Learn Music Producing

Have a technical side and a creative side? Pursue a career in music production and satisfy both. Learn to shape sound. Find out what can transform a recording into a hit. With the right kind of education and connections, music producers can work with some of the biggest artists in the business.

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Studio

Welcome to your new office: the recording studio!

The Recording Connection music producing coursework prepares aspiring audio professionals for long, successful careers in the music industry as music producers. Through one-on-one, hands-on lessons, an accomplished producer teaches you the techniques, tools and practices of music production put into place by industry leaders!

In the modern recording industry, music production and audio engineering has overlap. As a modern music producer, you’re responsible for organizing all the moving parts on a recording project in order to create an amazing listener experience. This often includes recording and mixing the tracks yourself so you have to make sure you are ready and up to task.

The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, and understanding to fall on both sides the production-engineering spectrum. Equipped with these tools, you’re empowered to follow your own path towards an intense, rewarding career!

About the
Program

As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive music producing courses, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator. Students may attend part-time or full time and are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week depending on their schedule. The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:

 

Building Relationships

With artists, audio engineers, studio management, record labels, clients.

 

Audio Software

Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live.

 

Making Music

Composition, arranging, mixing, recording.

 

Hardware and Equipment

Analog consoles and digital mixing consoles, outboard compressors, preamps, and FX processors.

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Music Producing
Curriculum

In this lesson, we will take a look at the physics of sound. We will understand how sound travels through air, how our ears receive sound, and how our brains interpret the sounds we are receiving. Understanding this will help us build a foundation for how we can manipulate audio and create an experience, balance, and blend with the instruments that we are mixing. The most important thing to remember is not to feel overwhelmed. It is not necessary to understand these concepts on a scientific or mathematical level your first time going through them. Allow yourself to evolve with…

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What's Included

  • Music Producing online curriculum
  • The lastest version of Pro Tools
  • Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
  • MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from industry giants?

Russell Wolff Producer

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Russell Wolff Producer

Background

Musical Octopus, Russell Wolff. A Harvard grad who has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Producer, singer, songwriter, musician, author, DJ/MC, photographer, wedding officiant, actor, and owner of Krazy Pop Studio on Historic Music Row in Nashville TN.

He began his career in the theater, on stages in NYC; later opening and touring with bands signed to Atlantic Records, playing to sold out venues throughout the United States and Europe and releasing 6 albums. In the years since, he has produced upwards of 30 albums, worked with everyone from LL Cool J to Martina McBride, licensed music with MTV, built relationships throughout Nashville, Los Angeles, Boston and New York and has used those relationships to propel the careers of various artists. He is a voting member of the Grammys in four categories as well as a member of ASCAP.

Wolff tours on piano, guitar, vocal and is available to run sound for tours. You can see him in clips online playing with Martina McBride, as well as on Fox Morning News, PBS, and in shows with Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, Little Big Town, and YOUR next project. Recently produced, mixed, and toured with James Wolpert of NBC’s The Voice & sound for Lilly Winwood.

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Artists

Sugarland
Miranda Lambert
Michelle Branch
Little Big Town
James Wolpert / NBC's The Voice
Lilly Winwood

Peter Wolf Producer

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Peter Wolf Producer

Background

I have been passionately involved in the audio production field for 20 years, and have owned my own business for the last 15 of those years. I started with simple equipment and have progressed through many analog and digital advancements. I continue to pursue an understanding of cutting edge technologies within my field of expertise on a daily basis. I have and will always continue to strive for perfection in everything that I do.

I am a firm believer in the adage “where there is a will, there is a way” and I press until problems are solved and tasks are done.

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Artists

A&E Network
Brian Clay
Chico and the Hornets
Dying Within
Face Down
Gene Day
Heads Up
Infinite Aggression
Kevin James
L.R.A.
Nightmare
Matt Bishop
Mental Radio
Nosedive
Not for Hire
Outlaw
Part DJ Party
Pryme Tyme
Sick Little Monkeys
Something for Tomorrow
Space Hooker
The Bridge
The Neptunes
The Sierra Brothers
Violet Kill

Tim Palmer Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Tim Palmer Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Tim is one of alternative rock’s most recognized and respected names. Originally from England, then L.A., and now based in Austin, Texas Tim is a “household name” among famous musicians and record executives. His platinum credits speak for themselves: as a record producer, engineer and mixer Tim’s credits include David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and U2.

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Artists

Robert Plant
David Bowie
Ozzy Osbourne
Pearl Jam
U2
Faith Hill
Deep Blue Something
The Cure
Catherine Wheel
Goo Goo Dolls
Better Than Ezra
The Psychedelic Furs
Bon Jovi
H.I.M.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Tears for Fears
Texas
Switchfoot
Jason Mraz
Blue October
David Cook
The Mission UK
Mother Love Bone
Cutting Crew

Warren Huart Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Warren Huart Producer / Engineer / Mixer

Background

Warren Huart is a well-known songwriter, audio engineer, music producer and mixer who has produced, mixed and/or engineered on recordings for The Fray, Korn, Better than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, and Howie Day to name a few. Warren also has extensive Film and TV credits including Inglorious Basterds, Transformers 2, MTV’s The Hills, Lost, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy. Warren also co-owns a recording studio in Los Angeles, CA.

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Artists

The Fray
Korn
Aerosmith
James Blunt
Kris Allen
The X Factor
Howie Day
Better Than Ezra
Augustana
Ashbury

Geoff Gray Engineer

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Geoff Gray Engineer

Background

A student of the legendary Les Paul, Geoff Gray has worked with countless musicians and recorded hundreds of albums for over 30 years.

Locally, Geoff has helped bands come away with albums that are polished by platinum-record holding engineer standards. Geoff’s number one rule is quality, and combining the tools and tricks hidden by industry greats with new techniques has satisfied many musicians looking for a truly professional sounding album.

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Artists

Led Zeppelin
Mindy Jostyn
Larry Alexander
Bill Perry
Chris Lehman
Sonny Sharrock
Chuck Loeb
Brian Tarquin
Randy Brecker
Jock Bartley
Randy Coven
Nelson Rangell
Lincoln Schleiffer
Chris Caffery
Bob Mintzer
Jason Miles
Baron Raymonde
Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Rich Maraday
...and many others.

Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

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Lucas Abend Studio 369 co-founder Lucas Abend in Los Angeles.

Background

Lucas AbendAs a music producer, studio co-founder, DJ and mentor, Lucas Abend of Studio 369 (Snoop Dogg, Krewella, Sony Music) is the consummate example of the artist producer who’s constantly pushing the boundaries, breaking outdated rules and modalities and bringing the future into the now. That being said, Lucas doesn’t sustain himself on hype. Rather, he believes deeply in the importance and value of art, music making, and creative expression.

As a believer in creative expression, Lucas focuses on putting Recording Connection students’ own music and creativity at the center of the training every chance he gets. Their desire to make their own music unique helps keep them charged up for the challenges they can encounter while they learn the DAW (Pro Tools, Ableton).

“Part of it is having the challenge inspire you to keep working…That’s probably my most direct way that I’m mentoring, is helping the students find a creative workflow that works for them so that they have that motivation to spend 15 hours a week [learning]. That’s not easy. It takes some effort to spend that kind of time but once they’re spending [it], you see them get so much better. They improve so drastically that that’s kind of what makes it all worth it, is to see them improve and start to feel like, ‘Hey, actually at first when we first started I didn’t know what 4/4 meant!’”

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Snoop Dogg
Krewella
Sony Music

Shane Anderson Producer

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Shane Anderson Producer

Background

Shane Anderson is a seasoned music industry veteran. With over 20+ years in the music industry Shane has vast experience in production, recording, mixing and mastering as well as the ins and outs of the music business. Shane began his musical career in his early teens as a demo vocalist for labels and also as a sound engineer for the MUZAK corporation. At age 18 he opened his first studio location in Honolulu, HI called “Unique Studios” and oversaw the daily operations of the recording studio as well as landing several indie label deals and distribution agreements while in Hawaii working with local talent. In 2009 Shane released a solo album titled “Dangerous”. This album took off online primarily on MYSPACE and gained much success with over 2.5 Million plays worldwide landing him on BILLBOARD NEWSWIRE and ultimately landing him several placements on TV shows to include “The Kardashians” “MTV” “E- Networks” and Oxygen to name a few.

Shane moved down to Los Angeles 2010 where he formed with his long-time high school friend a production company called “The Go Gettas” where he continued to build on his credits and catalog working with artist who have been on American Idol, X Factor, Dancing with The Stars and Disney to name a few. After landing multiple placements in Film/TV Shane relocated to the Sacramento area in 2016 to build on Unique Recording Studios and help bridge the gap between artist and the industry.

Shane runs Unique Recording Studios as a production label, distribution company and recording studio for artist to create and focus on their art. Unique Recording Studios has also newly launched an exciting new venture at URS called “The Collective” which will allow producers, engineers, songwriters and artist to collaborate in house at Unique Recording Studios to work together to create music and promote building a large collaborative catalog of music to submit to labels, publishers, music supervisors and overall decision makers in the music industry. This will provide a great opportunity for students who complete their coursework at the recording connection.

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Artists

MTV
Spike TV
Oxygen
E-Networks
BET
The Kardashians
The Fosters
Taking the Stage
Washington Heights
Bad Girls Club
Disney
Make a Wish Foundation
The Truth
Michael Lynche
Mark Ballas
Stephanie Scott
Spun
Alex Mauricio
Amara Jean
AJ Green
Slo-L
CRBL
Missy Crissy
Simplu
Grasu XXL
Maria Cozette

Donny Baker Donny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles

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Donny Baker Donny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles

Background

Donny BakerDonny Baker of ES Audio in Los Angeles, CA has decades of experience in the music industry, both in studio and behind the console. He spent 13 years working as a touring engineer for some of music’s most influential and dynamic artists including: Madonna, Chick Corea, Aerosmith, Herbie Hancock, and more. Donny then moved his talents into the sphere of recording and audio engineering production at ES Audio alongside CEO and studio owner Jo Ann Bush.

As a Recording Connection mentor for more than 16 years, Donny’s passionate about helping tomorrow’s audio engineers, music producers, and music industry professionals discover the very thing that sets them on fire, and use their passion along with the insight Donny’s able to provide to create a solid game plan for building their careers.

As a result of their hard work and the expert training and experience they’ve been able to receive through our mentor-led programs, a great number of Donny’s former Recording Connection students have gone on build amazing careers for themselves:

Taylor Crommie recently recorded and mixed for DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia). Other artists include: Kembe X, Jay Rock, Wifi Funeral, YelaWolf, Lance Skiiwalker, Eric Hudson, Rob Vicious, and Reddish Blu.

Uriel Soto Jr. aka “Junior” got hired full-time at ES Audio (DJ Paul, Yelawolf, Yung Gravy). Now, Uriel is also a Recording Connection mentor.

Skyler Felix went on to work with Disney and VH1. Credits also include a top-10 record on the UK dance charts.

Morning Estrada has recently engineered for Aminé, Rosalía, Brandy, Trinidad James, Tech N9NE, Jessie J, and more.

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Artists

Madonna
Chick Corea
Aerosmith
Herbie Hancock

Zack Phillips Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Zack Phillips Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Zack Phillips or one of our mentors in the Bay Area.

Discovering his love of music while growing up in New York City in the ‘80s, Zack Phillips’ approach to music is “part science, part mysticism.” Gaining experience as a DJ and live sound engineer, Phillips received a formal education in audio engineering.

From there, Phillips honed his craft working at several studios before finally establishing his own studio: FreqLab Recording. In addition to recording, editing, mixing, and production, Phillips also works on developing the artists he works with, exploring innovative and inventive ways of engineering audio. Phillips has worked with a wide range of artists, including Talib Kweli, The Kooks, and Blue Hawaii.

You’ll be working in a state-of-the-art facility renovated by Phillips himself. While he made sure to design the studio to get the most out of the space, he also wanted to make it as comfortable as possible for engineers and artists alike.

If you study at the San Francisco Recording Connection, you’ll be working with people as passionate about music as you are. Up and comers, established stars, and other entertainment entities such as Comedy Central or Electronic Arts. But you won’t be watching TV or playing video games – you’ll be coming to work hard every day.

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Steve Catizone Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Steve Catizone Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Steve Catizone or one of our mentors in the greater Boston area.

Steve Catizone at Infinite Recording has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry across several genres. U2 and Justin Bieber, Billy Crystal and Bob Saget, and Disney and M-Audio. And while he knows his way around a studio, knowing your way around a client is just as important.

Every recording professional had their first gig at some point. The adrenaline gets pumping, you could be working with a star, and you might start overcompensating.

Chill.

“Don’t be too opinionated when you’re talking to the clients,” Catizone said. “Just sort of listen and absorb. See what the climate in the room is, and make sure that if you do say something, it’s tactful.”

And relax. You could be a master of your craft, but if you don’t have a good repertoire with your clients, no one will want to work with you. Learn how to read the room, develop solid relationships, and remember it’s a collaborative effort. The “hang-ability” will follow.

“If people enjoy having you in the room, it’s a big thing,” Catizone said. “A lot of that comes down to personality and basically just being a positive force in the room, and being creative, and knowing when to offer up ideas and how to tactfully do so, and knowing when to not be the guy ‘doing your job’ but just being cool to hang around with.”

This is the advantage of the Charlestown Recording Connection programs. Yes, you’ll learn the technical side of the recording industry, but you’ll also learn how to handle yourself while in the studio. We believe the one-on-one time with a professional mentor gives you a complete picture of the business.

That’s what sets us apart from the traditional method of learning. The sights, smells, and sounds of a real studio can’t be matched in a classroom.

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Bernard Johnson Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Bernard Johnson or one of our mentors in the greater San Diego area.

Bernard Johnson didn’t follow the usual path to becoming a Recording Connection mentor in El Cajon, Ca. He discovered a love of mass media as a 14-year-old, entering a certification program to find out how it all came together.

After finishing the program, he began co-producing a top-ten music show in Detroit and received an award for exemplary airwave checks from the Michigan Broadcast Association. Then his career took a turn: Johnson entered the military.

After a 20-year career in the military, often leading departments with 90 people, Johnson returned to what he loved as a teenager, earning a masters in audio production. While the military can be quite regimented, Johnson was attracted to the freeform method of instruction that Recording Connection offered students. As he knows better than most, the standard course isn’t always the best course.

“When I saw (Recording Connection) model, I was like, ‘Wow, this is it. I love it.’” Johnson said. “And it allows students to have the opportunity not to feel cemented to something like, ‘This is what you need to do, this is the direction and the route you need to do it.’”

The Recording Connection Program gives you access to a professional engineer, fully-functioning studio, and hands-on education, it could also earn you a career. The Noize Factory is a perfect example of that: Johnson hired one of his former students (Efrain Matias) as a staff engineer.

But you have to work for it. Recording Connection students must be willing to put in the time, effort, and focus to get the most out of it. Johnson expects nothing less.

“I do want to say commitment, passion, perseverance, and finishing until the end,” Johnson said. “They’re not just doing something for money or just doing it ‘just because.’ They’re literally passionate about it.”

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Joey Heier Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Joey Heier Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Joey Heier or one of our mentors in the New Brunswick area.

Audio engineer and studio owner Joey Heier has been in the business of making music for decades. With a client list that includes names like Christina Aguilera, B.o.B., Jill Scott, and Dru Hill, Joey knows what it takes to work in music. Furthermore, he has a zeal for sharing his passion for audio with newcomers.

So much so, that he’s gotten the nickname “Uncle Joey” from our students. He maintains contact with literally dozens of our graduates, many of whom have gone on to build great careers in the music industry.

We recently asked Joey Heier why he loves mentoring for Recording Connection. Here’s what he said:

“It’s a tremendous passion for me. I enjoy doing this so much. I have a style that I believe in. I talk with my students about a textbook answer that they’re probably going to forget immediately, and then give them an ‘Uncle Joe’ definition that’s two or three words that they’re going to remember immediately. Then they’re going to understand what the textbook definition is by hearing it in a simpler fashion.

“I have great kids that come in and really, really want to do this… I have an outstanding job, and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it with a smile. And that doesn’t happen with every kid, naturally—it really depends if they want to do it. But if they want to do it, I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach, and I think that’s why it works well for me.”

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Aaron R. Reppert Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert or one of our mentors in the greater St. Louis area.

Originally founded in 2000 by Recording Connection mentor Aaron R. Reppert, TravSonic Sound & Media has grown a lot since its early, humble beginnings. TravSonic Mobile, established in 2009, caters to a number of high profile clients in music, technology, the arts, and the corporate world. The thriving company offers a range of remote recording technologies and services for seminar, concerts, festivals, and events.

Today, TravSonic Sound & Media is an award-winning, full-service media production company serving clients from its Nashville and Overland offices.

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Rick Carson Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Rick Carson Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Rick Carson or one of our mentors in the greater Lincoln area.

Recording Connection mentor engineer/producer Rick Carson has a passion for teaching today’s rising talents in the world of audio. Designed by famous recording studio designer, Rod Gervais, his studio features three control rooms, world-class equipment, and has the distinction of having Nebraska’s only large format SSL mixing console.

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XLNT Sound Powerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare

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XLNT Sound Powerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare

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Danny Ferrare of XLNT SoundPowerhouse mentors Parker Ament and Danny Ferrare of XLNT Studios (Timbaland, Borgore, Brillz, Dan Farber, Kelly Price, Larrance Dopson of 1500 or Nothin) are the ultimate example of agile, entrepreneurial music producers who’ve got their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in electronic music production right now. The XLNT team are host of the popular YouTube web series XLNTSOUND, a must watch for those looking to capture today’s hottest sounds via plugins and specific production techniques.

Despite their easy going vibe they expect students to be receptive to learning and to take on a
“fly on the wall” posture when artists are in session in the studio. Parker says, “The first rule is: you don’t say anything unless somebody asks you. And even when they ask you, you should keep it short and sweet. You can’t kind of go on tangents, because then that might drive the session in a certain way.” In order to absorb the information that’s coming your way, he suggests “Take notes, if that’s your thing, or sit as close as you can to the screen, out of the way of the client and engineer, while really watching. Because, with every little note or trick, you’re going to be learning something new every second. Even if you think that you know everything, there’s going to be something that you didn’t know when you’re watching us or a particular engineer.”

Parker AmentSo what do Parker and Danny look for in the Recording Connection students they train? It usually comes down to one word—passion.

“Right when they walk through the door, we can see who is passionate about what they’re doing. Even if they’re shy, we can sense the passion. And I feel like that is the most important thing. If somebody is socially awkward or they don’t really know what to say during the interview or something like that, we don’t base any of that on what we’re looking for. We’re looking for passion, we’re looking for dedication, and we’re looking for somebody that is going to create their own path. So if somebody has the opportunity to extern with us, we want them to make their own path with the opportunities that we’re showing them.”

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Artists

Timbaland
Borgore
Brillz
Dan Farber
Kelly Price

Jason Phelps Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Jason Phelps Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Recording Connection mentor Jason Phelps is an audio engineer, producer, and musician who’s been involved in music all his life. He’s downright passionate about recording, producing, and teaching the next generation of music industry professionals. He expects the externs he trains to bring their A-game, and to listen and learn in a proactive manner.

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Ross Vanderslice Learn Music Producing Mentor

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Learn from Recording Connection mentor Ross Vanderslice or one of our mentors in the St. Louis area.

An engineer since 2001, Ross Vanderslice has worked with some of the biggest names in the recording industry. The experience he’s gained works perfectly with what we do at Recording Connection: pairing externs with seasoned professionals for invaluable one-on-one time with a mentor.

With multiple studios and state-of-the-art equipment, Vanderslice has worked with several Recording Connection externs. Doing it right is about so much more than having the right gear, software, or equipment. Because of his experience working with internationally-known acts, Vanderslice knows how to work with artists, how to make them feel comfortable and safe within the studio environment.

Here are some of the clients with whom Vanderslice and/or the professional audio engineers at his studio have worked:

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Artists

Nelly
Black Eyed Peas
Jaden Smith
Sade
Panic! at the Disco
Waka Flocka
Tech N9ne
Ludacris
Travis Barker
Son Volt
Chuck Berry
Rick Ross
Lil Wayne
Fantasia
The Game
Jurassic 5
Ja Rule
David Banner
Jive Records
Universal Records
Interscope
Rocafella Records
RCA Records
Motown
Def Jam
Yelawolf
Hopsin
Rittz
Lil Jon
Murphy Lee
Chingy
Capitol Records
Bad Boy Entertainment
Atlantic Records

DJ Axenzo Live DJ

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DJ Axenzo Live DJ

Background

Axenzo had recently graduated San Diego State University with a degree in mechanical engineering when he found that having achieved a major life goal, namely getting a degree to make his parents happy, had quite an interesting effect on him. Now that he’d achieved that, what else was possible? What could he achieve if he pursued something he was downright passionate about—music.

While an engineering student, Axenzo had tried to double in music but the classes weren’t stimulating and were “very theoretical” with nothing practical or new to offer. Brewing at the back of his mind for years been the idea of learning how to produce EDM. While it wasn’t a choice his mother would consider practical, to him it was the natural conclusion. Axenzo was an active EDM explorer who attended shows regularly, a lifelong musician who played guitar and piano, and even wrote melodies on a whim. Music was just the thing going on in his mind.

After completing his college degree with high marks, Axenzo spent a number of months training with a professional EDM music mentor who taught him Pro Tools and Logic with direct, one-on-one lessons. Although he already knew how to play a couple instruments he’d never set his hands on a DAW. Nevertheless he excelled fast, and consistently challenged himself while getting hands-on training and tips from his music mentor, a longtime engineer and EDM producer himself. During his time in the program Axenzo was able to create his own EDM songs, first starting on MIDI, then composing from within a digital environment. Crossing the bridge from having to play and record, to creating digitally “opened a door” for the EDM creator and DJ.

In the two years since graduating the program, Axenzo has built a promising career in EDM as a DJ who has opened for Bob Sinclar, Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, Borgeous, Nicky Romero, among others. Nevertheless, for him DJing and especially composing new material as a producer is a never ending journey. The great unifier isn’t by genre or culture for the rising talent. Regularly dipping into multiple genres and researching far and wide, Axenzo is in quest of something singularly specific: “I’m trying to create something that every time people listen to my tracks they’ll know it’s me. That’s my focus right now. I’m working on it every day.”

Now, the melodies and musical ideas Axenzo used to write on a whim are being put to use professionally as he divides his workdays between producing new material and performing at venues. He says, he’s even got a surefire way of capturing the music when it hits: “I open the recorder on my phone and just sing the melody to myself. Even if I’m in the shower, I’ll get out and record it.”

Now versed in Ableton as well as Logic and Pro Tools, Axenzo is fluent in the various DAWS and he’s confident in his capacity to continually explore and grow as an artist. And as for future goals, he’s got a few: “I definitely would like to play in big festivals. Hopefully at Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and I would like to go worldwide. I’m working on it. I know there’s lots of competition, but I think nothing is impossible.”

As for the time he spent as an extern in the program, Axenzo says, “It was an amazing journey. I am extremely thankful.”

Axenzo currently performs weeklies at The Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Pool House and Sunset Vibes in San Diego, California.

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Kevin Sharpe Producer / Engineer

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Kevin Sharpe is an Emmy Award winning producer, engineer, and keyboardist. He has produced, recorded or mixed many fine artists. Click here to see a list of credits.

Kevin began recording at the age of 15 years old with a 4 track Teac reel to real, a Yamaha mixer, Moog synth and a broken drum machine. Soon he was recording local bands and the neighbors dog. After years of making noise and honing his recording skills he opened a small studio in Troy, Michigan. twenty five years and a couple of thousand bands later, he still gets chills while mixing a great song.

As a producer, Kevin is 100 percent committed to doing whats best for the song, while preserving the unique chemistry of the preforming artist or band. By making the recording process work for the music, the artists vision shines through to the finished product. After all it is always about the music!

Kevin attended Oakland University before studying music at Rochester College. After completing his education, he has taken several courses at The Berklee College of Music.

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Who do music producer courses benefit?

To find out if music producer courses are of benefit to those aspiring to become a music producer, it’s necessary to understand what a music producer is. A music producer is the person responsible for making a song sound the way it does. How a music producer goes about accomplishing this varies from producer to producer and song to song. Some producers only produce their own music. Others produce songs for specific genres of music. Still others produce songs for a wide variety of artists and genres.

Rick Camp who has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Usher, Dr. Dre and many more describes what a music producer does.

“The music producer is in charge of either writing the material or if he didn’t write it, he’s in charge of organizing it and making it sound like a cohesive song. He calls all the shots on what’s played, and when it’s played, and how it’s played, and the sounds that are used, or the vocals that are recorded if they’re correct or not. The producer is in charge of everything.”

Electronic music has added its own nuance to the description of a music producer—an artist who brings his or her sounds to fruition using DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and other software—in effect, the artist, in addition to being the music producer, is now the audio engineer, the performer and in most cases, the promotion department too.

In addition to having musical creativity and vision, the music producer also needs to have an excellent ear, technical know-how, interpersonal communication skills, business and time management abilities, a strong work ethic and lots of passion. When working with others, they need to be able to take charge and lead in a manner that does not alienate the other creative egos involved in the song(s) being made.

The moment anyone decides they want to pursue music as a career is an optimal time to consider taking more structured music producer courses from someone who is experienced, respected in the music industry, and who is willing to teach and communicate with them—someone who can instruct them and serve as their mentor.

Who commonly benefits from music producer courses:

  • The EDM artist.
  • The self-reliant artist who wants to create their own music.
  • The person who wants to be in charge of how their own band’s music sounds.
  • The person who wants to be in charge of how other artists’ music sounds.
  • Those who need a bridge to other artists, producers, and recording studios.
  • Those who want to be the bridge between music and money.
  • Individuals who want to expand their musical horizons.
  • Persons who want to create new genres of music.

How do I take music producer courses?

For those of you wanting to become a music producer, we suggest you start by producing your own music. There are a lot of resources available via Google and YouTube that will get you started. This will give you a better understanding of what you know, what you don’t know, and where you need to improve your skills the most. More importantly, this will help you gauge how dedicated you are to becoming a music producer. If, after being relentless in pursuing this DIY learning track, you are still set on being a music producer, then research your various options for music producer courses. List your objectives—what you want to get out of these courses—and how each educational choice you are interested in will meet those objectives.

Here are your major music producer education options:

  • College and Universities
  • Trade Schools
  • Mentored Externship Programs
  • Structured Online Courses
  • Unstructured Online Courses
  • Friends

What is the best school for music producer courses?

Just like there is no absolute consensus on the definition of what a music producer is and does, there is no definitive answer to what is the best school or program to attend if you want to be a music producer. The answer to that varies student to student.

Some things to consider when choosing a music producer course include:

  • Who’s teaching the classes?
  • Which artists has your instructor worked with?
  • Does your schedule allow you to attend all the classes?
  • Can you afford it?
  • How long is the course?
  • What is the curriculum?
  • Does the curriculum cover your objectives?
  • Will the course provide the opportunity to make connections with music industry professionals?
  • Where will you be, career-wise, when you graduate the course?
  • Music constantly changes and evolves. The successful music producers are the ones who are largely responsible for this evolution. If this sounds like a direction you would like to explore, and are ready to make the commitment, we invite you to apply to the Recording Connection.

    Here’s why we believe our music producing courses work.

    Imagine how awesome it would be to have a career doing something you love. Think about what your life would be like if the recording studio were your office.

    Music producing is an essential component of the recording session. The music producer helps shape the sound, enabling the artist to get the recording they are aiming for. The music producer is part technician, part musician, and part creative force.

    Music producing is pressure-filled, hardcore, and intense– but, if you’re good at it you can achieve success and tt can be one of the most exciting ways to satisfy your creativity and make a serious living.

    Our structured music production course curriculum puts you inside a real recording studio under the direct tutelage of a professional music producer. You will go into the studio anywhere between 2-7 times per week, depending on your schedule (yes we can work around your needs).

    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people apply to audio schools worldwide in the hopes of breaking into the highly competitive music business as a music producer. But, this is the 21st century, not the 1970s. Getting what you need to succeed in today’s music industry has everything to do with developing your experience, your skills, and your knowledge of the business side of making music as well as the creative and the technical aspects of the craft.

    Every year, a number of new music producers break in to the music business and forge their careers as a producer. And guess who these people are? They’re the ones who have been educated properly AND who have the connections necessary to advance their dreams.


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    Why are connections in the music industry so important for aspiring music producers?

    Think for a moment: If you were a record executive and you had a hot new band you needed a producer for, would you hire a kid out of a traditional audio trade school, or would you hire a young music producer whose friends were telling you had the talent, creativity, and work ethic it takes to make the best record possible?

    You see, the dirty little secret of the music industry is this:

    No amount of classroom instruction will open the doors you need to make it. The way to make it in the music business as a music producer is to work your way up the ranks of a professional recording studio, where you can gain experience and make connections. This is exactly where the Recording Connection Audio Institute puts you from day one.

    But it's not all about connections; it's also about what you know.

    In the Recording Connection music production school alternative, you will go into a real recording studio 2 – 7 times per week, where you will receive private tutoring in all of the following:

    • Artist relations
    • Audio engineer relations
    • Studio relations
    • Record label relations
    • Client relations
    • Composition and arranging
    • Audio processing
    • Pro Tools
    • Reason, Logic, or Ableton Live
    • The ins and outs of signal flow and patch bays
    • Available audio plugins and how they work
    • Digital audio
    • Surround mixing
    • How analog consoles work
    • In-depth study of analog consoles
    • Signal processing and compressors
    • Correct microphone placement
    • How microphones are designed and used
    • How to perform a professional mix-down
    • How various studios are designed and how their monitors work
    • Electronic music and beat matching
    • Sync and automation
    • Recording and mixing ins and outs

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