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Plugin Of The Week: TAL-U-NO-LX

With so many plugins out there, capable of so many varied sounds and results, it’s often hard to know which one to go for. Whether it’s emulating a classic bit of kit, or creating something completely new, there are thousands of options out there for making music. We decided to start a new show live on our Facebook page looking at some of our favourite plugins, starting with a Juno emulating classic. You can watch the video above and make sure you Like us on Facebook for more live broadcasts.

SFC-60_RevB-front_2000SoundForce’s SFC-60 is a dedicated hardware controller for TAL U-NO-LX’s Juno 60 emulation 

If you want to learn more sound design, production, mixing, mastering and composition tips, our Online Master Diploma course is perfect for you. Taken from anywhere in the world for up to 64 weeks, it’s one of our most comprehensive courses and has been taken by the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Plastician and Jon Rundell. 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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WIN! Maschine Studio, Komplete 10, Komplete Kontrol S25 & Course Worth Over £2.5k!

Here at Point Blank, when it comes to exclusive competitions we love to give you guys the chance to win some of the most sought-after kit. This month, you have the chance to win a mammoth Native Instruments production bundle that consists of Maschine Studio, Komplete 10, Komplete Kontrol S25 keyboard – plus we’re throwing in a PB course too!

NI_comp_text You can win this awesome Native Instruments production bundle plus a PB course!

Native Instruments are responsible for some of the most loved music production equipment around today, and their Komplete software packages are second to none. Maschine Studio is perfectly integrated with the intuitive Komplete Kontrol S25 keyboard, so this is an unbeatable hardware addition to your studio setup. When topped off with NI’s Komplete 10 software package, you’re looking at a truly amazing integrated prize bundle!

If you want to be in with the chance of winning this prize, simply register with Point Blank using the form below before midnight on 7th August. Yes – it’s really that simple. If you’ve already registered, then no need to re-enter – you’re part of the competition already!

Register Below for Your Chance to Win!

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Student Opportunities: Pond5 Are Running a Video Scoring Contest

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 performances 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.

Score a Video and Win Prizes from Korg and iZotope

PONDIn honour of Make Music Day, Pond5, Create Digital Music, Korg, and iZotope are teaming up to host a video scoring contest. Simply download the silent reel, compose your score and submit! You are welcome to use any music making tools you want – and the winner will scoop some excellent prizes including iZotope’s Iris 2 and Vocal Synth, a Korg microKEY and more. Head here for details on how to enter. Please note that it’s one entry per person and the deadline is July 20th.

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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Win An Arturia Keylab 49 Midi Keyboard!

Would you like to win an Arturia Keylab 49 midi keyboard, mailed directly to your home?

If your answer is “YES!”, simply enter your email on this page and join us for the…

2016 BassGorilla Resampling Challenge!

Watch the video below to find out how it works and how YOU can WIN!

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MANTi – Inception: Out Now on PB Music!

Fly dreams danced under Iranian skies to America and they become poems of sound. But first, they must pass through the splendid imagination of producer MANTi. Making her musical debut with EP Inception out now on Point Blank Music, this new player on the LA scene first discovered the joys of a beat through her feet.

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MANTi said: “My passion for music started at an early age. I grew up imitating pop stars and learning the choreography to my favorite songs. I loved to dance and was always looking for an excuse to throw a good party where I could play the latest songs and share my love of music with others.”

She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 and began her career as a Management Consultant but her passion for music never left her, so MANTi began producing in her spare time. Her two-track EP Inception draws influences from MANTI’s travels around the world and her Middle Eastern roots. Sultry and laid back, her track Inception delightfully contrasts with the purposeful striding rhythms of Wanderlust.


If the latter is the soundtrack to a determined and efficient ‘home from work leave in 20 minutes for party’ turnaround, the former represents arriving at said party, drink in hand, outfit popping, and catching a smiling glance from THAT person. Ever the dancer, MANTi starts each track by focusing closely on the drums, which she believes are the most important part of music. She likes to incorporate a lot of Tabla, Goblet and Frame drums into her music, which brings a rich, Eastern sound to her tracks.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, MANTi is studying the Music Production and Sound Design Diploma course at Point Blank’s LA school.

She said: “I’m looking forward to the year ahead and can’t wait to start traveling around the world exploring different layers of sound and sharing my music with everyone.”

Getting your music signed, released, and earning money from it through our own in-house label Point Blank Music is just one of the many reasons to study with us, and it’s another way we help to connect our students directly to the industry. Throughout the duration of the course and after completion, students that 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. If you would like your music to be considered for the label, please submit your track to our A&R team via this submission form.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

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Dubspot Radio Podcast: Jubilee + Exclusive Interview

This episode of Dubspot Radio brings a bass infused mix selection and exclusive interview from Dubspot alumni, Jubilee.


This episode welcomes Dubspot graduate, Jessica Gentile aka Jubilee with an exclusive interview and mix featuring some of her original tracks and refixes from Ikonika, Untold, Roska, and a heap of other classic bangers. After stellar set, Jubilee talks about her musical evolution from her teen years in Miami, Florida listening to Dirty Rap and Miami Bass acts like 2 Live Crew and DJ Magic Mike to more recent years developing an appreciation for Electro, Drum and Bass, House, Dubstep, and Tropical Bass music. She also talks about her digital label Jason Forrest, aka DJ Donna Summer, Nightshifters, and the sometimes-monthly Flashing Lights party with Nick Catchdubs and DJ Ayres. Jubilee wraps up the interview by sharing how her Dubspot experience has affected her creative process.




1. Kyla – Daydreaming (Lil Silva Remix)
2. Dj Shaun-D – Alien Spaceship
3. Mujava – Source of Drums
4. Bambounou – Nappy Head
5. Distal – Apple Bottom
6. Ramadanman – Work Them
7. Canblaster – Clockwork
8. DJ Donna Summer, Gucci Mane – Fighter (Jimmy 2 Times Aw Man Blend)
9. R1 Ryders – Hydraulic
10. DJ Bigga – Boeke Anthem
11. Untold – Anaconda (Guarachero Refix)
12. Roska – Squark (Guarachero Refix)
13. LOL Boys – 123
14. Tim Dolla – Number Advisory
15. Blondes – Spanish FLy (Brenmar Remix)
16. Kingdom – Fogs
17. Baobinga – Ride It (Untold Remix)
18. Ikonika – Aqueous Cream


About Jubilee

Everyone loves Jubilee. How could they not? The girl is full of positive vibes, from her bubbly DJ sets to her smiley demeanor. She’s long been known as “Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart,” but she’s also an ace DJ, one who can capably move between upfront bass music, sweaty tropical jams, party rap, UK grime, house, techno, R&B, dancehall, and more.

Stylistically, Jubilee may be hard to pin down, but she’s always been a girl on the move, both literally and figuratively. Growing up in South Florida, she immersed herself in the region’s rave culture, dancing the night away at underground breaks parties while spending her days soaking up Miami bass on the radio. Eventually she made the move to NYC, where she quickly infiltrated the DJ circuit with her sticky grooves and comprehensive knowledge of all things bass.

These days, she’s still a regular behind the decks at various clubs,festivals and warehouse parties around the globe, but she also teams up with Mixpak label boss and serious badman Dre Skull to put on a banging party of their own called Mixpak Extended Play. Beyond that, she’s even managed to take her talents to the airwaves, playing guest sets on BBC Radio 1, Shade45, RinseFM and even hosting two radio shows of her own on Brooklyn Radio and Radio Lily.

As if she wasn’t busy enough already, Jubilee has somehow found the time to steadily increase her workload as a producer. 2011 saw the release of her “Pop It!” EP via Mixpak Records, then last year she dropped a collaborative record with frequent partner in-crime Star Eyes via the white-hot Unknown to the Unknown imprint. Just recently Jubilee put out a collab with long time friend Burt Fox on Trouble and Bass called “Keys Wallet Phone”, and she has a new solo record called “Pull Ova” coming out in January on Mixpak. Throw in remixes of Canblaster, Hydraulix, Creep, and Zuzuka Poderosa, and it’s easy to say the Jubilee is quickly becoming a go-to producer, particularly when artists need to inject their tunes with some infectious energy and dancefloor flavor.

Much like X-Men character from whom she takes her name, Jubilee has got fireworks up her sleeve. We’re just lucky that she’s elected to use her powers for the good of dance parties everywhere.

Connect with Jubilee on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud


DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

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About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ 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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Understanding Audio Effects: An Overview of Types and Uses

This guide to understanding audio effects aims to provide an overview of commonly used audio effects and basic ways they can be used to enhance your music.

An Overview of Audio Effects

In this guide, we’re taking a step back to the basics in order to give our beginner students and readers an overview of commonly used audio effects and how they can be applied to enhance an audio signal. If you’re just starting out on your audio production journey, you’ve most likely come across several effects in your gear or software such as delay, reverb, distortion, compression, phase, flanger, pitch shift, ring modulator, filters or various other effects. This article aims to get you familiar with these terms and provide examples of general uses. In future installments of this series, we will get a bit deeper on specific types of effects. For now, we begin at the beginning…

What are Audio Effects?

Audio effects are analog or digital devices that are used to intentionally alter how a musical instrument or other audio source sounds. Effects can be subtle or extreme, and they can be used in live or recording situations. A good example of audio effects are the “stomp boxes” that many electric guitarists use to achieve their desired sound. By chaining together many different types of effects, a musician can sculpt a unique tone and enhance their music in many ways. Almost all popular music benefits from the creative use of effects, especially electronic music which makes liberal use of these devices. With proper treatment, audio effects can really bring your music to life and take the listener to new sonic spaces.

A Brief History of Audio Effects

Modern day effects are all a result of the evolution of technology and the advent of recorded sound. Around the Mid 1940′s recording engineers started to use reel to reel tape machines to create delays, echoes, and sound effects. In addition to tape, microphone placement and movement were found to create sounds that had not previously been recorded. In 1948 Harry DeArmond, creator of the first guitar pickup created the first stand-alone effects processor called the Trem-Trol by running the electric current of the signal through liquid to create a tremolo sound. This device was used by Bo Diddley and led to more development in the guitar industry of the 1940′s and 50′s where guitar amplifiers started to introduce vibrato and reverb effects. Reverb was initially created by driving an electrical signal into a metal plate or spring to create multiple echoes or reflections of a sound.

Back in the studio, recording engineers started to use echo chambers to create echo effects or a unique tone to their recordings. Echo chambers were usually long, low rectangular spaces made from sound-reflective materials such as concrete. They were fitted with a loudspeaker at one end and a microphone at the other to create an echo effect that was used on many recordings to enhance vocals. As they were often custom-made, these echo chambers became the sound signature of a given studio at that time. As technology developed, many reverb devices allowed for an electronic re-creation of the echo chamber effect. Equalizers and compressors arrived in the studio in the 1950′s and 60′s with the Pultec equalizer, which defined the sound of many recordings of that era.

Hardware and Software Effects

Today’s audio effects devices come in both physical and digital form. Audio signals in an electrical format are processed by physical analog hardware whereas audio signals in binary format (digital) are processed mathematically by software. Both methods can achieve similar results. In the physical world, effects are usually rack-mounted devices that have cables running to and from a mixing board or they can be something like guitar effect pedals which receive a signal from the instrument and then alter the sound as it flows to a mixer. On the digital side, you can find effects in most music recording software packages. DAWs such as Ableton, Logic, Cubase, and ProTools all come with audio effects built-in. Other software packages like Reason, Maschine, Traktor, Audacity, Peak, and Soundforge come with audio effects as well.

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Audio effects are often simple devices that do one specific thing to a sound, although multi-effects processors are also popular for those who want many different effects in one package. It is also worth noting that many instruments, such as synthesizers come with effects built-in to the machine.

Dynamic Processors

Dynamics effects alter an audio signal based upon its frequency content and amplitude level; hence the term “dynamics” since the processing is program dependent and ever changing. Dynamic effects can greatly enhance your mix, but they are sensitive devices that require attention to detail. The four most common dynamics effects are compressors, limiters, gates, and expanders.



Compressors reduce the volume of loud sounds or amplify quiet sounds by compressing an audio signal’s dynamic range. Compressors are often used to make recordings and live mixes sound more polished by controlling maximum levels and maintaining higher average loudness. In addition, different hardware and software compressors have their own signature sound that can be used to introduce pleasing coloration and tone into lifeless tracks. Compression can also be used to subtly massage a track to make it more natural sounding and intelligible without adding distortion, resulting in a better sounding mix.


Limiters are a type of compressor designed for a specific purpose — to limit the level of a signal to a certain threshold. Whereas a compressor will begin smoothly reducing the gain above the threshold, a limiter will almost completely prevent any additional gain above the threshold. They are commonly used to increase perceived loudness or used as a safeguard against signal peaking (clipping). Limiters are often used in conjunction with a compressor — the compressor provides a smooth roll-off of higher levels, and the limiter provides a final safety net against very strong peaks.

Noise Gate

A noise gate or gate is used to control the volume of an audio signal. Comparable to a compressor, which attenuates signals above a threshold, noise gates attenuate signals that register below the threshold. In its most simple form, a noise gate allows a signal to pass through only when it is above a set threshold. They are often used to reduce noise artifacts like a hum, hiss, and vocal pops.


Expanders are used to increase the dynamic range of an audio signal. They perform the opposite of how compressors work by reducing the volume when the signal level falls below the threshold and increasing the volume when the signal level goes above the threshold. Expanders are often used to make quiet sounds even quieter on mixes to fix noisy recordings.


Distortion effects are great to recreate the harmonically pleasing sound of analog or digital distortion. Distortion or saturation effects typically simulate the sound created by vacuum tubes, transistors, or digital circuits. Vacuum tubes were used in audio amplifiers before the development of digital audio technology, and they are still used in musical instrument amplifiers today. When overdriven, they produce a type of distortion that many people find musically pleasing. Analog tube distortion adds a distinctive warmth and bite to the signal.


There are also distortion effects that intentionally cause clipping and digital distortion of the signal that is sometimes gritty. These effects can be used to to radically transform any type of audio to produce an intense, unnatural effect, or to create sound effects. Applying distortion or saturation is an excellent technique used to fatten up sounds and help them cut through a mix better as well.

Time-Based Effects

Time-based effects alter the timing of a signal which can create short or long bursts of sound. They are often used to shape the depth and dimension of sounds within the mix. Common time-based effects include delays and echoes, reverbs, choruses, flangers, phasers, pitch transposers, and harmonizers.

Each type of effect manipulates and modulates the signal over time in their own unique way. Essentially, they capture a portion of an input sound, delay it slightly, then play it back. The lengths of time for which they delay the sound, as well as in the complexity of the resulting delays are the main differences between the various types of time-based audio effects.

Filter Effects

Filter effects are simple, ubiquitous audio tools that should be a part of every producer’s arsenal. Their purpose is to alter the frequency content of an audio signal. They are used to emphasize or suppress frequencies in an audio signal, resulting in a change to the tonal color of the audio. There are a variety of advanced filter-based effects that can be used to creatively modify audio. There are also a variety of filter types including lowpass, highpass, bandpass, notch, and special morphing filters.



A lowpass filter (LPF) attenuates content above a cutoff frequency, allowing lower frequencies to pass through the filter. Lowpass filters are used to remove high-frequency content.


A highpass filter (HPF) attenuates content below a cutoff frequency, allowing higher frequencies to pass through the filter. Highpass filters are used to remove low-frequency content.


A bandpass filter passes frequencies between its two cutoff frequencies, while attenuating those outside the range. The opposite is a band-reject filter which attenuates frequencies between its two cutoff frequencies, while passing those outside the ‘reject’ range.

Note: Equalizers (EQs) are also a type of filter. However, they are typically not used as creative effects, but rather a tool to refine the frequency spectrum of a sound or mix.

Modulation Effects

Modulation effects are more complex and are often used to add motion and depth to your sounds. Modulation involves modifying a source signal by another source. Effects such as chorus, flanger, phaser, ring modulator, and frequency shifter are well-known examples.


Modulation effects typically delay the incoming signal by a few milliseconds and then use an LFO to modulate the delayed signal. The LFO may also be used to modulate the delay time in some effects. There are also modulation effects that involve pitch. The most basic types of pitch modulation effects are vibrato and tremolo. These type of effects use an LFO to modulate the frequency of the sound.

Pitch Effects

Typical pitch and time effects include pitch shifters and harmonizers. These effects modify the pitch of a sound by adding new frequencies to a signal or by simply altering the pitch by a pre-designated musical interval (transposition). Pitch shifters are used to raise or lower an audio signal by octaves or a range of interval alterations. For example, a pitch shifter set to increase the pitch by a fifth will raise each note seven intervals above the notes being played.


A harmonizer is a type of pitch shifter that combines the “shifted” pitched note with the original pitch to create a two or more note harmonies. Pitch correction is another common use of pitch shifting used by auto-tune effects to correct inaccuracies in a vocal recording or live performance.

Mixing and Mastering Program

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.

Mixing and MasteringAbout This Program

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music.

You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Izotope, Soundtoys, Sonnox, Altiverb, and more.

What’s Included

  • Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

Additional Information

Visit the Mixing and Mastering 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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IMS College Malta Round Up with Pete Tong, Eli & Fur and More

Nine years since its foundation in Ibiza, International Music Summit has become a global institution. While the homegrown conference continues to be the landmark event, its spread its wings around the world, setting up shop in Singapore, Los Angeles and now one of electronic music’s new homes: Malta.

Taking a slightly different slant, IMS College Malta focussed on education, and who better to head up the programming than Point Blank? We were invited to host panels, workshops and networking sessions with the next generation of music industry elite.

IMG_2315Sound Advice lawyer and industry veteran Robert Horsfall gave the opening speech to a
packed room at IMS College Malta

Music lawyer and industry veteran Robert Hosfall was first to take the podium, quoting his peers with some excellent advice around the Five Pieces of the Jigsaw to success. Next up was PB’s Declan McGlynn interviewing dance music legend Pete Tong for the keynote opener. He talked the early days of his career, what radio means to him, what he looks for in a demo and where he sees the future of the industry. Stay tuned to the PB YouTube channel for the full interview coming soon, and for those looking to get into the music industry check out our full range of courses.

7e9c5fa9-fc0b-4066-a200-73b1723f1216Pete Tong MBE talked about his long career, the early days of radio, A&Ring hit records, discovering Frankie Knuckles, signing Goldie and much more

Eli & Fur joined us on stage for the second of our keynote interviews. They spoke about their time working with Brian Higgins and the pop powerhouse Xenomania before breaking away and starting their own production duo. They also passed on their advice for anyone starting their own label and how to recover from a bad gig.

b1db2393-cdb6-4bac-88ee-c877df40f31aProduction and DJ duo Eli & Fur took to the stage for an interview with Point Blank’s Declan McGlynn

Later Point Blank lead course developer and instructor Ski Oakenfull deconstructed Duke Dumont’s summer anthem Ocean Drive using Ableton Live and Push 2 before an industry panel featuring Pete Tong, Eli & Fur, CAA Talent’s Laura Newton and PR company Listen Up!’s Lucy Allen. In it we talked about highs and lows on the music industry, artist development and the importance and power of team work. It was an inspiring talk – subscribe to  the PB YouTube channel to watch the video in full.

IMG_2768PB’s very own Ski Oakenfull took his world-famous deconstructions to IMS College Malta, taking apart Duke Dumont’s summertime smash Ocean Drive in Ableton Live

IMG_2773L-R: Laura Newton (CAA), Lucy Allen (Listen Up!), Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Eli & Fur 

To wrap up the busy day, we invited DJ, producer and PB instructor Stefano Ritteri to give a masterclass on Creative Workflow. We spent the previous day exploring the island collecting various samples to then create a groove from using the Teenage Engineering OP-1 and Ableton Live. Watch the video below to see what we got up to and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the full masterclass.

What would a dance music event be without a party? Once the day had wrapped up at the Dragonara Westin, it was time to head to Uno Village for a very special b2b set from Diynamic don Solomun and Pete Tong himself. It was a brilliant party, highlighting both DJ’s eclectic tastes and the growth of Malta’s dance music scene.

IMG_2626Behind the booth for a special b2b set from Pete Tong and Solomun at Uno Village, Malta

The first IMS College Malta proved that you never stop learning, with attendees young and old coming together for an inspiring day. With graduates and current students from all over the globe making their way to St Julian Bay, it was great to see so many familiar faces and an honour to curate the event. See you next year, and for those looking to find their own way into the music industry, check out our full range of courses.


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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