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Point Blank Are Hosting Workshops at Palm Expo 2017

Next week, we’ll be heading to Mumbai for the 17th edition of Palm Expo. Held from the 1st to the 3rd of June, Palm Expo is India’s pro sound and light trade fair, with manufacturers from all over the world showcasing their products and a wide variety of workshops and guest speakers.

Point Blank will be holding two workshops at the event, the first on Friday 2nd June with Mumbai-based Producer Kumail Hamid. Kumail will be giving an insight into his creative process, discussing how he uses ‘found sound’ and how he makes his mixes more interesting. He will be deconstructing one of his tracks whilst explaining his workflow, showing the audience how to make the most out of their DAWs by on,y using stock plugins to create the sounds you desire.

On the final day of the event, we will be hosting a masterclass with former Point Blank student and award-winning film score composer Sanchit Balhara, who will be discussing a project of his and sharing his process when it comes to scoring for film. This masterclass will include his initial approach to writing music for film, from considering the whole film as a unit to representing certain characters through music, as well as discussing arrangement and the importance of specific rhythm patterns & instruments. Sanchit will also be covering tempo, key & time signature (and their changes), the use of theme melody and the importance of silence. This looks to be a comprehensive masterclass from a well-respected and renowned figure in the Bollywood film industry and should prove to be incredibly insightful!

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques as well as dive into DJing and even master the music business, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree and online Diploma Courses cover all this and more. Taken from anywhere in the world they’re some of our most comprehensive programmes. Graduates include Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours so you know you’re in good hands. You can also try a free online sample course here.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Arturia Modular ARP 2600 Tutorial – Part 1: Overview & Modular Basics

We’re back with a four-part tutorial series, in which Point Blank Course developer and instructor Dan Herbert will be looking at two of Arturia’s modular plugins, the ARP 2600 and the MOOG Modular. These powerful plugins are a fantastic way to get into the wonderful world of modular synthesis and we are here to guide you through your first steps. If you’d like to learn more about synthesis, Dan Herbert teaches sound design on our BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree.
For the first edition of the series, Dan Herbert gives us an overview of the ARP 2000, showing us around the user interface, explaining some of the functions available to us and walking us through some of the basics of modular synthesis. Keep your eyes peeled for the next in the series, where Dan will be diving deeper into Arturia’s ARP 2600, looking at the step sequencer and developing some sounds, before moving on to the MOOG Modular plugin.


If you’d like to learn more about synthesis, as well as music production, composition, mixing, mastering and more, our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses available. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 20% off online courses until May 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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If you register with Point Blank, you can access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Hosting Workshops at IMS Ibiza 2017

With IMS Ibiza celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Point Blank is returning to the island as an industry partner to curate two masterclasses for the event. Each year, the International Music Summit heads to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila, with a series of unique back-to-back performances curated for the appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, as well as hosting a series of workshops and guest speakers at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Kicking off today, Point Blank’s Carly Hordern will be hosting DVS1 for a DJ Skills Masterclass, with the Berghain resident DJ discussing his unique mixing style, his record collection of over 35,000 vinyl and his experiences of the infamous Berlin club. A part of today’s ‘free day’, this is open to all Ibiza residents.

On Friday, Point Blank instructor Alex Phountzi (Bugz in the Attic, NameBrandSound) will be hosting a masterclass on boosting your creativity, sharing some essential techniques to inspire a more creative approach in the studio and equipping you with new ideas for starting your tracks. Attendees will learn creative ways to approach remixing and composition, learn new approaches for working with samples and have the opportunity to get hands-on with new creative techniques by participating onstage. Alex teaches Intro to Production and Creative Production and Remixing on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

We’ve recently begun a brand new course based in Ibiza over the summer. This truly is an incredible chance to learn the core skills of a music producer and DJ whilst immersed in one of the centres of electronic music. The course is limited to just 20 spaces and is selling fast, so enrol today to ensure your place. Upon enrollment, you’ll receive a free copy of Ableton Suite and Rekordbox DJ, worth over £620 / €740, plus access to 50% off Native Instruments. For more information, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 4884 or if you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Online Term Starts Today, but There is Still Time to Enrol and Save £3000/$3800!

The latest Point Blank online term is starting today but that doesn’t mean it is too late to enrol! With masterclasses starting this week there is still time to get involved and set yourself in better stead for the summer. Head to our online courses page to peruse what we have to offer, the most comprehensive being our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Be quick, as we are currently offering a huge 20% off all online courses until the 31st May, giving you the chance to save over £3,000 / $3,600!

Point Blank has been voted “Best Music Production and DJ School” by the readers of DJ Magazine and have tens of thousands of students come through our physical and digital doors. You’ll be learning from Grammy- and Ivor Novello-Award winning artists, producers and remixers who’ve worked with the likes of U2, Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Bob Marley and more. You’ll be among alumni like Dirtybird label owner Claude Von Stroke, techno queen Nicole Moudaber, Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge and many more successful industry figures.

To have a look at the full range of courses we have available and to enrol, visit our online course page and decide which course is right for you. But make sure you do it soon, as there are only a few places left for this term. If you’re not sure which course is for you, or want to see how they work, you can try a course for free here. And for those of you who haven’t already, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to get more free tutorials and live events.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Invisible Jukebox with Morton Subotnick

The idea of The Wire Magazine’s Invisible Jukebox is simple: a knowledgeable music journalist selects a series of tracks to play for an artist and asks them to spontaneously respond to what they’re hearing. The unscripted and often candid conversation that ensues can lead down all kinds of biographical, philosophical…

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Invisible Jukebox with Gudrun Gut

The idea of The Wire Magazine’s Invisible Jukebox is simple: a knowledgeable music journalist selects a series of tracks to play for an artist and asks them to spontaneously respond to what they’re hearing. The unscripted and often candid conversation that ensues can lead down all kinds of biographical, philosophical…

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Raw Mental – Just Talking: Out Now on PB Music! (Stream & Download)

PB Music is back with a fresh tune to soundtrack your summer. We are thrilled to announce the release of hypnotic Tech-House banger ‘Just Talking’, the first from Polish producer Raw Mental – the newest addition to the PB Music roster. You can buy ‘Just Talking’ on iTunes or stream it on Spotify.

Since 2007 Raw Mental has been making a name for himself DJing in the Polish house scene, playing gigs all over the country and supporting some major headliners such as Henrik Schwarz, Ame, Wankelmut, Martin Dawson, Lovebirds, Copyright and Yass to name a few. He also works as a promoter, organising parties and events in his home city, Olsztyn, and in Gdansk, Sopot and Warsaw. Now focused on producing music, Raw Mental is certainly one to keep an eye on.

Where did you draw your inspiration from for ‘Just Talking’?

17 years ago when I started listening to house music, I really fell in love with classic US and UK house music. The music from Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, Soulfuric, Defected and Swing City was what I liked the most, it had a great groove. For me, groove is the most important thing in music. Especially in House/Tech House music. Artists like Leftwing & Kody, Latmun, Mihalis Safras, Hauswerks, Max Chapman and Catz N Dogz are the biggest inspiration for me.

What did you use in the production of the track?

Since I started making music I’ve been using Logic Pro, from version 9 to Logic Pro X now. I think it is really important to know DAW inside out, as well as reference your production with others and believe that you can make music like your heroes. In the past, they were also in the same position as you, so if you work hard and believe, there is no reason you can’t achieve similar success. 

How do you think your time at Point Blank will help with producing music?

I’ve always dreamed about taking a course at Point Blank. Thanks to winning the producer competition my dream has come true and inJulyy I will take the Complete Electronic Music Course. I’m hoping to get a more solid knowledge about music production which in turn will make my music sound better.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

I’m not working on any special projects. I’m still working on my style and production skills and I firmly believe I will release some great music!

Check out Raw Mental’s track, ‘Just Talking’ on PB Music.

If you’re interested in learning more production and mixing techniques, we cover all of this and more on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. To book a tour of our state-of-the-art studio complexes in London or LA, visit the contact page on our website to get in touch with us. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more. Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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