August 12, 2016
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!
August 05, 2016
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
August 01, 2016
July 29, 2016
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! https://itun.es/us/4Ah3db
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.
May 27, 2016
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.
May 20, 2016
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.
May 19, 2016
Syn coordinated the Tokyo launch event of Goose Island Beer Company. Great beer, great food, great music, great people! #gooseishere #Syn25thAnniversary
Goose Island Website: http://www.gooseisland.jp/
Goose Island on sale at Rakuten: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/gooseisland/goose-subscription2/