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Sample our Brand New BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme | Week 4: The Art of Mixing

If you’re looking to get a taste of what it’s like to learn on our innovative online platform, here’s your chance! We’ve now updated our sample courses to include a taster of our new 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. This is the fourth week of eight in which 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 covering music production, sound design and much more – head here for our full range of online courses.

In week four we take a look at one of the most important aspects of making music of any kind: the mix. At the end of the module, students will gain knowledge of balancing, panning, EQ, aural perception, compression, limiting, gates and effects, plus a myriad of tricks and hints from working industry professionals. For the free sample course, you can take a look at three pages from the module using both Ableton & Logic. The first looks at corrective compression, which smooths peaks in volume leaving a much smoother sound. The second looks at convolution reverb – essentially sampling real or virtual spaces, for a more roomy reverberation. The third looks at using a high-pass filter: cutting the low end from instruments and components that pick up baggage from the room or effect manipulation. Take a look at the video above for a video introduction to the high-pass filter in Logic Pro.

To take the sample course yourself, head here, 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!

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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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PB Recommends #47: Heavy Lungs, Hudson Mohawke, Mor Elian and More

Point Blank Recommends is our regular round-up of the tunes being played around the office. PB Recommends 47 casts the net a little wider, given that the release schedule tends to slow around the end of the year. One of our favourite releases was the big advent drop from Lucky Me, which included a long-awaited cut from Hudson Mohawke – this one’s been knocking around in live sets since 2010 but it was well worth the wait. Learn how to join these dots and more with a DJ course with Point Blank.

Everyone here at Point Blank HQ has just about calmed down after the midwinter festivities, dry januay promises have started breaking, and everything feels like its getting back to normal. The downside of course is that, if your in the UK at least, all that’s left to look forward to for a little while is the long, cold, winter slog toward summer’s welcome return. As such, we’ve gathered this handsome list of heaters to warm those cockles. Some choice cuts include the deliciously deep and dubby Ron Trent remix of Nightmares on Wax’s Citizen Kane, an eighties indebted gem from Nabihah Iqbal (formerly Throwing Shade), a bonus Nicolas Jaar track from last year’s Sirens sessions, mad hype from Faze Miyake and a superb, wiggy roller from Mor Elian.

For more music and tutorials including our recent beginner’s guide to making a track in Ableton, head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our most comprehensive course in production is our three-year degree programme in London: BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering, and we also offer an online alternative. Perhaps making tracks isn’t your thing, in which case have a look at our radio and DJ courses to focus on selection. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us 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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Samplethon 2017 at Point Blank London: Watch the Judges and Winner Give Their Verdict

We bring you a roundup of last year’s Samplethon competition produced in association with WhoSampled, KPM and Ableton. Watch the video below to hear what the esteemed judges had to say about the standard of entries in this edition of the sampling competition, and hear from the winning producer himself. You can also listen to the winning entry from Shatter Hands in full below. If you’re as inspired by this as we are, why not have a go at learning yourself? Almost all of our production courses have some focus on sampling, so check the full range and see which course is right for you.

For those unfamiliar with the competition, Samplethon in 2017 consisted of 20 competitors (selected from hundreds of applicants) who were presented with a set of samples from KPM’s library and then went head-to-head over seven hours to see who could make the most accomplished piece within the timeframe. So, from scratch, the contestants had to build, arrange and mix a track using a bank of samples they may never have used or even heard before. The panel consisted of Jonny Cuba (Soundsci), Shawn Lee, JD Reid, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Joseph Joyce (Ableton), Paul Sandell (KPM), Chris Read (WhoSampled) and our very own Ski Oakenfull. As expected, the standard was extremely high, as the judges attest in our video above, but the winner and runners-up were as follows:

1st Place: Shatter Hands
2nd Place: Daniel El Campeon
3rd Place: Asa Greenwood

Plus there was a further prize for Most Creative Use of a Sample, won by Tzu Jan

Shatter Hands flew in all the way from Norway and built his track around a harp sound, switching up the feel for an intense peak and threading the track throughout with shimmering augmentations. For his efforts, he was flown out to Berlin by Ableton to have his track mastered, and received a 10″ dubplate of his cut at the end of the session. Point Blank also provided a free online course and masterclasses. For more entries, check out the playlist below from WhoSampled.

Sampling is a brilliant way to unlock your creativity and can be the best way to take your first steps as a producer. We offer an Intro to Music Production course that makes use of the principles of sampling to get you started. The possibilities are endless, and as these producers have shown in Samplethon 2017, there’s plenty of reasons seasoned producers are always on the lookout for the perfect sample. If you have some experience of production but would like to take a step further, have a look at our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, or our shorter Music Production Certificate .

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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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Monthly Roundup December 2017: Look Mum No Computer, Sweatson Klank & More

As we ease into the new year, bleary-eyed from the near-hibernation of the festive period, we thought it a good time for a reminder of our favourite content from last year’s final month. This is no exercise in buying time until the cobwebs are shaken though – before our annual retrospective we produced some of our favourite content of the year in December, including as always the educational, the interesting and the informative. Check out our Monthly Roundup December 2017 below. As always, our content is designed to help students and curious readers alike to gain insight and expertise in all facets of the music industry. To take this to the next level, head to our pages for schools in London, LA, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online.

Look Mum No Computer – Live at Point Blank

We welcomed him back once again last month, and once again he finds himself at the head of our list of our favourite content for the month. Infectious and inspiring stuff from one of the most enthusiastic performance you’re likely to see at the knobs and keys.

Seven Ways To Make The Perfect Mix

Seven more tricks, this time to help with the mixing process. Pointers like these are commonplace but, having tried these out ourselves, know they are well worth giving a go.

Sweatson Klank on Teaching at PBLA

Sweatson Klank exudes that cool, easy-going demeanour that LA people seem to be born with. Don’t let that fool you though, the producer is an incredibly hard-working professional, and has been with Point Blank LA since it opened its doors. Here he speaks with us from his favourite LA digging spot, High Fidelity, about what teaching and mentoring means to him.

Behind the Scenes at Point Blank: Ricky Vianello

Every now and again we try and catch up with one of our extremely talented team of employees to give you a taste of what everyone is getting up to when they’re not helping to make the school the industry leader it is. This time we caught up with our senior studio assistant Ricky Vianello, also one half of Tapefeed, to find out about his productions and parties.

A Beginners Guide to Making a Track in Abelton

PB Instructor Saytek is joined by DJ Ravine for a very basic guide to making a track in Ableton. Beginners can follow this – all you need is a free trial version of the software and some free sample packs – and begin their own journey in making music.

If you enjoy this content, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to get into music production or take yours to the next level, then consider our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in which you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing, mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. You can check out our whole range of online courses 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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Watch a Grime Track Breakdown & Interview w/ Nat Powers (Run DMC, Pharcyde, Giggs)

With a CV of production spanning legends and newcomers alike from the UK and the US, Nat Powers is deservedly viewed within the top tier of hip-hop producers. Collaborations with the likes of Run DMC, The Pharcyde, D Double E and Giggs tell you everything you need to know about the regard in which he is held. As such, you can imagine how thrilled we were to be able to sit down and have a chat with him. He was warm and generous with his time, and we’re proud to share with you the following video of his recent visit to our studios in London. Check out the full list of courses we offer in London here. For those unable to make it to our London school, we are currently offering a huge 25% off 25% online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until January 12th, so make sure you enrol soon!

In the video above we get a glimpse into the workings of the self-styled ‘producer, writer and human being’ Nat Powers. He tells us about the old rock n roll bands he grew up listening to and how The Beastie Boys opened his eyes to the world of hip-hop. We focus on the massive ‘Lovely Jubbly’ he made with D Double E: how each of the elements were made in and out of the box, the inspiration of classic video-game sounds and how the crunchy arpeggiated synth led the track’s development. On a broader level, he gives us some insight in the workings of grime, and some choice advice to aspiring producers about how the track’s you don’t think are your best can sometimes be the ones that really capture others’ imagination.

Nat Powers has produced for massive artists on both sides of the Atlantic including Ghostface Killa and Footsie

There are loads more videos with fantastic artists on our Youtube channel, which you can find by clicking through the video above, as well as free demonstrations and sample lessons. To get the most from Point Blank though, taking a course with us is the way to go. We offer a BA (Hons) degree in Music Production and Sound Engineering here in London and Online, which is the most comprehensive course we offer, supplying students with all the tools they need to make a career for themselves in the industry. There are more streamlined courses on offer too, in Production, Composition and Mixing, among others. For more info contact us using this form, or call 020 7729 4884.

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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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Artist Feature: FaltyDL

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Drew Lustman aka FaltyDl has been releasing his eclectic electronic music over the years on such renowed labels as Planet Mu and Ninja Tunes, as well as his own Blueberry Records imprint. Drew has put out six albums including his most recent ouput Heaven is for Quitters and he has also toured with James Blake, opened for Radiohead and remixed for the likes of Seun Kuti, Photek, The XX, Disclosure, Tricky and Ellen Allien.

Drew makes all his music in Reason and we figured it was time for a chat about how he goes about creating his music in Reason and what the thinking is behind it.
 

What’s your favorite thing in Reason 10?

Reason 10 really nailed the integration of VSTs. I had started to play around with some 3rd party plugins in Reason 9, but everything jelled with Reason 10. It’s funny to think my favorite thing about Reason is using non-Reason products with it, but that’s the spirit of music.  Inclusion, experimentation and freedom. I used to feel tied down by the limitations of not being able to use VST’s, now it’s been blown wide open and my wallet is my only limitation haha. Also being a lifetime Reason user, it’s really nice that the GUI has been solid for the past few versions. If there is one thing every artist hates, it’s change to their workflow. Although once you push through, new opportunities usually arrive.

How do you get started with a new song?

Just play. Have fun and experiment. I can honestly say, 10+ years into making electronic music i still don’t have a clue what I am going to make when I head into the studio. And every time I think I do, it comes out completely different. I’m not accurate like that. But I never cared about it either. My advice is make everything you want to make. You can decide later if its crap! Also, no one has to hear it… hehe

What’s the best music making tip you ever got?

What you don’t know starting out is if music becomes your livelihood, pays your bills etc. your relationship with it may change.  Go with the flow, go easy on yourself when the tunes don’t just come naturally. They will again.

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

I like saving racks, songs Ive completed, then erasing every single note and just letting the set up remain for another day. It’s a good way to get a vibe going quickly.

I like treating the mixer as an instrument.

I like treating the mixer as an instrument. Doubling instruments, giving sounds multiple channels to phase against each other with LFOs can really make some freaky human sounding stuff. I still smash ‘tab’, switch Reason around so to speak and wire things awkwardly. One thing I am trying to be more conscious of these days is relative volume across different levels, meaning Line Level vs Instrument Level vs master level etc. I try and leave enough headroom at the end of a track so i can mix more freely and not worry about adjusting everything.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?

Scream 4 Distortion has been a mainstay for me since Reason 3. The tape saturation is pretty spot on!

I use the NN-XT sampler in pretty much every track. I come from before you could just print audio into Reason and had to start a track before the sample is triggered in order to hear it. It was painful back then, but created a good listening habit which made me a more active listener. I find I can focus on the most minute musical event in a song and completely forget its context, only to then listen to the entire song and think what the hell did I just do for 45 minutes?  

The tape saturation is pretty spot on!

Dr OctoRex is still a beast. I don’t think I use it to it’s full potential, but I come from sampling breaks and have always used this alongside recycle. Integrated audio has changed the need for this but hey I’m a bit old school.

What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there?

Leave the house. Go for a walk, call a friend. Move a muscle, change a thought. Forcing the thing works maybe 10% of the time.  Collaborate! Send stems to a pal and ask for some back. Inspiration, muse, whatever you call it is a fickle thing. It never shows up on time and often when you aren’t even close to your studio.
 

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It never shows up on time and often when you aren’t even close to your studio.

What’s your all-time favorite album?

Impossible to nail down. Here are a few;

  • Feed Me Weird Things – Squarepusher
  • In a Silent Way – Miles Davis
  • Apostrophe – Frank Zappa
  • Drum and Bass for Pappa – Plug
  • Ruins – Grouper

 

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Katie Gately: Sampling Her World

“Plain beauty is a good thing, but life is not that simple.” So says Katie Gately when discussing the individual sounds she builds her tracks from. The statement is typical of the thoughtfulness and refinement the young LA-based artist brings into her productions – a powerful mélange of beats, vocals…

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Sample our Brand New BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme | Week 3: Sound Design

If you’re looking to get a taste of what it’s like to learn on our innovative online platform, here’s your chance! We’ve now updated our sample courses to include a taster of our new 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. This is the third week of eight in which 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 our full range.

The third module contained in this online sample is on Sound Design, which we teach mostly using the Native Instruments tools Kontakt and Reaktor. Students taking the complete module will learn some theory of sound, synthesis, sampling and patching, but the two example pages available for sample look at creating your own sweeps and rises to use in your productions, and a morphing bass sound, which is used as an example of how to use all of the tools learned in the module. You can check out that video above, and to take the sample course yourself, head here, 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!

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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