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

Creating FX in Reaktor Blocks (FFL!)

Reaktor Blocks is a powerful modular audio system from Native Instruments, capable of creating full-on synths, samplers, sequencers and more. With a huge collection of both built-in modules and user created devices, there are almost endless options before you ever begin to dive in and edit the ensembles. We thought we’d show where to start in this week’s Friday Forum Live! with PB instructor Ben Pest building an FX unit from scratch. Watch the tutorial live at 1pm BST and make sure you get your questions in for Ben.

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Reaktor Blocks is just one small part of what you can learn on our online Diploma courses. With modules on everything from sound design, mixing, mastering and music composition, it’s the complete course for mastering your music. With graduates including Claude Von Stroke, Jon Rundell and Goldie, you’ll be in good company. Find out more 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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Plugin Spotlight: Magic AB v2 by Sample Magic

Get an in-depth look at Magic AB v2 by Sample Magic, a simple yet powerful reference track tool for production, mixing, and mastering.

Magic AB

Magic AB Overview

Sample Magic has earned a strong reputation as being one of the world’s leading provider of professional sound samples, instrument presets, musical components, music production resources, and software to producers across a wide range of genres. Fueling their line of innovative products is the all-new version of Magic AB, an award-winning referencing plugin.

Simplicity is the core concept behind Magic AB. This extremely proficient and powerful plugin allows you to compare the track you are working on with up to nine pre-loaded reference tracks flawlessly. Magic AB is both an indispensable mixing tool and a serious workflow enhancer that excels at regularly checking how your mixes or masters stack up against other commercially produced tracks or tracks that clients have provided as benchmarks.

What makes this tool so amazing is its ability to reference tracks effortlessly without having to setup complex bus routings, inconveniently mute channels, or toggle between outputs. Even more, everything you need is available in one stripped-back interface that does one thing in as an efficient way as possible without draining your CPU resources. It can even be switched to a compact version that uses a minimum amount of screen space, perfect for when you need space for other plugins.

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ABing full mixes is just one of the great feature sets of Magic AB. It can also be used on individual channels when working on a new track to help you emulate any sound you admire. For example, you can AB between the source material and the part you’re working on, and then regularly switch between the two as you hone in on the tone you desire.

Magic AB is also a go-to tool for mastering engineers as well, allowing them to compare in an instant the track they are working on not just to other commercial masters, but also to the other tracks on the album.

Magic AB Workflow

Magic AB is arguably the fastest and easiest way to perform instant AB references to compare the track you are working on in your DAW with any commercially produced reference track. It is designed to work best when placed at the end of the processing chain so you can mix a track using your favorite plugins and compare them against reference tracks without affecting the sound of the reference tracks with your processing chain.

Loading reference tracks can’t be any more simplistic. Quickly load a track by simply dragging and dropping an audio file onto a track slot or alternatively, clicking on the text box alongside one of the nine players to open a window that shows two options for loading and unloading audio. Once audio is loaded, you can effortlessly toggle between tracks by clicking the ‘Play’ button next to each of the nine players. Each player also features a ‘Focus’ button that enables you to select a track to view in the display without starting its playback as well as a ‘Gain’ slider to dial in the tracks volume and a ‘RAM’ button for deactivating tracks to ease your CPU load.

Magic AB

Magic AB goes beyond simple playback of reference tracks. This full featured plugin also sports three different playback modes and a host of options that let you hone in on the details such as zoom, play/cue, loop controls, and more. You can now define up to four cue points for each reference track with version 2, and then easily drag the Cue markers to a desired playback location. In addition, you can name Cue points from a list of structural titles such as Intro, Chorus, Drop, etc. for better navigation between Cue points.

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No mixing tool is complete without output meters. Balance the relative volume of mixes with the high-res Peak and RMS displays that sports improved Mono/Stereo monitoring, volume faders, and large AB buttons for toggling between your DAW’s output and Magic AB’s reference stream.

Magic AB

Magic AB has workflow in mind at every move. Quickly compare multiple mixes by simply creating and saving your own ‘go-to’ playlists to radically speed up loading tracks or save presets that can be loaded anytime during a session. Magic AB also has the user’s needs in mind as well and features a ‘Bypass’ button to disable the plugin, and preference options that give you the ability to manually adjust crossfade times to give your ears a chance to recalibrate. Allowing your ears to recalibrate is especially useful when your monitoring environment or speakers are less than perfect.

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Final Thoughts

Magic AB isn’t designed to enhance your sounds or directly alter your tracks. It is designed as a reference tool used to make the moves necessary to improve your mixes and streamline your workflow. After using Magic AB, I can’t imagine working without it to help me push my sounds into commercial quality territory. In addition, the Dubspot team loves this plugin so much that we use it in our Mixing and Mastering Program.

Key Features

Magic AB is both an powerful mixing tool and a workflow improver that allows the producer to:

  • Perform instant AB references: compare the track you are working on in your DAW with any commercially produced reference track in a variety of audio formats (mp3, Aiff, Wav, m4a, AAC).
  • Like the sound of a reference? No problems – drag/drop your chosen reference track/s into Magic AB then flick between them and your mix with a single mouse click.
  • New in Version 2: three unique referencing modes: Sync to compare your current mix with older versions – a mastering must; Latch to follow the DAW timeline; and Manual for freeform referencing.
  • Hone in on the details: cue the reference track from the precise point you want to hear and loop the section you want to focus on. New with V2: save up to four cue/loop points per track and work in detail with the all-new zoom.
  • Compare multiple mixes quickly and simply: create and save ‘go-to’ playlists to radically speed up mixing and mastering.
  • Balance the relative volume of mixes with extensive, accurate, easy-to-read metering (peak, RMS and crest values with adjustable peak fall time). The clear, ergonomically designed GUI with bold waveform display means you’re always comparing like with like.
  • Compare stereo mixes or flip to mono to check mono compatibility.
  • Give your ears a chance to recalibrate with manually changeable crossfade times. Flip in an instant, or allow transitions of up to 2000ms.
  • Do it all ‘in mini’ with Mini AB – the same powerful feature set at a tenth of the size: ideal for those using smaller screens.

Availability

Magic AB available to download at Authorized Dealers and Sample Magic.

Compatibility: PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats compatible with 32/64bit DAWs.

 


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 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Monthly Round-Up September 2016: Maschine Jam First Look, Recording Tabla + More

The start of a new academic year meant that September was always going to be an exciting month here at Point Blank. As we welcomed the new students onto campus – including our first students taking our new flagship BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree – we stepped up our game with production tutorials, exclusive free content and informative features to help build your knowledge and take your music-making to the next level. We also found the time to welcome some very special guests to PBHQ, including house star MK and acclaimed tablaist Sirishkumar Manji. Check out our monthly round-up below as we recap some of the highlights. To see each post in detail, click the corresponding title to be taken through to the page. And for those not already in the know, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss out on our cutting edge content.

Maschine Jam – First Look (FFL!)

Maschine fast became the go-to beat machine of millions of producers worldwide when it was launched back in 2009. Since, it’s seen some updates to its hardware and software via Maschine 2.0 and the landmark Maschine Studio controller. For many, it was a studio tool, used to produce and create ideas and beats, but more and more artists were taking the popular beat maker on the road. Now NI have catered for live performers with a brand new hardware release: Maschine Jam. In this FFL!, PB instructor Paul Ressel (Lana Del Rey, Faithless) gives you a first look at the new Maschine Jam and its new software functions.

Point Blank Los Angeles Student Testimonials: Travis Holcombe (KCRW) + More

Since opening its doors in January last year, Point Blank Los Angeles has introduced hundreds of graduates to the world of music production and DJ’ing. In that time we’ve seen some huge developments, from the recent introduction of our DJ Studios and with it our flagship Music Production and Sound Design Diploma, to a range of guest artists including Daddy Kev, TEED, Mr. Carmack and many more. With that in mind we took some time out to catch up with some current students and graduates to get the lowdown on their learning experience at PBLA.

Recording Tabla in Ableton Live (FFL!)

Combining unique instruments with more traditional techniques has often been the way to create your own sound. In electronic music and beyond, the blending of styles and genres can help you break out of the loop-based and sample-pack production traps. In this FFL!, Ski Oakenfull was joined by tablaist Sirishkumar Manji to show you how to record tabla into Ableton Live and combine it with electronic sounds in your productions. It turned into a jam session. Subscribe to our channel for more live events and free tutorials.

Watch MK Discuss His Creative Struggles, DJ Setup and Remixing at PB London

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a modern dance music legend. From his early releases like ‘Burning’, created under the mentorship of key Detroit figures, he went on to create a trademark vocal-chop sound, and even hit number one in the UK charts with his remix of Storm Queen. Point Blank have sat down with the house hero many times, first at the inaugural LEAF in 2013 and later at IMS Ibiza as part of the IMS Remix. This time, he came to Point Blank London to talk about his creative struggles, DJ setup and approach to remixing.

Sarm Music Village & PB Present – Sarm Session: Trevor Horn

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We had a huge announcement to make last month: on Sunday 13th November, two legendary music production institutions are teaming up to bring you world-class knowledge, insight and inspiration at a brand new event concept. Taking place at the newly-built SARM Music Village – the next generation of the famous studio complex – in collaboration with Point Blank, it’s your chance to learn directly from Trevor Horn, one of the world’s most legendary producers.

Trevor will be discussing everything from recording techniques, his favourite equipment, production approach and will be breaking down one of his most iconic productions: Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’. This exclusive opportunity will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience; your chance to learn directly from the man who shaped the sound of modern music. Tickets are priced at £195 and are places are strictly limited to 50 on a first come, first served basis. Head here to reserve your space.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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How to Use Maschine Jam in Ableton Live with a Controller Template

Maschine fast became the go-to beat machine of millions of producers worldwide when it was launched back in 2009. Since, it’s seen some updates to its hardware and software via Maschine 2.0 and the landmark Maschine Studio controller. For many, it was a studio tool, used to produce and create ideas and beats, but more and more artists were taking the popular beat maker on the road. Now NI have catered for live performers with a brand new hardware release: Maschine Jam.

In our second video focusing on this exciting new controller, PB instructor Paul Ressel (Lana Del Rey, Faithless) demonstrates how Maschine Jam can be used to build and arrange a track in Ableton Live using a controller template. Watch the full video above and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss another free tutorial or live event.

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As well as learning to make music using Native Instruments’ full suite of products, PB students in London are entitled to an exclusive 50% discount with 30% off NI’s flagship hardware. At our London school you have access to NI hardware including our radio studio kitted out with Kontrol S2 controllers, our DJ room with the latest Traktor hardware and software and Komplete Kontrol keyboards in our project studios. We’ll also be one of the first schools to install our very own Maschine Jams in our brand new studios in the next few days – if you want to come down and see it for yourself, we host tours every Wednesday at 17:30 and Saturdays at 12:30. Click here to book yourself on one.

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Understanding Swing and Groove Quantization

Dubspot’s Michael Walsh joins industry veterans to give us a lesson on swing and groove quantization.

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What is Swing?

In music terms, the word “swing” refers to a bouncing groove that can be created in the rhythm of music. Swing can be achieved with any instrument but is most often used in the bass and drum parts of a music arrangement. A primary example of this sound would be the swing style of jazz music that was popular in the 1930s. This style of rhythm has maintained popularity throughout the decades, from swing dancing to big beat bands and more recently making a resurgence in house music around the early 2000′s. In fact, much of house music’s style derives its groove from this sort of rhythm which was popularized by the swing functions of early samplers and drum machines. In the following example, Chicago house music producer James Curd samples a 1930′s guitar groove from Django Reinhardt and applies modern day swing quantization to his drums to create a swinging house groove inspired by Woody Allen’s 1999 film, Sweet and Lowdown.

Swing Quantization with Akai and E-Mu Machines

With the advent of drum machines and samplers from classics like the E-Mu SP1200 and Akai MPC 60, the function of “swing” was introduced into music production workflow and began to have a massive impact on hip hop and electronic music in the early 1980′s. While the swing function on drum machines and samplers were initially designed to emulate a human feel when using quantized beats, pioneering musicians found that these swing settings could create a groove that perfectly suited the street-wise attitude of early hip hop and dance music.

The quintessential head-nod that spread throughout the evolution of electronic music came from E-Mu’s SP1200 and more prominently from Roger Linn’s involvement with the Akai MPC series. While some producers such as J Dilla are known for creating free-form, un-quantized beats, most early hip hop tracks used the new swing quantization functions of these machines to create the sound we’ve come to know as American hip hop and house music.

Modern Day Swing

Today we can find a swing parameter in almost every DAW and on most drum-related electronic instruments. Swing is a function that applies most easily to a quantized beat. The percentage of swing that you apply moves certain hits of your rhythm “off the grid” just enough to create a groove that sounds realistic and more pleasing to our ears than a rigid groove. Most devices offer very subtle to very extreme settings. It’s worth noting that swing functions apply differently on different instruments and programs. For MPC-style swing, Akai’s hardware is hard to beat. However, Propellerhead’s Reason does come loaded with groove templates that emulate the Akai MPC 60 as well as numerous other machines. Ableton Live also offers groove quantization that can read imported audio, MIDI, and groove template files. Native Instruments’ Maschine groove production studio comes loaded with extensive swing settings as well that can be applied to groups in your project and individual sounds.

Swing Quantization Tips From Industry Veterans

One of the great improvements in drum machine history (after the addition of velocity) was the addition of swing. Before people had to use triplets to achieve something similar. I remember that new jack swing beats sounded a bit too jumpy at the time. The arrival of a swing feature was of great importance for many musical styles, mainly 90′s house as well. It’s pretty much unthinkable without it. Fortunately, it’s no rocket science to understand what swing is doing and there is still plenty of room for nudging and real-time programming after that. Music without swing has a more mechanized feel and sounds unnatural. Swing gives many musical styles such as bouncy house music, groovy minimal techno, and downtempo their signature groove and is an important element in drum programming. As far as the MPC discussion, the old SP12 and MPC60 are supposed to be the real deal. I worked with both of these machines, and I think it’s a good idea to start separating the myth from the reality. – Heinrich Zwahlen

The addition of a swing function in Maschine was a godsend. More importantly, it has been improved since its introduction as a feature within Maschine. You can now incorporate the swing effect on individual sounds, whereas it was only available on the entire group in previous versions. If that’s not enough, Maschine users now have the ability to choose from a variety of different swing settings, which can be automated randomly in real-time. What can you say if it ain’t got that swing? I use swing only when needed. Swing is not something that you should use just because you’re not using it. I use it wherever it’s needed, and I can only determine if it should be applied to a group or to an individual sound when I’m working on the track at hand. – Mike Huckaby

Groove Quantization

Here are my thoughts and my uses of swing on Maschine, MPC, or DAW. I come from live drumming and the hip hop world. Swing is such an important element to music let alone dance, R&B, and Hip Hop genres. I use it sometimes on the whole track and sometimes on individual parts. My drums always have some sort of swing in them, even so-called straight playing there will be a swing somewhere in the composition. That is just my style. For me, there’s not much of a major difference in the swing between MPC and Maschine. The MPC though has a more organic feel to me than Maschine on the start but I can get Maschine to do whatever I need it to, and I love it. I mean MPC and SP1200 were the first, but the feel and sound that Maschine now emulates does pretty well along with stuff that MPC nor SP1200 could never do. Swing is not just for drums or percussive parts; I use it on guitar, bass lines, and definitely on samples that I have sliced and chopped. For me, using it on individual sounds in Maschine works best, because it allows for me the most flexibility when creating my tracks. Swing can be your best friend or an arch enemy if you don’t have a feel for it. It is something that is felt more than just note values, numbers, and code. I have played with numerous musicians, and when it comes to drummers, you can have technique, but that feel and rhythm is what always rocks. I mean for music as a whole, what and how it feels is what sticks with the listener. Wu Tangs classic “Enter The 36 Chambers” was not sonically or even technically on par with what the industry pros would consider pro. But the way it felt, energy, and how it made you feel we’re priceless! Til this day that album is crazy! – Shareef Islam

Ableton Live offers you the ability to quantize your audio clips and apply swing easily. To apply Quantization in Live, simply open the Clip View, select all notes by hitting Command+A, and then hit Shift+Command+U to open up the Quantization menu to select a desired quantize value that the notes will snap too. If you want to add some swing, you can choose to quantize to 1/8T or 1/16T. You can set the percentage of quantization here as well, choose 100% for something more rigid and a lesser amount for a more subtle shift. Keep in mind your Warp Mode setting for the audio samples will lead to different results. You can also choose to alter your audio by selecting a Groove from Live’s Groove Pool. After you have selected all of the transients in an audio clip, you can click the hot swap from the Groove Pool and choose one of the many built-in grooves. You can also hit the Commit button to see how it impacts the audio. While a Groove is actively selected, you will hear it, but once you hit Commit, you will see the audio transformed as well. Command+Z will undo the action, and you can compare the before and after sound of the clip. – Professor Steve Nalepa

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More often than not, I don’t use the Swing parameter on Maschine to create a groove. The way I prefer to achieve some natural swing and groove in my tracks is by paying close attention to velocity. A healthy combination of varying velocities and intelligent sample selection can go a long way towards achieving the natural feel that some producers rely on swing to provide. I often use the “16 Level” mode or vary the amount of pressure on the pad while using note repeat, especially while recording hi-hats. One extra trick is to utilize the sample type of the drum sample in Maschine. By default, most drum sounds come in as “one-shots” and the sample is simply replayed upon hitting the pad. Changing this to AHD or ADSR mode will give you added flexibility over shaping the sound. Just moving the attack to shave off the initial “strike” of a kick or hi-hat can dramatically help fit these sounds into your groove better.Matt Cellitti

My approach to utilizing the different layers of swing in Maschine is analogous to how I route audio in a DAW for mixing purposes. I like to apply my desired amount and type of swing to each individual sound such as drums, bass, etc. After that, I use the Group swing to tie all of those individually swung sounds together in the same way you would use a compressor to glue a group of sounds together on a buss track. Finally, I use the Master swing to tie all of the eight Groups together. With this approach, you can easily give all the sounds their own unique feel while still creating an overall groove, much like musicians would sound in a well rehearsed live band. – Pat Cupo

 


EDU Summer Sessions

Music Foundations Program

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn musical language and theory, and make and play music the way you want. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, strengthen their keyboard skills, and learn valuable music theory, deepening their creative practice and facilitating effective collaborations with musical partners.

About This Program

The best producers, DJs, and musicians in the world strive to be well-rounded. So should you. In Dubspot’s Music Foundations Program, you’ll explore three major aspects of music: rhythmic theory, melodic theory, and critical listening.

Most pioneering early electronic musicians had years of conservatory training in theory and performance but had access to very limited technologies. In today’s musical world, it’s the opposite: we have a powerful and versatile array of electronic music making tools at our fingertips, but often fall short in our theoretical understanding of how electronic music works.

Our Music Foundations program is designed to fill this gap and provide training in fundamental skills and concepts with the electronic musician, DJ, and producer in mind. In this course, you’ll build your chops and learn the basics of musical language and theory so that you can make and play the music you want. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, and explore compositional techniques and song structure. The weekly homework lessons for all three courses have been designed using Ableton Live, and along the way you’ll also learn the basics of Ableton and how to use it as a powerful tool to improve your musicianship in a variety of ways.

What’s Included

  • Music Foundations Level 1: Pads & Rhythmic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 2: Keys & Melodic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 3: Critical Listening

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Student Success: September 2016 w/ dreamAwaken, Nat Rich + more

Another month, another batch of former PB students making some serious waves out there in the real world. This is where we show off – like proud parents – recent success stories to give you insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. In September 2016, we’re catching up with a diverse set of just breaking talent: Brazilian-born producer and DJ Marcelo Mortimer aka dreamAwaken, DJ and founder of On Air Radio Nat Rich and fast rising big room star DJ Prerna. Want to join them? Check out our LondonLos Angeles and online course pages to begin your own journey to the top.

dreamAwaken (Ellum, Doppelgänger – Various Modules, Part of the Complete Master Diploma)

Dreamawaken – Student Success

Brazil’s Marcelo Storino Mortimer, better known as dreamAwaken, creates stargazing, emotive techno that lives up to that artist name. Describing his MO as, “Putting sounds and silence together in a sequence of invisible waves travelling through the molecule that connect us all, trying to re-create mother nature’s own rhythm,” Marcelo is nothing if not ambitious. Still, with the support of a slew of quality labels including Electronique, Doppelgänger, Dear Deer and more, his drive to bring people together is clearly resonating. The Swedish-based producer has even had his track ‘8 Bit in a Bit’ remixed by Switchbox and released on Maceo Plex’s imprint Ellum.

“I get a bit nostalgic thinking of the amazing time I had at PB. I met some amazing people who are just as deeply in love with music as I am,” says Mortimer of his time at Point Blank. “I went pretty much from knowing nothing about production to being able to release music after studying at Point Blank. The teachers, the facility and the studios are top notch. It’s really where the sound thing became serious for me.”

Asked what the most memorable aspect about studying at PB was, he is quick to respond: “My favourite thing was actually some of the teachers I had there, I learned a decade’s worth of knowledge in one and a half years.” Nowadays, there’s precious little time for reflecting on the past as he’s currently working on a project with Italian producer Kurtz, with a track due to drop next month on a compilation by the progressive label Iboga Records. Plus, expect an EP with Australian Open Records before the year is out – but if you can’t wait until then, you can hear more from dreamAwaken over at his Soundcloud.

Nat Rich (On Air Radio – Introduction to Radio, part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma)

Nat Rich

When Nat Rich joined Point Blank in January 2014, little did she know what a life-changing impact it would have on her career. Graduating from the Singing course, Introduction to Radio Broadcasting and Advanced Radio Production (both part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma), Nat has gone on to DJ in Oman, Bahrain, London, Dubai and has played for Hed Kandi, Calvin Klein and the Grand Prix. Nat’s also been employed as a voiceover artist, presented music videos and interviewed some of the biggest stars of electronic music world, including fellow PB alumni No Artificial Colours and Klingande.

“The courses were fun, and although I was a little nervous about starting college again at the age of 29, I was certainly not the oldest in both of my classes and I was treated just like everyone else,” she remembers. “The insight into radio specifically was just what I needed. I learnt the key industry terms for all things radio-based which really helps me to now speak with the leading professionals I meet daily in my current role as Radio Syndication Director of On Air Radio, based in Ibiza.” Aside from providing the training and tools to excel in this highly competitive industry, Nat praises the special atmosphere that PB fostered between the students: “I felt a real buzz when in the studio and the part I liked the most was the vibe between students. We all helped each other out an worked on each others tracks and radio projects. You can make great contacts at the college and this is just as valuable as the certificates you are awarded.”

As well as running On Air Radio, Nat also hosts a live radio show called Sustainable Sounds on Ibiza White FM 103.7 with co host Esther Nicklin, a conscious talk and music radio show that gets to the know the more human side of the music artists they interview. Listen in here.

DJ Prerna (Ministry of Sound, Lollapolooza – Music Production Ableton Live Certificate, part of the Music Production Master Diploma)

DJ Prerna

Combining populist, party-starting selections with keen technical proficiency, Prerna Singh has built up a loyal and large following as a big room DJ. Things were nearly very different for the Pune-born DJ and producer, with Prerna setting out on a much more conventional career armed with a Masters degree in Business Administration. Unable to sideline her passion for music, she taught herself to DJ before enrolling in online music production courses at Point Blank. This year, she even travelled to London to begin her studies on PB’s Audio Mastering course – part of the Music Production & Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma – to give her the edge. “I feel the courses at Point Blank are tailored to the different needs of the students, and they’ve helped me move ahead in the right direction.”

As someone who has also learned through PB’s online school, she praises the way the courses plays out: “They are uniquely structured to give a classroom vibe,” she says. “Point Blank gave me the direction I needed in my career. Prior to Point Blank I was watching all sorts of tutorials and none of them helped in my productions.” Nowadays, Prerna has a schedule that takes her all over the world, playing sets in some of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals, including Lollapalooza and London’s Ministry of Sound. She’s a regular across Dubai, Las Vegas, London and Pune, India – her home city – and this year will see her release her first productions. As her profile grows, she hopes to put India on the dance music map. If you’re based in London, you can see DJ Prerna in action – she plays Ministry of Sound once again on 7th October.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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