Music Production Tutorials intros MPT Deep House Synth for Reaktor

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Danny J Lewis of Music Production Tutorials has introduced the MPT Deep House Synth, a free synthesizer ensemble for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Early preview of the synth. I managed to salvage it and tidy it up. Originally this was going to be the Enzyme Black Synth but it makes sense to tie it in with this channel now.

The ensemble is a free download in exchange for a post/tweet.

More information: Music Pro Tutorials / MPT Deep House Synth


Point Blank launches new Deep House course in Ableton

Point Blank Online has announced a new Deep House Course for Ableton Live.

Point Blank Online Ableton Live courses

If you want to make the kind of Deep House that keeps the floor packed all night long, check out this Deep House in Ableton course developed by Point Blank’s legendary producer Danny J Lewis (Enzyme Black, Spiritual South). If you are a fan of Deep House producers like Kerri Chandler, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Maya Jane Coles and Moodymann, this is a chance for you to enjoy learning production techniques and secrets designed to help you achieve your own credible and authentic sound. Using Ableton Live, Point Blank teach you how to create your own drum kits, synth sounds, basslines, riffs and chords. Upload your music each week for DVR™ (Direct Video Response) – expert analysis and video feedback on your work from a pro producer instructor. This is a unique opportunity to learn personally from guys at the top of their craft.

Currently holding the reins as instructor is the extremely capable Ski Oakenfull (Incognito, Joey Negro, Primaudial Records) making this a unique opportunity to learn to make house music personally from guys at the top of their craft. If you want to learn with Ski, sign up now. You’ll soon be knocking out timeless sounding, quality house music cuts.

Point Blank have also teamed up with Freerange, Plastic City, Lopazz’s 800 Achtspur and CR2 Records to offer students on the course the opportunity to have their tracks heard by these label’s premier artists and A&R guys. With Louie Vega from Masters At Work and Pete Tong also requesting to listen out for the best tracks from this course, it’s a pretty serious proposition if you are into getting your music heard in the right places.

The Deep House course in Ableton is available online, launching August 29th 2011 (and available every month thereafter). Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The course is 4 weeks long and cost £355 GBP (~$530 USD).

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank Online announces 16 week Cubase programme

Point Blank has announced a new online Cubase programme.

Point Blank Online

Commencing April 25th 2011, the 16 week programme is aimed at both MAC or PC users who want to work in current, hot musical styles.

Devised by Cubase expert and dance music supremo Danny J Lewis, the course features analysis of Hip Hop, Deep and Soulful House, Urban Pop, Electro, Minimal and Dubstep. It is a treasure trove of fascinating insights into techniques you will hear in massive records currently having success. Over 16 weeks students are taught Level 1 and 2 in-depth disciplines for Cubase: from getting started with MIDI, programming beats, chords and basslines, importing audio files and working with acapellas to recording and editing, track structure and arrangements and mixing. Each week students upload their assignments for DVR™- expert analysis and video feedback on their work.

In the final week students submit their final project. From a vocational aspect, Point Blank’s longterm partnership with Universal Music and Island Records, means that there is always the possibility of students’ final projects being presented to the labels for their consideration.

Cubase Level 1 and 2 Programme includes a minimum of 960 minutes of video, 16 x DVR™ (1-2-1 video feedback, 16 hours of live masterclasses, 1 year access to your course materials, over 320 pages of course notes, 24/7 access to forum plus exclusive audio resources to download. And as an optional but desirable extra: sign your track to Point Blank Music distributed by iTunes, beatport, Juno Download and Amazon.

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank Online MDMA – Mixing Dance Music with Ableton Course

Point Blank Online has announced MDMA, a new “Mixing Dance Music with Ableton” course.

Mixing Dance Music with Ableton Live

Point Blank can’t stop the music! Due to massive demand and over-subscribed courses, the team at the world’s premier online school has put the finishing touches to a fastrack guide to mixing your tracks like a true pro. The Hoxton crew have enjoyed sustained success with Mixing Dance Music on Logic and have been inundated with requests for an Ableton Live version virtually since the course was inaugurated last year. So, as they say, here it is….

Spaced evenly over 4 weeks, the course includes a minimum of 240 minutes video tutorials, 4 x DVR™ , the school’s bespoke 1-2-1 video feedback system and 4 hours of live online masterclasses by your expert pro producer tutor and with your classmates from around the world. While the course is running you gain 24/7 access to forum and the course materials which include over 80 pages of notes and exclusive audio resources to download. After the 4 weeks is up you still have a whole year’s access to this content, and get your track signed to Point Blank Music, who can get your music out on Beatport, Junodownload, iTunes and Amazon.

The course has been developed by producer and remixer Danny J Lewis who has released on labels including Defected, Masters At Work, Ministry of Sound and XL Recordings. It also features contributions from other Point Blank tutors including electro breaks producer Rogue Element (aka Ben Medcalf) and Grammy nominee Mike Koglin (Noys Music). Thanks to this expert input, the course is suitable for producers of any style of dance music. Class sizes are strictly limited so if you would like to learn more then head to where you can view a full summary of the course and watch free sample videos. Point Blank is an Ableton Certified Training Centre and has been voted “Best Music Production School” for six consecutive years at the annual T-Scan Awards.

The MDMA courses start 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June 2011. Course fee is £355 GBP.

More information: Point Blank Online