“I tried learning audio engineering on my own. The problem was, I essentially existed in a vacuum. I had some functional gear, and I read all the books I could find and scoured the internet for whatever scraps of advice were out there. My mixes didn’t improve. I spent a lot of time listening to music on my system, and my recordings on other speakers. I still couldn’t make professional mixes. I was frustrated and about ready to go back to the pharmacy when I discovered the Recording Connection with a random Google search.
Recording Connection gave me the basic and advanced skills of this trade. It gave me a foot in the door with a real studio, full of people who make a living doing what I wanted to do (which is not easy today!). It gave me a chance to meet the people who make the music I love, through every step of the process. It gave me a chance to prove your value to a very small, very tight-knit group of professionals in an industry that is outright hostile to most newcomers. Remember, at its heart, making records is a service industry. Be of service.
Today, I work as a freelance engineer, with opportunities to book sessions at several studios in the area, including the one I studied at whenever I would like. I am a business partner with my instructor, running a business we built together during my time with the Recording Connection. We record in just about any basement or garage we can fit into, as well as on stage and in local studios. I spend my day surrounded by gear, thinking about recording and ways to improve. And my mixes? A lot better.
All I can say to you is that this program is truly what you make of it. Reach as high as you dare. The Recording Connection has the potential to take you all the way.”
OAK PARK, ILLINOIS RECORDING CONNECTION GRADUATE
There are undoubtedly a lot of scams out there right now, and it can be hard to tell what is legitimate and what is not. This is probably the best time to be a bit skeptic. We are on guard whenever something sounds too good to be true, and rightly so. Nevertheless, there is also a tendency to classify something as a scam simply because it takes an unconventional approach to a typical problem. Often, it’s best to do some research before deciding whether or not something is reputable. So let us present a question: is the Recording Connection scam true?
The Recording Connection takes an non-traditional approach to coaching in recording and engineering. Rather than take large amounts of tuition money to put the student into a crowded learning environment, Recording Connection costs much less to link students with real-world working professionals who mentor them in a structured and guided program. They continue to help the student with job placement once the course is complete. It’s not a distinct approach – it’s an ancient one. Years before the modern schools existed people perfected their skills using the mentor-apprentice approach. Use of this strategy in Recording Connection’s curriculum is obviously different than what is utilized in conventional schools. Nonetheless, this certainly doesn’t justify calling Recording Connection a scam.
There’s two key questions to ask when identifying whether the Recording Connection scam (or any other scam) is true:
1.Does the program perform? and
2.Does the organization deliver on its guarantees?
As to whether mentoring works, we only need to look at history. Certainly, mentoring is an effective approach. It has proved its worth before schools were built. One of Recording Connection’s studio mentor says, “The most satisfying thing for me is to see the students coming in here and then advancing, learning because they are actually performing things. They aren’t reading an out-of-date text book and sitting in a crowded school room.”
To prove that Recording Connection really delivers, a former student of the program said in an interview: I authored a resume and got the position as an intern almost instantly. The mentor-apprentice arrangement did open the doors for me by aiding me to land the job and after two months of being an intern I was offered a job.”
ProRec.com interviewed the CEO of Recording Connection and drew this summary: “I realized after the interview that Jimi Petulla is not one of those guys who are intent on robbing money from people. He firmly believes in his solution, and clearly knows the role he plays. When the meeting was done, I was finally certain about Recording Connection being a feasible business model that can help shape the internship procedure in to something worthwhile.”
Taking these items into account, there is plenty of evidence to support that the Recording Connection scam is not true, but rather, Recording Connection is an innovative, legitimate approach to helping people find meaningful careers in the recording industry.