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Prince Charles Alexander - Producer

Prince Charles Alexander - Producer

“The role of the engineer is transparency,” he says. “What makes me unique is that I’m looking for the most transparent engineering process possible. And, I’m relying on my ability as a music producer, more so than as an engineer, to be able to extract the song from what’s in front of me. You’ve got to take the time. You have to understand how audio comes together. You don’t necessarily have to go to school to study it, you can figure it out on your own, but you’ve got to put in the 10,000 hours to figure it out.” Mais

Ricky Skaggs - Artist / Producer

Ricky Skaggs - Artist / Producer

"One of the things that I try to tell young musicians and singers is that their gifts were given to them for a purpose,” he says. “I tell them to let the music flow through them and out to others. That they get to enjoy playing it and singing it, but that the listener out there is the one that’s going to get the best part of it. They’re going to get the blessing of the song. They’re going to get the blessing of the music." Mais

Nevin Steinberg - Broadway Sound Designer

Nevin Steinberg - Broadway Sound Designer

“I think all Broadway theatres present a lot of challenges, both acoustically and technically, but mostly architecturally,” he explains. “Designing sound in a building that’s meant for the unamplified voice and unamplified music can be tricky. There’s always a dance that you do to honor the architecture and then also trying to overcome it as much as you can. But there are theatres I’ve worked in several times, so there’s a wonderful history in those spaces; then I’m applying new techniques, or maybe there’s new equipment, and I’m going at it fresh.” Mais

Manny Marroquin - Producer / Mix Engineer

Manny Marroquin - Producer / Mix Engineer

“I don’t mix one genre, and I’m very proud of that because I can go from Kanye West to John Mayer, which are completely different genres,” says Marroquin, who jokes that he can mix anyone from LeAnn Rimes to Busta Rhymes. “Understanding artists and how they think, almost being one step ahead, it’s important. I like to stay true to the artist’s style. If I’m mixing Kanye, I want it to sound like Kanye.” Mais

Al Schmitt - Producer / Recording Engineer

Al Schmitt - Producer / Recording Engineer

“There’s a lot of depth to my records and the quality is just more natural sounding,” he explains. “I always put a mic on an instrument, go inside and lift the fader, and then I go out in the room so I know what I’m going to capture, I don’t just put mics up and go in the studio and lift the faders. I listen to the musicians’ play to determine what I need to capture.” Mais