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Studio Profile: Tuff Gong

Tuff Gong Studios have been a key player in Jamaica’s music scene since the 1970s. Located on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston, the space has served as the breeding ground for some of the most famous and influential reggae albums ever recorded. These days they’re still going strong, finding new emergent voices from Jamaica’s constantly developing music. 

The brightly colored studios are part of Tuff Gong’s compound, which also has a mastering room, a stamper room, a pressing plant, a cassette plant, a wholesale record shop, and a booking agency. Visitors often describe the studios laid back vibe as its unique source of creativity.

Artists recording at Tuff Gong will have access to one of the largest recording studios in the Caribbean, equipped with an impressive collection of gear that’s been accumulating for decades. The mixing room is home to the same 1970s mixing console that was used to create some of the most famous reggae records of all time. This and other vintage gear has been maintained and restored, along with state of the art contemporary recording technology. 

Artists can choose from the studio’s multiple tape machines, compressors, EQs, and outboard gear to craft the perfect sound. Tuff Gong also offers a Hammond B3 organ and a Yamaha grand piano.