TapeOp, the Creative music Recording Magazine: Susan Rogers: From Prince to Ph.D.
As an engineer Susan really got her start working with Prince from 1983 to 1988, including albums like Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign o’ the Times, and The Black Album. … Portions of this interview were conducted after a listen to a vinyl LP of Purple Rain during the “Saturday Night Listening Party” at the Welcome to 1979 Recording Summit (held every November in Nashville)…
Who did all the synth programming? Was that all him?
Oh, yeah; that was all him. He hated bringing anyone else in because he worked so fast. It was all 24-track. He could not wait for two [tape] machines to be synchronized. It was never more than 24-track in the years that I was with him. There was no automation, because he couldn’t wait for that either! When we’d mix, I’d just hit “record” on the 2-track and do it live. People have asked me about him being a perfectionist. He was not a perfectionist. There was nothing perfect about it. What he was was a virtuoso. He was that fluent on so many instruments that we could go super-fast. There was no perfection involved.