All first draft mixes from the upcoming Better Than The Book album complete, another track "Where Fires Burn Bright" to share from World Beyond + the January $5+ Patreon rewards have been sent out!
Hello everyone and hope that once again you're having a great week and are keeping warm in these chilly winter times (apparently snow is coming in the UK)! It's been another busy week here at JabunAudio with lots of exciting updates to share. Last weekend was Winter NAMM 2019 which although I wasn't there in person, I had a blast catching up with in all the various news blogs about studio and musical gear and my lord it looks to have been a great start to the year for music, with SO many things piquing my interest (affordable modular synths, anyone?). I'm sure you know what I'm talking about if you followed the NAMM news too, but in case it's not your cup of tea, I'll quit my fanboying for the moment. If you did follow the news, leave a comment below with your top gear wishlist additions and I'll share mine in a reply too! With all that said, let's get into some actual JabunAudio news!
First on the cards this week, a notable update for the upcoming Better Than The Book "Hopes and Dreams" album as this weekend all ten first draft mixes for the album were finally completed! We're really approaching the final hurdles now, and with things in a great state at the moment, I've decided to take a short break from the audio to freshen my ears (and catch up on some admin work), and come back to it with some perspective before making the final mix tweaks, mastering the album, and sending it out for some feedback in February. My aim is still to have the album out around April and I think at the rate things are going, it's a good timeline to work with. February is looking to be a pretty busy month though with other things, so we'll see how timing works out, and check back in at the end of February. Exciting times, and if you can't wait to hear something, head over to Patreon (www.patreon.com/NickStanding) for more BTTB news and teasers while you wait (more on that in a second)!
Next this week, I've another very appropriately timed track from World Beyond to share "Where Fires Burn Bright". I'm on lead, bass and acoustic guitar for this one, and it's a lovely contrasting atmospheric track compared to the other more hard hitting metal vibes on the album. I hope you enjoy the animated visualiser that Vlad put together, and no doubt there'll be more where that came from next week!
Finally this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means I've just sent out another batch of rewards to the $5+ patrons on Patreon. This time I'm sharing the final piece of the publicly available Better Than The Book discography, a bonus instrumental version of BTTB's debut album: "Two Years On [Instrumentals]". If that sounds all good to you then become a $5+ patron to access Two Years On [Instrumentals] immediately (or you can pick up a copy from bandcamp). This latest reward will also be sent out to the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons (everything) and $1 Pigeons (Mp3s and Artwork only) next week on Wednesday 6th February (which'll actually be the 2 year anniversary for Two Years On [Instrumentals], and the 3 year anniversary for Two Years On), and if you aren't already a patron, remember that you'll also be able to access all the previous music downloads for your tier too when you sign up, including the entire (current) Better Than The Book discography (One Small Step EP, Two Years On album, and more)!
For those of you who decide to join (or have already joined) the $10 DEMOlition Pigeon tier or higher, you're in for a treat too as this month I'll be diving into the creation of more Better Than The Book artwork since the One Small Step EP, as well as sharing one of the first draft mixes from the new album! Fun times! [Note: Patreon charges on sign-up AND on the 1st of each month, so to keep the cost low for you folks, be sure to wait for the start of the new month before signing up or changing your subscription tier. Many thanks for the support!]
And that about wraps things up for this week! I'm actually away for much of the following few weeks, so I'm not sure how much I'll be getting done during that time, but my aim is to continue working on the Hopes and Dreams album when I can and I'm sure there'll be more visualisers from the recent World Beyond album to share each week at the very least. Until next time, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to (stay warm), and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. Take care!
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