Mobtown Laboratories
Microshows

Distilling all the kinetic energy and sonic kaboom of a large venue show into a teeny pint-sized house concert package, behold, the Mobtown Microshow.

Albert Bagman

Microshow
Albert Bagman - Microshow
Scroll Downers - Microshow

Blacksage

Microshow
Blacksage - Microshow

Post Pink

Microshow
Post Pink - Microshow
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The BSide Sessions

Revealing a distinctly intimate story narrated by song and sometimes-rowdy, sometimes-weary aftershow convo.

Guillermo Sexo

The BSide Session
Guillermo Sexo - The BSide Session

Drop Electric

The BSide Session
Drop Electric - The BSide Session

Starlight Girls

The BSide Session
Starlight Girls - The BSide Session
 

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Are you a recording studio?

We are a music production studio offering recording, mixing, and mastering services. We are not limited to a single physical recording space, but rather work with a number of studios and spaces to offer a variety of recording locale options to our clients. When mixing and mastering, we work out of our own production room.

Where are you located?

We offer recording services within a 90-mile radius from Baltimore, MD, USA. We work with artists for mixing and mastering services around the globe.

When should I contact you if I'm planning a new project?

As soon as possible! We love hearing what people are working on and enjoy being a part of the pre-production planning stages.

I recorded my record at home or at another studio. Can you mix it?

We can! Connect with us to chat. If you’re planning to record at home, we’d be happy to talk with you about how best to prepare for studio mixing.

How many revisions can I make during mixing or mastering?

Mixes include 3 rounds of revisions. Masters include 2 rounds of revisions. We encourage you to be as concise and specific in your original direction and revision feedback as possible. Additional time needed for extra revisions will be billed by our hourly rate.

Can you print mixes to analog tape?

We certainly can and recommend it! Tape can add so many wonderful sonic characteristics to a mix. It can add tape saturation, tape compression, and emphasized low frequencies. Or it can simply just glue a mix together. We have an early 1980s Otari MTR-10 ¼” half-track stereo mix down deck. It came from The Hit Factory in NYC and many amazing records (John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Whitney Houston, etc.) were printed to this deck.

Do you track bands live or multi-track?

Both! Like a master yogini, we are incredibly flexible. We can record an entire band’s live performance as well as multi-track each instrument separately. In our planning conversations, we’ll talk with you about what makes the most sense to capture your energy and produce the best recordings as well as what recording location best suits your project.

How long is a session?

Most recording session blocks are scheduled for eight to 10 hours and we have a two-hour minimum. Each session starts at a time pre-determined by you and the producer or engineer and includes load-in/out, set-up, break-down, breaks, time spent mixing and delays. While a session may be scheduled for eight hours, our producers or engineers may use their discretion to go over the allotted time if you’re in a really awesome, productive groove and the schedule allows for it. By the same token, if it’s been a long, full day and it’s 30 minutes before the end of your session, the engineer may make gentle suggestions about constructive ways to use your remaining time. Remember, we’re here to help you make the most of your time, skills and budget.

How much time should I book for recording my album?

Every project will vary, but a good rule of thumb is to book one day per song for a full-length LP for a typical indie-rock band (guitar/bass/drums/vox). A well-rehearsed, four-piece band recording a 10-song full-length record can usually get basic tracks recorded in 3-5 days and overdubs recorded in 1-2 days. Projects with more instrumentation and complexity will take longer and projects with less instrumentation and complexity will take less time. Keep in mind most of your favorite records were not recorded and mixed in two days.

I am a singer/songwriter looking to produce a record with multi-instrumentalists. Can you help?

We can! We work with singer/songwriters often. We frequently assist with selecting instrumentalists. We work with a coterie of fiercely emotive, highly skilled musicians that can add drums, bass, guitar, strings, horns, synth, piano and even theremin to your music. They’re all veterans in the studio and many of them trained at the Peabody Conservatory, play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, or are regulars at the annual Bluegrass Festival.

I am a spoken word artist, can you help?

Yes! We record poets, narrators, and other artists not working with accompanying music. Please note that we have a two-hour minimum for recording sessions.

Do you produce voice-overs, jingles, music for film or radio spots?

Yes, we produce voice-overs, jingles, radio spots and music for film. Our commercial reel is available upon request. Contact us for rates.

I am a hip-hop emcee looking for beats, can you help?

We don’t currently have someone in-house producing beats. We highly recommend The Lineup Room for this service.

Do you produce music videos or edit video?

We do! We work in tandem with Wolf Stream Media for all music video & video production. Get in touch and let us know what you are looking to do.

Do you back up your projects?

We back up to our own hard drives as long as a project is in progress. At the conclusion of a project, we will provide session files upon request. However, after a project is completed, we can not guarantee ongoing storage.

How do I book a project with Mobtown?

Contact us to discuss your expectations and goals. We’ll chat about what your project entails such as creative goals, instrumentation, individual roles, number of songs, and distribution plans and we’ll discuss scheduling and pricing. After we’ve talked and you’re ready to move forward, we’ll plan a timeline and send you an invoice. A project is considered confirmed only once we’ve received your deposit. If we haven’t received a deposit, then our time is not guaranteed. We’ll typically plan a pre-production chat in the week or two before production starts to revisit plans, roles and goals.

Do you require a deposit and when do we pay it?

Once we’ve planned a timeline for your project, we’ll send you an invoice. Deposits are required for recording and mixing services. Payment for mastering and audio restoration services is due in full before work begins.

When a deposit is due, we’ll hold your time in our production schedule for one week. The deposit is required to confirm your project. If we do not receive the deposit by one week from the invoice date, we’ll release the time for others to book and we can find new dates that work for you.

When do we pay the balance?

For mastering and audio restoration services, payment is due in full before work begins. For recording services, the balance is due by your first session. If we do not receive the balance at that time, we reserve the right to reschedule remaining sessions.

For mixing services, the balance is due after approval of the final mix. Final uncompressed files will be provided after the balance has been paid in full.

What forms of payments do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, ApplePay, checks, and cash. Credit/debit card and check payments can be made online by clicking the “Pay Now” button on your invoice email. Please confirm with us before sending payment via PayPal. You are responsible for any fees incurred from our bank or processor for declined payments.

What if I need to reschedule a recording session or cancel a project?

If you’re scheduled for recording and you encounter an unexpected conflict, we will work with you to reschedule your sessions as soon as possible, but please understand that studio and production schedules stay pretty full so flexibility may be necessary. Immediate rescheduling may not be possible. Individual session musicians, gear rental providers, and recording studios may have their own policies about rescheduling.

All payments are non-refundable once paid. If sessions or projects are canceled, you will receive a company credit in the amount of the payments received. Credits can only be applied to the services for which they were originally paid. Any credits not used within ninety days of the original invoice date will be forfeited. Payments made to compensate session musicians, hire gear, or pay for studio space are non-refundable and non-creditable.

Your payment covers not just the time of the engineer with whom you’re working, but it supports everything and everyone that is needed to run a production studio serving the greater community of artists. Keeping your commitment is important to us and to your fellow artists. If you have trouble understanding why this is our policy, we have an inexhaustible supply of analogies to explain why this is so. Most involve apples.

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