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Deep Space Nine theme
Last post Sun, Dec 08 2019 by jasensmith, 4 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Dec 06 2019 09:16
by littlewierdo
Joined on Sun, Apr 24 2016, Posts 225

Growing up, Deep Space Nine, a popular scifi television series, based in the Star Trek universe, always fascinated me. The theme for this TV show was majestic, bold, brassy, and in your face, with big fat fifths and occasional dimished chords that are so good for brass instrumentation, and I wanted to arrange something that would really showcase the Vienna Special Edition library and its capabilities, hence this arrangement.

This is done using (exclusively) the starter / special edition libraries from Vienna, with one exception, I used an atonal rumbler from omnisphere to provide a bigger oomph to the opening of the track. This track showcases the most absolutely wonderful coronet that is included with the special editions (my favourite unsung hero of the Vienna libraries). You will also hear french horns, which carry the main melody and harmony of the piece at various points of the piece (the coronet and horns carry the melody throughout the piece). The appasionata strings carry the lovely, high string line that sings over the top of the theme, and the tubas and trombones fill in the low end, along with a cello, and as a side note, now that Im thinking about it, I should add a double bass haha. Also included is the orchestral strings to carry the softer string line often associated with the opening of almost any star trek theme. Also used is the wonderful Cannon from Smart Spheres for an even bigger bass line.

I also utilized the Vienna Suite Pro FX plugins that was recently on sale, I used the compressor, EQ, hybrid reverb, and my new favourite plugin, the exciter for the cymbal rolls, strings, and coronet. The result is absolutely stunning in my humble opinion. I went outside of Vienna for one FX, the horns did not have enough of a spacial feeling, so I used my favourite reverb engine (next to Mir Pro), Blackhole on only the horns.

Without any further ado, the theme to Deep Space Nine the way it was meant to be heard.

DS9 Theme

Posted on Sat, Dec 07 2019 06:51
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1533
An inspiring piece of music. I'm not a fan of the show so I can't comment on how faithful your rendition is to the original. The mix sounds fine but I'm not sure The Special Editions samples are suited for a piece like this as they are sounding a bit thin and tinny to my ears. I guess the whole step to half step sampling really makes a difference.

You said you used Vienna Suite Pro did you mix the piece in surround sound? If not, did you use the stereo imager?

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
Posted on Sun, Dec 08 2019 01:06
by littlewierdo
Joined on Sun, Apr 24 2016, Posts 225

Did not mix in surround sound, I am unable to figure out how to get cubase to export in 5.1.

As to using the stereo imager, I dont know what this. If you mean, did I pan the instruments, yes, however, I did not use the power pan plugin, I used the pan builtin to Ensemble. I also used the exciter, eq, hybrid reverb, and compressor.

*Added* So I just looked at the panning, it seems that everything was centered.

This is with the panning correctly implemented. (yea, I know the reverb tail at the end is not right, Ill fix that part later this week)

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-gardner-15/ds9-updated-with-correct-panning

Posted on Sun, Dec 08 2019 10:00
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1533

Originally Posted by: littlewierdo Go to Quoted Post

 

As to using the stereo imager, I dont know what this. If you mean,

 

If you go to the videos of the Vienna Suite Pro https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Vienna_Software_Package/Vienna_Suite_PRO#!Video_Demos 

The fifth video down has "Imager Pro" presentation.  It's a nefty sweetening tool used heavily in Pop music stylings which is why I was a little surprised to see it in Vienna Suite Pro but it's a great for widening your stereo mixes.  You could put the listener in the back of the concert hall or you could put him at the conductor's point of view. 


"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
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