“OK, so we had the drums locked down and various pads and rough sequence lines, but one of the things that was going through my head was ‘what sound do I use for a lead line building up to the live string section?’ I tried various things, from a multitude of plug-ins I have in the VST bank in Cubase 5 (which I love by the way - many great improvements) but it was sounding too trance. It is still CNN, not a dance track, so it had to be cool but not abrasive.
“I thought that the Prophet V from Arturia’s VST collection would give me the answer, and it did. There are two versions of the theme that have very different lead lines: one is an arpeggiator synth from Rob Papen’s Albino which I filtered to death and the other was a patch from the Prophet which I played into Cubase and then added delays. This was really effective in building up to the strings and then continuing under the full section with less level.”