Engineers & Producers

Our experienced engineers have worked on countless successful projects.

Whether it's tracking, editing, mixing, or production, we can pair you with the right person in the right studio to make your dream recording so you can focus on being creative and capturing great performances.

Tom Dobrzanski

Founder / Studio Manager

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Tom Dobrzanski is a Juno nominated Canadian record producer, engineer, mixer, musician and studio owner.

He began his career in 2005 when he built Vertical Studios and produced debut albums for bands like Said The Whale, Hey Ocean!, and  We Are The City. His favourite projects to work on are often new artists that are looking to make their first serious studio recording.  Tom is also a founding member of the Vancouver band  The Zolas.

Tom has been recognized with many award nominations including WCMA awards for Producer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, Independent Album of the Year, and most recently Juno nominations in the Alternative Album and Breakthrough Group categories. Tom has also had multiple top 10 singles on Canadian radio charts, including a #1 with Said The Whale's song "I Love You".

Aaron Klassen

Engineer

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Aaron Klassen is a Vancouver-based a recording engineer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in drums and synthesizers.

As a performer, Aaron has over a decade of experience playing stages across Canada, the US, UK, France, Germany, and as far as India with musical acts such as Bad Pop (FKA Hot Panda), Ben Rogers, Dustin Bentall, Ghostmeat and Altered By Mom.  The songs shared on this bio playlist showcase some of that work.

After completing the Digital Music Production program at Langara College, Aaron found his love of all things engineering and production.  Blending the old and the new, analog meeting digital, is where Aaron finds the most joy in recording and are what keep him in the studio with a smile on his face at any hour.

Quirky indie rock, classic and contemporary alternative, electronic, post disco and pop music are the blueprints for the music that Aaron creates personally and loves to work with artists of any genre that hold a passion for putting out something new to the world.

Alex Penney

Producer / Senior Engineer

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Alex Penney has always been surrounded by music. He played piano growing up, with a taste influenced by a father who loved prog-rock and a sister who studied jazz. This developed into a love for hip-hop and electronic music and sounds from around the world.

During university he became interested in DJing and production and started buying records and making beats. This eventually led to a move to Vancouver BC to pursue a career in making sound and he has been working as a Producer/Engineer/DJ ever since.

Alex has worked with artists such as Dani LeRose (Jade the Moon), Jay Rock (Top Dawg Entertainment), and Jarrett Martineau (CBC Reclaimed / RPM Records).

Charlotte Duggan

Engineer

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Charlotte Duggan has been working in studios since 2015 when she graduated from Harbourside Institute of Technology with a diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production. In 2018 Charlotte completed a recording practicum at the Banff Centre working in world-class studios alongside renowned producers and musicians including Howard Bilerman and Jerry Granelli.

Charlotte draws from her roots in hip-hop production to create unique sounds across any genre. She excels at blending genres, unusual recording techniques, and is an analog distortion enthusiast.

Charlotte has worked with rising local artists: Club Sofa, Wax Cowboy, Lauren Spencer-Smith, and the Jamie Lee Trio. Outside of the studio, Charlotte is also an instructor at SAE Institute Vancouver.