UNPROCESSED/POLYPHIA: Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes of “Real”, The Prog Collab of the Summer

If you haven’t heard “Real”, the collab between Unprocessed and two of the boys from Polyphia, well, prepare to feel bad about your guitar playing. It’s a peek into the future of guitar, and the future looks… delightfully different.


In the above exclusive video, we get a really cool fly-on-the-wall perspective on how the video was shot, and a bit about how to collaboration came to be during a pandemic, and with both bands an ocean apart.

Unprocessed guitarist/vocalist Manuel Gardner had this to say about the collab:

Making this song with Tim and Clay was not only a very exciting musical endeavour for all of us, but also a very interesting and intense project to work on during quarantine. We are so happy with how it turned out and feel like we’ve created something truly unique and powerful with our best buddies overseas”.

Manuel Gardner

The gear used in the song is as follows:

Ibanez AZ 220 4F TAB
Ibanez EHB 1505 MS
Ableton Live 8
Ableton Push 2
Ibanez THBB10 Tim Henson Signature
Ibanez SR 5005
Tama Starclassic Maple
Samsun Cymbals (various Models)
Promark Sticks Marco Minnemann Signature
Roland SPD SX Sampling Pad
Lauten Audio – Atlantis

Here’s the full video for the track:

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