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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.
- —Masashi Hamauzu
"Saber's Edge" is the main boss battle theme. It is the fourth track of the original soundtrack's first disc.
A prototype version of "Saber's Edge" was included in the Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS album as "M3 No. 4 Boss A – Alpha Version", the fourth track of the album.
The 16-bit arrangement of the track appears in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Retro-spective Trailer.
An arrangement of "Saber's Edge" by Mitsuto Suzuki is included as "Saber's Edge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY XIII". It is the thirteenth track of the game's original soundtrack second disc. This arrangement is similar to the original version, receiving only a minor addition of synthetic drums.
"Saber's Edge" was selected as the Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy XIII's Series play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
"Saber's Edge" makes a return as a Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy XIII in Curtain Call.
Live orchestra performancesEdit
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.
Compilation album appearancesEdit
W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII -Gentle Reveries-Edit
"Saber's Edge" was included in this "best of" type vinyl album. It is the second track of the Side A.
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