We began tracking in 2006 in a live/work warehouse on 24th Street in Oakland, with sounds ricocheting off of concrete and plaster. Evolving into Shipwreck Studio in 2008, the space became home to a diverse cross-section of Bay Area independent artists. A few years and upgrades later, the space was fully decked out with wood floors and wall treatments, for accurate tracks in a very live environment. Musicians quickly came to know Shipwreck as a welcoming environment to make records inexpensively and efficiently.

We have a new space on 28th Street, but our mission remains the same after a decade: to offer no-nonsense creative recording services to the Bay Area music community at very affordable rates. We draw on our years of experience to record your project efficiently and professionally, so that you can relax and focus on the music. Our studio is packed with awesome gear, in a room with high ceilings and exposed beams. The main rig is designed for flexibility; everything is accessible on the patchbay, and it is easy for guest engineers to dial in a mix.

Queers and POC to the front, please. We strive to utilize facilities that are wheelchair accessible. Please inquire for accommodation.

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Jonah Strauss, Engineer

Jonah started recording bands on four-track in high school, and he remains a devotee of analog recording to this day (though he also tracks and mixes in digital). After many years spent as a lighting and video designer, touring internationally with renowned indie acts like Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Blonde Redhead, and Bon Iver, Jonah has shifted his entire focus to Bay Area projects. His singular production techniques are relentlessly band-friendly and musical, the results of his commitment to creating a sustainable, affordable, and creatively-fulfilling studio environment.


Shipwreck Studio 2008-2015

Jonah built a god damn studio in the void that once was a living room. Why? Because the room sounded good, and he was obsessed enough to do it.