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Batman

1989

"Batman" is Prince's eleventh studio album. The album has a sparse, stripped back sound with a focus on programmed drums, distorted guitars and synthesizers. Prince plays most of the instruments on the album.

There was no Batman tour, although there were some promotional appearances for the album. See the Graffiti Bridge page for more information.

In the studio

Batman was recorded between June 1988 and February 1989 at Paisley Park studios.

Prince's main guitar on the album was the Dave Rusan Cloud Guitar. He also used a semi-hollow ES-335-style guitar, probably an Epiphone Sheraton. On this album, Prince specifically didn't use his Hohner Madcat, looking for a more futuristic sound.[1]

His recording set up would have been similar to his live guitar rig, including his Boss pedals, a Colorsound wah and a Mesa Boogie/Bag End amplifier. Prince first used rack effects around this time, and a Roland GP-16 with a Roland EV-5 may have been used for pitch shifting effects.

Prince was filmed in the studio recording a bass part for Partyman on an Auerswald Cleo.[2] He also played an Alembic Spoiler in the Batdance video so it is likely that they both appear on the album.

Keyboards used on the album include a Roland D-50, an Ensoniq EPS, E-mu Emulator II and E-Max samplers and the Fairlight CMI IIx. According to Dr Fink, the E-max contained samples of the Fairlight.[3] A Wurlitzer 200 appears on Arms Of Orion.[4]

This album was the first to feature extensive sampling. Prince used a Publison Infernal Machine IM-90 to do this. Although Prince had long used the Publison as a multi-effects unit, it also included sampling capabilities that became integral to his workflow around this time. It was used to sample bits of dialogue from the film and other instruments on the album, including the guitar part on The Future.[5]

The primary drum machine on the album is a Linn LinnDrum, due to the other LM-1s being on tour. The Linn LM-1 appears on Vicki Waiting. Both Linns were used to trigger kick and snare samples from a Dynacord ADD One module. This can be heard on Electric Chair. Prince also used his Boss pedals to process the Linns. The Simmons electric kit was used for some tom fills.[6]

  1. ^Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995
  2. ^YouTube (2020) Prince | Partyman | Recording bass track
  3. ^YouTube (2020) Dr Fink and Rosie Gaines Do An Interview Together
  4. ^Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995
  5. ^Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995
  6. ^Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995

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