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Student Opportunities: Thamesmead Radio, Fudge & The Frequency & Lizzi

Point Blank strives to keep our students and graduates linked with 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.

Thamesmead Radio Opportunity

Artist and producer Sam Skinner has been invited by TACO! to develop a new radio station for Thamesmead. A pilot for the radio station will go live on air in October 2018 for a period of 28 days, turning TACO! Into a live radio station, broadcasting a programme of local talent, music, artists, interviews, local history and more.

From July 2018 onwards TACO will be offering training in broadcast and music production by professionals from the world of radio to people who want to get involved in the running of the station or make a radio programme. They are also looking for people to submit ideas for new shows for their 4-week pilot programme in October. If you’re interested in either opportunity please contact info@thamoradio.org.

Fudge & The Frequency: Studio Assistant Opportunity

Recording artist Fudge & The Frequency is building a studio space in Heathrow and is looking for a studio assistant. Responsibilities will include assisting on ongoing projects and input into the work. The successful candidate will have access to the studio outside of this, including an isolated drum room, live room (up to 10 musicians), vocal booth and control room. If you’re interested please send a CV and portfolio of your work to theo@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Lizzi: Keyboard Player Opportunity

Lizzi is a singer and songwriter who makes soul-pop/contemporary R&B and a Point Blank alumnus. She’s looking for someone who into her style of music who could play keyboards at her upcoming live dates. The position is unpaid but ticket sales are split evenly. Please get in touch with theo@pointblankmusic.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.

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Point Blank Mumbai at Palm Expo 2018 in Photos

At the beginning of the summer, from 31 May to 2 June, the team from Point Blank Mumbai headed to Palm Expo 2018, India’s premier sound, lighting and events showcase, to represent the school and show what we’re all about. We also sponsored the prestigious Palm DJ Championship, along with other huge brands like Pioneer DJ, Akai, Roland and Reloop. Check out the photos below to get a look at what went on and check out our list of courses at Point Blank Mumbai for more information on what we offer.

Representing Point Blank Mumbai and our partners The True School of Music

The DJ Championship is one of the biggest draws of the expo, with DJs from all over the region eager to show off their skills. 

Some of the prizes for the DJ Championship, including one of our own courses plus Pioneer’s Rekordbox, Ableton Live 10 and Native Instruments Komplete 11

Point Blank Mumbai was launched last year in association with The True School of Music. After the successful launch of our inaugural DJ/Entrepreneur course, we have tweaked what we offer to accommodate all ages and to suit whatever depth you wish to delve into the craft of DJing. Our flagship DJ course offers a complete, three-month experience that teaches DJing from the ground up, as well as how to market yourself and, ultimately, play at major clubs and festivals. It includes a free copy of Native Instruments Komplete 10 plus Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox when you enrol, worth a total of 66,000 Rupees! The DJ Pro course for Juniors also runs for three months, doubling down on DJ skills so you can learn all the tricks you need to mix like a pro.

We also offer shorter courses for those who want to try DJing for the first time. Take classes at the weekend or in the evening over a month to get your teeth into it. Or if you just want a little taste, try a one-off Pro DJ Workshop or Explore DJ Workshop (both are also available to kids). For more information contact us at Point Blank or call +91 22 6624 3200.

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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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Foodman: Raw Sounds from Japan

One of the interesting things about dance music is that there is no universal definition of dance music. Of course, there are plenty of releases out there that pretty much everyone would agree are at least intended to function as dance music. But where things get less clear and potentially…

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Sound Devices expand MixPre M-Series with 3M and 6M models

Inspiration strikes. You run to your computer, boot it up, load your DAW, click through various screens and create a new session to record your million-dollar idea. The only problem is that, by the time the DAW is record-ready, the waiting around and context-switching of navigating dialogue boxes has poured figurative water on your creative spark. If this sounds at all familiar, then Sound Devices might have the answer for you. 

Today, the company known for their location sound recorders expand their MixPre Series to introduce the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M multitrack audio recorders with built-in USB audio interfacing. As opposed to the T-Series, the ultra-portable M-Series is designed specifically for musicians. To this end, they all — including the previously announced MixPre-10M — record up to 12 tracks of audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and integrate features like overdub, track laying, punch in/out, bounce, reverb, vocal air, and metronome. 

The MixPre-10M was a first in providing a proper 12-track overdubbing/bounce down multitrack recording machine — essentially taking the old-school mutitracker concept, and bringing it up to date. Keep an eye out for our review of the MixPre-10M in the upcoming July issue (out June 21).

Available now for a reasonable $549 and $799, the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M feature Sound Devices’ respected Kashmir mic preamps and low-noise A-to-D architecture. The M-Series can also stream multiple channels of audio via USB to a computer, which is ideal for music composers working with a DAW. What’s more, if you’re an existing MixPre-3, 6 or 10T owner, you can get all of the extra functionality for only $99 by purchasing the Musician Plugin that adds all the musician-inspired features.

Video of Introducing the MixPre-3M & MixPre-6M Multitrack Recorders for Musicians

The MixPre-3M and 6M have a wide variety of applications, such as recording and overdubbing multi-layered songs without a DAW; recording into a DAW; recording and mixing small ensemble live performances; multichannel playback of pre-recorded backing tracks for live use as well as recording live events, concerts, and band rehearsals.

The M-Series’ musician-friendly, touch-screen interface lets musicians record quickly, and after laying and overdubbing tracks, you can mix using dedicated knobs to control levels, pans, solos, and mutes. You can then render recordings for uploading to social media, sharing with band members or exporting to a DAW for further production.

Connect instruments and/or mics via the XLR/TRS inputs or the Aux in connector. Featuring a digital patchbay, any of the physical inputs, including USB, can be conveniently routed to any track, eliminating the need to plug and re-plug inputs just to record to a different track. Even the internal metronome can be recorded, which is ideal for backing tracks.

The MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M are shipping now.

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Point Blank Recommends #51 – Ploy, Blawan, Buttechno & Much More

Every month when it’s time for Point Blank Recommends, we get super excited to share with you the tracks that have been flying around the Point Blank office, emailed to one another and generally shouted about whenever the situation allows. Believe us when we say that (beyond very strong coffee) the primary power source of the paragon of productivity that is Point Blank is the music we listen to; which is fitting for a music school we think. This month it’s quite a heavy affair with Ploy returning to Batu’s ever-impressive Timdance imprint, mind-melting electro on Don’t Be Afraid, Blawan serving up his trademark concussive hammer blows and more besides. It’s not all boom and gloom, however – peep one of our favourites from DJ Koze’s new record for some heavy wooze, Pat Ca$h’ lab-made eulogy for a deep dream and Tenderlonius as he reminds us of his (and his 22a imprint’s) impact on London’s flourishing jazz scene. Fun for the whole family.

For more music, tutorials and class insights 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 comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering is a great place to start looking, while we’ve also added two new degree courses ready for next semester: the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. If you’re looking for something shorter, have a look at our radio and DJ. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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Umpf Club Drums – The Future of Beats in Reason

In my mind there’s nothing more exciting in electronic music than the drums. Powerful and driving, understated and rhythmic – there’s a world of possibilities at your fingertips with beats, and with our latest Rack Extension device Umpf Club Drums, we want to get you there as soon as possible. I want to drag beat-making in Reason kicking and screaming into the 21st century, with arguably our most essential update to drum production and specifically electronic music in some time.
 

Parallel compression, dynamic processing and the best drum-hits in the business at the flick of a switch are central to the workflow in Umpf Club Drums, where dialing in a professional-grade beat is quick and easy. Great sounding results and visual feedback with both our dynamic compression display and waveform editors have been designed to highlight creative decisions and quickly get to what’s making your beats pop.

Where Umpf really comes into its own is by allowing you to keep your creating juices flowing without leaving the device. That elusive state of ‘flow’ is a balance of the excitement of creativity, and results which are useable and unique to you. Part of the thinking behind this device is equally balancing those two requirements in a way that makes creating drums in Reason extremely fun.
 

In combination with the Drum Sequencer (which comes free of purchase with Umpf), you can seamlessly tweak your beats and choice of sounds; dynamically tweaking rhythms and sound processing as you go for the perfect blend. Then inject variation and modulation using the mod-matrix for evolving and unpredictable fills and textures. If none of the 750 drum hits float your boat, drop in your own per slot or go wild and drop in any audio sample you desire for a great way to manipulate audio, triggered by both the sequencer and the mod-matrix.
 

“My hope is that this new device will unlock new ways of creating music for you in Reason and providing your tracks with endless groove.”

The most important goal behind this device was to get you, the music maker, to a Grade-A sounding result in Reason in as short a time as possible. Focusing on what sounds good, what’s exciting and contemporary, guiding you with 100 default kits and Drum Sequencer patches to mix and match as you wish. My hope is that this new device will unlock new ways of creating music for you in Reason and providing your tracks with endless groove.

Lukas Lyrestam
Product Manager

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How to Make Lofi Hip-Hop Beats in Reason 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzNiO_gqFZU

Over the last decade, the popularity of “lofi” hip-hop has exploded thanks to producers like Nujabes and J Dilla. Lofi hip-hop is all about soft, introspective instrumentals—and Reason 10 has everything you need to lay down the perfect vibe. In this tutorial, producer MG the Future will show you how to make lofi hip hop beats in Reason 10.

Lofi hip-hop revolves around a chill, relaxed beat with a loose swing—often sampled from vintage funk and soul recordings to retain the human element of the performance. Reason 10 is packed with classic hip-hop and vintage break beat loops to get you started. Just select your favorite sample from the Browser and drag it into the Sequencer window. Adjust the BPM using the tempo controller to dial in the perfect downtempo pace, and use Reason’s built-in time stretching and compression capabilities to sync your sample to a loopable 4 or 8-bar clip.

Chop and screw samples using Dr. Octo Rex to create unique grooves by altering individual beat, or play a fresh new beat by triggering sample slices using Reason’s iconic Kong drum machine. Connect Kong to the built-in Pattern Sequencer or new Drum Sequencer Rack Extension and select from dozens of preset drum patterns for instant inspiration, or create your own patterns using advanced 16-step sequencers.

Reason 10 has a near-limitless supply of sampled keyboards and synthesizers to create rich chords and unique lofi textures. Lay down smooth bass lines, soft synth pads, and simple leads with sampled instruments using ID8 or NN-XT. Experiment with colorful keys in Radical Piano, gentle bells in Klang, or the worldly sounds of Pangea for the perfect multi-cultural aesthetic. Build beautiful, lush chords in seconds by pairing any instrument with Reason’s Scales & Chords—simply select the key of your song and play a single note on your keyboard to create rich, full chords perfect for lofi hip-hop.

It’s not called lofi for nothing, and Reason 10 is loaded with the perfect processors for adding vintage vibe. Use Audiomatic Retro Transformer to instantly add grainy goodness to your tracks. With options like radio, VHS, vinyl and more, Retro Transformer is perfect for adding an instant lofi effect. Top it all off with Scream 4 to add harmonic saturation modeled after tubes, tape and analog circuitry, and you’ve got yourself a certified head-bobber.

Now that you know the basics of how to make lofi beats in Reason 10, it’s time to make the boomin’ and bappin’ happen!

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DJ Ravine Reports from IMS Ibiza 2018

Point Blank’s connection with IMS Ibiza runs deep: you may have caught our recent video following the 2018 Accelerator winner and Point Blank student Ambian on his trip to play at IMS in support of Seth Troxler and Flashmob, and you may or may not know that PB students get discounted tickets to the event every year. You probably don’t know what our man DJ Ravine got up to when he accompanied Ambian on his trip this year – but you can find out the video below. We love the white isle so much that last year we opened Point Blank Ibiza, where you can take a two-week intensive course in DJing and production by day and head out into the island’s world-famous nightlife by night – the best way to fully immerse yourself in the culture. The next courses begin in less than a week, so hurry if you would like to snap up the last remaining places.

The International Music Summit in Ibiza is one of the biggest events in the global dance music calendar. Set in the spiritual epicentre of clubland, leading figures and inspirational artists fly in from all over the world to give lectures and host panels on the most important things happening in the industry. It’s a fantastic way to keep up with the latest developments and make sure that, whatever your involvement in music, you stay at the cutting edge of what’s going on. There are loads of masterclasses and workshops too and this year that included our own DJing masterclass with Andrea Oliva.

Of course, a trip to Ibiza wouldn’t be complete with a little partying, and in his video dispatch from IMS, DJ Ravine takes us along to the centrepiece of the event – the Dalt Vila party, this year featuring the likes of Dixon and Maceo Plex. He also shows us around the amazing classrooms and gorgeous surroundings of Point Blank Ibiza.

If you’d like to study with us out there, you have three options, each expertly tailored to fit in with whatever your interests might be. The original DJ/Producer course is perfect if you would like to split your time between making tracks and playing them, giving you a boost to get started in the world of electronic music. Given we’re back for our second year, we also offer an Advanced DJ/Producer course for those with a bit more experience or who perhaps did the original course last year. Expect to fine-tune your skills here and really begin to get creative. Finally, we have the DJ/Radio course, on which you will learn the ins and outs of radio production and presenting as well as how to spin tracks – perfect if what you really want to do is rule the airwaves. Get in touch if you have any questions.

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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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