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Plugin Spotlight: Repeater by D16 Group and Slate Digital

This plugin spotlight features Repeater, an impressive vintage modeled dual-delay developed as a collaboration between D16 Group and Slate Digital.



Repeater is a full featured dual-delay that features 23 authentic modeled delay units that have been created over the past 70 years ranging from classic oil cans and plates to modern digital circuits and the most famous vintage designs. This powerful all-in-one unit is no average delay plugin; it is a carefully crafted stereo effect processor designed as a collaboration between D16 Group and Slate Digital, two industry leading companies known for delivering high-quality virtual instruments and effects. Repeater is the ultimate creative tool for adding space, depth, and excitement to your music.

Key Features

Repeater is not your typical stereo delay effect processor with independent control of the processing path for the left and right channels. This versatile delay unit features several controls to manipulate the processing signal flow at various stages. The user-friendly graphic interface provides a host of modern controls grouped in processing blocks that follow the signal path for both channels, making it an extremely flexible double delay line effect. You’ll appreciate all the creative possibilities this approach can offer over the typical delay plugin. The following key features give you an idea of its many capabilities:

  • 23 unique delay models
  • Two separate delay lines for left and right channels with independent control for each of them and per channel features:
    • Phase invert function
    • Audio clipper module with Color parameter
    • Dual (Hi-Pass, Lo-Pass) filter
    • Dry/Wet mixing
    • Channel re-panning
  • Tap function for non-synchronized delay times
  • Optional Tempo Synchronization with DAW’s
  • Ping-Pong mode
  • Feedback Analog mode
  • Two stage Stereo spread
  • Ultra-low digital aliasing output
  • Tag based preset browser
  • MIDI-learn functionality
  • 64 bit internal processing

Delay Line Models

Why pay for several different delay plugins when you can capture all your favorites in a brilliantly designed unit that emulates some of the industries most renowned delay models? D16 Group and Slate Digital made this happen in a collaborative effort known as Repeater. Below are 23 delay line Model emulations that affect the tone characteristics of your sounds:

  • Cassette Tape: A model of an early 80′s Japanese cassette tape deck. We’d call this one “mid-fi.”
  • Coopy Cube: An early 70′s delay originally made from a garden hose! Great for short delays to add depth, also with stereo Spread option.
  • Digital 42: One of the most famous modern digital delays, this one has a uniquely early digital tone with a touch of graininess and a slight scoop. Great for guitars and vocals.
  • Digital 42 x 2: The double option on the Digital 42, it halves the sample rate for an extremely unique lo-fi tone that is great on vocals, guitars, and drums.
  • Digital Delay: A hi-resolution digital delay. Use Repeater’s filters and Color to customize the tone.
  • DM-2: An early bucket brigade analog delay with a warm and rich tone. Amazing on guitars and synths.
  • Mellow Delay: A smooth, subdued delay that is based on several vintage analog topologies.
  • Memory Guy: Lush analog delay with fat vintage tone.
  • Mirky Delay: Based on early bucket brigade analog delays, it is dark and thick. Great as a special effect delay or thickener when used with the Spread option.
  • New Radio: Delay tone with FM radio style scooped hi-fi tone. Try it on vocals.
  • Old Radio: Delay tone with AM radio style grainy lo-fi tone.
  • Pitchy Delays (3 models): Delays with slight pitch modulations for extremely spatial and deep effects. Sounds great when both delay lines are set to the same time creating a chorusing mono effect. These can also be used with tight delays with Spread option for widening and thickening effects.
  • Plexy Echo: Based on an old 70s tape delay unit. It’s fat tone, which sounds great on vocals guitars and even drums.
  • Space Delay: Based on the famous magnetic tape delay with warm and gritty tone. A classic on guitars.
  • Tape Delay Ancient: An extremely old 1940′s style tape delay tone.
  • Tape Delay Classic: Early 60′s style tape delay.
  • Tape Delay Modern: Hi-fi tape delay with warm and lush tone.
  • Tape Delay Vintage: 70′s style tape tone, slightly grainy but warm.
  • Telephone 1: Lo-fi telephone tone, great for special effects or used as an insert on vocal or even full mix.
  • Telephone 2: Another lo-fi telephone tone with slightly different frequency and distortion tone.
  • TelRay: The analog delay classic made original from a tuna can. Beautifully lo-fi with a rich tone that is perfect for guitars.

Working with Repeater

Working with Repeater is a lot of fun. The intuitive and easy to understand interface allows you to jump in and get amazing results right away without having to figure out complex controls and options. The sound quality is absolutely amazing, and I immediately fell in love with all the sound shaping options. Within one minute, I knew this would be my go to delay plugin, ranking up there with Soundtoys Echo Boy. I quickly got started by flipping through a wide variety of presets to see what Repeater can do. Once I settled on a preset, I started tweaking all the different controls to hear how they transformed the sound. Repeater is truly an analog modeled unit, straightaway I could hear how musically pleasing and warm the delays sounded. What I enjoyed just as much as the sound quality, is all the independent channel controls. I love that you can adjust the delay times, panning, and mix separately for both stereo channels. I was able to achieve some interesting effects with precision. Repeater also excels at sound enhancement, I got goosebumps after driving the ‘Color’ control to add saturation, and was very impressed with how smooth the filters sounded. I also got excited when hearing how the stereo effects affected the sound while playing with the ‘Spread’ switch and the ‘Phase Invert’ buttons. You can get some huge and wide sounding delays that add a new dimension to your mix. You can also drive the input hot to add extra power and musical distortion without clipping, which is a standout feature only few delay plugins offer.


I’m thoroughly impressed with this delay plugin and look forward to discovering new ways to sonically enhance various sounds. The incredible sound quality and potential creative possibilities of this delay plugin make it a must have, and is certainly worth checking out. The D16 Group website offers demo versions for both Windows and Mac, so don’t ‘delay’ any longer and go download a copy to hear this bad boy in action for yourself.


Repeater is available to download at D16 Group and Slate Digital.

Repeater Sound Examples


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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Student Opportunities: Producers! Your Tracks are Wanted for a New Hoxton FM Show

We strive to give our students and alumni unique opportunities to get involved within the music industry. These come exclusively from our extensive network of industry contacts, and can range from DJ performance to internships and paid roles too. Scroll down to see what’s popping this week, and for those that want to access many more ongoing opportunities like this, you can find out all about our courses right here! Please remember, that all opportunities posted here are for Point Blank students and alumni only!

Fresh Talent Wanted For Brand New Hoxton FM Show


Point Blank student and fast-rising DJ Gabby Gunn is teaming up with Jessica Jade for a radio show that supports new and emerging artists. They have approached Point Blank because they’re currently on the lookout for fresh new talent to showcase on the show, called ‘GG and JJ Presents’. Hosted on the popular internet radio platform Hoxton FM, it’s a great chance to have your music played to an audience of music lovers and tastemakers. The show kicks off 29th November (7 – 9 pm) on www.hoxton.fm and you can watch and listen live.

If you’re interested in having your track played, drop Louise an email in the first instance who will provide more details.

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 Recommends #35

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#35 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

November 2016. What a month. As the dust settles on a world that feels a little different to a month ago, and near unrecognisable to a year ago, we return once again to music. Whether you seek a balm for the soul or want to find solace on the dancefloor, hunger for fresh inspiration or crave unusual music for unusual times, we’ve got your covered with PBR#35. From M.A.N.D.Y’s brooding basement melancholy, to the disorientating sonic assault of Stockholm’s Peder Mannerfelt via the cosmic R’n’B redemption of DAWN on Local Action, we can’t think of a better way to wrap up this month. And if you were in any doubt, we included Mickey Pearce’s ‘Top 5 Goat Memes’. Now go and dance away 2016 – we’re nearly there.

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Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. And if all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online diploma course can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too.

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2016 Holiday Gift Ideas For Music Producers

In this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, we have rounded up some the best of the best music gear gifts to give (and get) this holiday season for Music Producers.


Dubspot Gift Certificate | The Gift of Learning

Did you know that Dubspot offers gift certificates for our programs? Give your loved one the gift of knowledge and launch them into new heights of creation this season with one of our extensive music production or DJ courses. Any Dubspot program, course, or weekend workshop can be scheduled and wrapped into a gift for your music lover. We can even arrange private one-on-one sessions with our instructors at an affordable price. Call 1.877.DUBSPOT (1.877.382.7768) for details.

Teenage Engineering | Pocket Operators – $59

Pocket Operators

Experience a fresh new way to create music using your thumb with six different cleverly designed Pocket Operators by Teenage Engineering. Pocket Operators are small, ultra portable music devices that feature animated graphics, real synthesizer engines, punch-in effects, built-in speakers, and more for a low price. Making electronic music can be fun anywhere, anytime!

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KORG | Volca FM – $159

The volca fm is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine and links the classic sound of groove machines and early samplers of the past with the dance music of today. The unique volca interface makes it easy to manipulate distinctive FM sounds even if you’re not familiar with the complexities of FM synthesis. The 16-step sequencer that’s one of volca’s features provides new functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN that let you make even more powerful rhythm patterns.

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KORG | monologue – $299

KORG rolled out their next-generation monophonic analog synthesizer in a vivid five-color lineup. The monologue is a compact 25-key, fully programmable monophonic analog synthesizer with a voice all its own. While sharing its sleek layout, knob-per-function workflow and high-quality construction with Korg’s best-selling minilogue, monologue is a truly unique new synth for all types of musicians; featuring new voicing and sound-sculpting abilities. The monologue’s completely new filter, modulation, drive, and LFO can generate powerful basses and sharp leads, creating awesome mono sounds that showcase its single-voice design. The step sequencer has also been dramatically expanded, allowing more intuitive and more complex editing.

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ROLI | BLOCKS – $180

ROLI releases BLOCKS, a new modular music studio that you build as your skills and interests grow. You can arrange your Blocks in many configurations to create kits that are perfect for you. The Blocks connect magnetically, so you simply add more Blocks to do more things. The Lightpad Block is the center of the BLOCKS system. You make music through natural movements on the Block’s smooth, glowing, pressure-responsive surface. Drop beats and shape melodies by striking, sliding, and pressing your fingers on the surface. Illuminated grids help you find your notes. Light Trails guide you to learn musical gestures quickly. To get started on BLOCKS, all you need is a Lightpad Block and NOISE, the free iOS app.

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Beyerdynamic | DT880 Pro Reference Headphone – $249


The DT 880 PRO is a reference-class, semi-open studio headphone which combines all strengths of open, transparent headphones with those of more powerful, closed headphones. Specially designed housings and an improved system equalisation turn this “remake” of the studio classic DT 880 into an ideal studio monitoring headphone, with analytical qualities. Soft earpads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces together with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use.

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Arturia | BeatStep Pro – $249

Arturia’s BeatStep Pro is one of the most coveted hardware devices that emerged at NAMM 2015 and has been appearing in all sorts of music studios. This world-class controller, performance sequencer, and composing tool can be used on stage or in the studio for anyone who prefers hands-on experience with sequencing. Designed to play well with MIDI, USB, CV/Gate, and even DIN Sync platforms, the BeatStep Pro offers two independent melodic sequencers, each with 64 steps per sequence and a drum sequencer that has 16 separate tracks per sequence. BeatStep Pro brings together powerful performance effects such as a looper with a touch strip, a randomizer, swing settings, and many other tactile controls to step up your performances. BeatStep Pro also gives you full control of virtual devices, analog and digital instruments, drum machines, and iPad apps all at once.

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Arturia | Keystep – $119

Do you need a portable USB MIDI controller but also want a keyboard that provides a musical playing experience? Do you have some MIDI modules that you want to connect as well but don’t want the footprint of a large keyboard? Or maybe you want to control analog gear via CV/GATEs? Do you want a step sequencer with polyphonic capability that can sync to your favorite modern and vintage gear? Well, meet KeyStep by Arturia, a new breed of portable musical tool that combines the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices.

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Arturia | DrumBrute – $449

DrumBrute is an all-in-one analog drum machine designed with performance and in-depth sound editing at its heart. This compact machine provides 17 distinct, fully analog drum and percussion instruments with an intuitive sequencer, massive connectivity, a two-mode Steiner-Parker filter, and dynamic performance controls. Create energetic and exciting drum beats with a single, user-friendly device. With its vast sonic potential and smooth workflow, DrumBrute meets and exceeds the expectations of demanding musicians. Bridging the gap between inspiration and technology, DrumBrute offers punchy analog drum sounds, advanced 64 step / 64 pattern sequencing possibilities, and ultra-effective performance controls.

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Slate Digital | Everything Bundle (Black Friday Deal) – $149

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With the Slate Digital Everything Bundle, you get all of their award-winning plugins. Choose between three different subscription packages to access every single Slate Plugin, every new plugin they release, free updates, and free iLok 2 if you don’t have one. In addition, Slate Digital is offering 50% off many of their popular plugins for a limited time.

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Native Instruments | MASCHINE JAM – $399

Native Instruments’ new MASCHINE JAM is the modern digital instrument designed for fast, intuitive sequencing, and track building. Capture ideas with advanced drum, melody, and chord programming while enhancing your workflow. Quickly sequence and arrange on the fly with an 8×8 multicolor click-pad matrix, shape and perform sounds in inspiring ways using eight dual-touch Smart Strips, and then bring it all together with the power of the included MASCHINE and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT software.

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Novation | Circuit – $329

Circuit is a new grid-based groove box driven by two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, combined with an intuitive 128 step grid-based sequencer. The standalone box comes loaded with built-in effects, eight synth macro controls, four drum parameter controls, a library of patches, and heaps of other powerful features that will give you all the tools needed to create music. In addition, its compact design, built-in speaker, and battery power allows you to create music anywhere. Circuit can be used in the studio working alongside your standalone synth gear as well as run in sync with your music software.

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Roland | Boutique Series – $299 – $399

The Roland Boutique line is a series has of limited-edition compact sound modules that faithfully recreate three renowned analog synthesizers from Roland’s historic past. Powered by the acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior technology, the limited-edition series includes three modules based on the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and JX-3P instruments from the 1980s. Loaded with hands-on controls derived from the original synths, each module can be used as a tabletop MIDI device or mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a standalone compact synth.

Roland JU-06 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $299
Roland JP-08 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $399
Roland JX-03 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $299
Roland K-25m Keyboard: $99

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Roland | TB-03 – $349

roland tb-03

The battery-powered TB-03 is a direct descendant of the famous TB-303 Bass Line Synth. The layout and controls are unchanged, so it works just like the original. It sounds like it too, thanks to Roland’s advanced ACB technology that recreates the hypnotic liquid grooves of the magic silver box. But the new TB-03 goes even further, with several enhancements not found on the original model. The four-digit LED display makes programming easier and more accurate, while overdrive and delay effects let you unleash a twisted, tribal wall of sound to send the crowd into a frenzy. Back in the studio, the TB-03 can send control information via MIDI or its USB port, the latter of which also functions as an audio interface.

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Roland | TR-09 – $399

roland tr-09

The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard—and felt—more than three decades after it was launched. Now, the 909 sound is available as part of the Roland Boutique series in the form of the TR-09. Featuring the same front-panel layout and user interface of the original, the TR-09 is powered by Roland’s ACB technology, delivering the speaker-pummelling power of the TR-909 in a super-affordable and portable format. Offering precise control over an array of drum parameters and the ability to keep playing when switching modes, the TR-09 may be compact, but it still has the power to move people. Studio sessions are well catered for too, with four separate outputs via USB audio, external instrument control via a trigger output, and USB MIDI.

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Roland | SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer – $1499

Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with purchase*. Split and layer synths for unheard of sounds, and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.

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Critter and Guitari | Organelle – $495

The Organelle makes it easy to explore new sounds and experiment with new ways of making music. It combines playful and intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine that can be used as a synthesizer, effect processor, sampler/recorder, and anything in between. This instrument is customizable, create or edit patches directly on the device or on a personal computer by connecting a USB keyboard and mouse, and an HDMI monitor. In addition, the Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level.

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Yamaha | reface Series – $499

Yamaha reface

Yamaha’s reface Mobile Mini Keyboards combine the legendary sound of classic synthesizers and ultra-mobile design with connected creativity. Based on legendary synthesizer models like the DX7 or CS series, the company presents four compact instruments, which play to their strengths on the road, on stage or even in the studio. reface is perfect for songwriters, sound designers, live performers, and those looking for access to an instrument that allows them to react when inspiration strikes. Their compact design, integrated stereo speakers, and battery power make the reface quartet ready to play at all times.

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Moog | Mother-32 – $599

The Moog Mother-32 is the first tabletop semi-modular synthesizer from Moog. It is a distinctive analog instrument that adds raw analog sound, sequencing and extensive interconnectivity to any electronic or modular ecosystem. This expansive new live performance and production instrument is handcrafted in Asheville, NC and has been meticulously designed to provide musicians with a diverse array of creative tools to inspire new music, unique sound and endless sonic exploration.

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Elektron | Analog Heat – $719

Add sparkly brilliance, or grimy roughness, to any sound source. Analog Heat by Elektron is a hardware effects processor that features eight different analog stereo distortion circuits, stereo analog multi-mode filter with seven filter types, two-band stereo analog EQ, assignable envelopes, and an assignable LFO. Analog Heat is also Overbridge enabled and can be fully integrated with your DAW. In addition, Analog Heat can function as a 2 in/2 out sound card, even while processing DAW audio.

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Ableton Push 2 – $799

Like the original Push, the new version brings hands-on creation of melody and harmony, beats and song structure. Now designed and engineered entirely by Ableton, Push has a new level of playability that puts even more elements of song creation at your fingertips while seamlessly working with Live. The redesigned Push features a new large multicolor display that adapts to show what you need and keep you in the creative flow. Library navigation, sample waveforms, effects parameters and mixer levels are instantly visible on the display and tweakable via the touch-sensitive encoders. In addition, Push now has fast and flexible sampling workflows that let you slice samples across the pads and play back single hits and time stretched samples. Create looping instruments on the fly, chop up drum kits from recordings, or play longer rhythmic samples back in tempo – all without taking your hands off Push. There’s even more musical and expressive pads integrated. Push’s new pads have been carefully redesigned to feel just right for musicians of all kinds. Softer, smoother, and more responsive, they provide the perfect playing experience for creating beats and melodies.

Save 20% on Push and Packs until January 11th!

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Dave Smith + Tom Oberheim | OB-6 Desktop – $2299

OB-6 Desktop

The OB-6 desktop module is just as powerful and easy to use as its counterpart, the OB-6 Keyboard. The module has all of the same controls as the keyboard version and provides the same immediacy and ease of use. As with the OB-6 Keyboard, all parameters are at your fingertips, with full-sized knobs and switches spread across a comfortable, intuitive layout. Both the OB-6 desktop module and OB-6 keyboard are a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 takes the classic bold Tom Oberheim sound — with its true voltage-controlled oscillators, 2-pole filter, and amplifiers — and adds modern enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. No other modern analog poly synth can boast such a pedigree or such a massive, in-your-face sonic signature.

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Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music


  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live 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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Best Black Friday Deals 2016


We round up the best Black Friday deals for musicians and producers. Sales, discounts and free gifts for the next week and beyond…

Soundtoys‘ Back In Black Friday sale offers savings of 50-65% on audio effects plugins and upgrades, and the biggest discount ever on the full Soundtoys 5 bundle, reduced from $499 to $249. There’s also a free Tremolator plugin on offer. The sale runs until November 30th. Find out more here.

Vintage hardware doyens Soundgas are offering 20% off everything in their catalogue. Check out the full collection here.

FabFilter are offering a 25% discount on their Total Bundle, which includes every plugin they make. Check it out here.

UVI are offering a 30% deduction on all products in their catalogue. You can check it out here.

Native Instruments have launched their Thanksgiving sales special for 2016. Until December 5th, there’s 50% off over 140 NI products, including Komplete instruments and effects, Maschine expansions and Traktor Pro 2.

There’s 40% off all sample packs, synth presets and t-shirts until Monday at UNDRGRND Sounds, in their only site-wide sale of 2016. Check it out here.

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Black Friday Offer! Save 30% Online and Los Angeles Courses

As shop assistants the world over brace for the annual commercial blowout that is Black Friday, we’re hitching up our sleeves and joining in with a deal that puts the others to shame. From today until Monday 28th November, we’re offering a massive 30% off all online and LA courses* with the code BLACK30 – that equates to savings of up to £1,333 / $1,650 for online and $4,500 for LA, based on the online Master Diploma and the brand new LA Advanced Diploma. Just call it Blank Friday, we won’t mind.

Save 30% off LA & Online!

Our flagship Music Production & Sound Design Advanced Diploma is new and unique to our Los Angeles school. Supported by Pioneer, it has been developed by the Point Blank music industry professionals who have worked with Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz, Swedish House Mafia and many more. What’s more, its nine months durations seals it as the most comprehensive course offered at PBLA, offering students a comprehensive, hands-on experience into the process of writing, recording, mixing and mastering their own music. What’s more, to meet the huge demand, we’re setting up a new production studio full of cutting edge kit at our LA base, Mack Sennett Studios. If you’ve been dreaming of kick starting your music career, there surely is no better time than now.

If you can’t make it to LA, not to worry you can take our Online Music Production Master Diploma from anywhere in the world. Creative, practical and accredited, the Master Diploma’s comprehensive syllabus covers all aspects of electronic music creation. Indeed, it’s one of the most comprehensive courses that you can find on the internet, and with its stress on hands-on learning at your own pace, you’ll soon be fluent in composition, mixing, mastering and even the music business. The music you’ve been dreaming of? You’ll be making it – and what’s more, you’ll have the skills and contacts to ensure the people that matter hear it too.

Of course, an offer like this can’t hang around for too long. Remember, you have until Monday 28th November to enrol on any PBLA or online course with the code BLACK30 – after that, the code will expire. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

*Offer excludes online Higher Education courses

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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Novation Circuit v1.4


Novation’s groovebox has been steadily upgraded since its introduction last year. Greg Scarth finds out what the latest firmware updates bring to the table.

Released in late 2015, Novation’s Circuit has quickly become one of the most popular grooveboxes on the market. The Circuit’s firmware has just been updated to version 1.4, which gives us the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at some of the features added to the unit since launch. But first, a recap: what exactly is the Circuit? With that grid of buttons on the front panel, the obvious reference point might be Novation’s own Launchpad, but the Circuit is a self-contained unit rather than a controller for software. Essentially it’s a groovebox based around two of Novation’s Nova synth engines, a sample playback engine plus integrated sequencer and effects. In short, it’s designed as an all-in-one production environment: there’s no computer needed, the workflow is intuitive and it can be used for everything from sketching out rough ideas through to creating complete arrangements.

The first thing that strikes you when you unbox it is the fact that it’s truly portable. So many ‘portable’ instruments have grown bloated over recent years that it’s refreshing to find one which is truly fit for purpose. At 240 x 200 x 35 mm and only just over 1 kg with batteries installed, the Circuit is small and light enough to carry about and make music anywhere. There’s even a built-in speaker.

Aside from its compact format, the workflow is probably the number one selling point of the Circuit, based around a grid system which has become a mainstay of hardware and software thanks to the likes of Ableton Live, the Launchpad and numerous other sequencer implementations. This is a particularly well thought-out example, probably as a result of Novation’s experience with the Launchpad range.

Circuit combines synths, sample-based drums, sequencing and effects, with the key synth elements coming courtesy of a pair of Nova synth engines (based on current Novation synths such as the MiniNova and UltraNova, using virtual analogue technology developed from 90s synths such as the Nova and SuperNova). Earlier versions of the Circuit were fairly limited in terms of their sample and synth options, with just a few main adjustable parameters per sound. The development of the firmware has changed all that. The Circuit has now been on sale just over a year, but the instrument as it stands in November 2016 is significantly different to the original unit when it was released in October 2015. Most importantly in terms of the synthesis options, you can now access the full range of synth parameters via software and assign custom macros to the unit’s eight rotary controls. It’s way more versatile than when the unit was originally released, complemented by the ability to load custom samples into the four drum parts (which can of course be used for melodic elements and other samples as well as drums).

In an era when so many hardware units are released with promises of future firmware updates, it’s great to see Novation following through on their plan (some manufacturers aren’t quite so forthcoming with the promised updates, the prime example in recent years being the DSI Tempest, whose slow development led users to petition Roger Linn for new features). In the time since its initial release, Novation have actively upgraded the functionality of the unit.

We won’t focus too much on the earlier updates here, but OS 1.1 and 1.2 introduced key features including the Isotonik editor and librarian, plus the ability to import and export samples. The most recent couple of updates are where things have really started to get interesting. Most notably, version 1.3 introduced sample flip functionality, allowing you to switch samples over the course of a pattern, effectively allowing you to choose from all 64 samples as part of each drum pattern. Version 1.4 introduces custom pattern lengths for the drum parts, which allows for some interesting polyrhythms, constantly twisting melodies and pseudo-randomised percussive elements. Patterns can also now be switched in real time (the previous firmware only allowed them to be switched at the end of a pattern), which again makes things feel more flexible and versatile.

Cynics might suggest that some of these new features should have been included from the start, but I admire Novation’s approach to developing the Circuit as a constantly evolving entity, letting it find its own path as an instrument. One of the major focuses over the last few updates has been Circuit Components, a suite of software tools which expand the functionality of Circuit in a number of ways. Novation have chosen not to launch a dedicated Circuit forum on their own site, but there are active Circuit user groups on Facebook and various other forums – this is relevant because it’s clear that feedback from users has played a significant role in determining the direction of feature development. Novation’s own version of the Components story is surprisingly interesting, explaining how the updates have introduced a mixture of features that Novation planned from the start and ideas they come up with as they spent more time with the unit.

The version 1.4 firmware update is another genuine step forward for the Circuit. This is now a significantly more fully formed piece of hardware than it was when it was first released. The all-in-one approach doesn’t suit everyone, but Circuit works nicely alongside a DAW (with the Ableton Live integration particularly well thought out) and plays nicely with other hardware thanks to improved MIDI sync options introduced in v1.4. The Circuit is also very competitively priced, currently working out around £250 street price, significantly lower than the current Korg Electribes. Overall, the improvement since its initial release is impressive to see. Novation should be commended for their proactive approach to updating the Circuit. We look forward to seeing what else lies in store.

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David Herrero


With his fourth LP due soon on Saved Records, David Herrero reflects on his musical history.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

I’ve always been a lover of English 80s pop and a big fan of the American funk and disco music from the 70s and 80s, but my first purchase was a compilation of techno artists in the early 90s from the Mute label called NovaMute: Version 1.1. Here are some of the key tracks from it:

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

I think that my first experience around electronic music was when I was 11 or 12 years old, listening to old tapes from Detroit techno artists like Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson.

Your favourite ever record?

There are a lot. I think there are a thousand I could pick, but I but will say two are truly key, one from techno and another one from house. Jeff Mills – ‘i9’…

…and Mateo & Matos – ‘NJ Style’:

The last track of the night?

For me this is the track. It creates really warm spreading feelings and happiness like no other.

The best chillout record?

I like the style but I don’t know that much about the artists from this genre, anyway for me this one is the best

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

For Sundays I like deeper sounds and I think it would be perfect with Kevin Yost:

The record you’re proudest of?

All tracks have something of me inside them and almost every track I am proud of in some way, but I will appoint two that I identify with so much:

David Herrero’s Body, Soul & Other Things LP is out on December 2nd via Saved Records. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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