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Alexander Case

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Alexander U CaseAssociate Professor

Research Interests

Sound recording technology

A major focus of Professor Case's research has been the physical, acoustical, psychoacoustical, and musical motivations behind contemporary recording techniques. The recording studio, rich with sophisticated signal processing equipment, is a musical instrument worthy of study, practice, performance, and research. He has presented numerous papers and lectures on the topic at local and national meetings of the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society. In addition, Case has been an invited speaker at press conferences on these topics, speaking to both lay press and science writers of national newspapers and magazines.

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

Awards and Honors

  • 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
  • Member (2007) - Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production
  • Member (2007) - National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow (2005) - Acoustical Society of America
  • Member (1993) - Audio Engineering Society
  • Berklee Achievement Scholarship (1992), Scholarship/Research - Berklee College of Music
  • George Brown Engineering Award (1987), Scholarship/Research - Rice University
  • Max Roy Scholarship (1986), Scholarship/Research - Rice University

Publications

  • Case, A.U. (2016) "Architectural acoustics—Hear here," The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139:4 pp. 2005-2005
  • Case, A.U. (2016) "The highly exaggerated attributes of the pop vocal in sound recordings," The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140:4 pp. 3069-3069
  • Case, A.U. (2016) "The vocal microphone: Technology and practice," Physics Today 69:3 pp. 74-75

Presentations

  • - Acoustical Society of America Conference, 2014 - Providence, RI
  • –Science in the Service of Art," presented by Floyd E. Toole - Acoustical Society of America Conference, 2014 - Providence, RI
  • The Science and the Art of Reverberation - Master Class, Hartt School of Music, 2014 - Hartford, CT
  • - 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
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Pennsylvania State University, 2013 - University Park, PA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2013
  • - 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
  • - Master Classes, 2013 - Piteë, Sweden
  • - Meeting of the Swedish Section in Stockholm, 2013
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2013, 2013 - Boston, MA
  • - 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
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Middle Tennessee State University, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • - 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
  • - Master Classes, 2011 - Piteë, Sweden
  • –Perceptual Masking and Multitrack Mixing," –Equalization and Critical Listening," and –Snare Drum Essentials." - Master Classes, 2011 - Murfreesboro, TN
  • - PMC Loudspeakers Critical Listening Seminars, 2011 - London, UK
  • - 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, 2010
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Emerson College, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Pennsylvania State University, 2009 - University Park, PA
  • - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2009, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • - Boston Audio Society, Monthly Meeting, 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit,, 2009 - St. Louis, MO
  • - Edison Historic Wax Cylinder Phonograph, 2009 - Durgin Concert Hall, Lowell, MA
  • Total Delay - Master Class, 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2009, 2009 - Boston, MA
  • - Preparing for the Job Interview, 2009 - Durgin Concert Hall, Lowell, MA
  • - Reverse Engineering the Recording Engineer, Honors House at Eames Hall Guest Lecture, 2009
  • - Audio Engineering Society, First Meeting of the Student Section at the Center for Digital Media Arts and Imaging, 2008 - Waltham, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Emerson College, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at New York University, 2008 - New York, NY
  • - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2008, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2008, 2008 - Boston, MA
  • - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • - Central Region Audio Engineering Society Student Summit, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • - Educator Summit, 2008 - San Francisco, CA
  • 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
  • - Master Classes, 2008 - Paris, France
  • Studio Reverb _Beyond the Sound of a Symphony Hall - Presented –Compression FX _ The Unabridged Version," a 3-1/2-hour multimedia lecture to undergraduates and faculty., 2008 - Baltimore, MD
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Alberta Section,, 2007 - Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the New England Institute of Art, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • - Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • - Electronic Arts, 2007 - Troy, NY
  • - Master Class, 2007 - Milan, Italy
  • - Master Class, 2007 - Shanghai, China
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2007, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at New York University, 2006 - New York, NY
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2006 - Lowell, MA
  • - Master Class, 2006 - Mexico City, Mexico
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2006, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2005 - Lowell, MA
  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Student Section at Berklee College of Music, 2005 - Boston, MA
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2005, 2005 - Boston, MA
  • - Boston Audio Society, Monthly Meeting, 2004 - Lowell, MA
  • - Parsons Audio Expo 2004, 2004 - Boston, MA
  • - Press Conference for the Special 75th Anniversary Conference, 2004 - New York, NY
  • - Press Conference for the Special 75th Anniversary Conference, 2004 - New York, NY
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  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 2002 - Boston, MA
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  • - Audio Engineering Society, Meeting of the Boston Section, 1997 - Boston, MA