Mobtown Studios is an artist-friendly recording, mixing and mastering studio owned and operated by producer/mixing engineer Mat Leffler-Schulman and womanager/doula Emily Leffler-Schulman. The recording studio provides a warm living room environment where bands create records comfortably and affordably.
The recording 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. Take a tour.
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, Drop Electric, The Flying Eyes, Future Islands, Have Mercy, 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.
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 tube 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.
Cheif Engineer / Producer
Paul Mercer has been producing bands and artists in the Northeast for longer than he can remember. With a strong background in studio design & workflow, music theory and a developed multi-instrumental skill set, he brings a communicative, open-minded and deliberate vibe to recording sessions. Having performed as a multi-instrumentalist in many bands while honing his skills on “both sides of the glass”, he is known for going to any length to capture the most emotive performance.
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 Teen Suicide, 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 has a BS in Music & Audio Engineering from the University of Maryland.
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.
Engineer / Mixer
Evan Kornblum is a life-long musician and engineer and is classically trained on multiple instruments. He earned a BS in Classical Music Performance from Towson University and is an accomplished guitarist and bassist. Evan works in many diverse genres and has worked with Hollywood Blanks, Purple Orange, Ultrafaux and Sherman Whips. His unique approach to music, positive attitude and passion for recording has made him a go-to engineer and mix artist.
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…”