

We’ve Got Locations Worldwide.

Whether you live in San Diego, Sacramento, Eureka, Atlanta or London, you don't have to relocate to study audio engineering at the Recording Connection. We have hundreds of locations across three continents, and we have a world-class producer/engineer near where you live, ready and willing to show you the ropes.

Hundreds of locations. 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

Learn In the Real World, Not In a Classroom.

Your classroom will not be filled with dusty books, chalkboards, bored students and a tired professor. You’ll be learning in a real recording studio. You’ll have access to cutting edge technology as well as individuals who are working in the industry today.

Advantage: Recording Connection.

4

Learn One-on-One From the Best.

You’ll be taught by a mentor, one-on-one. You’ll learn how to mix and how to record, how to use Ableton and Pro Tools. You’ll learn everything you need to know about your craft.

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

5

Gold Records.

We only hang out with the cool kids. That is to say, we only partner with successful producers and engineers. Our mentors work with the biggest names in the business. It goes without saying that Gold and Platinum records are commonly hanging from their walls.

Learn from true industry professionals. Advantage: Recording Connection.

6

A Kick-Ass Job Placement Assistance Program.

We offer job placement assistance for up to 12 months after you graduate. We leverage our connections to help you find work.

We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Recording Connection.

7

The Pros Recommend Us.

Professional engineers and producers love our audio school because they see our results firsthand. We're the school that gets people started in the industry.

Endorsed by some of the best in the business. Advantage: Recording Connection.

8

From Day One, You’re On The Inside.

You’ll not only be learning the music side of things, you’ll also be learning the business side. You’ll be learning to recognize bad business practices and how not to get screwed on a deal. You’ll be learning how to be a smooth operator. Most importantly, you won't have to waste time banging on doors when you graduate, because you'll already be an insider.

Get on the inside track. Advantage: Recording Connection.

9

Yes We Have Tutoring.

The Recording Connection offers private tutoring to anyone in the program.

Get one-on-one tutoring with one of our tutors for no additional cost. Advantage: Recording Connection.

10

Industry Connections.

The Recording Connection was designed so that you’d have access to people, places and opportunities that you normally wouldn’t. You’ll be able to hobnob with the best and brightest of the industry on your terms and in your environment. You’ll be golden and good to go in just a matter of months.

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

Recording Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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