Aziz Ibrahim is a session musician and producer best known for replacing John Squire when he controversially left The Stone Roses guitarist.
Ibrahim has continued to work with Ian Brown on his solo work, in addition to production work with well-known and up-and-coming artists. While his early sessions with Brown were made to tape and utilised racks of old outboard, Ibrahim’s has since adopted a modern format and finds himself working inside the box for many of his mixes. To recapture some of the spirit of the older sessions he's invested in a UAD-2 QUAD DSP processor. The UAD-2 QUAD is Universal Audio's flagship DSP processor, featuring four Analog Devices SHARC chips on a high-bandwidth PCIe card.
"I'm running a session at the moment where I've got 40 plug-ins running and none of them are the SE versions," he says. "I want to be able to run complete Neve consoles or 4k consoles or the Harrison. I also want to be able to switch between the desks, so the UAD QUAD is just what I need to run all the plug-ins for a session."
"I like the Neve 33609 compressor/limiter," he says. "That and the Fairchild are my favourites. They really seem to fix things for me – awesome pieces of kit."
Aziz has also found additional UA custom plugins very useful. "I found that the Precision tools on the UAD were awesome," he recalls. "If you took away the badges, you'd turn to those Precision tools all the time – they really hit the nail on the head. I can see they really did work on each individual item and I can feel that there's been so much time spent with each plug-in. Even if they're not exactly like the originals, who cares? It's such a fine product in its own right."Article continues below
"I spend time with the parameters as opposed to turning to presets," says Aziz. "I'm not a preset person, I've never been a studio engineer but I've learnt the craft from watching good engineers and good producers and picking things up along the way. If you're a creative person, an artist, you don't tend to have the technical gift to start with – you can come from the other end and learn the craft as you go along."