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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Huge Announcement from Cakewalk Sonar

Cakewalk announced huge news today.

Cakewalk Sonar (one of my beloved DAW softwares that I have grown up using for years), has just announced that it will soon be releasing a version that will run on Mac OS !

Also it has announced a time-limited offer for lifetime upgrades, with a one-time payment. The offer to jump on to lifetime upgrades will end 31 Aug 2016. Go to the official website for details and more information. http://www.cakewalk.com/June-2016#SONAR4Life.

I am not a Mac user, have never owned an Apple computer. But I'm still excited. I am glad that musicians on Mac will get one more alternative when choosing their DAW platform, and that the excellent software that Sonar is, will get more exposure and appreciation in the DAW community.

Somehow with this decision to adopt a new OS, I feel Sonar has stepped up to a new status. More widely used, more "international / universal", is the best way I can describe how I see this move.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Fight Through It!

For all the struggling artists or people picking up a new skill, here's a video to inspire you to keep up the good work, and never give up!

Friday, 16 October 2015

The World's Largest Sound Library is Now Made Public, Online!


From an article on VideoAndFilmmaker.com I came across this amazing piece of news!

The Macaulay Library, with over 150,000 recordings of 9,000 species is now digitised and has been uploaded to an online searchable database.

The library, housed at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, has made available over ten terabytes of recordings, with a runtime of 7513 hours of natural sounds.

Visit the page and take a listen to the amazing library that represents the tremendous effort of a multitude of passionate professionals, spanning lifetimes of effort and dedication.


Monday, 5 October 2015

A Collaboration Album Published on YouTube

I'm proud and excited to present a collection of songs I have been working on, in collaboration with the very talented +Alex Bett. Alex has publised this compilation on YouTube.

The video is embedded here:

In this album, Alex arranges and performs the guitar tracks while I arrange and record the piano, strings and the flute.

Please enjoy and share the love, joy and relaxation.

If you wish to license any of the tracks please feel free to approach +Alex  or myself (+Patrick Woo).

Monday, 14 September 2015

Corniche Mega Marshmallow Commercial

Finally, here's my first piece of music scored to a commercial video. It is on the client's official YouTube channel :)

This is a full CGI production. All imagery were produced by +Tiny Island Productions.

I wrote the music to already edited visuals. Thus the beats and timing of key moments were timed to the cuts and action. The edit changed a little bit during my scoring to give the establishing shots a bit more time. This actually worked to my advantage, giving me more space to play establish the musical mood as well.

The most difficult part in this project is the fast paced mood changes in the edit. I had to decide how to find the nearest half-bar or full-bar to transit the mood, and whether to transit on the cut. Sometimes it works but at other times it may become too cheesy when timing transitions exactly to the edit.

Sound Design
The sound design was done in collaboration with a partner company. They recorded the effects and voices, timed to the video.

My music came up to about 12 - 14 tracks. I created a mix for music, and when the sound effects came back, I gave some final tweaks to make music and sound effects sit better with each other.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Understanding Music Publishing


Here's quite a comprehensive introduction and overview of music publishing, the pieces which makes the process function and what each element does.

This is really worth a read for musicians and composers who have be hesitant and afraid to step into the business side of things. I am definitely in that group.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Head2Head Mix Contest by Mixrevu - February 2015

I just got to know about this Head2Head Mix Contests by mixrevu.com. They give out free multi-track projects of actual released tracks by various bands with different genres.

For this round, the track is a country song, Motherload by Merrygold.

Head2Head Winners are featured on our Homepage, Social Media & our Newsletters. In addition, the Winning Engineers may also be Featured in their Promotional Ad Campaigns!

In return, professional and aspiring audio engineers can use them to practice and submit the finished mixes in a contest.

Visit the article here to download your session files, and begin mixing now!

The contest for this month ends 14 February 2015.

Find out how to submit your mixes here.