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Loopcloud x Point Blank Remix Competition: Win Over £2000 in Prizes

If you’re a music producer at any level and you use a DAW, chances are you’ve come across Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique, two of the world’s biggest sellers of sample packs and plugins respectively. Well, to celebrate the launch of their free cloud-based platform Loopcloud 2.0, we’ve teamed up with both companies to bring you this outstanding producers remix competition. All you need to do is download Loopcloud and, using any of the 1GB of free sounds you gain access to on downloading, make a ‘remix’ track and submit it via Plugged In. The winner will receive prizes from an array of developers, as well as any of our ‘Complete’ range of online courses.

HOW TO ENTER

Step One: Download Loopcloud and make your track.

  • Use this link to download the programme, giving you access to 1GB of free sounds. Users who download will also get 500 free shop credits and 150 new free samples each week.
  • Make a track in any style or genre – whatever takes your fancy. The only requirement is that you use at least one of the free sounds from Loopcloud
  • Upload your remix to SoundCloud
  • Name the remix “Point Blank x Loopcloud Producer Competition: Your Artist Name ‘Your Track Name’ “

Step Two: Share your remix on Plugged In

  • Note that you will need to be registered in order to submit your track. For those not already registered, you can do so via this page
  • Once you’ve recorded your track and are ready to share it from SoundCloud, head to the Tracks page of Plugged In, then select Add Track to get started
  • On the Add Track page, simply paste the URL of your mix into the ‘track URL’ field, and name the track accordingly. You must also select ‘Competition’ under the ‘select category’ field for your entry to be eligible (see below)
  • Once you submit your track, it will now be visible when you filter in our ‘competition’ category within the Tracks channel. You’re all set!

JUDGING

All entries will be listened to and judged by the Loopcloud and Point Blank listening panel. Entrants are encouraged to promote through their social media channels to maximise the chances of them proceeding to the shortlist stage. Our panel will then judge the shortlisted remixes based on:

  • Votes and listens on Plugged In
  • Originality
  • Songwriting
  • Arrangement
  • Mixdown quality

The deadline for entries is 10th June 2018, and we will announce the winners shortly after. If you’re new to Loopcloud, watch the short video below to learn more and head to this page to see the full list of prizes on offer. Happy producing and good luck!

Want to study at Point Blank? At our London campus, we have a whole studio connected with the Loopcloud library, which you can access as part of your study experience. 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 and mastering, composition and music business. We also offer additional degrees in Music Production and DJ Practice as well as Music Industry Management, all fully validated and accredited by Middlesex University. 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 facility features a studio fully kitted out with Loopcloud licenses

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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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We Explore Olafur Arnalds’ Chamber Evolutions by Spitfire Audio

Point Blank composition instructor Kevin Kerrigan once again dives into a new sample library by industry leaders Spitfire Audio. This time Kevin looks at the Chamber Evolution pack, developed with multi-instrumentalist and modern composer Ólafur Arnalds. The sounds contained are of small chamber groups playing with an emphasis on evolving dynamics. In part one of a three-part first-look, Kevin Kerrigan talks us through the nuts and bolts of what the ‘Wave’ sounds contained here are exactly, and how the sample pack is used. Check back next time for some ideas on how to compose with these sounds, and take a look at our Music Composition course and comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree programme, where you can learn how to put tools like this to good use.

Branded an ‘alchemist’ by Brian Eno, Kevin has worked with Bjork, Gwen Stefani, Eurythmics, Kylie & Sting among others and composes for movies/TV for Paramount, BBC, Warner Bros, Sony & Universal. He teaches Music Composition at our London school and his own compositions focus on the cerebral and beautiful.

Music Composition is an important part of our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, which you can also study online. For full lists of our courses check out our schools in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai, as well as Online. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Spitfire Audio: LCO Strings Part 1 – Mic Mixer & Basic Performance Tips

At Point Blank, we are constantly creating video content for your benefit, whether it be exclusive artist masterclasses, interviews, production tips & tricks or track deconstructions. Over the next two weeks, composer, producer and Point Blank expert instructor Kevin Kerrigan (Bjork, Brian Eno, Dido) will be giving you a taste of what you could learn at Point Blank, presenting you with a brand new series focused on Spitfire Audio’s new sample library: London Contemporary Orchestra strings. The first time these string sounds have been available in sample form, Spitfire Audio have teamed up with the LCO to provide everything one would need to create cutting-edge, experimental strings music. With a wide range of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable & musical and will transform your work.
For part one of the series, Electronic Music Composition instructor Kevin Kerrigan walks us through LCO Strings basic interface, specifically looking at the Mic Mixer, exploring the effects available as well as how to apply them, including some interesting tips on blending effects to personalise your sound. Kevin also goes over advanced settings and features and gives us some basic performance tips, detailing how to get the best out of the library and achieve the most realistic sounding strings. Stay tuned for part two of the series, in which Kevin will be delving into string sounds and giving some composition tips.

Kevin Kerrigan teaches Electronic Music Production as a part of our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Every aspect of the degree has been developed and optimised to guarantee it meets rigorous academic standards. Regular Quality checks and reviews with Middlesex University ensure these standards are on a level with the top universities in the world. Our brand new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers ease of access and support to students enabling us to give them the benefit of cutting-edge, interactive learning. If you want to learn composition, recording, engineering and mixing techniques enrol on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree now. With flexible learning from anywhere in the world, it is our most comprehensive programme. Take the first step by trying a free online sample course or contact our course admissions team to find out more.

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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