I was a student at TRCoA from Jul '07 to Nov '08, and I LOVED the experience! It is now 2013 and the relationship I have with them is STILL paying dividends. Mr. Stinson and his EXCELLENT faculty take the time to draw out, nurture and GROW each student's unique aptitude for music production and they really help you grasp the material. Additionally, the general environment or "vibe" of the school just lends itself to maximum creativity. Immediately, you will get the sense that you are truly cared for and that they are COMMITTED to your success! Besides the absolutely top notch education each prospective engineer/producer will get there, the wonderful staff will continue to look after you when you complete your courses. In my view, that is one of the things that puts TRCoA far above ANY other audio school in the country, and I didn't stutter when I said it. Whether you want to produce rock, electronica, country, future soul, hip-hop or whatever you're into, this school WILL make sure you know your way around a studio and train you to put out GREAT recordings. The rest is up to YOU!
The studio is state of the art. The view is incredible which absolutely compliments the beauty of the studio itself. I finished the school years ago but still call and bug the staff about any questions that come up in my musical journey. I highly recommend it to any prospective engineers who truly want to learn what it takes to make great music and turn it into a business. Good luck with everything.
I am an active student at The Recording Conservatory of Austin. I am now, as a result of their instruction, facilities and contacts, a full time working engineer working with both local and top label acts. The program is intensive and comprehensive. The gear we work with both in and out of the box are always in excellent condition and are kept current to modern day major studio standards and in many cases better. However, the real gem in this school is the immense amount of knowledge that circulates throughout the studio. It is a haven for learning and career development for those who are truly serious about a career in Audio Engineering. I recommend this school with every ounce of my conviction.
One of the most important assets in this industry is a strong knowledge base. It's the foundation for all future endeavors. Working with John Stinson gave me the best foundation I could ever ask for.
I started at TRCOA a few months ago and LOVE every second of being there! All the teachers have made them selves available to me day or night. If I ever have a question I can text a teacher and they call right away with all the help I need. This is great for when I'm working off site and need some assistance. All classes are one on one! This is amazing to learn at your own pace and to really get to pick your instructors brain.TRCOA also has famous Producers do their Producer series. So Students get to do sessions with guys like Tim Palmer, Dwight Baker, Matt Noveskey, Frenchie Smith... to name a few. The Studio at City Park is amazing! I have had no issue booking artists in the room. City Park is filled with all top of the line preamps and mics. I do hope at some point they add in a console and some compressors, though the current set up is perfect for professional tracking. I could not be more impressed with the school. The staff and teachers create a amazing family environment for creating and sharing each others work. I love going to the school and hang out with the staff and assisting in current sessions. I have taken classes for music in the past in college and always felt like the teachers are teaching cause they failed at making it in music. In TRCOA all the teachers are working musicians and/or engineers/producers that are making good money and putting out work that I look up to. These are the kind of people I want to learn from! I recommend the school if you are serious about working in music! This will give you an amazing start!
I am also an active TRCOA student, and my experience thus far has surpassed all of my expectations. I picked TRCOA over two other 4 year Universities with audio engineering programs who were offering me scholarship money, and I am proud to say that I made the right decision by attending TRCOA. TRCOA was more attractive to me, because it prides itself as a mentorship program. Unlike any other program, the student is given one on one instruction and unlimited access to the studios. While the curriculum is not that different from what is taught at places like the Art Institute, the instruction is. John and the other mentors have worked with me to give me the knowledge, tools, and advice I need to run my business and be successful in the music industry. The learning environment is like no other program as well. The more time you spend at the studio, the more you will get out of this program, because the learning doesn't stop at the end of your session. I have continued to gain more experience by assisting other students or mentors on their sessions. Bottom line, if you put in the time and effort, it will be worth your money. John Stinson has been a great mentor to me. He has encouraged and pushed me at the same time to make me a better engineer, and to take my craft to the next level. His passion for music, recording, and teaching have all been evident to me as I have seen him work with me and other students as well. I would recommend this program in a heartbeat to anyone who is serious about a career in the music industry.
The decision to come to The Recording Conservatory of Austin was the best choice I've ever made and has entirely shaped my life. The one on one classes with current, working professionals from all disciplines of the industry was one of the many things that made this program special. This is easily the best audio program I've ever seen and worth every penny.It is self-driven, however. That means for some people it won't be right for and others will take to it like a fish to water. Do the work, get the rewards. If you do the work you'll come out with a ton of new friends, a functioning business and will be doing something you love, forever.My stats:3500 (clocked) lab hours, approximately 90 songs recorded/edited/mixed/mastered for 15 clients spanning rock, metal, country, jam, rap, blues, singer-songwriter, classical, choral, two audio books, tons of live sound (SXSW 2014, 2015, Austin Psych Fest, Euphoria Fest, Art Outside, Texas Motor Speedway) got to meet and work with some awesome well known producers, Grammy winning groups and a film project in just under 2 years.
Going to TRCoA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I graduated in Aug ’12 and have been working as a freelance producer/engineer since. The first time I visited the studio, the staff, the professional design and the view of the hills area really won me over. John and his staff truly take the time to teach you what you need to know and more. The best part was not only the skills I gained as an audio engineer, but the skills I gained as a business owner and entrepreneur. Things like getting a DBA, finding and maintaining client relationships, website development/seo and balancing your cost and expenses are points of emphasis at TRCoA. The events and monthly open houses also give you a chance to run live sound and pick the brains of other industry professionals like CJ Eiriksson, Tim Palmer, Matt Noveskey,and Dwight Baker. After graduating, I still have access to the studios, and still receive emails or phone calls when new client opportunities arise. I don’t know what else anyone looking to have a successful career in this field could ask for.
The Recording Conservatory of Austin is the best audio engineering program in Austin... Possibly even Texas. I am a former student and have been in the professional sector for the last couple of years. The education that I have received from TRCoA has set me apart from others in my field. I have encountered individuals whom had attended other audio engineering programs and my knowledge far surpassed anything that they had ever been taught in their respective programs. I feel this is because at TRCoA a student receives more one on one training and guidance from experienced mentors than at other institutions. The facilities are state of the art and constantly being upgraded. Every artist I have brought into the studio has been blown away by the quality of the studio & the experience. TRCoA comes highly recommended.
Fantastic studio design, amazing staff and very rounded one on one classes. A shout out to John Stinson studio owner for creating with both finesse and aptitude, an excellent learning environment not limited to state of the art facilities, flexible class structures, and excellent overviews of the austin skyline.
I couldn't be more impressed with John Stinson and the staff here at TRCOA. It's been an incredible experience seeing how much this program has grown since I first started here, back in January 2011. I can honestly say that one of the main reason's I enrolled at TRCOA was for the One-On-One Mentorship. It was by far the best decision I have ever made. John Stinson and the staff at TRCOA truly care about each and every student. They strive with the best of their abilities to make sure you are taught the skills to not only become a successful Audio Engineer, but to also become a successful business owner. You will not find another program out there that give's you the opportunities like this one. I highly recommend this program to anyone out there trying to pursue their career in this field.
I'm another student enrolled here at TRCoA. Not to copy others, but coming to school here really has been one of the smartest decisions I've ever made. So, I'm just going to ramble for a short bit about some of my favorite things the school has to offer.It's practical. -You learn what applies to your career interests and what will advance you in your field. Your not going to find any BS in the class room. They teach you exactly the skills you need, as well as give you the tools to expand on them. They do their absolute best to bring you from a fresh student to a working audio engineer. From the beginning of the program you are already doing the work that you love, and the work that will help you succeed.The Hands-on approach. -When you've been taught something, you put it right to use in the studio. You're applying the concepts and knowledge you learn on a daily basis. There's no better way to learn this trade.You will work, and you will work hard. -The instructors at the school make sure that your getting the most out of the program. Whether it be lessons, homework, projects, or some of the many TRCoA related events, you will always be involved and working towards something that really matters. This field requires serious dedication, a deep passion for what you're doing, and an unending willingness to learn. Your instructors will help you stay focused on this path.The Relationships & Connections. -In and outside of the classroom, as long as you apply yourself, you will build an extensive list of connections in the industry. TRCoA does an incredibly awesome job of helping you get your name out there, meeting the right people, and establishing relationships with other musicians, engineers, and producers. You will build a list of clients, and you'll probably do it very quickly. The Culture. -Your instructors do a great job of guiding and mentoring you through the maze of recording. They dedicate themselves to your success. You can come to them with any concerns about your class, your projects, and the program overall. The school is open to what you would like learn, and how you approach the program. It is a close community of people from all different artistic backgrounds. I'm proud to be a part of this group of people.These are just a few of the things I love about TRCoA. I've only been attending for approx. 3 months and they have already helped me shape myself into an active recording engineer. This place is too good to be true. All of my instructors and admins at the school that make it happen, we love you guys!I recommend!
I am currently an active TRCOA student, I'm in the process of setting up my own studio, and I am also successfully making a living as a recording engineer and producer in Austin. I owe it ALL to John Stinson and the staff at the Recording Conservatory of Austin.When I started the program I knew and was informed that this would take a lot of hard work and dedication if I was going to make it in this business. John Stinson and TRCOA has done nothing but provide the knowledge, skills and opportunity for me to be successful. Enrolling into the Recording Conservatory of Austin is literally the BEST decision I have ever made. If you are looking to get into the music industry and want to make a career out of it I would recommend TRCOA to you. This school does everything to help you get the upper edge on others in the business. Everything is there served to you on a platter. If you put the hard work into it you will be successful. This program is MORE than worth the money. You will find no better program or opportunity out there. As for John Stinson, this guy puts everything he has into this program and school. John is so hands on with everything and is always there for you with any questions you have. John is so passionate about what he does and only wants to see you be successful. He is a great guy and a true inspiration of what it means to work hard and to be successful in this business. I owe my career to John, if it wasn't for him I would not be where I am today. Thank you John and Staff at TRCOA you guys have truly changed my life. I can't thank you guys enough.
I am currently a student at TRCOA and have absolutely loved my experience here thus far. John Stinson and the staff at the conservatory do a great job of working one on one with each student, creating a more intimate learning environment. They teach you the skills you need to know to be a working engineer in this competitive field. With the help of top of the line facility's and equipment, we students get hands on experience with industry standard room's and gear, that help familiarize us to be adaptable engineer's for any working studio.
Trcoa taught me everything I know about Audio Engineering. They helped me start my business, Anna Recordings, and continue to help me become successful. I wouldn't have chosen ANY other school.
At TRCoA you will build your own business concept, plan and website.
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