San Diego

Recording Connection Audio Institute

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.

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.

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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Our 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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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.

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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-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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Meet our Mentors

Produce music with the industry's finest mentors and musicians.

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

James Salone San Diego Producer / Engineer

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James Salone San Diego Producer / Engineer

Background

Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Artists

Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Larry Goetz San Diego Engineer

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Larry Goetz San Diego Engineer

Artists

Katy Perry
Ke$ha
One Direction
Weezer
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
3OH3
All Time Low
Big Time Rush
Mike Posner
Pixie Lott
All Star Weekend
David Archuleta
David Cook
Chord Overstreet
Bowling for Soup
Breathe Carolina
The Pussycat Dolls
Lauren Bennett
Alejandro Escovedo
John Cale
The Maine
Forever The Sickest Kids
A Rocket To The Moon
Emily Osment
Julian Casablancas
Rivers Cuomo
Soulfly
Cavalera Conspiracy
OTEP
HIM
Dommin
The Used
Alexndra Burke
Best Coast
Cady Groves
This Providence
Monty RI
Axis Of Awesome
Edgar Winter
Sarah Evans
Maia Sharp
Edwin McCain
The Ready Set
Buzz Feiten
Albert Lee
Guitar Shorty

Israel Lliteras San Diego Mentor

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Israel Lliteras San Diego Mentor

Background

Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Lionel Pedro San Diego Mentor

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Lionel Pedro San Diego Mentor

Background

Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Artists

Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Spitfist
TheCounterPoint
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Russell Wolff San Diego Producer

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Russell Wolff San Diego Producer

Background

Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.

He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.

Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.

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Artists

Sugarland
Miranda Lambert
Michelle Branch
Little Big Town
James Wolpert / NBC's The Voice
Lilly Winwood

Zarven Kara San Diego Producer / Engineer

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Zarven Kara San Diego Producer / Engineer

Background

Zarven Kara is the engineer, producer and manager of Reel to Reel Studios and has worked in most facets of the music industry throughout Europe and Australia. He earned his living working in the clubs of Germany as a jazz guitarist and composer, and gained valuable insight and experience inside some of Germany’s finest studios.

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Chris Steinmetz San Diego Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz San Diego Engineer / Producer

Background

Chris Steinmetz has over 30 years of experience in the record industry and has worked on gold, platinum, and grammy nominated albums. Steinmetz began his career working as an assistant engineer for Warner Bros. Records in L.A., and began freelancing his work as well before moving back to his native Chicago.

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Artists

Kiss
Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Disturbed
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Feist
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Styx
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Usher
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
E-Dub
Jin
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
Common
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
Lovehammers
311Madonna
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
NAS
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Fantasia
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Oscar Diaz San Diego Engineer

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Oscar Diaz San Diego Engineer

Background

Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Artists

Dr. Dre
E-40
Gucci Mane
Jay-Z
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
TLC
Too $hort
Warren G
YG
Waka Flocka
Google
YouTube
Dreamworks
HBO
FOX
Showtime
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Sharrief Thomas San Diego Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas San Diego Songwriter / Producer

Background

Most of the time, building a career requires moving, evolving, and learning over time. One’s “career” is the byproduct of work that’s done in the present, the things you do while you’re in the pocket, perfecting your craft.

Sharrief Thomas knows about this intimately. This writer/producer/engineer and artist in his own right was exposed to the Recording Connection program when he was recording at Quad Studios in New York City. Seeing our program at work led Sharrief to become a mentor himself. Today he helps our students hone their chops, gain skills, and plan for their futures while gleaning a first-hand understanding of how the music industry works from a creative and business perspective at Water Music Publishing, an independent music publishing and media company run by Sharrief and business partner Big Bug, whose known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, and as one of the original members of the 90s R&B group, Today.

While recording at Quad, Sharrief and another Recording Connection mentor, Sax DMA, decided to give a number of RC apprentices the opportunity to earn engineering credits on his forthcoming album. “We had to turn down kids that wanted to join,” Sharrief says. And a number of notable artists came in to help on vocals including Sky Heavens, backup singer for Eminem, and Big Bub himself. “It was just the students getting to be in a live situation with real, live artists.”

Today, as a Recording Connection mentor himself, Sharrief apprentices students at Water Music Publishing in Bloomfield, NJ, just outside of New York City.

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RC mentor Sharrief Thomas Talks Truth on Having the Winning Mindset

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Artists

Snoop Dogg
AMG/Universal
Water Music Publishing

Gradie O’Neal San Diego Engineer

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Gradie O’Neal San Diego Engineer

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Tiki Recording Studios was established in 1967 when the name was drawn out of a hat. CEO Gradie O’Neal has been a legendary engineer in the Bay Area and well respected. Many name groups have come through the doors and have recorded here. Jeannine O’Neal joined the company in the 80’s and has been an experienced music producer for the company. Both have recorded gold albums.

Two complete professional recording studios. Studio A-large recording room for bands with isolated drummers booth and singers booth. 91/2′ concert grand piano, excellent selection of microphones. Studio B- Production & Mixing facility. If you are a singer/songwriter/musician and need music behind you, let Jeannine create the arrangement of your dreams.

LP & cassette transfers to CD, Add your voice to Karaoke tracks for your family and friends, Career & internet music marketing consultation available. Call for prices and hours Many creative people have come through the doors of Tiki Studios-O’Neal Productions.

A bit of history, Tiki Studios was created by Gradie O’Neal and several partners back in 1967. We have survived many recessions, economy downturns, booms, you name it we’ve seen it and still survived by the grace of God. Tiki originally was on the corner of 17th and Julian St. in San Jose, Ca. and was in that location until 1985 where we moved into a much larger facility. The name Tiki came from Gradie and his partners at that time were trying to come up with a name for the new studio.

Everyone threw names in a hat and out popped Tiki. So for all these years, we have held on to the name and now added O’Neal Productions to the mix. The new facility offered two studios instead of one. One studio Studio A is the large room for bands to record. Studio B is the smaller music production and mixing room. Tiki in their beginning careers has recorded people such as Santana, Bill Withers, Lydia Pence of Cold Blood, Grupo Vennus, Los Aquario. We have also done many Gospel recording artists such as Lillie Knauls, Danni Bell and more. Many others (too many to name them all) have recorded throughout the years.

Both studios record many styles from Rock to world music heard throughout the world. Jeannine produces a wide variety of styles from African, South American, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Persian, India, Mexican you name it we’ve done it. That’s the beauty of music, it’s all the language we understand. More to come.

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Artists

Santana
Bill Withers
Lydia Pence of Cold Blood
Grupo Vennus
Los Aquario
Lillie Knauls
Danni Bell

“Whenever I take a break,” saysa Recording Connection graduate Sebastian Lefeld, “I’m always thinking there’s someone else out there who’s doing what I do who’s not taking a break, and I get back to work.” It’s this very work ethic that not only helped Sebastian make the most of his Recording Connection apprenticeship, but also […]

Sebastian Lefeld Recording Connection Student

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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$9,800 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

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School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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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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The San Diego, California

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.