Tarpan Studios is owned and operated by Grammy winning Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Performer Narada Michael Walden.

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Called the Motown of Marin, some of the greatest acts in recent history have recorded here.


Built in 1980 by Allen Rice, Mike Stevens, and Robin Yeager.  Originally called Tres Virgos studios it was designed with excessive attention to detail including a floated control room and “screw and Glue” construction (no nails used). The studios construction progress was featured monthly in Mix Magazine and recieved the cover upon its completion. At the time the control room design was revolutionary, artists from all over the world flew in to hear the room including Stevie Wonder.


In 1985 Narada Michael Walden bought the studio and has made it his home base for the last 25 years producing and recording world class Artists and Musicians like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Elton John, Rick James, Curtis Mayfield, Sting and many more.  The Legacy continues today with guest recording artist’s like Carlos Santana booking time and Narada hard at work producing new material.