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Watch our Full Vlog Series w/ DJ Ravine as he Studies at Point Blank London

Now that his time with us in London has come to an end, its time to look back over DJ Ravine’s studies with us. Over three months, we followed him on his journey with three modules: Intro to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering, each an element that, as Ravine will tell you, have combined to improve his production significantly. Check out all ten of his video blogs below, don’t forget to check out our London courses for yourself.

When Ravine first got started with us, he confessed that his opinion of his own production prowess was less than stellar. So he picked the three modules that he thought would allow him to improve most quickly, all of which form part of our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree course. Intro to Production, to augment the modest knowledge he already had and to sweep up any essential techniques he may have missed, Music Composition, to give his tracks more direction, and Sound Engineering, which he actually selected accidentally… more on that later.

Throughout his studies, he brought us along for the ride and interviewed instructors and classmates for a special insight into the classroom. Anthony Chapman, his Sound Engineering instructor, takes very little time to convince him of the benefits of a little sound-engineering knowledge too, as his group record an original cover of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. Linton Bennett supplied constant nuggets of composition tips and mantras, and Tom Glendenning took him through all things Ableton.

Everyone here at Point Blank has enjoyed these videos immensely, so we’d like to say a big thanks to DJ Ravine for putting them together. For all that we try, there’s no way of showing how good our courses are without being there, but these videos give as good a taster as we can achieve. We hope you enjoy learning about the various extra-curricular activities that are constantly going down in and around the school too.

All of Ravine’s modules are part of our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, and you can also find them in some shorter courses too, like the Master Diploma. That was our original degree programme here and we’re proud to have a launched a second starting in September, the BA (Hons) In Music Industry Management, in which we teach you all the steps necessary to make strides in a career in music. If you have any questions, please give us a call on 020 7729 4884 or send us an email.

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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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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank – Week 10: Goodbye!

DJ Ravine is back with his final update on his progress with us here at Point Blank London. Over the past ten weeks, we’ve followed him as he studies Intro to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering. This week it’s time to say goodbye as everyone parties at the open decks night at The Stag’s Head opposite the school. It’s not all partying though, Ravine finds the time to catch up with Tom, his Ableton instructor and Anthony Chapman in Sound Engineering. On the production side, Ravine reckons the eleven-week course here is equivalent to a year and a half of teaching yourself – not a bad rate of learning! Finally, he checked in with Linton Bennett for his last composition 1-2-1, tying everything together with the revelation that, actually, everyone has the basis to learn composition already – just try singing the major scale.

These are all core modules in our BA Hons Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree. If you’ve only just discovered the series, we urge you to check out our YouTube playlist and catch up from the beginning.

One massive, final thank you to DJ Ravine, we’ve absolutely loved tagging along on his studies and we can’t wait to see where he goes from here. As always, you can check out our full list of production courses in London and Online at our website. 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 – Week 9: End of Term Assignments

DJ Ravine is back with his penultimate update on his progress with us here at Point Blank London. Over the past nine weeks, we’ve followed him as he studies Intro to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering, and we’ve watched his production skills improve exponentially. This week it was time to put everything he learnt to the test and complete the projects he’s been working on for weeks. His Intro to Production assignment was submitted already, so this week he checked back for the final time on the cover of ‘Wonderwall’ he and his sound engineering team have been working on, as well as his original composition for Linton in music composition. We’re pleased to be able to announce that he nailed all of his assignments, including getting a distinction for Composition.

These are all core modules in our BA Hons Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree. If you’ve only just discovered the series, we urge you to check out our YouTube playlist and catch up from the beginning.

A big thank you and congrats to DJ Ravine for taking us along with him on this journey. We’ve got a good feeling about his production, and we’re delighted we’ll be able to say we had a hand in honing his skills. We can’t wait to see his tracks selling and shelling the dancefloor. Check back next week for his very last entry, and as always you can check out our full list of production courses in London and Online at our website. For more info and to talk to a course advisor, call us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Meet the winner of Anjunabeats x PB Beats In School Competition: Joel Freck

Announcing the winner of our latest Beats In School competition with Anjunabeats: Joel Freck. Joel is the second winner of the production competition after last year’s winner Taya, winning a Complete Online Mixing and Mastering course from Point Blank, along with gear and mentorship supplied by various top industry brands. He’s a Canadian Producer/DJ with support from Above & Beyond, Myon and Fatum, and his track ‘Violet Rose’ was nominated for ‘Dance Recording of the Year’ by the East Coast Music Awards. The competition involved recording a mix including an original production by the artist. Check out the winning mix below and read on for our recent catch up with Joel.

Hi Joel, So you’ve just won the Beats In School competition. Can you talk me through the winning track(s) and mix?

Hey Point Blank. Yeah!

I had three unsigned songs in there that I was actually working on to send to Anjuna. Two were the big “Anjuna Festival” style sound and another was a tribal track that I hadn’t yet finished but was dropping in my sets. I thought I might as well include it to highlight my versatility in production styles.

On top of that, I included 2 tracks I had finished earlier in the year.

The winning tracks were both tailored to Anjuna and the music their team was coming out with as of late. I had tested them at the club a few days before and the audience reaction was perfect, so I thought I had something special to share.

I took a bit of a risk and mixed some house, some tribal, and did a lot of mashups. All things I would do if someone were to see me perform live. I wasn’t sure how Anjuna would feel about me cutting up some of the classics, but they seemed to really enjoy the direction I went with the set, plus how my tracks sounded amongst some of Anjuna’s best.

What about your set up and writing process generally, any tricks or rituals that you always stick to?

My setup is currently changing and upgrading thanks to Beatport and its partners, but for the most part it’s nothing crazy. I run a Mac Pro, Logic X, 2 KRK 6’s (Now AdamA5X’s) and a midi controller.

My writing process usually begins with me focusing on a song that’s exciting me at the moment. That song that I’m most excited to play in my sets that night. When I have a track like that stuck in my mind, I usually want to create something in the same fashion to go alongside it, or completely replace it. I try to look at the bigger picture of how the music will be played which influences how I step into the writing process.

From there (depending on the sound and style) I usually have a basic template I open that just has some sends to reverbs, delays etc. to save me 20 minutes. Then I Import any old percussion/bass/lead bus from other projects to pick the sounds I had worked with that I like and keep a semi-consistent sound. I then change them out, edit the processing etc. This is usually how I start every project.

How did you get into making tunes and mixing?

I had been fooling around making hip-hop and electronica beats for my friends in high school but that was all it really was. It wasn’t until my friend flew me out to a show in Toronto where I saw the full scale of a DJ/Producer. After that night, as soon as I got home to Halifax I bought Mixer, a Mac, and switched from FL to Logic.

Have you had any tuition before?

Definitely. I had done a year of schooling in Vancouver for film, then when I made the switch to music I enrolled in a Point Blank course for arranging electronic music. I always had bartending on the side to pay all of that down.

What inspires you?

I think a better question is what doesn’t. I get inspired by movies, people, sounds, ideas, everyday life. Anything and everything. Wanting to give people a moment that resonates with them the same way it does with me is a big one. When I have that “yessss!” moment, I try my best to make it translate to every listener.

What drives me is the visualization of performing on a festival style stage. I get energized by people having a great time.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out if any?

There are two things. Learn arrangement and why it works – do this by referencing others tracks that work, and learn the ins and outs of mixing. It’s so key. I never knew this when I started out. It’s probably standard knowledge now, but when I first began nobody ever touched on how important it was.

As part of your prize, we are offering an online course of your choosing. Which one are you going for?

There were quite a few that interested me but I went with the “Mixing & Mastering” course. I really want to understand everything there is to know about making a clean & punchy and a greater grasp on how to polish it up and make it shine in the master.

Outside of your course, what have you got in the pipeline?

All sorts ;). I’m working with Anjuna at the moment firing lots of new tracks back and forth, and Beatport’s keeping me busy with all sorts of fun stuff. I’m sure some of it will be announced in the near future.

Thanks Joel and good luck!

If you want access to loads of competition like Beats in School, plus award-winning tuition in production, check out our courses, including our new Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree. You can also study with us in London, Mumbai, Los Angeles or Ibiza! If you’d like more information, to book a tour or help with the application process, contact a course advisor.

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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank – Week 8: International Women’s Day

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 are now at week eight, and assignment deadlines are beginning to loom! Ravine still finds time to take us along with him as he checks out the PB International Women’s Day event, and to explore London when it was covered in snow. Plus, more tutorials and class insights are included in this jam-packed week. 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.

As always, thanks to DJ Ravine for taking the time to put this together. There’s one or two of us here at PB headquarters who didn’t have a clue how that shiny SSL mixing desk worked so Anthony Chapman’s quick run-through was much appreciated, and it’s great to see the final elements of the Sound Engineering class’ project coming 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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Easter Offer: Save 25% on Online Courses Plus Free Ableton Suite. Offer Ends 28th March!

Our Easter offer has landed – you can save 25% off our online courses across our Professional Programmes and shorter courses. That’s a saving of up to £4,500 / $6,000. On top of that, you’ll get a free copy of Ableton Suite, worth £520 / $750. That’s a total saving of £5,020 / $6,750! For a full list of our online courses, head hereThe offer ends 28th March, so be quick and enrol today!

Our Virtual Learning Environment are fully mobile responsive, meaning you can study on the go

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 2018, we’re relaunching 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.

Modules on our Professional Programmes 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, try our Music Production Complete Master Diploma, 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.

If you have any 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 try our contact form.

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Meet the Latest Expert Instructors to Join Us at Point Blank London

With the advent of a new term here at Point Blank in London, we are delighted to welcome a new batch of musicians and industry professionals to our team of expert instructors. As usual, these women and men truly deserve the denomination, having proven themselves with careers in the music industry spanning many years and plentiful achievements. Read on for an introduction to their various worlds and the courses and areas in which they teach. For the full range of courses we offer here in London, please check out the school’s webpage.

Ceri Owens – Music Production


As a DJ, Ceri became known for mammoth sets in the darkness at Corsica Studios’ Sunday morning sessions, Jaded. As such, she developed a telepathic appreciation for the dancefloor that, along with taking her around the world, instilled her production with an innate appreciation with what makes people dance in whatever setting. Sets in Ibiza, Mexico and at Burning Man tell you everything you need to know about her stock as a DJ, while her tracks have been played by the likes of Richie Hawtin and Mr G. Check out some of Ceri’s tracks and mixes over at Soundcloud.

Lizzie Curious – Music Industry


Lizzie Curious is a DJ, vocalist, producer, label-head and radio host, and has plentiful experience as a tutor and instructor to go with it. With such a breadth of knowledge across so many aspects of the industry, she is a testament to where hard work and an insatiable desire to succeed can take you, and we cant think of anyone better to teach our students about getting ahead in the industry.

She has a US Billboard #1 to her name, as well as over 40 releases over 15 years in music. Check Lizzie out on soundcloud to hear some of her productions and mixes.

Thomas Glendinning – Music Production

Tom began his musical career as a drummer but now spends most of his time dabbling with computer music and its various tools. He runs the music production website ELPHNT.co.za where he creates tools for making music with Ableton Live; Live Packs, MaxForLive devices, video tutorials and more.

He is one half of the audio-visual band Original Swimming Party, the founder of the Ableton User Group, Cape Town and regularly presents at Ableton User Groups around the UK.

Check out his Ableton credentials here.

Stavros Potamitis – Sound Design

With numerous number ones in the sample pack charts for the likes of Sample Magic, Cr2, Samplephonics and more, his music has featured on HBO, BBC and more. His productions charted on OFF Recordings, Babiczstyle, Chapter 24 Records, Parquet, Motek Music, Steyoyoke, Parallel and his own Inside Out Records.

Stavros actually studied with us in the past, completing our Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma in 2013. Check him on out on Soundcloud.

Adi Winman – Audio for Games

Adi Winman has held various behind-the-scenes positions across many musical disciplines. In gaming, he has designed and synced sound for nine major racing titles including many in the classic MotoGP series. As an engineer, he has worked with the likes of Pulp, Suede and Jamiroquai. He has also helped developers such as N.I. and Sonic Couture to design plugins and has had a hand in the design of physical recording spaces.

To wrap it all up, he has multiple qualifications including MSc, MA and PGCE. Check out his full credits in both gaming and music.

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Point Blank x Resident Advisor Present: Young Producers Scholarship. Apply Now!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Young Producers Scholarship in association with one of our favourite musical institutions: Resident Advisor. It’s something we’ve been working on for some time and we’re proud to be able to combine resources to provide what we think is a uniquely rounded route to success for the right applicant. Show us your outstanding talent and your will to work and PB & RA can take you as far as you want to go.

RA x Dekmantel at Warehouse Project

The successful applicant will embark on a year-long Music Production & DJ Diploma course taught in London (worth £13,995), with additional mentoring from Point Blank and Resident Advisor. Make use of the peerless status that these two bodies carry in the world of dance music, and work alongside those who have been there and done it themselves. You will have access to contacts and opportunities provided from both sides and at the end of it, should you choose, you can go straight into the second year of a Bachelors degree in a relevant field – this is accredited by Middlesex University. If the academic route isn’t for you, however, you will still benefit from the same instructor guidance, mentorship, access to facilities and industry opportunities.

Studio 1 at Point Blank London – Our SSL mixing desk is used in tuition and used by students as part of their study

If you’re a serious candidate for Young Producers Scholarship, you already know what RA is, and in that spirit, you can imagine the kind of opportunities this will present. As industry leaders ourselves, Point Blank’s added clout make this the chance of a lifetime. Get access to events, live performance slots, performances with media partners, in-studio mentoring and studio collaborations with the best in the game.

RA at Canal Mills

If you’re aged 18-25 then the Young producers Scholarship is open to you, commencing April or September 2018, depending on your availability. All you need to do is send the following to matt@pointblankmusicschool.com by 28 February 2018.

  • A written application, highlighting your relevant musical experience to date, in the form of a CV and/or cover letter.
  • Links to your artist social media profiles (eg. Soundcloud, Facebook, Mixcloud), highlighting your strongest music and/or mix.

The selection process will be carried out by both Resident Advisor and Point Blank. Successful applicants will be notified by 12th March 2018. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to every applicant so if you have not heard from us by 12th March, please consider your scholarship application unsuccessful.

Check out more of our production courses at our London school page. Or, if you live abroad, we also offer a scholarship for online study. Be sure to check out Resident Advisor for events listings, podcasts and high-quality editorial, and if you’d like to speak with us about this scholarship or indeed anything else, please call +44 20 7729 4884.

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BA (Hons) Online Degree Programme Insight | Week 6: Creative Production & 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 flavour of what you can expect when you study online with us. This is the sixth week of eight in which we’ll be giving you a peek at 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.

Module six is the Advanced Composition module, building on the original composition module we covered here in week 2. This time the net will be cast much further to include influences from Cuba, India, Japan and more. You’ll also delve much deeper into theory, learning more about scales, chords, rhythm, harmony and arrangement. Plus students will delve into the world of early experimental electronic music. The two example pages from our sample course cover percussion and extended chords, and it is from the latter that the taster video above is taken.

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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