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Plugin of The Week: Eventide Ultratap Delay

Point Blank resident plugin tester JC Concato is back with another instalment of our Plugin of the Week series, this time looking at Eventide’s Ultratrap Delay. Currently on sale at $49 until September 5th.

Ultratrap began as a factory preset in Eventide’s SP2016 rack mount audio processor back in 1982. It was later included in the legendary H3000 HArmonizer effects processor as well as the DSP4000, H8000 and H9 effects pedal. Now, after 35 years, the Ultratrap is available to us all in plugin form.

Optimized to work within your DAW of choice and with 150 presets, the Ultratrap delay has been ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer. With it, you can:

  • Manipulate effects in real-time using The Ribbon to transition seamlessly between two settings of any combination of controls.
  • Using the innovative Slurm control, smear taps together or modulate them to create truly unique reverbs.
  • Create drastic changes in effect and sound by assigning the HotSwitch to an alternate version of the current settings.
  • Use up to 64 taps to create simple repeats or morph delays into chorus and reverb.
  • Speed up or slow down the rhythmic space between taps using the Spread knob.
  • Use the onboard LFOs and envelopes to chop the sound source into stuttered rhythms.
  • Control the stereo image of taps to alternate between hard-panned and mono.
  • Sync the Length and/or Chop LFO speed to the DAW session.
  • Use Mix Lock to scroll through presets while keeping the wet-dry mix constant.
  • Optimized for live use with MIDI control of The Ribbon and Tap Tempo for quick meta control on the fly.

For the full breakdown, watch JC and Carly dissect Ultratrap at 4.00pm GMT in the video above.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 20% off online courses until August 31st, 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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Our Plugin of The Week Series is Back Today at 5pm With Noiiz

Point Blank Creative Director and resident plugin scientist JC Concato is back with another instalment of our Plugin of The Week series, this time looking at Noiiz.

Noiiz is a cloud-based sample library that operates as a plugin in your DAW. By subscribing, you are able to access an ever-expanding amount of one-shots, loops, presets and patches directly from your DAW, and, if you’re a premium subscriber, you have the ability to state tempo, key and pitch ensuring that your samples fit right into your project seamlessly. New content is added every day by Noiiz’s contributors and once you have downloaded something from the plugin it is yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your subscription. To find out more, tune in via the stream above at 5pm UK time.

If you’d like to learn music production techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 25% off online courses until July 31st, 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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Plugin of The Week: Arturia Oberheim SEM V

For this edition of our Plugin of the Week feature, regular plugin test-dummy Carly Hordern is joined by Sound Design instructor Paul Ressel to pick apart Arturia’s Oberheim SEM V. Paul teaches Sound Design as a part of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

The SEM was Oberheim’s first analogue synth, a keyboardless module with two oscillators, a filter, ADR envelopes and an LFO. Over the years, Oberheim introduced a keyboard and an analogue sequencer into the SEM, leading to two, four and eight voice models. The filter was a key feature on the SEM, it’s 12dB/oct design was switchable between low-pass, high-pass and band-pass modes and its state-variable design meant it could blend through every possible shape of filter. Arturia has added a load of new features to put a fresh spin on the classic, although purists can still get that classic SEM sound. Another LFO has been added, a sub-oscillator, portamento and arpeggiator allow even greater flexiblilty and performance options. 

For the full breakdown, watch Paul and Carly dissect the SEM V at 1.00pm GMT in the video above.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 35% off online courses and a free copy of Logic Pro X/Ableton Suite until July 17th, 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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Plugin of The Week: Eventide Blackhole

Point Blank’s plugin crash test dummies JC and Carly are back with a brand new Plugin of The Week, this time diving into the otherworldly, galactic reverb ‘Blackhole’, created by the folks at Eventide.

Blackhole began as an algorithm in Eventide’s DSP4000 & H8000 hardware processors, often regarded as a ‘secret weapon’ by sound engineers. The plugin allows its users to create reverbs without the constraints of reality, adding mind-bending drones and special effects. However, this doesn’t mean you’re limited to these effects. Blackhole is capable of being used incredibly musically, proving useful for highlighting key instruments or creating a unique backdrop for your mix. 

Blackhole’s intuitive UI makes it incredibly easy to use, and its 50+ presets add a wide range of options before you’ve even begun to tweak it yourself. It’s unique ‘Gravity’ control allows you to invert the reverb’s decay and its Kill Switch mutes the input allowing for some incredible effects. Blackhole’s true ace in the hole is its innovative Ribbon and Hot Switch controls, allowing for the changing of any combination of parameters simultaneously. this truly is a plugin we are looking forward to getting sucked into!

For the full breakdown, watch JC and Carly dissect Blackhole at 2.30pm GMT in the video above.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 20% off online courses until May 31st, 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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Plugin of The Week: oeksound Soothe

For this week’s Plugin of The Week live stream, JC and Carly will be taking a look at an innovative new plugin from Finnish company oeksound.

Soothe is a spectral processor for suppressing resonances in the mid and high frequencies, which works by automatically detecting the resonances in the audio material and applying a reduction that matches the input signal. Soothe has been designed with vocal processing in mind, but solves problems in a range of situations, working particularly well on guitars, cymbals, piano or anything with resonance issues in the mid and high frequencies. You can think of it as an advanced de-esser, or as an automatic dynamic frequency notcher.

Soothe has a number of parameters you can use to tweak your sound. Depth acts as the main threshold, controlling the amount of processing while Sharpness and Selectivity affect the way reduction is applied.The output stage of the screen lets you adjust monitoring and levels. Soothe’s real-time reduction graph shows you what parts of the signal are being processed, with the frequencies affected being controlled by an EQ-like curve, manipulated by 5 bands that can be adjusted by simply dragging the dots on the graph or by the control strip to the left of the graph.

It would be very easy to confuse Soothe as a multi-band compressor or EQ, but the plugin is far more nuanced. It certainly has elements of both, however, it focuses on resonance and peaks, with a focus on mid and high frequencies, working well as a time saver for problematic audio where you may need to automate EQ to fix issues.

Tune in above to the live stream from 3 pm today as Carly and  JC check out oeksound’s Soothe.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 20% off online courses until April 30th, 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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Plugin of the Week: AudioThing Outer Space

The folks at AudioThing have created an affordable emulation of the Roland RE 201 Space Echo, an iconic tape echo introduced in 1974. Our resident plugin test-dummy JC Concato has decided to put it through its paces, making it our Plugin of the Week this week.  As the original unit, Outer Space features an echo section with three playback heads and a spring reverb tank.
AudioThing have modelled three different tape frequency responses and saturations, along with all the analog imperfections of tape recording/playback. They’ve also modelled the ballistic response of the delay rate which can create eerie pitch shifts, one of the classic tape echo-based sound effects. Used by the likes of King Tubby, The Orb, Bob Marley, Portishead and many more, the Roland RE 201 can be heard on thousands of hit records. It wasn’t just used for straight echo effects, either—by manipulating the tape speed and intensity while signal was present, you could coax a Space Echo into oscillation and pitch shift for some unreal sound effects.

Tune in above to the live stream from 3 pm today as Carly and  JC check out AudioThing’s emulation of the classic tape echo.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 20% off online courses until April 30th, 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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Plugin of the Week: SSL 4000 E (Channel Strip Plugin)

The Solid State Logic’s 4000E mixing console was first introduced in 1979, changing mixing forever and becoming an instant studio classic. This iconic console has had more platinum records made on it than any other desks. This new update includes an exacting end-to-end circuit emulation of the channel, including  the line and mic amps, with its ‘famous’ Jensen transformer and the dbx “gold-can” VCA output section. The new SSL 4000 E Channel Strip plug-in gives you the hardware’s mic/line preamp impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and exact circuit behaviours which can now be used to record using the Unison technology available on all Apollo’s audio interfaces. The ‘classic’ sound of the SSL 4000E is now available to us all as a plugin – making it a no-brainer for our Plugin of The Week.

Tune in above to the live stream from 4pm today as Carly and  JC Concato dive into the digital version of this legendary console.

 

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much 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 huge 20% off online courses until March 31st, 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.

Our London studios are equipped with our very own 48-Channel SSL Duality Delta mixing console, giving students hands-on access as part of their studies

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Plugin Of The Week: Sonnox Oxford Limiter V2

For this week’s plugin of the week, we take a look at Sonnox’s latest version (V2) of their Oxford Limiter. This peak limiter offers enhanced levels of processing and metering accuracy, enabling you to see and correct reconstruction overloads, as well as conforming to industry standards. It features four variable-strength noise shaping modes, Auto Comp, an enhance section, a recon meter and peak limiting with attack, release & variable soft knee. Not only this but it is fully backwards compatible with previous plugin versions and comes with a great library of factory presets! See it in action by watching the video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques as well as dive into DJing and even master the music business, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree and online Diploma Courses cover all this and more. Taken from anywhere in the world they’re some of our most comprehensive programmes. Graduates include Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours so you know you’re in good hands. You can also try a free online sample course here. Also, until the end of March there’s 20% off all online courses. Enrol now and save up to £3000 / $3600!

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Plugin Of The Week: Eventide Fission (Split Your Sounds!)

We were lucky enough to be asked to beta test Eventide’s brand new ‘Fission’ plugin, which acts as both an excellent mixing utility and a powerful creative effects tool. It takes the spotlight for this week’s Plugin Of The Week. Watch Point Blank’s JC dive into it in the video above, which will be going live at 3pm GMT on Friday, 3rd March.

Fission is the first plug-in to use Eventide’s ground-breaking Structural Effects technology – A new method for processing audio. It allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts before independently manipulating them with effects and fusing them back together. With the ability to add effects and dynamic controls to the transient and tonal sections, you can produce a wide range of effects. This plugin allows you to deconstruct your sounds with incredible precision and gives you a huge amount of control over the formation of your sound. A powerful tool indeed.

See it in action by watching the video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.

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How to Sequence a Modular Synth using Arturia Modular V (FFL!)

With the introduction of fixed-architecture synths, modular synthesis experienced a decline in the 1980s. Modular synthesisers had been commercially manufactured over ten years before by the legendary Bob Moog and Don Bulcha, who ceased production in 1981 & 1984. However, this made them much more sought after, so eventually, companies like Modcan and Doepfer introduced new modular systems in the 90s, beginning a massive resurgence in modular synthesis. The advent of the internet, plugins and modern DAWs only hastened this resurgence, with modular synthesis becoming much more affordable in the shape of virtual systems – one of which we will be discussing today.

In modular synthesisers,  blocks controlling different parameters can be moved around and mounted in endless combinations, depending on how the user wants to patch them. You can arrange Amps & Envelopes, LFOs, Filters, Effects and more to your liking, experimenting with different combinations giving you a truly unique sound. This is a phenomenally powerful method of synthesis and can supply true originality.

In this FFL we look at the Arturia Modular V, an emulation of the Moog Modular – the synth that started it all.

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