Great skills, gadgets, musical instruments and the best digital audio workstations are the staple ingredients in creating your musical masterpiece. Just like the Philippines’ jazz icon, Boy Katindig, the coalescence of his God-given skills, recording gadgets, his piano and top digital audio softwares like Logic Pro 8 and Cakewalk Sonar 6 put him into the pedestal of our country’s love for jazz fusion. There is no doubt that Boy Katindig will put a shindig in your heart once you start playing his music.

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Who is Boy Katindig?

Boy Katindig hails from a family of true blue musicians who pioneered Latin Jazz in the Philippines. His father is Philippines’ jazz legend Romy Katindig. You probably know him if you’re already in your 60s.

In 1980, Mr.Katindig formed his own band, the “Boy Katindig Band”, who later became Best Jazz Group by the Aliw Awards Foundation consecutively for three years. Frankly, I was not born yet when he formed his band. But upon hearing his songs over Youtube, I can’t help buy say, “Wait..wait… wait – I think I’ve heard this one somewhere?!”. That, I believe, is what I call “the Boy-Katindig-Effect” – you’ve heard it somewhere but in its weirdest positive sense, you actually haven’t heard it yet. It’s an effect that somehow triggers the listener to simply love his music and listen to it over and over again. Try it!

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“What I Feel” (After Midnight Album)

Here’s a better idea! You can listen to him live on February 5, 2011, 8pm at Hard Rock Cafe Makati, Glorietta 3, Makati and get yourself a dose of the “Boy-Katindig-Effect”.

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Some of Boy K’s famous songs include “I Will Always Stay In Love This Way”, “Capture the Changes” and “Away from You”. You can purchase his latest U.S. release via iTunes. Click the picture below to purchase it.

Boy Katindig

Lovers of music do not stop even at the time where things seem to be quite complicated. With the rise of digital audio mixing, which definitely did not exist during the 80s, Boy K did not stop in creating music and inspiring people in embracing its pleasantries. In a recent interview by RMB Events Management and Productions and Koolkat Productions Manila, Boy Katindig mentioned that Logic Pro 8 (Logic Studio 8) and Cakewalk Sonar 6 are the applications he is using in creating and mixing his music. These are the popular digital audio workstation applications for Mac and Windows respectively.

Logic Studio
Logic Studio for Mac contains Logic Pro
Sonar 6
Sonar 6 for Windows

With these applications, you can easily create music especially if you have pre-rendered or recorded MIDI or WAV tracks. If you are an Apple-fan, and mainly uses Mac as your primary (or probably ONLY) computer, there is no way but to pick Logic Studio, which contains Logic Pro. This application offers the easiest user-interface thus making it highly user-friendly compared to Cakewalk Sonar, which is only available for Microsoft Windows. Ease-of-use and user-friendliness have some drawbacks such as the absence of features like saving track templates and the ability to customize the depth of certain interface options, which basically helps users tweak the way they use the application and how they want to use it.

Logic Pro 8 UI
Logic Pro 8 UI
Cakewalk Sonar 6 UI
Cakewalk Sonar 6 UI

Both applications boast readily available MIDI and Loops to enliven your music. Cakewalk Sonar falls a bit short in this aspect as Logic Pro containt a whopping 40GB out-of-the-box available MIDI and loops.

The availability of plugins is also another consideration in being able to digitally create your music using the mentioned applications. If you’re picking Logic Pro, rest assured that the latter offers richer out-of-the-box plugins collection compared to Cakewalk Sonar. However, if you wish to add more plugins, Cakewalk Sonar can readily accept additional plugins that you either purchase or download for free over the internet. Logic Pro suffers in this aspect as it’s more difficult to look for additional plugins to enrich your compositions.

For a start, a number of cheaper and even free alternatives are available over the internet. If you want to start quite right and create music the cooler way, I highly recommend GarageBand that is included in iLife ’11. It is quite similar to Logic Pro but a lot easier to use. It definitely suits well for amateurs. It can even automatically fix your mixes and recorded loops, and can also teach you how to play several musical instruments.

Now, why don’t you grab that guitar and start recording? There is probably a Boy K sleeping inside you.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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