FOR PARENTS OF PROSPECTIVE RECORDING CONNECTION STUDENTS
You most likely landed on this page to find out about the “Recording Connection scam” because you want the best for your child’s eduction and are being smart and performing your due diligence. Before we present what we think are the facts, it is important to realize that in this day and age a Google search for a certain business or person that returns results for ‘scam’ should never be taken as Gospel without further research.
The fact is that one determined zealot with too much time on their hands can cause havoc with just about any business from Apple to Zappos and all points in between. (Just Google “Apple scams” or “Zappos scams” to verify this statement.) Online trashing has gotten so prevalent that a Google executive recently stated that the children of today are going to have to change their names two or three times in their lifetimes just to periodically clean up their online reputations.
And what is the reputable company supposed to do in the case of biased, illegitimate online trashing? They really have only three choices: 1) Ignore it. While this requires no money or effort, it doesn’t answer the question that brought you to this page–is the Recording Connection a scam? 2) Hire a reputation management company and spend $50,000 to $100,000 or more to bury these negative “scam” Google search results. While this will clean up the search results, it is cost prohibitive to all but the largest companies. 3) State the facts objectively and let you make up your own mind. And that’s exactly what this webpage is about. This is an “un-official” website built and maintained by a few of Recording Connection mentors (the very studio engineers and music producers who will be teaching your kid if you decide to send them to the Recording Connection.)
WHO TEACHES AT THE RECORDING CONNECTION?
Before you take our word for things, let’s properly introduce ourselves. (NOTE: In life, name dropping is sometimes considered bad form; in the music industry name dropping is essential to survival.)
AUSTIN, TEXAS RECORDING CONNECTION MENTOR
Here’s a small sampling of the bands Tim Palmer has recorded and produced: Blue October, David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and U2.
LOS ANGELES, CA RECORDING CONNECTION GRADUATE AND MENTOR
LOS ANGELES RECORDING CONNECTION MENTOR
As an audio engineer, Warren has worked with The Fray, Korn, Better than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, and Howie Day to name a few. His film and TV credits include Inglorious Basterds, Transformers 2, MTV’s The Hills, Lost, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy.
NASHVILLE, TN RECORDING CONNECTION MENTOR
LOS ANGELES, CA RECORDING CONNECTION MENTOR
Steven has worked with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Iovine, Eminem and 50 Cent.
Among his gigantic list of film credits, you’re probably heard his work on Shall We Dance, Titanic and The Life of Brian.
At this point we hope you’re asking yourself the following questions: 1) Does any other recording school have working professional audio engineers and music producers of this caliber? 2) What are the odds that ALL of these music professionals would be involved in a scam?
After reflecting on these questions we trust you will give a few moments on what we have to say about the Recording Connection: why we feel the Recording Connection works; why we endorse the Recording Connection; why we serve as mentors for the Recording Connection.
CHRIS SHELDON: “The Recording Connection Audio Institute is, in my opinion, the future of audio schooling. Rather than sitting in a crowded classroom, the idea of putting students in real world situations with professionals doing a professional job is the best and fastest way of learning in any career.”
TIM PALMER: “One of the many reasons that I endorse The Recording Connection Audio Institute is because they put you inside a real recording studio to apprentice under a real producer. I am generally not a supporter of many of the ‘traditional’ audio schools because in my experience they don’t teach the things you really need, and they don’t connect you into the business. The Recording Connection however does.”
JOHN ALTMAN: “No one can teach you to write great music or to produce great records, but what they can do, and why this mentoring program is invaluable, is focus your efforts and maximize your potential. To be able to ask a platinum selling producer or arranger or engineer what he feels made his tracks stand out from the rest is a huge bonus, and something I inevitably tried to do when I encountered my heroes along the way. To get the technical support as to why your drum sound isn’t working or why your brass charts don’t sound like Earth Wind and Fire – that’s quite something. And when you are free to allow your imagination to soar – well, there’s nothing quite like it!”
WARREN HUART: “The Recording Connection puts students into a real world work place. Students learn first hand what it means to be in a recording session with Producers, Engineers, Musicians and Songwriters, it’s on the job career training! You learn the practical, technical and people skills that cannot be found in any classroom. I highly recommend the Recording Connection.”
Now we understand that the Recording Connection is not for everyone. Some students thrive in a classroom setting. The Recording Connection student thrives in the recording studio. Not everyone who applies is accepted (in reality less than 5% of applicants end up being accepted) because the Recording Connection demands passion, hard work, a thirst for knowledge and the inner drive of a self-starter. Each mentor has absolute veto power over accepting any student into his or her studio.
You see, we Recording Connection mentors are hard working, music professionals. We don’t need to be teaching your kid to survive, so we are not about to waste our time on someone who doesn’t have what it takes. But once we do accept your kid into the Recording Connection program, we are committed to being their mentor to the limits of our abilities.
We’re Recording Connection mentors because it’s a way for us to give back to the music business, because all of us, at one time or another benefited from a mentor. And if you think we’d risk our reputations and livelihoods for one minute by associating with a scam you don’t know us.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
We’ve tried to answer as many of your concerns about the Recording Connection that we can think of, but we also know we may not have answered all the questions you might have. If you have other questions about the Recoding Connection that haven’t been answered here we want to fix that. We don’t want you to deny your kid the benefits or advantages of the Recording Connection through anything we failed to discuss.
So, if there’s something we haven’t addressed, we are more than happy to give you our thoughts. Just click on this email link.