Composer, engineer and sound designer
Composer, recording and mixing engineer, and sound designer from Mexico City. She has participated in numerous projects – both in the music and film industries. With a BS in Music Production Engineering at Tec de Monterrey, she has extended her training through various courses including Formalized Score Control at Stanford University and composition/arrangement workshops and courses with mentors like Rosino Serrano, David Lanz, John Nilsen and Tom Grant.
As a film composer, she has worked with directors like Carlos Trujano, Héctor Magaña, Éthan Ávila, Meng Meng and Rafael Lozano. Their works have been present in various international film festivals. In 2019, Hierba Mala by Carlos Trujano was awarded the Audience Award at the Morelia International Film Festival. This same year, she was accepted into the Berlinale Talents 2020 program and in 2020, she won the second runner up award at the Score Live London Film Scoring Contest.
She also collaborates with other composers, directors and musicians as a recording and mixing engineer. Some of these include Rosino Serrano, Rubén Luengas, Charles Papasoff, David Lanz, Kristin Amarie and José Luis Esquivel, among others. On the film scoring scene, she has recorded and mixed for films like Apapacho by Marquise Lepage, Chateau Vato by Tom Musca and From Silence by Horacio Romo Mercado. Karina has recorded and mixed live concerts for artists like Rosino Serrano and Diego Verdaguer. Recently in 2019, the album Mitote by the POM (Pasatono Mexican Orchestra), for which she edited and mixed, was released. Karina also works with different independent music projects as an engineer and producer.
She has assisted and collaborated with other engineers like Roberto de Elías and Kenji Calderón at Star Track Studio during the recording, mixing and mastering of various projects. In 2017, she was awarded the second place award at the AES Latin America Recording Competition with Marco Ribera’s EP Obras de Lecuona, who went on to win the Latin Grammy Foundation Scholarship.
As a sound designer, Karina has supervised, designed and mixed for all kind of audiovisual products – film, advertising, VR 360, etc. She has designed for companies like MTV, Colgate, Sanofi, FUD, among others. Directors include Mateo Granillo, Allan Fis, Pablo Camargo, Sasha Duncan and Danielle Crawford. Her team’s work was nominated to a Glass Screen Award in 2018 for I wish, I wish by Eduardo Clorio. Karina also has vast experience in location sound, having been mixer and boom operator in various shorts, feature films, reality shows and advertisements.
Overall, her immersion in the world of sound in various fields makes her versatile and versed in the various languages that the entertainment industry demands for music, sound and audio needs, addressing them through an interdisciplinary approach.
She is currently the Composer and Music Production Engineer in Chief at VAW Estudio.