Ascension is another trance masterpiece I have been working on for the past month or so... Strong basslines and a choir are the foundation for this piece.
The intro brings you in with a soft and clean explosion sample and a short decaying version of the kick and some edited Vox samples and slowly introduces some elements of the track. The breakdown progresses introducing chimes, reverse triangle samples and a deep string pad. Drums are subtly introduced then drop out again and the piano melody takes Centre stage, after that a string ensemble joins in with the choir and pad, and the drums come back in for a trancelike dream state before the buildup which introduces a square distorted bell lead combined with the supersaw pluck I use in so many of my productions, and then the bass kicks in and you fly towards ascension.
I mixed this on my new headphones: sennheiser hd280 pro and tried to make it as close as possible to commercial releases mixing wise. That means highpassing everything except the kick and sub, (and pad in breakdown). I think it came out as a great result. The song uses an orchestral loop made by myself using spliced samples and plain old samples made into a pattern with some reverb (Indian drums from indycat kit by skarabee) :)
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