In an industry dominated by 95% men, it is historically relevant to note that Prince went well out of his way to provide opportunities to women, as well as opportunities to newcomers in their respective fields to both men and women.
This panel discussion features the audio engineering work of those who sessioned some of Prince’s most commercially successful songs and albums.
The songs; Let’s Go Crazy, D.M.S.R, Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, Delirious, Purple Rain, 3121, Housequake, Adore, Kiss... our panelists today engineered those songs.
The albums; Purple Rain, Controversy, 1999, Diamonds and Pearls, 3121, Parade, Around The World in a Day, and many others, our guests Peggy “Mac” McCreary, Dr. Susan Rogers, Sylvia Massy and Lisa Chamblee were the audio professionals helming those sessions.
You don’t need to be technically minded or an audio professional to appreciate or be inspired by how much like all areas of his career, Prince’s approach to recording sessions was vastly different than other artists.
Laugh while Sylvia recalls procuring the perfect chair for Prince in her studio, or how Peggy unknowingly created the single “break time” all engineers who came after her experienced by showing Prince a bit of her job, and how Prince shattered nearly all established traditional processes of recording from the women who were there.