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World Class San Francisco Bay Area Recording Studio
Affordable Production, Recording, Mixing & Mastering

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  • Expert music production, engineering, mixing and mastering with affordable, variable rates.
  • Just 20 minutes from San Francisco and Oakland right off Hwy. 580 in Sunny San Rafael Ca.
  • Two professional, World Class Recording Studios built with the comfort of the artist in mind.
  • Lot's of isolation options, clear sight lines between rooms and tie lines between the studios.
  • An extensive collection of vintage and modern microphones, outboard gear and instruments.
  • Pro Tools HD4 Accell rigs with 40 ins and 56 outs plus a huge collection of awesome plugins.
  • Always plenty of free, secure parking right outside of our door for easy load in and load out.

Laughing Tiger is a full service recording studio located in San Rafael, only twenty minutes from San Francisco and Oakland in the Northern California Bay Area. There is always plenty of secure, free parking right outside our door for easy load in and it's usually sunny here in San Rafael when it's foggy in S.F. We have the experience, the expertise, the rooms and the equipment needed to help you develop your unique sound and take you to where you want to go. Whether you've been recording for years, or it's your very first recording experience, you will receive our personalized, professional attention and will be sure to achieve results that exceed your highest expectations.

The best quality recordings are produced in professional recording studios with industry pro's who know how to capture sound with all the depth and feel possible. Laughing Tiger has what it takes, from our expert production and engineering services to state of the art equipment and spacious, acoustically designed studios. We will maximize your budget without compromising quality or vibe and produce solid, professional level recordings that you will be proud of for many years to come.

Laughing Tiger has two beautiful recording studios that have been designed to record your music with the greatest detail and tone possible. The recording rooms provide a variety of ambience and isolation choices so that you are sure to get just the right sound on the microphone in any situation.

Please take our Studio Tour and explore some of what our beautiful music studios have to offer. On the tour, you will find descriptions of each of the studios, the rooms within them and all of the amenities they offer. Among the recording rooms, you will find two amazing sounding live rooms and control rooms, a dry isolation room, an ambient isolation room, a vocal booth, a comfortable and relaxing lounge as well as our technical room. Included in the tour are high-quality photos of each room so you can visualize yourself recording your music in our professional recording studios.

For even more photos of Laughing Tiger Music Production Studios, please visit our Gallery page. Inside the Photo Gallery, you will find pictures of our expert crew at work in the control rooms and recording studios, photos of Ari performing repairs on our musical recording equipment and also images of some of the many satisfied Artists that have worked and played at Laughing Tiger Music Recording over the years.

At Laughing Tiger Recording Studios, you have access to our extensive collection of some of the finest audio recording equipment and musical gear available. We pride ourselves in having put together a collection of both vintage, analog gear, as well as modern, digital gear that combines the best of both worlds. This hybrid of vintage & modern technology really helps to lift your music and tone to a higher level.

For a complete listing of our professional recording equipment, please check out our Gear page. Inside you will find detailed lists of our Consoles, Audio Recording Formats, Intel Mac Computers, Hi-End Audio Software, Plugins, Microphones, Mic Pre-Amps and EQs, Outboard Gear, Speakers, Power Amps, DI Boxes, Pianos & Keyboards, Including a Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano, a Hammond B3 Organ with Leslie, Wurlitzer and Rhodes Electric Pianos, Synchronizers, Guitars, Drums and Guitar Amplifiers.

At Laughing Tiger, we offer a variable rate plan to insure hat we reamian affordable to all levels and types of clients. We have found that even the same client may have projects with differing budget considerations, so we prefer to work out a rate that is specific to your project's needs. You can learn more about our variable rate policy by visiting our Rates page, but the best thing to do it to call Ari Rios to talk about your project's specifics. Ari will do his very best to help you come up with a plan that works within your budget.

We provide the same care and attention to a client that is recording a college entrance demo as we do for an established major label client. To help stretch your budget, we can also bundle our expert production assistance with our engineering services at no additional cost beyond the engineering and studio fees. Our main goal is for you to be 100% satisfied and we have many clients who are.

Please feel free to visit our Clients page, where you will find notable recording artists from many genres, from Rock to Pop to Blues to Jazz to Reggae to Latin and more. These are just a sampling of the many artists that have trusted Laughing Tiger Music Production and Recording Studios to help them get the best possible audio recordings of their music. Come on down and join the club.

Although we consistently provide expert recording services to unsigened, community based artists, some of our past clients include well known artists like Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Linda Tilery, Nicci Nix, Carlos Santana, Night Ranger, Huey Lewis, Jack Johnson, Nicki Bluhm, Jackie Greene, DJ Shadow, Fito Reinoso, Ledisi, D'Wayne Wiggins, Guapele, Latoya London, The Stylistics and President Brown.

You can also read the many Testimonials from our happy clients and see what they say about our studio services. From musical artists like Carlos Santana to talented producers and engineers like Ron Nevison to the many independent artists we've worked with over the years, our clients all leave Laughing Tiger Recording Studios with a feeling of respect and gratitude for our efforts and skills.

Laughing Tiger Music Production Studios has a wide range of recording studio services to offer you. Our Services page will help you to get acquainted with all the Audio Production Services we offer, such as Music Production, Music Tracking, Music Mixing, Music Mastering, Voice Over Recording, IDR, Post Production with Synchronized Picture and Analog Tape Restoration. We've got it covered!

Laughing Tiger Studios is located just off highways 580 and 101 in Sunny San Rafael, only twenty minutes from Oakland and San Francisco. For more detailed directions, visit our Directions page.

One look and listen will make you a believer.

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Phone : 415.485.5765   Email :
We are located in the Northern California Bay Area just 20 minutes from
San Francisco and Oakland in Sunny San Rafael, Marin County.


"I'm loving the Big Room's tone on my guitar! We'll definitely be back!" 
Carlos Santana ~ Recording Artist

"It's amazing to work in a studio where everything works all the time."
Jim Reitzel ~ Producer, Engineer

"I love the bright high end of this piano and the action is a dream to play. This is the best C7 I've played in a Bay Area recording studio and I'm thrilled to discover you." 
Rebeca Mauleon ~ Pianist, Composer, Artist

"Laughing Tiger has an amazing vibe to it. It's hard to quantify what constitutes vibe in a studio but you know you have it when everyone seems comfortable and inspired to perform at their best."
Sean Beresford ~ Producer, Engineer

"I don't know what you did recording my vocals, but they sound amazingly present
and crystal clear!" 
Ledisi ~ Recording Artist

"Man I just love this place. My favorite gear, an awesome drum room and service to rival the best in L.A!" 
Ron Nevison ~ Producer, Engineer

"Laughing Tiger rocks! The rooms sound great, the crew is happening and an SSL 4k with a Pro-Tools HD4 Accel make it off the hook!" 
Stephen Hart ~ Producer, Engineer

"Ari's wide experience, acute ears, great taste, hard work and high standards really helped to create a top quality product. His immense spirit, humor and musicianship made it happen right along with us." 
Lua Hadar ~ Recording Artist

"Always conducive to a pleasant recording experience and an easy place to be.
Laughing Tiger gets an A-plus!" 
Dan Hicks ~ Recording Artist

"Thanks for taking such care recording my vocals. The extra time and attention really made the difference." 
Angela Strehli ~ Recording Artist

"This is one of the best studio pianos in the Bay Area. Ari is a consummate professional with an impeccable ear and most importantly, a great sense of humor." 
Jason Martineau - Pianist, Composer

"I was amazed at the clarity of the bass response. The low-B on my five string was present in a way I had not experienced in a long, long time. Highly recommended!" 
Michael P. Lazarus ~ Bassist

SSL Mixing Console, Protools HD Accel, Studer
  Neumann, Peluso, Neve, API, Avalon, Pultec, Sontec,
Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, Hammond B3,
Rhodes, Wurlitzer etc.

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