Commodore Recording Studio

Commodore Recording Studio Commodore Recording Studio offers a spacious, comfortable working environment with top-notch equipment and experienced staff. Tucked into the beautiful Catoctin Mountains in Maryland and close to Washington, DC & Virginia, Commodore Recording Studio offers a spacious, comfortable working environment with top-notch equipment and experienced staff.
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Our clients enjoy the small-town atmosphere of Thurmont, MD: home of Camp David and the annual Catoctin Colorfest. Browse our website and see what Commodore has to offer!

Operating as usual

Getting the arsenal ready for more transfer work! L to R: Tascam 32, Pioneer 909, Otari mx5050, and the elusive Archéoph...
07/06/2021

Getting the arsenal ready for more transfer work! L to R: Tascam 32, Pioneer 909, Otari mx5050, and the elusive Archéophone for cylinder playback.

Getting the arsenal ready for more transfer work! L to R: Tascam 32, Pioneer 909, Otari mx5050, and the elusive Archéophone for cylinder playback.

I always wondered. Here it's finally explained.
07/04/2021

I always wondered. Here it's finally explained.

10/06/2020

Just a friendly reminder... if you call the studio and there's no answer, please leave a BRIEF message WITH A CALL BACK NUMBER. My answering machine has a finite capacity, so if someone leaves a 5 or 10-minute treatise about their new song or their politics, it leaves no space for anyone else to leave a message. There's also the chance that I might be there and pick up, once I know who's calling! I get 12-15 telemarketers, scammers and robocalls per day (as do most listed businesses) so I also use the machine to screen calls when I'm here. It's nothing personal!

09/04/2020
Mallets

Can you identify this instrument?

06/17/2020

In July of 2023 it will have been ten years since I leased the building at 204 E. Main Street and officially opened up as Commodore. It’s been very cool, fun and rewarding, but also very expensive. The rent payment goes up every year, taxes, utilities and insurance increase every year, certain repairs to the building end up being my responsibility, audio equipment breaks down, software becomes obsolete due to mandatory computer upgrades, and some months we do well simply to break even. Those of you who have been around since the beginning also know what our unexpected (non-business-related) challenges were, and why it was so difficult to hit the ground running back in 2013. The part of the business that’s most profitable is the transfer/restoration part… which does not require a big building like this. So here’s a heads-up for you musicians who like to record in my studio:
This is not a definite decision yet, but I’m considering closing shop in mid-2023, phasing out the studio aspect of the business, and focusing only on transfer and restoration going forward, in a more affordable space. Since some projects take several years to complete, I want to give enough notice so that nobody is left in the lurch! So if you have a project you’ve been putting off, it might be a good time to start thinking more about it.
Of course, COVID complicates things further, for the studio and for my clients! Since we don’t know how things will unfold over time, the next 3 years should be educational.

06/04/2020

Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder: sometimes I am at the studio but unable to answer the phone for various reasons. If you need to reach me, please don't hang up when the greeting turns on. Leave a SHORT* message WITH A CALL BACK NUMBER.** My phone does not save the incoming number, so if you don't leave one, I can't call you back. That is also how I'll be able to sort out your call from the majority of calls that come in, which are scammers, robocalls and telemarketers.

*answering machine has finite space, so if you have a five-minute description of your next song, save it for when we can actually talk!
**meaning don't just say "...so call me back."

05/28/2020
Doug Benson on the Record

Article of the month!

Doug Benson’s work on King Oliver and Wolverines material quickly became benchmarks for what proper audio restoration could reveal. His name on an album is enough to convince those in the know to trade up for what is destined to become the definitive version even if they already own all of the...

Hey folks! I still need 30 script readers before March 25. Call or message... $20 for 20 minutes and lots of fun!  Don't...
03/15/2020

Hey folks! I still need 30 script readers before March 25. Call or message... $20 for 20 minutes and lots of fun! Don't be like Evel Knievel and just talk about jumping the canyon... DO IT! YEAH!! WOOT!

Local friends - if you've never been to a production at this theater, we highly recommend it. A gift certificate to a di...
03/14/2020

Local friends - if you've never been to a production at this theater, we highly recommend it. A gift certificate to a dinner show would be a wonderful way to celebrate once we're all "sprung" and able to go out in the world again!

Our shows are still proceeding as scheduled, but if you’re staying close to home for a week or so, buying a Gift Certificate to be used at a future performance is a great way to support The Playhouse and other small businesses who operate on small profit margins!
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You can buy online (visit the “Box Office” page on our Website) or call our Box Office Tues-Fri to purchase Gift Certificates in any amount!

Thank you for supporting Small Businesses & Live, Local Theatre!

washingtoncountyplayhouse.com

03/13/2020

I saw a fantastic idea in another post today. Regardless of your views on the validity of the Covid19 scare, many businesses are being temporarily shut down, or patronage is decreasing drastically while it plays out. Since small businesses (including this one) tend to operate within such small margins, a period of "lockdown" that lasts even a few weeks can be enough to push them off the balance sheet. One way to help small businesses stay in business is to consider buying gift certificates to be used after things return to normal. The immediate cash flow will help us pay our monthly running expenses during the drought. Just a suggestion...

03/13/2020

Response has been good for the script-reading gig; but I still need about 35 more readers. This pays $20 cash and takes about 20 minutes. Folks who have done it before will tell you it's fun and quirky, and easy money! The company I'm contracting for is collecting examples of North American speech reading commands like "turn up fan speed" and "show me Netflix" to help develop smart appliances. I have some specific demographic "quotas" and need male and female readers of all ages (14-59) and ethnicities. Message Commodore or call the shop at 301-271-2435. Hope to see you there!

Monocacy Jazz Quartet tracking on Saturday!
03/12/2020

Monocacy Jazz Quartet tracking on Saturday!

The audio specs have been worked out, so now we're ready to start recording. CALL/MESSAGE and set up an appointment! I N...
03/09/2020

The audio specs have been worked out, so now we're ready to start recording. CALL/MESSAGE and set up an appointment! I Need you!!

Want to make $20 cash and have some quirky fun doing it? Here’s your chance! For the third year, Commodore is partnering with a Seoul-based voice technology company, to record scripts of English-speaking individuals for smart appliance development. I need 60 people to read a 250-phrase script of simple commands such as “turn on TV,” “it’s too warm,” etc. They estimate each recording should take about an hour. This is not a call for character voices or professional-sounding copy reading; we just need natural voices speaking the way you’d talk to an appliance if it were across the room. To get a good cross-section of local American dialects, they are looking for a diverse pool of ages (14-70), ethnicities (all) and genders (all), but no foreign accents. Readings will be taking place at Commodore (Main Street in Thurmont) for the next 3 weeks. Please message the studio to set up an appointment or call the studio line at 301-271-2435. Feel free to share this post if you want!

Want to make $20 cash and have some quirky fun doing it? Here’s your chance! For the third year, Commodore is partnering...
03/06/2020

Want to make $20 cash and have some quirky fun doing it? Here’s your chance! For the third year, Commodore is partnering with a Seoul-based voice technology company, to record scripts of English-speaking individuals for smart appliance development. I need 60 people to read a 250-phrase script of simple commands such as “turn on TV,” “it’s too warm,” etc. They estimate each recording should take about an hour. This is not a call for character voices or professional-sounding copy reading; we just need natural voices speaking the way you’d talk to a remote. To get a good cross-section of local American dialects, they are looking for a diverse pool of ages (14-70), ethnicities (all) and genders (all), but no foreign accents. Readings will be taking place at Commodore (Main Street in Thurmont) for the next 3 weeks. Please message the studio to set up an appointment or call the studio line at 301-271-2435. Feel free to share this post if you want!

He was too busy singin' to put anybody down. RIP Peter. (From a year ago? I somehow missed it last year!)
02/23/2020
Monkees Singer and Bassist Peter Tork Dead at 77

He was too busy singin' to put anybody down. RIP Peter. (From a year ago? I somehow missed it last year!)

The affable performer played with the Monkees from their earliest days as a made-for-TV band all the way through their recent reunion tours

02/12/2020

Tip of the day: If you're bringing audio into the studio for restoration, please RESIST THE URGE to work on it yourself first. You'll ultimately save time and money, and get a better result.

"I already used Audacity freeware and applied this $20 declicker I bought on the Internet..."
(...and now I have to spend an hour getting rid of the artifacts left by a cheap declicker.)

"I already did the fade-ins and fade-outs for you..."
(...which is the very last thing that should be done. Volume changes affect everything else.)

"I already ran the background noise suppressor myself..."
(...which has left artifacts I now can't undo. The software we use is expensive for a reason. Let it do its job!)

An analogy:
"Hi doctor. I already sutured myself up where the incision will be. Now you can do the rest of my surgery!"

02/08/2020
Jared Dines

Jared Dines

Martin #1,000,000th guitar 😍😍😍

Picture of the day.
02/05/2020

Picture of the day.

Protobilly made the Top Ten reissues! Audio restored and mastered here at little old Commodore.
01/16/2020
20th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll: The Results

Protobilly made the Top Ten reissues! Audio restored and mastered here at little old Commodore.

Tanya Tucker, The Highwomen, Yola, Tyler Childers and beyond — 79 critics vote for the best in 2019’s country music

RIP to the great one.
01/10/2020
Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67

RIP to the great one.

Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, died Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California at age 67. The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three years, according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. A representative for the band confirmed th...

12/07/2019
Rivermont Records

A great set! Almost 10 years in the making...

New 2-CD set from Rivermont features a treasure trove of long-forgotten "hot dance" recordings by Nat Brusiloff, bandleader and jazz violinist supreme! This video tells you Brusiloff's often funny -- but ultimately tragic -- story, with some of the snappiest dance music you "never" heard! To hear more or to purchase (CD or Digital Download), please visit: https://rivermontrecords.com/products/1171

Facebook is sometimes kinda idiotic. This ad has been approved, and up and running for 3 days. Now I'm getting messages ...
12/05/2019

Facebook is sometimes kinda idiotic. This ad has been approved, and up and running for 3 days. Now I'm getting messages from Facebook saying it will no longer run because it has "too much text" and needs more pictures. Huh???

You know this is what they "really" want...

You know this is what they "really" want...
12/02/2019

You know this is what they "really" want...

Very cool!  The original disc was sent to Commodore for transfer and restoration a couple of years ago. Now it's appeari...
11/05/2019
Song Nat King Cole Wrote for DC Club Owner Getting Released

Very cool! The original disc was sent to Commodore for transfer and restoration a couple of years ago. Now it's appearing on this flagship set!

An early Nat King Cole recording that went unnoticed for years is part of a new box set. Mark Segraves reports the song was written for a D.C. club owner to celebrate the birth of the club owner's first son.

In the studio today with Second Chances Gospel Quartet
11/02/2019

In the studio today with Second Chances Gospel Quartet

10/29/2019

A Friendly Firm Reminder About Our Policies:

Inside the building:
*No smoking
*No va**ng
*No JUUL
*No exceptions

Inside or outside the building, including in your car:
*No underage drinking
*No drugs
*No w**d

If you are drunk or high, or smell like w**d, the session is immediately over. If you feel you "can't play" unless you're drunk or high, chances are you simply can't play.

An easy way to remember all this: If it's illegal, you can't do it here. No exceptions.

10/16/2019
One Instrument - It All Rolls Back Around (Re-edit)

Hey everyone, I have a special request. Last year Commodore released "It All Rolls Back Around" on YouTube. I quickly realized that I had made a distressing error in the ending credits, so after a couple of weeks I posted a corrected and improved version, labeled as the "re-edit." The trouble is, the original version had already received about 1800 views, and therefore is still the first one that comes up when people search/Google the title. I'm asking as many of you as possible to click on the link below to help the "view count" on the corrected version, so it will eventually be the one that comes up first. And while you're at it, check out the video if you haven't seen it! It's a bit long, but very cool and very worth it. Shares would be appreciated too.

(The original video was posted in September 2018; we are re-posting with a few tweaks and improved audio!) We're very proud of our talented community! Great ...

Main Street Thurmont
10/13/2019

Main Street Thurmont

Thank You Commodore Recording Studio for making a difference in Breast Cancer Treatment, Research, & Support at Frederick Memorial Hospital through the Patty Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund via Gateway to the Cure with your donation!
Commodore Recording Studio
204 East Main Street
301.271.2435
You can check out Commodore Recording Studio at:
http://www.commodorestudio.com/
https://www.facebook.com/commodorerecordingstudio
For more information on the Patty Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund go to: http://www.pinkribbonfrederick.org/communityevents/

Thanks to all the participating businesses, events, and those who support the participating businesses. Thurmont has donated an impressive $60,000.00 in five years to the FMH Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.

I'll just leave this here.
09/29/2019

I'll just leave this here.

09/28/2019
Abbey Road Studios

How cool...

As part of the #AbbeyRoad celebrations, we’ve been asking fans to send in their recreations and tributes of the Fab Four’s iconic crossing pose and have received an overwhelming response!

Take a look and see if you can spot your photo within the Abbey Road mosaic: https://AbbeyRoad.lnk.to/Crossing

Vulmawi Gang tracking for their next video!
09/22/2019

Vulmawi Gang tracking for their next video!

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Doug Benson this is Gilberto Caballero hi my Goodman , how is life going ! This is a one in a lifetime thing this Pandemic so stay the cool that you are see you soon!!
This will be a nice one, folks! Visit their page for lots more pictures and video previews!
Thank you Doug for the excellent work you did today transferring my old vinyl and cassette lp’s to digital. You worked some magic today!