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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following audio courses
with us in and around Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota)
Study as an apprentice and train for audio careers inside a real recording studio.
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 Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), Florida
Recording School Alternative
YOUR TAMPA, FLORIDA AREA RECORDING SCHOOL
The RECORDING CONNECTION may not be the only choice you have among Tampa-St. Petersburg Recording Schools–but we are the only school that gets you inside an actual Tampa-St. Petersburg recording studio where you will work as a recording student apprentice (extern) while you learn your choice of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub fusion, industrial, house music, trance and more), post production audio and electronic DJ. The smartest way to get started in audio recording and engineering in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area is to apprentice (extern) inside a recording school in Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota–and we’re the school that helps you get your foot in the door.
Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go recording school at a college or trade school, when for a fraction of that amount you can go to recording school in a real recording studio. Make the smart move, get on the inside track, and get your education in a real-world environment. Our recording school is the smartest, most cost efficient program available.
Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast around Tampa Bay, the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg anchor a greater metro area of over 2.7 million people, encompassing Clearwater, Sarasota and numerous other towns. Although not as high-profile in the music biz as L.A. or Nashville, this area sees a lot of music activity, due in part to the tourist industry and the presence of several area colleges. Tampa, St. Pete and nearby Sarasota all have solid local music scenes; Tampa itself has become known as a hotspot for various forms of metal music, much of which has centers around Morrissound Studios, a high-quality recording facility that has recorded projects by Seven Mary Three, Morbid Angel and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, among others.
Morrissound, of course, isn’t the only recording studio in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area; there are a number of other quality studios accommodating the needs of the broader music community here. If you are considering a career in audio as a recording engineer, live audio engineer or music producer, you’ll find plenty of learning opportunities here in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, and the RECORDING CONNECTION can get you close to the action in ways other recording schools can’t match.
The secret to our success is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, in which we bypass the sterile classroom environment by pairing you with a real-world working professional in the recording industry. This personal instructor will give you hands-on training in the studio with real recording projects, enabling you to make vital industry connections of your own–and most of the time, these contacts lead to future jobs. In fact, over 70% of our graduates get hired, frequently before even finishing our program! You owe it to yourself to see what our Tampa-St. Petersburg recording school can do for your career.
Success Stories from Students Near Tampa
Learn how professional recording sessions are run.
"This week with my mentor I learned mostly about patch bays. I learned how to connect everything to get the effects that I would want. I also got to help set up a recording session, so I learned about mic placement and tuning. I also got to see how everything gets patched for a real session. The session was recorded tape to Pro Tools, so I got the understanding of how that operates as well which is definitely very helpful to see everything done on a real live session! Looking forward to next week, which will be just as awesome."
-- McKenzie Stump, Ellenton, Florida
Gather your skills needed to secure jobs in the future.
“My first lesson with my mentor was great! We started by going over my first lesson reading that the Recording Connection assigned me. Then, my mentor took me into the studio for the first time! We started using a decibel meter to measure how loud it is in his quiet room and just how loud it was outside. Basically this gave me a hands-on feel of what my reading assignment was all about, which I had just gone over with my mentor. I learned that 85db is the correct decibel for recording. We listened to some mixes by popular Mixing Engineers and talked about what made this particular mix so good! My mentor really took his time with me and answered all of my questions. I truly look forward to going back in a week!”
-- David Castro, Tampa, Florida
Learn safety rules while recording in professional studios.
“From my mentor this week I learned about the importance of the sound levels and why you want to keep the level at 85dB when mixing. I also learned the importance of how the recording room is set up and how important it is too keep your ears protected from damage. We went over the importance of not listening to anything too loud before mixing or your ears will start to close and your sound levels could be off. My mentor helped me with a lot of questions that I had and was very helpful in making me understand.”
-- McKenzie Stump, Ellenton, Florida
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 Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), Florida Recording Connection Audio School Advantage
The Recording Connection exists everywhere. Anywhere a hungry student wants to learn, we’ll be there. Do you live in Tampa? St. Petersburg? Or anywhere else in Florida? Don’t worry. We’ll set you up with an amazing education right where you live.
The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Our Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.
We keep our school lean, mean, and fighting like a machine. We keep our tuition low so that individuals from all walks of life can afford to pursue their dreams. It’s just as simple as that.
The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Learn In a Recording Studio, Not a Classroom.
We don't believe in classrooms. You can't learn this business sitting in a classroom. That's why in our program, you’ll be learning in a real recording studio. You’ll simultaneously be learning the business and the art of music making. You’ll have a wonderful and unique opportunity to grow both as a person and as an artist.
Advantage: Recording Connection.
One-on-One Instruction From a Real Pro.
You’ll be learning everything you need from your mentor, who is a working audio engineer or music producer. You’ll be assigned your mentor based on mutual interests. Are you into rap, hip-hop, metal or country? Well, we’ll find you a mentor who can help you out.
With us, you are always number one. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Gold Records Line the Walls.
At the Recording Connection, you’ll be learning from the very best. We mean that literally. You’ll be learning how to succeed from people who have already succeeded. You’ll be absorbing the knowledge of award winning producers and engineers, people with Gold and Platinum Records on the walls..
Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Job Placement Assistance. For Real.
If you’re concerned about procuring employment post-graduation, don’t be. We have exactly what you need as a safety net: a true job placement program, should you not be immediately hired out of school.
The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.
The Only Recording School Recommended by Thousands of Pros.
You’ll see, given a little time to snoop, that we’re the absolute best audio recording school. You’ll see that we’re amazing both on our own merits and compared to everyone else. That’s why industry vets constantly talk about us.
You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.
On the Inside Track.
As you learn in the studio, you’ll be working from the inside. You’ll be picking up insider knowledge. You’ll be two or three steps of every other audio engineering student out there. You’ll have a leg up.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.
Are you worried about not doing well in your classes? Don’t be. We’ve got a completely free tutoring program that will help you maintain you good grades. You won’t fail because we won’t let you.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.
You’ll be making more contacts that you know what to do with in our school. You’ll be making so many contacts you’ll be practically weighed down with them. Don’t worry. You’ll need them all. These connections can make the difference between success and failure.
Real world music industry connections. Big Advantage: Recording Connection.