More Patreon rewards "Our Adventure" + an acoustic instrumental BTTB demo for the $10 patrons, studio updates, BIG NEWS, setting & reflecting on monthly goals + more!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to September! It's been a super hectic time lately with lots of visits and time away from the computer, not a whole lot of music making, but some fun things and big news to share nonetheless! In accordance with the recent updates and changes to the way things are running at JabunAudio, this blog post won't be as in depth as it has been in the past, but for a more detailed rundown of all the news, you can join me on Patreon for a front row seat of all the action:
And speaking of Patreon, I have some more rewards to share with you this month along with some studio / equipment updates, some big life news, a round-up of this month's press features, and some goals to reflect on and set as usual! Let's get started!
First of all, it's another month and time for some more Patreon rewards! This time, I'll be sharing downloads and the story behind the 2013 chiptune track "Our Adventure" (as well as detailed stories and updates from the studio this month). The $10 patrons will also receive an exclusive acoustic demo from Better Than The Book's upcoming album projects! If that sounds good to you, then become a patron to read more and dive into the action and remember that you'll get all past rewards for your tier too as soon as you sign up. Check out the Reward Archive below which includes the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies, Patreon exclusives and much more, and thanks for supporting my music and projects on Patreon!
$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53164475/
$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53164473/
Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842
Some studio updates to share: after a long pre-order wait, an amazing piece of guitar pedal history arrived for me in the post, one of the limited 40th anniversary BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive pedals! The BOSS SD-1 has been a key part of my sound since my late teen years, and I've been meaning to get a 2nd one for a few years now! I also purchased a load of spare parts for my Yamaha YC-25D organ which came with some parts I don't need including a genuine spring reverb tank! I've been having fun building that into my own custom outboard reverb unit which is sounding great and is just awaiting the finishing aesthetic touches as I type this. It's been a while since I build an effect! The other parts from the purchase include some incredibly rare 1970s electronics which will be useful for keeping my own organ working for years to come (touch wood), and I plan to sell on some of the less useful stuff in the near future!
Next, a quick round-up of the press features this month! BTTB's Hopes and Dreams was featured on The Tank Tribune / Phonograph Vol. 6 playlist on Newgrounds.com! Thanks so much for the sharing the tunes folks and feel free to check out the post here:
And although it didn't happen last month, I also noticed that my custom oscillator NOISE for the Korg NTS-1 digital synth kit has been shared amongst the community a lot since it was released in May! Check out the May 2021 features below on the JabunAudio press page and super happy to hear people are enjoying NOISE!
Onto some HUGE life news I'd love to share with you. I don't often talk about my personal life, but on August 22nd I finally popped the question to my long time partner of over 8 years Eva, and she said YES! WOOOOT! I'm sure it's no stretch to guess that I did it with a newly written and recorded track so there will be a music update coming shortly once I have all the admin stuff sorted for it! It was written for her ears, but I hope you enjoy too! More on that soon!
And finally this month, it's time as usual to reflect on some goals and set some new ones. Here's what I set for August:
1) Finish consolidating edits and setting up sessions ready for BTTB vocal recording (7 tracks left)
2) Restructure the Patreon page and other necessary JabunAudio related things
3) Finish the Better Than The Book Bandcamp promotional sale and associated admin
Goals 2 and 3 went along without a hitch, though unfortunately it's been a much less productive month for BTTB with only 2 tracks out of target 7 completed... I'm hoping to pick the pace up a bit this month, but things are still a bit up in the air at the moment, and as you expect I left the hardest tracks until last too, so things might be even slower than expected. With that said, and the trends I've seen this past month, I'll not be setting many goals for September, but let's go with these:
1) Finish consolidating edits and setting up sessions ready for BTTB vocal recording (5 tracks left)
2) Prep this new track from the proposal for public release and get everything scheduled ready for release.
I'm not sure I'll be able to get these both fully done, but I'll also be keeping on top of Patreon rewards to sort, as well as preparing those extra organ parts for selling on eBay when I can. I have a feeling it's going to be another hectic and maybe less musical month ahead but we'll see how it all goes.
And that about wraps things up for this month's post! I'll hopefully be finishing off that reverb unit very soon, as well as announcing that new track so be on the lookout for associated posts and stuff online. It's still looking to be very uncertain at JabunAudio at the moment, but until the next post, I hope you have a great September to come and thanks as always for supporting my projects in all the ways you can. Enjoy the music and take care!
Nick Standing; Better Than The Book; Jabun!
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