My name is Jon and I'm the owner/operator of Edgetone Studios.
I have always had an interest in technology, most likely influenced by classic Star Trek reruns in the 70’s. I took computer courses as soon as high schools started offering them. But I also had a strong love of music. I tried to learn guitar for a while, but many friends were already amazing and I became discouraged. By 1984, my closest friends played drums, guitar, bass, and sax. I figured someone needed to be the keyboardist, so I purchased a Korg Poly 800. With this entry level synth, I learned some basic chording, how to program a “patch”, and developed my lifetime love of synthesizers
My interest in audio engineering began in the late 80’s while attending Vancouver Community College in the Jazz Pop Music program. I got to work as a live sound tech. After the program ended I taught a Synthesizer Arts night school class at the college, then got a job teaching audio engineering at Columbia Academy of Radio Television & Recording Arts. I stuck with that until I had my first child on the way and decided I needed a career that would pay the bills.
I completed a computer networking diploma from BCIT, and soon found myself as a Data Communications Specialist just as the personal computer, email and the internet began sweeping through public and private businesses. It was a lucrative career that supported my family and my hobbies. During those years, I had all but dropped music creation.
In 2002 I was living in Victoria. I decided it was time to get back into music. Having sold my synths years before, and forgotten nearly as much as I had learned about playing keys, I decided to buy a bass. Within a few years I was jamming regularly again, and my love of music creation was returning. So in 2007 I purchased a used audio interface and studio monitors, then started Edgetone Studios.
I ran Edgetone Studios part-time in my small garage in Victoria while I continued my full time computer networking career. I grew my collection of music equipment, including microphones, basses and synthesizers. In 2017, my wife and I quit our jobs, sold our house and moved to North Cowichan. The intention was to find a property that has the potential to build a more professional studio as my retirement career.
We purchased a split-level house built in 1968, which was sorely in need of updates. So for the first three years of our early retirement, we renovated the interior. At the beginning of 2020, I could see the end of the upgrades and began the process of designing and building the new studio.
David Coulson Design designed the exterior of the addition. In December of 2020, West Point Contracting began the actual construction. They completed the exterior build in February of 2021, then I took over. I built and finished the interior according to the detailed plans from John L. Sayers, the Australian recording engineer, producer and studio designer.
Construction was completed in November 2021, and then I began the equipment installation and testing. The studio opened for business in March of 2022.