"After finishing my first session, I was more hopeful for the future than I ever have been in the past, feeling quite motivated to go home and jump back into the workflow! My mentor taught me a lot going in depth on just about everything, even helping to guild in improving how to improve achieving the ideal setup"
“Right now I feel like a sponge, I’m ready to absorb any information that is given to me. So far, each week, I’ve been introduced to something new which is exciting.”
Real Sessions, Real Experience
“I enjoyed myself so much this session that I didn’t notice were the time had gone. My mentor told me I could leave around quarter to ten. I left the studio with much anticipation for my opportunity to sit in on the next musician.”
Real Sessions, Real Musicians
“I really enjoyed the musicians on this session. We recorded guitar and drum parts for about 5 songs. One song in particular took a long time to record. We couldn’t get that perfect sounding tone on the guitar, it just took time and patience to eventually figure out the sound. I also got to help set up for the session which was pretty fun and I actually felt like I was helpful”
Nothing can duplicate what you will learn at a real recording studio.
“I recently helped my mentor set up equipment so he could record and mix the bass guitar for a song. There were some problems with the sound of the bass at first, but after much frustration, he minimized the “white noise” it was producing and made it sound really good. It was a long and frustrating process, but I enjoyed watching and learning some of the other aspects of being an engineer and producer.”
Build confidence in your abilities.
“I have reached the midpoint of the program and things are going really well. I was also able to do a mix down of a hip-hop song and by putting my knowledge to the test in the mix it came out very well. I am very pleased with the experience I’ve gained!”
Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.
“Going in I was a little stressed because I didn’t quite know what to expect, but shortly I was at ease from the relaxed feel my mentor gave. I’m already learning the way of the biz and what it takes to be successful just on the first day.”
Real Sessions, Real Musicians
“At my last session an MC came in and did a few verses for another artist. With me being a songwriter I pay close attention to the words in songs and for me I like to make sense of them. A producer that she’s working with came in and the MC worked on some of her own material. The track was really nice and the concept of rapping (fast) to singing (slow) actually worked for the song even though at first I thought it was a little weird. She didn’t completely write the entire song yet and when it came to the hook she got stuck as to what to write. After sitting for a while and getting a feel for the beat, I asked if it was okay if I write the hook. She told me sure and so for the next 10 mins I thought about the concept of the song and the lines right before it and I wrote her a 16 measure hook that meshed well. I sang it to her and sent it to her to use for the song. That so far has been my best moment in the program, getting a chance to do that. I was in my creative and innovative zone and I was able to connect with the music and her lyrics. I put it upon myself to become a part of the song and it was great!”
Learn by working with real studio equipment.
“My most recent lesson was about compressors, how they work and the proper ways to use them in mixing. My mentor has a lot of awesome compressors including an 1176, LA 3A, and a Fairchild compressor. He showed me all the different settings on each one and the unique things that each one did. He also showed me the Lindell compressor he had just received. It is meant to emulate the 1176 with the output and gain knobs as well as the side buttons. Seeing all the outboard gear he has is awesome, before I had only worked with plug in emulations of those!”
Observe real recording sessions with professional musicians.
“I just witnessed my first live, vocal, recording session! It was a couple hours later than scheduled, but once the guys got there, it was cool to kick back watch how it all went down. Overall, it was a fun, learning experience, but I hope I get to see more than just vocals next time!”
Your mentor will take you under his wing.
"I am really enjoying working with my mentor, he's laid back and really explains everything in such broad detail which makes it clear to understand. I look forward to coming into the studio every week."
No matter your experience level, there is always more to learn.
“This lesson was a big help for me. I already knew a few things about consoles, but it was a real blessing to be able to sit down in front of one and go over what each knob does. It’s a big difference between the digital and actual consoles. It’s easy when you can do everything you need to do with a mouse, but when you’re in front the board you have to have skills!”
Beyond the curriculum.
“I’ve learned so much from being in the Recording Connection program. So far we just got finished a lesson about preamps and the different types, like tube and solid-state preamps. I also learned that it’s good to have multiple preamps because different preamps have their own unique style and can make the instrument or voice sound just the way you want it to.”
The best way to prepare yourself for a job in the music business.
“Another thing he got me on was the proper way of the terminology such as – ‘Room Mics and not Ambient Mics’ – he said better learn the way real engineers say it and not a book cause you will sound like an idiot in front of professional engineers, and you don’t want that! Favorite lesson so far!”
Get involved in real client sessions.
"This session really showed the importance of preparation when recording a full band because just setting up mics took a great deal of time, as well as breaking it down."
Learn the tricks of the trade in the only place that really matters.
“I got to do some practice mixes of the country band my mentor had recorded recently, but mostly I was observing him re-doing his mixes for the track been he’d recorded several weeks prior. He did talk me through most of his decisions, which was helpful for me, and I was even able to make some suggestions that he took every once in a while, which was nice. Made me feel like I was getting a better grasp on everything.”
Achieve your goals and jump-start your career.
"I have an amazing teacher and he just breaks everything down to me, takes his time and makes sure I understand. But I have more to come so I’m ready to work. I’m chasing dreams each and every day."
Learn the fundamentals from a veteran audio engineer.
"I learned a lot about automation. We had talked about it a little bit the last time I was at the studio but it was somewhat brief. I hadn't tried it before at home and my mentor showed me all of the different ways it can be used. Trying automation for the first time was a lot of fun."
Improve your technique as you extern.
"I really like what I’m learning, there’s always something new to pick up or expand on. I like how the program is set up, and I am glad I was able to see how tracks are actually recorded and what the process is like. My mentor is a great person to work with and he is always able to answer my questions."
One on one learning.
“I was slightly overwhelmed going into digital audio basics, my lessons are covering sampling rates, bit rate/stream, all the different types of files records can be converted into and basically converting audio from a sound into a visual thought for a system or computer. It turns out that, after my lesson with my mentor, none of it was confusing or over my head whatsoever.”