Sound with Vision

Syn is an award-winning music agency and creative resource delivering from idea to execution around the globe


The Secret is in the Mix

Original music and sound design composed and produced at our world-class facilities 


Hit the Spot

Need a tune? Find fresh, totally original tracks for immediate use in the ever-expanding Syn Songs library


Make a Noise

Campaigns, integrated marketing and brand activations, from concept to finale, music included


Set the Scene

Live music and sonic branding for clients who want to sound the best they can


It's all about the voice

Recording and coordinating dialogue at our world-class facilities


Thank you everybody for attending our Syn Summer Party and celebrating Syn’s 25th anniversary, the launch of our new and improved website and music library, the launch of Syn China and the release of Rio (Pass the Baton) featuring CSS, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Silvio Anastacio and Molly Marlette!  We hope to see you all again very soon.

Rio (Pass the Baton) feat. CSS, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor
Executive Producer : Nick Wood
Producer : Alan Mawdsley & Yusuke Hama

We used Native Instruments software extensively when we produced Rio (Pass the Baton) ft. CSS, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, as it integrates well with all the analog instruments that we use.

For the drum programming we used Battery, where we layered, pitched and filtered the sounds using the internal processing.  For John Taylor’s bass we used Driver to add depth and fatness with a touch of overdrive.

We love this plug-in - it’s definitely one our go to tools for beefing up and adding character to tracks. We also used it for processing some of the guitars played by CSS.  For the horns, Nick Wood used Session Horns Pro to sketch out the arrangement, even leaving some layers to subtly ‘sweeten’ the parts played by Chris Tedesco in the final mix down.  For the guitar riff in the breaks we wanted to give a nod to the original, and Guitar Rig came up trumps with a preset that transported us straight back to the 80’s with a vibe of over the top hair, pastel suits and make up, go NI YOU ROCK!

The final mix was completed at Syn's Tokyo studio, using the Neve Genesis desk, where we had outboard inserts of the Fairchild 670 compressor for vocals, Neve 1081 EQ’s on drums, guitar and bass and everything was clocked from the Antelope master clock.

Rio (Silvio Anastacio's Rio'16 Version)
Executive Producer : Nick Wood
Producer : Rick Sakurai

I first started using Native Instrument when the very first KOMPLETE was released in 2003.  The moment I started jammin’ out with those sounds, I knew that these were what I would be using all the time.

With our recent arrangement we did for Duran Duran’s Rio project, some of my favorite sounds that I used were from the NI Komplete bundle.  My arrangement was a samba dance remix and I used a lot of the groovy percussion from the NI Cuba.  All the authentic loops, flexibility of sounds and performance was precisely what I needed.

For the brass section, The NI Session Horn Pro sound was exactly what I was looking for. Using the section presents, it was a breeze to change, select and preview the sounds until I could hone in on just what I needed.  For the bass sounds, I used a mixture of Scarbee MM-Bass Amped and Guitar Rig to get the punchy groove of the samba dance track.  I was planning on recording live bass afterwards, but the Scarbee going through Guitar Rig, sounded so good, I realized that was the sound I was looking for.

I started using NI sounds as a high school kid just getting into music; and I continue to use them as a professional composer at Syn.  I could defiantly say that Native Instrument was always a key tool for me growing up as a musician.  Thanks Native Instruments, and I am definitely looking forward to the next generation of KOMPLETE sounds!

Mercedes-Benz Japan held “NEXT STAGE of AUTOMOBILE TECHNOLOGY meets HISTORY” at Akasaka Palace today. The new E-Class was debuted and our CEO, Nick Wood, was there to experience the past, present, and future of the legendary luxury car brand.

Syn had the pleasure of composing the music for the new E-Class TVCM which was directed by Daniel Gifford and the team at Aéro Film. Post production was done by Sam O'Hare at Parachute VFX. Photographs from the event are courtesy of Noricojapan Photography

You can check our music for the brand spot here


Syn coordinated the Japanese language version of the Powerpuff Girls theme song for Cartoon Network Japan.  The final mix was done at Syn Studio in Tokyo.  Thanks for the amazing vocal performance May J.!

Provocative, Brazilian dance-rock group CSS reinterpret Duran Duran’s classic song ‘Rio’ on Rio (Pass the Baton). The EP also includes a Portguese version by Silvio Anastacio and an Orchestral mix featuring Molly Marlette. The artwork was hand stitched by world renowned designer Olympia Le Tan. Available worldwide now!

Syn composed all of the original music in this short film by acclaimed Chinese film director Wang Limin.  The film premiered at The Shanghai International Film Festival as a campaign against drinking and driving. The music compliments the roller coaster range of emotions portrayed by the lead actor, going from somber and mysterious to upbeat and comical.

Syn had the pleasure of working with Mercedes-Benz on this global campaign for the new E-Class. Syn LA’s Al Wolovitch composed the music that perfectly captures the concept of intuitive driving and essence of man vs. machine. The rest of the Syn team in Tokyo and Los Angeles created the sound design that helped glue the music and the striking imagery together.

The film was directed by Daniel Gifford and the team at Aéro Film. Post production was done by Sam O'Hare at Parachute VFX

PromaxBDA mentioned Syn for our work scoring the CNN brand spot, "Why We Go"!  Click here to read the article.  

We are very proud to have produced the music for the film, which was shown at Turner's Upfront event at Madison Square Garden. This was a global undertaking that involved Syn Tokyo and Syn LA supervising real time recording of an 40-piece orchestra in Macedonia!

Making the track, a global affair

The project was truly an international effort.  The video was directed by Klaus Obermeyer at Aero Film in LA, the music was written by Syn and orchestrated by Todd Hayen in Toronto.  The piece was then performed by a 40-piece Macedonian orchestra while we listened in remotely from Toronto, LA, and Tokyo.

The video shoot for the brand spot, the edit, and the music scoring process were all going on simultaneously.  It was a remarkably smooth process due mainly to the meticulous communication between everyone involved all across the globe.

The recording of the orchestra was an amazing experience that we would love to take part in again.  The conductor of the Macedonian orchestra was brilliant, the musicians were all world class, and the technical operation of the overseas recording was very smooth.  The result was an outstanding piece of music that we are all proud of.

Syn coordinated the Tokyo launch event of Goose Island Beer Company. Great beer, great food, great music, great people!  #gooseishere #Syn25thAnniversary   

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Nick supervising a live recording session with a Macedonian Orchestra.  Technology makes working with LA, Canada, Macedonia, and Tokyo in real time a reality. Very huge things are coming up at Syn, so stay tuned!