Post by Professor Huyang on Apr 14, 2014 23:51:45 GMT -5
LEGACY: RULE OF ONE
This soundfont is haunted. Inspired by the history of Darth Krayt, this font echoes with the tortured spirits of ancient Sith of Korriban and enslaves them under a New Order that will fracture an Empire and banish all light from the galaxy... The Rule of One.
Post by Professor Huyang on Apr 27, 2014 14:53:55 GMT -5
This font has been submitted to saberfont.com for both NEC and Plecter Platforms!
With all of my fonts, I try to recreate memories from the work that inspires it. This font is no exception. I wanted to share some of the thinking that goes into my fonts, that it may help future authors imagine some of their own, and further enrich our experiences in this hobby. Consider this a build log, of sorts, of my newest font. Future productions will have more detailed logs with screenshots and demo sounds, but take this as a rough draft of what to expect from me in the future.
The boot sounds are the first things you hear when you power up your saber, so I wanted them to make you feel like you were traveling with Ash'arad Hett to the planet Korriban, where you first begin to explore the mysteries of the founders of the Sith Empire.
The ignitions vary, but I wanted the main poweron (poweron1) to echo with the voices of the ancients, as if each ignition brought you closer to the dark side. Retractions silence the voices within the saber, cutting them off from the outside world.
The hum and swings of a saber are the heart and soul of a soundfont, so needless to say, this is where I spent most of my time. The hum is sampled from the saber of Darth Maul to provide an irritated and unstable sounding crystal, but I mixed in a subtle, but deep chanting that periodically boils up from the depths of the saber. The effect is the sound of haunted spirit trapped within, snarling forth with each movement to escape its eternal prison.
Clashes are classic, quick and powerful, with some heavy reverb and echoes on numerous samples to provide a vast hollowness within the depths of the saber.
The Blasters were sampled entirely from Imperial vehicles. Since the early chapters of the Legacy series follow the Fel/Krayt Imperial Civil War, I wanted to capture that atmosphere of the comics, and incorporate it into the font.
Force effects are often the first thing I think of when making a font, and this was no exception. I wanted to create the shock whip effect that Darth Maleval uses on a stormtrooper in Noob, one of my favorite stories from the Legacy Era. With the help of Mr. Wilhelm and some carefully chosen samples from the Clone Wars, I made it a reality. The force clash effect is an original mix of a famous beheading with some ambient vocals thrown in.
The spins were a particular challenge. Every sound on your font has to harmonize with the others, or else it feels disjointed and artificial. When I started mixing my hums to make spin sounds, I realized they didn't really sound like they came from the same saber, and I went back to the drawing board with redid every sample until I found something more cohesive.
Stabs are another interesting new challenge, as you are dealing with a movement that should simply create another doppler effect, but must stand apart from the swings to avoid redundancy. Fortunately, the dastardly nature of this font gave me an idea. The stabbing, need not be the mere motion of thrusting your saber. In this case, I designed the fonts to sounds as though they impaling the enemy, with pleasing results.
Combos are such an amazing new feature on sabers, I really had a lot of fun with these. These are more vocal samples to help create ambiance, but they fit very well.
All in all, I am very pleased with this font. It definitely broke me out of my comfort zone, and I will take many of the things I have learned and apply it to remastering the Imperial Knight font, and creating new fonts going forward. Thanks for your support.