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Fly Away
Artist Name:
Mike Radliff
Fly Away
Date Posted:
December 2012
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

13" MacBook Pro with Mackie 1640i FireWire interface/mixer, running Apple Logic with Waves plug-ins, iZotope Ozone, and Toontrack Superior Drummer. Mics: Shure SM57, Audix i5, Behringer B-1. Les Paul style kit guitar with Gibson Burstbucker Pro in bridge position, Squier bass, Randall RT-100 amp head with Line 6 half stack.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Fly Away" is a male vocal rock song and also a one man band effort by Mike.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Wow, Mike, this sound takes us back (in a good way) to those great early Prog-rock days. Genesis, Gentle Giant, Yes, and many black light and poster filled basements and bedrooms. Cool! OK then, enough with the reminiscing and back to Mike's track...

What we heard generally impressed us. Music like this can be tough to pull off, especially on the drums (more on that later). We love the Supertramp vibe on the lead vocal and the bass and crunchy electric guitar really capture the style perfectly.

As for the drums, Mike gets high marks for his creative programming. Take it from someone who lived through that era and was fortunate enough to have seen some of the powerhouse drummers of that time, including the mighty Bill Bruford! Although the cymbals get away from him at times, Mike has done a fine job with the drums and with the recording in general.

Suggestions: Try reining in the cymbals with a bit of limiting but back off if you hear any audible pumping. Superior Drummer gives you the tools and you're using them well, just need to tweak a bit.

Summary: We like!

Contact: Mike Radliff,
About: Marty Peters

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