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Listen to Shan Ali’s Set of Deep House Classics: Live at the Hub

Welcome back to the Hub where, for the latest session, we invited PB student Shan Ali to supply us with some more lunchtime grooves, which he supplied in spades, with a mixture of classic house cuts and newer bits. If you’re into this mix, check out Ali’s band DarkWhite on SoundCloud.  Also, check out the DJ/Producer Certificate course he’s currently studying with us in London.

Live at the Hub is our regular DJ and live performance slot open to students on any course who are ready to share their skills with the world. Think you’re ready? Send your best mix to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com in order to be considered for our next slots. Study with us and you can have access to plenty more opportunities like this one, including guest radio slots, club performances and more. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a solo tour with a course advisor.

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Watch a Special Live Performance by NINJA at Point Blank London

A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome back a very talented PB alumnus for a live performance. One of the most tenacious students we’ve ever had, NINJA has gone from strength to strength since finishing her course with us in 2010. Back then she studied how to DJ with us on the Complete DJ course, and she has since gone on to create the intricate hybrid live-set you see here, using live instrumentation to build hypnotic webs of rhythm and melody. It was great to have her back, and we think you’ll agree her live set is something to behold.

When we last featured NINJA on this website, we told you how she had taken our class on her gap year and dived straight into playing out to her peers when she went to university. Her hustle took her to Ibiza where she’s played at places like Destino and Privilege regularly since. We also told you she was in the middle of developing a live show and getting her head around music production… Well, here we are a couple of years later witnessing the fruits of her labour, a truly unique set that trades deep tech-house against microtonal melody, resulting in a masterful exercise in texture, tension and release. NINJA’s also says she’s planning on releasing her first album, titled ‘The Thirteenth Code’, before this summer. As ever, we’re inclined to believe she’ll make it happen.

If you’d like to try your hand at performing live, our in-house live don Saytek teaches a module on live performance as part of our music production degree programmes. Check out Saytek’s recent live demo on the new Roland TR-8S for a demonstration of what he can do. Find out about the range of DJ courses, of which NINJA is an alumnus, too. Any questions, call +44 20 7729 4884 to speak with a course advisor.

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Nicolas.R – Live at the Hub (Deep House DJ Set)

Welcome back to the Hub where, for the latest session, we invited Nicolas.R to supply us with some more lunchtime grooves. Melodic vocal cuts, rubbery rollers, disco vibes and even some breaks were all thrown into the mix. Keep up with Nicolas.R on Soundcloud, Facebook and Instagram and, if you’re feeling his skills, why not check out the degree course that he’s currently studying with us in London.

Live at the Hub is our regular DJ and live performance slot open to students on any course who are ready to share their skills with the world. Think you’re ready? Send your best mix to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com in order to be considered for our next slots. Study with us and you can have access to plenty more opportunities like this one, including guest radio slots, club performances and more. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a solo tour with a course advisor.

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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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Top Indian DJ/Producer Suketu Studies Online w/ Point Blank. Watch Week 2 of the Vlog Here

It’s week two of DJ Suketu’s studies on the second module of our Complete Electronic Music Production course online. DJ Suketu is one of India’s top DJs and also runs The Music Inc (TMI), one of Mumbai’s finest musical institutions. Last week we caught up with him after the first week of the Electronic Music Production two, which focused on beatmaking. This week is all about tightening up on the drums and giving the beat that finishing touch.

This week the introductions are over and done with and all that’s left is to get stuck into the nitty gritty. Week one sees students making some relatively sophisticated beats, but this week we learn how to really give them a professional edge and get them to really carry a track. To do this students spend time learning various techniques including parallel compression, EQ, sidechaining and phase cancellation, as well as how to use sampling and synthesis to undercut your beat and take it up a notch or two. Given that last week we looked at making a trap beat in Ableton, we thought the best example to use for week two is an embellishment of the same pattern. Watch below to learn how to underpin a kick drum with an 808 sub sound, and you’ll start to hear those classic trap elements forming. Check back next week for week three – focusing on basslines.

Making an 808-Style Sub in Ableton

DJ Suketu and The Music Inc have been working closely with Point Blank in recent months to create a unique educational pathway for their students looking to study with us in London. Indian students looking for academic accreditation in the UK can benefit from saving up to £3,000 on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, in which we shape a bespoke range of modules for their programme. We have also developed two courses for TMI students looking to study with us in London based on a short-term visa, in the form of our Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Diploma and Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Certificate.

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Top Indian DJ/Producer Suketu Studies Online w/ Point Blank. Watch Week 9 of the Vlog Here

DJ Suketu returns for another weekly vlog following his progress on our Complete Electronic Music Production course. DJ Suketu is one of India’s top DJs and also runs The Music Inc (TMI), one of Mumbai’s finest musical institutions. Having completed the first module in Electronic Music Production 1, we and he move on the aptly titled second module: Electronic Music Production 2. This module builds on the techniques and theory studied in EMP 1 to give a much fuller appreciation of producing tracks. This module incorporates a few new genres and styles which are House, Deep House, Trap and Drum & Bass.

So here we are, beginning the second module of Complete Electronic Music Production online. Week 1 of EMP 2 acts as an introduction to the module as a whole, and we dive right into Beatmaking. As we learned in EMP 1, the beat is often the starting point for producing electronic music, and here we delve much deeper into the vast sea of possibilities when programming your beat. Students will learn about choosing the rights sounds, building custom kits, what the advantages are of programming in your own sounds, and what special effects you should look to for inspiration. As Suketu explains, this week allows students to build much more complex and interesting beats than they are taught in EMP 1. By way of example, we’ve included in this week’s blog a video from the course, namely how to programme a trap pattern in Ableton. Take a look at that below, and don’t forget to check back next week for another update from ourselves and DJ Suketu.

Programming a Trap Beat in Ableton

DJ Suketu and The Music Inc have been working closely with Point Blank in recent months to create a unique educational pathway for their students looking to study with us in London. Indian students looking for academic accreditation in the UK can benefit from saving up to £3,000 on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, in which we shape a bespoke range of modules for their programme. We have also developed two courses for TMI students looking to study with us in London based on a short-term visa, in the form of our Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Diploma and Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Certificate.

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Dubspot Radio Podcast: NuCasa

This episode of Dubspot Radio brings a dark progressive vibe propelled by an ambitious tech-house selection mixed live by Dubspot alumni NuCasa.

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“Coming to Dubspot was a very tough decision for me. I just finished five years of university and suddenly decided to throw it all away, take all my life savings and come to New York to make music. Now, after finishing my Ableton Live production course, I can easily say that it was the best investment of my life. Dubspot showed me that if I work hard, I can achieve anything I want and that making my dream a reality only depends on me.” – NuCasa

Tracklist

1. Mijo ft. Mekanikos – Ahi Viene
2. Kris Davis – Petroleum (Original Mix)
3. D-Nox, Beckers – Serenade (Doctor Dru Remix)
4. Maceo Plex – Solar Detroit (Original Mix)
5. Locked Groove – Enigma
6. Joseph Zohlo – Pook (Original Mix)
7. Tyra, Nandu – Love You Till The End (Kris Davis Remix)
8. DJ Yellow, Flowers & Sea Creatures – No One Gets Left Behind (Konstantin Sibold Remix)
9. Fur Coat – Katarsis (Original Mix)
10. Miss Melera – Mint (Original Mix)
11. Adriatique – Rollox (Original Mix)
12. Paji – Venom (Original Mix)
13. Matador – Kenekt (Original Mix)
14. Justin Jay, Kill Frenzy – Momentum (Original Mix)
15. Plastikman – Exposed (Dubfire Mix)
16. KiNK – Cloud Generator (Original Mix)
17. Gabriel Moraes – Die Holle (Original Mix)

 


About NuCasa

Michal, also known as NuCasa is a Dj and Producer coming from Warsaw, Poland. He has been interested in music since he remembers, listening to it anywhere he could get his ears on it. Growing up with Hip Hop, Funk, and Rock music has influenced his sets and musical creations. He believes that focusing on only one genre of music is very closed minded, as he tries to get inspiration and draw elements from many different ones.

His journey with DJing began three years ago in Warsaw, playing small parties of his friends and some private events to the main Warsaw club scene. He also played in clubs around Pigalle, Bastille, and the 1st arrondissement after moving to Paris to continue his education. As he describes it, the milestone in his musical journey happened after Paris, when he moved to Valencia for seven months. He met a group of people called ‘The Basement’ (an electronic music organization from Valencia), who showed him the culture, power, and the magic of electronic music, which he totally fell in love with.

Now he smoothly operates between Deep House, Tech-House, and Dark Progressive, treating the stage as his house where he invites you all to a beautiful journey.

Recently living in New York and soon moving to Berlin, he mainly focuses on production, with his first track ‘The Definition’ already out with many more coming soon.

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DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

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About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ 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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Proudly People - Music production Q&A

Q&A with Proudly People

Tell me about your musical background. How did you wind up producing electronic music?

Everything started mid october 2011, date when Proudly people born. At that time we wanted to bring together sounds we’ve been focusing on to compose the story of our tracks.

Our first track got inspiration from  people like tINI, Yaya, Enzo Siragusa or every single dj that was playing this rolling slow and deep tech house.

From the beginning we knew and we wanted to create our own music , to make it unique so people could instantly recognise our touch.

At some point the electronic scene has been producing to similar EPs, and that kind of style started to lose a bit of its charm and originality. Thats why when we start to have this feeling, we generally worked on new projects influenced by new flow of inspirations. Thats how we ended up moving on a Tech House full of synths and shaky rhythms.

For someone who has never heard Proudly People’s music before, can you explain what they can expect?

We will warn him to get ready to listen to Warm Bass, Strong Drums, Vocals, Background sounds and all this surrounded by the synths.

What DAW you prefer?

When we started to produce, we discussed a lot about this point, for us the best way is always to compose our ideas in the fastest way we can. After testing different softwares we decided that Ableton Live is the one for us.

Sometimes inspirations come once and it’s important to produce it on the spot so you don’t lose it.

What’s your opinion in using loops and samples

You can use loops, samples, you can cut them, but never forget that they come from other people works.

Knowing that you must work on them like a proper sound designer. In that way you will always avoid doing simple copy/paste coming from other producers.

What piece of hardware you can’t live without? Why?

We started using analog machines 2 years ago. We bought our first proper audio interface and some cool stuff to create strong drums and fat basses but undoubtedly you must try once in your “producer life” the Moog’s sound lab.

Tell us a little secret about a technique you are using in your music?

Well, there is not a specific rule in what we do, for sure the most important thing is to create every single sound in the best way you can. 

Another important aspect that we always handle in our music, is the mix.

The mix helps you to clear the sounds, to open it in a stereo image, in fact with a clear mix you can understand more what the artist try to pass down to the people.

We got also a lot of requests about our way to work the kick and bass and why we use reverb in our sub frequencies.

Generally the kick and bass are mono, to be more precise if you use a stereo analyzer, you cut the mid sounds after you put kick and bass in solo, you have no sounds on the side. 

We do often experiments, for example recently we wanted to see what happened if you open a reverb on a distorted kick and bass. The sensation is to have a fat kick and bass, that they spread out.

Can you give an advice for new producers and sound designers ?

Our best advice to new producers would be to apply our first and only rule: Always create something unique, it is the only way to get support and consideration from the music scene.

And to achieve that: test, test and test more so you always end up with new amazing sounds.

Find more about Proudly People’s work here:

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How to produce a deep house track in Ableton Live

How to produce a Deep House track in Ableton Live

We’ve been researching for a list with some of the best free tutorials online for producing a deep house track from scratch in Ableton Live. Sadowick Production made a great tutorial available on youtube. Extra tools you will need: Waves plugins & Sylenth.

Project Checklist In Ableton Live

Before starting a project in Ableton Live don’t forget this checklist:

  • Create Folder
    You create a folder inside the Ableton folder or in a location of your choice.
  • Save Project
    Before you continue you must open Ableton Live and save your project. You go to “File” and then “Save Live Set As…”
  • Bit Depth
    Setting the bit depth at 24bit by going to Live – Preferences – Record – Bit Depth
  • Sample Rate
    Setting the sample rate to 48.000 hetrz by going to Live – Preferences – Audio – In/Out Sample Rate
    When you save a file you want it to be a lossless and uncompressed type of file. It is preferable to save as WAV or AIFF. Ableton Live supports both this types and you can set this by going to:
    Live – Preferences – Record – File Type
  • Setting Buffer Size
    Before starting your work you need to set the buffer size, that is how many samples per second you want the DAW to send to the D/A converter. A low buffer size reduces latency but also reduces the plug-ins and synthesizers you can use. In Ableton I will set the buffer size to 128 samples by going to: Live – Preferences – Audio – Buffer Size