The Recording Connection
Audio Engineering School Seattle

Not like any other school:
We. Hit. Different.
Amplify your life by breaking into your dream career in audio or music with our unique 1-on-1 mentorship programs. Available in-person or online.

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Why learn audio or music production from an instructor on a campus when you can learn from a pro in his or her Seattle studio?


Not like any other school, this is Audio Education Updated, Reimagined, and Revitalized. Are You Ready to Take Your Place?

We hit different and here is why: 

In 1989, the Recording Connection opened its doors, offering a new way to learn. We removed the classroom and replaced it with a professional SEATTLE RECORDING STUDIO. We removed the professor looking for tenure with a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER cranking out the hits of today. We replaced the four-year university timeline with six to nine month programs.

More than three decades later, our mentors are still cranking out the hits, still working with state of the art gear, and still giving their students a totally immersive experience. Why work from a recycled syllabus, fight for facetime with the instructor, or learn on outdated equipment?

We understand there are many Seattle audio engineering & music production schools to choose from. What Recording Connection offers is something completely different. Our mentors utilize the curriculum around your needs, set a schedule to fit your life, and can even expose you to professional recording sessions almost from day one.

And you don’t need to wait until the “next enrollment period.” When you’re ready to work, we’re here for you. So many other educational institutions make you bend to their expectations, their schedules, their classes. At Recording Connection, we make it about you.

How are we different than other professional audio engineering schools?

We took that old stale classroom concept, rebuilt and upgraded it by putting your classroom in a professional recording studio. Then we emptied out all the other students and left only YOU and YOUR TEACHER (yay for one-on-one learning!) who happens to be a pro music producer (with killer credits) to train you privately (at your pace, full time, part time, nights or weekends available).

Your hands-on learn-by-doing experience starts here!

Endorsed By

Tim Palmer   (U2, Ozzy, The Cure)  
Warren G.   (Legendary Rapper)  
Hans Zimmer   (The Lion King, Inception)  
Ryan Hewitt   (Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers)  
Adam Moseley   (Rush, Wolfmother)  
Common   (Legendary Hip Hop Artist)  
F. Reid Shippen   (Newsboys, Toby Keith)  
Warren Huart   (The Fray, Disturbed)  
Steve Catizone   (U2, Justin Bieber)  
Joey Heier   (B.o.B., Christina Aguilera)  
XLNT Sound   (Timbaland, Borgore)  
Ricky Rich   (Travis Scott, Kevin Gates)  
Ira Parker   (Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross)  
Kevin McCloskey   (DaBaby, Dreamville)  
Donny Baker   (Madonna, Aerosmith)  
Billy Flores   (Eminem, Black Eyed Peas)  
Mark Christensen   (50 Cent, Trey Songz)  
Steve Sundholm   (Lil' Wayne, Ke$ha)  
Rick Rooney   (Diana Ross, Joe Cocker)  
Mike Johnson   (Justin Timberlake, John Legend)  
Yudu Gray, Jr.   (Talib Kweli, Ginuwine)  
Jesse O' Brien   (Matisyahu, Mumford & Sons)  
Zack Phillips   (The Game, Jessie Ware)  
Ryan Greene   (Megadeth, NOFX)  
Dave Pensado   (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé)  
Larry King   (Legendary Broadcaster)  

Close to Home Or in your Home
10 Miles, 10 Blocks, Or 10 Seconds from Your Future as a Music Industry Professional

Although synonymous with the Grunge music explosion of the late 80s, the Emerald City music scene has always been home to an eclectic, wide-ranging music world. As the largest musical outpost in the Pacific Northwest, there are many audio engineering and music production schools in Seattle to choose from.

But what if you live outside the city, in Bremerton, Redmond, or Renton? Getting in and out of the city can be a tough proposition. And when a worldwide pandemic closes everything down, most of those schools aren’t even allowed to open up.

For the past two decades, Seattle Recording Connection has been perfecting the way we do remote learning. Providing our students with digital audio workstations, e-books, and all the online access they need, you’ll be able to take our programs from the security of your own home. How many of those other traditional schools will do that for you?

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Work with the Stars and Amplify

Seattle offers a unique blend of gritty local acts, more polished regional artists, and large enough venues to hold even the biggest stars in the industry today. Your mentor will have worked with any number of genres, from indie-pop to EDM to hip hop to metal. From single artists to folksie trios to full ensembles.

When you’re working with a mentor, they won’t just close the studio down. This is their life - they can’t put it on hold for several hours a day. Which gives you the perfect chance to see how they move around the consoles, work with the talent, and take charge of the studio.

As you grow your knowledge base and technical skill, you can be asked to do more than set up the mics or run cables. Exhibit a responsible, professional demeanor, and that you’re learning and applying those skills during your time as a student and you’ll get your chance to shine. Perhaps more than anything, there’s one, single biggest thing the Recording Connection can provide.

Opportunity. Each session will act as an interview for a future client or employer. The hardest working people in our programs have gone on the road with touring bands, become artists’ own recording engineers, hitting the road with them across Europe, been hired as in-house engineers, or have even been hired on at the studios they learned. Every day is a new day to show just how indispensable you are.

The music business is built up by word of mouth almost more than anything else. Our mentors are some of the most respected audio engineers and music producers in the industry. A good word from them could go a long way to set up your career in the music business. But if you don’t put in the time, effort, sweat, and tears, what are the chances they’ll say anything at all?

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Seattle Music Programs

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 School

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 Engineering School

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 School and Beat Making

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 Engineer School

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 School with Logic Pro

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.

Electronic Music Production School with Ableton

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 Production School

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 School

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.

DJ School

Immersive Audio Production and Music Workshops

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 Audio School

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 Production Certification

Recording Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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Recording Connection Advisor Team

Seattle Recording Connection Audio Institute

801 Second Ave
Suite 800 #8034

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 504-1711

Seattle Recording Connection Audio Institute

301 NE 191st St
Seattle, WA 98155

(206) 922-8970

Bonney Lake Recording Connection Audio Institute

5641 195th Ave East
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

(253) 299-4085

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 09:00 - 18:00