Blake LaGrange graduated in 2009 from Recording Connection under mentor Steve Weatherbee of Golden Track Studio, San Diego. “If you are already doing what you love and you go through the program using the resources at Recording Connection, you can succeed,” Blake said during a visit to Los Angeles Center Studios this week. Blake comes from a place of personal experience, as he currently owns and operates two of his own studios with a focus on EDM music.
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Audio Engineering Program (Pro Tools)
Electronic Music Artist (Ableton)
Music Producing Program
Hip Hop Producer Program
Live Sound Engineer
Learn from Legends
Logic Electronic Music
Post Production For Film and TV
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Your San Diego, California
Recording School Alternative
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.
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!
READ WHAT WORKING PROFESSIONALS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS SAY ABOUT OUR SAN DIEGO AUDIO SCHOOL
Why do you recommend the RC over other more traditional audio schools?
There is no parallel between a “recording school” and the Recording Connection program. The hands-on approach of RRF is second to none. We teach what is needed in the real world. When a student studies at Track Star [Studios], they are working in the industry and facing the daily challenges that happen on a daily basis in a recording studio. Strict deadlines, dealing with a picky artist, etc.
Many professionals these days don’t recommend traditional audio schools anymore because they say have become diploma mills more interested in enrollment money than actually advancing the art of recording and producing? Please tell us your comments.
I always make the “basketball” analogy. I you wanted to learn how to play basketball, you wouldn’t want to do it sitting in a classroom. You can only learn on the court. Audio engineering is exactly the same. You need to study under the conditions of a real life situation, in the studio with real players. RRF offers just that.
The mentor-apprentice (extern) method of education taught by you at the RC is the original way up and coming engineers learned, from a mentor. What are your thoughts in our method of education (one on one inside a real studio).
That is the only method. When we need a new engineer, the first place we look are in our list of Recording Connection graduates.
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Success Stories from Students Near San Diego
Receive one-one-one hands on training from your mentor.
“Today, I went into the studio and my mentor got me started right away on a project that he said would take up the whole day. He told me to go into the mic closet and get a Sennheiser e609, as well as one of his ribbon mics, because we were going to mic an amp which my mentor hooked one of his keyboards up to. I put the e609 only a few inches away from the grill facing the center of the cone, and I placed the ribbon mic directly behind it, separated by almost a foot. I then was assigned to set up headphones, which I plugged into send A + B in the wall. After this, I did a beat machine to a separate channel and my mentor set up a loop machine for the keyboard. He then told me to wire certain outboard effects and put it onto a bus channel so it could be used to affect all channels. I needed a little help with this part but I feel like I’m really getting the hang of it. After all this, I opened up Pro Tools and started a new session, set up all the channels on the program including a click track, and enabled each track to record. My mentor then went out and laid down a basic melody on the keyboard, which he looped, and came back in to inspect it. He showed me how to pan out the sound from the mics on the board to achieve a stereo sound and then he went back out to add some beats to the melody with his beat machine. When all the recording was done, my mentor showed me different functions that can be used in Pro Tools, like how you can move pieces of a recorded track around to match the beat by snapping them to the grid supplied by the click track speed, and different plug-ins pre loaded on the program. My mentor and I arranged to have another lesson in a few days as well. Today was a very fun, hands-on day for me, and I learned a lot."
-- Jared Gattey, San Diego, California
Get the motivation and encouragement from your mentor needed to succeed in the industry
"I feel amazing right now! I have learned a ridiculous amount from the time I started with my mentor, up until now. My mentor is a very inspiring mentor, which helps me a lot to understand what it will take to get to where I want to, as well as has opened my eyes as to the many opportunities for my career in the music industry. The Recording Connection program is an amazing experience. I've already started producing my own tracks and as I currently work towards my certification."
Chris Hogue, Poway, California
One on One Instruction in Pro Tools
"The more I use Pro Tools, the more I know how much I have to learn! So far this week, I have been adding MIDI parts, learning mute, save, as well as other shortcuts. Also, using the different tools to adjust the type of instrument, length, and pitch of notes has occupied a lot of my time with my mentor this week. My first project has almost all the musical and vocal parts, in which I will then be ready for equalization and mixing. Now, from my mentorship, I know ways to make my next project easier and better!"
Mara Azlin, Valley Center, California, Recording
We get our students jobs.
Of Our Graduates Get
Jobs in the Music Business
Our outstanding job placement rate is no accident. We are able to achieve this high mark because our graduates have trained inside a working recording studio. This gives our students excellent hands-on skills, real-world job experience, and the industry connections and references that just aren’t available on a school campus. Additionally, we have a very proactive Stay Connected Job Assistance Program that serves as our graduates’ advocate in the job market for up to a year after course completion. When we say we’re connected with the music business, we mean it.Read our student success stories.
The San Diego, California Recording Connection Audio School Advantage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Recording Connection offers free tutoring to anyone in the program.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.
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.