Ali Shaheed Muhammad, pictured above working on the forthcoming reunion album by A Tribe Called Quest, knows a thing or two about recording studios. As a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group, he's put in plenty of hours behind the console. But why should pros have all the fun? For a price, anyone can be made to sound good—and even make the Top 40 (not that we're naming names). So if you've ever wanted to properly lay down that song you wrote on a battered guitar at college, here's the tab at some of the world's top facilities....
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