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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!

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Monthly Roundup December 2017: Look Mum No Computer, Sweatson Klank & More

As we ease into the new year, bleary-eyed from the near-hibernation of the festive period, we thought it a good time for a reminder of our favourite content from last year’s final month. This is no exercise in buying time until the cobwebs are shaken though – before our annual retrospective we produced some of our favourite content of the year in December, including as always the educational, the interesting and the informative. Check out our Monthly Roundup December 2017 below. As always, our content is designed to help students and curious readers alike to gain insight and expertise in all facets of the music industry. To take this to the next level, head to our pages for schools in London, LA, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online.

Look Mum No Computer – Live at Point Blank

We welcomed him back once again last month, and once again he finds himself at the head of our list of our favourite content for the month. Infectious and inspiring stuff from one of the most enthusiastic performance you’re likely to see at the knobs and keys.

Seven Ways To Make The Perfect Mix

Seven more tricks, this time to help with the mixing process. Pointers like these are commonplace but, having tried these out ourselves, know they are well worth giving a go.

Sweatson Klank on Teaching at PBLA

Sweatson Klank exudes that cool, easy-going demeanour that LA people seem to be born with. Don’t let that fool you though, the producer is an incredibly hard-working professional, and has been with Point Blank LA since it opened its doors. Here he speaks with us from his favourite LA digging spot, High Fidelity, about what teaching and mentoring means to him.

Behind the Scenes at Point Blank: Ricky Vianello

Every now and again we try and catch up with one of our extremely talented team of employees to give you a taste of what everyone is getting up to when they’re not helping to make the school the industry leader it is. This time we caught up with our senior studio assistant Ricky Vianello, also one half of Tapefeed, to find out about his productions and parties.

A Beginners Guide to Making a Track in Abelton

PB Instructor Saytek is joined by DJ Ravine for a very basic guide to making a track in Ableton. Beginners can follow this – all you need is a free trial version of the software and some free sample packs – and begin their own journey in making music.

If you enjoy this content, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to get into music production or take yours to the next level, then consider our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in which you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing, mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. You can check out our whole range of online courses here.

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Join Us for the next PBLA Open House w/ Brian Markman: December 7

We’re back with another PBLA Open House event at our gorgeous location in the Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. Point Blank Los Angeles will be open to the public on the evening of December 7, 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. PBLA expert instructor Brian Markman will be giving a special masterclass on how to have a powerful workflow with Ableton Live, from the studio to the stage. 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. All you need to do is click attending on Eventbrite to book your place.

Join PBLA instructor Brian Markman for Powerful Workflow with Ableton Live: from the Studio to the Stage. Markman began his career over 12 years ago playing records in acid jazz clubs before becoming one of the US’ most notable champions of drum & bass, which he used to play at raves around the country. In 2011 he became an Ableton Certified Trainer and he now teaches engineering, production and performance. For this very special masterclass, he will be bringing hardware synthesizers to the table as well as demonstrating different racks and set-ups in Ableton Live, looking at both production and performance.

The full itinerary for the event is as follows:

7:00pm: Open House arrival, welcome and meet the instructors
7:30pm – 8:15pm: Powerful Workflow with Ableton Live Masterclass with Brian Markman.
8:15pm – Close: Prize giveaway / networking /  tour

Don’t forget, to grab a free place at the event you’ll need to RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

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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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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Watch Live Point Blank Masterclasses From Sonopro in Barcelona

Earlier today, Point Blank Creative Director JC Concato kicked off the Future Music Forum (FMF) international music conference with two masterclasses, one in mixing and one in mastering. This series of masterclasses was free to attend for all Future Music Forum Delegates as a three way partnership between Point Blank, Sonopro and FMF.  This is just one of many events Point Blank has been a part of this year, with our instructors holding workshops and masterclasses all over the world at events including Sonar +D, Seazone, Palm Expo & IMS Colllege Malta.
For the first masterclass, JC discussed mixing, drawing on his extensive industry experience to share his essential tips and tricks. Using seminal Trip-Hop group Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ as an example, JC detailed how he uses effects and employs classic mixing techniques to ensure he gets the best blend out of the stems, which were recorded in an exclusive session at our London School as part of our BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering degree.
For the second masterclass, JC shifted the focus to mastering, using recent Point Blank Music release ‘Hold On’ by Revilo as the demo track. Discussing his typical approach to mastering and listing some his favourite plugins, JC answered questions from the audience as the masterclass progressed, giving them a 360 view of the mastering process.

Want to learn more about mixing, mastering and other production techniques? 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. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which we are offering a 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite/Logic Pro X until September 30th. 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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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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Mixing Tutorial: EQ Mixing Strategies in Pro Tools

Point Blank course developer and expert instructor Anthony Chapman (Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons) is back with a new two-part series looking at Avid’s Pro-Tools. In this video, he covers some EQ mixing strategies which is covered within the Advanced Mixing and Recording module, part of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree programme. Pro-Tools is the industry standard when it comes to mixing down live recordings and PB students get in-depth with the DAW, using it to record and mix a live band in one of London’s top recording studios as part of their studies.

As our most comprehensive programme, the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree covers everything from music production and sound design to mixing, mastering, composition, music business and more. 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 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until September 11th, 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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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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Point Blank Student Recording & Mixing session at Lynchmob Studios

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Last week, students in their final year of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree headed down to the incredible Lynchmob Studios to record 70s inspired Psych band Caper Parade. The final year of the course focuses on advanced mixing and mastering, with students learning to use Protools in a professional, commercial environment using full SSL consoles in 5.1 surround. Students record a live act (provided by Point Blank) and are tasked with setting up the studio before getting down to recording.

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Students work on the 60’s Neve desk.

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Tuning up.

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One half of the booth.

This time, students were lucky enough to record at Max Heyes’ (Z Management, Point Blank) Lynchmob studios. Max has worked with artists such as Primal Scream, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Doves and on singles by Jamiroquai and Massive Attack. His remarkable studio has a 1960s Neve Mixing desk, 60’s mics and a plethora of assorted contemporary and vintage equipment. It is a true analogue paradise.

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Students work with Max Heyes, (Z Management, Point Blank).

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A 60’s mic. One of many.

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Students set up for recording.

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The other half of the booth.

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The desk, in all it’s glory.

 Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can provide you with the tools necessary to take your productions above and beyond. With modules on Sound design, Mixing, DAWs, Composition, Djing, Music Business, Engineering, Mastering and more you will leave us overflowing with knowledge, kick starting your career in music and leaving you in good stead moving forwards. Using our London studios incredible facilities, you will have access to all sorts of hardware, from synthesisers and samplers to full recording booths. For a virtual tour, click here, or come and see the studios for yourself. Tours are held every Wed at 5.30pm and Sat at 12.30pm. Click here to reserve your place.

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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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