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Student Opportunities: Music Service Silence & Air Are Looking For Collaborators

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, that all opportunities posted here are for Point Blank students and alumni only.

Music Service Silence & Air Are Looking For New Collaborators

Silence & Air is an award-winning boutique music service based out of London’s iconic Shoreditch Grind recording studio. They write and produce original music for brands and advertising campaigns for a range of global clients. Founded by former PB student Jake Warren, who won his first advert through Point Blank, he has extended the same opportunity to a new wave of PB students. If you would like to join their network of artists and musicians, be on hand to help on future pitches, please contact Louise who will provide you with details of how to apply.

Startup Label Playhouse Music Records Are Looking For Producers, Songwriters and Vocalists

IMG_4704[2] copyPlayhouse Music Management (PMM) Ltd are a London based music company focusing on artist development, A&R, publishing, music recording and music videos; one of the organisation’s key objectives is to develop into one of the leading music groups within Europe and outside territories.

PMM currently have a number of projects in the concept development stage that they now want to progress as they continue their path towards the PMM musical vision. Right now they are on the lookout for the following disciplines to work across on a number of our projects:

  • Music Producers (house, dance, pop)
  • Competent Singers
  • Competent Songwriters

They have our own recording studio spaces in and around London where they produce and record music for their projects. Those individuals selected will be required to join at one of their spaces to discuss the projects in more detail.

Requirements:

Music Producers: Logic Pro proficient with a firm understanding of the house/dance genre.

Singers: PMM are looking for vocalists with differing vocal ranges as they search for the voice/s that will work on these projects.

Songwriters: competent songwriters who have an ear for a hook; who can start, develop and finalise a song to completion.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunity, please contact Louise to find out more.

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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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Old School House Chords with U-he Bazille

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In this Synth Secrets we’ll be creating some old-school house chords using u-he’s Bazille synthesiser. Here’s an example on the sound we’ll be making in this tutorial:

And here’s a screenshot of the MIDI we’ve used for this hook, played in B minor and quantised using Ableton’s swing setting ‘Swing 16-15’ to tighten up the recording but keep some of the loose feel. Also take note of the variation in velocity created from the live playing.

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Step 1

Begin by loading an instance of Bazille onto a new channel and create your MIDI pattern. Bazille should load the INIT patch by default, with OSC 1 routed to OUT 1.

We’ll start by setting up our sound with a filter, and an envelope controlling the filter. In order to achieve this in Bazille we’ll have to make use of its semi-modular architecture: we begin by clicking on the wire connecting OSC 1 to the OUT 1 and dragging it over to one of the grey inputs on Filter 1.

We then need to route Filter 1 to the OUT 1 where OSC 1 was routed previously. Here we can choose what type of filter we want for our sound. There are four different types of low-pass with varying slopes, a high-pass and a band-pass. We opt for LP24 and drag this to OUT 1.


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Step 2

Next we take the cutoff down to quarter of the way and also push up the resonance control to quarter.

To help shape the filter we could apply an envelope to the cutoff frequency. ENVELOPE1 is the amp envelope so we’ll use ENVELOPE2. Click and drag the red output socket next to the ADSR on ENVELOPE2 and drop it onto one of the grey Input sockets on one of the controls pointing to the Cutoff, then turn up this control all the way. We’ve now applied envelope modulation to the cutoff frequency of Filter 1.

We can now use the ADSR on ENVELOPE2 to shape the sound. We keep a fast attack, medium/low decay, no sustain and short release. We also push up the release on ENVELOPE 1. This means when the cutoff frequency is low it makes the notes short, but when the cutoff opens up we hear the release on ENVELOPE1, making for nice movement in breakdown sections.


Step 2

Step 3

Next we add another oscillator to fatten up the sound. First we need to route the oscillator through the filter in order to hear it. We click and drag the red output socket in the bottom right of OSC2 and drop it onto one of the grey input sockets on Filter 1.

Unlike OSC1, the PD (phase distortion) control is turned all the way to down on OSC2, meaning we’ll hear a sine wave on OSC2, whereas OSC1 is playing a sawtooth. Right-click (or ctrl-click) on the box where it says Saw and select Square from the list, then take the PD control all the way clockwise so OSC2 plays back a square wave. This complements the saw nicely and adds some extra depth to the sound.

We also take down the envelope modulation on the cutoff slightly to tone down some of the top end on the sound.


Step 3

Step 4

With our second oscillator set up, it might be interesting to modulate the PD control for some even more complex movement on the sound.

This time we use an LFO as our modulator by clicking and dragging the red output socket in the bottom left of LFO1 and connecting it to the PD modulation control. We also turn up the PD modulation control all the way.

With the LFO modulation set up in this way we can apply either a saw, backwards saw or triangle wave LFO and anything in between (depending on what the Wave control is set to). We keep everything on LFO1 as it is, other than changing the Rate control to 1/2. With the Wave control set to half way it generates a triangle wave.

Playing some notes back and increasing or decreasing the amount of PD modulation on OSC2, you can hear what this modulation brings, adding a nice character to the sound. We also push up the Velocity control on Envelope 2 for some more dynamic triggering of the envelope modulation. This works well to add some subtle movement to our phrase with the slight variations in velocity we have.


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Step 5

We detune OSC2 slightly by taking the Cents setting up to 10.00, then we head to the Tweaks & FX section, turn on the distortion and boost the input slightly.

Both these tweaks serve to add thickness and warmth, producing a stronger sound.

We also add some effects in Ableton, applying an EQ Eight to roll off some low end in the sound and boost some highs with a high shelf. We also add Xfer Records’ LFO Tool and use one of the presets for a sidechain-style effect on the sound, ducking it in volume slightly when the kick sounds.


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Step 6

The final effects we add are reverb and delay, using Valhalla’s Vintage Verb and Ableton’s Ping Pong Delay respectively. Adding these effects via a send means we can process the effects separately from the source sound, applying compression and EQ to make sure the reverb and delay don’t clutter the mix too much.

Be sure to experiment and automate some of the settings on Bazille (such as the modulation envelope attack and decay and the filter controls) to add intensity and movement to your arrangement.


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Rane Presents: The 2016 DMC World DJ Championships

Experience the most epic DJ competition at the DMC World DJ Championship Finals and witness the crowning of the world’s greatest DJ on September 24th at London’s 02 Forum in Kentish Town from 2pm – 11pm.

DMC World DJ Championships

On Saturday, September 24th the iconic DMC World DJ Championship Finals returns to London at the historic 02 Forum in Kentish Town where the most established DJs across the globe take their skills to the stage in one of the most fierce and prestigious DJ Battles in the world. From DMC battles, legends are made!

Running annually since 1985, the championship is sponsored by American pro audio equipment manufacturer Rane and has firmly rooted itself in DJ history as one of the most internationally recognized events in DJ culture. In addition to live performances, this year’s event offers and a running set of four workshops to all attendees from lyricism/DJ lessons to breakdancing and beatboxing introduction tips taught by industry professionals. Each workshop is set to focus on a particular aspect of hip-hop culture and supports a more interactive environment, allowing guests to hone their own skills to further appreciate the ever-evolving art form while experiencing the professionals at work.

“The DMC World DJ Finals are always a great way to help find future tastemakers as many of the people competing here today have the talent to be world-class DJs. It’s such an important event for the culture; there have many competitors who have gone on to achieve great things like A-TRAK who won at 15 years old and then went on to DJ for Kanye West. If you’re good enough, anything is possible.” – DJ Semtex (BBC Radio 1Xtrag)

Rane Presents:

The 2016 DMC World DJ Championships
Saturday, September 24th

Location:

O2 Forum Kentish Town
9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY London
All ages, Under 16s with adult
Doors: 2pm-11pm.

More Info and Tickets:

www.dmcworld.com

 


Turntablism Extensive Program

Turntablism allows students to interact with music on a deeper level and completely reshape songs live rather than simply playing them. The skills you learn in this program will fortify your DJ arsenal.

About This Program

Turntablism is the art of manipulating turntables like an instrument. Starting with the fundamentals of “Scratching” and “Beat Juggling,” the program will focus on proper technique, optimal practice habits, creative exploration, group work, applications, and eventually full-blown turntablist sets.

What’s Included

  • Turntablism Level 1: Spice Foundations Part 1
  • Turntablism Level 2: Spice Foundations Part 2
  • Turntablism Level 3: Boot Camp
  • Turntablism Level 4: Mild | Improvisation & Teamwork
  • Turntablism Level 5: Medium | The Next Level
  • Turntablism Level 6: Hot | Building Routines

Additional Information

Visit the Turntablism 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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Do You Make Electronic Music? We Want to Hear It! Submit Your Tracks to Point Blank Music

At PB, we’re committed to connecting our students directly to the industry. Since 2011, our in-house label Point Blank Music has given all PB students the exclusive opportunity to sign, release and, importantly, earn money from their music. In March this year, we launched the PB Music YouTube channel to signal boost the music we were releasing and give the artists we believe in a chance to be discovered by music fans across the globe.

Now we’re looking for new artists to join our roster. You’ll be in excellent company, joining the ranks of Fake Bear, DATAstream, Badoos, George Ruby, Pace, Manti and our most recent signees LateOn x CTY. From main room techno to poolside vibes, upfront house to atmospheric electronica, we’re not prescriptive about sound or style – if it’s good, we’ll get behind it. To give you some idea of where we’re at right now, check out a selection of our acts, and keep reading to find out how to join them.

If you’d like your music to be considered for the label, please submit your track to our A&R team via this submission form.

Students who sign their tracks to Point Blank Music enjoy 100% digital distribution coverage including Beatport, Juno Download, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify and extensive promotion through Point Blank’s social media, marketing and database networks. Point Blank Music releases music exclusively from our students, and showcases all of the best talent that we’re constantly developing and nurturing. We’ll also send your tracks to the world’s top DJs via our promo system Labelworxs. DJs that have supported Point Blank Music releases include Terry Francis (Fabric), Paco Osuna (Minus), Slam and Magda.

Do you dream of releasing your own music one day but not sure where to begin? our Music Production and Sound Engineering Master Diploma could be the perfect starting point. Learning from our brand new second London facility it’s one of our most comprehensive courses with modules in composition, mixing, mastering and more. Find out more here and book yourself on a tour of our new facility by contacting us 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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Shadow Child Track Masterclass: Dua Lipa – Hotter Than Hell (Shadow Child Remixes)

Shadow Child is a formidable force in UK dance music. Dominating the scene since his Moda Black classic So High was released in 2012. Having recently compiled Red Bull Studios’ Mixtape 3, getting in the studio with some of the UK’s up-and-coming talent, we decided it was time to visit his impressive studio. Having visited Point Blank back in 2013, Shadow Child breaks down two new remixes, one vocal version and one dub for the club. Watch the video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more free tutorials and live events.

shadow-child-villunderlondonShadow Child is one of the UK’s most consistent producers, continuously smashing out club perfection 

Shadow Child is one of many producers and artists who both studied with us and visited our studios to speak to our students. If you want to have the chance to learn from expert instructors as well as internationally famous producers, artists and DJs, our Music Production and Sound Engineering Master Diploma is the perfect course for you. Learning from our brand new second London facility it’s one of our most comprehensive courses with modules in composition, mixing, mastering and more. Find out more here and book yourself on a tour of our new facility by contacting us 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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What to Expect at BPM 2016

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“We wanted to create a really modern show – one that mixed up a traditional exhibition floor with performances and showcases and learning sessions.” What to expect at this year’s BPM show…

Celebrating its first decade as the UK’s leading music tech show, BPM takes place on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September at Birmingham NEC.

To find out more, we spoke to event director Mark Walsh about how BPM fits into the music tech landscape.

 

Attack: Can you tell us why BPM was set up in the first place? What did you want to offer people back then?

Mark Walsh: We set up BPM 10 years ago as there was just nothing for DJs. A show called Plasa in London had shifted its focus to large-scale sound and lighting and there was an opening for a dedicated DJ event. We wanted to create a really modern show – one that mixed up a traditional exhibition floor with performances and showcases and learning sessions.

How has that changed over the years? The music tech world’s a very different place now. What do you think BPM offers DJs and musicians in 2016?

BPM has continuously evolved. It started as purely DJ, then we added in some electronic music production and since then we have had a load of sound and lighting brands join us too.

A couple of years ago we split out the sound and lighting section to allow the DJ and production side of things to maintain its focus. 2016 sees our new redefined DJ and studio section in a new space. We have kept the core values but added in an outdoor performance stage, three learning areas with sessions and seminars, and a new feel to the exhibition floor with a more hands-on approach.

How do you think the growth of the internet has changed what you do? Now that new product announcements are spread round the blogs and forums within minutes of their release, have you had to respond to that?

Times have changed for sure. However, like anything, there are a core group of people – be it hobbyist or pro – that just love the industry and scene. BPM has always been more than just about the tech. It’s about the people. Whilst the internet has changed the way products are launched, you still can’t beat getting hands-on, trying and comparing things for yourself.

It’s our job as organisers to keep on delivering experiences that can’t be delivered online and give visitors a reason to annually haul ass to Birmingham.

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So many music shops have closed over the last decade that there aren’t many places left for musicians to go and try out instruments or DJs to check out new technology. How has the changing face of retail affected BPM?

The retail landscape is practically unrecognisable in 10 years and we still have some more major retail shifts to come. Brands are noticeably taking more hold over their brands and marketing, with many ready to flick a switch to go direct – they’re are all hanging on to see who goes first!

The nice thing about BPM is that for a couple of days we are the biggest showroom in the land, you can touch, feel and engage with the brands directly.

We have always worked closely with retailers to offer some great bargains at the show too. Many of the show prices can’t be published as they are one-off show deals.

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What do you think the future holds for BPM? If we look a few years down the line, do you think you’ll still be running a single annual event or might we see additions to the BPM calendar?

BPM is a tough little cookie. We started it as we plunged in to recession and the scene has evolved so fast over the last 10 years. As a company we have had to be agile and go with the times. We are only a small team, and privately owned, so we have the ability to be instantly reactive to industry shifts and market challenges.

We have looked at doing some spin-off events, catering for a specific niche, however there is something about a large-scale national event that can’t be achieved with smaller low-key events. It just simply isn’t financially viable to bring in the talent and the production, which means the aspirational and entertainment level isn’t as great.

We plan to continue to be reactive, listen to our audience, and the industry, and deliver the best playground for DJs and producers.

 

BPM takes place Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September at Birmingham NEC. Head here for more info.

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