Wow. This is amazing.
You really captured the mixture of dark and upbeat tone of the song, keep up the good work!
What DAW and VST(s) did you use to make this?
Thanks! I really appreciate the compliments. I'm using Garageband right now... I'm going to update to Reason 6 soon... I'm mostly using the included strings and analog mono synths in Garageband, but to get them to sound really good I have to edit them a bunch with the sound generator and effects. The same goes for the beats. Garageband's beats get really old after a while so they take a lot more work to get them to sound good, like the beat at 1:09... it took a bunch of special reverb effects to make that sound like it does.