With a population of nearly 600,000, Baltimore is the biggest city in the State of Maryland. For being a major city, it boasts a humble population, but with an array of music student programs and recording studios, its music scene is alive and well.
Plus, the greater Baltimore area boats over 2.3 million people.
If you’re planning to record in Baltimore, your options are more limited than you might think, but don’t worry – you can still find some great recording studios in the city, as well as in the surrounding area / suburbs.
In this guide, we look at the best Baltimore recording studios.
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Inkwell Recording Studios
Baltimore’s own Inkwell Recording Studios offers recording, production, and songwriting services. They’ve built their own podcast hub and production suite, and even have experience producing commercials and music videos.
The studio appears to have its own podcast (which we can’t confirm or deny) and is somewhat active on social media as well.
Their recording rates start at $120 per hour, and session bookings are two hours minimum.
Their website is a little limited in terms of relevant information, so be sure to reach out to them directly if you have any questions.
FLYZONE Recording Studio
As with many modern recording facilities, FLYZONE Recording Studio offers multiple services for the modern musician and creative – recording, photography and video production, marketing, and audio-visual solutions.
FLYZONE also offers mixing lessons (Flyzone University) and FlyzoneTV. So, if you’re looking for a studio that does more than just recording and offers services to help artists boost their careers, you might be interested in learning more about their various programs.
FLYZONE’s recording rates start at $75 per hour and includes mixing.
If you’re looking for a place to rehearse, record, or perform, you should certainly check out Orion Studios. With over 20 years of experience, secure and clean rehearsal facilities that are open 24 / 7 / 365, and a live performance stage, this studio aims to be your go-to destination for a variety of needs.
Additionally, Orion offers instrument repair services for electric pianos, solid state and tube amplifiers, stage lighting, and more. If you have anything that needs to get fixed, it might be worth inquiring.
If recording, mixing, and mastering services are what you need, Lineup Room has got your back.
Their website is relatively minimal, but you can expect to find some pictures of their studio, an online booking feature, portfolio, as well as custom merchandise. Their contact information is prominently displayed on their website, so if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to them directly.
Wright Way Studios
Wright Way Studios offers an array of services, including recording, mixing, stem mixing, mastering, re-amping, teaching, and studio rental.
The facility was originally built in 1990, and the studio has worked with the likes of Dru Hill, Rihanna, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Their stable of engineers are both musicians and producers who understand music production and songwriting from the inside out.
In addition to music, Wright Way Studios also has the capacity for motion picture and TV soundtracks, compilations, sound design, and more.
Their studio features equipment from across the decades – 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and more – which should come in handy if your music requires a retro vibe. They also have a complete listing of their expansive recording equipment on their website.
With Studios A, B, C, and D, the facility boasts 4,600 square feet of space optimized for production in a variety of capacities.
If you want to hear samples of their work, you can hear them on their website.
Studio Compound offers audio recording, sound engineering, music production, online mastering, online mixing, engineering classes, audio post production, voiceovers, podcast production, photography, and videography.
Open 24 / 7, the studio has multiple impressive credits to its name – RIAA Platinum and Gold certified singles, over 250 million streams across all platforms, and more.
Some studios are a little intimidating to walk into, but you should feel at home at Studio Compound, where you’ll find a lounge area, arcade games, flex space, and other amenities to make you feel comfortable.
You can book the A Room for $75 an hour, the B Room for $65 an hour, and the dance studio for $50 an hour.
Profitt Productions offers studio recording and music video related services. You can also rent their space for a photo shoot or party.
Studio recording is available at $50 per hour (for a minimum of a four-hour block), while their music video services begin at $199.
Profitt Productions largely serves rappers, hip-hop artists, and R&B artists.
SongBuilder Studios is owned by producer, songwriter, and musician Stephen Antonelli. Producer, songwriter, audio engineer, and artist Willis Brindley also calls this studio his workplace.
Whether you’re an artist, producer, label, company, or other, SongBuilder offers producing, recording, and songwriting services matched to your needs.
While their value proposition could be a little clearer, their passion for collaboration certainly comes across. So, if you’ve got an idea but need people to help you make your vision a reality, SongBuilder Studios might just be the right environment for you to develop your project in.
Hot Tracks Recording Studio
While Hot Tracks Recording Studio’s website looks as though it was originally developed in the late 90s or early 00s, we’re not too quick to judge a book by its cover. Website design isn’t everything!
This Baltimore studio offers multi-track recording, mastering, CD and DVD duplication, CD distribution, video duplication, media advertising, jingles, radio and TV spots, music / songs, soundtracks, movie tracks, voiceovers, website design, website promo, website hosting, CD cover photos, CD cover layout and design, and more.
Most of it makes sense, but we’re not sure what all that means, especially since some of the terms they’re using are a little outdated… but basically, if you’re looking for something media related, Hot Tracks can probably do it!
Their website features a ton of information on everything you could possibly want, whether it’s a photo gallery, directions to the studio, testimonials, sound samples, services, or otherwise.
The Music Space
The Music Space is one of the more unique Baltimore offerings, consisting of music lessons and recording services.
Founded in 2015, this facility takes what it does quite seriously. So, don’t think just because they do music lessons in addition to recording that they’re somehow not specialized. They’ve got multiple engineers on their team, including Rodney Barnett, Collins Ukegbu, Mat Leffler-Schulman, Alex Champagne, and Jesse James.
The equipment list on their website will also demonstrate how seriously they take the craft of music production.
And in terms of lessons, they offer theory / songwriting, DJ / production, brass, guitar / ukulele / bass, drums / percussion, strings, piano, voice, and woodwinds too. If you need to brush up on anything while working on your latest project, this should prove a convenient asset.
Secret Sound Recording Studio
Secret Sound Recording Studio offers professional recording, editing, mixing, and mastering services.
While their website isn’t state of the art, they have all the information you could possibly want to decide whether to book some sessions with them – audio samples, photo gallery, equipment list, directions to the studio, and rates.
With Secret Sound Recording Studio, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering costs $70 per hour.
Deep End Recording Studio
Located about 10 minutes north of Baltimore in Middle River, Maryland, Deep End Recording Studio was established in 2003 by producer / engineer Tony Correlli.
The studio is home to plenty of gear, whether it’s microphones (like the Neumann U87 or Royer R-10), outboard gear (like the Universal Audio LA-2A or the Neve 1073), synths and samplers (like the Moog SUB-37 or Roland FA-08), or amplifiers (like the Fender Deluxe Reverb or Vox AC-15).
Deep End Recording Studio also supports the Baltimore music scene by sponsoring benefit concerts, participating in networking and educational events, playing shows, and creating compilation CDs.
Stages Music Arts
As with The Music Space, Stages Music Arts – located in Hunt Valley, Maryland – blends the world of music lessons with a professional recording environment. They also offer live production services.
Their facilities are home to Studio-A, Studio-B, and even a 60-seat performance hall. They offer recording, mixing, mastering, editing and vocal tuning, private rehearsals, livestream video production, video recording / editing, and live production services.
They have three engineer-producers on their team, including Dave Nachodsky, Evan Kornblum, and Rich Isaac.
Their music school also offers a variety of services – instrument lessons, performance programs, workshops and masterclasses, electronic music production, summer camps, and more.
Omega Recording Studios
As a fully-fledged recording studio and music school, Omega Recording Studios is an expansive facility offering a variety of services – recording, mixing, editing, mastering, arrangement, production, rentals, tape and CD duplication, and a great deal more.
Omega Recording Studios is home to six recording environments – Studio A, Studio B, Studio C, Studio D, Studio E, and Studio M.
Their roster of engineers includes Jim Curtis, Bill Mueller, Neal Keller, and Isaac Breslau.
In terms of their school, they have three career programs, including The Comprehensive Recording Industry Program, Audio Engineering for the Music Industry, and Audio Engineering for Film and Television.
They also have five component programs, which are as follows:
- Recording Engineer & Studio Techniques
- Audio Production Techniques
- Sound Reinforcement for Live Performance
- Electronic Music, Synthesizers, & MIDI
- Essentials for Music Business & Artist Management
Located in Millersville, MD, roughly 25 minutes from the heart of Baltimore, GDA Productions offers recording, mixing, mastering, voiceover, production, podcasting, remote mixing and mastering, music video and picture productions, rehearsal space, and more.
Recording rates are $40 per hour in Studio B, and $70 per hour in Studio A. Not bad at all.
The GDA Productions team consists of head engineer and owner Garrett Daniel Atkinson, and recording engineer and beatmaker Quinn Bedingfield.
There are plenty of other goodies to peruse on their website, including their other services, discography, FAQ, photos, and merchandise. If you need help making up your mind, these resources should prove helpful.
Boutique Sound Studio
Boutique Sound Studio is in Columbia, MD, roughly 25 minutes from the heart of Baltimore. They offer services in the realms of recording, mixing, mastering, postproduction, and live sound.
At Boutique Sound Studio, recording costs $50 per hour, while mixing costs $200 to $350 per track, and mastering costs $35 to $70 per track.
The main thing missing from their website is pictures! We’d sure love to see what their studio looks like and we imagine most people looking to book with them would too. And even though they have a gallery, there’s nothing there as of this writing.
The Dream Factory Studios
The Dream Factory Studios offers a mix of music production, vocal recording, voiceover, podcast services, sound design, and more. They have Dream Factory Studio 1 in downtown Baltimore, as well as Dream Factory Studio 2 in northwest Baltimore for larger productions.
You can also book your private parties with Dream Factory Studios, where you get access to hookah or vapes, water, snacks, and even wine. This probably makes Dream Factory Studios one of the most distinct studios / event halls in all of Baltimore (and I’m a sucker for good Unique Selling Propositions).
They use a variety of DAWs alongside an Apogee Symphony interface to capture the best sound possible – Pro Tools, Studio One, Live, FL Studio, and Cakewalk.
Their rates start at $75 per hour of studio time.
With over four decades of experience in audio and video production, Sheffield AV has a state of the art recording studio in Phoenix, MD, less than 30 minutes from the heart of Baltimore. It’s home to the larger, high-ceiling Studio A, as well as the smaller Studio B with Pro Tools HD Native setup and a Yamaha DM2000 console.
Sheffield AV also provides remote recording services. Their truck is equipped with a large control room, a client lounge, remote mic preamps, digital converters, a Pro Tools HD recording system, and more.
Their website is relatively sparse on information, though, so you’ll need to get in touch with them for additional information and rates.
Blackwater House is comprised of Studios A and B as well as their lounge where various live music events take place. They offer recording, mixdown, song mastering, custom production services, and video production. They also engage in community programs and offer artist residencies.
Rates depend on who you book with (you can book time in Studio B without an engineer).
Offering recording, drum recording, mixing, mastering, home studio consulting, and other services, The Buzzlounge is run by producer / engineer / songwriter Eric Taft.
On Taft’s website, you’ll find his blog, discography, equipment list, and several testimonials as well.
Reach out directly for more information.
Top Baltimore Recording Studios, Final Thoughts
If you’re planning to work on your next musical release in Baltimore, in whole or in part, it’s good to know that you’ve got more than a few recording studios to choose from, isn’t it?
Studio selection isn’t always easy, and it depends a great deal on your needs – how many instruments and voices you’re recording, what genre of music you’re working on, whether you need help with songwriting and song development, and more.
While we can’t tell you which studio might be best for your situation, we hope you have a better idea now than when you started. Here’s wishing you all the best on your project!