Illness, Better Than the Book updates, GDPR & updated terms of service, new @jabunaudio.com email address, JabunAudio newsletter coming soon + no blog post next week & downtime until mid June.
Hello everyone and hope you've had a good couple of weeks. It's been a pretty hectic time for me as since the last blog post, I've spent almost an entire week in bed due to illness. Long story short, trying to record many hours of vocals a day despite having spells of hay fever, and probably not drinking enough was not my greatest idea, and I think I pushed my body over the edge. As the saying goes, I should have checked myself before I wrecked myself and by pushing through and not resting, I inevitably delayed my work by much more than I should have. Lesson learnt: don't push myself too far. Despite the illness though, there's still much to tell from the past 2 weeks, so let's get started on the JabunAudio news.
Firstly, some updates on the Better Than The Book album. As I mentioned previously, May was supposed to be the month to complete vocal recording, but due to hay fever I wasn't sure whether that was going to happen. Of course after getting ill, that's pretty much killed the target of getting vocals completed this month, so I'm taking it easy and pushing that deadline to the end of June. As it stands while I write this, 3 tracks are complete with another mostly there (just need to comp the verses), and I'm aiming to have 5 tracks completed (not including gang vocals) before downtime starts on Friday (more on that in a second). We'll see how it all goes, and I'll keep you updated with what's going on.
While we're on the topic of Better Than The Book, last week was mental health awareness week, and having had my experience with the subject, I have a tradition of writing a post on Facebook each year as BTTB which has served as an outlet for my mental health problems since the start. If you're up for a read with some uncharacteristically colourful language for me, then feel free to check it out on the Better Than The Book Facebook page. I hope you get something out of it, and as always, if you're facing issues of your own, don't be afraid to speak up. Much love to you all.
In essence, not much has changed in terms of how you can use the JabunAudio services, it's just that all the details are available to you to see clearly now, and that I'm doing some extra work behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. I take the security of my fans, clients and their data seriously and aim to be as transparent as possible with them, so if you require any additional information or have any queries, please message me and I'll do my best to help. As always, JabunAudio will only use any details you give to fulfil the services you request and does not share any data you give with any 3rd parties.
Another term of GDPR compliance is that I'm now required to have traceable and explicit consents for sign-ups to the various mailing lists, so I've sent an email to my various subscribers to confirm their subscriptions. Unfortunately if you don't consent by May 25th (when the law is fully enforced), I'm required to delete your email from the current mailing list, so if you'd like to keep hearing from me please take action by following the instructions in the message. I hope you decide to stay in touch and look forward to bringing you more news and music soon!
Next this week, following the new JabunAudio.com website last month, I now have a new email address email@example.com! Looks professional, right? I'm still in a transitional period updating the links on this website, but this email will be the one sending out the new JabunAudio newsletter when it's launched, and will be used to reply to any correspondence via this website's contact form. Of course, for those of you who are used to using my usual firstname.lastname@example.org email (or even one of my other emails), you'll still be able to keep in contact with me using those ones, as I have no plans to stop using them.
Speaking of the JabunAudio newsletter, due to the new GDPR laws, I've decided to delay the launch of the "JabunAudio Monthly Music Production Email" until after GDPR goes into effect on May 25th. For those of you who choose to subscribe, in the first week of each month I’ll be sending directly to your inbox articles, discussion and tips to help you make better productions and music without having to break the bank. Having read a ton of them myself, I know there are already lots of articles for learning music production out there so I’ll only be sharing advice and tips which have helped me personally and I’ve not seen anywhere else. Topics will focus on mastering, my favourite genres of ska punk & pop punk, as well as advice that can be applied to all styles and the occasional tangent. If you have a request for something you’d like discussed feel to send me a message and I’ll see if I can muster up something to share in the following months! I'm aiming to launch in the first week of June, commencing with a free downloadable report "10 Essential Things To Do Before You Send Your Music For Mastering and WHY" with the usual email article starting in July. I hope you're as excited as I am, and I look forward to sharing all this musical knowledge with you soon.
Finally this week, just some notifications of downtime over the next few weeks. It's a busy few weeks for me due to various family gatherings including big milestone birthdays and a wedding, and so from May 25th through to June 12th, I'll be mostly away from the studio. I'll be in for a few days each week so I'll get to messages when I can, but please bear with me if I'm unable to fulfil your requests right away. The usual schedule will commence on June 12th. Because of this downtime, there will be no blog post next week on May 31st, but I'm still hoping to write one for June 7th, to launch the JabunAudio newsletter and set some new goals for the month. Hope you don't miss me too much and I look forward to sharing what I've been up to next time.
That about wraps things up for this week. I'm not here for most of next week, so I'm aiming to finish up another couple of BTTB vocal tracks before I head off, then we'll see where the wind takes me until the next blog post. Until then, I hope you all have a great few weeks whatever you get up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Take care and see you again in a few weeks!
Recording vocals for Better Than The Book has started, 1 year anniversary for the Jabun - Daydream album + a new mastering demo reel!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great week since the last blog post. It's been a busy week for me sorting out stuff for the upcoming JabunAudio newsletter, putting together the latest mastering demo reel (more on that in a moment), interacting with the online community more and meeting some great like-minded individuals around the world, and with my hay fever finally cleared up, recording vocals for the new Better Than The Book album! A fair few things to share and celebrate this week, so let's start with some BTTB news.
As mentioned previously, after a few week's delay due to holiday and hay fever I finally made a start on vocals for the upcoming Better Than The Book album on Tuesday! Not much else to report on that, but for now it's going well and I'm aiming to get 3 tracks finished by the end of this week, and all the lead and backing (maybe not gang) vocals sorted by the 25th, which'll be a tricky target. I'll keep you updated on how things go. It's certainly great to be in front of the mic again though!
Next this week a big celebration as last Friday (May 4th), my debut album as Jabun "Daydream" celebrated its 1st anniversary! It seems like ages ago since I released this, but listening back I'm still very proud of how it turned out and the attention it receive via various re-post on YouTube and interview features. While I'm very excited to be working on Better Than The Book at the moment, I look forward to getting back to Jabun for a chill break at some point and sending some atmospheric vibes your way! If you've yet to hear Daydream, feel free to listen below (be sure to start from the beginning), and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!
Lastly this week, I finally got around to putting together a mastering demo reel for 2018. This time it's comprised of all the covers I recorded at the end of last year, and as usual for each pair of clips, the first is the final mix before mastering, and the second is the final master as delivered. You can find all the previous demo reels on the front page of this site or on SoundCloud here, and as usual, it's freely downloadable for your reference. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to message me if you like what you hear and are in need of some mastering today. I look forward to working with you.
That's about it for this week. Next week looks to be more Better Than The Book vocals and doing the final preparations for launching the JabunAudio newsletter. I still need to finish off the Patreon page too, though that feels a little further from completion so I'm concentrating on the closer / more urgent goals at the moment. As usual, I'll keep you updated as to any developments. Anyways, I hope you have a great week whatever you get up to and as always thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. See you in the next blog post and take care until them.
I'm back! Holiday fun times, hay fever, reflecting on goals / new goals for May + heads up on some more downtime!
Hello everyone! It's good to be back at JabunAudio and I hope you had a great few weeks since the last blog post (and didn't miss me too much). My last two weeks have been super busy and filled with adventures in my hometown including much overindulgence in delicious food, checking out and catching up with all the usual haunts and people, randomly meeting and being invited into the house of a veteran guitar luthier (and playing a LOVELY £2k archtop jazz guitar he built), and seeing the local midnight premier for Avengers: Infinity War (No spoilers in the comments below please)!
The only downside to the holiday was picking up some horrendous hay fever which I'm still suffering from (not quite as badly, but it's definitely not welcome) and puts a major spanner in what were my plans for May (more on that in a moment). Having only been back in the area for 2 days (mainly running non-audio related errands and sniffling a lot), there's really not much to report in terms of news for JabunAudio for this week, but I thought I'd take this blog post to reflect on last months goals, set some new ones for May, and inform you of some more scheduled downtime over the next few months. Without further wait, let's get started!
So first of all, let's check out those goals from April and see how I did:
1) Finish recording bass for the new BTTB album
2) Update the JabunAudio website
3) Do my yearly tax return
4) Set up a Patreon for my music
Now bear in mind that I was actually away for over a third of April so as stated at the beginning of last month, I thought this may be a bit ambitious. Looking back though, I think I got most of it sorted. Bass recording for the new BTTB album is all done, as is my tax return. I also got most of JabunAudio web updates sorted including the custom domain, some edits to various pages and getting some testimonials sorted too. The only thing left for the website (apart from waiting on a few more testimonials) is sorting out the custom email sub-domain which was delayed due to an error and waiting on refunds at the end of last month, but I think we can pretty much count that goal as done and set a follow-up one this month instead. The Patreon page is well on the way to completion too, but I ran out of time at the end of the month to finish and launch it. That'll be a goal carrying on to this month.
So here's where the hay fever has really put me in an difficult position. I had planned to record all the vocals for the new BTTB album in May, but that's just not possible (well possible to sound as good as I can) at the moment. I also need to make an intro video for the Patreon page, but I'd like to sound and look my best for it too. Since it's cleared a little bit (without medication) since I returned to the studio, I'm hoping this spell will be short lived and I can get back to using my voice properly next week, but there's no guarantee so we'll see how things play out. With that disclaimer aside, here are the goals I'd like to achieve over the next month:
1) Launch a JabunAudio monthly newsletter (this includes various sub goals I need to sort out)
2) Launch the Patreon page
3) Release a 2018 Mastering Demo Reel
4) Get more involved in the online audio community (Facebook groups & Newgrounds, etc...)
5) Finish recording (Vocals) for the new BTTB album. (Vocals is the hope but if things aren't looking great at the beginning of next week I'll look into working on lead guitar / solos or something else instead)
A bigger list than usual this month and with the hay fever and other things, this will certainly be a challenge. Better to aim high though and let's see how I do and reflect accordingly in a month's time! Any goals you're setting for yourself this month? Feel free to leave it in the comments so we can keep each other accountable. Best of luck!
Finally this week, just a little notification of some more upcoming downtime. It's a busy few months in terms of family festivities and I will be away again from May 25th to May 30th as well as June 7th to Jun 12th for various big birthdays and weddings. Should be fun, though I apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
That's all for this week and hopefully there'll be some more exciting stuff to share next week. With my running nose and sneezing, I'll be focusing on admin work again for the next few days but we'll see how I feel for recording next week. I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. See you in the next post, and take care!
JabunAudio has a new custom web domain: "JabunAudio.com", some more web updates, working on a Patreon page, entering a cool Fender competition + downtime & no blog post next week!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great time since the last blog post! It's been a super busy week here, not working on music, but instead working on admin stuff and getting things all set up for another kickass year for JabunAudio before I head off at the end of the week for some (hopefully relaxing) downtime. Lots of things to tell so let's get straight to it!
First of all after almost 4 years of running this site, JabunAudio finally has its own custom domain name: JabunAudio.com! For those of you who are used to heading to jabunaudio.weebly.com, don't worry about changing your habits as the old address will automatically forward to this new one. I've also been in the process of securing a custom email @jabunaudio.com, but due to some tech support mishaps, that's been delayed and I'm waiting for things to be reset before I can try again. Again feel free to continue using my older email addresses, as I'll still be using them for the foreseeable future!
On top of the new web domain name, I've taken some time to spice up the Home Page of the JabunAudio website! As well as all the previous things, you can now find the mastering demo reels as well as testimonials from long term collaborators and clients (more on the Press Page) and JabunAudio's mastering Philosophy "Making dynamic, clean and punchy masters that'll encourage people to turn up your music, rather than turn it down". It is my hope that by having the home page equipped with everything you might need, potential clients will be able to assess whether JabunAudio is right for them in the quickest and most efficient manner. And speaking of efficiency, I also took the liberty this week to update all my various social media accounts to better reflect the JabunAudio brand (as well as adding the new website). That took a while...
Onto the next piece of news this week, I've also finally signed up for Patreon and have been busy at work setting up all the information on that account. I was hoping to get the page launched this week, but the task was a fair bit more complicated than I estimated and instead of rushing it, I'll wait until after I get back at the end of the month to finish it off. For those who don't know, Patreon is a funding platform where patrons can pay a monthly subscription to support a creator in exchange for various rewards. In my case, the Patreon page is not for JabunAudio itself, but to help support me in pursuing my own original music projects (Better Than The Book, my music as Jabun, as well as larger collaborations), so I can continue to create new and original music without having to worry about the monetary pressures from taking time away from client work. In exchange for contributing, I'll be offering various rewards including music downloads (including various Patreon exclusives), behind the scenes photos, never before released demos and work in progress versions, and even monthly mentoring sessions (at a discounted rate compared to my similar services at JabunAudio). My goal is that with Patreon and your support, Better Than The Book, Jabun and my other music projects will eventually be able to fund themselves (rather than being completely self-funded as has been the case for the past 6 years), meaning I'll be able to focus more on creating, as well as be able to produce some of the many things people are asking for but I simply can't afford on my own such as CD manufacture and merchandise, as well as later down the line music videos, vinyl pressings and even possibly touring! I'm aiming to get the page up and running early May, and will provide more details when I can. If you're interested in helping me or have any requests for rewards and other things, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. Thanks so much for your support.
Lastly this week, something a little different and fun! For months now I've had a tab pinned in Google Chrome for the Fender Original Contest, a competition about expressing your individuality and love for Fender instruments! It's not really work related at all, but I thought it'd be fun to share with you my entry, a handwritten account (+ photo) of how I found my trusty Jaguar guitar "Burnie Al Dente", which as it so happens, I bought exactly 1 year ago today as I write this (Wednesday)! I hope you enjoy it, and as well as that, I hope the judges enjoy it too, as the prizes include a trip for 2 to the Fender Factory in California, VIP tickets to a concert in Los Angeles, and getting to take home your very own brand new guitar or bass from the 2018 Fender Original collection! Wish me luck and I hope you enjoy the story of how I met Burnie Al Dente, my trusty Jaguar! (Pro-tip: Open the image in a new tab so you can zoom in for better resolution)
And that about wraps things up for this week! As mentioned previously, JabunAudio will be closed from April 20th to April 30th, and as such there will be no blog post next week either. Hope you don't miss me too much, and when I return I aim to get that Patreon page published, custom email (amongst other things) sorted, and get started recording vocals for the upcoming Better Than The Book album! Exciting times. Until then, I hope you have a great few weeks whatever you get up and thanks as always for reading and supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. Take care!
Better Than The Book's Bass recording is FINISHED, a little video clip of the process + some other updates!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a good week whatever you've been up to. As you can probably tell by this week's title, it's been a busy few days here at JabunAudio recording Bass for the new Better Than The Book album, though I also managed to find some time to complete my tax return too, so I'm glad that's all sorted and out of the way for another year! There's not a whole lot to report this week, mainly just some updates on the album, so let's start off with that!
So first of all, I'm super excited to announce that bass recording for the new Better Than The Book album is complete! That makes, drums, rhythm guitars and bass all done now (for the most part anyway), which means it's time to move onto vocals! There's also some keys, lead guitar and of course horns to sort out, but vocals seems like the next logical step from here. This afternoon looks like it'll be filled with setting up new sessions, exporting instrumental demos and getting all prepped for a bit of singing, though since I'm going away at the end of next week, I'm not sure exactly when I'll be starting (or finishing) these. Looks like I'll have to play it by ear. In the mean time though, I hope you enjoy another little clip of the recording process! This time I'm tracking bass for the first track of side 2 of the album, a little song called "Get A Haircut". Enjoy!
And that's about all there is to report this week. What's in store for next week? Well as I mentioned previously, at the end of next week I'll be heading back to my home town until the end of the month so that gives me 9 more days to get stuff done before a significant break. With the BTTB bass recording and tax return done, that's 2 out of 4 of my April goals in the bag which just leaves sorting out some web updates (which are in motion at the moment) and creating a Patreon page left. I imagine most of the next few days will be put towards that, though I might get some vocal recording done for Better Than The Book if time allows. Whatever happens, it's looking to be a busy week for me! Anyways, I hope you have an excellent week whatever you get up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Until the next post, take care!
Better Than The Book Bass time, a special April Fool's album teaser track "MLGG", reflecting on goals / new goals for April + a heads up on some downtime!
Hello everyone and I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break whatever you got up to! It was a chill weekend for me (though I took a little time to catch up on some admin work, so it wasn't completely fun and games), but now that I'm back, it's busy and deep again into recording for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more on that in a moment)! Some cool (and silly) stuff to share this week as well as the usual reflecting on the previous month to do, so let's get started with the latest updates from JabunAudio!
First of all, some updates on the Better Than The Book album. As you may have read last week, all the rhythm guitars (electric and acoustic) for the album are now complete and since then, I've restrung my Sterling bass with a fresh set of Ernie Ball Slinkys, serviced it, and started recording bass! As it stands while I type this, 4/10 bass tracks have been recorded, comped and sorted ready for the next layer of recording and at the pace things are going, it looks like I'll be able to get 1 or 2 tracks done for each day of full recording. Fun times! 6 tracks left to go and I'm sure the next few weeks are going to be good fun! In case you're interested too, below are pictures of my Sterling, which has been my primary bass for Better Than The Book since the One Small Step EP in 2012, as well as the outboard bass recording rig for this album. It's a little smaller than usual, but super effective at delivering my punchy bass tone (and will be greatly enhanced in Ableton and Amplitube: my digital weapons of choice!). Hope you're ready for some sonic thunder on the new record!
Next this week, I must reveal that last week's promise of a new album teaser was... only partially true! Instead though I'm super happy to finally share the abomination that is JabunAudio's first April Fool's prank (as Better than The Book & Jabun), a "vocal remix" of the 2015 instrumental track GG [Good Game]: "MLGG". With this track, you'll either get the joke or you won't but there's not much point in trying to explain it. In any case though, it seems like the whole thing was a great success and I'm super happy that people enjoyed it! To clarify though, there IS a vocal version of GG coming in the new album (just not at all like this). If you missed the prank on April Fool's Day, feel free to subject yourself to it below, though I hold no responsibility for your disgust, ripping off your headphones, general confusion, or any other negative consequences. Enjoy MLGG!
Thirdly this week, it's the beginning of another month, so let's take some time to reflect on last month's goals and set some new ones for April! For starters, here's what was on the list for March:
1) Service all the guitars ready to start recording.
2) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
3) Record all the main rhythm electric guitar parts for the new BTTB album.
And looking back at it, it seems like March managed to achieve all that and more! Guitars (and bass) have all been serviced now, the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme was finished and released, and all the rhythm guitars for the new BTTB album were recorded too, both electric and acoustic! Excellent! Now that we're back on track, let's set some new goals for April:
1) Finish recording bass for the new BTTB album (including comping and sorting takes)
2) Update the JabunAudio website (There are some updates I've been planning)
3) Do my yearly tax return (joy...)
4) Set up a Patreon for my music (I've been meaning to do that for quite some time)
Perhaps this will be more of a challenge than last month to complete, but let's see how we do and reflect on things as and when! Any goals you're setting for yourself this month? Feel free to leave it in the comments so we can keep each other accountable. Wish me luck!
And finally for this week's news, just a heads up on some downtime. As you may already know, April 24th is my Birthday and I'll be taking a trip back to my hometown to celebrate with friends and family as usual. As such, JabunAudio will be closed from April 20th - April 29th, and will reopen on April 30th ready to start up again for May. As such, there will be no blog post on April 26th either. Apologies for any inconvenience, hope you don't miss me too much, and I look forward to working with you again soon.
That about wraps things up for this week! It's back to bass recording for me (until it's all finished) then I have some admin work to catch up on. Exciting times! Hope you all have a great week until the next blog post and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Until next time, take care!
Rhythm Guitars for the new Better Than The Book album are FINISHED, Easter downtime + a special sneak peek of the new album coming on Easter Sunday!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great week whatever you've been up to! Over here it's been busy and intense working on the new Better Than The Book album, and for the first time in about half a year, there's unfortunately no track to share with you this week (sad times I know). I hope that the new BTTB album makes up for it. Anyways, just a few little things to report this week, so let's start with some Better Than The Book updates.
So as of Wednesday, I'm super happy to announce that all the rhythm guitars (both electric and acoustic) for the new album have been recorded, comped, sorted and finished, which puts the album production back on track for recording bass at the beginning of April! I've still yet to service and restring my Sterling, but it shouldn't take long as it was serviced fairly recently and just needs some new Ernie Balls (which I already have to hand). I aim to start recording after Easter. Just to keep you in the loop with what'll be happening next, after bass it'll either be time for some lead/solo guitars, or vocals, I haven't decided quite yet, then it'll be keys and horns and any other extra bits as necessary, then the REAL work (mixing etc..). Hope you're as excited for the new album as me, and in case you can't wait to hear something, here's a little clip of me recording acoustic for the 2nd song on the album "Artificial Ignorance"! I hope you enjoy it!
Hehe, I guess there was a little bit of media to share after all!
That's about it for the news this week, but there's a couple of other little other things to say. Firstly, JabunAudio will be closed for the Easter Holiday Period (Friday to Monday as usual) and will be back in action on Tuesday April 3rd. I'll not be looking at any messages while I'm away so if you have any requests, I'll get back to you when I return. Next and lastly this week, although there was no YouTube video released on Wednesday, there WILL be a 2nd teaser for the new BTTB album released on Easter Sunday at 10am DST so be sure to check that out it you can't wait to here more. In case you missed the last one, here's the 1st teaser, an instrumental demo of the 4th song on the album "Meteor Shower". I hope you enjoy it.
OK, OK, so I guess there WAS really a track to share, but no NEW FULL tracks! Anyways, that's all for this week (for real this time!). I hope you all have a great Easter and rest of the week whatever you get up to and see you all again next Thursday for some more updates, that Easter special sneak peek, and more stuff I'm sure! Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects and take care!
New A P O T H E O S IS track: "Final Boss [Phase 2]", Better Than The Book recording updates + more!
Hello everyone and I hope you've all had a good week since the last post. Over here, my week has mainly been filled with recording rhythm guitars for the new Better Than The Book album (more on that in a second) and doing the final checks and preparations for the Final Boss Theme for A P O T H E O S I S which is now finished and ready to share with you below! There's not a whole lot else to share this week so let's start with that new track!
So first of all, after many days of composition, editing, mixing, and all that jazz, I'm super happy to present to you the demo for the Phase 2 music of the Final Boss Theme for the A P O T H E O S I S game! By now the primordial god is getting pretty angry at your attempts to defeat him, and the fabric of existence is crumbling around you, and this cinematic/metal mash-up/remix of the Phase 1 boss theme will accompany the final leg of the fight as you battle to achieve apotheosis! I hope you enjoy it, and I'm certainly looking forward to playing the next demo when it comes out! Feel free to play the current demo here and without further wait, here's The Final Boss Theme [Phase 2]:
And with that track done, that actually concludes this round of my A P O T H E O S I S work for the time being! I think there'll be one more track to come (credits music), then it'll just be the final checks, mastering and stuff before the game is finished and the soundtrack released! Exciting times, but I imagine it'll be a little while before I'll be composing for this again. Looking forward to it when the time comes though! This also concludes the weekly new tracks for a while (sad times I know), but I hoped you enjoyed all the new music these past few months, and with the upcoming Better Than The Book album currently in the works, it shouldn't be too long until there's new music to be shared again!
And on the topic of the new BTTB album, next and lastly this week, I have some updates on that for you all. As of today (Wednesday as I write this), 5/10 tracks of Rhythm guitars have been recorded and compiled ready for the next step! The end of last week had a number of mishaps and delays due to multiple power-cuts and some bad planning on my end (forgetting to make notes in the demo sessions...), so I'm a little behind schedule, but I hope to be all caught up by the end of the month ready to start recording bass (and possible acoustic guitars) in April! I'll keep you informed with how that's all going and feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter for daily updates on the production progress!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Kind of a short post compared to the last few, but such is the way. This upcoming week is sure to be filled with BTTB rhythm guitars for me, so I'll be busy with that and probably not much else until the end of the month I recon (but we shall see). Another little bit of exciting news with regards future music though, I finally invested in an extra boom attachment for my mic stand, so now I should be able to appropriately and simultaneously mic up my acoustic guitar and vocals (amongst other things) to do some proper high quality LIVE acoustic covers (In theory). It only arrived while I was typing this, and I still need to give it a proper test, but I'm excited at the new prospects! Anyways, I hope you enjoy the new music and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various musical projects! I hope you have a great week until the next blog post and have fun whatever you're up to in the next 7 days. Take care!
New A P O T H E O S IS track: "Final Boss [Intro + Phase 1]" (+ some updates), Better Than The Book has started recording, an amazing present from my brother, a post from World Beyond, 1 million views for "3 Little Raptors and the Beanstalk" + more!
Hello everyone and what an exciting week it's been over here at JabunAudio! After many months of writing and preparing I've finally started recording the 3rd Better Than The Book album, and I am so super hyped up with ska-punk energy at the moment, I feel I could explode! More on that in a second. Other than that, I've actually been away for a great deal of this week celebrating mother's day with my family and getting some fresh air and a little too much amazing food. Seeing my brother again too, I can finally share the crazy cool present he got me from Japan (and it sounds AWESOME! *Warning: serious fanboying ahead*). In all honesty it's been a jam packed an exciting week and with that there is TONNES to share so let's start with some new music as usual: the latest track for the A P O T H E O S I S game!
So first of all this week, I'm super excited to share with you the latest piece for the A P O T H E O S I S game: the first part of the final boss theme! I must say that this game has been a blast to compose for, but this final boss theme I'm especially proud of. The final boss fight is split into 2 main stages and the following track is to accompany the intro and phase 1 of the battle. The music for phase 2 is very nearly done, but I'm just waiting on some final checks (and possibly edits) before it'll be finished, so hopefully it should be out in the next blog post, but if not, I'm sure it'll be in the following one. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this mash-up of genres for the climax of the game and if you like what you hear, go play the demo for the full experience! Happy listening! (More like tense/suspense listening though...)
Next this week, as stated in the intro to this blog post, recording for the new Better Than The Book album has finally started, and as of right now, 3/10 tracks have their rhythm guitars sorted (which is the first stage of the recording process I've chosen). This album I'm trying a slightly different approach to the guitars using a wider variety/combination of my hardware and virtual amps/effects than ever before in my music, so it should be an interesting new soundscape for me, and I'm looking forward to having fun with it. Of course before any of the guitars could be recorded, they all needed a thorough service and restring which was good fun, but very time consuming (especially the double-neck). All worth it though and with that done, here are the electric guitars which will be taking the stage for this album!
The last guitar there (The Pacifica II) I actually won't be recording at all with for this album, but its already been captured in the original guitar parts for GG [Good Game] for which there is a vocal version on the new album. It's gonna be strange not having that guitar with me (It's at my parent's house 200 miles away), as it was the sole guitar on the One Small Step EP (apart from on Woof Woof, Nag Nag), and my main guitar on Two Years On. Nevertheless, I think the other 3 are going to make for a lovely sonic soundscape for this next collection of 10 songs. Of course I still have my bass to service before recording too and there's the acoustic guitar to record, but I imagine that'll be in a few weeks! I'll keep you all updated with how progress goes!
Third on this list of things this week, brace yourself for some intense fanboying as I struggle to contain my excitement for the amazing gift that my bro brought back for me from Japan: The Yui Hirasawa signature model VOX Amplug (1st gen)! A little background: The Vox Amplug series are a selection of compact headphone amps for practicing/recording and there are various models depending on what kind of music you play or tone you want (clean, classic rock, metal, acoustic sim, bass, etc...). This one was a special limited edition (1 of 3000) Japanese model to emulate the guitar rig/tone of the fictional lead guitarist Yui Hirasawa of the lighthearted Pop-Punk/J-Rock band Houkago Tea Time (HTT) from the anime K-ON, both of which I'm a huge fan of (in fact, my first bass I got was the same as the bassist from that band). Long story short, it sounds INCREDIBLE: like putting a Shure SM58 in front of a Marshall JCM stack (with adjustable, gain (from barely breaking up to Zakk Wylde levels of gain), tone and volume), with the optional extra of the most J-Rock echo preset I think I've ever heard! I've known that these existed for years, but after seeing the prices on eBay, thought I'd never get to see one let alone play one. Eamon however stumbled upon this in a second hand shop as cheap as chips and the rest is history! Thanks so much bro! I have no need for sleep now, as I can practice with amazing tone even when I can't crank my Marshall! (Oh, and it's already on the new Better Than The Book album). I'd like to do a video about it at some point as it's an intensely rare item and there aren't many demos of it on YouTube (not in English certainly), but we shall see!
And I think that's my public fanboying quota used up for the rest of the year!
Next this week, I just wanted to share a post that my good friend and long term collaborator World Beyond made about one of our early collaborations. It's nice to look back at how far we've come and I hope you enjoy reading the story about how the track came to be:
Read: "Everything We Stand For by World Beyond feat. Nicholas Standing | Cinematic Orchestral Music from Winter Legend EP"
Finally this week, it is with great pleasure that we can celebrate reaching 1 million views on YouTube for "3 Little Raptors and the Beanstalk", one of last year's Fun Station 4 Kids animations I did the mixing for. It's certainly been tough on YouTube over the past year, but I'm super happy to be able to celebrate this milestone. Well done to everyone involved and I look forward to working on the next animation when the time comes.
And that about wraps things up for this week. Phew that was a long post! What's up for next week? Well I'm definitely going to be continuing with some Better Than The Book rhythm guitars and hopefully I'll be able to finish off and share the Final Boss (Phase 2) music for A P O T H E O S I S (but we'll have to see). I can very much see it being another busy week ahead, but it's the good kind of busy so I'm looking forward to it. Until the next blog post, I hope you have a great week and thanks as always for reading and supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Take care!
Week 8 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "The Juggernauts" by Zebrahead, new webpage for the "Unwrap With Caution" EP, A P O T H E O S I S & Better Than The Book updates + more!
Hello everyone! Hope you've had a great week and as usual it's been a busy time here at JabunAudio! The past 7 days for me have been spent working hard on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack yet again (more on that in a moment), and doing some hard techno mastering work for a returning client (always fun to have some variety). There's not a whole lot to say in this blog post, but as usual there's a cover song and some small updates to share, so let's get straight to it!
Firstly on the news this time, after 8 long weeks, we've come to the final track of the acoustic cover songs I recorded as Christmas presents for my parents and girlfriend Eva, and to finish things off, here's an acoustic/rap version of a pop-punk favourite of mine, "The Juggernauts" by Zebrahead! Fun fact: the first gig I went to see with Eva was Reel Big Fish supported by Less Than Jake and Zebrahead at the Concorde 2 in Brighton! What a fantastic night! Anyways without further wait here's "The Juggernauts". Happy listening and I hope you enjoy it!
And with that, I conclude the latest batch of cover songs! To think I've been releasing a cover song here now for 18 consecutive weeks (a new record for me), and sadly, that's the last cover I have to share at the moment. Don't fret though as if everything goes to plan, the next 2 weeks will be filled with the latest hard hitting tracks from the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack, so there's more music to be shared yet! If you want to revisit any of the past cover songs, feel free to explore the Covers Webpage, here on the JabunAudio site (or on YouTube), which as of yesterday has a new section added for the Unwrap With Caution EP. Hope you enjoy them, happy listening and I look forward to sharing more music with you all soon!
Finally this week, just a few little updates on various projects. First of all, as of yesterday, I have sent off the first mastered demo for the final track in the latest batch for the A P O T H E O S I S game soundtrack and if all is well, that'll be the latest batch finished and ready to share with you, and I REALLY can't wait to share them! In terms of news for the upcoming Better Than The Book album, I've been busy practicing for the imminent recording sessions, and as I write this, 1/3 of my guitars has been serviced ready for the task at hand. If all goes to plan, I should have started recording by this time next week! Exciting times, and feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter for the latest updates on the project as well as daily tweets!
And that about wraps things up for this week! At the moment I'm just waiting for some feedback so I can finish off my current batch of A P O T H E O S I S work, but other than that and some end of project admin work (backing up files etc...) it looks like next week will be back on track for the Better Than The Book album! I'll be servicing guitars as soon as this post it out, and hope to be all set up and ready for recording by Monday at the latest! Exciting times. Anyways, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to, and be sure to stop by next week for (hopefully) some A P O T H E O S I S music! As always thanks for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects and take care until next time. Have fun!
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