Artisan Sound Recorders was one of Southern California's premier disk mastering facilities. It was founded by Robert M. MacLeod Jr. in the 1960s and acquired by Kent Duncan in 1979 when MacLeod retired. In the early 1990s it was sold to Jon Lowry and the mainly mastering operation ceased operation. Hit records by Bone Thugs in Harmony, Eminem, John B continues after 1993.
More than 500 Gold & Platinum recordings were mastered at Artisan. Its engineering staff was known for meticulous attention to detail in the tape to disk transfer. Later was known for recording and mixing many Hits and great records. Artisan's engineering staff included Bob MacLeod, John Golden, Kevin Gray, Jo Hansch, Jon Lowry, and Aaron Connor.