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Unique and creative underground electronic music loops and samples for modern producers.

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!

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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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An Introduction to Bamz: Grime Producer and Nadia Rose Collaborator

Happy New Year reader! This year at Point Blank Plus we aim to bring you more of the content you love. More tutorials, demonstrations, deconstructions, FFLs and interviews. The first of these is focused on one of our very favourite young producers, who is making big waves in grime and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. That producer is Bamz, a 21-year-old South London beatmaker best known for her work with Nadia Rose including Station, Boom and the recent hit Big Woman. We recently invited her to our London school where she filmed some really exciting content that will be coming very soon. For now, we’d like to share a short interview from when we hooked up with Bamz at the tail end of last year.

Can you start by telling the readers exactly what it is you do? How would you describe yourself in music terms?

I’m a music producer/programmer & DJ. I also beatbox, song-write/rap occasionally but right now I’m focusing on music production and mixing.

What have you been up to recently? Any particularly exciting projects?

I’ve been going through all my unfinished Logic files, finishing up beats and organising them to either place, release or sell. Just doing some general prep for the new year!

Going back to the beginning, what was it that first got you interested in music?

Honestly, I’ve always been interested in music – the love for rhythm and sound has always been embedded in me. When I was young I’d always be vibing along to theme songs of cartoons and films, and my family’s music. I started beatboxing when I was 6 years old which lead me to get into production at 10.

You mentioned in a video that you got FL Studio as a gift pretty young. What were those early experiments with the software like?

It was nice to have access to a programme like that. I was never bored because there was always something new to play around with and it was just cool to think I was making my own music and people liked it.

You spoke about being homeschooled in the same video. How do you think this has affected you as a creative?

Being homeschooled I became very isolated – there were pros and cons to it. I was able to work more on my music and started freelancing and workshop facilitating at places like Southbank Centre. Plus I was doing beatboxing workshops which allowed me to get equipment to create a home set-up. However, having to adjust from being in a place filled with loads of people to being by myself was a challenge. But overall I was happier doing what I loved.

How do you think being from and living in South London affects what you do?

I love being from South London! It’s had its limitations but it’s that very same thing that makes us South Londoners who we are. The traffic is always crazy, the characters can be interesting, but South London offers a great spectrum of cultural and artistic juxtaposition.

You’ve mentioned that you work better alone – do you find that you make music without a vocalist in mind a lot of the time then?

At the moment I tend to work alone because I need to become more consistent with my workflow and how much I’m putting out. A lot of the time, as I’m making beats vocalists do spring to mind but my main goal really is to get it to a place where I’m comfortable to approach artists and/or sell my productions. As well as that, I’m still getting used to producing music in front of people: that’s a challenge I’ve gradually been overcoming. In 2018 I aim to work with more artists in the studio.

Obviously your best known for your work with Nadia Rose – How do you guys know each other or how did you start working together?

Nadia saw me performing at a show 5 or 6 years ago. I was the only act she liked so she hit me up on twitter the next day. We’ve been working ever since. She’s such a great friend and artist to work with. We understand each other when it comes to making music or putting together projects.

How does your creative relationship work? Do you tend to send her beats that are fully formed or will you work toward something together a bit more?

The creative process varies. Sometimes I’ll have beats that I’ve been working on and send it over as it is, and if she likes it we’ll build on it. Other times we’ll be in the studio and work on things together. Then I usually tweak the projects in my own time, if my laptop can take it!

What other artists have you been working with?

I recently finished 10 weeks at the Floor Sixx academy where I was a producer working with artists also at the academy. While I was at the academy I made tracks with Yus, Yung Bush & Jaz Karis as well as producing some beats for Dnzo. I aim to work with all the artists & producers that were at the academy. Away from that, I’ve got unfinished projects with Courtney Bennett, Santino Le Saint, a track with Nadia & Izzie Gibbs, Tiana Major9 and a few others. Now I’ve got more confidence to work with people, I’m going to be collaborating more.

If you could work with anyone, who would it be?

I would have loved to work with Aaliyah and Left-Eye! I’d really like to work with the production powerhouses like Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Pharrell and Wondergurl. And then I’d be interested in working with artists all over the world such as Kendrick Lemar, Drake, Rihanna, Stromae, Princess Nokia, Kamiayah, Molly Brazy, WizKid, Davido, Mr Eazi, Konshens, Popcaan, Giggs, Skepta, Dave, Ray Blk, Raye, Chxrrie, Lil Simz… so many to mention!

What have you got coming up?

I’ve got something cool coming with Native Instruments. I won’t speak too much on it, but it’s really big and I’m excited it for it to be announced! Other than that, I’m just focusing on building the catalogue with the intention of dropping some fire projects.

The new year is here, where would you say you hope to be by the end of 2018?

I have a lot planned for this year! I hope to have had my music featured in some adverts/programmes, dropped more than 3 projects, collaborate with more artists and producers, secure more DJ bookings and hopefully a booking agent. Plus more YouTube content and a lot more tricks up my sleeve.

Thanks Bamz!

We’ll be back with more from Bamz next week when we’ll get to know more about her creative process, as well as an inside glimpse at the make-up of one her biggest collabs with Nadia Rose to date. If you’d like to learn how to make your own tracks and beats then Point Blank Music School can teach you everything you need to know. In London, we’ve got a huge range of production courses, including a fully accredited honours degree, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering. Bamz herself uses Logic Pro, but with Point Blank all our production courses are cross-platform, using your choice of Logic or Ableton. You can also study online and save 25% on our online courses until 12th January!

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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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Check out our Top Ableton Tutorials of 2017! (Manipulating Sounds, BEAP for Live & More)

Ableton’s Live DAW has become synonymous with music production over the years. Used by everyone from budding bedroom producers to weathered industry professionals and musicians alike, this robust piece of software with its fantastic array of features is set to be a staple for a long time to come. To share some of our knowledge of Ableton with you, we’ve compiled this list of our top 3 Ableton tutorials of the year.

Comprehensive coverage of Ableton Live is available in our courses in London, Los Angeles and Online. Read on for our top 3 Ableton tutorials of 2017!

Sandunes ‘Crystal Pink’ Track Breakdown in Ableton Live

In this Ableton Live tutorial, former Point Blank student Sanaya, a.k.a. Sandunes, broke down her acclaimed track ‘Crystal Pink’, from her recent album, Downstream. In the video, Sanaya provides an overview of her creative process in Ableton Live, as well as demonstrating how she builds and structures her project files. If you’re looking for insight into how to create and organise a song intuitively, this is it.

BEAP in Ableton Live (Max for Live): Creating and Manipulating Sounds

BEAP is a Max for Ableton Live application that offers huge implications for virtual modular sound design. In this video, Point Blank instructor Dan Herbert takes us through the basics of sound manipulation in this incredibly diverse sound design environment.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Using Link in Live

As music production processes become increasingly virtual, there is an increasing demand for virtual collaborative spaces, where multiple remote users can work on single projects at once. ‘Link’ for Ableton Live is an application that allows for these collaborative spaces, where several Ableton users can operate on an instance of Live in real-time. In this tutorial, Ableton certified instructor, Freddy Froggs, takes us through how to use this incredible feature.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and a free copy of Logic Pro X/Ableton Suite until January 15th, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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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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Top 3 Live Performances of 2017! (Octave One, Sandunes & More…)

The ability to perform your own music is one of the cornerstones of longevity when it comes to success as a musician, and 2017 has seen us welcome some incredible artists to Point Blank to come and show us how it’s done. Featuring everything from pure analog and modular setups to Ableton controlled performance hybrids, read on for some of this year’s best live performances.

Don’t forget, there is the opportunity to learn about the practicalities and application of live performance in our courses, particularly our new online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering.

Octave One: Live Performance Masterclass

We welcomed Detroit legends, Octave One, to our London studios in October this year to give us a breakdown of their live performance. Beginning with a demonstration of a driving Octave One show and ending with an interview where they go through their equipment, providing tips on how to learn from failure, this performance from the Burden brothers is built to last.

Live Performance at Point Blank – LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

Earlier this year, modular synth wizard Sam Battle, a.k.a. LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, joined us at our London studios to provide us with an electrifying electro-punk live performance. Luckily for us, he brought his entire homemade modular synth setup along for the ride.

Live Performance Masterclass with Sandunes at Point Blank, London

Former Point Blank student, Sandunes, came to provide us with an insightful live performance masterclass in June. Taking time from her touring schedule before supporting Bonobo in Manchester, Sanaya provided us with a breakdown of all the elements of her acclaimed live performance, from the synths to triggering scenes in Ableton.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until December 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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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 Our Top 3 FFLs of 2017! How to Master a Dance Track, Create Classic Sounds + More

2017 has been a great year for Friday Forum Live, Point Blank’s live Friday broadcast. Keeping you updated with music production techniques, tips and tricks, we’ve been joined by our expert instructors to bring you tutorials, interviews and insight into composition, production and all things music-making. If you want to develop your own journey in music, check out our full range of courses in London, Los Angeles and online, and read on for our top 3 FFLs if 2017!

How to Create Classic Sounds With Your Synth

Emulating some of dance music’s classic sounds is something many of us try to do in our own productions. This video demonstrates how to reconstruct some of dance music’s most well-known synth sounds, including the huge reece bass from Renegade’s ‘Terrorist’ and the ever-popular organ stab from Robyn S’ ‘You’ve Got To Show Me Love’.

Using the Arturia Oberheim Sem V

In this FFL, Point Blank instructor, Paul Ressell, gives us the low-down on Arturia’s software emulation one of the world’s best-loved classic hardware synths, Tom Oberheim’s SEM. From basic patches to evolving pads, here we cover everything that makes this synth not just an emulation of a classic, but a fantastic synth in its own right.

How to Master a Dance Track – Tips and Techniques

Mastering a dance track can be one of the most difficult and humbling experiences in music production – so much so that producing and mastering are often treated as separate entities. In this video, Anthony Chapman takes us through some neat tips and techniques to provide people in the mastering process with some clarity.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until December 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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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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Student Success December 2017: WABE, Anthony Roofe

Each month, we catch up with Point Blank students and alumni to showcase their successes since studying with us, giving you an insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. In our Student Success December 2017, we caught up with WABE, a Sicilian house duo, and Anthony Roofe, who’s story of getting his track played by Annie Mac is a testament to perseverence. Check out our LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online course pages to begin your own journey in the music industry.

WABE (Kato Management) – <a href="<a href="https://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/courses/london/music-production-courses/music-composition-certificate/ "target="_blank"Music Composition

WABE are primary schoolfriends Ale Murphy and Signor Jenk, who grew up in Palermo, Sicily. Both listened mainly to rock music from the 60s and 70s and they played in garage punk and ska bands for much of their early years. They started DJing in the early 2000s and began WABE as a to explore their interest in house and techno. As Ale, who studied Music Composition with us puts it: “WABE is about creating catchy melodies and atmospheres that put the listener in a dreamy state of mind. Also, because everything starts with a live performance, the live feeling has to be the core element in our music.”

On Point Blank, he said this: “I loved everything about PB. The contents of the course are just perfect for someone who wants to do music for a living. The environment and the atmosphere were great and the teachers amazing. You can get a lot from your classes at PB but the key is you have to be motivated!”

Look out for more WABE gigs in London in the new year, and follow them on Facebook

Anthony Roofe – <a href="<a href="https://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/courses/london/music-production-courses/ba-hons-music-production-and-sound-engineering-3-yr/" target="_blank"BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Anthony Roofe is a current degree student here at Point Blank who’s career took an exciting turn recently at a BBC Music event. Anthony told us what happened in his own words: “I went to a BBC music conference where big artists, producers and DJs would do masterclass talks about how they got into the industry and advice for us. During Annie Mac’s talk, loads of people were asking to give her demos. I realised I wasn’t going to get picked with my hand up with a huge crowd all putting theirs up. I just walked to the front and just put my USB on the desk next to her. By the end, she had a mountain of demos. But later that evening she tweeted me saying she wanted to play my track on her main show on Radio 1.”

“I currently have the Radio 1 track now signed as part of an EP to a very well established label that I can reveal details of soon. I have other releases planned as well as more and more bookings coming in. Let’s just say you might catch me in Ibiza next year!”

Anthony’s story illustrates the impact that a combination of talent and being at the right place at the right time can have. Follow Anthony on Soundcloud or Facebook.

Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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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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Find Out Our Top 3 Plugins of the Week of 2017! OekSound, UAD & More Inside…

Plugins have become a mainstay in music production as a convenient and cost-effective alternative for larger physical hardware options. That said, the market for plugins is huge, saturated with thousands of applications performing similar jobs from different companies. We begun our ‘Plugin of the Week’ series to shed some light on this technical minefield and provide you our recommendations of some of the best plugins around. If you want to start your journey in music production, check out our courses in LondonLos Angeles and Online. For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. Now read on for our top 3 ‘Plugin of the Week’ videos of 2017!

SSL 4000 E Channel Strip

In this plugin of the week, Point Blank Creative Director and plugin maestro, JC Concato, takes us through UAD’s incredible strip emulation of the cornerstone mixing desk, the SSL 4000 E. In the video, JC demonstrates the accurate analog behaviour of this musical channel strip and highlights its practical applications in a mixing environment.

Soothe by Oeksound

Soothe is a fantastically unique plugin. Originally designed by Oeksound as a vocal processor, the concept behind this plugin is to work as a dynamic processor, with self-adjusting frequency bands to tame the mids and highs of any track. In this plugin of the week feature, JC goes through the ins-and-outs of this software and how to use it to adjust your vocals in the mix.

Eventide ‘Blackhole’ Reverb

For this plugin of the week feature, we turn the spotlight onto Eventide’s ethereal ‘BlackHole’ reverb plugin. Creating reverb spaces that range between tiny box reverbs and gigantic alien spaces with huge, smooth tails, this plugin really is unique. Watch on for a walkthrough of its features and hugely customisable parameters.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until Dec 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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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 Our Top Sound Design Tutorials of 2017! (How to Create an 808 Bass + More)

We continue with our round-up of our favourite videos of the year, with our collection of the top Sound Design Tutorials! Effective sound design is one of the most essential stages in the creation of electronic music, but it can also be one of the most confusing. To help you gain some clarity, we’ve compiled this highlight reel of tips and techniques to assist you in developing your sound. Sound Design is just one of many music production techniques taught in our courses in London, Los Angeles and Online. For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

Creating Evolving Sounds and Effects Using Maschine MK3

Earlier this year, Native Instruments made serious waves with the much awaited update to their lauded Maschine hardware, the MK3. To mark the occasion, we tasked our expert instructor, Paul Ressel, with unpacking some of the Maschine’s extensive new Sound Design features. The results can be found above.

How to Create an 808 Bass in Massive

The 808 kick drum is one of the most iconic sounds in modern-day electronic music – if you don’t recognise the name, you’ll almost certainly recognise the sound. Used in everything from Hip-Hop to Techno, this sound design tutorial provides an almost-perfect emulation of this hardware classic.

Using Reaktor as an Effects Plugin

Native Instruments’ Reaktor suite is a powerful tool for Sound Design. In this Sound Design Tutorial, Point Blank instructor, Chris Carter, goes demonstrates how Reaktor can be used as an effective effects plugin, with a wide array of tools at your disposal to achieve your sound.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and a free copy of Logic Pro X/Ableton Suite until September 11th, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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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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