Audio Engineering School in Columbia, SC

Not like any other school, this is Audio Education Updated, Reimagined, and Revitalized. Are You Ready to Take Your Place?

Are you a high school student–or someone that’s looking for a career shift–dedicated to making money in music, but really isn’t looking to spend years in a classroom to reach those goals? The Columbia SC Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program was designed for you. We take you out of the classroom and put you in a professional recording studio to get the education, skills, and experience you need to follow those dreams.

Audio Engineering and Music Production School

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Columbia SC Music Production School

Recording Connection students are paired with a mentor and placed in their professional recording studio. You’ll learn new audio production techniques, work with clients, and see how to run a studio in an immersive environment with an industry insider. This one-on-one interaction is impossible to have in a traditional educational institution.

We understand this might be a hard sell to friends and family–but if you want a career in music, why not start working toward that goal right now? Columbia, SC, Recording Connection programs are designed to give you a solid foundation, real-life experience, and opportunities to make connections within the industry. They say who you know is just as important as what you know: We give you both!

We hit different and here is why: 

When it comes to your future, doesn’t it make sense for you to be calling the shots? At traditional 4-year universities, you’re expected to follow a preset plan, take prerequisite classes, work from a syllabus that was created by the instructor, and adhere to a schedule whether you have work or family obligations or not.

At the COLUMBIA, SC., RECORDING CONNECTION, you work from a personalized curriculum, collaborate with an Academic Facilitator to set your schedule, and use your experience to dictate where you begin. We don’t force you to fit into our mold – we mold our audio engineering and music production programs around you.

The differences don’t end there. Instead of a classroom, you’ll be placed in a PROFESSIONAL COLUMBIA, SC, RECORDING STUDIO. Instead of an instructor looking for tenure, you’ll be working alongside a PRO MUSIC PRODUCER that’s making the music you listen to every day. Instead of waiting your turn to ask a question, you’ll have exclusive one-on-one time with your mentor.

How many other COLUMBIA SC AUDIO ENGINEERING AND MUSIC PRODUCTION schools offer that kind of flexibility, access, or collaboration? And how many universities around the nation offer it for a fraction of the cost of four-year universities. After six or nine months, how many other institutions have helped you build a brand and add professional work to your portfolio?  

Less than a year compared to four years. A cost that won’t put you in debt for years to come. Personalized instruction. And we haven’t even mentioned the experience of working every day with the gear that recording professionals use in real-world situations. Make a list, check the pros and cons of each situation, and let us know what you think.

The decision is yours. Professionally, financially, personally, what makes the most sense?

Audio Engineering and Music Production School

Huge Student Loan Debt? Not With the Columbia Recording Connection

A major pain point for many students is the high cost of attending a four-year university, college, or even trade school. Even if you find work right after graduation, studies show that it takes 10 years to pay back those loans on average. Recording Connection tuition is often 60 percent less than those institutions, sometimes even less!

Not to mention the time savings you get with our accelerated courses. Why spend four years in a classroom when you could be starting your career in less than a year? If this is what you want to do with your life, doesn’t it make sense to get yourself in the job market sooner rather than later? We can’t guarantee you’ll find a job, but we have a pretty good track record–keep reading.


10 Miles, 10 Blocks, or 10 Seconds away from your future

If nothing else, 2020 proved traditional educational institutions aren’t always the best equipped to deal with unforeseen circumstances. However, as social distancing and self-quarantines became new catchphrases for the world, Recording Connection already had the infrastructure in place to handle the “new normal.”

For decades, we’ve been perfecting our version of remote learning. If your computer is strong enough, fast enough, and has enough storage and your internet connection is reliable, you’ll still receive one-on-one attention from your mentor, learn what it’s like to work in a professional studio, and improve your skills on the software used by acts around the world.

Even if there isn’t a worldwide pandemic, Recording Connection is able to use the technology of today to place with mentors all over the United States. Want to learn how to record the blues from the heart of a Memphis studio? Hip Hop from a Brooklyn audio engineer? Hard Rock from an LA producer? We can make it happen and you won’t have to uproot your life.

Recording Connection Mentors Set Us Apart

Saving time, staying out of debt, and getting real-world experience in a professional recording studio are all great advantages of the Columbia SC Recording Connection programs. But the whole reason for going to school is to increase your chances of getting a job in the field you want. With us, every day is a chance to impress a potential employer–our mentors are industry insiders with connections.

Many of our students find work with the mentors they learned with right after finishing their programs. They also find work at other studios because they know Recording Connection students learned how to make music in today’s world or based on a recommendation from their mentor. And we offer one year of job placement assistance after finishing the program. If you want to work in the music biz, there’s no better way to get there than with Recording Connection.


Work with the Stars or Amplify Your Sound

We give you almost everything you need to give yourself a foundation in audio engineering and music production. A schedule built around your life, accelerated programs designed to amplify your strengths and improve your weaknesses, and a fully immersive studio experience.

But the most valuable thing we offer at Recording Connection is Opportunity. The opportunity to get real-world experience, the opportunity to help run a professional studio, the opportunity to learn how a studio operates from the inside. And the opportunity to impress future employers, clients, and collaborators on a weekly basis.

The difference between making music as a living or as a hobby can be razor thin at times. The deciding factor could very well be how you treat each of these opportunities. Happy to sit back and absorb as much as you can or a little moody because you’re not doing more? Listening to the clients during a session or just doing what you think is best?

Even something as simple as offering to get water when a singer looks thirsty can color the way your mentor, clients, and other potential connections see you. Just like constantly texting your friends or posting to Instagram will. Everyone that walks through the doors is a potential job – and your session with them is a potential interview.

How will you be remembered? Recording Connection graduates have gone on to work at the studios they learned in, found work at other studios, and even opened their own studios! Do you think they achieved so much because they were constantly late, interrupting their mentors, or ignoring clients? 


Boasting the largest recording studio space in the state of South Carolina, Columbia Recording Connection mentors are able to handle some of the biggest hitters in the biz. Big Redd, Big Quan, and Kid Anthem are just a few of the artists our mentors have worked with in addition to corporate clients like Verizon Wireless.

The studio is big enough to house two isolation rooms as well as the main studio. The studio is large enough to handle a 50-voice choir whole still feeling intimate for solo acts. The control is comfortable, yet big enough to handle collaborative efforts, anchored by an Otari Concept 1 Console. 

Pro Tools, an iZ RADAR Nyquist digital recorder, and mountains of plug-ins top the list of the newest technological gear, although they still make room for 2-inch analog recording hardware. Tannoy, Genelec, and Yamaha monitors make you hear the music as it should be heard and enough variety of mics, amps, pre-amps, and other equipment to capture the ideal sound of whatever client you’ll be working with.

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