Mixing Engineer & Record Producer based in SJO. Pro Tools Ninja and Topcat at Green Road Recording Studio
Green Road Recording is the premier recording & mixing studio in Costa Rica. Operated by Avid certified recording & mixing Engineer Federico Hencker - Acoustically designed facilities by Malvicino Design Group NYC
The control room is based around a Solid State Logic Matrix console ideal for recording & mixing services - music production, audio/video post production and dubbing are some of our daily tasks.
Green Road Recording Studio offers a control room, two live rooms and a spacious meeting room/chill out area with high speed internet - Parking lot with 24 hour security available.
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Interview with Federico Hencker
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: This year I got involved in a project from a Costarrican artist called Mar Villarreal. I was the recording & mixing engineer of the whole album. The album´s name is Made in Costa Rica. It´s important to me since I´m from Colombia and I convinced the artist to record the album in my country with local musicians. Musicians that I admire and I met when I was in college, so, that´s why the project is really special for me. We spent some time in Colombia doing it and I put a lot of heart on it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished a mixing and recording project for one of our members. It was a really cool project. It was a reggae ballad called Medicina de Amor, awesome communication with the artist.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Camilo Silva & Andres Mayo for sure.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I believe that having the possibility of working between these two worlds can expand your color palett. For instance I love to work with plugins, I believe plugins eases my job from heaven to earth. I can´t live without plugins, but I will never mix with headphones. and I do believe in summing, so, I´m fan of hybrid technology while mixing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver the job until I´m totally sure I´m done with it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability of meeting people from all over the world. That´s what excites me most.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: At the end, the biggest misconception is to see our work merely technical. We put a lot of creativity in the work we perform, specially on mixing and that creativity should be always valued.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask the client to be sure the material is ready for the job I´m going to perform.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I just ask to be well mannered and that´s it :) Good communication is the key to deliver a good work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, External HD, an ilok a good headphone amp and a pair of Sony MDR 7506
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I´ve been working in the audio field for more than10 years now. I started in Colombia studying audio engineering in college, then I went to USA to certified myself as an AVID certified professional in music and post. After studying there and completed my audio engineer degree I spent some time in Miami working for latin producer Luigi Giraldo, afterwards I came to Costa Rica to built a state of the art recording & mixing facility. I´ve been working in Green Road Studio since 2010 :)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I believe I would like to work with TOOL or A Perfect Circle, that´s my dream since high school :D
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I like to use magazine paper to reduce high frequency information when recording hi hats :) I very good friend and Colombian producer taught me that. I been doing that quite some time and I just love the way it controls the high frequencies.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Because of my location I´m used to work on different genres. But lately, I´m working with a lot of reggae artists. Love the genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe my strongest skill is to have good taste haha
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I never send a song until I´m totally sure I did a good job on it. I really like to focus on details and ad a little bit of personal taste on each project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First hand I like to know in detail what the client is looking for. Listen the material and let him know if I´m the right person to do the job. After that , I like to give the client a little feedback about the project, and if the client is asking, also give him some recommendations before starting the project. I don´t like to start working on something that is just not ready.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Basically at the heart of the studio a Solid State Logic Matrix integrated with a bunch of outboard gear. From API,Millennia, SSL, Avalon and more. My digital setup in the other hand, Pro Tools HD12 Native plugged to 2x Lynx´s Auroras and a beautiful pair of Dynaudio BM15 for monitoring.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Scheps - Sylvia Massy - Andy Wallace
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly recording & mixing services and in between ( Editing, vocal tuning , drums quantize & ADR) for music and post production.