Recording Connection Audio School

Introduction

About The Recording Connection

A division of the Recording, Radio, Film and Culinary Connection (RRFC), the Recording Connection is an industry-recognized trade school geared around providing you with practical, one-on-one training for a career as an audio engineer or music producer. Our overarching goal is not simply to equip you with the skills you need, but also to help you break into the industry by putting you in a position to gain on-the-job experience while making important industry connections.

Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) learning approach, we pair each of our students with an actual music producer or audio engineer who provides one-on-one training in a real recording studio. Our program combines a structured-yet-flexible curriculum with a large amount of hands-on training in the studio, which enables our students not only to learn the rudiments of producing, recording and mixing, but the business aspects of running a studio, as well as the inner workings of the industry itself. Since our inception in 1989, the Recording Connection has expanded its reach into all 50 states, as well as into Canada, Australia and the U.K., ultimately placing more than 11,000 students as apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across three continents. Our mentoring staff consists of actual producers and engineers in world-class studios, many of whom regularly work with Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling artists. We carefully screen our mentors to ensure they are giving our students the best education possible, as well as the best opportunities to connect with the industry in the process. The Recording Connection’s on-the-job audio training program is an excellent choice for anyone with a passion to launch a career as an audio engineer, music producer, live sound engineer, music recording artist, live DJ, composer or other industry professional. Our unique approach puts you in the right place at the right time with the right people to help you break into the industry.

Possible Career Paths

Within our basicaudio engineeringandmusic productioncourse, we are able to pair students with mentors that specialize in their chosen genre or field of interest. We currently offer customized training for the following career paths:

  • Electronic music production
  • Hip-hop music production/beat making
  • Live sound engineering
  • Post production audio
  • Audio for film, TV and video games
  • Touring DJ
  • Music business(artist management, label executive, etc.)
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Top ten reasons to consider the Recording Connection:

1. Learn near where you live. ( 250 cities to choose from)

With over 250 locations across the country, we can train you in a real recording studio within driving distance of where you live. No need to relocate, quit your job or say goodbye to your existing connections.

2. Low tuition

With skyrocketing education costs, it is not uncommon for students to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in debt before they graduate. For aspiring industry professionals, this can end a career before it even begins. We keep our tuition affordable ($9400, all supplies included, no fees) so you can focus on your career, not on how you’re going to pay your bills.

3. Prepare for a variety of music industry careers

Whether you want to produce, compose, engineer, DJ or perform; whether you’re into hip hop, electronic music, country, pop, rock or jazz; we tailor your curriculum to your needs, and we pair you with a mentor who can help you achieve your specific career goals.

4. Real job placement assistance

Thanks to our unique approach, many of our students get hired by their mentors or by connections made through their mentors. However, at the Recording Connection, we leave nothing to chance. For each of our students, we provide additional support, training and job placement assistance for up to a year after graduation.

5. Learn as an apprentice (extern), not a classroom student or an intern

As a Recording Connection student, you are not one student among dozens competing for a teacher’s attention in a classroom. Nor are you simply an intern who takes out the trash (although chores are a natural part of studio life). You are an apprentice (extern) who has been assigned to a real producer/engineer for personalized on-the-job training. You aren’t just learning concepts from a textbook: you’re learning the tricks of the trade from a real pro.

6. Work on your own music career

One of the things our students love best about the Recording Connection is that our course enables them to apply the things they’re learning to creating their own music. While many of our students simply want to engineer and produce for others, many others want to produce their own music. Our course enables you to up your own game. You’ll learn to record, mix and produce your own music, and even better, get it heard by actual music industry professionals who can help you get it out there.

7. Learn industry standard gear and software

Since you’re learning in a real recording studio, you’ll naturally be learning to use the gear and software that the pros use, from vintage amps to virtual plugins, from analog to digital. You’ll learn the industry standard Pro Tools, as well as other programs like Logic, Reason and Ableton. And you’ll get to practice on the gear and software without competing with other students for practice time.

9. One-on-one mentoring

In a Recording Connection class, there is only one student: you. No classes with dozens of other students. All the training occurs one-on-one in the studio, just you and your mentor. No glossing over things you don’t understand. Learn at your own pace. Ask whatever questions you like. This personalized attention is what helps people like you become great producers and engineers. And that’s what we’re after.

10. World-Class mentors with real album credits

In other schools, teachers often have their degrees and diplomas hanging on the wall. In the real music industry, success is measured in other ways. We partner with top producers and engineers across the country to mentor our students—people who work with superstar talent such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, U2, Aerosmith, Kendrick Lamar and many, many others. You probably won’t find college degrees hanging on the walls of your mentor’s studio, but you might just see a few Gold and Platinum Records, and maybe even a Grammy or two.

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Ableton Live Course

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee + 30 more

A thorough working knowledge of Ableton Live is essential if you're planning to be an electronic musician or club DJ. With its combination of powerful on-board virtual instruments, powerful arrangement tools and live-performance capabilities, Ableton is uniquely suited to the needs of today's electronic musician. [+]

TRAINING IN ABLETON LIVE: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. Since 1989, the Recording Connection has placed more than 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our students are mentored by professional audio engineers and music producers, including many who have worked on Grammy-winning, Platinum-selling projects by some of the biggest names in the business. Every Recording Connection mentor is screened carefully to make sure they have the proven experience and knowledge to to help our students get their careers off the ground. About our Ableton Live Course Curriculum A thorough working knowledge of Ableton Live is essential if you're planning to be an electronic musician or club DJ. With its combination of powerful on-board virtual instruments, powerful arrangement tools and live-performance capabilities, Ableton is uniquely suited to the needs of today's electronic musician. When used with the right controller, Ableton is capable of being the only instrument you need for designing, recording and performing your mixes. As a digital audio workstation (DAW), Ableton Live functions much like the others, offering you the ability to record, mix and master your tracks in a virtual production environment with industry standard audio and MIDI processing. But unlike other DAWs, Ableton also provides a powerful, massive sound and loop library, along with a set of amazing features that enable you to mix, edit and beat match in real time. With up to 4000 loops, nearly 400 drum kits, three samplers, five synths and more, Ableton Live contains just about everything you need to create a world-class mix right there in the box. But there's more: Ableton also features a powerful “Session View” window which gives you unprecedented real-time control of your mixes, enabling you to add, remove, start, and stop any or all the loops in your mix while your tracks remain in perfect sync. With all this improvisational and real-time performance ability at your fingertips, it's little wonder that Ableton is the DAW of choice for DJs and live performers. If this is your dream, the Recording Connection can pair you with a mentor who specializes in electronic music and can teach you one-on-one about the ins and outs of Ableton Live. Whether your interests are in EDM, techno, house, trance or some other form of electronic music, you'll receive hands-on instruction on the power of this important software until it becomes second nature to you. Ableton Live 101 - Module One LESSON 1: GETTING STARTED LESSON 2: CORE CONCEPTS LESSON 3: AUDIO CLIPS IN DETAIL LESSON 4: RECORDING & EDITING MIDI LESSON 5: LIVE MIXER & SIGNAL FLOW LESSON 6: COMPLETION 101 Midi and Music - Module Two LESSON 1: THE RHYTHM SECTION LESSON 2: MELODY LESSON 3: HARMONY LESSON 4: COMPOSITION & INSTRUMENTATION LESSON 5: FROM SESSION TO ARRANGEMENT LESSON 6: FINALIZING COMPOSITIONS Sound Design - Module three LESSON 1: AUDIO PROCESSING LESSON 2: SUBTRACTIVE SYNTHESIS LESSON 3: OPERATOR AND AAS INSTRUMENTS LESSON 4: RECORDING AUDIO FOR SOUND DESIGN LESSON 5: SAMPLING LESSON 6: IMPULSE AND DRUM RACKS Projection Completion I - Module four LESSON 1: SOUND & HEARING LESSON 2: AUDIO RECORDING 201 LESSON 3: ARRANGEMENT VIEW RECORDING WORKFLOWS LESSON 4: EDITING 201 LESSON 5: FINISHING TRACKS LESSON 6: MIX 101 LESSON 7: EXPORT & FAUX MASTERING Ableton Skillz - Module five LESSON 1: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES LESSON 2: MAX FOR LIVE LESSON 3: EXPERT TIPS AND INTERMEDIATE AUDIO FX LESSON 4: INSTRUMENT AND EFFECT RACKS LESSON 5: DRUM RACKS, SLICE AND CONVERT LESSON 6: LIVE WITH LIVE Projection Completion II - Module six LESSON 1: EMP/EDM Arranging II – Part I LESSON 2: EMP/EDM Arranging II – Part II LESSON 3: Advanced Vocals LESSON 4: Mix 201 LESSON 5: Mix 202 LESSON 6: Mastering 201 [-]

Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester + 30 more

Designed with the serious aspiring producer/engineer in mind, our advanced course builds upon the foundation laid by the basic apprenticeship course, giving you the opportunity to take your skills to the next level through intensive hands-on learning. [+]

For the serious producer: Our Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production course is available in all 50 states and Canada. Since 1989, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students break into the music industry by placing them as apprentices (externs) in real recording studios throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our students are trained by world-class producers and engineers, many of whom have worked with some of the biggest names in the business. Every mentor is carefully screened to ensure our students are receiving a quality education from someone with proven experience in the industry. About our Advanced Audio Engineering & Music Production course Designed with the serious aspiring producer/engineer in mind, our advanced course builds upon the foundation laid by the basic apprenticeship course, giving you the opportunity to take your skills to the next level through intensive hands-on learning. The Advanced Audio Program is for you if: You have completed the Recording Connection basic Audio Engineering/Music Production Course; OR You have opted to bundle the Basic Program and Advanced Program together; OR You have successfully completed the curriculum of another audio school and want more training, or want to gain more in-studio experience than you received in your previous studies. In this program, you'll learn advanced audio techniques in overdubbing, mixdown and mastering as you apprentice (extern) under a seasoned audio engineer/music producer. In the process, you'll also gain insider's access to the music industry by working with and connecting with seasoned pros. Lesson 1 - Review of the Recording Arts Lesson 2 - Compressors in Depth Lesson 3 - Sound Replacer and Drumagog Lesson 4 - Elastic Audio and Pitch Lesson 5 - Basic Tracking Lesson 6 - Drum and Bass Lesson 9 - Final Mix vs. Demo Mix Lesson 10 - Principles and History of Mastering Lesson 11 - Auto-Tune - Use and Processing Lesson 12 - Pre-Production Lesson 13 - Tracking Lesson 14 - Finalizing Drum and Bass Performance Lesson 15 - Musical Overdubs Lesson 16 - Vocal Overdubs Lesson 17 - Mixing Lesson 18 - Mastering, File Conversion, Data Management Lesson 19 - The Business of the Recording Industry Lesson 20 - Finding Your Place in the Music Industry [-]

Audio Certification Programs

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke + 30 more

After receiving practical, one-on-one training in audio engineering and music production with a seasoned professional, the next step is to become certified in Pro Tools™. We are proud and excited to offer this opportunity through the Recording Connection's Pro Tools™ Certification Programs. [+]

GET CERTIFIED IN PRO TOOLS™! Demonstrate to the industry that you have the skills to deliver under pressure After receiving practical, one-on-one training in audio engineering and music production with a seasoned professional, the next step is to become certified in Pro Tools™. We are proud and excited to offer this opportunity through the Recording Connection's Pro Tools™ Certification Programs. This tells the industry that you are no longer a student, but a certified professional, ready to tackle any project. You are eligible to take our audio certification programs if you: Have graduated from the Recording Connection course in Audio Engineering and Music Production; OR Have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from another audio school. By getting tested and certified in Pro Tools™ at The Recording Connection, you are demonstrating to over 5,000 producers and engineers worldwide that you have the skills needed to work with them as a producer/engineer or assistant engineer. How it works Our Pro Tools™ Audio Certification program includes two separate exams—a written test and a practical exam. Passing both exams satisfactorily gives you the certification credentials you need for your resume and portfolio and helps you to fast-track your career. This certification is an excellent complement to your Recording Connection Certificate of Completion that can help you get hired more quickly and get more gigs. Whether you attended school at the Recording Connection or another institution, the Recording Connection Pro Tools™ Certification Courses are further proof that you are qualified to work in the music recording industry. [-]

Audio Engineering Course

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow + 30 more

Prepare for a career as an audio engineer learning directly from the pros, apprenticing (externing) under a seasoned audio engineer. Break into the music industry by getting inside it from day one. [+]

Audio Engineering Since our inception in 1989, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students launch their careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. We do this by partnering with hundreds of carefully screened producers and engineers to mentor our students on-the-job and one-on-one. Many of our mentors are Grammy-winners who have worked with superstars and Platinum-selling artists. The Recording Connection Audio Engineering Program Do you dream of working in the recording studio with some of the best musicians in the world?
 Do you have a great ear for what sounds good and want to leverage that talent for income?
 Do you do your own recordings at home but want to take your skills to the next level?
 Do you love the creative energy of recording in a studio? 
Do you work well under pressure?
 Are you able to work with different types of personalities? 
Are you creative, reliable and hard-working? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please read on: BEING SMART ABOUT YOUR NEW CAREER AS AN AUDIO ENGINEER BEGINS WITH MAKING SMART CHOICES ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION. DON’T BE FOOLED: YOU CAN’T GAIN THE SKILLS, EXPERIENCE OR CONNECTIONS YOU NEED INSIDE AN OVERPRICED AUDIO SCHOOL CLASSROOM, OR THROUGH AN ONLINE COURSE--AND THE LAST THING YOU NEED IS TO START YOUR CAREER SADDLED WITH A TON OF STUDENT DEBT. WHAT YOU REALLY NEED IS TO LEARN ON-THE-JOB FROM SOMEONE WHO IS ALREADY SUCCESSFUL AS AN AUDIO ENGINEER. THE RECORDING CONNECTION CAN PUT YOU THERE, FOR A FRACTION OF WHAT IT COSTS TO GO TO TRADITIONAL SCHOOL. Prepare for a career as an audio engineer learning directly from the pros, apprenticing (externing) under a seasoned audio engineer. Break into the music industry by getting inside it from day one. Tuition is just $9,400. Course Features Learn on-the-job from day one in a world-class recording studio, not a classroom. Be trained in the studio as an apprentice (extern), not a student in a classroom or a nameless intern. Learn one-on-one from an established industry professional who serves as your mentor. One teacher to one student. Learn in a real recording studio near where you live, or where you want to live. (Hundreds of locations available.) Learn from someone who makes the kind of music you want to make (e.g., pop, rock electronic music, hip hop, R&B, jazz, classical, rock, country, punk rock, etc). Extremely low tuition enables you to graduate with little or no debt. Make legitimate, real-world industry connections that help plug you into the music industry. THE RECORDING CONNECTION IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRY AS THE GOOD GUYS—THE PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY HELPS YOU CONNECT TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY—AND WE HAVE WE HAVE THE ENDORSEMENTS AND STUDENTS’ SUCCESS STORIES TO BACK UP OUR CLAIMS. View our Audio Sound Engineering Course Curriculum [-]

Electronic Music Production Program

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry + 30 more

You dream about it at night. You obsess over it during the day. You know you have the natural talent, and you believe you have what it takes to make it in the industry as an electronic music producer. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. With hundreds of locations across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K., the Recording Connection places thousands of students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the globe. Our students are mentored by top-shelf producers and engineers, many of whom work with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists. We screen our mentors carefully to ensure they have the proven experience and knowledge to help our students launch their careers. More about the Recording Connection Electronic Music Training Program You dream about it at night. You obsess over it during the day. You know you have the natural talent, and you believe you have what it takes to make it in the industry as an electronic music producer. The only problem is that if you’re going to be anything more than a “bedroom producer,” you’ve got to up your game—and you can’t really get what you need in some expensive college classroom. You need studio experience, you need guidance from a mentor, and you need connections. Lots of connections. You need to get your foot in the door. Making the right choice for your education can be difficult, especially when it seems like so few schools offer what you’re looking for, and they charge too much for the privilege, anyhow. What you really need is a chance to learn from a successful industry pro in a real recording studio—someone who has already gone before you and made a successful career as an electronic music producer. This is exactly what the Recording Connection now provides with our Electronic Music Producing Program. We pair you with a seasoned industry pro as an apprentice (extern) to learn the ropes one-on-one in a real recording studio, so you not only learn to use the equipment, software and tricks of the trade, but you also have the opportunity to make insider connections and gain real studio experience. Whether your focus is on EDM, trance, chillwave or other styles of electronic music, the best place to learn is in the studio where the action is happening. That’s where we put you from day one. Course Features Learn pro-level software programs like Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase and Reason from a professional DJ, producer or performer
 Learn in a real recording studio. 
Learn to build your own project studio. 

Focus on the genres or subgenres of electronic music that interest you most. 
Learn at your own pace.

 Learn one-on-one from your mentor.
 Learn to produce your own music. 
Graduate as a certified electronic music producer. Lesson 1 - Electronic Music History Lesson 2 - Sound and Hearing Lesson 3 - Analog vs Digital Lesson 4 - Logic Install & Introduction Lesson 5 - Music Fundamentals Lesson 6 - Chord Progressions and Song Structure Lesson 7 - MIDI and Virtual Instruments Lesson 8 - Synthesis Lesson 9 - Virtual Drums Lesson 10 - Samplers Lesson 11 - MIDI Effects Lesson 12 - Flex Time and Pitch Lesson 13 - Microphone and Tracking Techniques Lesson 14 - Equalization and Dynamics Processing Lesson 15 - Effects Processing Lesson 16 - Mixing and Automation Lesson 17 - Mastering Lesson 18 - Song One Lesson 19 - Song Two Lesson 20 - Getting Your Music Heard [-]

Hip Hop and Beat Making Course

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton + 30 more

Take your beat-making and hip-hop music production to the professional level by apprenticing (externing) in a real recording studio alongside a major Hip-Hop Producer [+]

Take your beat-making and hip-hop music production to the professional level by apprenticing (externing) in a real recording studio alongside a major Hip-Hop Producer. Since 1989, the Recording Connection has helped more than 11,000 students break into the industry by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. Our mentors are all carefully screened, established professionals with proven reputations and skills, and many of them work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling artists. There is simply no better way to launch your career music production and audio engineering than by learning alongside someone like this. Are you dreaming of a career as a Hip-Hop Music Producer, Beat Maker, Songwriter or Audio Engineer? 
 Are you already making your own beats and want to take it to the next level? 
 Are you are a rapper or free style author of rhymes who wants to learn to set your rhymes to music?
 Do you see yourself as an up-and-coming hip-hop mogul like Common, Dre, Timbaland or Russell Simmons?
 Are you are a serious young man or woman who is ready to work hard to achieve your dreams? If you said yes to any of these questions and are ready to turn your passion into a real career, please read on: Your career as a hip-hop producer or artist starts with making good choices about your education, including AVOIDING STUDENT DEBT. Your career can be ruined before it begins if you get into serious student debt while trying to afford tuition. Besides, you really can't learn the realities of hip-hop production by sitting in a classroom, anyway—the right place to learn it is in a recording studio, and the right person to teach you is a working hip-hop professional. We believe that you shouldn’t have to spend $25,000 or more on an education that puts you in a classroom. That’s why we place you as an apprentice (extern) with a music professional who is making his/her living in the music business. It's also why we keep our tuition low, at only $9400 (which includes all your supplies). Course Features Learn in a real recording studio as an apprentice (extern), not as a student in a classroom with other students. Learn hip-hop production on-the-job—in other words, learn by doing. Learn one-on-one from an established hip-hop professional with real credits and proven skills. Learn at your own pace, according to your own schedule. NO RELOCATION REQUIRED. Learn in the city where you live, or where you want to live. Pay a low tuition that keeps you out of career-crushing debt. THE RECORDING CONNECTION IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRY AS THE “GOOD GUYS”—THE SCHOOL THAT ACTUALLY CONNECTS YOU INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS BY TRAINING YOU AS AN INSIDER. WE HAVE THE ENDORSEMENTS AND STUDENTS’ SUCCESS STORIES TO SHOW YOU WE MEAN BUSINESS. Course Outline Lesson 1 - Song Analysis Lesson 2 - Music Theory Lesson 3 - Sampling Lesson 4 - Manipulating Audio Lesson 5 - Sequencing Audio Lesson 6 - Song Writing Lesson 7 - MIDI Lesson 8 - Equalization Lesson 9 - Dynamics Processing Lesson 10 - Reverb and Delay Lesson 11 - Drums Lesson 12 - Sound Synthesis Lesson 13 - Vocals Lesson 14 - Monitoring and Acoustics Lesson 15 - Routing and Session Management Lesson 16 - Mixing Lesson 17 - DJ Lesson 18 - Mixtapes, Marketing and Management Lesson 19 - Live Show Lesson 20 - Music Video Homework is based on reading that correlates with the hands-on training you’re receiving weekly in practical, in-studio lessons. The sounds and tracks you create with the gear are reinforced by the curriculum, and vice-versa. There will also be a weekly quiz. [-]

Live Sound Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Cork United Kingdom Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham + 30 more

Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection partners with hundreds of established audio engineers and music producers to train our students on-the-job. [+]

Through our revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection partners with hundreds of established audio engineers and music producers to train our students on-the-job. These professionals are located in real recording studios across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K., and many of them work with Platinum-selling and/or Grammy-winning artists. As a result, we are able to provide our students with world-class, one-on-one training in hundreds of recording studios across the globe, giving them a real chance for breaking into the music industry. DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TOLD, YOU CAN'T BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY BY SITTING IN A CLASSROOM OR STUDYING ONLINE, AND YOU CAN'T LEARN AUDIO ENGINEERING FROM A BOOK. THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN IT IS BY DOING IT. That’s why we put you inside a real recording studio under the personal guidance of a mentor, someone who has worked in the industry for years and can help you achieve your career goals as a music producer, audio engineer, live audio engineer or recording artist. All your training and supplies are included for a low tuition of just $9,400. Live Sound Engineering Learn to be a front-of-house live sound engineer, now available through the Recording Connection Do you dream of working with world-class musicians? 
 Do you have a good ear for sound and want to make a career out of it? 
 Do you desire to gain the skills and expertise you need to achieve superb sound quality at live venues?
 Do you crave the energy of a live musical performance?
 Do you get a rush out of inspiring or moving people through excellent sound?
 Do you work well under pressure? 
 Are you creative, reliable and hard-working? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY/ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, A CAREER IN LIVE SOUND MAY BE FOR YOU! ARE YOU READY TO TAKE SOME SERIOUS STEPS TOWARD A CAREER? IF SO, IT STARTS WITH MAKING SMART CHOICES ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION. AS WE MENTIONED ABOVE, THIS ISN'T SOMETHING YOU CAN LEARN IN A CLASSROOM, FROM A TEXTBOOK OR THROUGH A COMPUTER SCREEN. YOU THE ONLY WAY TO GAIN REAL SKILLS AND REAL EXPERIENCE IS THROUGH AN ON-THE-JOB APPRENTICESHIP. GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH THE WORLD OF LIVE SOUND RECORDING AND ENGINEERING WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION. We pair you with a real, working audio professional from day one, enabling you to learn on-the-job by actually participating in the process. With the Recording Connection, you are not simply an intern: you are an apprentice (extern) who is being taught one-on-one. Receive personalized instruction from your mentor, and learn at your own pace. NO NEED TO RELOCATE. Learn from a real pro near where you live, or where you want to live. Learn from a successful, experienced audio engineer with real credits—someone who is making a living doing what you want to do, not from a teacher in a classroom. Receive the training you need at an affordable tuition that keeps you from being crippled with student debt. WE ARE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRY AS THE GOOD GUYS—THE SCHOOL THAT IS KNOWN FOR BREAKING PEOPLE LIKE YOU INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS. THIS IS WHY WE ARE ENDORSED BY SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES. Course Features VIEW OUR LIVE SOUND ENGINEERING COURSE CURRICULUM Lesson 1 - Sound and Hearing Lesson 2 - Microphone Design Lesson 3 - What Is a Sound System? Lesson 4 - Frequency Response Lesson 5 - The Decibel, Sound Level and Related Items Lesson 6 - Dynamic Range & Headroom Lesson 7 - Sound Outdoors Lesson 8 - Sound Indoors Lesson 9 - Harmonic Distortion Lesson 10 - Input & Output Impedance INPUT & OUTPUT IMPEDANCE Lesson 11 - Microphones [-]

Logic Pro Course

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford + 30 more

Do you hear the music in your head, and long for a user-friendly way to bring that music through the speakers or onto the dance floor? Look no further than Logic Pro X, the digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice for composers of original music and electronic musicians alike. [+]

LEARN LOGIC PRO WITH THE RECORDING CONNECTION: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. Since our beginnings over 25 years ago, the Recording Connection has placed over 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. This involves partnering with hundreds of top professional producers and engineers to mentor our students. Because of our high standards and the working relationships we’ve developed over the years, we are able to place our students with some of the most seasoned pros in the industry, many of whom work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling recording artists. Working the professionals of this caliber helps ensure our students receive the training and connections they need in order to launch their own careers. Personalized training with Logic Pro Do you hear the music in your head, and long for a user-friendly way to bring that music through the speakers or onto the dance floor? Look no further than Logic Pro X, the digital audio workstation (DAW) of choice for composers of original music and electronic musicians alike. With a full array of virtual instruments, drum machines and onboard synths, Logic has all the tools you need at your fingertips to conceive and realize your musical ideas. Design and shape your own sounds, or create nearly unlimited modifications of existing ones. Create a catchy hook or a sick beat in minutes. The possibilities are nearly endless. Speaking of making beats, Logic Pro has a plethora of options, including the unmatched Ultrabeat Drum Synthesizer, which allows you to access hundreds of top kits and chop and slice to your heart’s content. Or, create a studio-quality acoustic drum track in no time using one of Logic’s powerful virtual drummers. Access more than a dozen synths to create and modify mind-blowing sounds. Breathe new life into your guitar tracks by plugging your guitar into Logic’s collection of virtual effects, cabinets and amps. Whether your forte is rock or pop, orchestral or ambient, acoustic or electronic, it doesn’t take long to see why this DAW is the software of choice for musicians, composers and producers alike. The entire environment is designed to facilitate creativity! If you want take your production and compositional skills to the next level, a working knowledge of Logic Pro X is a must. At the Recording Connection, we’ll pair you with a working producer/musician who can mentor you on using this powerful software in the studio environment. It’s included in your tuition, and you’ll be amazed at the possibilities! Professionals who use Logic Pro: Nine Inch Nails Coldplay Foster The People Chemical Brothers Herbie Hancock Thievery Corporation T-Pain The Roots BT Rick Rubin Peter Gabriel [-]

Music Business Program

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles + 30 more

If you’re going to be successful as a record executive, label owner or band manager, you really need to be smart and deliberate regarding your choice of music school. There are many options out there, but many schools charge far too much money and don’t offer any real connection to the music industry itself. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION MUSIC BUSINESS PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. With hundreds of locations across the U.S., Canada, Australia and theU.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students find their way in to rewarding music industry careers by placing them as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios. Each student is paired with a mentor, a successful working producer/engineer with years of experience and real album credits. We partner with hundreds of music professionals across the globe, many of whom work with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists, to ensure that our students are receiving the best guidance, education and opportunities possible. The Recording Connection's Music Business Program is now enrolling! Are you looking for an exciting, rewarding career as a record executive, music mogul, band manager or other music industry professional? 
Do you have a desire to find fresh, new, talented bands and artists and help them reach a wider audience? Do you wish you had the connections and resources to do so?
 Are you perhaps already managing a few bands and artists but feel you need more industry connections to take it to the professional level? 
Do you have a drive and passion to find the next world music superstar and watch the world sing their songs? 
Do you dream of becoming the next Quincy Jones, David Geffen, Jimmy Iovine or Sam Phillips? 
 Do you have the work ethic and commitment to see these dreams succeed, if only you had the right opportunity? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY/ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN IT’S TIME TO CONSIDER YOUR NEXT STEPS VERY CAREFULLY. ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION TO TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY? DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS TO HELP YOU GET THERE? Straight Talk About Your Music Industry Career: If you’re going to be successful as a record executive, label owner or band manager, you really need to be smart and deliberate regarding your choice of music school. There are many options out there, but many schools charge far too much money and don’t offer any real connection to the music industry itself. By choosing one of these schools, you run the risk of taking on career-crushing amounts of student debt for little or no return on your investment. And for someone trying to make it in the music business, that can halt your career before it ever starts. Don’t be that guy or girl. Don’t make the mistake of spending $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000 for a music school education that offers no real path to your future, and don’t make the even more serious mistake of taking on that kind of debt. Let’s be clear: your key to breaking into the music business doesn’t lie in a classroom with a bunch of other students, nor does it lie in some sort of online program that offers you no real feedback. Your path to success lies in the music industry itself—with the people who are actually DOING the work, who can show you the ropes and help you make your own connections. The Recording Connection offers this opportunity with our unique music business training program. Instead of placing you in an overpriced classroom, we place you as a working apprentice (extern) with a real music industry professional who is doing the job you want to be doing. As you follow a structured course curriculum, you’ll gain lots of real-world experience as you work alongside your mentor, and you’ll learn how to make the connections you need in order to succeed (and trust us—success in this business is ALL about connections). Best of all, you’ll gain this experience, knowledge and insider access for a FRACTION of what other music schools charge, so you can graduate with little or no debt and get on with your career. The music industry is a highly competitive field, and it’s the smart ones, the ones willing to think outside the box, who are the ones who rise to the top. For you, that begins with making choices about your education that will actually help your career without crushing you with debt. If you’re serious about beating out the competition to become a successful record executive or band manager, the Recording Connection is here to help! [-]

Music Producing Course

Campus Full time 6 - 6 months September 2017 United Kingdom Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth + 31 more

Music producing is a key part of the music recording process. While the audio engineer focuses mostly on the technical aspects of recording, the music producer focuses more on the artistic process. [+]

Through the mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students by placing them in recording studios throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K. To accomplish this, we partner with hundreds of professional producers and engineers across the globe to mentor our students one-on-one. These mentors are carefully screened to ensure they have the proven track record and skills to help our students succeed, and many of our mentors are Grammy-winners with Platinum-selling albums to their credit. Music producing Music producing is a key part of the music recording process. While the audio engineer focuses mostly on the technical aspects of recording, the music producer focuses more on the artistic process. He/she helps shape the sound, enabling the artist to get not only the sound, but also the feel they are aiming for. This requires the music producer to be a technician, musician, coach and artist all in one. It's not a job for everyone, but for the right person, it is a very rewarding career with the potential for some serious income. The problem, of course, is that the industry is very competitive. More students than ever are enrolling in audio schools hoping to have a career as a successful music producer, but only a handful will actually accomplish this goal. Why? Because it takes more than an education to get into this business—it also takes real work experience and connections, which most schools do not provide. At the Recording Connection, we do things differently. From day one, our structured music production course curriculum gets you inside a real recording studio under the personal guidance of a professional music producer. You'll work through a structured course curriculum, but the real training happens on-the-job as you study alongside your mentor. This not only gives you the work experience you need, but also the opportunity to build relationships and make job-producing connections for the future. The Music Producer Program might be for you if: You are passionate about music that sounds and feels good, and believe you have what it takes to help create it. You have a basic understanding of music but need to learn the skills and vocabulary to work with audio engineers in the studio. You have a knack for identifying good talent and want to know to make that talent shine. You want to make or record, hip hop, country, rock, punk or any form of popular or avant-garde music. You have no experience, but you do have an undying passion for music, sound, recording music, playing music, or writing songs. You have some experience (or even lots of experience) in music production but feel you need additional training. Course Features Learn music producing on-the-job in a real recording studio where actual records are being made, not in a classroom. Learn one-on-one from a seasoned music producer with years of proven experience and real album credits. You are the only student in the class. Learn music production as apprentice (extern), not as a mere intern whose job is to run errants. Learn at your own pace, on your own schedule. Work around your day job, if necessary. Stay in your home town, or learn in a city of your choosing. NO RELOCATION NEEDED, because we have locations everywhere. Be paired with a music producer who specializes in the kind of music you want to make, whether it's pop, rock, jazz, R&B, country, metal, etc. Pay an exceptionally low tuition that keeps you from taking on crushing amounts of student debt. THE RECORDING CONNECTION IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRY AS THE SCHOOL THAT ACTUALLY BREAKS PEOPLE INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS. THIS IS WHY WE ARE ENDORSED BY SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE INDUSTRY, AND WHY WE HAVE THE STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES TO BACK OUR CLAIMS. Music Production Course Outline Lesson 1 - Sound and Hearing Lesson 2 - Basic Electronics Lesson 3 - Digital Audio Lesson 4 - Connectivity Lesson 5 - Microphones Lesson 6 - Mic Placement Lesson 7 - Tracking Lesson 8 - Intro to Pro Tools™ Lesson 9 - Pro Tools Basics Lesson 10 - Plugins and Processing Lesson 11 - Midterm Lesson 12 - Mix Theory Lesson 13 - Equalization Lesson 14 - Dynamic Signal Processing Lesson 15 - Time-Based Effects Lesson 16 - MIDI Lesson 17 - Automation Lesson 18 - Acoustics and Monitoring Lesson 19 - Mastering Lesson 20 – Final Exam [-]

Post Production Audio Program

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton + 30 more

At the Recording Connection, you’ll receive our exclusive one-on-one mentoring as you learn hands-on, working alongside top professionals in your field of interest. We partner with award-winning sound designers, mixers, and composers who have contributed to films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers, as well as top video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Guild Wars 2. [+]

LEARN POST PRODUCTION AUDIO ON-THE-JOB. AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA, ONLY THROUGH RECORDING CONNECTION With locations across all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Australia and the U.K., the Recording Connection has helped thousands of students launch their music industry careers over the past quarter century. Our collective of mentors includes hundreds of experienced producers and engineers with real album credits, many of whom work with Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling recording artists and musicians. We screen our mentors carefully to make sure our students are receiving the highest caliber of training and guidance available, enabling them to connect to the music industry and go on to successful careers of their own. Specialized Training in Post Production Audio (Film/TV/Video Games) Is Now Available Through the Recording Connection Are you dreaming of a career in composing for Film, TV and/or Video Games? 
Do you get a rush out of editing music and sound to sync to picture, and want to do it at the pro level? 
Are you passionate about writing lush string arrangements and/or electronic beats and synth passages? 
Do you record your own music at home but want to do it professionally?
 Do you dream of hearing your music on feature films, TV shows, commercials or other media? 
 Do you think you have the talent to make it in the post production world if only you knew the right people? 
Do you have the passion and work ethic that it will take to make it happen? If you answered yes to any/all of these questions, our new Post Production Sound and Music Program may be just the thing for you! Post production encompasses a wide range of tasks, from dialogue recording, ADR and sound editing to foley, surround sound mixing, sound design and writing music to picture. The sound and music that you hear on video games, films and TV embraces a wide range of styles and can include everything from electronic grooves to racing cinematic orchestral passages to specially created sounds for monsters, aliens, magic spells, car crashes and more! All of this sound is created by audio professionals at the post production level, online media and with the right skills and connections, there’s room at this table for you! At the Recording Connection, you’ll receive our exclusive one-on-one mentoring as you learn hands-on, working alongside top professionals in your field of interest. We partner with award-winning sound designers, mixers, and composers who have contributed to films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers, as well as top video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Guild Wars 2. Why One-On-One Training Works Well With Post Production In the post-production niche of the music industry, a special set of skills is required to be successful—more so than just learning principles in a textbook. In fact, most post-production disciplines such as dialogue editing, sound design, mixing, foley and music composition already naturally involve some sort of mentoring. Mastering your craft really requires getting one-on-one instruction and feedback from someone who is already successful in the field. This is why our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach is such a great fit for careers in post production: it is a much more effective way to learn these specialized skills than a classroom setting can provide. [-]

Pro Tool Course

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge + 30 more

Pro Tools was developed by a group of audio engineers out of the growing need for a software program that could replicate the functions of expensive studio equipment in a digital environment. Since its development, this powerful digital audio workstation has come to be the industry standard among audio professionals. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION PRO TOOLS COURSE is AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. With locations across all 50 states and on three continents, the Recording Connection has been placing its students as working apprentices (externs) in real recording studios across the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. We partner with only the most seasoned producers and engineers to mentor our students, many of whom work regularly with some of the biggest names in music. Working with professionals of this caliber helps ensure our students have the best chance of launching their own successful music industry careers. Learn to use Pro Tools, The Music Industry Standard Digital Audio Workstation! Pro Tools was developed by a group of audio engineers out of the growing need for a software program that could replicate the functions of expensive studio equipment in a digital environment. Since its development, this powerful digital audio workstation has come to be the industry standard among audio professionals. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a modern record release that was not recorded or mixed with Pro Tools, or a professional recording studio that doesn’t use it. Not only is it utilized by major label producers and world-class engineers alike, but it’s also found in home studios across the world, enabling songwriters, composers and musicians to access levels of sound quality once only available at the most expensive recording studios, and at a fraction of the cost. Suffice it to say that if you’re serious about a professional career as a music producer, audio engineer or other industry professional, you’ll need to “speak the language” of pro recording studios, and that means you need to learn Pro Tools inside and out. At the Recording Connection, you will be paired with an experienced engineer who will teach you this powerful software program in one-on-one sessions, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice with it and master it, not only in the studio but with your own copy at home, included in your tuition. Ultimately, learning Pro Tools will give you the versatility you need in order to be competitive in the music industry, whether you’re trying to get hired at a recording studio, producing your next hit record or opening a studio of your own. A working knowledge of Pro Tools helps qualify you for the following careers: Music Producer Mix Engineer Live Sound Engineer Music Director Sound Designer Sound Designer for Games Film Composer Music Editor ADR Technician Foley Artist Forensic Audio Specialist [-]

Touring DJ Program

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Leicester Dundee Bristol Nottingham Ireland Cork Liverpool Edinburgh Cambridge Oxford London Glasgow Cheltenham Plymouth Manchester Belfast Exeter Sheffield USA Los Angeles Newcastle upon Tyne Derry Ipswich Stoke Birmingham Northampton Cardiff Leeds Aberdeen Brighton Norwich Swansea + 30 more

You probably already realize this, but just to be clear: if you want to become a successful touring DJ, you won’t get the tools, skills or connections you need by sitting in a crowded classroom—and you certainly don’t need to saddle yourself with tons of student debt in the process. [+]

THE RECORDING CONNECTION TOURING DJ PROGRAM: AVAILABLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND CANADA. With hundreds of locations across the United States, as well as Canada, Australia and the U.K., the Recording Connection has placed more than 11,000 students as working apprentices (externs) in actual recording studios where they have a real chance to launch their careers. We do this by partnering with hundreds of professional producers and engineers around the world, many of whom have worked with Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists. These music industry professionals mentor our students one-one-one in their respective recording studios, giving our students the hands-on experience and real-world connections they need in order to succeed in the music business. More about the Recording Connection Touring DJ Program Do you think you have what it takes to make a living as a touring or club DJ? 

Do you have amazing taste in music? 

Do you already excel at creating your own mixes and mashups, and want to take it to the next level? 
Do you thrive on the energy of live performance? Do you love it when the dance floor is full? 

Do you feel you could succeed in the industry as a DJ if only you knew the right people? The Recording Connection’s Live DJ Apprentice (Extern) Program pairs you with a working, touring DJ who will teach you one-on-one what it takes to succeed on the world’s biggest stages. It's your ultimate all-access pass to the music-performance business. Tuition is just $9,400. Learn from industry pros You probably already realize this, but just to be clear: if you want to become a successful touring DJ, you won’t get the tools, skills or connections you need by sitting in a crowded classroom—and you certainly don’t need to saddle yourself with tons of student debt in the process. What you really need is to spend time in a real recording studio, learning from a working professional who does what you want to do for a living. You need to know how to conduct yourself in the music world, and you need real industry connections to help you take things to the next level. These are all things that you’ll be experiencing with the Recording Connection, because you’ll be working with real professionals as you learn on-the-job. Our mentors have worked with some of the biggest names in music—people like Skrillex, Lady Gaga, DJ Shadow and more—and these pros are standing by, eager to teach you their secrets! Don’t simply be a student. Become an apprentice (extern) learning from a real working producer/DJ, for a fraction of what it would cost to be that student in a classroom. This is by far the best way to hone your skills and break into the industry as a touring DJ. Course Features Learn in a real recording studio, not in a classroom. Learn from an experienced working professional, not a full-time teacher with no industry connections. Learn one-on-one from your mentor. One teacher to one student. Gain hands-on experience and practice by learning on-the-job. Make important industry connections along the way who can help you get gigs and launch your career. Learn in a real studio near where you live. No need to relocate (unless you want to). Learn at your own pace. Pay a reasonable tuition and graduate with little or no debt. The Recording Connection offers you an inexpensive, practical alternative to classroom based education by pairing you with a real DJ who can help you hone your skills. If you have the passion to succeed and a willingness to work, we have numerous DJs standing by waiting to help you realize your potential. [-]