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Announcing Reason 9

We’re incredibly proud to announce Reason 9 and I’m personally super excited to finally share this version with you!

Reason 9 is filled with new devices, features and sounds that makes the journey from musical inspiration to perfection even better. I’ve actually been making music with Reason 9 during most of its development cycle and as a music maker, it’s been extremely inspiring to work with. The first time I tried using Scales & Chords together with a Dual Arpeggio and one of the new patches, it resulted in something I would’ve never thought of writing—and eventually a whole new song! And as one of the top 3 worst singers in the world, Pitch Edit quickly proved indispensable.

I could go on and on about this version and how much I like it, but it’s one of those things you have to see and hear for yourself. Make sure you try the new version and stay tuned on YouTubeFacebook, Instagram and Twitter as we show you more of Reason 9 in action.

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

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Enrol on the Singing & Songwriting Certificate Before 28th February and Save £500!

Leona Lewis, Aluna Francis, Lola Saunders, Bloom Twins, Izzy Bizu… these are just a handful of the former Point Blank students who have gone on to achieve global success and industry recognition. What better testament to the quality of our courses is there than alumni achieving real world success time and time again? Now, as well as the world-class facilities and Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning instructors, prospective students have an additional incentive to kickstart their musical career here at Point Blank. From today until 31st January, we’re offering £500 off the Singing & Songwriting Certificate with the code SING500.

Synced-Sequence-Replaced.00_27_02_09.Still019-e1447862405925Kwame Kwaten has worked with everyone from Shola Ama to Laura Mvula so is ideally placed to offer industry advice to our students

At Point Blank, we understand that smaller class sizes leads to a better learning experience. That’s why we make sure the groups are no larger than 12, meaning more time with the instructor. What’s more, to help make our singing courses more accessible for all, you can now spread the cost by paying via monthly instalments.

Through our partnership with Novation we’re able to give all Singing & Songwriting Certificate students a Scarlett 2i4 interface, plus a RF Pro Reflexion Filter (pop shield) and X1 Condenser microphone from sE Electronics, in total worth almost £500. This is based on a survey we conducted with our current students to find out what they would find most useful to their training – and this is what they came back with. Furthermore, Certificate students are now eligible for a free music consultancy session with respected manager and mentor Kwame Kwaten. Known for being the person who discovered Shola Ama and currently the manager of Mercury Music Prize nominee Laura Mvula, he will use his wealth of industry experience to help students visualise their music career goals and assist in creating strategies in order to get out there and achieve them.

All singing students get access to events like the Singer/Producer Meetup sessions, open mic nights and songwriting boot camps. These events, which happen throughout term, are designed to help students reach their full potential and maximise opportunities for creativity and collaboration as well as increase confidence.

leona_lewis-e1444921441679Leona Lewis is just one of the high profile graduates of the Point Blank Singing Course

If you want to study singing at PB, you can find out more by heading to the course page or contacting a course advisor. You can also give us a call on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884, and if you’re in the USA call 323 282 7660.

 

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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Point Blank Music Machine – Make a Track Online and Win a Free Course!

Long-time fans of Point Blank will be familiar with our hugely popular Music Machine – an online loop sequencer capable of putting full tracks together using a selection of choice loops from across multiple genres. For anyone not in the know, it’s dead easy to use and gets impressive results, just drag your loop from the style of your choice and start making music right in your browser!

We’re presenting the opportunity to show us what you – and the Music Machine – are capable of by giving away a free online course to the music maker with the best mix. Head over there now to hone your skills and get involved! It doesn’t matter what genre you’re into, be it techno, drum’n’bass, house, hip-hop or some mutant style as yet uncoined, we’re open to all so get creative! The closing date for the competition is 31 July.

If you like creating tracks with our Music Machine, and want to know how to make your own music from scratch, check out our full range of online courses.We are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with selected online until July 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.

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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Logic Pro X Tutorial – Making a Track Part 2: Optimising Your Workflow

Moving quickly when making music is vital to ensure your ideas aren’t lost. Setting up signal chains you use a lot in advance, saving your sounds as templates and being able to quickly audition sounds are all habits worth getting into. In the second of our new three-part series producer Rob Rox (Banks, Lupe Fiasco) looks at optimising your workflow in Logic Pro X. You can watch the video above and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more tutorials and live events.

Jillian-Banks-HD-Images1Rob Rox has worked with Banks (pictured), Lupe Fiasco, GOMMA head Munk and many more. In our new series he shows how to start a track in Logic Pro X

If you want to learn more Logic techniques, our online Music Production Master Diploma course dive much deeper into Apple’s popular software. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, the diploma covers everything from mixing, mastering and sound design to music business and composition. Find out more about this course here.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, 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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Demian Licht: Dark Light

In recent months, Mexico City has finally started receiving some of the focus it deserves as a melting pot of underground music culture. It’s unsurprising that a city of over 20 million inhabitants has a rich and diverse musical landscape, but it had perhaps escaped many people’s attention exactly what…

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Get 10% off all London Diploma Courses until 31st May!

Throughout May, we’re offering a 10% discount off all London Diploma courses, including our flagship Complete Master Diploma and our Radio Broadcasting Diploma. That means you can save up to £3,000! To get your discount, just go to the enrolment page of your chosen diploma, enter PB10 and kick back safe in the knowledge you’ll be joining the ranks of established artists like Nicole Moudaber, Patrick Topping and Goldie, all of whom have studied with us.

When you study a diploma course at Point Blank London, you’ll also get access to a haul of free stuff which totals approximately £1,955. This includes a free studio setup including KRK monitors, keyboard, soundcard and software, free music consultancy session with KK Music Consultancy, free Apple Logic Pro 101 exam and textbook for Logic students and a free copy of Ableton Live for Ableton students. In addition to the mountain of free kit you’ll also get unlimited practice time 7 days a week in our state-of-the-art studios at Orsman Road, and the following discounts off some of the best kit on the market: 50% off NI Komplete, 30% off NI Kontrol S-Series, 30% off NI Maschine MK2 and Maschine Studio. That’s a lot of saving!

PB Live Room 760xThere’s currently 10% off all London Diploma courses until 31st May when you enter the code 10%DIPS

Our Music Production and Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma is the pinnacle of what we offer and gives you a 360-degree view of your options in the industry. Our diplomas are developed by professionals who have worked with Pharrell Williams, Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia and Massive Attack. Modules cover music composition, DJing, live sound engineering, music business and much more. Accredited by Edexcel, it also gives you the chance to earn the equivalent of 3 A-levels in 9 months! Find out more about our Complete Master Diploma here.

PB Radio 760xStudying a Diploma at our London school allows you to take advantage of unlimited practice time 7 days a week in PB London’s state-of-the-art studios

No other hidden or additional courses are necessary to complete your skill set. We cover music production, DJing, sound design, composition, mixing and music business all in one program within our Diplomas, enabling you to develop the comprehensive skill set required to find success in the music industry. Contact a course advisor to enrol today. You can also call us on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884, and if you’re in the USA call 323 282 7660.

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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Student Opportunities: The Piano Works is Looking for Emerging Talent

We strive to give our students and alumni unique opportunities to get involved within the music industry. These come exclusively from our extensive network of industry contacts, and can range from DJ performance to internships and paid roles too. Scroll down to see what’s popping this week, and for those that want to access many more ongoing opportunities like this, you can find out all about our courses right here! Please remember – all of the opportunities detailed below are for PB students and alumni only.

The Piano Works is Looking for Emerging Talent

The Piano Works

The organisers behind Farringdon live music bar The Piano Works have contacted Point Blank to invite students to apply to their Bar’s Got Talent Industry Night. At the end of the 13 week run, each week’s winners will compete for a £1,000 cash prize. The four quarterly winners will then compete for a £5,000 cash prize at the end of the year which The Piano Works urge to be used for their musical development. If you’re interested in entering, get in touch with The Piano Works to submit your songs.

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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