Live Sound Engineering Program

Teaching Live Music and Sound Engineering

Learn what it takes to work within a number of different environments and different setups so that you can foster great listening experiences for everyone in the venue.

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The Most Immersive Live Sound Engineering School

The Recording Connection live sound audio engineering program is designed to get you in front of state of the art mixing consoles, digital audio workstations, mics, amps, and speakers as soon as possible. If it’s your dream to make live performances sound their very best, our mentors will build on what you already know and prepare you for a career in live audio engineering, whether that’s in front of a crowd, FOH (front of house), or handling the monitor mix.

Going with the university or trade school route to get an audio engineer degree can be expensive and take years to complete. Working side by side with your mentor, a recording arts industry professional, you’ll be placed in a real-world environment to learn live sound audio engineering including electronics, digital audio, Pro Tools, connectivity, monitors, the mixing console, and more. Learn what it takes to work within a number of different environments and different setups so that you can foster great listening experiences for everyone in the venue.

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A career in live music as a live sound engineer can be fun and very rewarding.

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Whether you’re setting up at The Wiltern or Madison Square Gardens, understanding the science behind how you perceive sound, how sound travels, and how sound is produced and measured—this is essential knowledge for anyone aspiring to be any type of audio engineer.

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Live sound and audio has been dependent on electricity for a very long time.

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Let’s unpack that term, shall we? Digital audio refers to an electrical voltage that’s turned into binary data that a computer can understand through a series of ones and zeros.

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Pro Tools has remained an industry standard for engineers and producers in the professional studio environment, as well as for the novice music enthusiast, for more than 20 years.

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For a moment, pretend you’re in the studio recording Hendrix, Van Halen, Slash, or Stevie Ray Vaughan as they’re laying down some overdubs.

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A microphone is a device that changes acoustic energy into an electric current—one that can be altered and manipulated.

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Reach the hall of fame for live sound, and you’ll undoubtedly find it’s full of reflections and phase shifts.

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In live sound, the first thing we tend to think about is “how is the sound in the house?”

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In audio engineering, the dynamic range refers to the distance between the loudest possible sound and the quietest possible sound in an audio recording.

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Equalization is what engineers use to alter the frequency response of an audio signal.

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Our Live Sound Engineering Program vs. Others

In traditional educational settings, you’re required to sit in a classroom with other students, biding your time to ask questions, get feedback, or sign up for lab time. But so much of working in live music, sound design, studio engineering, and other aspects of the music industry relies on getting your hands dirty. With Recording Connection, it’s almost all “lab time.”

When it comes to the entertainment marketplace, who you know is just as valuable as what you know. Our mentors are music producers and audio engineers who work with Grammy-award winning and platinum-selling artists as well as live performers that want to pass on their knowledge. Prove yourself to them and take advantage of these opportunities to network.

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Meet Our Mentors

Our mentors have worked with the biggest names in the industry, won the biggest awards, and worked on platinum-selling albums. And now you get to work with them.

Andy Shoemaker, Rax Trax Recording

John Davis

1988 Entertainment

Southern Eagle Music Group

Writer’s Room Recording Studio

Madison Records / The Oates Music

Over 300 Studios Across the World

You’ll learn at a studio nearest to you. We’re partnered with over 250 studios around the world who are committed to your development.

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FAQs

Not necessarily. Although many artists enroll in our Live Music program, this course is designed to help you understand the differences between indoor and outdoor venues and how to make the most of the sound system and other gear you’re working with. This way you’ll be able to make any band sound better during a live performance.

When you enroll in any Recording Connection programs, you are expected to spend at least 10 hours a week with your mentor. Remember, this isn’t a hobby to them–this is their career. That’s why all potential students go through an interview process to ensure they are ready to put in the work.

A fraction of those university or trade school programs. For a complete list of our programs and tuition rates, please look at our tuition page.

Yes! Even though we have hundreds of locations, we understand that traveling to a studio or live music venue isn’t always possible. For three decades, we’ve been offering remote learning options for students to provide as much access as possible. While we always recommend spending time in the studio, you’ll still get the same information in our remote offerings.

Get your music production certification and build your music production and audio engineering skills by learning with an industry professional near you.

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