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Learn About Time Management From Your Mentor “Lesson 2 with my mentor showed me how important the bit and sample rates are to make a great quality recording. My mentor also explained to me, in depth, how tape machines work, as well as how they have a much more... Read more

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Record Your Own Tracks in the Studio “When I got in the studio, my mentor had me mic up the piano and do my very first mix. Another student with the Recording Connection was there and played. He was very good and I got to record his set. After... Read more

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Use Your Mentor to Plan Towards the Future “I just wanted to say thank you to the Recording Connection for setting me up with my mentor. He is an awesome mentor and explains everything in great detail, which helps a lot. I feel as though he is going to be a... Read more

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March 25, 2011 Success Stories Learn what it takes to become a successfully recording engineer from your mentor. “This week was one of the best weeks with my mentor to date. My mentor and I first covered my lesson reading, except for the fact that he didn’t even open the book to... Read more

Success Stories, Jan 2011


2010-2011 SUCCESS STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE   Learn One on One With Your Mentor “I arrived and my mentor and I started going over the lesson and quiz right away. Like usual, my mentor explained everything to me as we went through the lesson. My mentor also showed me each of the... Read more

Student Spotlight – Dec08


#spotlight-container strong { color: #EC8630; } These Students Will Be Working in the Music and Audio Business by June 2009. WILL YOU? James LaMarca RECORDING CONNECTION STUDENT IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON My mentor and his assistant engineer gave me a brief outline of what I could expect from their instruction for the near future... Read more

Student Spotlight – Feb09


These Students Will Be Working in the Music and Audio Business by September 2009. WILL YOU?   Jason SzklarekCHICAGO, ILLINOIS MUSIC PRODUCING STUDENT My name is Jason and I’m currently a student at Recording Connection. When I had come to this program I didn’t know what to except. Sure, I had viewed the site to see... Read more


Now he does live sound for Eminem, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Black Eyed Peas and more. Isn’t it time you looked into the Recording Connection? If you’ve been to a LIVE CONCERT then you’ve seen the mixer at the board in the middle of the arena or stadium. Well guess what: THIS... Read more

Jeff


  When Jeff Burris decided to give up a secure job at a musuem to enter the music field full-time, he knew it wouldn't be easy. But it was a choice he had to make.   "Originally, my goal was to keep music as a hobby, but finally I... Read more

Dez Ward, Dallas, TX

Dez Ward, Dallas, TX


One of the most powerful parts of the Recording Connection experience is the opportunity for students not only to make connections, but also to build ongoing relationships with their mentors. This has paid off big-time for Recording Connection student Dez Ward, whose relationship with his mentor (a Grammy-winning producer/engineer) has... Read more

Jones Nelson, Nashville, TN

Jones Nelson, Nashville, TN


When vocalist and blues guitarist Jones Nelson moved to Nashville to break into the music industry, he knew he needed two things: to polish his mixing skills and to get connected within the business. That’s why he enrolled in the Recording Connection. But little did he know at the time... Read more

Jordan Robertson, Baton Rouge, LA

Jordan Robertson, Baton Rouge, LA


Jordan Robertson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has loved music as long as he can remember: “I bet I have music notes in my DNA,” he says. From an early age, he says, he was plucking out movie themes on the piano, and took an interest in producing music for film. As... Read more

Coke Youngblood, Los Angeles, CA

Coke Youngblood, Los Angeles, CA


Since he was a teenager, Coke Youngblood was serious about building a music industry career as a songwriter/producer—so serious, in fact, that when he came of age, he moved from Texas to Los Angeles, CA to pursue it. He started by getting his foot in the door in the licensing... Read more

Chingas Kemps, Nashville, TN

Chingas Kemps, Nashville, TN


From a certain perspective, it seemed like Chingas Kempas was already on his way to a successful career as an audio engineer. Self-taught from his teenage years, he says he had worked a former hobby into making actual income in his own part-time professional studio in New Jersey, recording a... Read more

Heather Crawford, Los Angeles, CA

Heather Crawford, Los Angeles, CA


By most accounts, Heather Crawford was already on her way to music industry success. A young, self-taught club DJ who gigged under the moniker “DJ Zienna,” at a fairly young age she’d already honed her skills and promoted herself to the point of spinning at a regular Hollywood residency, and... Read more

Orlando Gomez, El Paso, TX

Orlando Gomez, El Paso, TX


Not only does learning as an extern give you access to other professionals in the industry, but as Recording Connection student Orlando Gomez found out, it can also get you in the door of a ground-floor opportunity with an up-and-coming studio. When Orlando enrolled in the Recording Connection, his primary purpose... Read more

Charles Huston, Chicago, IL


From an early age, Chicago-based Recording Connection student Charles Huston knew he belonged in the recording studio. “My whole life I’ve kinda been a tech head…a gear luster,” he says. “My dad actually comes from the old L.A. record industry. My Dad’s been having me in and out of a... Read more

Eric Gonzalez, Los Angeles, CA


Recording Connection graduate Eric Gonzalez offers key advice to other students who extern in today’s studios: “Once they’re done with the program, if they don’t happen to get a job at that studio they’re externing at, don’t stop,” he says. “Google studios. Send them emails. Because who knows? That one email... Read more

Chris Litwin, New Haven, CT


From outward appearances, you wouldn’t have expected Chris Litwin to build his own recording studio, let alone start a career as a recording producer/engineer. Living in Meriden, CT, the 45-year-old was established, making a comfortable living as a senior mechanic. But he also happened to be a lifelong musician, and... Read more

Devin Zorn, Dallas, TX


Spend a few minutes talking with Recording Connection graduate Devin Zorn, and it’s apparent that he’s got some very specific opinions about sound and audio in the music he records and mixes. Take, for example, his own band The Q, which he describes as “if Pink Floyd made a dance... Read more

it actually turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected.

it actually turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected.

“Having a good bit of experience with DAWs I thought I would breeze through the sinewave assignment, but it actually turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected. It forced me to get used to the Pro Tools interface in a way that I hadn’t before, and it really got me thinking intuitively about how I could make a song with just a single sine wave. I ended up duplicating the sine wave a ton so that it filled up about 15 seconds, and then copying it onto 4 different tracks so I could create some polyphony with the pitch shift plugin, which I’d also never used before. I extended each part out so they came in staggered and exited staggered, with each track effected a bit differently. I then applied some fade-ins and fade-outs as well as reverb to create smooth transitions. The whole of the piece is short, sweet and ethereal though not all that crazy. It was definitely a good experience for me to start getting used to the key commands and the interface as a whole, especially in terms of differentiating it between Logic and Ableton.”

I’m really enjoying myself! :)

I’m really enjoying myself! :)

“This week at the studio, we went over balancing music. I was able to balance a song myself and it turned out pretty nice! My mentor taught me how to edit with Pro Tools, and we went over mic placement some more. It’s incredible how much a of a difference mic placement makes to a recording. Correct mic placement can save hours of editing, and I find that cool. I’m really enjoying myself! :)”

I found myself going back to mixing my music project

I found myself going back to mixing my music project

“This lesson taught me a lot about compression and like othes chapters this also gave history to the progression of different compressors that led to where we are today. And like other chapters I found myself going back to mixing my music project to see where I would apply compression and what sounds good. This week I was able to sit in on another session where I met another RC student who was learning from the same studio as I am. The client came in with two tracks and couldn’t quite make up his mind as to which song to create so he let Joe from Miller Street Studios decide. He (the client) talked about how long he’s been seriously pursuing music and how expensive it is a well. When I created music in the past it was for recreational purposes so I never looked at the financial aspect of going professional. I even played one of the songs I produced off of my phone that seemed to impress Joe.”

For day one, that was awesome.

“Day one brought me to a new level of understanding in studio life (as I expect everyday will). It was so thrilling just to be in a music making environment with the producers and clients. The lessons are starting off very slow, meaning I hope to be fed information much faster in upcoming lessons. But for day one, that was awesome.”

Learning about microphones was pretty sweet.

Learning about microphones was pretty sweet.

“Now I know why people still tap the microphone to see if it’s still on. Not that they need to, we have surely progressed since the carbon microphone. Another interesting thing was to see how some microphones developed and how some stayed the same. I was watching a show where someone was using a Shure SM 57 and I [excitedly] pointed it out. It’s an accomplishing feeling being able to apply what I’m learning into more daily actions. My goal this week is to record a few different talk-shows and name the microphones that they are using.”

I scored 100 percent on all section reviews!

“Today I completed my reading, section reviews and chapter 1 quiz. I scored 100 percent on all section reviews which resulted in 100 percent score on Chapter quiz. It has been a very good day. I’ve learned a number things about sound and how the body perceives sound. This chapter helped me better understand what will be required of me as an audio engineer and how important my knowledge of how sound works and my ears are to my craft. This chapter has been beneficial.”

This week I was able to work on a session

This week I was able to work on a session

“Chapter 3 was definitely a challenge. After re reading it at least 3 times, I had to reassure myself that it will all come in time. Being able to have studio time will help me with the things I might not understand on paper. This week I was able to work on a session with my fiancé doing vocal tracks for Vegas! The Show. Exciting to watch her in action on that side of things, and scared I would do something wrong in front of her on my side!! lol All went well and I was grateful for the opportunity. I have seen the show many times, so to be able to watch it in the studio and see a few things that help create it was a fun experience.”

Looking forward to sitting in on his session this Sunday!

Looking forward to sitting in on his session this Sunday!

“Chapter 3 was challenging, but I loved it. I love learning all these cool facts about audio and production. I never realized how technically similar music and film productions actually is! Paul is really down to earth and is really good at relaying concepts and ideas that I’d otherwise have trouble with.”

This week I learned about reverb and effects.

“This was a good chapter because I found this to really make a mix sound better learning more about reverb really helps a mix sound more full. Chorus helps a lot with me for vocals when I use it for a doubling effect. In the studio I got to see my mentor coach a singer that he is working with. He was telling her how she should build her song and what instruments should be in there. I got to see how an artist and the producer work together to make a song come together.”

I will be using these methods a lot during my music career

“A lot of different things were discussed in this chapter that I didn’t know how to do before and wanted to know how to. These different techniques can really make the difference in the sound you’re looking for. They add a punch to the hook of a song and can make the verses sound strong. I will be using these methods a lot during my music career and will be practicing and getting better and better at them along the way.”

What’s up guys, this week was a great week!

What’s up guys, this week was a great week!

“I got to sit in on two sessions, both of which, I was learning from Josh and were in studio B. The first session was on Tuesday (8/11) after my lesson on basic electronics. The client was this very talented guitar player, Nolan James. It was just a mixing session. We knocked out five songs in the four hours he had booked. Nolan was a very cool guy and just an amazing guitar player. The next session was tonight (8/13). The clients name was David Kramer. He had previously recorded acoustic guitars and vocals. Tonight was all about tracking my personal favorite, the electric guitar. We only worked on one song tonight, but this guy has got some talent. His voice is very trained and his guitar playing is exquisite. I actually got to set up the mics and stands tonight. Winterland studios has so much gear.”

This week was even better than the previous.

“I have been learning so much since the start of Recording Connections. This week was chapter four. Chapter four has been all about connectivity. So I found it very amazing to learn and study all of the different types of cables. Both in the digital, and the analog world. And I think the greatest part of the week has been learning the patch bay with my mentor. He has taught me so much already in these past few weeks and I can’t thank him enough. The patch bay was the greatest thing because it is the central area where everything comes together to complete a project. Learning the patch bay for me has been very fun and it is teaching me so much of how the studio works.”

Another very important chapter

“Another very important chapter for me because mixing is a big part of what I want to do in the music field. This chapter really clarified what I need to do to be a professional engineer/mixer and how I can achieve that. I wasn’t 100% aware on how important panning the music is and how big of a difference it can make a song. This assignment for this chapter will be great practice for me and help me learn how to become a master at it.”

It was really neat how it all came together.

It was really neat how it all came together.

This week at the studio I got to watch an electric guitar being recorded. One of the mics we used was a Royer 121. It was really neat how it all came together. I got to study microphones a little bit more. We went over metering, and also how to record at the perfect volume. Really cool!”

Tracking! Wow!

“It seems to be the most important part of recording. If you don’t track things well, there is only so much you can do in post to try and ‘fix’ any issues that arise. I learned a lot about what types of questions you need to ask yourself before the initial recording starts to ensure that the session goes smoothly, and sounds great. I can’t wait to put what I learned into practice and try it out with real equipment.”

This week I learned a lot about compression.

“My mentor explained how important this is to make your mix sound that much better. It keeps everything in place like if a vocalist goes really high and low it will keep it all at a consistent level so it doesn’t sound all over the place. He got into really good detail on how it works with the threshold, attack, release, and ratio. I also learned a cool trick on pro tools where if there a popping noise you can re draw the wave to fix the unwanted pop. My mentor was also moving some of his equipment around so I was able to see exactly how everything was set up and why it was set up the way it was. This was a really good learning week because I always have known about compression, but now I know exactly why and how it is used.”

Learning about the different cables and connectors was pretty interesting

“I actually got a break down of each cable and connector, what they are mainly used for and how they are wired. In the studio Thomas showed me a few of them and explained how some connectors have balanced and others have unbalanced connections. The balanced connection consists of three components which are hot, cold, and ground; these can travel at a further distance and sounds better then a unbalanced connection because unbalanced has two components: hot and ground. This chapter also showed examples of patch bays, explained the purpose for them and what cables are plugged into them. I was happy to finish this chapter, it was good to learn about the basics but it will be interesting to get started on learning about the mics and how to mic up an instrument properly or what mic will be better for certain situations.”

Chapter Three: Digital Audio

Chapter Three: Digital Audio

“What a week, chapter three was INTENSE! The process of sampling and quantizing and how a device automatically goes through this process, using the Nyquist Theorem, is quite amazing. Learning about the history of past recorders, seeing how the have progressed and improved was also really cool to see.”

Looking forward to every chapter to come!

“I was really surprised at how quickly I was able to grasp these topics about electricity. I am grateful for all the extra information my mentor has been giving me. He has really helped me to understand the practical applications of this knowledge in the studio. So far, I’m still excited and have been looking forward to every chapter to come!”

I cant wait until my next lesson

I cant wait until my next lesson

“My first lesson with my mentor K.E.V was amazing. We worked together on a new beat and it was a pretty cool track. He taught me how to take different instruments and separate them to work with each one. I cant wait until my next lesson and working with some more awesome equipment!”

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