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PB x Defected Mix Competition 2017: Winner Announced!

With so many fantastic entries, it was always going to be a difficult decision. However, we are glad to announce our winner for the 2017 PB x Defected Mix Competition! Francesca Rose will be heading down to Defected Croatia 2017 to play a set representing Point Blank on the Pontoon Stage, joining a stellar line-up that features  Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Julio Bashmore and more. Check out her winning mix:

Honourable mentions to the two runners-up, R3wired and Proper Soul, who will both play at a London event TBC! You can listen to their mixes below.

For those thinking about heading to Croatia this summer, find out more about Defected Croatia 2017 right here and check out the line-up below.

Want to be able to enter these competitions but not quite ready yet? You need to sign yourself up to one of our DJ courses. Point Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is supported by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller. If you’re interested in studying production with us, our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive courses available. Using our London studios incredible facilities, you will have access to all sorts of hardware, from synthesisers and samplers to full recording booths. For a virtual tour, click here. For further information on our degree course or any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here.

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Universal Audio Releases UAD v9.2 + New Plugins

Universal Audio releases UAD Software v9.2 along with five new plugins for Apollo Audio Interfaces and UAD Accelerators.

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Overview

UAD Software v9.2 arrives with several enhancements, feature improvements, and five new additions to their award-winning lineup of plugins. The free update is compatible with all UAD-2 products (Apollo, Satellite, PCIe) and external connection types (Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB 3). Learn more about the UAD Software v9.2 here.

Antares Auto-Tune Realtime

Legendary for its vocal enhancing and creative applications, the Antares Auto-Tune effect revolutionized vocal production and is a must-have tool for the modern music producer’s toolkit.

A UA exclusive, Antares Auto-Tune Realtime for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is the ultimate low-latency tuning solution — optimized for instant live vocal tracking in the studio or on stage.

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SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection

Integral to the hit-making SSL sound, the G Bus Compressor is a legend for making mixes bigger, more powerful, and punchy, all the while enhancing cohesion and clarity.

Officially licensed and approved by Solid State Logic, Universal Audio proudly unveils the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection, a thorough circuit emulation that goes beyond UA’s original SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in by adding major workflow enhancements while capturing every sonic element of the iconic hardware.

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Pure Plate Reverb

Engineered by the modeling experts at Universal Audio, Pure Plate Reverb offers the organic, lush sonics of plate reverb in a simple, affordable package — and with all of the essential features. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, Pure Plate Reverb gives any source the unmistakable warmth and texture that only plate reverb can provide.

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Fuchs Train II Amplifier

Developed by Brainworx and officially endorsed by Fuchs Audio Technology, the Fuchs Train II guitar amplifier plug-in perfectly emulates the tonal complexity of this powerful boutique tone machine that has been a go-to for the likes of Mark Knopfler, Brad Paisley, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier

Developed by Softube, the Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier plug-in is an exacting emulation of this industry standard bass amp, down to its onboard bi-amping, compression, 5-band EQ, and magical Enhance knob. Exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

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New in UAD v9.2

  • Antares® Auto-Tune Realtime
  • SSL® 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection
  • Pure Plate Reverb
  • Fuchs® Train II Amplifier
  • Eden® WT800 Bass Amplifier
  • New Plugin Features
  • Several New Enhancements and Changes
  • Operating System Compatibility Improvements
  • Mac and Windows Improvements and Feature Changes
  • Thunderbolt Mixed Multi-Unit Compatibility with Windows 10 PC Systems
  • Windows Driver Improvements
  • Console 2 Application for Apollo FireWire Multi-unit Cascading
  • Apollo FireWire Driver Improvements
  • Firmware Updates
  • Pro Tools Improvements

Visit Universal Audio for the full list of release notes here.

 


About Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill’s sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

With 165 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decade’s long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

 


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 -855-938-2776 or send us a message.

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When hell froze over – Ernst Nathorst-Böös on VST in Reason

”VST support in Reason? When hell freezes over.” That seems to have been the common way to express it. Now that you’ve all recovered from the shock I thought I’d give you some background to this decision of ours, and how we’re thinking about it going forward. But first I need to thank you all for the ridiculous amounts of positive feedback that we’ve received on the announcement of 9.5. I’ve been reading the comments in all the social media channels to get a feeling for how the news landed, and I must say that I blushed. We are seriously humbled and extremely grateful for your amazing support!

The reason is actually pretty simple: Because your music now requires it.

I won’t talk about how VSTs in Reason actually work, other people are better at communicating that. I just want to say something about why we did it and what it means going forward. The reason is actually pretty simple: Because your music now requires it. Musicians get inspired by a lot of things, but the instruments and effects themselves are certainly a big part, if not the biggest. There’s been an enormous explosion of cool plugins over the last few years. As a musician it’s wonderful to see so many developers unleashing their creativity in designs of all shapes and forms. And we just didn’t want Reason musicians to miss out on that. It was that simple.

As you may know, we’ve had some reservations on the plugin formats out there, VST included. The technical designs leave the host vulnerable to problems that might affect your song document. The lack of integration standards make basic tasks like finding sounds, automation, setting up remote control etc, harder than it should be. And that takes focus off what is always closest to our heart – your music making. And there are market problems too, finding the perfect EQ for your specific situation takes hours of unnecessary account registration and downloads. And purchasing a plug often means putting in your credit card on one web site and getting the actual product from another.

So, all of the above is what lead us to creating the Rack Extension format. It really does solve all of the above by cutting one giant Gordian knot.

Having said that, the VST world has really evolved too, in a very positive way. Technical quality is much better than it used to be. So is platform compatibility. The VST 2.4 standard has really gelled. And there are now integration conventions that allowed us to do what we think is the coolest VST implementation in any DAW, from a musical perspective, maximizing Reason resources such as cv and gate, the Combinator, players, browsing, etc.

But in the words of Agent Smith, “Why choose”? We now have three classes of devices in Reason, each one with its own merit, and that’s a good thing. There are the devices that come with the program when you buy it. There are the Rack Extensions that you can add after the fact. And now there’s a third category, VSTs. And make no mistake, we are committed to all three “formats” and will keep working on them all. For each one we will keep finding the optimal path forward, the path that supports you as a musician in the best way we can think of.

We are committed to the RE format and will keep working on it from all perspectives

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a word about the Rack Extension format, a word that is maybe more directed to our beloved developers, you who have supplied the Reason community with over three hundred amazing products so far. We have not stopped. As you know, we just did a serious update of the SDK this year, allowing you to create even cooler products. Next up is a serious update to the technology for building sampled based Rack Extensions. I think that shows that we are committed to the RE format and will keep working on it from all perspectives, both where it can go technically and how we can make your products available to Reason musicians all over the world. And if you’re thinking musicians are less interested in RE products, now that we have announced Reason 9.5, I can tell you that I have the data, and nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to check out what other developers have been doing really recently, look at Resonans, Arkana and the new version of ABL3 (specifically how it uses cv out). And yes, we’re all looking forward to ReSpire.

Last, I’ll take this chance to plug our yearly May Madness sales. Never before has there been so many cool Reason devices to choose from, at such amazing prices. Since we made Reason 9.5 a free update, you might just have some cash to spare. Don’t miss out.

Happy music making, and please keep the feedback coming, we couldn’t do our job without it.

Ernst Nathorst-Böös

/CEO

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Spitfire Audio: LCO Strings Part 4 – Tips on CPU, Combining Articulations & Recap

At Point Blank, we are constantly creating video content for your benefit, whether it be exclusive artist masterclasses, interviews, production tips & tricks or track deconstructions. Over the next two weeks, composer, producer and Point Blank expert instructor Kevin Kerrigan (Bjork, Brian Eno, Dido) will be giving you a taste of what you could learn at Point Blank, presenting you with a brand new series focused on Spitfire Audio’s new sample library: London Contemporary Orchestra strings. The first time these string sounds have been available in sample form, Spitfire Audio have teamed up with the LCO to provide everything one would need to create cutting-edge, experimental strings music. With a wide range of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable & musical and will transform your work.

For the fourth and final episode of our LCO Strings series, Kevin Kerrigan discusses some of the textures and patterns available to us in the library, as well as experimenting with blending individual articulations. He shares some tips for saving CPU, such as the purge function, and explores the ‘light resources’ Spitfire Audio have provided as a means to save CPU. Watch the full video above and if you missed episodes one through three you can catch up just below!

Episode One – Mic Mixer & Basic Performance Tips

For part one of the series, Electronic Music Composition instructor Kevin Kerrigan walks us through LCO Strings basic interface, specifically looking at the Mic Mixer, exploring the effects available as well as how to apply them, including some interesting tips on blending effects to personalise your sound. Kevin also goes over advanced settings and features and gives us some basic performance tips, detailing how to get the best out of the library and achieve the most realistic sounding strings.

Episode Two – String Sounds & Composition Tips

In this episode, Kevin Kerrigan explores the different instruments, sounds and articulations available to us in LCO Strings. Going into detail, he breaks down the individual parameters and gives his tips on how to get the best out of the library, as well as sharing some compositional tips too.

Episode Three – Reverb & Effects Tips

In episode 3, Kevin Kerrigan experiments with employing different reverbs and effects with LCO Strings, giving examples on when it would be appropriate to apply them and sharing some useful tips and tricks.

Kevin Kerrigan teaches Electronic Music Production as a part of our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Every aspect of the degree has been developed and optimised to guarantee it meets rigorous academic standards. Regular Quality checks and reviews with Middlesex University ensure these standards are on a level with the top universities in the world. Our brand new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers ease of access and support to students enabling us to give them the benefit of cutting-edge, interactive learning. If you want to learn composition, recording, engineering and mixing techniques enrol on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree now. With flexible learning from anywhere in the world, it is our most comprehensive programme. Take the first step by trying a free online sample course or contact our course admissions team to find out more.

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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Spitfire Audio: LCO Strings Part 3 – Reverb & Effects Tips

At Point Blank, we are constantly creating video content for your benefit, whether it be exclusive artist masterclasses, interviews, production tips & tricks or track deconstructions. Over the next two weeks, composer, producer and Point Blank expert instructor Kevin Kerrigan (Bjork, Brian Eno, Dido) will be giving you a taste of what you could learn at Point Blank, presenting you with a brand new series focused on Spitfire Audio’s new sample library: London Contemporary Orchestra strings. The first time these string sounds have been available in sample form, Spitfire Audio have teamed up with the LCO to provide everything one would need to create cutting-edge, experimental strings music. With a wide range of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable & musical and will transform your work.

In episode 3, Kevin Kerrigan experiments with employing different reverbs and effects with LCO Strings, giving examples on when it would be appropriate to apply them and sharing some useful tips and tricks. Watch the video above and remember to keep your eyes peeled for the next in the series, as it is going to be the final episode! If you missed them, you can still watch episode one and two.

Kevin Kerrigan teaches Electronic Music Production as a part of our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Every aspect of the degree has been developed and optimised to guarantee it meets rigorous academic standards. Regular Quality checks and reviews with Middlesex University ensure these standards are on a level with the top universities in the world. Our brand new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers ease of access and support to students enabling us to give them the benefit of cutting-edge, interactive learning. If you want to learn composition, recording, engineering and mixing techniques enrol on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree now. With flexible learning from anywhere in the world, it is our most comprehensive programme. Take the first step by trying a free online sample course or contact our course admissions team to find out more.

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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