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One Of The Best Sounding Control Rooms Anywhere!

Mixing is where I combine the skill of engineering with the art of listening to create a mix that is not only balanced, but one that really hits you emotionally. I love to mix & it shows in my mixes.

I've been mixing music for over twenty years now. I really love making all of the elements come together during mixing in a way that creates something that is more than the sum of its parts.

It's important that your tracks are prepared to be mixed before embarking on the mixing process. To this end, I find that it is a good idea to "scope" the tracks prior to mixing. Trust me on this! If all the timing and arrangement decisions are made before we start, we will go deeper, faster!

We offer you a hybrid of hi-end analog and digital gear that really takes mixing to another level. Come and work in control rooms where you will hear your music accurately all the way from 20hz to 20k. As attested to in some of our many testimonials, it's a fact that the "tight" low end and the "sweet" high end you hear in our control rooms will translate accurately to the outside world!

Control Room "A" has a 52-channel SSL G+ mixing console with "Ultimation" moving faders and Total recall. There are channel dynamics and vintage "E" series EQs on every channel. The SSL is paired with KRK E8s and NS10 speakers with switchable subs and a Pro Tools HD4 Accel rig featuring 32 ins and 56 outs. There is a huge selection of plugins and analog gear for the ultimate in mixing… and let's not forget our Ampex ATR 102 analog tape deck with 1/2" and 1/4" heads!

Control Room "B" has a passive summing and signal routing matrix paired with HD1 speakers and sub. The Pro Tools HD4 Accell rig has 8 ins, 8 outs and has the same huge selection of plug-ins as found in Control Room "A" which makes it a snap to switch between rooms without any problems. Control Room "B" is an extremely comfy and great sounding place to do your "in the box" mixing.

"Laughing Tiger allows you to take your mixes out of the box and onto an SSL. You get the tactile feel of a mixing console and it's so much faster grabbing faders and knobs instead of scrolling up and down your session in Pro Tools. The vintage outboard gear selection gives you that sound you can only get with analog gear." Tyler Crowder ~ Producer, engineer

"Laughing Tiger is one of my favorite world class recording studios in Northern California. I can always depend on a clean, meticulously maintained studio. The main studio (A) has a large comfortable control room and an SSL 4000 G+ with all E series EQ's! This is a great sounding SSL among SSL's. There is also studio "B" upstairs which is excellent for overdubs, editing, mixing and mastering." Jim Reitzel ~ Producer, Engineer

"This is one of the very best sounding control rooms I have ever worked in! Kudos." Dave Schiffman ~ Producer, Engineer

'No other San Francisco Bay Area studio compares to Laughing Tiger's combination of spacious, great sounding rooms and high end gear. For my money I pick Laughing Tiger every time!"  Mighty Mike Schermer ~ Recording Artist, Blues Guitarist Extrodinare

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

One look and listen and you'll be a believer! Just call (415) 485-5765 and come check us out. We are right off highways 580 and 101 at 1101A East Francisco Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901 It's just 20 minutes from Oakland or San Francisco to our door and the quality is worth the drive!


Ari Rios
Ari Rios
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