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

A few weeks ago we welcomed Australian DJ and vlogger DJ Ravine to study with us in London. Due to his excellent YouTube channel and series of demos and instructional videos we were delighted to collaborate with him last year on an introduction to Ableton video. We enjoyed it so much that we invited him back to study with us this year, and he kindly agreed to keep us in the updated on his progress on his educational journey. He’s never had any formal training, so he’s studying Intro to Music Production, as well as courses in Music Composition and Sound Engineering. Check out these modules, plus our other combinations of study topics at our London school’s webpage. Here’s week five.

In a jam-packed week, Ravine first sits in with some second-year Sound Engineering students as they record the strings for a project working with Sister Sledge’s disco classic: ‘Thinking of You’. Next, in his own Sound Engineering class, a session musician lays down some drums for their cover project they began last week, a drum and bass version of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. With another live layer added, the project is beginning to take shape. He was also treated to a lesson in Ableton’s Push 2 with Thomas Glendenning, one of PB’s resident Abelton-certified instructors, showing off some of the new features of Ableton 10, all without using the computer at all.

Next term, all classes will be upgraded to use Ableton 10, so why not enrol today? 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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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank in London! Watch Week Four of His Vlog

A few weeks ago we welcomed Australian DJ and vlogger DJ Ravine to study with us in London. Due to his excellent YouTube channel and series of demos and instructional videos we were delighted to collaborate with him last year on an introduction to Ableton video. We enjoyed it so much that we invited him back to study with us this year, and he kindly agreed to keep us in the updated on his progress on his educational journey. He’s never had any formal training, so he’s studying Intro to Music Production, as well as courses in Music Composition and Sound Engineering. Check out these modules, plus our other combinations of study topics at our London school’s webpage. Four weeks in, here’s his latest video.

This week Ravine takes us along to his Sound Engineering class to get a glimpse at what he and his group have been assigned. First Anthony Chapman gives us a quick lesson on the three most common types of microphone used in music: dynamic, condenser and ribbon mics. Later, we join Ravine at one of the PB-hosted Native Meetups, where producers come and share tips and pointers with instructors and Native Instruments experts. One of those experts, Doug McAvoy shares a brief lowdown on what goes on at these meetups. Finally, we return to Ravine’s studio where we see the end result of he and his group’s remix of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’, using a drum and bass break and some big bass drops.

Check back next week for another edition of DJ Ravine’s vlog with us. Meanwhile, why not take a look at our YouTube channel for more instructional videos, as well as demonstrations and previews. Or 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.

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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank in London! Watch Week Three of His Vlog

A few weeks ago we welcomed top Australian DJ and vlogger DJ Ravine to study with us in London. Having collaborated with him the past on instructional videos, something he does excellently on his own YouTube channel, he has kindly agreed to keep us in the updated on his progress with his studies with us. Despite his experience as a DJ and having dabbled with production in the past, Ravine joined us having had no formal training. As such he is studying Intro to Music Production, as well as courses in Music Composition and Sound Engineering. Check out these modules, plus our other combinations of study topics at our London school’s webpage. Without further ado, let’s take a look at week 3.

This week DJ Ravine first spends some time setting up his home studio so he can work on his tracks at home outside of class. As he points out, Point Blank students can get up to 50% off software and gear including Pioneer DJ, Native Instruments and Ableton, so you can get everything you need to start making proper strides in your music making without breaking the bank. He also took some time out from his studies to attend our open-mic night hosted by Grammy award-winning PB instructor Phil Ramocon, where every fortnight anyone can show off their skills at the pub just over the road from our studios on Orsman Road.

In terms of classes, this week introduced some theory for the first time from Ravine, and we are treated to chat between himself and composition instructor Linton Bennett, who reveals his motto to be “technique is the ability to do what your imagination requires”. What he means by this, is by learning theory, in this case, chords, keys and scales, students are simply being given the tools to extract what they hold in their heads in a cohesive manner. After this little chat, Ravine shares with us the basic chord structures he learned with this week’s study.

Check back next week for another edition of DJ Ravine’s vlog with us. Meanwhile, why not take a look at our YouTube channel for more instructional videos, as well as demonstrations and previews. Or 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.

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DJ Ravine Starts his Study at Point Blank in London! Watch Week One of his Vlog

Top Australian DJ and Vlogger DJ Ravine has officially joined Point Blank to study in London! Known for his top mixes and instructional videos that he shares with his legions of subscribers on YouTube, Ravine was keen to learn more about how to start making his own tracks, and decided to make the trip to study Introduction to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering with Point Blank at our school in London. Ravine will be vlogging his experiences on the course every week, starting with his very first week which you can check out below.

In week one of his vlog, DJ Ravine give us a lowdown of his first experience of the UK since landing in London. He also gives us a peak of his production skills as he starts out his study with PB, and grabs some time to sit down with his London instructors which include Ableton Certified Trainer Thomas Glendinning and Sound Engineering instructor Anthony Chapman (Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons). For those looking to get an insight of some of the course content, Ravine also gives a micro-tutorial of some of the Ableton basics – something which is covered in week one of the course in London and online. You can also check out a beginner’s guide to making a track in Ableton below, featuring DJ Ravine and PB expert instructor Saytek.

To follow the vlog series from DJ Ravine subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can find loads of tutorials and track deconstructions. If you like what you see from us at Point Blank, we’d be delighted to welcome you to take a course with us. You can find out about all of our London courses here, and if you’d like to speak to an admissions officer don’t hesitate to email or call +44 20 7729 4884.

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Get a Guided Tour of Point Blank’s London Studios with YouTuber DJ Ravine

Earlier this year we were delighted to have top Australian DJ and Vlogger DJ Ravine join us for an introduction to making a track in Ableton Live. Known for his top mixes and instructional videos that he shares with his legions of subscribers on YouTube (480k and counting), Ravine was keen to learn more about how to start making his own tracks. We must have done something right because he was so impressed he’s decided to come and study Introduction to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering with Point Blank at our school in London. Beginning in January next year, Ravine will be regularly vlogging his experiences on the course, so keep an eye on our socials in the new year. In preparation, we invited him to come and take a look at our fantastic Orsman Road studios and see where he’ll be studying.

DJ Ravine was shown around our studios by none other than Point Blank’s CEO Rob Cowan. They had a look at some recording studios for live music and radio, our flagship Studio 1 complete with SSL mixer and the DJ room kitted out with industry-standard Pioneer DJ 2000 Nexus CDJs. You’ll also hear Rob talk about the most important component in what makes Point Blank so special: our expert instructors. Check out the last video we made with DJ Ravine below.

To follow the vlog series from DJ Ravine subscribe to our youtube channel where you can find loads of tutorials and track deconstructions. If you like what you see from us at Point Blank, we’d be delighted to welcome you to take a course with us. You can find out about all of our London courses here, and if you’d like to speak to an admissions officer don’t hesitate to email or call +44 20 7729 4884.

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Watch A Beginner’s Guide to Making a Track in Ableton w/ DJ Ravine & Saytek

When it comes to making tunes, the biggest step is always the first. With so many tools available, jargon and acronyms to make the Pentagon blush and millions of hours of tutorials and tracks being released, getting started can feel overwhelming. Even if you get as far as purchasing a DAW (that’s digital audio workstation – things like Logic, Fruity Loops or Ableton), you load it up and are confronted with what looks like something you would find of the Starship Enterprise. The truth is that developments are such that making music has never been simpler, and all you need is a simple starting point from a reliable source. Well, with our decades of experience, we believe there’s no more reliable source than Point Blank Music School, so we teamed up with Australian blogger DJ Ravine to bring you the simplest entry reference we can. We called on one of our most experienced expert instructors, Saytek, to take Ravine and our viewers through the building blocks, using one of the most complete and intuitive DAWs around: Ableton Live. Note that this video consists of the very basics, and students with us at our schools like the one in London or online, can expect complete tuition into the complexities of making electronic music.

In the video, Saytek, who teaches music production and live performance and Point Blank, only uses tools that are freely available to demonstrate the rudiments of making a track. He starts with the kick, which you can think of as the foundation for the kind of house track made here, using one of the aforementioned sample packs and some editing tricks to make it his own. Hi-hats and claps are added from the built-in core instruments on Ableton, as well as a bassline. From there he completes his basic loop with a synth lead, and we learn some basic elements of creating tension by dropping sections in and out of the track. To follow along or have a go yourself, all you need to do is download the free trial of Ableton Live, and download some free sounds from us to help you get started.

When he’s not instructing students on how to build tracks and live sets on Ableton and beyond, Saytek is constantly pushing boundaries within his own productions and live shows. For a taste of what he does as an artist and as an instructor, take a look at this instructor profile video. Ravine is a DJ and vlogger who’s been carving up turntables and sharing tutorials since the very early days of YouTube. making the most of the site’s original 10-minute maximum video length, his “Ten Minute Mix” series has catapulted his channel to where it now lies with 450k+ subscribers.

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This is just the very tip of the iceberg. If you want to learn production back to front, then look no further than our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, also available online. We have shorter courses available in London, as well as production courses at our school in LA, so you can study with us, wherever you are. For more information, contact us by calling on +44 20 7729 4884 or using our enquiry form.

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