Robert Lang had a vision to build the best-sounding, most unique music recording facilities in the nation. He began soundproofing his one-room garage in Shoreline, WA with egg cartons and mattresses from Goodwill. Over the next ten years, Robert would spend his days and nights digging, excavating, welding, planning, expanding and cultivating this extraordinary work of art which we know of today as Robert Lang Studios (RLS). Since its founding in 1974, RLS has hosted artists and bands such as Kenny G., Peter Frampton, Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, Heart, Eddie Vedder, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dave Matthews, Death Cab for Cutie, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Candlebox and many, many more. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Music Photography)


Meet our professional team of rock stars


Robert Lang- Technical Director

Visionary and Renaissance Man. Robert has no limits and his love for music and production lives in the walls he has constructed with his own two hands at Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline, WA and in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, MX. For over 40 years, Robert has been pushing the boundaries of creativity in music and architecture. His incredible persistence and “never give up” attitude is a testimony to what is possible if you believe in your dreams and he is proud to share his experience and to mentor RLA students throughout their time in the studio. Robert’s technical skills in the studio are unparalleled. He could literally build a spaceship- in fact, that’s what he might be doing right now in one of the secret rooms in the mysteriously awesome Robert Lang Studio…

Marlie Pesek- Program Director

Marlie believes that success is a mixture of entrepreneurship, talent and tireless, hard work. It is her mission to envision and implement an audio program of the highest caliber, rich in real-world experience for RLA Students. She feeds off of her educational experiences as a graduate of the Audio Engineering Program at Shoreline Community College and as a student at Berklee College of Music where she studied Voice and Performance. She has had the pleasure of performing with artists like Paul Simon, collaborating with the AES and The Recording Academy and serving as a member of Shoreline Community College’s Performance Arts/Digital Filmmaking Advisory Committee.

Will Lemaster- Instructor, Engineer, Producer

Will approaches learning from a very unique and passionate approach. He has this incredible ability to teach a group class and at the same time, teach each individual student at the skill-level they are at an any given moment. For the past two years, Will has brought insight, care, compassion, drive and a wide spectrum of skill-sets to RLA Students and to the RLA Academia- all based on his decades of professional work in the audio industry. "Decades of experience have taught me that people do their best work in a relaxed, respectful and professionally managed environment.  My role is to create a collaborative atmosphere where everyone is contributing toward the same goal.  That's when the musicians, vocalists, and other artists deliver performances they didn't even know they had in them." - Will LeMaster.

Seth mcdonald- Private Pro tools instructor

As a graduate of the Art Institute, Seth has been pursuing his passion for engineering, producing and performing music since the age of 15. For the last decade he has not only mastered his skill-set in Pro Tools, he has spent several years shadowing Ryan Lewis while working with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in their local Seattle project studio and has worked with the "who's who" of hip hop in Seattle, such as Wale, Waka Flocka, Geo from Blue Scholars and many more. Seth has created his own following of faithful clientele as an Engineer/Producer working out of Purple Door Studios in Belltown and when he's not tracking, editing or mixing, you can find him writing and practicing his music on the piano. Seth's drive for producing is intensely strong, but he says his love for engineering may be even stronger. "I am thrilled to get to know all the students at RLA, build their skills in Pro Tools together, and to make music in these amazing spaces at Robert Lang's." - Seth McDonald

Steve Turnidge- Instructor, mastering engineer

When you meet Steve, he will blow your mind with his drive and passion for being a constant learner while sharing his expertise in audio and beyond. Steve is constantly inspiring those around him with his thoughtful teaching and mindfulness in all that he is and does. With over 30 years of Pro Audio Electronics Industry experience, he is a noted mastering engineer at Ultraviolet Studios with hundreds of albums and thousands of music tracks to his credit. He is an author for Hal Leonard and formerly taught at Shoreline Community College. A former Governor of The Recording Academy, he is now Vice Chair of the Audio Engineering Society (PNW Section).