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Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers is a renowned sound engineer and a Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston in Music Production and Engineering.

For two decades prior to her science career, Rogers became internationally known as a record producer, engineer, mixer, and audio electronics technician. After dropping out of high school in Southern California, the committed autodidact scoured for knowledge in electronics technical manuals and began working in recording equipment installation. After a period of time spent at at Crosby, Stills and Nash’s studio Rudy Records, Rogers relocated to Minnesota in 1983 for a five-year tenure as a staff engineer for Prince, a period that saw the release of his seminal albums Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times. From the 1990s Rogers’ client roster diversified to include artists such as David Byrne, Tricky, Tevin Campbell and Barenaked Ladies.

Rogers earned her high school diploma at age 44, and now holds a doctorate in psychology from McGill University, where she studied music cognition and psychoacoustics under researchers Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams. Her research focuses on auditory memory, the perception of musical signals and the influence of musical training on auditory development. Rogers is currently the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory.

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