Mobtown Studios is an artist-friendly recording, mixing and mastering studio owned and operated by producer/mixing engineer Mat Leffler-Schulman, womanager/doula Emily Leffler-Schulman and managed by producer/engineer Sean Mercer. The hybrid analog and digital recording studio provides a warm living room environment where bands create records comfortably and affordably.
We’ve worked with artists on 4AD, ATO, Bar/None, Friends, Glacial Pace, Interscope, Merge, Tender Loving Empire, Thrill Jockey, Topshelf, Tzadik, Run For Cover, Universal Music & Warner Bros. Records. Our clients have been featured on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice and The Colbert Report.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Ravens, Ken Bethea (The Old 97s), Celebration, Dan Deacon, The Dismemberment Plan, Future Islands, Have Mercy, Ice Cube, Julia Brown, Little Hurricane, Mark degli Antoni (Soul Coughing/David Byrne), Morning Teleportation, Starlight Girls, Sun Club, Teen Suicide, Waka Flocka Flame, Wye Oak & Dustin Wong have walked our halls or have been mixed/mastered at the studio.
We’ve also created original music or have recorded voice overs with 2k Games, Baltimore Grand Prix, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Friends School Of Baltimore, George Mason University, HBO, Mathnasium, National Geographic, National Hockey League, National Jockey Club (Preakness), Temple University, United Football League, University at Buffalo, University of Kansas, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska, University of Tulsa, US Navy Football & XFL.
Producer / Mixing Engineer / Co-owner
Mat Leffler-Schulman has spent the better part of his life fascinated by recording and manipulating sound. Known as a “musician’s producer”, he’s a drummer, is analog synth-obsessed and takes great pride in his collection of theremins, vocoders and vintage gear. He’s worked with an eclectic and diverse range of artists, including Future Islands (Thrill Jockey / 4AD), Sun Club (ATO), Waka Flocka Flame (Warner Bros.), Mark degli Antoni (David Byrne/Soul Coughing) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mat earned a BS from the renowned Music Recording program at Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville. His career spans 20 years, including stints at Warner Bros. Records and DC101.
Producer / Engineer
As a songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, Sean has been active in the Baltimore music scene for ten years, sharing stages with Of Montreal (Polyvinyl), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Matador) and Wild Nothing (Captured Tracks). Recently he has worked with Teen Suicide (Run For Cover), Sun Club (ATO), Lauren Ruth Ward (The Voice), and Julia Brown. More than just a knob-turning engineer, Sean has an ear for recognizing talent and helping to spark creativity and experimentation in the studio, yielding one-of-a-kind recordings. Sean has a BS in Music & Audio Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Engineer / Mixer
Evan Daniel Kornblum is a life-long musician and engineer and is classically trained on multiple instruments. Evan works in many diverse genres and has worked with Hollywood Blanks, Vinny Vegas, Ultrafaux/Hot Club of Baltimore, and SGT Gusto. His unique approach to music, positive attitude, and passion for recording has made him a go-to engineer and mix artist. Evan is also a two-time winner of the William G. Baker, Jr. Merit Award (2016/17 WTMD). Evan has a BS in Classical Music Performance from Towson University .
Maurice Carroll is a producer, composer, keyboardist, music director & music business consultant who has worked in Baltimore musically for over two decades. He has worked with such artists as The 5th L, The Floacist, Jonathan Nelson and Ruff Endz and is known for his unique style of composing and producing. He has composition and production credits in South Africa, Australia, the UK and the United States. Maurice attended Berkley School of Music in Music Business and Vocal Recording Techniques.
Engineer / Producer
Andrew Russell is an engineer and guitarist who has been heavily involved in Baltimore music for most of his life, currently playing with Octaves and has been touring with Caravels, Horse the Band and Shai Halud. He feels comfortable recording on location or in the studio, and recently worked with Fine Fine, Joy Classic, Kitsune Rad, and more. Andrew has a BS from Towson University.
Matthew Sullivan has collaborated with artists like Thomas Dolby (Capitol/EMI), Nudie Suits (EHSE Records), Microkingdom, James Nasty, and Loren Hill; working across the full span of musical genres from orchestra and rock bands, to narration for audiobooks and audio post-production. He enjoys tape-machine calibration, free improvisation, analog compressors, and rye whiskey. He has a knack for helping artists explore what makes them unique, and is obsessed with trying to find new and creative ways to make recordings sound great. Matthew has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Recording Arts and Computer Music Composition from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins.
What Others Say
101 Days And Nights In Baltimore; Music of all sizes
The Baltimore Sun, June 10, 2015
“With the sound quality of a house show and the vibe of a private concert, Mobtown Studio’s husband and wife team, Mat and Emily Leffler-Schulman, have a hit on their hands. ”
A “Support Local Creativity” Spotlight on Mobtown Studios
Flying Dog Brewery, September 30, 2013
“Mat and Emily Leffler-Schulman retired in their late ’20s because they do what they love. They cultivate artists and live their life with purpose as the owners of Baltimore’s Mobtown Studios…”
Best of Baltimore 2010
City Paper, September 22, 2010
“It’s one thing to record, market, manufacture, distribute, and promote music—which is the historic all-in record label model—but Mobtown Studios is onto something entirely different, something that might resemble a bit more closely the future of music and how we get it…”
City Guide 2009: Secrets of the City
101 Things To Eat, See, & Do
Baltimore Magazine, June 2009
“Bright, stylishly-designed recording facility Mobtown Studios hosts monthly microshows. Husband-and-wife duo Mat and Emily Leffler Schulman curate the series, featuring indie-alternative types such as Eureka Birds and Ellen Cherry amid vintage keyboards and state of the art gear…”