Commodore Studio opens in Thurmont

Staff photo by Graham Cullen Doug Benson, owner of Commodore Studio in Thurmont adjusts the sound board while recording a band recently.

Doug Benson has launched Commodore Studio LLC at 240 E. Main St., Thurmont, offering audio recording and restoration.

• What led you to launch this business?

After 20 years of running a small, two-room studio, I recognized the need for a larger acoustical performance space with a grand piano that would accommodate those ensembles (e.g., jazz and classical) that just can’t work well in a basement. When the current building came up for lease, I knew I’d found my ideal spot.

 • What is unique about it? 

There is no cookie-cutter formula for a recording studio. Each one reflects the personality and experience of the engineer that runs it. Commodore is a very eclectic place: old outside but new inside, and populated with a unique assortment of my favorite gear harvested from 35 years in the audio industry.

 • What do you do that nobody else does?

In addition to full-service multi-track recording, Commodore offers world-class audio restoration. Historical and family heirloom recordings can be digitized, cleaned and enhanced with remarkable clarity. Records and magnetic tapes can degrade just from being stored, so it’s important to rescue them while they’re still playable.

 • Why do you believe you'll be successful?

Originally using the name Harvest Recording, I’ve engineered and produced around 200 independent CD projects since 1992, with many repeat customers. This new shop adds a new dimension, allowing me to offer an even wider range of services.

 • Tell us something specific about your business field, who your customers are or how you see a new business doing in a challenging economy.

The need for audio recording is ubiquitous, but not every studio is right for every job. Home-based budget studios have their place, as do the high-dollar mega-studios. With Commodore, I’m offering an affordable mid-ground option for clients who may need a good recording space as well as great gear. Initial customer feedback has been very positive!

 301-271-2435

Hours by appointment only

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