This is your San Diego Classroom

Real studio eduation. Real studio connections.

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 typical schools. Work directly with accomplished engineers, producers, and music industry veterans at one of our fully-equipped local studios across the country.

Programs

Looking to land a career as a Music Producer? Our insider access is your opportunity to make lasting hookups to launch your career as a music producer. Learn in private sessions from a professional music producer.

Music Producing Details

From the basics of listening and microphone placement to Pro Tools and mastering, apprentice under a legendary Audio Engineer in the studio. Learn in the trenches and on the job to take your dream to the professional level.

Audio Engineering Details

Capture the music in your head with our hands-on Ableton Live curriculum featuring private training from noted EDM DJs and producers. Take your music to the professional level and get your sound in front of the decision makers at major EDM labels.

Ableton Electronic Music 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. 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 apprenticing (externing) under a touring Audio Engineer. If you goal is to get inside the music industry and tour the world, this recording program is for you.

Live Sound Details

Our Live DJ Apprentice Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ, who’ll tutor you on what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's the ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Get schooled in one-on-one lessons from a working, touring DJ.

Live DJ Details

Turn your passion and ear for music into a career by understanding the world of managers, agents, royalties, copyrights, 360 deals and more. ou can't get more inside music business access than this course. Become a music Mogul.

Music Business Details

Learn Post Audio while apprenticing under a Post Production Specialist in their recording studio. If working on movie, TV and video game soundtracks sounds like an incredible career, this course is for you.

Post Production for Film and TV Details

Learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering. Apprentice under a legendary audio engineer/music producer/mixer while gaining an insider's access to the music industry. Take your existing skills to the next level while building connections.

Advanced Audio Details

Collaborate with legendary music producers and learn from the most qualified professionals in the industry, 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.

Learn from Legends Details

Learn Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools. Apprentice under a legendary electronic music composer, dance music producer, or touring DJ in their studio. 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

Fast track your career with certification credentials in Pro Tools. By getting yourself tested and certified 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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San Diego

Recording Connection Audio Institute

Our "Near Me" San Diego Studio Locations

  • 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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Get started with a tour of one of our California studios. Or call us for more information at (442) 777-0320

About Our Audio School 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, Ableton Live.

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.

Meet our Faculty

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

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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Recording Connection Grads find work at The OC Recording Company Inc!

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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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RC mentor Josquin Des Pres Hires from Within
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

Gregory Hainer San Diego Post Production

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Gregory Hainer San Diego Post Production

Background

Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer is an interesting case. Usually our Recording mentors work primarily in the music industry but Gregory has made a successful career for himself in music as well as film, television, and video game entertainment as a music composer, voice over specialist, Sound FX designer and mixer on numerous projects including: Plants vs. Zombies 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Guild Wars 2, Prince of Egypt, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, We Were Soldiers, Dishonored, Black Hawk Down, and many more.

Gregory does most of his work from Scorpio Sound, his boutique studio located in the Hollywood Hills. His unique skills-set, talent, and setup enables him to do work larger audio studios can’t. “From a client’s perspective, I own the studio, so there is no middle management overhead to worry about because the owner/operator is also the creative head. This means I have the freedom to choose to spend a little more time with my clients in order to get things perfect versus having to be out of a studio by a specific time.” Specialty might as well be Gregory’s middle name. “I get quite a few calls for the most unusual or difficult to design stuff that many in-house teams can’t quite seem to pull off convincingly, such as creating sounds for creatures, magic spells, sci-fi effects, light sabers and the like. But I will also get the occasional call to do the less-fun direct stuff like cleaning up poorly recorded production audio from a film, or digging out inaudible archival dialogue from excessive background noise.”

On top of working in the film, TV, and video game industries Gregory also takes on Recording Connection apprentices and teaches them about both the industry and the craft of audio engineering.

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RC grad Andrew Holscher reports back on his Eddie Kramer Experience
Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Fallout 4
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
Toxin
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Pirate101
Dishonored
Lost Souls
Wildstar
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
Jurassic Park
Quake II
Dishonored 2

Kevin Sharpe San Diego Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe San Diego Producer / Engineer

Background

Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits.

Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song.

As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music!

Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Graylyn “Gino” Claiborne gets hired by his mentor’s studio after graduating!Aver

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Artists

Critical Bill
My BedBugs
Coven
David Shelby
Avery Sharpe
Mazinga
Blue Snaggletooth
Tiles

Josh Monroy San Diego Producer / Engineer

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Josh Monroy San Diego Producer / Engineer

Background

Recording Connection mentor Josh Monroy is proof-positive that getting in and showing your commitment to the craft, day-in and day-out, can launch your career to unprecedented heights. With more than a decade in the music industry, Josh “Igloo” Monroy has worked with everyone from Justin Bieber to Quincy Jones, to The Notorious B.I.G. The seasoned engineer/composer/producer is also known for his longtime work with iconic artist Ludacris. An Atlanta native, Josh recently answered the call to come out to Los Angeles and is now co-owner of Studio 1 Zero. His most recent success includes the work he’s done on JoJo’s critically-acclaimed album Mad Love, which includes three tracks recorded, produced, and co-written by the multifaceted music professional.

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RC mentor Josh Monroy Talks How He Got Hired by Ludacris and Doing JoJo’s “Mad Love”

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Ira Parker San Diego Producer / Engineer

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Ira Parker San Diego Producer / Engineer

Background

A true music industry veteran, Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker is the owner and chief producer/engineer for Maximus Music Records, one of the top recording studios in Charlotte, NC, serving clients like Jadakiss, DMX and many others. As a Recording Connection mentor, Ira is passionate about training up new talent and always looks for opportunities to push his students to expand their skills.

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NUGGETS OF TRUTH: Recording Connection mentor Ira Parker on pushing the limits
Wes Hagy: From Mechanical Engineering to Audio Engineering

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Artists

Zaytoven Beats
Jadakiss
Royce da 5'9
Chevy Woods
Rocko
Joe Budden
Dj ESudd (2Chainz DJ)
prod. Dame Grease
prod Billionaire Boy Scout
Crime Mob's Diamond
Travis Porter
Treach
Marcus Cooper (Pleasure P)
DMX
prod Buckwild
Slim of 112
CTE's Blood Raw
Universal Records
Cash Money Records
Bad Bo
Kane Beatz
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj
Kevin Gates
Kid Ink
Travie McCoy
and Rich Homie Quan (Amongst many more)

Jeramy Roberts San Diego Producer / Label Founder

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Jeramy Roberts San Diego Producer / Label Founder

Background

Jeremy appeared on the “Gong Show” at age 13 – and has been a professional musician ever since. His passion for vocal accompaniment led him to Las Vegas, then Atlantic City, then to New York. He met Linda Eder in 1987 and was her musical director/arranger/conductor for 18 years.

With Linda, he appeared on her Bravo Christmas Special, PBS special, and appearances with the Boston Pops. He’s conducted some of the leading “pops” orchestras, including the Philly Pops, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symmphony, and many others. Concert appearances include 3 sold out shows at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Gershwin and Palace Theaters on Broadway.

His work with “Team Wildhorn” include the Broadway and pre-Broadway stage productions and/or recordings of JEKYLL & HYDE, as well as SVENGALI, THE CIVIL WAR, DRACULA, WAITING FOR THE MOON, CAMILLE CLAUDEL and TEARS OF HEAVEN.

Jeremy is the Musical Director of the Valhalla Symphonia

Jeremy is married to Debra Rubin-Roberts (Makeup Artist and founder of “Mommy Makeup”), and has 2 daughters, Daisy and Riley.

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#IZCONNECTED 62 | Jeramy Roberts - How To Monetize Your EDM
Recording Connection mentor Jeramy Roberts talks about the new music industry and creating your own job within it

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Mehul Tolia San Diego Mentor

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Mehul Tolia San Diego Mentor

Misha Kachkachishvili San Diego Engineer

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Misha Kachkachishvili San Diego Engineer

Background

An established audio engineer/producer based in New Orleans, Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili is an industry veteran whose client list includes names like Solange Knowles, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Janelle Monae, Taj Mahal, T-Bone Burnett and many others. A few years ago, he purchased a historic church left decimated by Hurricane Katrina, chose to keep the church’s historic pipe organ donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and converted the space into what is now Esplanade Studios, the largest recording studio in Louisiana (and one of the most prestigious).

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A Day in the Life of Our Student
Recording Connection mentor Misha Kachkachishvili on working with artists and finding opportunity

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Artists

Kendrick Lamar
Eric Clapton
Willie Nelson
Dr. John
David Crosby
Bonnie Raitt
Joe Jackson
Elvis Costello
Rickie Jones
Irma Thomas
Van Morrison
Mary J Blige
Common
Janelle Monae
Mary J Blige
Solange Knowles
Sean Combs
Young Jeezy
Lil Boosie
Ana Popovic
Metric
Kim Burrell
John Legend
Rebirth
Juvenile

Scott Lee San Diego Studio Manager

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Scott Lee San Diego Studio Manager

Background

In 1996, Scotty became Production Manager for the powerhouse production team, The Characters. It was during this time that Scott worked on numerous Platinum and Gold albums, including releases by SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, and Faith Evans. Scotty has been lending his expertise in Studio and Production Management at Engine Room Audio since 2006.

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Artists

Trey Songz
50 Cent
SWV
Johnny Gill
Tyrese
B2K
Brian McKnight
Petey Pablo
Faith Evans.

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San Diego Recording Studios

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 apprentice (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 apprenticing 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.

To APPLY for our San Diego Music School, click here.

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-apprentice (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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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s audio programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Rolling Stones

Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones

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Deadmau5

Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5

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Taylor Swift

Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.

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Skrillex

Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection

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Jack White

An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor

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Larry King

Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-apprentice learning approach.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.

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John Mayer

John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection

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U2

Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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Get Educated,
Get Access,
Get Hired.

With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

The San Diego

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage

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

Graduate With Little or No Debt With Our Low Tuition.

At the Recording Connection, we believe high educational costs hurt everyone. That's why we have vowed to keep our tuition low so everyone can afford to attend without getting buried in debt.

Low tuition, no hidden charges. 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

Free Tutoring.

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

Unlimited free tutoring. 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.


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