Week 3 out of 10 of the Blink-182 covers, 10 MILLION views for The Dinosaur Alphabet + more updates!
Hope you've all had a great time since the last blog post. It's been a bit of an "if it can go wrong, it will go wrong" time lately behind the scenes, but I tentatively think things are finally starting to get back on track. A couple of cool things to share and report this week as you can probably see by the blog post title, and we'll get into those in just a second. Other than that things have been slowly progressing on other things such as the Better Than The Book lyric sheets (still 4 to finish, but they're closer than last week), though at the moment, it seems like a grand task of time management Tetris trying to fit in everything I want to sort out before closing up for the Christmas and New Years break (with various unexpected mishaps stalling things more). Hopefully things will be back on track very soon, and without waffling on anymore, let's get into the main news for this week!
As is becoming the norm lately, another Blink-182 cover in celebration of 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva went up on YouTube yesterday. This week is number 3 of 10 in this little series and today I'm happy to present to you "Wasting Time" another oldschool track from Blink-182's debut album. Hope you enjoy it, feel free to share your thoughts and stay tuned next week for an extra special cover of "Josie" (you'll see what I mean). Take care until then, and here's "Wasting Time":
Next and finally this week, a slightly belated but incredibly well deserved celebration for the first animation audio project I was involved in, Fun Station 4 Kids' "Dinosaur Alphabet Song" which surpassed a whopping 10 MILLION views earlier this month! I honestly have no words to express how awesome it is to say that, and a huge congratulations to FS4Ks' writer, animator, voice guy and head honcho, Anthony, on this amazing achievement. It might be a while until we see another adventure with our lovable T-Rex and friends, but please support Anthony by checking out his other amazing animations on the Fun Station 4 Kids channel. If you've yet to see the animation at hand, feel free to watch below and I hope you enjoy it! I'm sure it won't be too long until I'll be celebrating another milestone with these guys, so keep up to date for more fun videos on the blog soon!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week's looking to be much of the same as this one, but hopefully with less disruptions and more productions! Stay tuned for the next blog post which'll have a very special cover of Blink-182's "Josie" and some more updates I'm sure, and until then, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects. I hope you have a fantastic week whatever you're up to, see you next time and take care!
Hello everyone! Hope you've all had a great week and are enjoying the current stream of Blink-182 covers on YouTube. Due to various reasons, I unfortunately haven't been able to get much audio work done this week, but every cloud has a silver lining and so, I've spent a lot of this down time working on writing for the upcoming Better Than The Book album instead. Just 2 pieces of news to report this week, so let's come back to BTTB in a moment and start off by introducing this week's addition to the Blink-182 covers stream. Here we go!
On Wednesday, the second of ten Blink-182 covers I recorded went up on the HurpADervish YouTube channel, and this week I'm super excited to present to you some oldschool pop-punk in the form of "M+M's"! As a reminder of why the sudden YouTube video series, this has all been in celebration of 4 years with my wonderful Girlfriend Eva, and M+M's is definitely one of our favorites! Anyways, I think the video will speak for itself so I'll stop talking for now, but be sure to check in again next week for track 3 "Wasting Time" and I hope you this rendition of "M+M's"!
Next and lastly this week, some updates on the new Better Than The Book album. As I'm sure I've already said, I'm currently in the writing stages for this project, more specifically focusing on lyrics, structuring out the track, chord progressions, melodies etc... As of last week it was only 4 tracks left to finish lyrically, but it reality, it was more like: 2 completely structured and most of the instrumental work done but with only partial lyrics, one with very few lyrics and a not quite complete structure, and a final one which was pretty much just some jumbled notes and concepts & riffs but no concrete anything. Well after much deliberation, I decided to put that last track on hold and try pursuing a different song idea instead, which was more of a back-up track if the total album length wasn't fulfilled (over 30 minutes), and I'm so glad I did! Don't you just love it when everything seems to fall into place flawlessly and effortlessly? Months of frustration with the previous track, and within 2 days, this new track was fully structured, had all but a few lines of vocals left, and I was actually super happy with everything. Not only that, but working on that track kicked off my inspiration for the other tracks and while there's still 4 tracks left to finish, the current situation on them all is: 2 tracks almost fully instrumented and only requiring verse lyrics (some partial stuff there), another fully structured now with only some verse and prechorus lyrics to fill in, and this new one which is fully structured and only 5 lines of verses to write! All in all an incredibly productive week in the BTTB writing department, and I think I should be able to make my target of having the entire album written by the end of the year, ready to start recording in 2018! Oh and one final note, my rough song length demos are clocking this album in at about 38 minutes as it currently stands! Hope you're as pumped to hear it as I am to record it and I'll keep you updated with how everything goes as and when!
And that about wraps things up for this week. What's in store for next week (apart from the new Blink-182 cover)? Well, I'll be writing more BTTB while the inspirational juices are flowing and I'm unable to get back to other work, but I hope to be back to the usual stuff by the beginning of next week. Other than that, I'll see how things go and act accordingly! Until then, hope you enjoy the latest Blink-182 cover, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects, and see you in the next blog post. Hope you have a great week and take care!
Hello everyone and I hope you're as excited today as I am to be writing/sharing this! Not a lot that I can report on actual audio work this week (though it's been busy nonetheless), but I'm super excited to share with you the first of ten videos in the latest streaming series on the HurpADervish YouTube Channel. Let's get started:
As mentioned last week, on Wednesdays from yesterday until mid January (10 weeks), I'll be streaming a collection of Blink 182 covers I recorded to celebrate 4 amazing years with my girlfriend Eva. You can read more about it in the description of the videos as well as in last week's blog post, but all you need to really know is that yesterday, the first track, "First Date" went up yesterday. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it and, and please let me know your thoughts if you wish. Next week will be some very oldschool Blink 182, "M+M's", so stick around if you want to hear that and without any further wait, here's "First Date"!
That's about all I can report this week, but stay tuned in the next few weeks for more news and videos! One quick piece of news actually, the ancient temple gods of A P O T H E O S I S (Well, the development team) have summoned me once again to work on the soundtrack which I'm super excited for. This'll likely be at the start of the new year though, so it's an early notification for busy times to come. Looking forward to it, and feel free to play the game demo and listen to my current work on the soundtrack in the mean time. As for what's to come next week, I'm likely to be busy on various things in the lead-up to the Christmas period, but other than that, we shall see where the tides take me. Until then, hope you have a great week, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects and see you next week for "M+M's" and the next blog post. Take care!
Funtimes back in my home town, some BTTB updates, back to the usual schedule until Christmas + a really cool weekly treat starting next week!
Hello everyone and I hope you didn't miss me too much last week. The past fortnight has mostly been spent back in my hometown having fun and making the most of being there, but now that I'm back, things should return to the usual schedule until the Christmas break. In case you missed the quick update post on Facebook last week, here's a summary of that + some more updates on what's been happening since then. I must admit that I've not been back long enough to have done much audio work at all, but there's some things I'm really excited to share with you starting next week, so hopefully that makes up for it. With all that said, let's get started on the JabunAudio news for this week!
So as previously mentioned, most of the last fortnight was spent back in my hometown and of course I didn't have my studio equipment there, so I wasn't able to do any "proper" audio work. I did however spend some time recording some rough demos for the new Better Than The Book album, as well as working on the 4 unfinished lyrics sheets (none completed, but a fair amount of progress made). Mostly though, I was making the most of being back which meant playing a lot of cello, saxaflute, balalaika, acoustic piano, jazz bass through my BIG gigging amp, as well as some electric guitar, acoustic 12-string, and doing a crazy amount of singing. Fun times! I must admits that it saddens me that I can't bring all this stuff to the studio with me, but at the same time, if I took everything then I'd have nothing to do when I visited, so it's a good balance! Away from my own music, I also went to see the Australian Pink Floyd Tribute Band for the 4th time (Playing Dark Side of the Moon and then some), which was simply spectacular as always, visited good friends, and celebrated my Grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary with the family which was really nice. All in all a great and much needed trip, and I'll be back again no doubt for Christmas too which I'm sure will be fun!
Lastly this week, I'm really excited to finally be able to share with you a project which I poured my heart and skills into this summer. Cutting a long story short, to commemorate 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva, I decided to record her a 5 track covers EP of Blink 182 songs which remind me of her, and after hearing lots of positive feedback on it, I figured I’d upload it to YouTube for everyone to listen to (with her permission of course!). Everything you'll hear is pitch correction and time stretching free for an honest performance from one heart to another (not that I have anything against those tools), and I really think it's my best pop-punk production/recording to date. The EP was originally given to her on August 19th 2017, and over the next 10 weeks on Wednesdays (from November 8th 2017 to January 10th 2018), I’ll be uploading each of the songs followed by an off-vocal version. The track schedule will be as follows:
08/11/2017 - 01 First Date
15/11/2017 - 02 M+M’s
22/11/2017 - 03 Wasting Time
29/11/2017 - 04 Eva [Josie] (I’ve messed with the lyrics of this one to make it suit us better)
06/12/2017 - 05 All The Small Things
13/12/2017 - 06 First Date [Instrumental]
20/12/2017 - 07 M+M’s [Instrumental]
27/12/2017 - 08 Wasting Time [Instrumental]
03/01/2018 - 09 Eva [Josie] [Instrumental]
10/01/2018 - 10 All The Small Things [Instrumental]
A big thanks to Eva for letting me share these with you, and I hope this ties your pop-punk/skate-punk needs over until the new Better Than The Book album is completed!
[Fun fact: this is actually the 2nd EP of cover songs I've recorded for Eva! The 1st (from 2014) I've yet to release to the public (maybe in the future?), but you can hear snippets from it in the JabunAudio Mastering Demo Reel 2015! What do you think? Shall I release it? It's a little dated now, as well as a bit more raw. I'll think about it... I'm still very happy with how it turned out back then]
And that's about it for this week! I'll be aiming to get started on some new projects as well as working a bit on the new BTTB album over the next 7 days and we'll see how things go from there. Be sure to keep an eye on the HurpADervish YouTube and JabunAudio Facebook page for the Blink 182 covers starting next Wednesday and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects. Hope you have a great week and take care!
Hello everyone! Hope you've all had a great week. Mine's been full on and busy just the way I like it: playing guitar and bass pretty much all day everyday since the last blog post (well, maybe 3 hours a day + editing the recordings too). Pleased to have had the stringy workout, and interestingly my dream at night have been filled with synths for some reason. Gotta flex those muscles again at some point too!
Anyway, following from such a busy week as above there's just one piece of news to report in this blog post, which is that all recording for the new World Beyond album is finally complete! Funnily enough, unlike the previous albums, Winter Legend and Mindshell, where I was only playing on one track in each, this time I'm playing often multiple instruments on all but one of the tracks! It's certainly been an exciting process working with Vlad of World Beyond again, our biggest collaborative project yet, and I'm super excited to share this with you when it's released. I'm not sure how much I can say about the project at the moment, so I'll keep my mouth shut, but needless to say expect some epic music coming your way soon (by which I mean probably before the end of the year)! Exciting times!
And that's about everything to report for this week. I'm actually away from the studio next week, a nice break after such a full on recording week, but I intend to utilise some of that time to write some more lyrics for the upcoming BTTB album and record some rough demos of some of the latest tracks (to sort structures etc...). We'll see how it all goes, and I'm undecided yet as to whether I'll be writing a blog post while I'm away, but either way there'll be a post on Facebook to let you know what's going on. Anyways, hope you all have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other collaborative projects. See you next time, either next week or at the beginning of November and take care!
It's been a while since the last blog post and apologies if you missed me. Things should be back to the usual schedule now though so hope you're ready for your weekly dose of JabunAudio updates again! Not a whole lot to report this time as I've only been back to it for a few days, but some interesting updates anyway so lets get started!
Firstly Better Than The Book's 2nd full length album is coming along well in terms of writing and there's now 6/10 lyric sheets completed. Only 4 left to go, 2 of which are well on the way to finishing and I hope to have this album fully written and ready to record by the end of the year at the latest. I'll keep you updated on how that goes.
Next and finally this week, I've been back and busy recording more guitars for the new World Beyond album which is hoping for a release before the end of the year (again I'll keep you updated on that as and when). Just the last few guitar parts left to go, then it's onto the final batch of bass parts too so I'm sure I'll be busy for the next week finishing off that. It's certainly sounding great though! Can't wait to be able to share it with the world.
And that about wraps things up for this week. There's no question what'll be going on next week, as I'm aiming to have all the World Beyond recording finished by if not the next blog post, then the end of next Thursday (I'll post on Facebook if the blog post will be delayed for that). Until then, I hope you haven't missed me too much, hope you all have fantastic weeks and thanks as always for stopping by to support JabunAudio and my projects. See you next time and take care!
Hello everyone and hope you've all had a great week. Not much to report on this post so I'll keep it short this time, but it's always nice to share what I've been up to so I'll tell you what I can.
The main highlight for this week has been recording more lead guitars for the new World Beyond album coming at the end of the year, which has been intense and challenging but also a whole lot of fun. Despite spending most of every day playing guitar for that this week, I also took some time out to work on some new techniques by studying the great guitarist John 5. It's always great to explore some of the more "alien" styles of music to me (such as country/bluegrass), and although my right hand fingers are sore as heck from chickin' pickin', it's been a blast learning all these new licks and techniques which I hope to bring to my own music and session playing at some point!
On an unrelated note, Avicii's new EP was very enjoyable. I gotta get back to making some electronic Jabun music again soon!
And that's about it for this week. As mentioned in the last blog post, things are pretty hectic at the moment on my end, so I'm not sure whether I'll be making blog posts over the next few weeks. As it currently stands, I'm up to date with the recording for the World Beyond album, but I know there'll be up to 5 more guitar and bass parts coming my way soon which I'll get to soon. I don't think that'll be for a week or two though, so I'm not sure what next week will have in store. Possibly some Better Than The Book writing or working on the website again, but we shall see. Anyways, thanks as usual for stopping by and supporting JabunAudio, hope you have a great week or few until the next blog post, and I'll be back to it as soon as I can. Take care!
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!
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