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Sample our Brand New BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme | Week 4: The Art of Mixing

If you’re looking to get a taste of what it’s like to learn on our innovative online platform, here’s your chance! We’ve now updated our sample courses to include a taster of our new Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree course. The course consists of eight modules included in the full online degree programme, designed to give you a taste of what you can expect when you study online with us. This is the fourth week of eight in which we’ll be giving you a taste of what each module entails, as well as showing you one of the videos from the corresponding module’s course materials. Don’t forget, we also have a host of online courses besides our BA (Hons) degree programme covering music production, sound design and much more – head here for our full range of online courses.

In week four we take a look at one of the most important aspects of making music of any kind: the mix. At the end of the module, students will gain knowledge of balancing, panning, EQ, aural perception, compression, limiting, gates and effects, plus a myriad of tricks and hints from working industry professionals. For the free sample course, you can take a look at three pages from the module using both Ableton & Logic. The first looks at corrective compression, which smooths peaks in volume leaving a much smoother sound. The second looks at convolution reverb – essentially sampling real or virtual spaces, for a more roomy reverberation. The third looks at using a high-pass filter: cutting the low end from instruments and components that pick up baggage from the room or effect manipulation. Take a look at the video above for a video introduction to the high-pass filter in Logic Pro.

To take the sample course yourself, head here, and get a flavour of the quality, style and content you can expect when studying online with Point Blank. Remember though, this is only a taster – to get the full experience complete with live interaction with tutors, forum interaction with fellow students and assignment feedback, you’ll have to enrol on a live course!

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

If you register with Point Blank, you can access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples 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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Sample our Brand New BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme | Week 3: Sound Design

If you’re looking to get a taste of what it’s like to learn on our innovative online platform, here’s your chance! We’ve now updated our sample courses to include a taster of our new Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree course. The course consists of eight modules included in the full online degree programme, designed to give you a taste of what you can expect when you study online with us. This is the third week of eight in which we’ll be giving you a taste of what each module entails, as well as showing you one of the videos from the corresponding module’s course materials. Don’t forget, we also have a host of online courses besides our BA (Hons) degree programme – head to our online school for our full range.

The third module contained in this online sample is on Sound Design, which we teach mostly using the Native Instruments tools Kontakt and Reaktor. Students taking the complete module will learn some theory of sound, synthesis, sampling and patching, but the two example pages available for sample look at creating your own sweeps and rises to use in your productions, and a morphing bass sound, which is used as an example of how to use all of the tools learned in the module. You can check out that video above, and to take the sample course yourself, head here, and get a flavour of the quality, style and content you can expect when studying online with Point Blank. Remember though, this is only a taster… to get the full experience complete with live interaction with tutors, forum interaction with fellow students and assignment feedback, you’ll have to enrol on a live course!

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

If you register with Point Blank, you can access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples 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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Free Sample Pack Giveaway: Touch Loops

At Point Blank, we are constantly on the lookout for suitable partners we can work with to make sure our students have the best tools available at their disposal, through our partnerships with Ableton & Pioneer DJ to independent sample pack providers. Our latest collaboration is with sample pack provider Touch Loops, who have put together a sample pack especially with Point Blank students in mind. To access this pack, click here. Remember, you’ll need to be logged in to download – if you aren’t already registered you can do so here.

Touch Loops is a bespoke sound design and sample company with an undying love for classic recording techniques, analogue processing and music with soul.  As a team, they strive to design the finest bespoke sounds to both aid and enhance your music production or composition. 

The team at Touch Loops decided to put together a collection that both showed off what the company was all about but also something that students of Point Blank would find really useful, inspiring and unique.  Included is over 470mb’s of loops, one shots, sampler instruments plus they’ve also multi-sampled a few of their favourites synths and dubbed out kalimbas.  They’ve also dropped these into a bespoke Ableton session for ease of use. Download the Touch Loops sample pack here

Want access to even more free stuff? Check out our newly launched online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree course – on enrolment, students get a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X (worth up to £520) as well as discounts of up to 50% on brands including Native Instruments and AIAIAI. Not only that but we are currently offering 20% off online courses until the 31st March! Find out more here.

Register Below to Get the Free Touch Loops Download Pack

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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Free Logic & Ableton Template Download from WeMakeDanceMusic.com

Here at PBHQ we know that kit costs cash money so we are always on the lookout for freebies we can pass on to our loyal audience of producers and songwriters. Register with Point Blank today and you can download a selection of free Logic and Ableton templates which have been exclusively created for Point Blank by WeMakeDanceMusic.com.

These handy free Logic and Ableton template downloads can be used for remixing, sampling, edits, and for learning by deconstruction and reverse-engineering. They will also help speed up your workflow and kickstart some new creative ideas, helping you to create plenty of new tracks!

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 11.54.12 WMDM is an useful online resource from which to download templates, stems and sample packs. They also accept submissions from producers and singers who want to sell their sounds in a global marketplace. For more information head over to their website after you’ve registered with us and if you want more freebies from Point Blank click here.

Register below to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, 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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Enrol on the Singing & Songwriting Certificate Before 28th February and Save £500!

Leona Lewis, Aluna Francis, Lola Saunders, Bloom Twins, Izzy Bizu… these are just a handful of the former Point Blank students who have gone on to achieve global success and industry recognition. What better testament to the quality of our courses is there than alumni achieving real world success time and time again? Now, as well as the world-class facilities and Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning instructors, prospective students have an additional incentive to kickstart their musical career here at Point Blank. From today until 31st January, we’re offering £500 off the Singing & Songwriting Certificate with the code SING500.

Synced-Sequence-Replaced.00_27_02_09.Still019-e1447862405925Kwame Kwaten has worked with everyone from Shola Ama to Laura Mvula so is ideally placed to offer industry advice to our students

At Point Blank, we understand that smaller class sizes leads to a better learning experience. That’s why we make sure the groups are no larger than 12, meaning more time with the instructor. What’s more, to help make our singing courses more accessible for all, you can now spread the cost by paying via monthly instalments.

Through our partnership with Novation we’re able to give all Singing & Songwriting Certificate students a Scarlett 2i4 interface, plus a RF Pro Reflexion Filter (pop shield) and X1 Condenser microphone from sE Electronics, in total worth almost £500. This is based on a survey we conducted with our current students to find out what they would find most useful to their training – and this is what they came back with. Furthermore, Certificate students are now eligible for a free music consultancy session with respected manager and mentor Kwame Kwaten. Known for being the person who discovered Shola Ama and currently the manager of Mercury Music Prize nominee Laura Mvula, he will use his wealth of industry experience to help students visualise their music career goals and assist in creating strategies in order to get out there and achieve them.

All singing students get access to events like the Singer/Producer Meetup sessions, open mic nights and songwriting boot camps. These events, which happen throughout term, are designed to help students reach their full potential and maximise opportunities for creativity and collaboration as well as increase confidence.

leona_lewis-e1444921441679Leona Lewis is just one of the high profile graduates of the Point Blank Singing Course

If you want to study singing at PB, you can find out more by heading to the course page or contacting a course advisor. You can also give us a call on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884, and if you’re in the USA call 323 282 7660.

 

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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