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Watch Our Top Sound Design Tutorials of 2017! (How to Create an 808 Bass + More)

We continue with our round-up of our favourite videos of the year, with our collection of the top Sound Design Tutorials! Effective sound design is one of the most essential stages in the creation of electronic music, but it can also be one of the most confusing. To help you gain some clarity, we’ve compiled this highlight reel of tips and techniques to assist you in developing your sound. Sound Design is just one of many music production techniques taught in our courses in London, Los Angeles and Online. 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.

Creating Evolving Sounds and Effects Using Maschine MK3

Earlier this year, Native Instruments made serious waves with the much awaited update to their lauded Maschine hardware, the MK3. To mark the occasion, we tasked our expert instructor, Paul Ressel, with unpacking some of the Maschine’s extensive new Sound Design features. The results can be found above.

How to Create an 808 Bass in Massive

The 808 kick drum is one of the most iconic sounds in modern-day electronic music – if you don’t recognise the name, you’ll almost certainly recognise the sound. Used in everything from Hip-Hop to Techno, this sound design tutorial provides an almost-perfect emulation of this hardware classic.

Using Reaktor as an Effects Plugin

Native Instruments’ Reaktor suite is a powerful tool for Sound Design. In this Sound Design Tutorial, Point Blank instructor, Chris Carter, goes demonstrates how Reaktor can be used as an effective effects plugin, with a wide array of tools at your disposal to achieve your sound.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. 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 25% off online courses and a free copy of Logic Pro X/Ableton Suite until September 11th, 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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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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Episode 052- Interview with X-Ray Ted & Track Breakdown

X-Ray Ted breaks down his Glitch-Hop remix of the 2004 Tanya Stephens track “It’s a Pity”.

X-Ray Ted is a DJ & producer from Bristol, UK, specialising in Party Breaks, Hip Hop, Funk & Bass.

His multi-genre sets & production have gained him support from the likes of DJ Yoda, The Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6 Music, and international clothing label Superdry.

His energetic live sets, paired with his technical ability as a turntablist, have gained him headline performances across the globe including 2016 & 2017 tours across Canada and Europe, and making him a regular at almost every major UK festival.

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Get a Guided Tour of Point Blank’s London Studios with YouTuber DJ Ravine

Earlier this year we were delighted to have top Australian DJ and Vlogger DJ Ravine join us for an introduction to making a track in Ableton Live. Known for his top mixes and instructional videos that he shares with his legions of subscribers on YouTube (480k and counting), Ravine was keen to learn more about how to start making his own tracks. We must have done something right because he was so impressed he’s decided to come and study Introduction to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering with Point Blank at our school in London. Beginning in January next year, Ravine will be regularly vlogging his experiences on the course, so keep an eye on our socials in the new year. In preparation, we invited him to come and take a look at our fantastic Orsman Road studios and see where he’ll be studying.

DJ Ravine was shown around our studios by none other than Point Blank’s CEO Rob Cowan. They had a look at some recording studios for live music and radio, our flagship Studio 1 complete with SSL mixer and the DJ room kitted out with industry-standard Pioneer DJ 2000 Nexus CDJs. You’ll also hear Rob talk about the most important component in what makes Point Blank so special: our expert instructors. Check out the last video we made with DJ Ravine below.

To follow the vlog series from DJ Ravine subscribe to our youtube channel where you can find loads of tutorials and track deconstructions. If you like what you see from us at Point Blank, we’d be delighted to welcome you to take a course with us. You can find out about all of our London courses here, and if you’d like to speak to an admissions officer don’t hesitate to email or call +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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Tune into a Live Performance from Look Mum No Computer at our London Studios

We love Look Mum No Computer, not only did he give us a fantastic live performance back in September (check that out here) but he also came and gave us a demonstration and intro to DIY modular synthesis in November, which you can check below. Never satisfied, we asked him to come back for another performance, which we’re streaming on YouTube below! You can watch a visionary at work live from 1:30pm GMT.

You can also check out LMNC diving into his homemade set-up from earlier in the year, showing off homemade oscillators, filters, envelope generators and analogue drums. After making an entire track on the fly, he finishes up by talking us through how he built everything – you’ll find out that the cost of building this kind of unit will set you back a lot less than you might imagine!

For more demonstrations, live sets and masterclasses, check out our YouTube channel. If you’d like to learn more about synthesis, our sound design modules cover all the bases. Our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes modules on live performance as well as synthesis. 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.

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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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Swift-O

Welcome back to our fortnightly mix series with Pioneer DJ Radio, our longest running guest radio slot and home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. Pioneer are a huge global brand and their radio station is no different, and this fantastic opportunity is open to Point Blank students only. If you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong on the biggest stations along with that illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

South-East London’s Swift-O has been DJing since the age of 16, and earlier this year came to study with at Point Blank to further hone his skills. Less than a year on, he is a resident DJ with Abiding and has played at key tech-house spots across London including Lightbox, Egg and 93 Feet East. Influenced by the likes of Sidney Charles, Sonny Fodera and Detlef, his Pioneer DJ Radio Mix reflects the flavour and style of his sets in 2017, supporting the likes of Artikal (Abode), Casimm (Defected) and Mad Villains (Toolroom). Look out for more in 2018 from Swift-O, including some upcoming productions.

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

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 Opportunity: ICA & Musicals Production

Point Blank always keeps current students and graduates in the loop with all of the best music industry opportunities, so with that said here’s our latest student opportunity round-up. All of these student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here! 

ICA

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious, resourceful and experienced individual to take responsibility for the planning, installation and delivery of all of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Live theatre events, while overseeing the technical requirements for our Theatre and function rooms.

A busy and fast-paced role, you will work alongside the talented Technical, Curatorial and Hires teams to deliver an exciting programme of events and exhibitions.

This is a permanent full-time position with a salary of c. £30,000 depending on experience.

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post to:

The Administrator, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

or email icajobs@ica.art

Closing date for applications is midnight, 7 January 2018 with interviews soon after

Musicals Production

Production company are looking for a music producer/programmer to produce musicals.

Established TV drama producer (recent projects include War and Peace, Ripper Street) is now starting a new venture to develop musical projects for stage and screen. They’re currently looking for a full-time producer/programmer to help develop our projects creatively and produce albums/soundtracks to the highest studio quality.

Full Job Description:

5 day week (with some flexibility) starting from January 2018 in our studio on the river at Hammersmith Pier.

Must use Logic, have a wide range of music influences – and it would probably be best if you like musicals!

You will be the day to day lynchpin of the new venture and aside from your musical brilliance will need to be a self-starter with a great attitude and ideally also have the organisational skills to harness our input and keep driving us all forward amid our many competing priorities.

Reasonable starter salary and exciting opportunity to work with established music and media producers with a new and unlikely dream!

Contact ricky@thespacebrothers.com

Please note: We are happy to advertise roles and work experience which help students obtain the sort of experience you may need to gain a job in the music industry or to further your career in the music industry.  We interpret this broadly. However, we are not an employment agency and we take no responsibility for the terms upon which positions are advertised, nor the conditions which apply to any such positions or opportunity.  As such you should satisfy yourself that the terms offered are acceptable when considering any role advertised.

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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Sample our Brand New BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme | Week 2: Music Compostion

We’ve updated our sample courses to include a taster of our Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree course. The course consists of eight modules included in the full online degree programme, designed to give you a taste of what you can expect when you study online with us. Each week for the next eight weeks we’ll be giving you a taste of what each module entails, as well as showing you one of the videos from the corresponding module’s course materials. Don’t forget, we also have a host of online courses besides our BA (Hons) degree programme – head to our online school for the full list.

In week two we move on to the second module: Music Composition. Take a look at our example video from the course below, which is a look at the compositional make-up of Julio Bashmore’s mammoth hit ‘Battle For Middle You’. To jump into the sample courses yourself, head here to see what’s on offer and get a flavour of the quality, style and content you can expect when studying online with Point Blank. Remember though, this is only a taster… to get the full experience complete with live interaction with tutors, forum interaction with fellow students and assignment feedback, you’ll have to enrol on a live course!

Week 2 is all about composition, the second example module in our free sample. As so many budding producers have discovered, learning your DAW and the surrounding language is just the beginning. You still have to come up with some ideas… Many people will maintain that creativity can’t be taught, and while the jury is still out on that, it’s 100% true that learning the tenets of composition will enable you to better communicate your ideas, and may well help them materialise.

So to break down the module into its relevant parts, students learn the theory behind rhythm, chords, basslines and riffs, before moving on to look at the theory of writing melody and songs as well as arrangement and, importantly, finishing tracks. For the sample course, we’ve included a lesson on chords more complicated than standard triads, an aural test as well as the exercise that accompanies the ‘Battle For Middle You’ video above.

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

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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