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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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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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Dubspot Sounds V4: Free Sample Pack by Mike Kiraly

Dubspot and New York-based producer, sound designer, and audio engineer Mike Kiraly present Dubspot Sounds V4, a FREE collection of handcrafted Chord Collages, Hybrid Kick Drums, and Breakbeats suited for any genre.

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Dubspot Sounds V4 by Mike Kiraly

For this edition of Dubspot Sounds, Mike Kiraly melded music technology and uniquely captured sounds with clever sound design approaches to craft a brilliant selection of sonically enhanced samples suited for any genre.

Get inspired with carefully designed chord phrases that are distinctive, unusual, and melodic. Mike also employed multiple instruments, processors, and techniques to design a collection of layered, hybrid kick drums with a goal to capture the grit and mid-range heft of electronic kick drums found on older recordings combined with the depth and precision of modern drum sounds. Also included is a selection of breakbeats mixed to perfection, and sculpted with the finest analog gear for the fullest and fattest sound possible.

Sample Pack Details

  • All loops are tempo-labeled
  • Royalty-Free
  • 163 MB Download
  • 65 24-bit / 44.1 kHz Wav files
  • 20 Chord Collages
  • 30 Hybrid Kick Drums
  • 15 Breakbeats




The Story Behind the Creation Process by Mike Kiraly

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Cut The Chord

This group of samples began life as a collection of basic chord progressions recorded from a variety of analog and digital synths. These original samples were intentionally boring. No effort was made to created complicated patches or modulation routings. I wanted simple samples to be used as raw material for more complex collages of sound. To develop musically coherent riffs, I organized the raw samples based on the underlying scale of the raw chords. Once grouped together, I began cutting, pasting, and processing to create looping chord phrases that were distinctive, unusual, and yet still melodic.

Gear Used: Modal Electronics 001, Modor NF-1, DSI Prophet 12, Akai AX60, Roland V-Synth, Native Instruments Reaktor, Sherman Filterbank 2, Eventide Eclipse, Yamaha SPX2000, Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph

Modor NF-1

Old School? New School? Both?

There can be something magical about the drum sounds heard on early house and techno records. I couldn’t say for certain, but I suspect that the raw power originates from multiple factors. The character was surely influenced by not only the machines they were created on but also the methods used to record them. Classic drum machines, early samplers, cheap mixing desks, multi-track cassette recorders, and vinyl pressings would be just some of the contributing factors involved in why these drum sounds had such impact.

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However, no matter how amazing those samples sounded back then, they can come up lacking when compared to current tracks. Here I employed multiple instruments, processors, and techniques to design a collection of layered, hybrid kick drums. The goal was to capture the grit and mid-range heft of electronic kick drums found on older recordings and then combine them with the depth and precision of modern drum sounds. Vintage analog machines sampled with an MPC are partnered with digital kicks recorded through pristine preamps. Chopped up vinyl samples married to modern synthesized sounds. I tried whatever I could to unite both the old and the new.

Gear Used: Technics 1200, Akai MPC 2000XL, Elektron RYTM, Elektron Machinedrum, Vermona DRM mkIII, Nord Drum 2, Neve 1073LB, Rupert Neve Designs 542, API 535-LA, API 2500, Drawmer 1978, Empirical Labs Distressor, Bettermaker 502P

Give Me a Break

I like breakbeats. That’s all I have to say about that.

Gear Used: Elektron RYTM, Elektron Machinedrum, Vermona DRM mkIII, Nord Drum 2, Olympia Noise Co. Patterning, Roland Octapad & TR-8, Native Instruments Maschine, UA 2-610, API 550b, API 2500, Eventide H9, Roland Scooper, Mutable Instruments Clouds, TipTop Audio Z-DSP

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About Mike Kiraly

Mike Kiraly

Mike Kiraly has spent the past ten years absorbing everything he could about the tools and techniques of his trade as a producer, sound designer, and engineer based in New York City. Currently dividing his time between personal productions and freelance engineering for other artists, Mike has amassed over 50 credits on a wide variety of releases since 2007. His unique production ethic has always gravitated towards an intricate approach, relying heavily on imaginative sound design. The last four years have seen his portfolio broaden in scope, including on-site work as an audio and video cable technician for NBC Universal during the Olympics in Beijing, Vancouver, and London. In 2012, Mike undertook a new challenge with the launch of the video tutorial series Sound // Concept. Hosted and promoted in cooperation with popular electronic music portal Pulse Radio, this passion project was an outlet for Mike to pass along creative techniques to eager producers looking to expand their skill set.

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Kontour Tutorial

Sound Design Komplete Program

Finding the right sound can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Learn the fundamentals of synthesis and sampling and gain the depth of knowledge to shape sounds the way you want them or make your own sounds from scratch.

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About This Program

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design.

You will learn to create your own sounds with a variety of techniques and add a personal sonic signature to your tracks. We introduce you to the latest synthesis and sampling technologies and show you how to use the world’s largest and most diverse sound library. In the advanced levels, you will acquire total control over all aspects of the Komplete instruments while practicing genre-based sound design.

What’s Included

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Production Techniques
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming and Instrument Building

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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