Live Oak Studio is Berkeley’s full-service recording studio serving the music, film, spoken word and game communities. We use the Avid Pro Tool System for our high-resolution digital recording. We combine professional acoustics, state-of-the-art equipment and professional engineers to ensure that every recording session results in the best possible finished product.
music, podcasts and audiobooks
Our clients are well-known recording artists who span musical genre. This Girl is On Fire’s Alicia Keys, Will Smith and Beyonce of Destiny's Child have all recorded right here in our Berkeley recording studio. But we are also recording a growing number of spoken word products, including podcasts and audiobooks. Audiobooks are great tools for those who spend a lot of time driving or commuting. Live Oak Studio’s recording engineers are also skilled editors, assuring that every audiobook is of the highest quality possible.
At Live Oak Studio, we are experts at making sure that what you hear in the control room sounds just as great on all listening devices. We rely on our Pro Tools system and an extensive collection of plug-ins to achieve desired effects. Live Oak Studio clients do not necessarily need to be present for the mixing process, but we highly recommend it. Being in the recording studio with the engineer means that you can communicate with him throughout this process, ensuring the best sound possible.
Our Bay Area Recording Studio consists of a control room and an isolation booth, where high-volume instruments, such as drums, can be played. These recording rooms are carefully constructed to promote optimal sound quality. They also help performers see and hear each other while they record; we want our clients to feel as comfortable in our Bay Area Recording Studio as they would in their own homes or rehearsal spaces.
Berkeley’s commercial district
For longer recording sessions that require recording artists to be in Berkeley for an extended period of time, we can provide you with referrals for nearby hotels and B&Bs. Live Oak Studio is conveniently located, just a few blocks from what has been called the "Gourmet Ghetto" and a ten-minute walk from many of Berkeley’s best restaurants, shops and hotels.