Mad Oak Studios

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Mad Oak Studios
Founded2000 as Mad Oak Recording Studio
United States
Area served
Key people
Craig Riggs, studio owner
Benny Grotto, head engineer, studio owner
ProductsRecording Studios

Mad Oak Studios is a recording studio located at 390 Cambridge St, Allston, Massachusetts, United States.[1] It was established in the year 2000 by Craig Riggs and Frank Pagliughi, who were later joined by PK Pandey in 2005 as the studio manager.[2] The studio moved to its current location at 390 Cambridge St in Allston in 2013, and brought Benny Grotto as co-owner.


Mad Oak Studios’ original location was formerly home to a wood shop called Mad Oak Wood Working. Craig Riggs, then-frontman of the rock band Roadsaw, realized that much of his band's revenue was being spent on studio time, and became determined to open a recording studio catering to musicians with limited income who did not want to be forced to compromise the recording quality of their music for financial reasons.

He partnered with Frank Pagliughi, and together they took over the wood shop’s space. After adopting the woodshop's name, Mad Oak Studios was born in the year 2000.

In 2013, due to the booming residential market in Allston, Massachusetts, the studio was forced to change locations to nearby 390 Cambridge St. That same year, the studio parted ways with co-owner Frank Pagliughi, and Benny Grotto was made co-owner. Construction on a new studio began in early 2015, and was completed later that year.


Benny Grotto (2010 Boston Music Awards' Producer Of The Year[3]) - head engineer


While currently under construction, Mad Oak will have a Walters-Storyk Design Group-designed control room, a variety of live room acoustic options, and multiple isolation booths.

Artists who have recorded at Mad Oak Studios[edit]

Live at Mad Oak[edit]

Live at Mad Oak is a monthly concert series, featuring local talent performing in front of an invite-only audience. They are multi-tracked and captured by a professional filming crew. The show is mixed live-to-stereo and is made available online the next morning.[4] This is supported entirely by the studio with the sole purpose of promoting local artists.


  1. ^ "Mad Oak Studios facebook page".
  2. ^ "Your Band - Interview with Benny Grotto".
  3. ^ "2010 Boston Music Awards winners". Globe Newspaper Company. 3 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Live at Mad Oak".

Coordinates: 42°21′21″N 71°8′10″W / 42.35583°N 71.13611°W / 42.35583; -71.13611