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Watch an Introduction to DIY Modular Synthesis with Look Mum No Computer

Back in September, we shared with you Look Mum No Computer’s fantastic live set from Point Blank London. We loved it so much that we asked him to come back and give us an introduction to DIY modular synthesis. He’s so infectiously enthusiastic that we defy you to watch this and not be more than a little intrigued. Watch the madcap genius at work below.

In the video, the man also known as Sam Battle gives us a little lesson in the history of synthesisers, before diving into his homemade set-up. Homemade oscillators, filters, envelope generators and analogue drums are demonstrated, while he teaches us what effects things like resonance, waveform shape and voltage have on the sounds that can be made. We also learn that you shouldn’t put a six-volt current through your tongue. After making an entire track on the fly, LMNC finishes up by talking us through how he built everything, and we learn that the cost of this kind of unit being used will set you back a lot less than you might imagine.

Sam Battle in full flow with his monster set-up

We hope you enjoy this video, we think it’s something quite special. For more demonstrations, live sets and masterclasses, check out our YouTube channel. If you’d like to learn more about musical theory and production, then join us at Point Blank. Our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes modules on live performance. Not only will you learn everything you need to know about production, but also how to make your way through the music industry, and there’s even an online alternative. Check out more courses Online and in London, LA, Ibiza and Mumbai. Questions? Contact us.

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UA release UAD 9.4 with EL8 Distressor plug-in

Dytronics chorus, Gallien-Krueger amp & Ocean Way mic collection also added 

Universal Audio have worked in close partnership with Empirical Labs and its founder, Dave Derr, to introduce the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor plug-in for UAD hardware.

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Point Blank Launches Deep House Amsterdam Guest Podcast Series – Submit Yours Now

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Deep House Amsterdam to launch a new mix series. In collaboration with this massive international publication, we are offering our students a monthly guest slot within their podcast series, which boasts a huge digital listenership of millions of monthly stream. Point Blank’s guest slots will sit alongside those by artists as big as Space Dimension Controller, Felix da Housecat, Fritz Kalkbrenner and François K. Take a look at the playlist below to see exactly who’s been featured in the past. We recommend you take a listen to some of them to get an idea of the kind of tone they’re looking for as well for when you send us your own mixes for consideration.

DHA’s industry props is clear from first glance, but for an idea of the kind of reach and backing a winning mix will receive, we can tell you they they have over 435k followers on SoundCloud, which in turn equates to over 2 Million plays each month. Through Facebook, there’s another 170k followers and the website is visited by over 200k people each month. Combine that with Point Blank’s 700k+ followers on Facebook and you get an idea just how much potential there is with this mix series. It’s a massive chance to rub shoulders with the best out there – you never know where this could take you.

How do I enter?

  • Record a one-hour mix, and try to make sure it fits in with Deep House Amsterdam’s editorial style
  • Send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com by 25 November

This is the first of a monthly series, so even if you don’t feel you’re at the right level yet, you could still grasp this opportunity. Take a look at our DJ courses to see what we can offer to suit your level. We also offer DJ courses at our schools in LA, Mumbai and Ibiza. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Also don’t forget about our other mix opportunities with Pioneer DJ Radio and Magnetic Magazine.

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Point Blank Ibiza is Back Next Summer with Two New Courses – Enrol Today

Following a successful summer on the famous White Isle, we’re already gearing up for our next season of Point Blank Ibiza. Summer 2018 will see the introduction of two brand new courses, Advanced DJ/Producer and DJ/Radio, as well as the return of the DJ/Producer course from this year. This is your chance to spend two weeks in the sun, learning to DJ in the heartland of the culture, and play out at some of the island’s most iconic clubs. One of which is the stunning Ocean Drive Hotel rooftop, pictured below, and there’s more to be announced.

The Ocean Drive Hotel

Ocean Drive Roof Terrace by day (spot the speaker-man hybrid photobomb!)

Ocean Drive Roof Terrace by night

This could be you

We know a trip to Ibiza can be one of the most spectacular experiences of your life. The gorgeous landscape, famed sunny sunshine beaches and of course the world-famous clubs combine to give an experience like no other. We also know what it’s like to share those moments in Amnesia, Pacha or Space (RIP) and wish you could be standing at the other side of the booth. That’s why we decided to open PB Ibiza, and offer the chance to take the first steps on that path.

Students are taught how to DJ with a range of tools including CDJs, controllers and turntables

A student getting to grips with Pioneer’s peerless DJM900NXS

For the coming year, we’ve added two new courses to choose from. Advanced DJ/Producer lets you take both modules that step further, perfect for those with some existing experience, and DJ/Radio can not only teach you how to mix with the best of them but also how to get your mixes out on the airwaves. The original DJ/Producer course also returns, so whatever your level, we can offer you a fortnight like no other. Come and join us in the famed Ibiza clubland and get exclusive discounts through PB.

Students celebrating at the end of their course – with PB Lead DJ Instructor Ben Bristow

All courses come with a host of fantastic perks thrown in. There’s free software worth a total of £619, students are provided with free travel to and from the idyllic setting of the Can Blau music school, plus fantastic deals with a choice of hotels including a luxury option. Get the full lowdown on our Ibiza school here and don’t hesitate to get in touch as places are being snapped up already.

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Episode 051- Interview with Ill Esha

Ill-Esha (pronounced ill-EE-sha) is a Canadian electronic music artist, producer, singer and DJ known for her work in the bass music world, as well as her unique style of singing and DJing simultaneously.

From an early age ill-esha had a musical background and she began her career as a vocalist, MC and Drum and Bass DJ in the late 1990s.

She was a pioneer in the blending of electronic music genres such as broken beats, hip hop, breaks with D&B during her sets. She released several glitch/dubstep EPs on San Francisco-based Muti Music, and Austin-based label Gravitas Recordings.

Most recently ill-esha has been inspired by future bass, the 80s, and galactic soundscapes – her most recent full-length album, “Hyperbolic Space Crochet” is out via acclaimed producer Starkey’s boutique label Seclusiasis.

She has also joined the fast-growing Hebinomichi music crew and continues to collab and release via their label.

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Shan McGinley Returns to Point Blank for a Guest Masterclass

Shan McGinley was a student of ours back in 2011. He studied the Radio Production Certificate and has since gone on to be one of the most successful alumni we’ve had, particularly in his field. We last caught up with him for this magazine in 2014, when he had moved on from his internships at Shoreditch Radio and Ministry of Sound, becoming broadcasting assistant at Rinse Fm, presenting for IAmMusicTV and Launching SISTER with Carly Wilford.

Shan McGinley is now content curator for huge brands like Snapchat and Nike

The intervening years have seen Shan expand SISTER into a fully-fledged radio platform as well as event, and begin working with Nike and Snapchat. McGinley has become of of the latter’s most visible faces as a presenter and curator of live socials, working at huge events like The Brits, and artists as big as Kendrick Lamar, Dev Hynes and Justin Bieber. With Nike, McGinley blurs the lines between sport and music, and was behind the recent ‘100th Game’ story with Real Madrid and Croatia footballer Luka Modric. Take a look at a short clip of his recent talk at our London radio studio below.

Students at Point Blank are regularly treated to guest masterclasses of this ilk. This year alone has seen talks by Japanese instrumentalist Clive Bell, Bassment Jaxx percussionist Oli Savill and the live performer Sandunes. And that’s just in London. In LA we welcomed Mixmaster Mike, Todd Edwards and more, while in Ibiza we hosted DVS1 for a masterclass in DJing.

Inspired by Shan’s successes? We are too. Come and join us on one of our radio courses and there’s no telling where your potential could take you. Check out our school in Ibiza and LA too for more access to incredible guest masterclasses.

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Drum Machinology 101

From the hip hop’s immortal 808 kick to the sound of the mighty Linndrum, drum machines have provided the pulse and energy in electronic music for more than 40 years and we keep getting hypnotized by the robotic grooves they provide.

The history of the drum machine actually goes back all the way to the 1930s, when Leo Theremin (yes, that Theremin) built a sine wave based rhythm instrument called the Rhythmicon. The size of a refrigerator and notoriously hard to use, it wasn’t a hit and it would take another 30 years before rhythm machines actually started to come out as products. Early examples such as the Wurlitzer Side Man used vacuum tubes for sound generation and mechanical rotating discs for sequencing and they didn’t make a huge impact on music when they came out. Gradually, drum machines shrunk in both size and price with the adoption of solid state electronics and products such as the Donca-Matic range from Keio-Giken (that would later become Korg) in the late 60s.

Drum machines were initially thought of as accompaniment tools that practice your playing to when a drummer wasn’t available and indeed they didn’t really see much use in recordings from the era. In the early 70s drum machines started to appear in pop productions with Sly & the Family Stone scoring the first #1 featuring a drum machine: Family Affair.

As electronic pop music started to evolve, drum machines became part of the sound and not a novelty. With more advanced products such as the Roland CR78, artist could program their own rhythm patterns and the electronic rhythms could be heard on more and more pop records.

In 1980, the Linn LM-1 came out. It was a pricey unit at almost $5000, but it offered sampled drum sounds and helped define the sound of the 80s as we know it today. Ironically, the most iconic machines of the era: the Roland TR-808 and TR-909 didn’t make a huge impact when they first appeared. They were analog drum machines (apart from the hi-hats and cymbals in the 909) and didn’t sound as modern as their sampled counterparts that came out around the same time. The 808 & 909 route to legendary status went via pawn shops and classified ads where a new generation of hip hop beatmakers and budding house producers could get their hands on these machines for peanut money.

Looking to add the sound of iconic drum machines to your beats? Reason’s Redrum was designed to mimic the 80s legends both in sound and workflow. And the mighty Kong Drum Designer lets you craft your own synthetic drum sounds. The Propellerhead shop is a gold mine for these sought-after sounds. Rack Extensions to emulate classic drum machines, drum loop libraries constructed with the legends from years gone by – take a look at which of these top drum machines will work for you.

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