Washington, DC

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 Washington, DC

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.


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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Washington, DC
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Music Scene in Washington, DC


If you want to launch a career in audio recording in Washington, DC, look no further than the RECORDING CONNECTION!  We’re the only Washington, DC Recording School that gets you working as an audio student apprentice (extern) inside an actual Washington, DC recording studio, where you will learn your choice of mixing, audio engineering, music production, live audio, electronic music-and its many sub-genres (dub step, trance, drum and bass, techno and more), club DJ and post production audio by working directly with the pros. Make no mistake: the smartest way to break into the recording industry in Washington, DC is to start inside a DC recording studio as an apprentice–and we’re the ones who can put you close to the action.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 20-50 thousand dollars to go to a recording trade school when for a fraction of that amount you can attend recording school inside a real recording studio. Play it smart, get on the inside track, and get your education in a real-world environment. Our RECORDING SCHOOL is the smartest, most cost efficient program on the market today.

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Located along the Potomac River between the states of Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is the nation’s capital and the seat of the U.S. federal government, filled with historic architecture and national memorials which attract tourists from all over the world. Washington, DC is also a hub for one of the most diverse music scenes anywhere, ranging from world-class classical music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to a vibrant indie-underground scene. Jazz, folk, rock, punk, emo, funk, R&B, hardcore–you’ll find it all here. Washington, DC has even developed its own local flavor of music known as Go-Go, a blend of hip-hop, R&B and rap.

To meet the needs of this broad music scene, Washington, DC is home to numerous live venues (both large and small), as well as a number of quality recording studios. Whether your interest is in audio engineering and recording, live audio, mixing or mastering, there’s plenty to keep you busy here in Washington, DC.

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Meet our Mentors

Produce music with the industry's finest mentors and musicians.

Steve Wright Washington, DC Engineer

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Steve Wright Washington, DC Engineer


Built in 1990, WrightWay Studios has been a staple of the Mid – Atlantic music scene and a destination for national recording artists since it’s inception. The Studio has an impressive client list including artists ranging from Rihanna, Dru Hill, Bibi Bourelly, Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot, U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta), Misery Index, Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne), Steel Pulse and Celebration, to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hezekiah Walker and many more. WrightWay prides itself in its ability to deliver the highest quality projects for artists in any genre. WrightWay has worked with artists from every Major Label including Warner Brothers, EMI, Sony, BMG and Universal and most of their subsidiary labels in addition to most of the region’s budding talent.

WrightWay’s Engineers are far more than just engineers. Each is also a musician, trained as a producer who fully understands what it takes to make a great record. Each Producer/Engineer is committed to delivering the highest quality product for every client. Wright Way’s Producers/Engineers have worked with: Rihanna, Mos Def, Blaqstarr/M.I.A., Lake Trout, Slipknot, Mambo Sauce, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dying Fetus, Fertile Ground, SR71, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

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Mos Def
Dru Hill
Bibi Bourelly
Dawn (Danity Kane) and Ryan Leslie to Slipknot
U.N.K.L.E and Bosnian Rainbows (Mars Volta)
Misery Index
Evan Taubenfeld (Avril Lavigne)
Steel Pulse and Celebration
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Hezekiah Walker
Lake Trout
Mambo Sauce
Lonnie Liston Smith
Dying Fetus
Fertile Ground
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack

James Salone Washington, DC Producer / Engineer

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James Salone Washington, DC Producer / Engineer


Salone Studio is a quality recording studio located in Jackson, Mississippi. We have engineers who record,mix,and master. If you need a great creative environment and perfection at a great price, Salone Studio is the place for you. Our staff is eager to work hard to meet your needs. We are the “go to” recording studio for musicians and producers who need a prestigious product.

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Jarekus Singleton
The Mississippi Mass Choir
New Jerusalem Mass Choir
Stephen Johnson
Benjamin Cone III

Larry Goetz Washington, DC Engineer

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Larry Goetz Washington, DC Engineer


Katy Perry
One Direction
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
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
Cavalera Conspiracy
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

Israel Lliteras Washington, DC Mentor

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Israel Lliteras Washington, DC Mentor


Israel Lliteras is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the LA Film School. Israel has been around the art and film industry his entire life. He began his career as an artist, successfully selling his works of art throughout the United States. With his artistic skills, he delved into the world of motion pictures. There, he found his passion for creating art on a timeless canvas such as film. Israel has worked on several projects in a variety of rolls and departments. By experiencing first hand the many key rolls that a production encompasses, Israel has a true understanding of the big picture.

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Lionel Pedro Washington, DC Mentor

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Lionel Pedro Washington, DC Mentor


Lionel is a great guy to work with… known for making the session as memorable as the final tracks. He has a critical ear and a dedication to detail that makes clients feel every aspect of their project will receive the same attention from start to finish.

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Ginger Grey
White Van
Low Orbit
Amity Beach
High Top Society
Frank Turner
The Gravity Within
Paul Price
AntiTrust Division
Johnny Rourke

Russell Wolff Washington, DC Producer

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Russell Wolff Washington, DC Producer


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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Miranda Lambert
Michelle Branch
Little Big Town
James Wolpert / NBC's The Voice
Lilly Winwood

Zarven Kara Washington, DC Producer / Engineer

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Zarven Kara Washington, DC Producer / Engineer


Zarven Kara is the engineer, producer and manager of Reel to Reel Studios and has worked in most facets of the music industry throughout Europe and Australia. He earned his living working in the clubs of Germany as a jazz guitarist and composer, and gained valuable insight and experience inside some of Germany’s finest studios.

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Chris Steinmetz Washington, DC Engineer / Producer

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Chris Steinmetz Washington, DC Engineer / Producer


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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Alice in Chains Jay-Z
Black Eyed Peas
Smashing Pumpkins
Kanye West
Suicidal Tendencies
Jimmy Buffet
Andrea Boccelli
Queen Latifah
Lupe Fiasco
Young Jeezy
Miles DavisTwista
Lil’ Jon
Tori Amos
Mavis Staples
Do or Die
Rod Stewart
The Cult
Koko Taylor
Koko Taylor
Faster Pussycat
R. Kelly
Limp Bizkit
Alacranes Musical
Verve Pipe
Crucial Conflict
Keith Washington
B.B. King
Honeymoon Suite
Albert Collins
White Lion
Paul Simon
Sones De Mexico
Crowded House

Oscar Diaz Washington, DC Engineer

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Oscar Diaz Washington, DC Engineer


Manage a team of recording engineers and interns to successfully record musicians and voice over artists. Record voice-over for commercials and sound design. Oversaw construction of two new studios, acquired all materials and managed labor through completion. Expanded the market to reach advertising agencies and production companies through multiple marketing channels. Maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

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Dr. Dre
Gucci Mane
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
MC Hammer
Rick Ross
Snoop Dogg
Too $hort
Warren G
Waka Flocka
King of the Hill
Apple Inc.
Grand Theft Auto
UC Berkeley

Sharrief Thomas Washington, DC Songwriter / Producer

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Sharrief Thomas Washington, DC Songwriter / Producer


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.


RC mentor Sharrief Thomas Talks Truth on Having the Winning Mindset

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Snoop Dogg
Water Music Publishing

Gradie O’Neal Washington, DC Engineer

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Gradie O’Neal Washington, DC Engineer


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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Bill Withers
Lydia Pence of Cold Blood
Grupo Vennus
Los Aquario
Lillie Knauls
Danni Bell

“Whenever I take a break,” saysa Recording Connection graduate Sebastian Lefeld, “I’m always thinking there’s someone else out there who’s doing what I do who’s not taking a break, and I get back to work.” It’s this very work ethic that not only helped Sebastian make the most of his Recording Connection apprenticeship, but also […]

Sebastian Lefeld Recording Connection Student


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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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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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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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’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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Audio Engineer for U2 is a Recording Connection Teacher

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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.

Contact the Washington Recording Connection

1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW #400
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 930-8040

Email: [email protected]

Hours: Mo-Sa 12:00 - 21:00

The Washington, DC, Dist of Columbia

Recording Connection Audio School Advantage


Located Everywhere.

The Recording Connection isn't just located in Washington, DC; we have locations all over the world, including throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia. You don't have to relocate to attend our school because we can place you for training as an apprentice (extern) near where you live.

The other guys don't come close. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Low Tuition Keeps You Out of Debt.

If you’re concerned with attending a school and graduating with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, you needn't be with our program. We purposely keep our tuition low so that our students can focus on their careers, not worry about how they're going to pay their loans.

The other guys not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Train In a Real Recording Studio.

You’ll be studying and working in a real recording studio, not in a classroom. You won't just be learning how the gear works; you'll be learning the recording studio workplace dynamic firsthand.

Advantage: Recording Connection.


Learn One-on-one.

You’ll be taught by a mentor who has been assigned to you based upon your interests. If you’re interested in hip-hop, we’ll team you up with a hip-hop mentor. If country is your thing, we'll pair you with a country producer. It’s as simple as that. You’ll learn from them one-on-one in their professional recording studio.

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


Learn From People Who Make Gold Records.

Our audio school doesn’t mess around. We only team up with the best and brightest. Our credibility depends on our mentors, which is why are selective about who teaches our students. Our mentors work with the best in the business, and many of them have Gold and Platinum Records.

Their teachers listen to the Gold Records our teachers produce. Advantage: Recording Connection.


A Real Job Placement Assistance Program.

Are you concerned about finding employment post graduation? Don’t be! We have a special program that will help you find work if you need it. (Although you probably won't—many of our apprentices get hired upon graduation.)

The other guys give you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Thousands of Professional Endorsements.

We’re the only audio engineering and sound technician school that is recommended by thousands of pros. We’re that awesome. People in this business love us. We rock. There’s no way around it.

You can count the number of pros who recommend the other guys on one hand. Advantage: Recording Connection.


On The Inside Track From Day One.

A huge factor in the success of our students is that they are learning on the inside. We know it’s cool to work in a studio. That’s great. But it also makes you an industry insider, giving you a huge advantage when it's time for you to find work.

The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Free Tutoring.

We offer free, unlimited tutoring to anyone who needs it. 'Nuff said.

Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Recording Connection.


Real Industry Connections to Advance Your Career.

Connections are everything to someone in a creative field. They enable you to do the work you want to do. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to network while you’re in the studio because the people you meet there could fundamentally alter the course of your career. With the Washington, DC Recording Connection, you'll be in daily contact with real industry pros you'd never meet in a classroom.

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