Ali Shaheed Muhammad / A Tribe Called Quest

“After spending considerable time and nickels searching for vintage ribbon microphones on eBay I realized that I wanted something more modern in build but with the classic sound of a vintage ribbon mic. I didn’t think it was possible to truly capture that vintage sound in a modern microphone until I heard AEA KU4.

In a world where a plug-in can be an instant fix to certain recordings, I changed out my RCA d77 to the KU4 and like an instant plug-in fix my drums were snapping like an old recording but also with a different character. A very likable character. It is as if I took an air blower to blow off 60 years of dust. Don’t get me wrong, dust and grit on drums can be a great thing but clarity is important too.

AEA has definitely captured the right amount of clarity and vintage character with the KU4. This will be a permanent part of my drum rig, so much that I’m considering buying a second KU4 to move around the studio for other applications.”

-Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a rapper and producer best known for his work with, and as a member of, A Tribe Called Quest. Muhammad released a solo album ’Shaheedullah and Stereotypes’ in 2004. He has also worked on music in film and television and was a co-composer for Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’. Muhammad is currently the host of the show ‘Microphone Check’ on NPR.
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