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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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Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.

“My mentor also helped me out going over using gates and expanders in pro tools along with reverb plugins. Overall I feel I have a pretty good understanding of all the signal processors that we went over in that past few lessons.”

Learn by doing.

“The last time I was at my mentor’s I learned so much not just in mixing, but also in creating songs as well. I was able to understand mixing so much more with him than just by myself. That day really opened my eyes for so many possibilities creatively, both musically and sonically. I hope to continue working with my mentor to finish that mix session he had me start on and see just how much higher I can soar.”

It is Important to Understand the Basics

"I have mad respect for engineers because now I truly understand the process/buildup of a beat from the ground up."

Get Trained by a Real Professional

“Last lesson, my mentor and I talked about other kinds of digital effects like digital reverb, and how you can create different halls, chambers, plates, and acoustic kinds of reverb, all within the computer. Doing this program has made me realize it’s pretty amazing how we have changed so much because of the digital era we live in!”

There is a Right Way to Learn.

"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."

Your mentor will take you under his wing.

Brendan Morrison, Recording Connection Student

"I'm really stoked on working with my mentor – he’s not just a professional, he’s a cool dude and I hope to learn a lot from him!"

Real Sessions, Real Experience

“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!”

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

“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!”

Work with real artists as you learn.

“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!”

Learn by doing.

“After we got done going over a lesson, a female artist wanted to tune her vocals so my mentor asked if I had time to stick around, and I did. This part was really interesting because I had never seen this been done before. My mentor used a program called Melodyne or something along those lines to tune the artist’s vocals. They took each verse and tune each one that they felt needed it. The artist and my mentor then recommended putting a bass & cello in the song which was pretty cool to see how my mentor set those up and see what plug ins were needed!”

Your mentor will personally guide you through the curriculum.

“My mentor been very helpful in my journey. Helping me to get past the technical side of this schooling and making it much easier to understand. When I finally do understand it, it’s so exciting and makes me want to learn more. For example, last week I was having a difficult time understanding the “ins and outs” of patch bays and signal flow. Especially the part about configuring the patch jacks. But once my mentor was able to explain it in simpler terms and show me how it all worked, hands on, I was able to answer his questions and go back to the lesson this week and find that I understood it ten times better.”

Work with real artists as you learn.

"Working with a lot of different people, of the studio I'll be honest, I didn't know most of them (local bands) just because I don't know all of the bands out there but I did get to work with a pretty famous guitarist. He's a metal guitarist, that was a pretty cool moment when I realized "Wow, I'm working with some pretty famous people right now" and just sitting in and listening in on how they talk to one another and stuff is pretty cool. There was one session in particular where a mastering engineer came in and talked, they had a class from the Art Institute come in and I got to sit in on it which was kind of a bonus at the time. I didn't know who he was but he was actually pretty famous guy who had worked with a lot of big names and that was pretty cool… It's pretty interesting how big names come through there, they're just people, they treat people the same so it was pretty cool."

"At first I was kind of nervous and excited at the same time but it was really cool (to start the program). The guys of the studio I went to in Seattle were really cool and down to earth and I thought that we got along right away and it kind of help me build my confidence."

Jump start your career.

“I am excited about everything I am learning and look forward to the real life application aspect. My mentor explains everything thoroughly and leaves none of my questions unanswered. Simply being enrolled makes the idea of making a career out of music more real and serves as the perfect motivation.”

Real Sessions, Real Musicians

“I also sat in on a cool recording session. There was a younger musician who came in to lay down a vocal track. He brought in a lot of people for this session. There were a few extra engineers and producers that helped the session. There were also a few people that did the camera and the light for a music video. I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to many more sessions.”

Learn the fundamentals as you extern at a real recording studio.

“We went into using expanders and gates. He showed me how to the sound can be affected with different attack times mainly on drums. He also helped me prep for my own upcoming drum session. Overall I learned a lot of different things this week!”

The fastest way to learn audio engineering in on the job.

"EQ'ing was awesome. So many possibilities. ProTools is an amazing tool. Currently at the studio where I’m externing, I’m training on waves plug ins, but I’m also training on Focusrite plug ins at home. This week I learn about Compression, and I’m already doing some studying at home. This should be fun!"

Achieve your goals of becoming a music producer.

"Gaining the skills to do this, and working with an artist who has talent, and a message to get across, is what I want to do. I can help and support other musically talented people create their works of art for people to listen to, and show off their magic. The vibe that I get from being in the studio, as well as the feeling of the butterflies flowing through my body, is what I want all of the time."

Challenge yourself!

“This week was the toughest week so far. Both times I was in the studio we had a string quartet come in to record. They had a cello, 2 violins, and a viola. The hardest part of this was setting up all of the microphones for all four of them. Each musician had two microphones on their instrument along with three other room microphones to capture the sound of the room. In the end we had eleven different microphones. I took in and wrote down as much as I could about placement of the microphones to the pre-amps and compressor settings. The second day with the quartet was definitely a lot easier. We took pictures of the setup of the microphones so that on day two we knew where they all had to go. We also saved the track sheet that showed the signal flow from the microphones into the console. Setting up on Monday took us about two hours to get everything perfect. On Tuesday we had it nailed down to just under an hour. This was definitely the most informative week as of yet!”

Real Sessions, Real Experience

“The great part about today’s session was that I got to learn some things that cannot be read in a textbook. I got to be in a professional environment – and I had fun being there. What a great experience to have this early on in the program.”

Personalized advice from your mentor.

“Lesson eight was super helpful, I really was looking into how to mic instruments and this actually went into more detail on how to do it. Also, my mentor and I spoke about my goals, which are to own my own studio and open a record label. He gave me advice about the record label and reassured me if I have questions about anything or need equipment for me to ask him about it.”

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