How I Did It

Where I Stand (shockshadow re...
by shockshadow
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Tue, Jul 8, 2008 @ 10:41 PM

Uses samples from:


Tools I Used

Orion (VST Host)
various vst plugin synths and FX
Creative WaveStudio for editing and file conversion.

Samples I Used

All samples/instruments either created by me or existing synth presets. Private Collection.

Original Samples

All parts of the song except for the vocal track were made/recorded by me.


The first thing you will notice is that the vocal track has been pitch shifted. I did this to raise the 'mood' of the track, and to fit in better with the lead melody I created with that 'bagpipe/cello/sitar' sound after listening to the vocal track by itself. I then made some orchestral chords to accent the melody. I added about 40% reverb and 40% chorus, and just a touch of delay to really expand them. Then I programmed a quick drum beat, made a few variations of it, and laid it all out together as a song. About this time, an evil idea overcame me to 'glitch' the vocals. I almost slapped myself for thinking it, but then I decided to plow on and try to do a decent job of glitching that actually works to help the song 'flow' properly. I programmed certain effects like retrigger, delay, modulator, and degrade, at key points in the track to happen in sync with the note and rhythm changes. After I was satisfied with it I worked on the little 'darkish' pause in the middle of the song, because the vocals carry a completely different note in this section. I used it as a kind of 'dream' section, and created a wind sound with a synthesizer along with wind chimes to accompany it. After that I got to work on the EQ/Mixer adjustments and listened to the whole song like 50 times before everything 'fit'. Rendered the song to .wav, loaded up in Creative WaveStudio (a nice little editor that comes with the Creative XFi Platinum soundcard), and converted it to 320kbps .mp3 format for crystal clarity.

Other Notes

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