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Alexander Case

Alexander Case an Associate Professor in the Music Department at UMass Lowell. Here he poses with a microphone inside a piano.
Alexander U. Case Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Music Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3878
  • Office
    Durgin Hall - 1st Floor
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Expertise

Sound recording technology

Research Interests

Sound recording technology

Professor Case's research and professional activities focus on the technical foundations, creative motivations, and aesthetic merits of recording and signal processing techniques used in multitrack production.

Education

  • MS: Architectural Acoustics, (2003), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
  • BA: Music Production and Engineering, (1993), The Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA
  • BS: Mechanical Engineering, (1987), Rice University - Houston, TX

Biosketch

With a research focus on aesthetics, perception, signal processing, history, electro-acoustics and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of sound recordings, Case has authored two books for Focal Press, and four courses at Lynda.com, codifying effective signal processing practice in sound recording. A Fellow of both the Acoustical Society of America, and the Audio Engineering Society – of which he is Past President – Case has presented 100+ papers and tutorials. His blog, Recordingology.com: The Study of Recording, offers guidance and audio references illustrating all aspects of recording and mixing.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • President (2016), Service, Professional - Audio Engineering Society
  • Fellow (2014), Scholarship/Research - Audio Engineering Society
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2009), Teaching - Department of Music, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Teacher Award (2008), Teaching - Student Government Association, Academic Affairs Committee, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Fellow (2005) - Acoustical Society of America
  • George Brown Engineering Award (1987), Scholarship/Research - Rice University
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1987), Scholarship/Research - Rice University
  • Tau Beta Pi (1987), Scholarship/Research - Rice University

Selected Publications

  • Case, A.U. (2016). The Vocal Microphone: Technology and Practice. Physics Today, 69(3) 74-75.
  • Case, A.U., Anderson, J., Roginska, A. (2015). Electric Guitar—From Measurement Arrays to Recording Studio Microphones. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(3) 1786-1786.
  • Case, A.U., Hoover, K.A. (2015). A Series of Special Sessions on Architectural Acoustics and Audio. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(4) 2312-2312.
  • Case, A.U. (2015). Recording Studios—Optimized, Contrived, and Augmented Spaces. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(4) 2428-2428.
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Equalization and Compression—Friends or Foes? The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(4) 2151-2151.
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Iconic Microphonic Moments in Historic Vocal Recordings. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136(4) 2130-2130.
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Architectural Acoustics-Space for Sound, and You. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(4) 2182-2182.
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Jaffe's Signature: Science, with Art. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(4) 2263-2263.
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Audio Foundations: Delay and Modulation (2 pp. 2 hours 20 minutes of streamed content plus 2GB supporting media assets). Lynda.com
  • Case, A.U. (2014). Audio Foundations: Reverb (2 pp. 3 hours and 5 minutes of streamed content with 1.5GB supporting media assets). Lynda.com
  • Case, A.U., Roginska, A., Mathew, J.D., Anderson, J. (2013). Electric Guitar - A Blank Canvas for Timbre and Tone. ASA
  • Case, A. (2013). Enriching the Aural Experience in Audio Education. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(5) 3414-3414.
  • Case, A.U. (2011). Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips for Your Multitrack Mix (1 pp. 326). Focal Press
  • Case, A.U. (2007). Sound FX: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects (1 pp. 432). Focal Press

Selected Presentations

  • The Science and the Art of Reverberation - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2014 - Hartford, CT
  • Distortion as expression - Master Class, Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments, Department of Music, 2014
  • EQ Strategies for Mixing Smart - Master Class, School of Contemporary Arts, 2014 - Mahwah, NJ
  • Compression FX -- Dynamics Processing Demystified - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Pennsylvania State University, 2013 - University Park, PA
  • Distortion Strategies - Pushing the Limits without Breaking the Rules - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2013
  • Gated Reverb: the Science Behind the Sound - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2013, 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Distortion for Fun and Profit - Master Class, Advanced Audio Theory, 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Compression Masterclass - Master Class, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 2013 - Baltimore, MD
  • Mix Smart - Compression Strategies, Live and in the Studio - Master Class, School of Contemporary Arts, 2013 - Mahwah, NJ
  • Signal Processing Masterclasses: Reverb, Distortion, & Compression - Master Classes, 2013 - Piteä, Sweden
  • Compression FX - Dynamics Processing Demystified - Meeting of the Swedish Section in Stockholm, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Electric Guitar - Where the Amp Meets the Microphone - Parsons Audio Expo 2013, 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Advanced FX - Reverb - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the New England School of Communications, 2012 - Bangor, ME
  • Reverb Without A Concert Hall - Master Class, Center for Digital Music, Department of Electronic Engineering, 2012 - London, UK
  • Untangling the Comb Filter - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2012 - Hartford, CT
  • Compression FX - Creative Applications - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Middle Tennessee State University, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • Electric Guitar - Get It Right! - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • Reverse Engineering Classic Audio Effects - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2011, 2011 - Boston, MA
  • Pitch Shifting - Hooked Since 1975 - Master Class, Center for Digital Music, Department of Electronic Engineering, 2011 - London, UK
  • Equalization in Multitrack Recording - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2011 - Hartford, CT
  • EQ FX - Master Class, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 2011 - Baltimore, MD
  • Equalization and Critical Listening - Master Classes, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • Perceptual Masking and Multitrack Mixing - Master Classes, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • Signal Processing Strategies for Delay, Reverb, Equalization, and Compression - Master Classes, 2011 - Piteë, Sweden
  • Snare Drum Essentials - Master Classes, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • Reverse Engineering - PMC Loudspeakers Critical Listening Seminars, 2011 - London, UK
  • Reverberant Sound in Sound Recordings - Architectural Acoustics, 2010 - Troy, NY
  • Electric Guitar - Recording an Icon - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2010, 2010 - Boston, MA
  • Reverb Revisited - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2010 - Hartford, CT
  • Snare Drum Strategies - SRT Colloquium, 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Convolution for the Recording Engineer - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Equalization - Strategies for Sounding Better and Working Faster - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Emerson College, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Compression FX - Dynamics Processing Demystified - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Pennsylvania State University, 2009 - University Park, PA
  • Reverse Engineering the Classics - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2009, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Dynamics Processing Strategies for the Studio - Boston Audio Society, Monthly Meeting, 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • Untangling the Comb Filter - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit,, 2009 - St. Louis, MO
  • Reverse Engineering the Recording Engineer - Honors House at Eames Hall, 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • Total Delay - Master Class, 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • Wax Cylinders and Hard Disks - Parsons Audio Expo 2009, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Preparing for the Job Interview - Recital Hour, 2009 - Durgin Concert Hall, Lowell, MA
  • Total Equalization - Audio Engineering Society, First Meeting of the Student Section at the Center for Digital Media Arts and Imaging, 2008 - Waltham, MA
  • Electric Guitar - The Science Behind the Ritual - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Reverb Revealed - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Emerson College, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Compression - for Good or for Evil - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at New York University, 2008 - New York, NY
  • Equalization Strategies for Pop and Rock Instruments - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2008, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Real World Compression - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2008, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Delay FX - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • Electric Guitar - Tracking and Mixing Chutzpah - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • Compression - Master the Most Misunderstood Effect - Guest Lecture, Schulich School of Music, 2008 - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Compression FX - The Unabridged Version - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2008 - Hartford, CT
  • Reverb Effects - From Simulated Spaces to Synthesized Sonic Fiction - Master Class, Schulich School of Music, 2008 - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Compression Production Techniques - Master Classes, 2008 - Paris, France
  • Reverberation Production Techniques - Master Classes, 2008 - Paris, France
  • Studio Reverb - Beyond the Sound of a Symphony Hall, 2008 - Baltimore, MD
  • Compression - A Real World User's Guide - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Alberta Section, 2007 - Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Delay - Any Time Is The Right Time - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the New England Institute of Art, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Compression FX - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • The Snare Drum - We Shall Overcome - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Reverb - Perception and Masking - Electronic Arts, 2007 - Troy, NY
  • Advanced signal processing techniques - compression - Master Class, 2007 - Milan, Italy
  • Reverberation in Recorded Music - Master Class, 2007 - Shanghai, China
  • Reverse Engineering _ Learning from Some Vintage Effects - Parsons Audio Expo 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Compression in Multitrack Production - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Reverb Revealed - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Reverb Redux - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at New York University, 2006 - New York, NY
  • I Want My MP3 - Downloading's Nothin' and the Music's Free - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2006 - Lowell, MA
  • Dynamic Range Compression - FX Strategies - Master Class, 2006 - Mexico City, Mexico
  • The Snare Drum - Breaking Down the Back Beat - Parsons Audio Expo 2006, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Rock and Roll Reverb - A Technical Tribute to Avatar Recording Studio's Famous Chamber One - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2005 - Lowell, MA
  • A Wrinkle in the Space/Time Continuum - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2005 - Boston, MA
  • Convolution - Reverb is Reinvented - Parsons Audio Expo 2005, 2005 - Boston, MA
  • Acoustics - The Critical Listening Classroom and Recording Studio - Boston Audio Society, Monthly Meeting, 2004 - Lowell, MA
  • Manic Compression - Parsons Audio Expo 2004, 2004 - Boston, MA
  • Stairway to Reverb - Press Conference for the Special 75th Anniversary Conference, 2004 - New York, NY
  • Intuitive Acoustics: Musicians Find Their Place in New York's Subway Stations - Press Conference for the Special 75th Anniversary Conference; Intuitive Acoustics, 2004 - New York, NY
  • Acoustics 101, 2002 - Boston, MA
  • Control Room Acoustics - Reconsidering Early Reflections - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2002 - Boston, MA
  • Fundamentals of pulse code modulation and digital audiotape, 2001 - Troy, NY
  • Small Studios: Understanding Your Place in the Food Chain - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 1997 - Boston, MA