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Point Blank Sound Design Tutorial Series: What is a LFO?

We’re back with a brand new tutorial series to help you get the most out of your productions. In this series, Point Blank course developer and instructor Chris Carter will be showing us the basics of sound design, focusing on different elements of synthesis and going into detail as to how they work and how they can be applied. These videos will give you a flavour of what to expect on our courses, such as our comprehensive BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering degree, which is also available as an online degree.In the first episode of the series, Point Blank expert instructor Chris Carter answers the question ‘what is an LFO?’ describing the differences between oscillators and low-frequency oscillators, discussing the frequency spectrum and sharing some tips on how to use LFOs effectively. In the video, Chris uses Logic Pro X’s ES2 synthesiser and Native Instrument’s Massive to demonstrate LFOs in use, achieving vibrato/tremolo effects and much more. Watch the video for the full tutorial and stay tuned for the next in the series!

These tips are just a small excerpt from the sound design module on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. 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 free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with online courses until June 30th, 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.

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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Point Blank Guest Artists and Speaker Round-Up

At Point Blank, we pride ourselves on our real world industry connections and frequently invite leading and influential figures to speak to our classes. Offering tips, insights and guidance gleaned from working at the very top of their field, these guests help to inspire students and demystify a hugely competitive world. Nowhere is this more important than the world of business where it pays to stay ahead of the latest developments and opportunities.

This term, like always, saw a number of special guests come by our London studio complex as well as our LA facility. All of these ‘lectures’ are intimate, informal affairs allowing our students plenty of opportunities to put their own questions to the experts. To give a little taste, here’s this term’s recap in pictures.

MJ Cole

We joined MJ Cole at his Farringdon studio for a masterclass and track deconstruction of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’ as well as a studio tour.

Robot Koch

Robot Koch joined us at Point Blank Los Angeles to treat us to a live deconstruction of his track ‘Eclipse’, from his 2015 album Hypermoment.

Chris Read (Whosampled)

Chris Read of Whosampled hosted a seminar on ‘The Art Of Sampling’ at our event in collaboration with Ableton and Brownswood Recordings.

Vicente Sanfuentes

Techno/House producer Vicente Sanfuentes was another of our many guests this month, joining us at PBLA for a masterclass and Q&A session.

Octave One

Detroit Techno duo Octave One joined us at our London facility for an incredible live set.

Catz ‘n Dogz

Polish producer’s Catz ‘n’ Dogz deconstructed a forthcoming release in their masterclass for Point Blank, talking to us about their creative process and sharing produciton tips.

Steve Sharples

Moulin Rouge composer and producer for The Fall Steve Sharples spoke to students about the industry, sharing their stories and advice.

Ferry Corsten

Dance music heavy-weight Ferry Corsten joined us for an exclusive masterclass at our London studios, showing us how he works on his tracks.

If you want to benefit from Point Blank’s exemplary network of connections, learn from industry professionals and kick start your own career in the music industry, you should join us. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree is the pinnacle of what we offer and gives you a 360-degree view of your options in the industry. Our courses are developed by professionals who have worked with Pharrell Williams, Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia and Massive Attack and modules cover music composition, DJing, live sound engineering, music business and much more. Validated by Middlesex University, you won’t find a better way to immerse yourself in your passion for music. Find out more about our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree here. You can also book a tour of our brand new London studio complex by heading here.

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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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Alison D

One of the many reasons to learn the craft of DJing at Point Blank is that you get the chance to have your mixes played exclusively on Pioneer DJ Radio alongside the likes of top artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. We get a real kick out of showcasing our students’ talent and seeing it reach an audience of thousands each week. What’s more, because PDJR also features shows from some of the biggest and best labels out there including Cadenza, Get Physical and Defected, you never know who might be listening.

weekend-djPoint Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

The latest Point Blank student to feature on Pioneer DJ Radio, Alison D finds her inspiration on stage and in her travels. The last few years have seen her tour Europe, playing shows in France, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K to name a few. Having grown up between Paris, London, Munich and Barcelona, Alison’s eclectic taste reflects her diverse upbringing, with her style drawing influence from all four of the major European cities.

Alison’s background in music began at the age of six, when she began to learn classical piano, studying through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scheme and going on to complete her grade 8 at just 14. After graduating from business school and working as a financial analyst for 3 years, Alison decided to quit to pursue her passion for music full time, enrolling herself onto our Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma. ‘The courses at Point Blank are great!’ She says. ‘You learn a lot more techniques that you could learn on your own. Great tutors, super feedback. They are always ready to help and really approachable! It was also great to be in such a stimulating environment with like-minded people. Expect me back soon.’

In her short tenure as a full-time DJ, she has already played for a variety of clients, events and festivals around the world and will be over the coming Summer travelling from London to Ibiza, to Bermuda, where she has an upcoming residency. You can keep up with Alison on her website.

Remember – if you think you have what it takes to have a mix featured on Pioneer DJ Radio, submit your 1 Hour mix to louis@pointblankmusicschool.com and you could be the next on our regular slot, with your mix being broadcast twice a week for two weeks.

Feeling inspired? Perhaps you too want to unlock your creative potential – and we can help you. Find out more about our DJ courses in London here, or if you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Talib in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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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PB Graduate Sandunes to Host Masterclass at Point Blank in London

Former Point Blank student Sanaya Ardeshir, a.k.a Sandunes, has returned to London for the first time since studying on our Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma back in 2011 for a string of dates across the UK. As a part of her UK trip, Sanaya will be joining us at Point Blank to host a live performance masterclass on the 21st June, exclusively for our students and graduates at our Orsman Road studio facility.

Having just finished a UK tour with folk act Parekh & Singh, Sanaya is billed to support electronic music heavyweight Bonobo in Manchester on the 4th July as a part of the Manchester International Festival. You can check out Sandunes’ live show on Boiler Room below to get a flavour of her unique live performance setup.
Students at Point Blank gain access to numerous guest masterclasses in addition to their studies, as well as exclusive industry opportunities such as studio internships and placements. If you’d like to learn music production, mixing or mastering with us we offer courses at every 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 free copy of Ableton Suite with online courses until June 30th. 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.

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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