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Watch Part 3 of our Miniseries: Ableton Live 10 In Depth – Mixing w/ Push 2

In a new series, we take a look at Ableton Live 10 in depth with Thomas Glendenning, one of many of our expert instructors in London and one of just 200 (give or take) certified Ableton trainers in the world. For the second video, the focus is on using Ableton’s amazingly intuitive Push 2 controller which is frankly the best and easiest controller to use with Ableton Live 10, due to the level of integration. Thomas teaches Introduction to Music Production (Ableton) with us here in London which, as well as acting as a standalone course, is an integral part of our degree and diploma programmes, both in London and online.

Watch the video below to watch Thomas create a mix with his demo track. Learn about panning, volume levels, compression and EQ, as well as some tips and tricks to help make the mix as clean as possible.

Want to learn how to use Ableton from expert instructors like Thomas? As well as the ITP course, we offer much longer and comprehensive courses, foremost among them our new BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, and BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering. You can also take the latter as an online degree from anywhere in the world. We offer courses covering production techniques like these at all of our schools, which are completed by Los AngelesIbiza and Mumbai. Any questions? Please get in touch.

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Join Us for the Next Open House at Point Blank LA w/ Sweatson Klank: June 20

We’re back with another PBLA Open House event at our gorgeous location at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. Point Blank Los Angeles will be open to the public on the evening of Wednesday June 20th, giving anyone curious about the school, or our courses, the chance to get the answers they need right from the mouths of those who teach them. For this one we’ve enlisted PBLA expert instructor Sweatson Klank for a special masterclass in creative production, teaching how to make a basic track in Ableton Live. Also, take a tour of our home in the famous hundred-year-old studios and get a look at the state-of-the-art equipment we exclusively use. To save your place, head over to Eventbrite and click attending.

7 pm: Arrival at Point Blank
7:30 pm: Introduction of Point Blank by Course Advisor Hart Thorson
7:40 pm: Ableton Live Creative Workshop feat. Sweatson Klank
8:25 pm: Q&A w/ Course Advisor Hart Thorson about Point Blank Courses/Giveaway

Tom Wilson has a wealth of experience in the music industry, having worked on composing music for apps, video games, commercials, television and film and working with brands such as Nike, Puma, Reebok, Novation, Ableton, Native Instruments and more. As Sweatson Klank, he has shared the stage with some incredibly talented musicians, like Mos Def, Just Blaze, Kode 9, Little Dragon and Flying Lotus to name a few and has been called upon as a Music Supervisor, Curator & DJ for some of the leading brands in Entertainment, Film, Fashion and Lifestyle. An LA legend in his own right, Sweatson Klank has releases and remixes on labels like Sony and Warp with his sound being championed by Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as being a regular feature in the festival scene having played at Coachella, Sonar, Low-End Theory and more. His long-awaited LP ‘Fine Lines’ has just dropped via Friends of Friends.It’s sublime and even features a collaboration with Point Blank graduate Anna Calvo.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? We offer more introductory courses in production and DJing, plus more advanced courses in audio mastering and the art of mixing. You can mix and match any of the three-month classes we offer and take up to three at the same time. 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.

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Sample our Music Production Degree w/ New Videos in Ableton 10 & Logic Pro

You may or may not be aware, but if you register with Point Blank, you get access to several free course samples on our website, including from our Online BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering degree. These courses include a run-through of our Virtual Learning Environment and the various ways that you are taught online, including live masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions, as well as real pages lifted straight from the courses. You may also know that we have updated all of our courses here at Point Blank to be up to date with the latest versions of Ableton Live 10 and Logic Pro X, and now the free sample pages have been updated to reflect that with brand new and updated videos.

There are four example pages from the first module on the degree included in the sample course, two from the Logic course, and two from Ableton. Of the Ableton pages, one is on recording automation, and the second is echo. Both have been given a significant revamp in Ableton 10, and with this content designed by PB Instructor and certified Ableton trainer Thomas Glendenning, you will see exactly how to use them in the latest version of the world’s most popular DAW. Of the Logic pages, you can see how to use busses to subgroup your tracks and get an introduction into the step sequencer. Check out both of these videos below.

We also offer a degree in Music Production & Sound Engineering in London, validated and accredited by Middlesex University, so if these samples whet your appetite for learning with us but you would prefer to be taught in person, that is the way to go. The Introduction to Music Production module is also available as a standalone course for those simply wanting to get an initial footing. If you have any questions or just want to get in touch, give us a call on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Watch the Second Video of Ableton Live 10 In Depth – Recording Notes w/ Push 2

In a new series, we take a look at Ableton Live 10 in depth with Thomas Glendenning, our resident Ableton whizz in London and one of just 200 (give or take) certified Ableton trainers in the world. For the second video, the focus is on using Ableton’s amazingly intuitive Push 2 controller which is frankly the best and easiest controller to use with Ableton Live 10, due to the level of integration. Thomas teaches Introduction to Music Production (Ableton) with us here in London which, as well as acting as a standalone course, is an integral part of our degree and diploma programmes, both in London and online.

Watch the video as Thomas lays down some basic chords and a bassline over a drum beat he programmed previously, and watch how easy it is to switch scenes and tracks, as well as use the capture function, which we explored last week.

Want to learn how to use Ableton from expert instructors like Thomas? As well as the ITP course, we offer much longer and comprehensive courses, foremost among them our new BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, and BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering. You can also take the latter as an online degree from anywhere in the world. We offer courses covering production techniques like these at all of our schools, which are completed by Los AngelesIbiza and Mumbai. Any questions? Please get in touch.

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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 the First Video in Our New Series: Ableton Live 10 In Depth – Using Capture

In a new series, we take a look at Ableton Live 10 in depth with Thomas Glendenning, our resident Ableton whizz in London and certified Ableton trainer. For the first video, the focus is on perhaps the most simple new feature of Live 10, and almost certainly the most revolutionary: Capture. It allows you to record midi sounds after-the-fact, even if you forget to hit record, opening a world of possibility for freer jamming. Thomas teaches Introduction to Music Production (Ableton) with us here in London which, as well as acting as a standalone course, is an integral part of our degree and diploma programmes, both in London and online.

After a short intro from Thomas, we dive into the demonstration, which is directly taken from the course materials for Intro to Music Production (Ableton). As we can see, it allows for a more organic way of recording sounds by eliminating the need to figure out exactly what you might have played while jamming, also taking off some pressure when recording a take. It does this by constantly listening to your session, as long as the midi track is record-armed. It will automatically guess your tempo and a suggestion as to where you want to loop the clip, and you can even overdub using capture as well, simply hitting the button again after playing over your original clip. Watch the video for some more in-depth information about what it can do.

Want to learn how to use Ableton from expert instructors like Thomas? As well as the ITP course, we offer much longer and comprehensive courses, foremost among them our new BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, and BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering. You can also take the latter as an online degree from anywhere in the world. We offer courses covering production techniques like these at all of our schools, which are completed by Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai. Any questions? Please get in touch.

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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 Opportunities: Buzzwazz & Freelance Audio Intern

Point Blank always keeps current students and graduates in the loop with all of the best music industry opportunities, so with that said here’s our latest student opportunity round-up. All of these student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here.

Buzzwazz

Based just off Baker Street, Buzzwazz is a music production company and record label. Founder and songwriter Peter Morris is looking for a female lead singer, with a modern style like that of Anne Marie or Mabel. He makes pop songs with an urban flavour, and the backing tracks are recorded and ready for a vocal. The agreement is a one-off 50% split of mechanical royalties. If you’d like to learn more and hear some tracks with a mind to recording some songs – send an MP3 of your singing voice to peter@buzzwazz.co.uk.

Freelance Audio Intern

Rate: £10 per hour

Hours: 8 hours per week

Start date: ASAP

CoStartup & Go are currently recruiting for a client who uses Ableton extensively for his live shows. We can’t reveal their identity here but rest assured the project is an exciting one. They are looking for someone with a comprehensive understanding of the programme to help him pull together tracks.

Responsibilities

  • Warping songs
  • Arranging songs into clips (intro, verse, bridge, chorus, outro)
  • Some DJ’ing via Ableton between songs.
  • Elements of editing MIDI clips used to send information to an external vocal processor.
  • Collecting audio from a long improvised session and chopping the best bits into a shorter wav file, to be uploaded to Soundcloud.
  • Finding acapellas for hip-hop songs and writing notes on the vocal production (e.g. doubling of voice/pitch down effects) for the piece.
  • Knowledge of scales and keys, and editing melodies in these keys, would be helpful but not essential.

Key attributes

  • Professional attitude
  • Organised
  • Flexible
  • Proactive

Location

Face to face meetings will be required once weekly. The remainder of the work can be done remotely.

Interested? Send your CV over to : recruit@costartupandgo.com

Please note: We are happy to advertise roles and work experience which help students obtain the sort of experience you may need to gain a job in the music industry or to further your career in the music industry.  We interpret this broadly. However, we are not an employment agency and we take no responsibility for the terms upon which positions are advertised, nor the conditions which apply to any such positions or opportunity.  As such you should satisfy yourself that the terms offered are acceptable when considering any role advertised.

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Making a Bassline Banger with DJ Q: ‘Time to Shine’ Breakdown in Ableton

For our latest track breakdown video, we were blessed by the presence of a true UK legend in DJ Q, who along with the likes of T2 and Paleface, was the face of bassline when it blew up from the north of England in the mid-2000s. To this day, he is consistently releasing UK Bass bangers spanning grime, garage and of course bassline. For this session, Q dropped in to our London studios to walk us through his latest single ‘Time to Shine’. This track includes plenty of the DJ Q signature sound, also leaning towards the classic sounds from the early garage era pioneered by the likes of Todd Edwards. He get’s pretty in-depth here, so if any of this goes over your head but you’d like to be able to layer tracks to this intricate level, why not have a look at some of our music production courses in London.

‘Time to Shine’ is out today via Butterz. Hear it here. Get it here.

Some 14 years after he began making his name as the host of 1Xtra’s UKG M1X show, DJ Q remains a hugely in-demand club DJ. This proximity to the dancefloor was inevitably the inspiration behind the track, given how much traction vocal tracks have been getting when he plays out and the way he’s chopped them up is designed to emulate those classic garage producers mentioned before. We learn the vocal used in this track was taken from a sample pack, before receiving the DJ Q treatment.

Learn exactly what DJ Q’s set-up consists of, as well as how he organised his workflow for this particular project. ‘Time to Shine’ is quite representative of Qs workflow in general, with several steps and tricks revealed to be favourites of his. We learn of his fondness for many of Ableton 10s new features and some of his favourite plugins including the Endless Smile filter. Qs grouping techniques are extremely useful to know and he gives good insight into his mixing process, taking special care not to muddy the waters by keeping different elements hitting different frequencies.

It was an absolute pleasure having DJ Q with us in London. if you are as inspired as we are by his deconstruction, and want to learn how you too could do what he does, we’ve just launched our new degree programme, the B.A. (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice. We also offer a degree course in Music Production and Sound Engineering online, for those of you outside the UK.

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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank in London! Watch Week Six of his Vlog

DJ Ravine is back with his weekly update on his progress with us here at Point Blank London as he studies Intro to Music Production, as well as courses in Music Composition and Sound Engineering. We’re six weeks in now and after last week’s episode, which was heavy on the sound engineering, this week he shifts his focus back to composition. If you’re just joining us for this series, check out our YouTube playlist and get yourself caught up. Plus, get the lowdown on all of our London courses at ourLondon school’s webpage.

It’s been another busy week for Ravine, as he swung by our latest open day to catch Ski Oakenfull give one of his famous deconstructions live. The track in question was Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’ ft. Frank Ocean and Migos, which you can watch here. After a catch up with Ski, Ravine takes us into his composition class where we join Linton Bennet once again as he talks us through the intricacies of hooks and riffs. Finally, Ravine puts this newfound knowledge to use with one of his own tracks he’s been working on, and even gives a short demo of Ableton’s Simpler in doing so.

As always, thanks to DJ Ravine for taking the time to put this together. Feeling inspired? Take a look at our full list of production courses in London and Online. For more info and to talk to a course advisor, call us on +44 20 7729 4884, and don’t forget to check back next week for the next instalment of Ravine’s vlog.

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Point Blank Online – Exclusive Student Discounts

Every student loves a discount, so why not check out this list of offers available to you when you become a Point Blank online student…

To take advantage of the discounts below, email Support.

Discount for Returning Point Blank Students
So, you’ve finished your online course but still feel there’s more to learn. No worries. We offer discounts on future courses for all returning Point Blank students.


Free Copy of Ableton Live Suite
When you enrol on any of our online HE Programmes (including our new BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree), you will get a free copy of the latest version of Ableton Live Suite worth £520/$750 (with Ableton software selected).


Free Copy of Logic Pro X
When you enrol on any of our online HE Programmes (including our new BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree), you will get a free copy of the latest version of Logic Pro (with Logic software selected).


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50% Off Komplete 11 and Komplete 11 Ultimate
Any online students on our HE Programmes, Professional Programmes or Native Instruments Komplete can buy Komplete 11 and Komplete 11 Ultimate for a massive discount of 50%. That’s a whopping saving and gives you everything you need to start making great music. Please note that discounts are not available on upgrades.


70% off all Eventide plugins
Our friends over at Eventide have given students at Point Blank the opportunity to take advantage of a massive 70% off all Eventide plugins, including the excellent Ultratap Delay and Black Hold Reverb, as well as their entire plugin bundle. To get this offer, please get in touch with Support.


50% off all Izotope software
The iZotope product line focuses on Music Production, with solutions for mixing, mastering, and creative effects, and Audio Post Production, with tools that enhance audio for film, broadcast, video, and new media. Point Blank students are able to save 50% on iZotope software via this link
. There is additionally a free version of mastering software Ozone, which can be downloaded here.


Up to 50% off at DV247
We’re pleased to say that, as part of a partnership with online music retailers, DV247, Point Blank Online students can get up to 50% off selected products. For more details, contact Simon at DV247 with the particular product(s) you’re interested in.


Novation & Focusrite & KRK – 10% off
Our good friends at Novation and Focusrite have offered up a great discount for our online students. Their range of products includes the excellent Dicer DJ controller, the Launchpad controller and much, much more.  Once you’re signed up for a course, just head here to fill in your details – you can get 10% off all current prices on selected Novation and Focusrite products.


25% off first Sounds Pack purchase at Beatport
Our generous friends over at Beatport have given all Point Blank students a whopping 25% off their first Sound Packs purchase when you spend a minimum of $20! Drop an email to Support with your full name and Beatport username to get your code.


 

Save 20% on Attack Magazine’s ‘Secrets of Dance Music Production’ guide
We’ve teamed up with our friends at ATTACK magazine to offer students an exclusive discount to their incredible resource, ‘Secrets of Dance Music Production’. Get in touch at Support to claim your code for this resource that was four years in the making.


20% off AIAIAI and UDG Through Dynamic Distribution
Any fans of headphones and products for transporting DJ equipment will be excited by this exclusive discount from AIAIAI and UDG via their UK distributor, Dynamic Distribution. AIAIAI’s headphones are used here at the college and UDG’s gear is universal, used by DJs all over the world! The offer is for a massive 20% off selected items, so make sure you drop us a line to find out more.


Up to 35% Discount on Bundles and Upgrades at Waves
All Point Blank students are entitled to 25% off all bundles and upgrades and 35% off selected bundles. Just email Waves stating that you’re a Point Blank student to claim your discount.


320MB+ of Free Loopmasters Content
Get 320mb+ of free content. This carefully curated sound pack incorporates cutting edge elements from the most up to the minute sounds in underground music, which you will be able to use throughout your studies. Loopmasters are also offering an incredible discount of 20% on the first purchase of any Loopmasters product for Point Blank students.


Up to 50% off Selected Plugins with Plugin Boutique
We have also teamed up with Loopmasters sister site Plugin Boutique to offer students 30% on Fxpansion plugins: DCAM Dynamics, DCAM Synth Squad and Maul. Buy all three together and get a whopping 50% off! Also, 50% off Sonnox, D16 Group, 40% off Izotope and 20% off Arturia. Get 20% off all of their products.


40% off Microphones at Sontronics
Desperately in need of a new microphone but worried about the price? Well, don’t fear! Our friends and official education partner, Sontronics, are offering all Point Blank students a mighty 40% off the RRP on their microphones, so be sure to get in touch to pick up your bargain.


30% off Output products for Point Blank Students
Output are the creator of some ground breaking plugins and instrument libraries, including REV, Signal and EXHALE, opening up a world of sound design which has been consistently hailed as “inspiring” and “creative” for producers, composers and musicians. Head here for details of accessing a 30% discount.


40% Off Sonic Faction’s Archetype Kontakt Bundle
To celebrate its partnership with Point Blank, Sonic Faction is offering a whopping 40% off its Archetype Kontakt Bundle for all students and alumni. Contact us with your course details to access the code. Archetype Kontakt Bundle is the essential collection for Kontakt, featuring 8 legendary instruments redesigned with a modern twist. Archetype features vibrant analog synths and drums, reactive animations, and over 800 presets. It includes Komplete Kontrol and Maschine integration as well! Learn more about Archetype here.

 

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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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