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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 Details
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 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 in our Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making program. 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 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 Details
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 Details
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.Ableton Electronic Music Details
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 Producing Details
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 Details
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.Live DJ Details
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 for Film and TV Details
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 Certification Details
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From production to engineering to hip-hop and Ableton, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary audio schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry professional at a fully-equipped recording studio.
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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Our fully-immersive curriculum covers all of the following:
With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.
Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, and Ableton Live.
Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.
Analog consoles, signal processing and compressors, microphone placement.
We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:
Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Plants vs. Zombies
Guild Wars 2
Black Hark Down
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Cosmic Clash
The 5th Demention
Dead Island 2
Guild Wars 2
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Justice League Heroes
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
The Gipsy Kings
and Ricky Skaggs
Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s lyricist)
TV Networks (Catfish
When I Was Seventeen
Pimp My Ride
10 on Top etc.) Warner Bros
George Lopez Show
Deadliest Catch etc. MasterSource
Big Fish Audio
Producer/engineer Bill Davidow owns and runs Virlouise Recording in Anaheim, CA. His client list includes names like Israel Houghton, Darren Vegas, Johnny Come Lately, I Am Ghost, Guy Fieri to name a few. And he’s been mentoring our students for nearly a decade. The reason? He says he wants to give back and help the next generation of audio professionals but there’s also an ulterior motive at play. Nearly all of the Virlouise’s engineers and studio assistants came through the program. Bills says, “I’m going to hire the guys that I train from the Recording Connection. I’ll just use one of my externs if I’m going to hire someone because I trained them.” Why? The curriculum is practical, the training is practical, and RC grads are already accustomed to being in a professional environment. Turns out, getting a real world understanding of the craft pays off (duh). Bill recalls trying to hire people coming out of other programs: “I had a kid come in from Full Sail. He did the four-year plan at Full Sail. He does the L.A. Recording Academy, another $18,000 or whatever. [He] pops into my studio. I point in the corner and say, ‘what’s that stuff in the corner?’ He doesn’t understand what a UPS is.” Ask Bill about the students who succeed and he’ll tell you, they’re proactive and are really into the program. They “took the initiative and learned the stuff.” Two successes are Recording Connection Nick Becker who’s currently finishing the Master’s program and is gearing up for a job at a solid production house. Coby Thompson, a recent grad, has a paid gig mixing a rock band. So is learning the gear and technology all it’s about? Not really. It’s about getting a well-rounded skillset that serves you well in the studio and the world. “Sometimes people have a lot of skill on the audio engineering and producing side but don’t have good people skills and don’t know how to make connections. Sometimes they have the opposite.” No matter where you’re at today, the best externs remain confident and aim high. Speaking of the inner strength it takes to build a career in music, Bill quotes his friend Harriet Schock, the Grammy nominated singer: “‘If you’re trying to hit the ceiling, you probably won’t, but if you shoot for the moon you’ll hit the ceiling.’ And hitting the ceiling in the music industry is making a living out of music. So people have to be confident and believe in themselves.”Request an Invitation
Pieces of a Dream
Low Pop Suicide
Portugal. The Man
Lazy Ass Specialist
LL Cool J
Taking the Stage
Bad Girls Club
Make a Wish Foundation
Bob Sinclair,Marshmello,Steve Aoki,Robin Schulz,Borgeous,Nicku Romero,DJ Chuckie,WandW
With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.
Some certificate programs may not be available in AZ and TN. Please consult our school catalogs for more information.
Professionals in the music business—including famous producers and audio engineers who’ve worked on the music that inspires you—endorse Recording Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.
Learn one on one from engineers and producers who have worked with The Rolling Stones
Learn from the Engineer that records Deadmau5
Learn music production from Taylor Swift’s music producer.
Learn audio from the producers and engineers that have worked with Skrillex.
Kendrick Lamar’s Producer is a mentor for the Recording Connection
An Engineer for Jack White teaches Recording Connection students
Beyoncé’s Audio Engineer is a Recording Connection Mentor
Larry King endorses the Recording Radio and Film Connection.
Hans Zimmer endorses the Recording Connection’s mentor-extern learning approach.
Snoop Dogg’s producers teach our students.
John Mayer’s audio engineer is a teacher for Recording Connection
Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher
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The Recording Connection has locations all over the states, the U.K., Canada and Australia. If you feel like staying in California but want to move to Fresno, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got locations almost everywhere.
Hundreds of Locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Commercial audio studios exist in a highly competitive industry. To survive they need to have the latest gear on hand. With the Recording Connection, you will be learning at just such a studio. Guess what? That means youâ€™ll have plenty of hands-on access to the latest and best equipment available.
Most school's gear is second or third generation. Don't get stuck in their generation gap. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We put in a real recording studio. No classrooms involved. We pair you with a mentor who is doing exactly what you want to be doing, and he or she teaches you everything. You’ll be learning the business side of the industry while learning your craft. It’s an amazing opportunity.
Advantage: Recording Connection.
Your mentor will be someone who is actively recording and producing music in the genre that most interests you. He/she will teach you everything one-on-one in a real studio.
With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We only partner with producers or engineers who’ve been successful. Our mentors work with the biggest names in music. Needless to say, many of them have Gold and Platinum Records decorating their walls.
Learn from true industry pros. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We offer a job placement program for any student who needs help finding a job post-graduation.
We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our school is consistently recommended by professional producers and engineers. We’re known as the school that helps break you into the industry..
Endorsements from some of the best in the industry. Advantage: Recording Connection.
With the Recording Connection, you’re on the inside track from day one. You’re literally past the gate. You’re there, doing your thing. And you’re gaining experience that will carry you forward.
Get on the inside track. Advantage: Recording Connection.
We have a private tutoring program for anyone who wants it.
Private tutoring is available. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Connections are the life-blood of any creative person's career. They enable you to jump over hurdles, and they provide support and financial stability. You’re going to be swimming in connections when you’re finished with our program.
Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.