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Student Opportunities: fiit.tv & Factory 45

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.

fiit.tv

fiit.tv is a new independent fitness platform aiming to revolutionise the way we exercise at home, with bespoke programmes based on Smart Technology and data science. They are looking for 1 or 2 interns/contractors to come on board and assist with curating music. The music will be selected from a royalty-free catalogue. The mixes have a specific structure to suit each workout from warm up to main exercise to cool down. There’s specific timings to meet and areas of tension to build so editing of tracks will be required, white noise used and they would like input in any areas the candidate thinks the mixes can be improved. Renumeration will be per mix and there is potential for the role to be ongoing as the company expands.

Essential requirements:

  • Familiar with Ableton
  • Able to create mixes on Ableton and warp, edit, bounce finished mixes
  • Commit to 2-4 mixes a month
  • Be able to visit the office
  • Be able to meet deadlines
  • Organised
  • Become part of the team in an exciting tech start-up

Preferred requirements

  • Interest in Hip Hop or DnB
  • Interest in Fitness/Wellbeing

If you’re interested, please get in touch with oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com with a CV and a short paragraph on why you should be selected.

Factory 45

London club and art space Factory 45 is organising an Open Deck night on Thursdays, open to beginners and professional DJs alike. You can practise your mixing skills and even organise your own party for free with your own identity. To inquire about booking a space, please contact louise@thefactory45.com, making it known you are a student at Point Blank. A fantastic opportunity to get you and your vision out there.

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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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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We’ve Updated our Free Course Samples to Include Ableton Live 10 Content

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 version of Ableton Live 10, and now the free sample pages have been updated to reflect that.

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. The first is 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.

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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Making a Track with Big Kick and Carbon Electra – New Instruments from Plugin Boutique

As part of our partnership with Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique, we have a new tutorial for you featuring two fantastic plugins from Plugin Boutique. Carbon Electra is a synth plugin with a streamlined interface and loads of variation potential, while big kick does exactly what it says on the tin – making designing a weighty kick easier than ever before. At our London campus, we have a whole studio connected with the Loopcloud library along with these great plugins, all of which you can access when learning production with us in London.

The instructor featured in this video is Nick Feldman – who teaches production and sound design in London. Nick has releases on One Inch Punch, Bad Sekta & Frogs as Ronin. He DJs on radio and tours complex Ableton Live work around the world playing with Vex’d, Milanese, Crystal Distortion, Hellfish & Dead Silence Syndicate.

in the video, he begins with Big Kick, a fairly straightforward concept designed to make designing – you guessed it – a big sounding kick drum. It’s quick and easy to use but allows an impressive amount of tweaking. The body section is where you will create a boomy bottom end. Controlling the attack with pitch and tuning is where a higher end will give it definition. You can also add one or two samples to your kick to really give it character.

Next, Nick turns his attention to Carbon Electra which is primarily a subtractive synth and contains four oscillators, three routable LFOs, oscillator sync mode, frequency modulation, a pitchable noise oscillator plus an array of interesting effects. The sounds created are big and bold and the presets fit nicely in the mix. Both get the thumbs up from us, and are well worth a place in your instruments library.

 

Our London facility features a studio fully kitted out with Loopcloud licenses

As mentioned, we can teach you everything you need to know about music production. Our Music Production and Sound Engineering degree has been running for almost a year now and is also available to study online. We’ve also added new degrees beginning next year including the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, which, like our original degree, contains modules on sound design. Don’t forget you can talk with a course advisor if you have any further questions.

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Software Offer: NI Komplete & Ableton Suite Worth $1,350 with LA Courses!

You may have seen our recent software offer for selected online courses. Well, it’s also available with all our 3 month Los Angeles courses! We’ve teamed up with industry-leaders in music software (Namely Ableton and Native Instruments) to bring you a huge $1,350 worth of free software. When enrolling, new PBLA students will receive a copy of NI Komplete 11 and Ableton Live Suite 10. Don’t forget that you can take up to three LA courses at a time, so you can uniquely design what you learn. For the full list of courses and to see what you can learn – from Music Production and DJ’ing to Music Business – head to our Los Angeles course pages.

We believe that we can offer an experience like no other at Point Blank LA. Our instructors are all highly passionate music makers with invaluable expertise on offer, giving our students the tools to express themselves through music. If you take a course with us, you’ll be instructed by the likes of Sweatson Klank (Music Production), who’s released on Project: Mooncircle, produced mixes for dublab and Brainfeeder, and has his ‘Then I Was Me’ EP just released on one of LA’s finest labels: Friends of Friends; Joe Computo (Sound Design) whose technicolour experimentations carry on the west-coast traditions upheld by the likes of Flying Lotus and his ilk; and Arabian Prince (Music Business) of the mighty NWA.

Point Blank LA Instructor Sweatson Klank

Students at our LA school also get free access to regular masterclasses helmed by some of the biggest artists around. We’ve recently hosted masterclasses from artists like Mixmaster Mike, DJ Kentaro, Sample Magic CEO Sharooz Raoofi and Daddy Kev, while our most recent edition was with the one and only Todd Edwards.

Why not take our virtual tour of our Los Angeles Studios to get a close a look at the range of state of the art equipment our students work with. Our DJ studios are full of the latest equipment from Pioneer DJ, and all our production studios are filled with the latest gear from partners including Native Instruments and Ableton, including Maschine, Komplete Kontrol and Push units.

Our newest production suite at PBLA

For more information, contact a course advisor or give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling from outside the US, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. (offer excludes weekend courses).

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Software Offer: Get Free Software Worth £1,000 With HE and Diploma Courses

We’re delighted to share our latest software offer for online students, for which we’ve teamed up with industry-leaders in music software (Namely Ableton, Native Instruments and Apple) to bring you a whopping £1,000 worth of free software. When enrolling, new students that study any online course at degree level and HE level or diploma level will receive a copy of NI Komplete 11 and their choice of Ableton Live Suite 10 or Logic Pro X. For the full list of courses and to see what modules they contain, head to our online school page. The offer ends at midnight 30 April for Diploma enrolments, so don’t hesitate sign up. For those studying at degree and HE levels, this offer runs indefinitely.

Point Blank are the leaders in our field of online music tuition. Our online school was launched a decade ago, and over that time we’ve continued to develop our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) into the most intuitive and usable of its kind. All students receive regular video masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions with their instructors, and it’s never been easier to connect with fellow students and work together. In January, we relaunched the Online School to include a host of new features and a complete overhaul of the VLE, making it more streamlined and more convenient than ever before. Not only that, but the VLE is now fully mobile-responsive, so you can make the most of spare moments on the move.

Online modules included in this offer have also been extended from eight weeks to eleven at no extra cost, including extra masterclasses and 1-2-1, so there’s really never been a better time to enrol. Our online tutors are passionate veterans of e-learning, and are held to the same industry standard as our instructors at our schools across the world. All you need to do is pick the right course for you, depending on how far you wish to go, and how long for. For those want the most comprehensive instruction they can get, look no further than our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, where you’ll study music production top-to-bottom over three years. At the other end of the spectrum, we offer a Music Production Diploma, which you can study for six months or a year for a more concise intro to music making and still make the most of this fantastic offer.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us. That’s 020 7729 4884 in the UK, 323 282 7660 in the US, or +4420 7729 4884 from anywhere else. Or send us an email via our contact form.

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Remix Competition: Eurovision Song Contest Entry ‘Bones’ by Equinox

Our students are no strangers to remix competitions. Not only do they offer inspiration and a great incentive to finish projects, they also provide a good gage of a budding producer’s progress. Our most recent competition – to remix EMF’s ‘Unbeliveable’ – is still live, but this one is too good to sleep on. The track is called ‘Bones’, by Equinox, and is this year’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from Bulgaria. Three finalists will be released via Symphonix International on a special remix compilation and will receive a free copy of Ableton Suite. The overall winner will also receive a free online course. Check out the track below, as well as how to enter. If you’d like to join us for industry-leading tuition and access to more competitions of this ilk, check out the courses we have on offer.

How to enter

1. Download the stems – note, you must register with Point Blank in order to access the stems.
2. Create a remix in any style – entries will be judged on their quality and originality!
3. Upload your track to SoundCloud and submit the track via the Tracks channel of Plugged In – Point Blank’s social network for producers and DJs – before midnight on 6th May. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Equinox Eurovision Remix Competition’, and use the artwork provided in the stems as the thumbnail.

Want to study at Point Blank? Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. 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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Watch our Deconstruction of ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ at Ableton Loop, Berlin

Welcome to our latest deconstruction, where Point Blank’s Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull takes a track apart and rebuilds it piece by piece. Recorded at Ableton Loop where Point Blank featured as a partner on the programme, Ski went to town on one of our favourite tracks ever made, and perhaps the best single of the 90’s: Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. We use these deconstructions to teach students about production techniques, arrangement and composition, and there’s plenty more where this came from in our course materials. If you’d like to learn how to use all of the techniques shown here and more, enrol in one of our Music Production courses, we’ll have you creating your own tracks in no time.

So last year at Ableton’s industry summit, Loop, we were invited to demonstrate what Point Blank is all about. What better way to do so, we thought, than have our lead course developer deconstruct one of the greatest tracks pressed to wax in the way only he can. ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ was a revelation on release in 1991 and continues to be so today, a triple-threat of the band’s vision, Will Malone’s iconic string arrangement, and Shara Nelson’s gorgeous lyrics and delivery. Interestingly, as we learn in the video, the track features no bassline.

Getting into the deconstruction then, Ski samples the break from JJ Johnson’s ‘Parade Strut’, and the vocal snippet that appears throughout from the rather obscure ‘Planetary Citizen’ by John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The string parts he composes from Ableton’s own in-built String Ensemble pack, and the bell riff he grabs from an old hotel bell. For those incredible vocals, he enlists the help of Valerie Etienne of Galiano and, lately, Jamiroquoi, who recorded some acapellas. Finally, with a few extra elements thrown in, we hear Ski’s completed version, and the results are quite remarkably similar. Listen to the original below and see what you think.

If you’re not so keen on production and rather see yourself writing these kinds of hooks or working on your voice, Point Blank can help you there too. Check out our classes on singing and songwriting. If you have any queries about anything school related, please contact us or call +44 20 7729 4884.

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