Mike Henderson is the owner of Plan 9 Studios, which is a Denver-based studio that provides recording services for musicians and filmmakers. He’s been an audio engineer for 20 years, and offers full service recording and mixing for musicians, full band recording, mixing and mastering, full service sound design and mixing for film, ADR and sound design for film, radio or television, 5.1 mixing, and Dolby Digital Encoding.
And he does this from an incredible studio in the basement of his very own home. Mike most recently worked with Bradley Haag on the award-winning 48 Hour Film Project Catastrophe. It was shortly after this project wrapped that I was able to catch up with him and talk about what an audio engineer does and how he came to found Plan 9 Studios. While sound design is probably an overlooked part of the filmmaking process, it’s nevertheless a vital part of giving a film its overall feel. We dig into what he does, how he does it, and more, in what turns out to be a fascinating portion of how a film comes to be.
We also talk about his work in the music industry. In one of the funnier moments of the podcast, we discuss at length the hilarious juxtaposition of an insane death metal band mundanely slogging through the mixing and mastering process, just like everyone else. It’s like when Us Weekly does their “Stars… They’re Just Like Us!” segments, except you could call it, “Crazy Death Metal Musicians… They Have To Engineer Their Goofy Songs Just Like Everyone Else!” (That title might need work)
We also riff on movies, actors, filmmaking, consulting, and whatever else comes to mind. It’s nice to connect immediately with someone you’ve never met, and that comes across in this week’s episode.