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Thread started 06/04/12 3:15pm

ben070785

How does Prince work in the recording studio?

Hey, has someone any info on that? How he creates his music, how he records it, how he works with the engineers etc. Are there any articles available to look up? Any interviews by people/musicians/engineers who once worked with P? I'm just interested in his working routine in the studio. Thank you for helping me.

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Reply #1 posted 06/04/12 3:38pm

SDNafka

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I recommend listem to these podcasts

http://www.lolife.com/200...and-no-10/

from Michael Koppelman, an engineer who worked with Prince. They give some great insight into working with Prince in the studio and into the world of Prince more generally.

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Reply #2 posted 06/04/12 4:08pm

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SDNafka said:

I recommend listem to these podcasts

http://www.lolife.com/200...and-no-10/

from Michael Koppelman, an engineer who worked with Prince. They give some great insight into working with Prince in the studio and into the world of Prince more generally.

[Edited 6/4/12 15:39pm]

Cheers for that cool

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Reply #3 posted 06/04/12 4:38pm

ufoclub

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He works hard for his money... so hard for his money.

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Reply #4 posted 06/04/12 4:48pm

PANDURITO

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Then, we'd better treat him right nod

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Reply #5 posted 06/04/12 5:45pm

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Very carefully

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Reply #6 posted 06/04/12 7:51pm

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here's some interesting articles on the recording of purple rain (song) and kiss

http://www.mixonline.com/...rple-rain/

http://mixonline.com/mag/...index.html

They don't really answer your question but good reading nonetheless.

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Reply #7 posted 06/04/12 8:19pm

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dizzidecazz said:

here's some interesting articles on the recording of purple rain (song) and kiss

http://www.mixonline.com/...rple-rain/

http://mixonline.com/mag/...index.html

They don't really answer your question but good reading nonetheless.

I hadn't seen that Purple Rain article. Cool!

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Reply #8 posted 06/05/12 12:53am

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Both these books have interviews with studio engineers. Prince in the studio is amazing and from Lovesexy onwards almost all of it was new information

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prince-Studio-1975-1995-Volume-One/dp/0979097665/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338882180&sr=8-1-spell

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Artist-Formerly-Known-Prince-Lives/dp/1860740456

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Reply #9 posted 06/05/12 1:56am

beatriceau

Thanks for the interesting links guys, I'll read them tonight!
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Reply #10 posted 06/05/12 3:58am

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This http://princetext.tripod.com/ is a basic but useful site and contains many interviews etc.

Also princevault.com http://www.princevault.co.../Main_Page should always be at hand on your computer. It is an excellent reference for all things Prince and is constantly updated.

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Reply #11 posted 06/05/12 3:59am

Jagar

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With nothing but a smile on.

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Reply #12 posted 06/06/12 11:01am

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dizzidecazz said:

here's some interesting articles on the recording of purple rain (song) and kiss

http://www.mixonline.com/...rple-rain/

http://mixonline.com/mag/...index.html

They don't really answer your question but good reading nonetheless.

Very good, interesting, useful reads! Thanks!

A couple parts stuck out:

The "PR" article

-- Didn't know David & Bobby Z's brother was a Warner exec to helped sign Prince

-- David Z says: “Prince drove up to the truck after the show and asked how it sounded,” he recalls. “I was about to answer when a girl wearing a raincoat and nothing else stepped off the curb and flashed Prince. Then he drove away. That was pretty much our post-recording conversation. It was like a Fellini movie.” lol He didn't stick around to hear David's answer!

-- David Leonard: Leonard believes that most, if not all, of the lead vocal is from the club recording. “He is a superhuman vocalist,” he says of Prince, renowned for his four-octave range.

The Kiss article

-- "He's always confounded expectations by juxtaposing acoustic tracks with electronic tracks and mixing styles in unusual ways; everything was (and is) fair game for him. He's never been successfully pigeonholed as anything, except perhaps eccentric."

-- David Z says: “You could really see the resistance of the corporate power of a major record label to something that was so different from what they were expecting,” says Z. “That record was up against the paranoia of radio and the power of corporate record labels. That time, the record and the artist won. These days, neither one would have had a chance in hell.”

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