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Production Notes - "Double Helix"

On the night of the nail-biting 2016 California primary I was really impressed by the progressive-metal instrumental used to introduce Bernie Sanders prior to his speech. My
smartphone's song-identifier tagged it as a vocal track ("Darkness Rises") by Daniel Robinson, based on a royalty-free instrumental by Ethan Meixsell ("Double Helix")  to
which Daniel had overdubbed a spoken-word voiceover.

Eventually I made the connection between "Darkness" and "Helix" on YouTube and here we are. I spent 5 days arranging the original for General MIDI and another
three on the guitars, bass and mix. My original intent was to go uber-metal and try to out-do the original, but the mostly synth arrangement kept getting more and more polished
and I finally left it at that, liking it just as it is. So, consider this my synth programming calling card although I still reserve the right to redo the solos for guitar because I spent two
solid days transcribing Ethan's excellent work on this!

Also: Mad props to Ethan and everyone who's contributed to YouTube's No Copyright Audio Library. You guys are awesome!

CapnZilog used:

Instruments:        Epiphone Zakk Wylde Custom Plus, Ibanez SR1305E bass, M-Audio Oxygen 88
                             Elixir Nanoweb Custom .009's, Live Wire Elite instrument cables, Schaller Tremstops
Picks:                   JS Chrome Dome pick, GT Bass Power Pick
Reamping:           Scuffham Amps S-Gear 2.5.7
Softsynths:          Cakewalk TTS-1, Spectrasonics Trilian

Audio Editing: SONAR Producer Platinum (2016.05), Sony Sound Forge Pro 11.0, Melodyne editor 2.1.2

Additional Effects: BBE H82 Harmonic Maximizer, Blue Cat Audio Patchwork,  Cakewalk Channel Tools / Sonitus Delay,  Dada Life Sausage Fattener,
                                eiosis AirEQ, iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced, Scuffham Amps S-Gear,  Slate Digital VCC / VMR / VTM, Waves Aphex / L1 Limiter / RBass

Mastering:  BBE D82 & H82 Sonic Maximizers, iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced / Insight, MeterPlugs Perception,
                     SHEPPi Spatial Enhancer, Slate Digital VBC / VCC / VMR / VTM, Waves L316 Multimaximizer

Encoding:     Sonnox Pro-Codec Manager 3.0.1, MP3Tag 2.79

Monitoring:  Mackie HR824 active nearfields, Sennheiser HD600 headphones, Logitech LS11 2.0 PC speakers, Roland STUDIO-CAPTURE


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