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Ari has worked with an amazing array of talented artists in many styles. He works in a variety of roles including: producer, engineer, mix and mastering engineer, as well as vocalist, musician, and writer.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Ari was influenced at an early age by the classic Cuban rhythms and melodies of the day. Ari immigrated to New York City where he quickly found his next musical influence, the soul music at the end of the AM dial. Later, a move to Miami exposed him to the University of Miami Jazz School. His desire to understand the business of music and the craft of songwriting next brought him to Nashville.

From there he went on to perform solo and to front bands throughout the southeast. During these times spent writing and performing, Ari rounded out his musical experience in Rock and R/B and was befriended, influenced and inspired by Rod Stewart and Duane Allman. Along the way Ari has also received praise and support from producers like Walter Afanasieff, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden and Jerry Harrison to name a few.

At one point, Ari's mentor Al Schmitt pointed out the option of a career in the studio. Ari immediately flung himself headlong into the task of mastering the art of production and engineering. Laughing Tiger was born from Ari's intense desire to have music remain the focal point of his life. In the studio he has found the place to put his varied musical experiences to work.

As a studio owner and Producer/Engineer, Ari has continued his work with established and indie artists. Ari's production style has evolved to reflect a rich blend of vintage and cutting edge technology that puts quality first. Additionally, he nurtures a network of writers, musicians, producers and engineers all dedicated to creating product worthy of recognition.

"Perhaps the most hidden musical Jewel in the Bay Area is Laughing Tiger Studios owned and operated by Producer/Engineer, composer and musician Ari Rios. Ari is not only highly qualified as an engineer, his skill as a musician is a bonus while tracking/mixing and mastering.  
Edo Castro

"Ari Rios, the owner runs a very professional, courteous, & complementary environment for music recordings. Ari's collaborative style is a breath of fresh air, he has a talented ear for the ultimate sound and will make your music come alive. Laughing Tiger recording studio is the place to be for your music." 

"Ari was a pleasure to work with, more like a collaborator than a sound tech, and he made even the grueling experience of recording four straight hours of narration (on three separate occasions) enjoyable. The sound quality for our iPhone apps was extraordinary! Highly recommended."
Stephan Bodian with

"Ari Rios, the owner, is a great musician and songwriter and he became a terrific collaborator in the project, even coaching my Spanish on a Lecuona song and finding the right Latin percussionist for us, who has remained a band member. He really cared about us and about the work and did a very fine job. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" 
Lua Hadar with Twist


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