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Santa Barbara / California

Recording Connection
Audio School

The Santa Barbara Recording Connection

If you’re looking for a quality music school for audio engineering and music production in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo area–look no further! We’re the RECORDING CONNECTION, the music school that gets you hooked up as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo recording studio, where you will learn your choice of music production, audio engineering, mixing, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub fusion, industrial, house music, trance and more), club DJ and post production audio. One of the best ways to make a start in this area’s recording scene is to apprentice (extern) inside a recording studio in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or San Luis Obispo–and we’re the ones who can get your foot in the door.

You don’t have to spend 20-50 thousand dollars to go to music recording school; you can go to music school in a real recording studio for far less. Get on the inside track by getting tour education in a real-world environment. Our MUSIC RECORDING SCHOOL alternative offers a highly effective and affordable way to get started in the music industry.

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The cities of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo are located along California’s south-central coastline, on a 100-mile stretch of Highway 101. Although this area is shadowed by the huge music scene of L.A. a short drive south, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo area still has a solid musical presence, with plenty of live venues and recording studios to service the needs of the area. This area has also been home to a number of notable bands and artists, not the least of which are Jon Anderson (lead singer of Yes), Peter Buck (guitarist for R.E.M.), indie rock band Watashi Wa, rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, and pop superstar Katy Perry, just to name a few.  If you’re considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo area has plenty of learning opportunities, and is close enough to the Los Angeles area that it can provide a quieter alternative to living there.

The secret to the RECORDING CONNECTION's success is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, you'll be paired with a working professional in the recording industry who will personally train you on recording and audio projects. Along the way, you'll make important industry contacts that can lead to future work. In fact, over 70 percent of our graduates go on to permanent industry jobs, many times even before they finish our program. You could be next! Enroll in our Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo Music School today, and let us get you hooked up with your personal instructor right away.

Study any of the
following audio courses
with us in and around Santa Barbara

Study as an apprentice and train for audio careers inside a real recording studio.

Audio Engineering Program (Pro Tools)

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Electronic Music Artist (Ableton)

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Music Producing Program

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Hip Hop Producer Program

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Audio Certification

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Live DJ

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Live Sound Engineer

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Learn from Legends

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Logic Electronic Music

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Post Production For Film and TV

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Music Business

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Advanced Audio

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Pro Tools™

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Logic Pro

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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.

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Locations of our Santa Barbara area campuses

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The Santa Barbara, California Recording Connection Audio School Advantage


We’ve Got Locations Worldwide.

The Recording Connection Audio School has locations across the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia. Here in California, besides having locations in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, we also have them in San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, just to name a few.

Hundreds of locations. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Super Low Tuition.

We believe a quality education should be affordable, and that you shouldn't have to bury yourself in debt just to go to school. At the Recording Connection audio technician school, we keep our tuition low. In fact, with our tuition, you can graduate with little or no debt.


Go To Class In a Real Recording Studio.

The Recording Connection sound technician school doesn't use traditional classrooms. Instead, we place you as an apprentice (extern) in a real recording studio, pairing you with a working producer or engineer who teaches you on-the-job.

Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn One-on-One.

You’ll be learning everything there is to know about the art and craft of recording. You’ll be learning it one on one from your mentor. You’ll also be learning what it’s like to work in a real recording studio. These are both invaluable experiences.

With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Our Mentors Have Lots Of Gold Records.

Our mentors work with the biggest names in the business—with everybody from Lady Gaga to My Chemical Romance to 50 Cent. We only partner with amazing talent because we want our school to be amazing. Suffice it to say, Gold Records are common in our mentors' studios.

Learn from real pros with real industry accolades. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Job Placement Assistance Program.

If you’re concerned about the fact that jobs are hard to find right now, don’t be. If you don’t find a job immediately after graduating, we offer real, active job placement assistance for up to 12 months after graduation.

We don't just give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Industry Pros Recommend Us.

The Recording Connection is vouched for by people from all over the industry. Our program works. That’s the simple truth.

Endorsements from some of the best in the business. Advantage: Recording Connection.


From Day One, You’re On the Inside.

In our audio school, you are on the inside track from the beginning. You’re working at moving up, not breaking in. That’s important. Because you've already been placed in a recording studio as an apprentice (extern), you’re ALREADY in.

Get on the inside track. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Free Tutoring.

Struggling with an assignment or project? Mentor not available? Our tutoring program will get you over the hump. It's free, and unlimited for our students.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.



Connections are key to breaking into this business. The good news is, you’ll be making them by the bucket load in the Recording Connection. It’ll be amazing how many connections you’ll make. Now, you’ll just have to figure out what to do with them.

Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.