Technology of Modern Music Production presented by Prince Charles Alexander
MP&E faculty, and 3-time Grammy Award winner Prince Charles Alexander returned to discuss the Technology of Modern Music Production. With succinct yet thorough explanations, Prince Charles led the crowd through the history of recording, focus on the evolution of the ensemble model, from live band production, to MIDI production, to sampler production and hybrids of the three. He then discussed career opportunities and choices available in the industry. For more forums on recording, check out the Guerrilla Production Techniques: Recording forum coming up next Tuesday 10/4, as we record a full band discussing mics and miking techniques, and walk through the entire setup.
Prince Charles Alexander bio
Prince Charles Alexander is an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches advanced production and mixing. From the early to mid 80s, he produced, wrote, and recorded on Virgin Records with his group "Prince Charles and the City Beat Band." Alexander was an early innovator of wind synthesis and a part of the "punk-funk" generation that incorporated many of the devices that would propel rap music to the forefront of the American music scene.
He is a sought after recording and mixing engineer, whose clients include Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Babyface, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brian McKnight, and others. Alexander has garnered more than 40 Platinum and Gold certifications from the RIAA and has three Grammies and seven Grammy nominations from NARAS. He holds an adjunct instructor position at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, has taught audio technology at the Institute of Audio Research, and is a frequent lecturer at the City College of New York in Manhattan. Alexander is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammy Committee Board of Governors, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the Musician's Union Local 802 in New York City. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and music technology from Brandeis University.