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Some of our graduates have gone on to become audio engineers, musical artists, and studio owners. Other graduates are producing and making their own Hip Hop, EDM, rock ‘n roll, R&B, Country and rap music.

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Experience life from a new perspective.

“My mentor said to really listen to what’s around me, use the world as my laboratory. Try to find the contrast between my senses, so I can use each individual sense more effectively. He also said to sit in the dark to really focus on sounds and/or music with my ears. This will be fun.”

The fastest way to become a pro.

The fastest way to become a pro.

“At my last session I learned more about the patch bay and helped set up for a session. I’m learning at a rather rapid rate and it’s great. I should be going far in no time if everything keeps going like this!”

Work with talented artists as you build connections.

“This week I learned about the different types of microphones and their typical applications. My mentor and I labeled all microphones that have a case and established which mics should be handled with extra care. He also let me sit in on a very cool session at the studio – the pit band for a popular musical on tour wanted to use our studio for a jam session after opening night. After a few hours of cleaning and preparing for 12-15 professional musicians, they showed up around 11pm and played some funky jazz covers, as well as a few originals the keyboard player wrote. They were all very talented musicians and very nice people as well. That was a great opportunity for me, especially being so early in the externship- so I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed that.”

Work with talented musicians in real recording sessions.

“This week I learned about the different types of microphones and their typical applications. My mentor and I labeled all microphones that have a case and established which mics should be handled with extra care. He also let me sit in on a very cool session at the studio – the pit band for a popular musical on tour wanted to use our studio for a jam session after opening night. After a few hours of cleaning and preparing for 12-15 professional musicians, they showed up around 11pm and played some funky jazz covers, as well as a few originals the keyboard player wrote. They were all very talented musicians and very nice people as well. That was a great opportunity for me, especially being so early in the externship- so I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed that.”

Beyond the curriculum.

“Today my mentor and I went over signal flow, he also taught me how the patch bay works. I got to do it on my own and learned it was not as hard as the books make it sound!”

Why I chose the Recording Connection

Why I chose the Recording Connection

“I chose RRF because, though I graduated from high school, I wasn’t really into school. I’m a lot more hands on then books open, and have always been since I was kid. The curriculum was in depth but easy to understand and extremely helpful. The program is full of Ideas, Insight, and ways to start pursuing your dream job. “Be as the Clay in the hands of an artist.” Keep your mind open, Take advice from your mentor, and Have Fun.”

RRF mentors are awesome.

“Lessons with my mentor are ineffable. His empirical, prodigious knowledge has one immersed in a sea of classical audio engineering and if you are lucky enough to be a sponge, you can absorb the technicalities needed to succeed. “

Build a working relationship with your mentor.

Build a working relationship with your mentor.

“I’m a recent graduate and was very excited to have had the opportunity to work with my mentor!”

Get your hands dirty.

“At my last lesson, my mentor opened up some sample tracks on Pro Tools and was explaining the functions of the different knobs on some EQ and compressor plug-ins. Then, I tried messing with the knobs in a poor attempt to get the track to sound good. The only difference I could tell when I swung the knobs back and forth was a slight change in volume and/or sharpness. He said EQ’ing and compressing are some of the hardest things to do and to not get discouraged. The more I practice, the more my ear will be trained to hear differences in sound quality. It was a good class!”

Learn the fundamentals as you extern.

Learn the fundamentals as you extern.

“I have been learning a lot about the basics of sound and makes sound and what has to happen to change an analog sound into digital to record it and back into analog so we can hear it. I have been focusing on key terms and lots about microphones. I have learned the difference between a dynamic mic and condenser mic and when to use phantom power and when not to. At the start of every lesson we do a review and walk around the studio and say what everything is from the different types of instruments to different cords to different types of microphones. Every week I go into the studio I get more and more excited and can’t wait for my next lesson!”

Run your own sessions under your mentor’s guidance.

“Last week my mentor let me control the DAW while sitting next to me. This time he set the prelim input levels and then handed control totally over to me! As the band practiced the song a few times, I watched all the levels and pulled back anything that was clipping. I adjusted monitor output to the three guys’ headphones so they could hear what they needed to. I recorded take after take, saving what sounded good and deleting the ones that they messed up. My mentor would come back into the room every now and then to make sure I wasn’t having any problems, but it was pretty much my session. I can’t put into the words the sense of accomplishment I felt!”

Work with major artists.

Work with major artists.

“At my last studio session, a hip hop group had just gotten there and I asked them if it was okay if I was able to sit in their session. They said it cool. The song they were recording had a real catchy beat. It was interesting to see how hip-hop was recorded, it was much simpler than working with a band. They were able to record the whole track and even got the mix done at the end the track sounded really good the artists were really happy with my mentor’s work. Then we set up next week’s lesson which is on time based reverb and echo delay. Really looking forward to it!”

Real sessions, real musicians.

“Today I got to sit in on another session with one of the staff engineers. I absolutely adore sitting in on sessions. I learn so much just from watching. It’s amazing how fast and efficient out staff engineer is! I can’t wait till I can pick my pace up like him. I loved having the opportunity to be in the studio, working with the people I hear on the radio.”

Learn from a pro.

Learn from a pro.

“My mentor does a good job breaking things down for me so I can understand!”

Gain a new perspective on the music you love.

Gain a new perspective on the music you love.

“Taking this course totally changed my outlook on music as a whole itself. I still obviously have a ton of work to do still, but at least now I know exactly what I need to improve on. It has been a great experience!!”

The fastest way to learn is on the job.

The fastest way to learn is on the job.

“The program has been very eventful for me lately, I’m engineering sessions with rappers, working with musicians moving choruses, deleting them and placing them in protools, overdubbing, etc. Also, my mentor just went over the racks and patch bays with me, setting up condensor mics – mainly the Neiman U-87, since that’s a favorite mic to work with. I can definitely say this has been a really good learning experience so far.”

Your mentor will guide you through the curriculum.

“Feeling a bit more comfortable with the surroundings and the way everything is working now. Digital audio was explained to me in the chapter. My mentor is really making it easy to learn and understand different aspects of waveforms and types of audio.”

Find work after graduating.

“Since I graduated, I am working on getting everything together for my bands upcoming debut album release this summer and the subsequent tour.”

Your mentor will take you under his wing.

Your mentor will take you under his wing.

“The Recording Connection has taught me a few things. One, I didn’t know jack about audio before I attended. (No pun intended). Two, workers in the entertainment business are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met and finally, three, if you apply yourself and take every opportunity that comes at you, you will be richly rewarded. On June 15th, I had the unique opportunity to attend “The Package Tour” as a VIP. Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees & New Kids on the Block came to the Wells Fargo Center and rocked the house for thousands of screaming women and I got to tour backstage, meet the musicians, stand onstage, watch the whole show from behind the soundboard and have Danny Wood from NKOTB sing directly in front of my face, quite a unique experience, indeed. None of this would have been possible without The Recording Connection and Joey Heier, my mentor, owner & operator of Crystal Clear Studios, author of the Recording Connection curriculum and my friend. Shout out to Uncle J for letting me borrow some of his vast amounts of knowledge and being a class act about it. You rock man.”

The best way to learn audio engineering is at a real recording studio.

“Reflecting back I learned a lot of valuable information over this course. I came into this course knowing a fair amount, but came away with so much more. I learned how to run sessions, more about digital audio, recording in a studio, pro tools, signal flow, learned all about different microphones, and so much more. I feel comfortable in my recording and mixing ability and look forward to starting a career out of my knowledge.”

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