Mobtown Studios is an artist-friendly recording studio owned and operated by producer Mat Leffler-Schulman and designer Emily Leffler-Schulman. We built the studio with the intention of providing a warm living room environment where bands could create records affordably and comfortably.
The studio is located in a large light-filled 1890s converted (and possibly haunted) rowhouse in Baltimore’s historic Charles Village neighborhood, near Penn Station and the Station North Arts District. Our six-room 1,600 square foot facility was masterfully planned by acoustical engineer Julien Robilliard (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and employs a variety of innovative and modular acoustical treatments to shape your sound.
We’ve worked with artists on Universal Records, Warner Bros. Records, Thrill Jockey, Tzadik Records, 4AD, Tender Loving Empire, Dorian Records, Analog Edition, Glacial Pace Recordings and Friends Records. Our clients have been featured on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Voice and The Colbert Report.
Producer / Mixing Engineer / Co-owner
Mat 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 tube gear. He’s worked with an eclectic and diverse range of artists, including Future Islands (Thrill Jockey), Waka Flocka Flame (Warner Bros.), Morning Teleportation (Glacial Pace) 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 17 years, including stints at Warner Bros. Records and DC101.
Engineer / Producer
Paul has been producing bands and artists up and down the east coast for long enough to start feeling old. With a strong background in music theory and a developed multi-instrumental skill set, he brings an open-minded, intentional, and most importantly, fun vibe to recording sessions. He performs in many different bands around the Baltimore/DC area, subsequently honing his skills on “both sides of the glass” in an attempt to understand and therefore relate to and best accommodate the artists he works with. He is known for going to any length to capture the most honest and emotive performance by facilitating and fostering the ideal creative environment to record in.
Engineer / Producer
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 up and coming musicians Sun Club, 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 graduated with a Music/Audio Engineering degree from the University of Maryland.
What Others Say
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
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Baltimore Magazine, June 2009
“Bright, stylishly-designed recording facility Mobtown Studios hosts monthly micro-shows. Husband-and-wife duo Matthew 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…”