An SM7B microphone hangs above the LightHouse logo, next to a map of Civic Center

LightHouse Studios

With expanded facilities, the LightHouse is proud to now offer a podcast and vocal performance studio, available for rental for one-time and recurring sessions. Our new, 40,000 square-foot headquarters at 1155 Market Street in downtown San Francisco is just 15 steps from the Civic Center BART and Muni Station, and affords ample workspace for vocal recording projects of all sizes. This includes individual voice actors, podcast and radio producers, audiobook professionals, as well as any individual looking for professional-grade voice recording.

Rates and Hours

For shorter projects, our main studio, Production Room 995, is available at a standard rate. Those who would like to book an entire day (9a -5p) may do so for a flat fee. We also have smaller rooms available at lower rates for those who simply need an acoustically-isolated space.

Our rates are subject to change based on the size, scope, and frequency of the session. We are a nonprofit organization and are happy to provide low rates to those who help promote our mission to celebrate and support the blindness community.

Equipment and Engineering

All clients must bring their own engineer or demonstrate a basic DAW competency before accessing the LightHouse’s studio facilities.

An in-house engineer may be arranged in advance, subject to availability and individual rates.

Our studio has 4 Shure SM7B vocal microphones, mounted into a table that can seat 4-5 comfortably. There is a Shoretel digital phone line in-studio for recording phone conversations.

We ask that all engineers bring their own USB-ready laptop (we use a MOTU 4pre Interface). Laptop users may plug directly into our system and record after installing a driver. If you do not have a laptop, you can record with the LightHouse’s built-in, Windows-based system (running Reaper by default) for an extra charge.

To book a session, email or call 415-694-7309.