Ali Shaheed Muhammad Talks Drum Layering & Neve

January 23, 2011

Ali Shaheed Muhammad talks to about some of the technical secrets behind the A Tribe Called Quest sound including layering drums and Neve vs SSL. He also answers questions about the relevancy of The Native Tongues, internal issues with the group, and his most memorable studio moment of Midnight Marauders.

We worked on a lot of older Neve Equipment.


Mac Hustle January 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This interviewer is a complete cock & you can see it in Ali’s face,answers,reaction.

chris January 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

idk that might be a little harsh…the interviewer definitely overstepped a few times though. he may have been starstruck…crate kings should go a little deeper into the neve vs. ssl topic

silas aka simon January 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

neve especially old school neve = Rock SSL=hip hop and pop but in reality everyone uses a dcon etc and with clasp tape is going out the window also. I cant wait to get my hands on that with bass on 8ips guit on 33 all in the same session ??? shit is crazy.

ClearBlue January 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

IThere is no right or wrong when it comes to what kind of outboard gear you choose. SSL and Neve both have distinct qualities and it is all a matter of preference.

lucas January 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

I remember this guy interviewing Pete Rock back in December 2010, he is probably the single most annoying dude I’ve ever heard. Bit to keen and makes a plum of himself with his questions.

Would love to hear more on the NEVE subject though.

sumoftheparts January 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

if you guys haven’t seen the Bob Power red bull interview that gives a brilliant insight into the ATCQ sound.Super creative group & brilliant engineer.

this interviewer is just terrible, more u tube garbage DELETE PLEASE!

jack in the box January 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

Yeah, this interview dude is horrible.

7XL January 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

At 3:00 he got real when he was talkin about Hood on that remix of Scenario. That was deep. Otherwise, interviewer should def keep his mouth shut and let the man talk.

Cai January 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Its eating me up…

Philsophic January 28, 2011 at 5:52 am

For me the best sound setup goes like this:

Best Pre-Amps – Neve
Best Knobs(board) – SSL
Best Tape Machines – Studer
Best Monitors(for mixing) – Yamaha

woowee January 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

I think it all comes down to taking chances and dope engineers. haha Back when engineers gave a record character. So seldomly, nowadays, do we hear of an engineer getting props.

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