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Point Blank Recommends #51 – Ploy, Blawan, Buttechno & Much More

Every month when it’s time for Point Blank Recommends, we get super excited to share with you the tracks that have been flying around the Point Blank office, emailed to one another and generally shouted about whenever the situation allows. Believe us when we say that (beyond very strong coffee) the primary power source of the paragon of productivity that is Point Blank is the music we listen to; which is fitting for a music school we think. This month it’s quite a heavy affair with Ploy returning to Batu’s ever-impressive Timdance imprint, mind-melting electro on Don’t Be Afraid, Blawan serving up his trademark concussive hammer blows and more besides. It’s not all boom and gloom, however – peep one of our favourites from DJ Koze’s new record for some heavy wooze, Pat Ca$h’ lab-made eulogy for a deep dream and Tenderlonius as he reminds us of his (and his 22a imprint’s) impact on London’s flourishing jazz scene. Fun for the whole family.

For more music, tutorials and class insights head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering is a great place to start looking, while we’ve also added two new degree courses ready for next semester: the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. If you’re looking for something shorter, have a look at our radio and DJ. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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Student Success April 2018: Wendy Bevan, Sara Simms, 1-800-Disco & Caspar Leopard

Welcome back to another edition of Point Blank Student Success. This month we’ve got a bumper edition, catching up with four students and alumni to talk about some of the exciting things they’ve been up to. We compile these every month showcasing students that have studied with us for any length of time and at any of our locations:  LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online.

Wendy Bevan (!K7, Unknown Pleasures) – Music Production (LA)

Wendy Bevan is a musician and producer who creates haunting atmospheric pieces and skewed gothic pop songs. Her latest track, ‘Falling’ was premiered by XLR8R.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I was introduced to Point Blank whilst researching courses online, I then realised that some of my friends had also studied here, and highly recommended it. So, I decided to sign up for some courses and try it out myself. I love learning new skills and Point Blank have so many top courses to choose from.

How much previous experience with making music had you had when you studied with us?

I have made music for many years and most recently released my debut album Rose and Thorn, on Kwaidan/ !K7 records, and had a couple of EP’s come out too. Rose and Thorn bought together dark pulsing electronic synths, minimalist post-punk basslines and featured live strings from the Balanescu Quartet.

Are there any things you’ve learned with us that really stick in the memory?

The main thing that I’ve learnt is that there’s an amazing community of artists out there who are supportive of one another. Point Blank encourages a very nurturing environment within the community both online and at school. It’s important to remember you are not alone and no matter what stage of your career there are always great new things to learn.

So you’ve obviously had a few releases now, how did you go about getting your first tracks signed?

I’d worked on a variety of different projects prior to having my first tracks signed as a solo artist. My debut album Rose and Thorn came out at the end of 2016 on French label Kwaidan and !K7. It was produced by Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague) who also runs Kwaidan. Marc is someone I had collaborated with for quite sometime before we released this record and it felt like a natural progression in our already established working relationship.

You’ve just dropped ‘Falling’ which was premiered on XLR8R – can you talk me through the track a little? Anything that’s interesting conceptually or technically about how it was made.

‘Falling’ was written earlier this year while I was in Joshua Tree, CA and recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Robert Harder.

Like a lot of my songs, the lyrics are a theatricalisation of a series of real encounters. It is quite a sad song but juxtaposed by the track which is pretty upbeat and the direct delivery of the vocal its uplifting rather than melancholic. I really love this song, it means a lot to me to have it out there in the world. The EP is [out] June 1st, and it will be released on Unknown Pleasures, with a remix of Falling by Hante and an extra bonus track entitled Wild Swan, produced by Bruno Coviello (formerly Light Asylum).

We’re hoping this is the start of a new album cycle for you – is that the case? If so, any details you can share?

Yes, it certainly is but I cant share any details just at this moment, all top secret!! #watchthisspace

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Caspar Leopard (The Happy Genius, No. 1 Baltic Place) – Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma

Caspar Leopard is a London-based composer, producer and filmmaker. In January he won a Lift Off Global Network award for his film score of ‘The Happy Genius’. In February he launched his own label with his debut release ‘The Restoration EP’.

Firstly, can you tell me about the award you won in January?

The Lift-Off Global Network has an annual awards ceremony which selects works for each category from the 11 film festivals internationally that they organise.
I was very happy to be awarded ‘Best Score’ at the 2018 awards for my score for ‘The Happy Genius’ – a film written and directed by Hannah Mckibbin. I’ve only been composing for the film for a few years and this was actually the first film score I wrote.

I understand you and your brother run a studio together – what can you tell me about the kind of projects that have been going on recently?

Orlando and I set up the studio about 6 years ago (www.No1BalticPlace.com) – it started as a rehearsal space for our bands and a small recording studio setup. Over the years it’s grown into a bigger operation as we’ve slowly collected more gear and put in a proper console. We now run the studio commercially – recent artists include: Liam Gallagher, Jessie Ware, Rolling Stones, Bjork, James Bay and Florence & The Machine.

How did you come to find Point Blank?

I was at university in Bristol DJing at a lot of techno nights and spending my free time trying to learn music production. I decided to find a production course I could do in my summer holiday’s to speed up the learning process – Point blank was a great intro into the world of electronic production.

What was the biggest thing you took from your studies?

That studying was a great starting point but that it takes a lot of time and effort to make a mark in the music world. While the instructors at Point Blank can teach you the basic theory and point you in the right direction, it’s up to you to put in the hours to make a career out of it.

Any projects on the go that you would like people to know about?

2018 is an exciting year as I’ve got quite a few projects coming out this year which have been in production for a while now. As well as the EP, I’m composing a few more film scores and I’ve just finished making a surreal dark fairy tale short film I’ve co-written and co-directed called ‘The Blood Bride’ which will be hitting the film festivals later in the year.

Follow Caspar on Twitter and SoundCloud.

Craig White (1-800-Disco, Disco Express) – Complete DJ & More

Craig White is a DJ who plays Disco, House and Electro and runs The Disco Express in Shoreditch, London, which celebrated its first year back in February.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I started taking DJing a bit more seriously moving from the bedroom to DJing out and I knew I needed to add more skills to my repertoire. Point Blank was perfect.

How much previous experience with making music had you had before you studied with us?

Before studying with you I had no previous experience in making music. The courses at Point Blank are great as they cater for people like me starting out with making music with no real knowledge of how tracks are put together.

Are there any things you’ve learned with us that really stick in the memory?

I think learning music theory was one of the biggest things. I’d never considering mixing in key before until i started at point blank. Also having access to all of the top of the range pioneer gear was a massive help in learning all of the functions of the CDJ’s and DJM’s and the tricks you can do with them.

The party you run, Disco Express, has recently celebrated its first birthday. Can you tell me about what the night is about? How did you get started?

Tom Lily, a friend of mine who DJ’s under the name Bustin Loose, had the idea for the night just over a year ago. It’s based on a love of Disco music and takes a lot of inspiration from David Mancuso’s loft parties in New York back in the 70’s. Tom brought me in as a resident and I play every month. It’s really growing: the birthday was incredible, we had Eli Escobar over from New York.

How is your own music making going?

I’ve just finished the Maschine course at Point Blank which has enabled me to jam out ideas really easily so i’m looking forward to continuing with that. I recently just moved to Berlin to work on music production full time and really focus everything I have into making some good music. I’m doing the online sound design as we speak and have just acquired a new synth so watch this space!

Is there anything coming up in the future that you are particularly excited by?

Other than my monthly residency at The Disco Express. I’ve got a couple of big roof top parties on at the South Place hotel (APWU) and then Dalston roof park (Pop on over) which will be a great way to kick off the summer! I’m also playing Bermondsey social club for the first time which looks like a sick venue.

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Sara Simms (Simmetry Sounds, Mixed In Key) – Introduction to Music Production (Logic)

Sara is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ who also handles PR for the software company Mixed in Key.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I discovered Point Blank a few years ago when I was searching for an online music production school to attend. At that time, Point Blank offered a Minimal Techno online course that really appealed to me.

How much previous experience in music had you had when you studied with us?

As a child, I studied piano and music theory with my Mum. When I was a teenager, I transitioned into playing the guitar and studied rock and later jazz. I had a brief stint in the Jazz Guitar program at Humber College in Toronto, but I found myself spending more time
on the decks than on the guitar. I ended up dropping out of college to pursue DJing on a full-time basis. I learned the art of turntablism from DJ mentors and have a degree in Audio Engineering from the Harris Institute of the Arts.

Are there any things you learned with us that really stick in the memory?

I learned a lot at Point Blank about creating bass lines for techno and programming drums. I also remember my teacher at Point Blank taught me how to parallel compress the drums so they sound huge.

Tell me about getting a Management position with Mixed In Key. How did that come about?

I’ve been a fan Mixed of Key for over a decade. I immediately loved the concept of the software; I come from a musical background and harmonic mixing made a lot of sense to me.

What else have you been up to? Any recent performances you’ve really enjoyed?

I’m always DJing and producing; a few recent performance highlights include playing at ADE on
SpinZinn’s live broadcast at the Allen and Heath booth and playing on Detroit’s 313.FM. I’ve been playing in Toronto’s techno scene and this year played at a Box of Kittens event, at Toronto’s longest running electronic event Architextures, at Nightshift on live broadcasts at CTRL Room and Invisible City Records. I also write Traktor articles for the Native Instruments blog and for DJ gear/equipment reviews and production tips for Ask.Audio.

What’s in the pipeline? Anything you’re particularly excited by?

I’m excited to release two upcoming tracks with Desiire, a Toronto based R&B/soul singer. He’s a great artist and is also my stylist. It’s exciting that our relationship is developing in new ways and we’re working on music together. Our first track, ‘Fading’, is quite Disclosure influenced and is musically different than anything either of us has released. Look for it out on my label Simmetry Sounds later this year.

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Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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Watch a Special Live Performance by NINJA at Point Blank London

A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome back a very talented PB alumnus for a live performance. One of the most tenacious students we’ve ever had, NINJA has gone from strength to strength since finishing her course with us in 2010. Back then she studied how to DJ with us on the Complete DJ course, and she has since gone on to create the intricate hybrid live-set you see here, using live instrumentation to build hypnotic webs of rhythm and melody. It was great to have her back, and we think you’ll agree her live set is something to behold.

When we last featured NINJA on this website, we told you how she had taken our class on her gap year and dived straight into playing out to her peers when she went to university. Her hustle took her to Ibiza where she’s played at places like Destino and Privilege regularly since. We also told you she was in the middle of developing a live show and getting her head around music production… Well, here we are a couple of years later witnessing the fruits of her labour, a truly unique set that trades deep tech-house against microtonal melody, resulting in a masterful exercise in texture, tension and release. NINJA’s also says she’s planning on releasing her first album, titled ‘The Thirteenth Code’, before this summer. As ever, we’re inclined to believe she’ll make it happen.

If you’d like to try your hand at performing live, our in-house live don Saytek teaches a module on live performance as part of our music production degree programmes. Check out Saytek’s recent live demo on the new Roland TR-8S for a demonstration of what he can do. Find out about the range of DJ courses, of which NINJA is an alumnus, too. Any questions, call +44 20 7729 4884 to speak with a course advisor.

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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Joshua Michael

After an extended layoff, we are back with our regular guest slot with Pioneer DJ Radio. We’ve had a relationship with the station for a minute now and we’re proud to put our students on the radio alongside artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong on the biggest stations along with that illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Joshua Michael studied the Music Production Certificate with us back in 2016. He’s been playing since he was just 14. His early interest in electronic music has since developed into a fixation for anything house and techno. With the launch of his own club night upcoming at XOYO and his first release just around the corner, big things are in the pipeline!

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Pre Silent Live from Studio 5 at the Orsman Road Campus in London

After Gabby Gunn graced the hub just the day before, Pre Silent dropped in for a special live performance from Studio 5 at our Orsman Road campus in London. This was our second live stream from Orsman of the year and we will be back weekly throughout the year with more live sets and DJ mixes. For access to loads of opportunities like this one and to hone your skills as a musician, take one of our courses in London. We have an open day upcoming on Saturday 17 February which we’ve just released a small amount of extra tickets for. RSVP here to come along and check out the campus for yourself.

Pre Silent is a live performer, sound designer and producer based in London via Gaeta and Milan in Italy. He cut his teeth playing house parties and clubs in Milan while studying sound engineering and mastering tracks for other producers and bands. He later moved to London to be closer to his favoured clubbing scene, and of course, to join the ranks here at Point Blank Music School. He studied the Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma among other courses, and has continued to build on his love of synths and develop his uniquely inquisitive live show. We can’t wait to see what he brings today, live from Studio 5.

Study with us and you can have access to loads of opportunities like this one: live streams, guest radio slots, club performances and more. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself,  book a solo tour with a course advisor.

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Student Success January 2018: Andre Crom, Tomas Crow & Neil Bopperson

Each month, we catch up with Point Blank students and alumni to showcase their successes since studying with us, giving you an insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. This month we present former students from a variety of disciplines, including one Andre Crom, the Barcelona-based head of OFF Recordings and Composition alumnus. Check out our LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online course pages to begin your own journey in the music industry.

Andre Crom (OFF Recordings) – Music Composition

Andre Crom was already a globally touring DJ when he came to study with us, already in charge of his OFF Recordings label and had already released several tracks, including a few with his frequent collaborator Luca Doobie. But even successful artists need to learn sometimes, and as so many producers will tell you, the best way to learn the nuts and bolts of composition and music theory is to be taught. So, in 2015, we welcomed Andre to our school to study Electronic Music Composition with us online.

Andre was kind enough to spend some time answering a few questions about his experience with Point Blank. Read the full exchange below.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

When I set out to seriously learn solo music production about 3 years ago I wanted to do a course that would teach me the basics of music theory aimed towards the specific things I’d need to know for electronic music. So I googled for production schools and the “Electronic Music Composition” course of Pointblank seemed the right fit.

How much previous experience with making music had you had when you studied with us?

I had several years of experience of doing co-productions with different partners, and as well finished maybe two or three dozen solo tracks. So I knew my way around Ableton… but as I had no clue of music theory, I just jammed around, and I was always kinda scared to play something “out of tune”.

Are there any things you learned with us that really stick in the memory?

Yeah, to really understand what a “scale” is, and the most common progressions, like 3 or 5 semitones, and that if you just hit the white keys focusing on “A”, you’ll stay inside the A Minor scale which is extremely common for underground electronic music… that was very helpful to understand in the beginning. Almost the same like when I realized the system of “8/16/32… bars” when learning to DJ.

Would you recommend us to a friend?

Yes. It was a comprehensive course teaching all the basics I needed to get started on my journey to become an accomplished producer.

Check out Andre on Instagram and all other social media platforms, and be sure to subscribe to OFF Recordings on YouTube.

Tomas Crow – BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Tomas Crow is a producer, sound engineer and musician hailing from Rosario, Argentina, now based in London. He came to study with us in 2015 after lengthy research into his chosen field of music production and sound engineering. He has gone on to put everything learned to good use, playing regularly at Egg London and Number 90, and developing a unique live set with live guitar playing. Not only that, but he’s also been working as a sound and light tech at Egg. He spent much of his time while studying with us putting the equipment to good use, the result of which is his forthcoming album ‘Detoxify’.

On his time at Point Blank Tomas had this to say:

“I had amazing lessons and teachers, we got unlimited studio time to practice, get creative and get to know the huge amount of gear the school provides, and there are people from all over the world to learn from. The combination of all those attributes made me find my own original sound… something that everybody is always looking for.”

For a preview of the new record, check out Tomas on Instagram and Soundcloud.

Neil Bopperson – Intro to Radio Broadcasting

Neil Bopperson is a DJ and Radio Host based in Paris. Neil studied radio broadcasting with us back in 2011 and recently moved to Paris to work as a radio plugger. He has a monthly show on Le Mellotron Radio. He is also a resident at the Bussey Building’s long-running South London Soul Train, playing deeper cuts in the basement at Rye Wax.

We asked him what was the biggest thing he took from his six months with Chris Bailey, to which he replied: “Lot’s of things really; from crucial organisational skills, tips and tricks over various DAWs, key contacts that I still use plus friends that I still have to this day.”

Catch Neil co-hosting Le Mellotron’s breakfast show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM next Thursday 8th Feb.

Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Pre Silent

One of the many reasons to learn the craft of DJing at Point Blank is that you get the chance to have your mixes played exclusively on Pioneer DJ Radio alongside the likes of top artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. We get a real kick out of showcasing our students’ talent and seeing it reach an audience of thousands each week. What’s more, because PDJR also features shows from some of the biggest and best labels out there including Cadenza, Get Physical and Defected, you never know who might be listening.

Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio – 068 Pre-Silent

Pre Silent is a live performer, sound designer and producer based in London via Gaeta and Milan in Italy. He cut his teeth playing house parties and clubs in Milan while studying sound engineering and mastering tracks for other producers and bands. He later moved to London to be closer to his favoured clubbing scene, and of course, to join the ranks here at Point Blank Music School. He studied the Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma among other courses, and has continued to build on his love of synths and develop his uniquely inquisitive live show. The set ebbs and flows, riding a playful sense of groove throughout before unleashing a thunderous closing section of pure nosebleed Techno.

weekend-djPoint Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Feeling inspired?. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0044207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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PB Recommends #45: Finn, Giant Swan And More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#45 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

As the nights begin to close in, leaves fade to brown and inevitably cover the ground in a wet, brown mulch, its tempting to let your musical tastes fixate on darker hues. Saying that, sometimes you just need to surround yourself in sonic sunshine and drag your mind back to the summer. For the 45th edition of PB Reccommends, we’ve got both tendancies covered. Releases from Jasss, Sun Yufka and Giant Swan (on the outstanding Timedance imprint) pander to the darkness, while Nilüfer Yanya, Miles From Kinshasa and Finn exist on the sunny side (the latter has the office divided but we’ll let you make up your own mind).

For more music including the recent live set and masterclass we were blessed with from Octave One, head to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel, where you can also check out what’s going down on our label. As always we hope this inspires you to want to make your own music. If that’s the case why not take a look at our Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Or if playlisting is your thing, why not have a look at our Radio Courses? As it happens we’re currently offering £1000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma until 31st October!

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Watch Octave One Give A Masterclass In Live Performance

Here at Point Blank, we’re always looking for ways we can link up with special artists and industry professionals to show you how the very best operate. We’ve recently sat down with the likes of Fred P and MJ Cole who gave the kind of insight that only their vast experience can glean. In keeping with that theme, our latest masterclass is with Octave One, who demonstrate the kind of slick intuition with a live set up that a quarter of a century in the game will bring. Take a look a below at their incredible live performance at our London studios and listen out as they talk us through their set-up, “The Mothership”.

Lenny and Lawrence Burden recently dropped into our London Studio and treated us to a live performance of their gorgeously soulful techno. The video gives the perfect vantage point to watch what the brothers get up to behind the controls of their incredible array of hardware. They also give us the inside scoop on what their live set is about, telling us why they eschew computers, what the art of performing is to them and how to make the most out of the interaction between person and machine. The pair get technical about their gear and we learn why they call their Akai MPC 1000 “The Brain”, as well as how their set up is designed to allow as much lossless experimentation on the fly as possible. Finally, the veteran duo share their thoughts on the possibilities available today vs when they started out, and why the most important thing to learn is how to fail.

Octave One have been a part of the techno landscape since 1990 when they first started releasing on Derrick May’s legendary Transmat label in Detroit, and soon after their own 430 West imprint. Initially, they were focused almost completely on recording, with Lawrence taking care of the DJing and travelling, but when a tour demanded they play live, Lenny devised the show in just two weeks. When on-stage he found he was struggling to get around all of their gear, Lawrence stepped in to help with the mixing and effects so Lenny could focus on sound-creation: an arrangement that still exists to this day. In the years since, Octave One have become synonymous with live, analogue techno. Their set has evolved with technology but they still play with hardware only and every set is defined by feel and the injection of the human element to sequenced music – an approach that has seen them play every big stage in techno, and forge longstanding links with institutions like Tresor and Berghain. In 2008, after the release of ‘Summers On Jupiter’, they stopped releasing, saying they had nothing left to say through music. A smattering of old tracks and one-offs would follow, before their touring schedule inspired their real return with ‘Burn It Down’ in 2015. Between the record’s riotous reception and their seminal Boiler Room performance from Moscow, the band’s legendary live set has never been so in-demand.

Want to up learn how to built sets like these? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business, and in our Electronic Music Performance you’ll be taught how to tailor your set-up and play live like the best of them. The module is developed by Saytek, a hardware aficionado and celebrated live artist in his own right. 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. Check our contact page for more options.

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Top 3 Ableton Tutorials of 2016 – Techno & House Style Guides + Multiwarping

Our top 3 Ableton Live tutorials of the year are packed full of solid tips and techniques on how to harness the power of this remarkable DAW. We’ve also taken a good look at how two of dance music’s most important genres came into existence. Make sure you don’t miss any of our future Ableton tutorials by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Style Guide: House

In the first part of our new Style Guide series James Wiltshire (Freemasons, F9 Audio, Beyoncé) invited us into his Brighton studio to look at how House music was born. With a clear love for a genre now experiencing its second coming, Wiltshire showed us how to reconstruct some classic original House beats using Ableton Live.

Style Guide: Techno 1 & 2

In at number two is another Style Guide from James Wiltshire who this time delved into the ‘man meets machine’ origins of techno. Wiltshire then showed us how to create unique and original sounds in Ableton using everyday studio kit and some smart sound design techniques. Learn more about how to make Techno on one of our Online Master Diploma courses.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Multiwarping

Most of us know about warping but did you know that you can warp more than one stem at a time? In this tutorial Ableton expert Freddy Frogs showed us how. Watch it and you will learn how to tighten up your tracks and speed up your workflow significantly. Frogs also revealed the best mode in which to warp vocals.

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