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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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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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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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PB Vlog with DJ Ravine – Week 7: DJ Party, Live 10 Quicktips & DJ Studio Tour

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. Now into week 7, Ravine heads to the end of term DJ parties, spends time recording guitar for his project, and stalks PB instructor Tom Glendinning to get his Ableton Live 10 Quicktips! 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.

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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Learn How to Create a Track in the All-New Ableton Live 10

So here it is. It’s been almost 5 years since Ableton Live 9 was released, but the Berlin-based DAW powerhouse have finally announced their long-awaited updated. It is the programme of choice for many producers and lauded for its streamlined workflow, uncluttered interface and deceptive sophistication. We’ve long been admirers and partners of theirs, and even offer Ableton-specific courses at our London school: in Production and Performance. Take a look at our whole range of production courses here.

As you can imagine, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the new version to see what tweaks and upgrades have been added to Live’s 10th iteration. It’s not available to buy until early next year, but our lead course developer Ski Oakenfull was given time to have a root around its new functionality for the day. The result was this first look video. Enjoy!

The video is a short tour of Ableton Live 10’s new functions, both in the DAW itself and in conjunction with the Ableton Push controller. In it, Ski talks us through cosmetic upgrades, before building a track from four samples, embellished with some new instruments and effects native to the programme. Some of the more notable features include the Capture function: allowing you to record the last sequence played without hitting record; some new drum synths and an Echo effect that can work as a Space Echo; plus the Wavetable, a new dual oscillator wavetable synthesiser. Some of the most exciting upgrades are undoubtedly in conjunction with the Ableton Push, with envelopes and EQ now graphically visible on the unit itself.

As we have come to expect from Ableton, the new version represents a steady but significant progression on from the previous, subtly tweaking to increase intuitiveness rather than re-inventing the wheel. We hope you enjoy the video and join us in counting down the days until its release in 2018.

Ski Oakenfull

Ski Oakenfull is the lead course developer here at Point Blank Music School, and along with our other fantastic developers and instructors, he has ensured that our courses are of the highest order. Check out our BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree for our most comprehensive programme, or take a look at our full list of London music production courses if you’re interested in something shorter. If London is not an option, take a look at our online courses, with which we’re currently offering 25% off select courses. We also have schools in Ibiza, LA and Mumbai. Contact us here with any questions.

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Point Blank Wrap-up at IMS College Malta 2017

Last weekend, Point Blank headed back to Malta for a second year as official educational partner at IMS College, hosting a day of artist and instructor-led masterclasses. Held over two days, this event brought together a range of music industry institutions, speakers and artists to provide panels, keynotes and masterclasses, as well as holding networking events and DJ performances from the likes of Sven Väth, Richy Ahmed and Todd Terry in the evenings.

Point Blank’s contribution to the opening day’s programme included a production masterclass with Spanish Producer / DJ Uner, together with a session exploring music production for film with Agoria. Adding to this were Point Blank’s JC Concato and Ski Oakenfull, whose respective sessions around mixing and track deconstruction gave attendees a flavour of what PB students learn in depth on our courses. Take a look at some photos of the event below, and for those looking to take their first steps into electronic music production or who want to improve their production skills, check out our range of online courses, on which we are currently offering a massive 35% off until the 17th July.

Point Blank’s Carly Hordern and Spanish DJ/Producer Uner discuss creativity and songwriting 

Point Blank Creative Director JC Concato gave an in-depth session around mixing for the club to the aspiring producers at IMS College

Carly questions Agoria during his masterclass in composing for film

Point Blank Course Developer Ski Oakenfull deconstructs Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’

On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 35% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until July 17th, 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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Mark Fanciulli Interview and ‘Deviation’ Track Breakdown

At Point Blank we are constantly hooking up with top artists and professionals from the music industry to present you with insightful and informative masterclasses, offering you a unique perspective and a glimpse at how some of the best in the business work. For our latest guest masterclass, we were joined at our London studios by DJ/producer Mark Fanciulli (brother of Nic Fanciulli) for an exclusive interview and a breakdown of his track ‘Deviation’.
In the above video, we had a chat with Mark about his background in music, his tips for DJing and his approach to production before diving into his track ‘Deviation’, a bass-heavy Techno cut released on Motech Records. As Mark breaks down the track he shows us how he processes his sounds, discussing how he begins to apply effects as well as talking about how his working with other artists has affected his approach to creating music. We hear about some of his favourite sounds and effects, as well as his top tips for bedroom producers looking to take their careers to the next level. Watch the video above for the full interview and breakdown and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more guest masterclasses, tutorials and more.

Want to up your production skills? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 35% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until July 17th, 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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Ableton Live Tutorial: Using Convolution Reverb in Max for Live

Max for Live offers a huge range of audio devices, synths and plugins, available for Ableton users to download to fuel new creative ideas and sound design possibilities. In the first episode of a tutorial series from PB Course Developer and Ableton-certified Trainer Freddy Frogs, we take a dive into a particularly powerful reverb plugin which forms part of Max for Live Essentials – Convolution Reverb Pro. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.

freddy_frogs_april_11PB instructor and Ableton Certified trainer Freddy Frogs looks at multi-sampling your own instruments in our brand new video 

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques as well as dive into DJing and even master the music business, our online Diploma courses cover all this and more. Taken from anywhere in the world and for up to 64 weeks, they’re some of our most comprehensive courses. Graduates include Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours so you know you’re in good hands. You can also try a free online sample course here.

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Style Guide: House pt. 2 – Making a House Track in Ableton Live

In our brand new series Style Guide, we visited the Brighton studio of F9 Audio founder and Freemasons member James Wiltshire to investigate the origins of dance music, explaining both who and what went into creating those early records, and how the scene and studios grew with the sound. Part one delved into the history of house music and explored one of the most iconic pieces of hardware behind the genre, the Roland TR-909.  In the second episode of this series, James goes on to explore how some of the classic house sounds created on hardware such as the TR-909 can be replicated with production techniques in Ableton Live. Watch the full video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss future episodes in this series.

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In the first part of this series, James Wiltshire explains the origins of house music, starting with DJs such as Ron Hardy (pictured) and Frankie Knuckles shaping the early Chicago club scene 

If you want to learn more sound design, production, mixing, mastering and composition tips, our Online Master Diploma course is perfect for you. Taken from anywhere in the world for up to 64 weeks, it’s one of our most comprehensive courses and has been taken by the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Plastician and Jon Rundell. Find out more here.

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