February 2024 Blog Post: Halfway there mixing Better Than The Book's upcoming album (+ an exclusive demo mix of "Plot Holes"), live practice updates, JabunAudio's NOISE gets featured on KORG's offical software list + 8 more YouTube Videos!
Hi everyone and hope you've had a great start to the year! It's the beginning of another month and time for some more news and rewards and what a busy month it's been!
The updates for this month: with 7 out of 14 tracks from the upcoming Better Than The Book album now mixed, we're halfway there (whooaa, livin' on a prayer)! I'll be aiming to get another 4 done over the next month, but I've left the more complex/unusual mixes until last so things are getting a bit tricky and taking longer than before... Slowly but surely though!
Meanwhile I've been super busy practicing for March for hopefully the first full-band BTTB practice since January 2020 (TBC)!!! It was a tough month getting my vocals back in gear for the longer-than-I'm-used-to sets, but things are feeling pretty good now, and with 10 tracks (a pick'n'mix of old and new) now pretty solid under my fingers, bar the occasional vocal or guitar slip, its now more about practicing creating the performance with these tracks! I cannot tell you how excited I am to get back to playing live and I'll keep you posted with news as and when! and feel free to check out the last time(s) we met up in the playlist below: Woot woot!
Onto other exciting news, it took over 2 years to come to fruition but JabunAudio's custom NOISE Oscillator for the KORG NTS-1 Digital Synth Kit is now on Korg's OFFICIAL logue-SDK unit index list (with JabunAudio actually listed now as a software developer for the platform)! Thanks so much for the stamp of approval KORG and hope people have fun with it! With the new NTS-1 mkII announced with its own new noise oscillator, JabunAudio's own NOISE gives users of the original NTS-1 a more basic version to play with while they wait to upgrade. It's free/donation based too so if you have an NTS-1 go grab it and have fun!
KORG's official list: https://korginc.github.io/logue-sdk/unit-index/osc/
See + Hear it in action:
And finally for this post, as usual I've been keeping up with the 2 videos a week on YouTube, and this month we have a demo of my homemade spring reverb with organ, some (mostly metal) alternative tuning experiments for guitar, and some experimental Col Legno inspired guitar techniques I borrowed from cello! Here's the usual playlist link with the added videos:
And here's a list of the latest additions: Enjoy!
The next month and a half of videos will be much less guitar heavy as it was super cold when I was recording, but guitaring will return in March! Meanwhile there's some other exciting things to share instead! Hope you enjoy it!
And that about wraps things up for this month unless you're a $10 Patreon supporter in which case you have the latest (and almost final) mix of Better Than The Book's "Plot Holes" to look forward to from the upcoming album! Next month is set to be more BTTB mixing and live (solo) practicing ready for March and hopefully the first batch of some much needed equipment maintainence (on top of the usual YouTube stuff)? We shall see how things go but until then, I hope you're as excited as I am for what's to come and thanks as always for supporting my music and projects however you can! Until the next one, and take care!
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