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Satisfaction unparalleled


Tarpan Studios is owned and operated by Grammy winning Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Performer Narada Michael Walden.  57 #1 HITS!

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.


Tarpan Studios is a full service recording and multi media studio.  We currently offer:

Original Music Production -Vocal Production - Songwriting - Recording - Tracking - Mixing - Mastering - Midi Sequencing- Drum Programming - Composition - Session Musicians - Film Scoring - Artist Development - Music video Production - Photography/ Fashion Shoots - Graphic Design - Album Covers - Multi Media - Motion Graphics Animation - Mobile App Development - Voice Overs - Documentary Film Making



(415) 485-1999



1925 E Francisco Blvd
Suite L
San Rafael, CA 94901


Endorsed by:
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Lobby: 12.5 X 13.8             Studio (Main Room):  25.5 X 16           Control Room: 19.5 X 17              Isolation Room:  7.2 X 7     



Protools hd 10.1 w/ 24 in 16 out 192

SSL 4000 G 48 track console

2 Studer A 827 24 track recorders



Plugins & Softwear


Waves platinum bundle

Waves SSL 4000 collection

Urs A Series eq

Auto Tune 5 and Auto Tune evo

Spectrasonics Stylus, Omnisphere, and Trillium

Miroslav Philharmonic



Meyer Sound X-10's

Meyer Sound x 800 subwoofer

Mackie HR824's

Yamaha NS10's




Teletronics LA 2 A

4 Urei LA 4's

Valley People Dynamite gate

Drawer DS 200 dual gate

Focusrite isa 85110 mic pre

Ams dmx 15 digital delay

Ams rmx 16 Digital reverb

Eventide H3000se Ultra Harmonizer

TC Electronics M5000





Yamaha c7 m midi grand piano

Full DW drum Kit

Vintage fender rhodes

Korg Triton Extreme Keyboard




3 akg 414

akg The Tube

akg c24

3 akg c452 eb

2 akg d112

2 Sure sm7

3 Sure sm 57




Aretha Frankilin 

Baba-Lu Vickers


Barry Flast

Bebop & Beyond

Bill Gibson

Bill Spooner

Billy Bop Bowman

Bob Jones

Bruce Benson

California Zephyr

Cappy Lewis

Carlos Santana


Chris Michie

Clarence Clemons

Commander Cody

& The Lost Planet Airmen

Country Porn

Curtis Mayfield

Dallas Smith

Dan Hicks

Darby Slick

David Grisman

David Rankin

David Shorey

Dino Valente

Eddie Marshal

Elton John

Fee Waybill


Front Row

George Benson

George Cables

George Michael

George Sakellariou

Gloria Estefan

Greg Ellmore

Gregory Hines

Geoff Palmer

Ike Stubblefield

Jackie Ryan

Jackson Browne

James Brown

Jesse Collin Young


Jimmy Lyons

Joan Baez

Joe Satriane

Joe White & Redvette

John Cippolina

John Condon

Jorge Santana

Keith Knudsen

Kenny G

Kiki Wyatt

Kraig Kilby

Laura Alan


Lionel Richie

Loren Rowan

Love Jones

Mariah Carey

Mario Cippolina

Merle Saunders

Michael Bloomfield

Michael White

Michael Clark

Michak Taylor

Mikey Hart

Miles & Andy

Mingo Louis

Murphys Lawyers

Natalie Cole

New Kids On The Bloc

New Riders of the

Norton Buffalo

Paul Jackson

Pete Escovedo

Phil Lesh

Purple Sage

Prairie Prince

Quincy Jones

Randy Jackson

Ric Wilson

Richie Ray

Rick James

Rita Abrahms

Roger Reid

Ronnie Rhaines

Russell Walden

Sarah Baker

Spencer Brewer


Smokey Robinson 

Stanley Jordan

Steve Windwood

Stewart Copeland


Ted Straton

Terry Hagerty

The Edge

The Judds

The Rowan Bros

The Spinners

The Temptations

The Whispers

Tito Fuente

Tom Taylor

Tony Rice

Tower of Power

Van Morrison

Vince Ebo

Warren Gale

Whitney Houston

and many more....


Narada Michael Walden

"Among a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record."

Producing Hits for Artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love.”), Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck and The Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades.  His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music.  Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston, (producing 6 of her 7 number one hits to break Michael Jackson’s record) and Mega-star Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time. More info at


Jim Reitzel

Tarpan Studios' Head Engineer Jim Reitzel opened his first Recording Studio “Right Soul Studios” in his home soon after he graduated high school in 1985.  His Clients have included Windham Hill Records, MCA Records, Sony Records and Higher Octave Records.  Jim has been working with Narada Michael Walden as Tarpan Studio’s Head Engineer since 2000 and has engineering credits on projects with Narada for numerous A List Stars such as Wynona Judd, The Temptations, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, just to name a few.


Reitzel also teaches recording to high-school students via music camps and as a volunteer at the Timothy Murphy School for Boys in Oakland.  Jim is the bass player for the Craig Chaquico Band and plays bass and guitar in his own band About Face.

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Dave Frazer

A native of Northern California, David earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University. David began engineering and mixing Narada’s productions in 1981. Credits began with Angela Bofill and Stacy Lasttisaw and continued through the years to include Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, James Brown, Elton John, Ray Charles, Tevin Campbell, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Winwood, The Temptations, Al Jarreau, Lisa Fischer and Shanice Wilson. David is currently an independent engineer with projects including Anastasia, Sting, Yolanda Adams and Andrea Bocelli. He co- produced, recorded and mixed songs for Stevie Wonder and has received a Grammy for his work on the Santana CD, “Supernatural”. 



Kimrea is Narada Michael Walden’s Assistant and the Manager of Tarpan Studios.   She has been with the studio since 2004.  She is a multitasking facilitator and a great communicator, helping to keep everything moving and grooving smoothly.

A lifelong musician, singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist herself, Kimrea has strong right brain - left brain skills to balance the administrative with the creative.   She is empathetic to the needs of the Artist while attending to the business aspect of Tarpan Studios and the Music Industry.

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Call (415) 485–1999 from 10 – 4 Monday- Friday or message :

1925 E Francisco Blvd
Suite L
San Rafael, CA 94901

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