The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School San Diego

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 Diego 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: 

At a four-year university, they decide what classes you “need,” they decide when you need to show up, they decide which professors you have to take classes from. At the Recording Connection, we leave those decisions up to you. What other San Diego audio engineering & music production schools do that?

Just remember: this isn’t playtime. We place you with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER who will work with you in a fully immersive, one-on-one situation. This isn’t a classroom, this is real life, working with real gear, recording real artists. When you make the decision to enroll in the Recording Connection Audio Engineering & Music Production Program, you need to make a real commitment.

Our mentors and Academic Facilitators (whom you can consider your second mentors) work with you to modify the curriculum to meet your interests, help schedule lesson times around your life, and get you time on the gear that makes music production possible. But how long do you think you’ll last if you’re spending all your time on the phone? Your mentors are here to work, so when you’re in their San Diego recording studio, you better be ready to work, too.

How are we different than other 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 Your Future as a Music Business Professional

As one of the top 10 largest cities in the U.S., there are plenty of AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOLS IN SAN DIEGO to choose from. In fact, the Recording Connection has multiple mentors in the city to choose from, located in the city and surrounding county areas.

Now, consider those other schools. How many of them actually bring the instruction to you? We’re not talking prerecorded tutorials, we're talking one-on-one instruction with a professional. If you have a question, all you have to do is ask.

The San Diego Recording Connection has been perfecting remote learning for decades. This allows students to access our programs even if they live hundreds or thousands of miles away from the studios they want to learn in. When Covid-19 hit, those other institutions were scrambling to keep pace. Recording Connection set the pace.

All you need is a fast enough computer with enough storage space and a reliable internet connection. No matter if you’re in the studio with your mentor or in your home, you’ll get quality education. Expect to put in the same amount of work too, worldwide pandemic or not.

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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.

Professional Audio and Music Production Programs

Work with the Stars and Amplify

One of the not-so-secret secrets of the music industry is who you know is oftentimes just as important as what you know. Recording Connection programs are designed to give you a solid base of audio engineering or music production. Having a technical foundation is important of course, but how you handle yourself in the studio is just as critical.

In a university setting, impressing the professor or fellow students is nice, but are they going to hire you when your education is finished? With the San Diego Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program, every day is the day to impress potential employers.

Our most successful students show their mentors they take the programs seriously, act responsibly, and work in a professional demeanor. They have been hired by the recording studios they learned, have been hired by other studios based on word of mouth and an impressive portfolio, and a few have even been hired on the spot by touring acts.

Because no matter who walks through that studio door, they very well could be looking for an engineer or producer. What kind of first impression are you going to make? How will you make the most of these opportunities? And can you create your own opportunities by bringing work to the studio?

These are the lessons you need to learn if you want to make it in the recording industry. Do your job, soak up as much as you can, and make yourself a necessity in the studio and you could find yourself graduating from the program with a job in less than a year. Or you could go to a four-year university and leave with a pat on the back. The decision is yours—which makes more sense?

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San Diego 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

Amplified 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

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

A Recipe for

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

A Recipe for

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 San Diego
Recording Connection Advisor Team

San Diego Recording Connection Audio Institute

6320 Riverdale St
San Diego, CA 92120

(858) 256-4680

El Cajon Recording Connection Audio Institute

1465 Magnolia Avenue, Suite I
El Cajon, CA 92020

(619) 493-0083

Email: [email protected]

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

Our "Near Me" San Diego Campus Locations
Learn in a Recording Studio in or Near San Diego.

  • Little Italy
  • La Mesa
  • Encinitas
  • 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
  • Solana Beach

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