I laid a live orchestra over a programmed orchestral piece that was almost completed. I've used quite a bit of this "lay-over" technique for this project, but because this style is rarely done, it wasn't easy for us to reach the recording stage. Some of the percussion was programmed, but for majority of the instruments I had an arranger who would orchestrate them or adjust the scoring. By mixing the expressive live sound and the large scale programmed orchestral sound, I could match the grand world of FF. When I was making demos, people often said that the programmed elements were good enough because I made them in great detail. In hindsight, I think the combination of live and programmed sounds worked quite well.
"Saber's Edge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY XIII" is an arrangement by Mitsuto Suzuki. It is the thirteenth track of the original soundtrack second disc. This arrangement is similar to the original version, receiving only a minor addition of synthetic drums.
An orchestral arrangement of "Saber's Edge" conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is present on the third Distant Worlds album. It was originally performed in Tokyo in November 2010. It was the twentieth song of the concert's line-up and it was released as the ninth track of the second disc of the concert's recording.