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Dubspot LA Course Spotlight: Scoring to Picture

Dubspot LA presents a new course on creating and editing music for visual media. Join industry veteran Elan Polushko for Scoring to Picture, starting in Los Angeles November 14, 2016.

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Dubspot LA’s Scoring to Picture program is your portal to creating music for film, TV, and video games. Accomplished composer and sound designer Elan Polushko will teach sound creation techniques for visual media while introducing students to the concepts, terminology, current trends, and music technology of this industry. Students will compose music, design sounds, work with sound libraries, mixdown the final score, and ultimately create and edit audio to a video timeline. Learn the workflow of creation from pre to post production and final delivery of sound files to clients.

Class starts November 14th, 2016 | Mondays and Wednesdays – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

For more information please contact our admissions department at 323-848-4365 or admissions@dubspot.com.

 


About Elan Polushko

Elan has over a decade of experience and schooling in music, performance, and audio production.

“Knowledge is a journey partly inward and reflective, and then through the looking glass into the world. Through transference and sharing, gathering of information and preparation. Being imparted too as well as imparting, mentored, and mentoring. Sound and music is an aural tradition, to learn to listen and to know one’s turn to speak. The call and response!”

Check out Elan’s work here.

 


Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Outlook 2016 shot by Ollie Kirk

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Photographer Ollie Kirk documents Outlook 2016.

Take a look back at this year’s instalment of Croatia’s Outlook Festival with an exclusive photo set shot for Attack at this year’s event, including portraits of Mala and Goldie, live shots of Damian Marley and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of the festival’s sound systems. All photographs by Ollie Kirk.




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Outlook Festival 2017 takes place from August 30th to September 3rd in Fort Punta Christo, Croatia. Find Ollie Kirk on Instagram and Tumblr.

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Point Blank London: End of Term Party + Singing Students End of Term Performance

At Point Blank, we place a real emphasis on our students putting in the work in order to make their goals in the music industry a reality. When they finish their studies with us, we help them recognise those achievements with some very special events organised at the end of each term – events that give our graduating students the chance to put their new skills into practise, whether studying live sound, singing or DJing. Oh yeah, and they’re great fun, too!

The end of term DJ party takes place at The Stags Head in Hoxton, where our DJ students got the chance to put what they’ve learnt into practise

With this in mind, we’d like to let you know about two big parties happening this week. On Thursday there will be an End of Term Party for all students at Orsman Road pub The Stags Head. This is a chance for students to kick back and celebrate after all the hard work so the vibe is sure to be celebratory. Plus, with our very own DJ students on the decks, you know the music is going to be on point. Then, on Saturday we’ll be presenting the singing students’ End of Term Performance; a highlight for our singers, this is their chance to demonstrate what they’ve learnt over the last few months in front of an audience. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to hear some of tomorrow’s biggest vocal stars in an intimate setting before anyone else. The full details for both events are as follows:

Thursday, 22nd September, from 6:30pm at The Stags Head, Hoxton: End of Term Party for all students, with DJ students on decks!

Saturday, 24th September, from 12pm – 6pm at The Stags Head, Hoxton: Singing Students End of Term Performance.

singing_performance3After all the training from top industry professionals, our singing students will finally get to show off their chops in front of an audience

Why not come down and show some support? If you’re interested in taking part in student events like this, and benefiting from the opportunities they open up, then you need to study at Point Blank. Head over to our course page to take a look at our London courses – we offer something for everyone, with our courses covering music production, sound engineering, singing, DJing, live sound, radio and more. What’s more, we’re currently offering 10% discount off all London courses commencing after January 2017, just enter LONDON10 on the enrolment page to claim your discount.

For further information on our degree course or any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 488 or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. Want to see firsthand the amazing facilities offered by Point Blank? You can book a space on one of our studio tours by heading here.

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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Software Spotlight: SUBSTANCE Bass Engine by Output

Get an in-depth look at SUBSTANCE by Output, an innovative bass engine built for the modern producer, composer, musician, and sound designer looking to add some deep heavyweight vibes.

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With every groundbreaking concept, Output continues to impress. The creative force behind the development of innovative software instruments such as REV, SIGNAL, and EXHALE have shaken the music community literally with SUBSTANCE, a radically new breed of bass engine that runs in KONTAKT or Free KONTAKT Player version 5.5.1 and higher.

“Our goal with SUBSTANCE was to create a bass engine that was not focused on emulation, but rather, on pushing the envelope with creative and powerful new sounds,” says Output Founder Gregg Lehrman. “It’s our most sophisticated engine to date, and you can really get a sense of that from the first note.” – Output Team

SUBSTANCE Overview

SUBSTANCE brings some serious rumble cleverly wrapped up in Outputs signature modern designed interface. This powerful bass engine combines heavily processed electric and acoustic basses, real live brass sections, huge polysynths, and the dirtiest analog synths with some insane sound design possibilities. Pushing the boundaries of bass creation, SUBSTANCE delivers stacked deepness through three layers of sound sources that are blended together with a selection of FX, filters, and modulation options which can be further shaped to wild extremes with an advanced arpeggiator, flux control, macros, and more.

Main Page Madness

SUBSTANCE’s Main Page is where you can quickly mix, mute, or even cycle through and swap out various sound sources for each of the three layers. This page also sports Output’s signature curved Macro sliders that allow users to effortlessly assign and control up to six parameters at once with a single slider. This means you can simultaneously adjust 24 parameters with ease for some major low-end manipulation.

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Edit with Ease

Sculpt your sounds with precision on SUBSTANCE’s Edit Page. All three layers sport the essential controls for editing the ADSR envelope, pan field, tuning, and sample start settings. You can also enable/disable monophonic mode and legato mode as well as mute, adjust the volume, and change the sound source for each layer.

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Below the layer-level section is an ’advanced’ menu where you can set the keyrange, glide time, and velocity sensitivity for each layer to give your sounds some stylistic expression.

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EQ to Perfection

Get your heavyweights in shape with SUBSTANCE’s EQ Page. Each layer features a three band EQ with cool curved filter controls. Click on either low, mid, or high to access controls for each of the corresponding frequency bands. Below the layer-level is a global EQ with similar frequency, gain, and bell/shelf controls to get your sounds sitting in the mix just right.

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Filter Fun

Similar to the EQ Page, the Filter Page allows you to view and edit all the essential filter settings for each layer at once. SUBSTANCE comes equipped with ten filter modes with cutoff/resonance settings and filter ADSR envelopes plus an AMT control used to adjust the percentage that the envelope affects the filter cutoff. For example, adjusting the control to the right will increase the filter cutoff during the envelope period, and adjusting left will decrease the filter cutoff during the envelope period. Below the layer-level is a global section with a lowpass and highpass filter perfect for some massive bass swells.

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FX It Up

Polish your sounds or add some extra flavor on SUBSTANCE’s FX Page. All three layers offer controls to select and edit six sound bending fx modules that include a selection of distortion emulations, motion modulation, pitch, compression, delay, and a lush reverb. Below the layer-level is a global section with four additional fx for maximum enhancement.

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Feel the Rhythm

The Rhythm Page is where you give your low-end boomers some style. Here you can go wild with modulation. The Modulation Mixer gives you full control over various modulation destinations for each layer. Set the amount of modulation for volume, distortion bite, filter cutoff, and filter resonance by dragging the colored blocks up or down for each layer send. Below the layer-level is a global section with similar send parameters for dialing in the modulation amount for basic highpass and lowpass filter settings, drive, and tone.

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The Modulation Editor below the global sends is where you can choose a modulation source from either an LFO or step sequencer, which is patched into all of the modulation destinations listed in the above Modulation Mixer section. Here you can set the rate, swing, and either draw custom modulation shapes or select a shape from a generous selection of presets. You can also invert, randomize, and offset the LFO by degrees. Keep the modulation moving each time you trigger a note or have it restart with every note by enabling the ‘retrigger’ button. Step up your rhythm game further with Flux, a secondary step sequencer dedicated to fluctuations in the global modulation rate. Depending on the step value at any given moment, Flux will either increase or decrease the global modulation rate of SUBSTANCE’s modulation. You can even draw a sequencer shape or generate random sequences by clicking the ‘randomize’ button.

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The Arpeggiator

SUBSTANCE’s arpeggiator offers 12 playback styles for generating some serious step sequences. Below the playback style selection area is a step table where you can dial in different step velocities or choose a preset with the ‘pattern’ button, and even randomize different patterns. Velocity patterns can be lengths of 1-64 steps. For some extra fun, click the ‘reverse’ button to effectively reverse the velocity pattern. Also featured are parameters for setting octaves, adjusting the gate value, and adding some swing.

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Heaps of Presets

There is no shortage of presets in SUBSTANCE. Access over 300 presets from either the Main or Preset pages. A selection of 30 tags are available to help filter your search by characteristic to quickly find your bass craving. Users can even star their favorite presets, then sort the preset list by favorites.

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SUBSTANCE Key Features

  • A playable instrument with 300 presets
  • Powerful new 3-layer engine
  • Preset menu with smart tagging
  • Layer FX and global FX
  • 4 central macro sliders unique to each preset
  • Advanced arpeggiator
  • Monophonic and Legato modes
  • Built-in help menu
  • Rhythm page that syncs to tempo

The Results

SUBSTANCE is the bass drop answer for bringing some seriously styled-out low-end rhythms. The elegant but tuff looking design, intuitive control, and flexibility makes it an excellent tool for creating and manipulating simple or complex bass sounds in minutes. It sparks instant creative inspiration and is a must have if you’re looking for an innovative bass instrument.

Pricing and Availability

Available at Output and Authorized Output Dealers for $199 USD

For more information and bundle options visit the Output.com.

 


About Output

Output is a modern music company developing innovative software for musicians, composers, producers and sound designers. The focus is simple – enable music makers to BE CREATIVE.

 


Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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1 Week Until Term Begins in London & LA – But It’s Not Too Late to Enrol!

September is a time for fresh beginnings, and no doubt for those of you who’ve enrolled on any one of our courses due to commence this month, the anticipation is kicking in round about now. But while the one week countdown begins for those already joining us in London and LA for the new term on the 26th September, we’d like to remind the rest of you that there’s still time to join them! Head on over to our course pages for LA, London and online to bag your last minute spot – but hurry, spaces are quickly running out. If you’re looking to join our Los Angeles school this month, we’ve got even more incentive for you: we’re offering 20% off all Point Blank Los Angeles courses until the end of the month. Simply enter PB20 when you enrol and you could save up to $2,200.

Point Blank 2016 - 382 DUALITY DELTA Our London studio complex is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment such as this 48-channel SSL Duality Delta

Don’t worry, would-be London students, we’ve also not forgotten you. For those of you unable to enrol in time for the upcoming term, we’re offering 10% off all London courses with a start date of January 2017 onwards. All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is enrol before 30th September with the discount code LONDON10. Still not sure why you should choose us? Let our London virtual tour offer a glimpse into the incredible facilities and collaborative, creative environment that we offer at our new London complex. You can also check out virtual tours around our LA campus and even online.

PBLADJ2Want to get to grips with this kit? The DJ studio at our Mack Sennet base in LA is sponsored by Pioneer DJ – check out more shots on our Virtual Tour

Point Blank Music School is voted ‘Best Electronic Music School’ by readers of DJ Mag. Graduates include international #1 artists such as Leona Lewis, Aluna Francis (AlunaGeorge), Claude Von Stroke, Goldie and many more. Our expert instructors are all active industry professionals, including Grammy-award winners who have worked with the likes of Bob Marley, Kanye West, Swedish House Mafia to name but a few.

For further information on our degree course or any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 488 or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. Want to see firsthand the amazing facilities offered by Point Blank? You can book a space on one of our studio tours by heading here.

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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Mixes Of The Week: 19/9/16

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This week’s top mixes include Jackmaster’s Beats in Space, Breach’s hour of psychey nuggets and spacey Gems, Luke Solomon’s Crooked Man Hot Mix, and Mosca’s latest ‘sideways’ mix.

Jackmaster’s Beats in Space. Live from New York City, part one of the latest Beats in Space radio show features Glaswegian DJ Jackmaster, who co-founded the mighty Numbers club night and imprint, playing an hour of pure party music selections from classic house edits to rowdy techno and electro. Stream and download above, track listing here.

Breach’s Hour of Psychey Nuggets and Spacey Gems. On last week’s edition of his regular Red Light Radio show, UK-born Amsterdam-based DJ Ben Westbeech aka Breach played an hour of “nice folky psychey nuggets and some other disco and outer spacey gems”. Stream above.

Luke Solomon’s Crooked Man Hot Mix. Following the recent release of his Crooked Man LP on DFA Records,  Luke Solomon pays tribute to the music of UK electronic music mainstay Richard Barratt (aka DJ Parrot), whose other projects include Sweet Exorcist and All Seeing I. Stream above, track listing here.

Two Hours of Mosca “Straight SIDEWAYS”. Via East London’s NTS Radio, Mosca presents the fourth volume of his Sideways series designed to be played after a night out. “This one might be the wooziest yet. 3/4 into 4/4 mixing, chopping and screwing, pitch-based mixes and layering are all in there… No shoutouts, no track info, no talking even, just two hours of straight SIDEWAYS.” Stream and download above, track listing here.

Bruce’s Slow and Sludgy Selection. The final Juno Plus podcast is a slow and sludgy selection from Bruce, a producer and DJ from Bath whose innovative textural techno productions began appearing in the setlists of Peverelist, Ben UFO and Kowton last year. Stream and download above, track listing and an interview with the artist here.

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