San Jose

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 Jose

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 Jose Studio Locations

  • Berryessa
  • Willow Glen
  • Japantown
  • Rose Garden
  • Alum Rock
  • East San Jose
  • Cambrian Park
  • Silver Creek
  • Evergreen
  • Almaden Valley
  • Santa Clara
  • Milpitas
  • Fremont
  • Cupertino
  • Saratoga
  • Sunnyvale
  • Mountain View
  • Alviso
  • Los Gatos
  • Palo Alto
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Music Scene in San Jose

Your SAN JOSE, CA AUDIO RECORDING SCHOOL

Looking for a great San Jose AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL? Look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION, the AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL that hooks you up as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual San Jose recording studio, where you will learn your choice of audio engineering, mixing, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (trance, trip hop, house music, acid house and more), post production audio and electronic DJ. In San Jose, one of the best ways to make a start in the recording industry is to apprentice (extern) in one of San Jose’s recording studios–and that’s where the RECORDING CONNECTION comes in.

You don’t have to spend 20-50 thousand dollars to go to audio engineering school; we can train you in a real recording studio for far less. Play it smart–get on the inside track, and get connected as you get educated. Our audio recording school is a highly effective and affordable way to start your audio engineering career.

To APPLY for our San Jose AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOOL, click here.

San Jose, California sits near the south end of the San Francisco Bay Area, serving as home to over a million people. While being convenient to the music activity of San Francisco, and within driving distance of Los Angeles, San Jose has its own vibrant music scene as well, being home to numerous live venues and recording studios, and seeing its share of performances from both local and major acts. Notable bands and musical artists with ties to San Jose include Smash Mouth, The Doobie Brothers, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, singer/songwriter Randy Stonehill, and Fleetwood Mac band members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, just to name a few.

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Meet our Faculty

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

Gradie O’Neal San Jose Engineer

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Gradie O’Neal San Jose Engineer

Background

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

Bruce Tambling San Jose Composer / Producer

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Bruce Tambling San Jose Composer / Producer

Background

Bruce Tambling is an award winning musician, producer, audio engineer, composer, video editor, entrepreneur, web developer and teacher with many years of professional experience in the content creation industry. He has performed internationally on drums, percussion and keyboards in many genres including jazz, classical, rock, funk, electronic and world music. Audio engineering and production credits include hundreds of albums for major record labels featuring: Motown, Windham Hill, Sony, BMG, Atlantic, Tommy Boy, Warner Brothers. Dialog editor credits include: Quincy Jones, Sally Fields, Jack Welsh, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and President Jimmy Carter. Bruce has composed original music soundtracks for many feature films, documentaries, video games, commercials and TV shows including: 20th Century Fox, New World Pictures, PBS, CNN, NBC, HBO, NASA, Apple Computer, Nissan, and BMW. Currently Co-Director of Music Technology at Foothill College, Bruce continues to actively engineer/produce music and owns/operates one of the top recording studio facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the few Avid Certified Expert Level Pro Tools Instructors in the world.

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Artists

Composer: 20th Century Fox
New World Pictures
PBS
CNN
NBC
HBO
NASA
Apple Computer
Nissan
BMW

Matt Stein San Jose Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Matt Stein San Jose Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

SWAN7 is a comfortable space to work with someone who’s as in to your music as you are. Whether you just need a place to record or you need a collaborator to help bring your songs to life, SWAN7 is a great place to start. As an engineer/producer with over 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry and a former touring musician, I’ve got the skills to help you get you music sounding the way you imagine. I can help with any and all aspects of the process: recording, mixing, arranging and co-writing.

Articles

One on One: A Formula for Success

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Artists

Method Man & Redman
DMX
Trey Songz
Jason Mraz
Brand Nubian
Sly & Robbie
Buju Banton
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
Disco Biscuits
Blondie
Jungle Brothers

Tom Rowan San Jose Audio Engineer

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Tom Rowan San Jose Audio Engineer

Background

The Sound Lab is a fully-equipped recording studio in Greensboro, NC. We offer professional sound recording, production, mixing, and mastering services backed by over 34 years of recording experience at competitive prices. Our personnel is versatile; we have recorded musicians in diverse genres—including classical, country, jazz, hip hop, rock and blues—and spoken word artists, as well as corporate clients such as Volvo of America, Marriott International, and Penguin Group (USA)—recording projects such as audio books, voiceovers, jingles, and training manuals.

Our studio is comfortable, large, and architecturally designed for high-end sound production. The live room is 800 square feet, with 20 foot ceilings—perfect for orchestras, choirs, and big drum sounds. And its multiple isolation booths allow bands to easilly record in one room. The control room is also a very spacious 700 square feet.

Once your music recording is completed we also offer graphic design and duplication and replication services from 10 to 100,000 copies to help you fully complete and release your next project! In addition to audio recording and production services we also offer dvd duplication, and a variety of digital transfers (cassette to cd, LP/45 to cd, vhs to cd, vhs to dvd, and reel-to-reel to cd).

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Artists

Bahama Mamas
Big Sean
Brian Lynch
Heads Up Entertainment
Ja Rule
Joey Ramone
American Express
Backyard Records
Dreamworks Records

Gregory Hainer San Jose Sound Designer

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Gregory Hainer San Jose Sound Designer

Background

Gregory teaches Post Production, Audio Engineering / Pro Tools, and Video Game Audio. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Synthesis and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music, where he also received the MP&E Academic Scholar Award.

Gregory has since worked in Hollywood as a sound designer, engineer, mixer, composer, voice director, producer, songwriter, classically-trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked on a number of feature films, TV, video games, records and theme park attractions.

He has won multiple Golden Reel Awards and worked with companies such Warner Bros., Disney, Soundelux, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Universal Studios and more. Gregory has also owned and operated his own recording and post-production studio, Scorpio Sound, since 1999.

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Recording Connection mentor Gregory Hainer on Vibe and Flow

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Artists

Plants vs. Zombies 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Guild Wars 2
Prince of Egypt
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
We Were Soldiers
Dishonored
Black Hawk Down

Peter Wolf San Jose Producer

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Peter Wolf San Jose Producer

Background

I have been passionately involved in the audio production field for 20 years, and have owned my own business for the last 15 of those years. I started with simple equipment and have progressed through many analog and digital advancements. I continue to pursue an understanding of cutting edge technologies within my field of expertise on a daily basis. I have and will always continue to strive for perfection in everything that I do.

I am a firm believer in the adage “where there is a will, there is a way” and I press until problems are solved and tasks are done.

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Artists

A&E Network
Brian Clay
Chico and the Hornets
Dying Within
Face Down
Gene Day
Heads Up
Infinite Aggression
Kevin James
L.R.A.
Nightmare
Matt Bishop
Mental Radio
Nosedive
Not for Hire
Outlaw
Part DJ Party
Pryme Tyme
Sick Little Monkeys
Something for Tomorrow
Space Hooker
The Bridge
The Neptunes
The Sierra Brothers
Violet Kill

Dave Goetter San Jose Sound Designer / Engineer

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Dave Goetter San Jose Sound Designer / Engineer

Background

Since a teenager, Dave has played various instruments in different bands. His history with audio engineering goes back to junior high when he started learning and helping run sound for various school functions and productions. In later years Dave worked at a studio where he fine-tuned his craft of session playing, recording, producing and mixing.

For the past decade Dave has been working with artists and bands helping them discover and create there sound. He has worked on hundreds of songs, and as a result has seen artists and bands he’s worked with, land deals with major and indie labels.

In 2013 Dave joined a collective of multimedia content creators based out of Kona, Hawaii, headed up by film director and entrepreneur David L. Cunningham. Since then, Dave has expanded into composing, sound design and mixing for film, TV and games. Out of this new direction, Dave started Twenty20Sound as a post sound and music production company.

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Artists

NBC
Discovery Channel
National Geographic
Nate Fowler
The Waiting Kind
Julie Turner
Forever Worthy
Act of Surrender
MacKayla Hunter

Russell Wolff San Jose Producer

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Russell Wolff San Jose 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

Chris Steinmetz San Jose Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz San Jose 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

Sharrief Thomas San Jose Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas San Jose 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

Larry Goetz San Jose Engineer

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Larry Goetz San Jose 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

“I really appreciate the avenues your program is providing and want to say thank you for everything Recording Connection is doing for myself and others in the program.”

Mitch Villalva Recording Connection Student

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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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

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

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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