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News Round-Up: 9/9/16


London club Fabric closes doors, Native Instruments announces Maschine Jam, a Soul Session at BPM, Reloop’s new Mixon 4 DJ Controller, and a free room-modelling reverb for Focusrite customers.

London superclub Fabric closed down by local council. Following its licence review, London club Fabric has been closed down. In the New Statesman, Emma Warren put the decision into context, describing it as “another downward notch in London’s cultural reputation post-Brexit”. Writing for the Guardian, former UK government drugs advisor (CHECK) David Nutt laid the blame at the country’s drugs policy. Meanwhile, the Museum of London and Islington Council addressed claims that property interests were behind the licensing decision. Fabric will appeal the verdict and are hoping to raise £500k to cover legal costs. Find out more here.

Native Instruments announces Maschine Jam. NI announces Maschine Jam, a modern production and performance system created for fluid, intuitive track sketching. It offers versatile workflow designed to swiftly capture, develop and arrange creative ideas using tactile step sequencing and touch-sensitive performance controls for the latest Maschine software. Watch it in action above, and find out more here.

Reloop’s New Mixon 4 DJ Controller. In collaboration with Serato and Algoriddim, Reloop announce Mixon 4, their new multi-platform, high-performance four-channel DJ controller. Use Mixon 4 to explore new innovative mixing tools and the latest expansion packs with Serato DJ software, or integrate with Spotify using Algoriddim djay PRO instead, and connect to iOS devices with a Lightning connection. More information here.

UNDRGRND Sounds release Real Deep. Inspired by the likes of DJ Koze, Axel Boman, Frits Wentik and Nicolas Jaar, Real Deep weighs in at 870 MB of rich, organic and idiosyncratic loops and samples crafted with classic hardware and unique found-sound recordings. New customers get 30% off their first order. More info here.

Spectrasonics ship Keyscape from September 12th. Keyscape is a new virtual instrument featuring the largest selection of collector keyboards in the world. From “holy grail” pianos to stunning keyboards this is a another extensive product from the Spectrasonics team. More details here.

Focusrite Brings Free Room-Modelling Reverb to Registered Customers. Focusrite‘s new Plug-In Collective offers exclusive deals from the world’s leading plugin companies to registered Focusrite customers.  For September, they’ve teamed up with Eventide to offer a free, distinctive and natural-sounding stereo reverb plugin worth $199. More details here.

Chilled-out Soul Session at BPM | PRO. Following the show at pro audio exhibition BPM, which is to be held in Birmingham this weekend, Locked In will host a chilled-out session with DJ and soul legend Des Grant and live sax. Find out more here. Purchase tickets here.

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Native Instruments Form (Komplete 11): Key Features Tutorial

Last year Native Instruments announced the long-awaited Reaktor 6. Now within their latest release of Komplete 11, they have introduced Form, a new hybrid sample-based synth that they’ve created as an ensemble in Reaktor 6. In our new online Native Instruments Komplete course we examine all aspects of Reaktor 6, including creating synths from scratch in the intuitive software.

In the video above, instructor Dan Herbert gives you the full lowdown on the key features of Form, covering its extensive effects capabilities as well as the innovative Motion control. Watch above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.

daniel_herbert_640Point Blank instructor Dan Herbert shows you how to build subtractive and FM synthesizers using Blocks in this course excerpt video

If you want to learn more about Reaktor, Blocks, Massive, FM8 and all of the Komplete range, our new online NI Komplete course looks at all this and more in detail. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of synthesis, you’ll master NI’s ground-breaking plugins Absynth, Massive and of course Reaktor. Find out more about the course here.

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10 DJ Tips From Industry Pros

As DJ technology continues to evolve, we continue to learn new ways to perform. We reached out to our talented instructors and other industry professionals to ask them what makes a great DJ?

DJ Tips

DJ Shiftee

A valuable DJ tip is knowing how to organize your music before a gig. Here is how I like to organize my music in Traktor.

1. Make a playlist folder for the gig, and make a single playlist in the folder called ALL. For Serato users (I’m a Traktor man), just make one gig crate and then the equivalent substrates.

2. Make a single playlist of all the songs you might want to play. Scour your other playlists and past sets to make a single, all-powerful gig playlist. Make sure you have enough tracks, but also that everything is really something you want to play. For an hour set, I typically have 100-150 songs in the list.

3. Make playlists (substrates) in your gig folder of all the different types of songs in the ALL Playlist. That is, what are all the different types of tracks that you’d like in your set? Create playlists based on feeling, energy, genre, etc.

4. Sort the songs from your ALL playlist, and only your ALL playlist, into your new folder playlist. Feel free to place a single song in more than one playlist. I love this method because it focuses not only the songs you want to play but also gives you easy access to finding the right song for the right moment. Maybe I’m just a big moron, but in the past, I’d have gig playlists and then huge genre playlists. The result was inefficiency in finding the right song to match the idea in my head. In short, you are doing normal music organization on a micro level with only the tracks you know you want to play.

Justin James

Preparation, to me, is the most integral aspect of DJing. This preparation I require comes in two parts; music preparation and technology preparation.

Knowing the music and having a rough idea of what tunes you plan to play will allow you to stay focused on the crowd and be comfortable behind the decks.

Having an elaborate setup is a blessing and a curse for me. It allows me to have a great deal of control over what is heard but also takes a fair amount of time to set up. Taking the time to prepare in soundcheck or setup on a second mixer (if the booth permits) is ideal to take away the stress of changeover right before your set.

For the list part, I’m a fairly spontaneous person. However, as a professional I feel is important to be somewhat proactive as a DJ to reward you listeners and yourself with the best set you can provide through some simple preparation.

Justin James

Mike Huckaby

Study the crowd like never before. At every gig you play, there are usually 1-3 people in the crowd or on the dancefloor that you need to pay attention to. These are the key individuals who set the tone of the night. They are usually the ones that set it off for everyone else. Everyone else is paying attention to them, but they would never admit it. These key people usually set the comfort zone and allow others to express themselves in ways that they would never do otherwise. They are also the first ones to dance, set the pace, and the tone of the night. If you study these key individuals during your set and push their buttons, it will have a positive effect on you, others, and the whole night. It works every time.

DJ Endo

Use Traktor’s Sample Decks to create loops of the best parts of your tracks. Before sampling the track, make sure that the track is perfectly beat gridded to a metronome, and use the Sample Decks to create loops that you would want to use in a live performance. To do this, create a loop in a Track Deck, then click and drag from the deck header to a Sample Deck slot. To save the sample you will need to un-mute the sample slot and either let the sample play all the way through three times, or you can just turn the sample slots play button on and off three times really fast. The loop will then be saved under Track Collection – All Samples. Once you have a bunch of loops saved, you can additionally rename the loops by clicking on the track name in the browser. I also like to keep my loops named under 15 characters long.

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Adam Freeland

Turn your volume down. Most sound systems have a compressor on the front of the house anyway, so cranking it louder and into the red on the mixer isn’t going to do anything but make everything sound worse. Louder does not necessarily equal better. Keep your volume at a reasonable level and give the front of house sound guy some headroom and he’ll make sure you sound good. Give him a distorted signal and there’s nothing he can do except turn you down.

Alex Burkat

Exercise your patience as DJ and the audience will follow. Don’t mix too fast unless the crowd demands it. If it’s a packed room and they’re ready, go all in, but if they’re still warming up, build their anticipation for the rest of the night – you want them to be there all night, right?

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JP Solis

Learn to pace yourself; magic happens when it’s not forced. Try playing three of your favorite records in a row before you “go in” on the bangers. You will know when you’ve locked into a groove. It’s a feeling you’re after. Everything around you will blur, and it’s just you and the tunes. At that point, let the music tell you where to go, what to play next, how long to play it, how fast or slow it should be, how loud it should be, which FX to use, and how it should be EQ’d.

JP Solis

Matt Cellitti

Learn to produce. Unless you have some exemplary skill you can showcase such as DMC-style scratching, controllerism tricks, or amazing audio/visual presentation, then producing your own music in conjunction with DJing is the best way to make a name for yourself.

Matt Cellitti

DJ Kiva

Don’t let your computer go to sleep while DJing. If your computer puts the display or hard drive to sleep during the middle of a performance, it will make the audio stutter, drop out, or freeze. Before you perform, you can change your system preferences to make sure this won’t happen. On a Mac, Open ‘System Preferences’ and go to the ‘Energy Saver’ settings. Set ‘Computer Sleep’ and ‘Display Sleep’ to ‘Never.’ Also, uncheck the box by the option to ‘Put the hard disk to sleep when possible.’ After the show, you can change the energy settings back to its original settings to preserve your computer’s lifespan during day to day use.

Martín Perna

I use iTunes extensively to edit tags and find ways to classify the music through creating different additional categories and also to make sure my genre/sub-genre listings are all uniform and together. In iTunes also I worked out a more detailed system of playlists starting with larger general ones, then working with that list to create more specific sub-folders. For instance, a folder called Latin America, then subfolders based on countries: Puerto Rico, Cuba, NYC, DR, Colombia, etc. In addition, I’ll organize that list by genres and artists. This helps me create mixes that have more common narratives, and when I want to find something I have it at my fingertips along with other songs that share some common characteristic or criteria. This process of filing and categorization has helped me also become better at keeping my vinyl shelves organized and has given me new ways of thinking about the music and what goes together. All of this has taken a lot of time. I’ve been using iTunes for over eight years and am just getting around to making sense of it. It didn’t happen overnight, but it’s an ongoing process and a rewarding one.

Martín Perna


DJing with Traktor Program

The definition of DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside traditional turntables and CDJs, smashing the barrier to entry. In today’s digital age, anyone can become a DJ. To reflect this renaissance, Dubspot has created the DJing with Traktor Program. In both our physical and online schools, students will learn how to DJ entirely with Traktor’s cutting-edge technology. An emphasis will be placed on the concepts of DJing rather than simply learning how to use the software.

About This Program

Starting with a historical overview, students will learn the fundamental concepts of DJing via Traktor’s intuitive interface. They will then delve into the vast array of possibilities offered by this groundbreaking software, presenting their work along the way. Students will leave with finished DJ mixes, a thorough understanding of DJing with Traktor, and a solid skill set ready for further development.

What’s Included

  • DJing with Traktor Level 1: Introduction to DJing
  • DJing with Traktor Level 2: Phrase Mixing
  • DJing with Traktor Level 3: Beyond The Beatmatch

Additional Information

Visit the DJing with Traktor 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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Richy Ahmed


Ahead of his appearance at Social Festival this weekend, Richy Ahmed takes on our quick-fire Q&A.

Why music?

Because it’s my biggest passion and what makes me happy.

If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

I’d be a positive life coach.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t try to be cool, just try to be good!

What inspires you?

Kind, positive and giving people.

What’s the next big thing?

Everything 4ThirtyTwo.

Best club experience?

DC10 2004 closing party.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Scraping rust off TVs for about £1.50 an hour when I was just finishing college.

How do you know when a track’s finished?

I don’t think you ever know when a track’s finished – if you really wanna drag it out you can, but when it gives you that head-nod on the dancefloor, for me that’s when it works and sounds good.

What was your last day job and when did you realise you could give it up?

Last day job I had was as an account manager for a big IT company, and I realised I could give it up when I came back from Ibiza and they were shutting my office and wanting me to move to London or they were giving us three months’ severance, so I took the money and ran straight back to Ibiza!

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Michael Jackson – ‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)’.

What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?

Have mates that are DJs, lol.

What or who is underrated?

Craig Richards is underrated.

What are you addicted to?

I am definitely addicted to music and having a good time.

What do you lust over?

Pie and mash.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t have any regrets – I don’t think you should have them.

What one thing would most improve your life?

To be more organised.

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played?

A mad bar in Sheffield years and years ago where someone came up to us and asked if I had “anything good”!

Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?

Rich creative experience for sure.

How do you relax?

I meditate a lot and watch documentaries about all sorts.

What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?

Moog Voyager – because it sounds mega and it doesn’t matter what you do with it, you don’t have to tweak it or play with it – it just sounds analogue, warm and ready to go.

Art or money?


What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?

Chin strokers.

What’s your favourite label? Why?

There are too many to mention. Running Back is just one of my favourites. I like how they put out everything from electro to disco to techno effortlessly and it’s always classic-sounding.

What’s the worst thing about making music?

Repetitive loop syndrome – when you listen to your track all the time and by the time you finish you can’t stand it!

What’s your motto?

“At the end of the day it will be sound.” Or “fuck it”.

Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?

The most important thing is to make sure the bass and kick drums sit right. If you can get these to gel, everything else falls into place!


Richy Ahmed plays Social Festival at The Kent County Showground in Maidstone, Kent this Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of September. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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Pete Tong, Eli & Fur, CAA & Listen Up! Industry Panel @ IMS College Malta 2016

There are many aspects of the music industry to consider. Even if you’ve mastered production, composition and mixing, getting yourself out there, heard on national radio and booked at gigs is a whole other art form. At Point Blank, our courses aim to give you all the ammo you need to not only get to grips with music-making, but to understand how the wider music industry works. One of the ways we do it is to give our students the chance to speak to those at the very top of their game, and when we teamed up with International Music Summit for their first IMS College, that’s exactly what we did.


No one can doubt Pete Tong’s legacy as one of the most influential figures in modern music history. His role as a broadcaster, in breaking new records, signing the latest talent, developing big name artists and DJing in clubs all over the world, he’s the perfect person to advise the next generation. Joined on stage by producer duo Eli & Fur, Laura Newton from CAA and Listen Up!’s Lucy Allen, we talked about all angles of the industry, from the early mistakes the panelists made to promoting yourself and artist development. Watch the video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more live events.

At our schools in London and LA, we regularly have guest artists and speakers come in to pass on their invaluable knowledge about the industry, production, promotion, performance and more. Our Music Industry module – part of our Music Production and Sound Engineering Master Diploma – is just one of the ways you can learn about the ins and outs of the industry. Find out more here.

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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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