Hello all! It's been a fairly hectic week for reasons out my control and is looking to be that way for the foreseeable future (more on that at the end of the post), but there's still some cool things to report this week so let's focus on that! In terms of audio stuff, I've been busy again recording more guitars for the new World Beyond album which is really shaping up well, and I finally got some time to work on writing the new Better Than The Book album too! So far there's 4 lyric sheets finished and six left with 4 complete(ish) demos, another 3 almost there, and various other partial demos/lyrics too. Hoping to get back on track with it more soon and get these tracks fully written while I record for World Beyond. I'll keep you updated on the situation. Meanwhile another thing happened this week which I was super pleased with and wanted to share with you. It's not audio related at all but I hope you enjoy the story. Let's go!
So as many of you may be aware I quite enjoy playing video games, and I'm also fairly competitive (those may be understatements). One of my favorite games to play at the moment, and it has been for some time, is the mobile version of Sonic The Hedgehog (1), which is available on both Android and iOS and is a great load of fun. Additionally to the original Sega console versions, you can play as other favorite characters Tails and Knuckles, Sonic can use the spin dash technique introduced in later games, you can save your progress and revisit levels, and there's a fun time attack mode where you can keep track of your fastest times for completing levels as well as place yourself on the global leader-board if you're fast enough (iOS only). That last feature has been one of the most fun and at the same time frustrating aspects of the game, as seeing how I compare among the 1000s of other Sonic players out there I can't help but take it as a challenge and see how fast I can go.
I've had the game for a few years now and as such have been making my mark on the leader-boards for quite some time now playing the game in my spare time and being in the top 10 fastest players for various levels including 2nd fastest in the world for one of them. Well, a few weeks ago I started working on it again specifically on a level I knew I wasn't very good at Scrap Brain Zone Act 2. I really just wanted to get into the top 25 if I could, which after a long while of trying was just about doable. Having got to know the level though, I noticed better and faster routes than those I'd been using and grinding as you do when you want to get better at something, I slowly formulated and optimized a path which felt to me like it would be the fastest. Pretty soon I was in the top 10 players, then the top 5, and yet I didn't feel like I'd reached my limit at all so I kept pushing on. At that point I figured that the world record might actually be reachable, it wasn't a matter of how anymore, it was just a matter of having a good run and good luck and not messing up this method I'd been working hard on. But it wasn't easy by a long shot, and while I could see the goal, I was painfully just out of reach.
Well, after a lot of practice, a lot of swearing under my breathe, and some achy fingers, on September 11th 2017 I finally broke the Scrap Brain Act 2 mobile speed world record, with a time of 40.76 seconds!
I was so pleased with the achievement. After all that hard work, it had finally payed off and I'd made my mark on the top of the Sonic leader-boards, beating the previous record of 41.43 seconds which had remained untouched since February 19th 2014.
But the thing is, I knew I could go faster. The run had been good yes, good enough to beat the world record, but I make a ton of mistakes which cost valuable time. Although I'd beaten the world record, I still wasn't satisfied...
So I kept playing. I knew I could go faster and world record beaten or not, I wouldn't be happy until I knew I'd given it my all to achieve the fastest time (or at the very least beat the 40 seconds barrier).
The next day. I had a fantastic run. Pretty much everything that could go right did, I timed the jumps right, let go of the spin dashes at the right time, I couldn't have asked for a better run. And I smashed my previous record. By a whole 2 seconds!
That was truly a time I could be proud of. On September 12th 2017 I set the new world record at 38.75 seconds. Super pleased with that.
The strange thing is though, whether or not I can go faster, and I'm not sure I can, I still haven't reached my saturation with playing that level. My personal top 3 times are separated by 2 seconds each (as opposed to one of the other levels where my top time is 0.02 seconds faster than the 2nd fastest time which is exactly the same as the 3rd fastest), so I'd like to keep playing and keep trying to get faster until I'm absolutely sure I can't go any faster. I'm hoping my record stays there for a while, but having been pushed down from 3rd to 4th place on a different level as a new world record was made for that one last month, I'm not sure how long it'll be until I'm surpassed on this one. If anything, the fact that the record has been broken means that more people will be temped to outdo it as the invisible barrier of the previous world record has been smashed open. Whether it's a few days, months or even years though, I'm truly happy to have been able to make my own little mark on the Sonic The Hedgehog gaming community.
Just a little background on this world record, I have to specify that this is the iOS Christian Whitehead Sonic The Hedgehog world record for this level. The actual world record for this level across all consoles sits at ~30 seconds, but there are differences in the game mechanics for the iOS and console versions which must be addressed as so they're incompatible for comparison. The original console versions don't feature Sonic's spin dash move which can be used to gain speed, but there is also no time attack mode for speed runs and so the the record time is measured by the game's level clock which only measures to the nearest second. The world record run for this level too exploits a clipping/wrap glitch to skip a large portion of the level which cuts out a great deal of time compared to running the level in the intended way. The iOS version on the other hand as well as having the spin dash move and the clock to the nearest hundredth of a second, has amended these glitches in the game mechanics and so they are no longer exploitable for speed runs. The world record here plays the level without glitches in the way originally intended by the game developer. Just a little bit of interesting history about the world record if you're interested.
And I think the take home message from this blog post is that you can do anything if you try hard enough and that I play waaaay too much video games (amongst other things)!
That's about it for this week, and I hope you enjoyed the look into some of my other hobbies outside of music/audio. Back to the topic I mentioned in the introduction, due to circumstances in my personal life, things have been turbulent as of late, and as a result there may be short to extended periods of time where I'll be unable to attend to JabunAudio for the foreseeable future. I don't feel it my place to disclose the details, but please bear with me over the next month or so and thank you in advance for your patience. Please feel free to send in your requests as usual, but unfortunately there may be delays in my being able to help, though I'll do my best to help as usual. Additionally, there may be weeks where there is no blog post. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and I hope to be back to normal as soon as possible.
What's the plan for next week? Well while I'm currently all up to date with recording for World Beyond, there should be more guitars and bass to record soon so I've no doubt I'll be working on that. I'd also like to do some more Better Than The Book writing if I can too. We shall see. Anyways, I hope you've all had great weeks (I usually start with that, don't I?), I hope you all have a great week to come, and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other creative endeavors. See you all in the next post and take care!
Back from Climbing Mt Snowdon (and more), more guitar recording for World Beyond and Subu Nomo, a secret Reface CP Piano(?!) + sharing a track from Oakwood I mastered last month!
Hello everyone and hope you've all had a great 2 weeks since the last blog post! Things have been fairly hectic over here for a number of reasons, but there's still a lot to tell and share this week, so let's get straight to it:
Firstly, and although this isn't really about JabunAudio at all, I had a lovely time in Wales on Holiday last week. I was hoping to do a big post about it like with the Norway trip last year, but I haven't had time to sort out photos, so I'll just do a quick(ish) post about it. Those who know me personally will be able to find pictures on my personal Facebook, but they're other people's posts so I shan't share them here.
Onto the holiday: The first big challenge was climbing Mt. Snowdon which was a great day out. The weather couldn't have been better; sunny but cool, and the walk itself was challenging but no way near as difficult as climbing Galdhøpiggen last year. The lack of snow definitely helped, and that it was much less to climb. Having said that, it was no walk in the park either. There was a fair amount of climbing over rocks as well as the well trodden path, and even a small slip had the potential for disastrous consequences. To illustrate this clearly, we passed 2 people needing to be airlifted off the mountain during our decent and there was even reports of someone killed a few weeks back on the mountain. Definitely something not to underestimate and I was glad we prepared well for it (and remembered to bring sun tan lotion!). Like Galdhøpiggen, there were a couple of different routes to the summit, 3 of which actually starting at our chosen base camp so we ended up taking the "Pyg Track" up which was mostly rocky and up the mountain but gave some fantastic views, and the "Miner's Track" down which was very steep down to begin with, but then mostly flat following a number of mountain lakes leading back to the base camp (definitely glad we did it that way around). Our team this time consisted of everyone from the Norway trip apart from my aunt's sister, though unlike last time, we all reached the summit on this trip. The view from there was simply spectacular! You could see so far that you can actually make out a HUGE amount of the outline of the Wales coastline in the distance. Simply incredible! Legs were a bit achy from the ~7 hour walk afterwards, but no way near as much as the 15 hour ordeal of last time (no sun burn either). Overall no one was particularly mentally scarred either which is always a plus! I'd definitely recommend climbing Mt. Snowdon if you're up for a nice but not over-ambitious challenge, though remember to make sure you're fit, get the right footwear, pack plenty of fluids and the right kind of snacks, do your research and you should be fine. The mountain rescue team was fantastic too and will surely have your back if anything goes amiss, so grab your boots and enjoy the day!
That I suppose was the main highlight of the Holiday (apart from being reunited with my parents, twin brother and aunt and uncle for a week), though we had a great time on the other days taking the mountain steam train from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, visiting an old slate mine (some crazy eye opening stuff there), visiting and exploring Harlech Castle (not recommended for people with a fear of heights... you'll prefer the mountain I guarantee it) which was really cool, and walking along the Harlech beaches were I saw some of the biggest jellyfish I've seen in my life (I didn't even know we had jellyfish here!). The Aberdunant hotel was fantastic too, especially the food! My recommendation would be the rib-eye steak, medium-rare with pepper sauce, chips, onion rings, mushrooms and tomato: simply mouthwatering! Overall a wonderful trip and I'm already looking forward to the next one. I wonder what will be next to climb? Ben Nevis perhaps? We shall have to see, but I imagine I've reached my mountain (and steak) quota for the rest of this year. 2018 here I come!
And now back to normality and the usual JabunAudio news! What's been happening this week? Well pretty much as soon as I got back I was busting out guitar solos for the oldschool metal collaboration with Subu Nomo, which is progressing well. I think that's actually the last of the recording I need to do for it, so now it's in Subu's hands to make it sound awesome. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes. And while we're on the topic of guitars, the last few days have also been spent recording more guitar for World Beyond's upcoming album. There's still more to do next week so I'll be keeping busy with that too. Not sure how much is left, but the whole album's certainly coming together and sounding awesome! Looking forward to sharing these with you as and when. Feels like it's been a while since I was working on the new Better Than The Book album (and I'm also craving more Jabun music too), so I should find some time to get back to those when I can. Hoping to finish the BTTB writing by the end of the year, so I've gotta crack on if I want to get this album out in good time. We shall see.
Next, and this was a major highlight of my week, I found out an amazing secret about one of my instruments! I've had my Yamaha Reface CP electric piano for just under a year and a half and I must say, on top of it being my first portable keyboard instrument (ie: not a piano, organ or midi controller) it's one of my favorite instruments to mess around with. The Reface CP was one of the key elements in the Jabun Daydream album's soundscape and is known for it's great emulations of the Rhodes Mark I & II, Wurlitzer and Yamaha CP electric pianos as well as the Clavinet and Toy piano and it's great and hands-on effects section. 6 amazing pianos and studio's worth of effects in one neat portable package right? Wrong! There's a secret 7th piano! Many users while loving the Reface CPs great EP emulations were a bit disappointed that there wasn't an acoustic piano setting to play with. In fact, I spent a long while experimenting with various effects to get a more acoustic sound from the CP setting (you can hear the results of my efforts in Anxiety and Palindrome on the Daydream album). Well while you can't see it on a surface, there's a secret acoustic piano setting hiding in your Reface! Unfortunately it's only available when you switch on the instrument, so if you want it again after using the other emulations, you'll have to quickly power off and power on the instrument to get it again. I discovered this in a YouTube video comments sections while looking up about the Rhodes Piano Bass (I've been in a very Rhodes mood lately. Lots of interesting history I've learnt this week too. Feel free to look it up!), and while I was skeptical about it at first, a quick try of the method had me speechless:
And the amazing thing is it's not a "meh" piano, it's very dynamic and sounds great! Not a grand piano type sound, more the brighter type of piano you'd expect to play in a band to cut through the mix, but nothing a little reverb and EQ/compression could help with if you want to further tailor it to your needs. You can still use all the effects too (apart from drive which makes sense as the acoustic piano would be miced rather than amped or D.I.ed) and amazingly, this piano is stereo too with a realistic 3D soundscape. Yamaha haven't released an official statement on it, and there are a few theories to why the piano is there and/or why it wasn't made part of the main instrument settings, but whatever the case, my mind is blown and I'm thinking, why the heck didn't I know about this sooner! If you have a Reface CP go ahead and try this thing out! It's awesome and it'll give you yet another piano to play with on your Reface. Bonus tip: Try running the Rhodes Mark I setting clean though a clean Marshall amp with spring reverb; Loooovely! Enjoy!
Finally this week, I just wanted to share the electro house track I mastered for Oakwood last month. It's not often I get to work on this genre of music and it was a heck of a lot of fun! Warning, colourful language and banging bass ahead, but I hope you enjoy it! If you're in need of any music mastering in any genre, please don't hesitate to give me a buzz and I'll see what I can do!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Things are a little hectic at the moment, but I imagine I'll be doing some more guitar recording for the World Beyond album at some point next week amongst other things. Hope you enjoyed this rather long blog post, hope you have a great week until next time, and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my collaborative projects. All the best and see you in the next blog post!
More recording for World Beyond, a metal collaboration with Subu Nomo in the works, no blog post next week, holiday times, and I'll be back on September 1st to accept more commissions!
It's been yet another busy week here at JabunAudio, though I spent the weekend celebrating the 4th anniversary of getting together with my lovely girlfriend Eva which was a nice break from things. The blog post is a little early this week as I'll be travelling at the time I'd usually post this out, and as such there's not a lot to share this time around, just some some updates on projects, and insights on things to come. Let's get started!
Firstly on the news this week, I've been busy working hard and recording guitars and bass for the new World Beyond album which is sounding really great at the moment. There's still some more stuff left to do on my end I'm sure, but I'll be getting back to that after I return from holiday.
Next and finally this week, I'm happy to announce my first collaboration with the very talented guitarist and producer Subu Nomo! I've been busy tracking guitars, bass and writing drums for what looks to be a glorious heavy metal track and ode to Black Sabbath, one of my favorite metal bands! Progress this week has been great, though as with the World Beyond album, there'll be more for me to sort out when I get back from holiday. Very excited to share all this music with you soon!
And that about wraps things up for this week! I'll be heading off shortly for an exciting few days away including climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales. It's been a while since I last climbed something really tall, so it'll be nice to stretch my legs a bit. I wonder how achy they'll be this time? Anyways, there'll be no blog post next week as I'll not have had any time to do any audio work by the time next Thursday rolls around, but I'll be back in business to reply to any messages and accept more commissions on September 1st. The blog will be back in 2 weeks time, but until then, I hope you all have a great two weeks whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio. Hope to share some of this great music soon and take care!
100 Likes on the JabunAudio Facebook, Mastering, Better Than The Book featured on Oddlythink'n, lots and lots of World Beyond recording, + some scheduled downtime soon!
It's been a super busy week here at JabunAudio! The weekend kicked off with mastering a heck of a fun and hard hitting electro house track which I'll hopefully be able to share with you once it's released, then it's been an intense rest of the week recording bass for World Beyond's upcoming album which I must say is sounding kickass as ever! More recording (bass and guitar) left to do, so I shan't spend too long talking today, but on top of the the 2 things above, there's 3 main piece of news to share this week! Let's get started!
Firstly I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who's supported JabunAudio throughout the years, and I'm super happy to announce that this week we finally reached 100 likes on the JabunAudio Facebook Page! Fun times, and I hope to bring you more and more music in the years to come. It's always great to hear that people are listening.
Next this week, another cool achievement as Better Than The Book's Two Years On album was featured on the Oddlythink'n music YouTube Channel! Thanks so much to Brandon for letting BTTB play amongst the great artist you share, and feel free to check out Two Years On on Oddlythink'n below.
Finally this week, just a quick announcement, JabunAudio will be closed for a week from August 24th (opening again on September 1st) as I'll be on holiday climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales. Should be fun, should be achy, and should be a nice break! With that, I'll not be taking any commissions during the final week of August or be able to reply to any messages, send files etc..., so if you need anything I'll be back to reply to messages etc... at the beginning of September. Also there will be no blog on the 31st, though I do intend to do one more before I go. Thanks for your patience, and see you then!
And that about wraps things up for this week at JabunAudio! I'll be getting straight back to recording for the new World Beyond album this afternoon, so I'm sure it'll be a busy week until my holiday, but I like it like that, and I'm sure there'll be many other things to report next week too. Hope you have a great week, see you in the next blog post and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my projects. Take care!
Some more website updates, more Jabun featured on Melody Chillout Music and Premium Music HQ, 808 Day, recording for World Beyond's new album + more!
It's been a busy and exciting week at JabunAudio and as usual there's much to share! Along with the main features for this week, I had some time to work on more of the new Better Than The Book album which although going slower than last month is progressing nonetheless. I've finished up 3 lyrics sheets now, with another few well on their way, so it shouldn't be too long until I start the recording process for at least some of these tracks! Exciting times! Lots more to talk about this week so without further wait, let's get straight to the main news!
Firstly, following on from last week's web design adventures, I've done a little more work on the JabunAudio website since the last blog post. I've now added an updated "About" section to the navigation bar above, as well as a revamped version of the old "Partners" page, though since the navigation bar takes up more space than on the old website, I'd decided not to put the Partners page directly on there. Instead there are links to it at the end of the About and Contact pages above. With those 2 pages added, it's just the main services, portfolio and an updated home page left, though I imagine these will take a fair while to set up properly. I also want to add some headers to each page at some point to increase the visual appeal. I'll keep you updated as things progress.
Next this week, some more celebrations as "Palindrome" and "Home" from my debut album as Jabun - Daydream were featured on Melody Chillout Music and Premium Music HQ's Facebook and YouTube Channels respectively. Thanks again to both places for helping share my music to more listeners, and if you've yet to hear them, feel free to check out Palindrome, Home and the rest of the Daydream album below. Hope you enjoy it!
And speaking of the Daydream album (sort of), on Tuesday this week, it was 808 Day (August 8th), celebrating the Roland TR-808 drum machine, a musical tool which changed music in so many ways since its invention, and my favourite drum machine sound pallet of all time. Linking back to the previous topic, all the main drums on the Daydream album were generated using a software emulation of this magnificent and now very hard to find drum machine, and I'm sure you'll be hard pressed to find a producer who wouldn't want a real TR-808 in their gear arsenal if they haven't already. Well... this year has been an especially exciting 808 day as Roland just announced a compact and faithful digitally modeled re-issue of this classic analog machine with the same sound of the old, but with the modern convenience of the new (like MIDI for one), the TR-08. It's not often I get THIS excited over a new synth or drum machine release but this is something I've been waiting for for a LONG time, and this drum machine has been so important to me as a producer and musician throughout the years! On top of that exciting news though, Roland is also releasing a new sampler and a similar re-issue of their classic SH-101 synth which looks awesome! Exciting times and I can't wait for them to arrive in music shops for me to have play with!
Finally, and despite the previous exciting news probably the most exciting, this week I had the pleasure of recording guitar and bass again for the upcoming World Beyond album with my good friend Vladimir Kuznetsov! It feels like a long while since I've recorded with him and as always it's been a great time. No details I can say yet about the album itself or a release date, but I'm pretty sure it'll be out by the end of the year and holy heck I'm looking forward to it! If you haven't heard his stuff before, be sure to check out last years "Mindshell" album (I'm playing guitar on "The Rescue"). Here's a little teaser picture he gave me to share. Get ready for some more amazing music from WB soon!
And that about wraps things up for this week! Not entirely sure what next week has in store, but there's the possibility of more guitar recording for the new WB album, more BTTB writing, more website revamping, and some other things in the pipeline. All in all it doesn't look like there'll be time to be bored which is always good! Until then, I hope you all have a great week, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and the rest of my projects, and see you next time! Take care!
New Better Than The Book, Jabun & Nick Standing websites, JabunAudio's website is getting an overhaul, new logo, Jabun featured on Melody Chillout Music & Premium Music HQ, + more!
It's been a very busy week here at JabunAudio and apologies again for the lack of blog post last week (hope this one makes up for it!). As you may have already noticed, the JabunAudio site is looking a bit different to usual, but we'll get into that a little later! This week's been all about making websites (and a little bit of Better Than The Book and other audio work on the side), so let's get straight into the first bit of news: New websites!
So after 5 years releasing music as Jabun and Better Than The Book, this week I finally got around to making an official artist website for each project! They've got everything you'd expect from an artist website: a home page with a newsletter sign-up box and the latest news, discography with streaming embeds and release dates, videos, a press page with links to interviews features and reviews, an about page with some history for each project and myself, and a contact page with links to where to find each project around the vast internet! I've also created a Nick Standing hub website page for links to all my projects, including BTTB, Jabun and of course JabunAudio, as well as a more in depth look into my musical journey. I hope you enjoy exploring each website and learning more about each project and let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see on them! Click on the buttons below to explore each website:
Back to JabunAudio and the mysterious new look of this blog, after using this website for many years now, I've decided to give it complete overhaul to clean up some of the messier elements of the old site and bring it up to the same standard as the new websites above. Due to the complexity of the site however, and the fact that I need to keep it accessible and live while the edits are being made, I've chosen to close off sections of the site for the time being to keep it easy to navigate while the edits take place. Since there's a lot of content on this site to sort, it may be some time until the work is all complete, but if you're unable to find the information you need in the mean time, feel free to contact me directly and I'll do my best to help. Just to clarify, JabunAudio is still doing audio work while the website is being renovated, so if you're in need of any audio assistance, don't hesitate to give me a buzz. Again, thanks for your patience while this is all being sorted, and hope to have the website complete soon!
One new addition to JabunAudio I'd like to share quickly share however is a brand new logo! Up until now, I've been using my Jabun artist logo as the visual representation of JabunAudio too (which kinda makes sense) but trying to keep a distinction between the two while keeping them linked called for a new logo for my audio production services. As such I'm pleased to present the new JabunAudio logo, a simple variation on the Jabun one, but a distinction nonetheless! Hope you like it!
Finally this week, a little celebration of achievement as "Morning" and "Distance" from my debut album as Jabun - Daydream were featured on Melody Chillout Music's Facebook and YouTube pages! As well as that, "Anxiety" was shared on Premium Music HQ's Facebook and YouTube pages too. It's always nice to have my work showcased and help spread the word, so a huge thanks to Melody Chillout Music and Premium Music HQ for letting my music play amongst their ranks! If you've yet to listen to Morning, Distance, Anxiety or the Daydream album feel free to check them out on the new Jabun Music website or Bandcamp, and I hope you enjoy them!
And that about wraps things up for JabunAudio this week. What in store for the next 7 days? Well I'll be continuing to revamp the JabunAudio website while working on a couple of other little music projects and possibly some more Better Than The Book too. Other than that, we shall have to see where the tide takes us! Anyways, hope you have a great week until next time and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other music projects. See you next week!
Hello again! Not a lot to report this week though it's been a fairly busy one working on some projects I can't quite share yet (Looking forward to). As such this blog post is gonna be REALLY short, so apologies for that and hopefully I'll be able to share more with you soon! Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects and hope you have a great time until the next significant update! Take care!
It's been a fairly quiet week since reopening JabunAudio so there's not a lot of news to share on this blog post. The last 7 days have mainly been spent catching up on admin work, sending out messages, and having some pretty cool in depth conversations about certain aspects of music tech and the music industry with some new found fellow music makers, which has been fun. I've temporarily put work on the new BTTB album on hold as progress has been going faster than expected during the 6 week downtime and I have another personal project with a fast approaching deadline to focus on in my free time. Aiming to get back to BTTB by the end of the month though, so not long to wait! Overall a pretty cool week. Anyways, only one thing to share on this blog post so lets get to it!
After 10 weeks since my debut album as Jabun, Daydream came out, we finally come to the final video of the week by week track stream on YouTube. This week it's the last track of the album: Dreaming (Parts IV - VI). Hope you enjoy it and if you've yet to check out the rest of the album feel free to browse through the HurpADervish channel for that and much more music. What's next for YouTube? Well there'll likely be a break from uploading videos for a little while, but I'm sure there'll be more music streaming soon and I'll keep you updated when I do upload some more. Thanks for listening and enjoy the final track of Daydream - Dreaming (Parts IV - VI):
And that about wraps things up for this week! Next week's looking to be similar to this one in that I'll be continuing with admin work and trying to finish up this personal project in my free time, though no doubt something else will pop up to report so we shall see where the tides take us! Until then, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects and I hope you all have a great week until the next post! Take care and have fun!
JabunAudio is back in business! Welcome to 'The Loft' studio, updated services and pricing, new mastering demo reel, two more Daydream videos + more!
Hello everyone, and after 6 weeks of unscheduled down time, I'm finally pleased to announce that JabunAudio is open once again and accepting commissions! Hope you've all been well since the last update, and it's great to be writing this long overdue first blog post from the new studio, JabunAudio 3.0: 'The Loft'! Things have been up and running smoothly (ish) since Monday, but it's been a hectic week catching up on paperwork/admin and getting the news out for the reopening, so there's not been much actual audio work this week to report. No updates on the new Better Than The Book album this week either, though I aim to get back to that as soon as I can. Anyway, to start off this post, I'd formally like to welcome you to the new place JabunAudio 3.0: The Loft, and with that, let's get the news rolling! Onwards!
So obviously the big news this week is the re-opening and the new studio, but as well as sharing pictures of the new place, there are many other exciting things to report about it too!
With a much larger footprint than the Bamboo Forest, The Loft has allowed me to reinstall some of my bigger (and more powerful) equipment into the room, as well as bring in more things that there simply wasn't space for in the previous place. The highlights of these are my incredibly versatile homemade 12/6 double neck electric guitar, blissfully saturated valvestate Marshall AVT amplifier and the extensive pedal board that I use with it, and a Yamaha 6 string acoustic! It's been around a year since I've had these major studio players at my side and along with the new Jaguar, my Yamaha Pacifica, and the Sterling Bass, now is the time for some serious electric guitar session work if you need it! All the usual equipment is here too, including a range of hardware synths, software voice banks and drum machines, so if you need anything, I'm sure I'll be able to sort it out for you!
The layout and shape of The Loft is also a welcome improvement on the Bamboo Forest. With a staggered ceiling, great left/right symmetry and an expanded array of acoustic paneling, the acoustics in this room are superb, which coupled with the software corrected frequency response (which was pretty good even before correction) makes this room an ideal environment for audio production and small scale acoustic recording. Ergonomically too, the increased space allows for a less cluttered set-up for many tasks which is always welcome.
Anyway, I'm sure you're eager to see it, so without further wait, I present to you, JabunAudio 3.0: The Loft! (Please excuse my crummy photography skills). I look forward to making many a great record, production and memory in this new place:
As you can see I've kept some of the bamboo theme up too!
Next on this week's news, just a couple of little updates on the admin side of things. To reflect the changing exchange rates since I last set them up, I've temporarily re-evaluated the £GBP prices for my services on the website. I realised also that the downloadable list of services sheet is very much out of date in terms of what services I can provide now as well as the exchange rates for the prices in various currencies, so this is an issue I'll need to address soon. I'm aiming to do a revamp of this website as well as the services sheet soon to clean things up and make things more accurate for the current times. I'll keep you updated on that as and when it happens.
Next, to celebrate the opening of The Loft, I've put together a new demo reel for one of my favorite services to offer, music mastering! It's been a while since I did one of these, so I thought what better time to release a new one than now. The drill's the same as last time: For each pair of clips, the first is the final mix given to me before mastering, and the second is the final master as I delivered. In each of these cases I was also the, composer, recording and mix engineer and producer, so this serves as a demo reel for those services too and by popular demand since the last set of demo reels, each pair of clips has been approximately level matched to more clearly show the differences between the final mix and masters (apart from volume). In reality, the masters works out to usually be a few dB louder than the final mix, though I always aim to make dynamic, clean and punchy masters which will encourage people to turn up the music, rather than turn it down! For anyone interested in me mastering their music, feel free to send me a message via the contact page on this website. I hope you enjoy the new demo reel and I look forward to working with you soon to get you music sounding the way it was meant to be heard!
Finally this week, I just want to share the next two videos from the YouTube weekly stream of my recent electronic/ambient album "Daydream". Next week will be the final track, so be sure to tune in for that and feel free to subscribe to the channel to hear new music as soon as it's released. Hope you enjoy the tracks and looking forward to making some more chill music for you soon!
And that about wraps things up for this week! There's still a lot of admin things to catch up on for next week, but if I can I'd like to do a little more work on the new BTTB album if I have the time. A couple of exciting things are coming up in the pipeline too which I hope to share with you when I can. Until next week, I hope you all have a great time, thanks again for your patience in the 6 weeks of downtime and thank you as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other creative endeavors. See you all next week and take care!
A long time no see, lots of explaining to do, A P O T H E O S I S gameplay trailer, working on the new Better Than The Book album + 5 weeks worth of Jabun Daydream videos to catch up on! Many apologies for my absence!
Hi again everyone, and crazy to think it's been 5 weeks of unplanned downtime since the last update! Apologies for this unexpected situation which I'll explain shortly and hope you've all been well since we last spoke. There's still a fair amount of the usual news to share (and some exciting news it is too!) but first I feel I must explain my absence and the unplanned closure of JabunAudio over the last few weeks. As I always say: Let's get to it!
As mentioned in the previous blog post, JabunAudio relocated to Rotherham just over a month ago and while the move went smoothly, a new studio was set up very nicely, and I've been ready to work for over 2 weeks now, one thing has been a constant problem since the move: the internet connection. I've tried my best to keep you all updated on the situation via weekly Facebook posts on the JabunAudio page, but to expand here, the connection since moving has averaged a download speed of about 0.03Mbps (compared to the 16Mbps I'm using as I type this while visiting my hometown and family). Not only has it been unbearably slow but also intermittent, so much so that I've barely been able to check emails, let alone upload files or even load this website to write the weekly blog post. On top of that the customer service from the internet provided has been incredibly unhelpful and barely improved the connection if at all after multiple attempts at sorting the situation. Finally an engineer is scheduled to visit this coming Tuesday so I really hope it'll be sorted then. JabunAudio's remote audio production services rely on a stable and fast internet connection so if things aren't fixed, I might be facing big problems for the future of this little company (let's not think about that though and try to remain positive). I really hope it's all sorted soon.
Anyways though, onto positive news, the new studio has been set up for about 2 weeks now and is working a dream at the moment. I'll save the picture sharing, new demo reel, and explanation of the new features for when JabunAudio opens for business again, but while there has been no internet to distract me or allow me to work on client tasks, I've been putting the space to good use working intensely on a new Better Than The Book album! It's CRAZY how productive things can be when you literally have nothing else to do, so since starting the album only a month or so ago I've now recorded 25 minutes / 7 tracks work of rough demos for the new material! These are at the very least to the point where they're structured and able to strum and hum along to mumbling a few of the lyrics, but some tracks are pretty much fully fledged instrumentals or fully lyrical already! Exciting times! I'm still aiming for 10+ tracks and 30-40 minutes of music in total for this album and at the current rate of progress we may be seeing this album released much earlier than the target of summer 2018! We shall see how things go, but anyways, I hope you're ready for more Ska-punk coming soon, I'm already excited to share it with you!
Next this week and this news is really about a month overdue, but A P O T H E O S I S (which I'm doing the soundtrack for) just released its first gameplay trailer and a new demo! Fantastic stuff and it's so great to see this come together after years working on the soundtrack. Check out the trailer below and grab a free download of the latest demo too here (It's super fun!). Apparently a theatrical trailer will be coming soon too before the official release of the game so keep an eye out for that. Hope you enjoy the video and if you get a chance to play please leave a comment, I'd love to know your thoughts! Have fun!
Next and lastly for this blog post, I've just got 5 weeks worth of videos from the weekly streaming of my debut album as Jabun - Daydream. Thanks so much to everyone for their lovely comments on these tracks and I hope you enjoy each of the new videos shared in this blog post. The lovely visual editing is courtesy of the wonderful Vladimir Kuznetsov of World Beyond, so be sure to send him your love too! Enjoy and stay tuned to my YouTube channel for the next few tracks coming every Thursday. Peace!
That's all the news to share for this week! What's happening next? In honesty, I'm really not sure and it all depends on the outcome of the engineer's visit on Tuesday. I'll aim to keep you all as informed as I can on the situation at the very least via some Facebook posts, but if all goes well, the next blog post (hopefully next week) will be the grand reopening of JabunAudio, introducing the new studio and services and opening the doors again for business! Fingers crossed and we'll have to wait and see. I'll no doubt work a bit more on some BTTB while there's no internet and there's some other cool things in the works at the moment which I'm looking forward to share when I can as well! Anyways, it's been great to finally write another blog post again and I hope you all have a great time until the next one. Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects, take care, and hope to be back soon!
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