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Point Blank announces Summer School 2011 Courses

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Point Blank Summer School

Point Blank has announced Summer School 2011 Courses, summer music courses for young people taught by experts from the music industry.

Following the popularity of last year’s summer school, award-winning music college Point Blank has announced this year’s collection of activities aimed at music-mad school/college students who want to develop their skills over the summer break.

Each course is taught in a small group at Point Blank’s state-of-the-art recording studios in Hoxton, London. Tutors at the college include Grammy nominated songwriters and producers who have worked with a host of acclaimed artists including Michael Jackson, Massive Attack, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, La Roux, Amy Winehouse, Estelle and Sugababes.

Summer School 2011 Courses

  • Music Production Summer School – Duration: 1 Week, price: £395.00
  • Singing Summer School – Duration: 1 Week, price: £395.00
  • Songwriting Summer School – Duration: 1 Week, price: £395.00
  • DJ Summer School – Duration: Weekend, price: £245.00
  • Radio Summer School – Duration: Weekend, price: £245.00

The courses run throughout the summer holidays from July 25th to August 29th.

More information: Point Blank / Summer School 2011

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Sample Magic and Alchemea announce 
new weekend music production and business courses

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Sample Magic / Alchemea courses

Sample developers Sample Magic and music college Alchemea have announced a new season of music production and music business weekend courses in London, UK.

Following the sell-out success of their Secrets of House Music course in 2010, the team are returning with four new courses run across six weekends. Courses include The Secrets of House Music Production, The Business of Music, Ableton for Dance Producers and First Steps in Logic. The courses are delivered by high-profile Sample Magic tutors with guests including DJ and producer Sharooz (Moby, Mylo, Robyn, Kings of Leon).

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  • The Secrets of House Music Production: Intensive course that reveals the tips, tricks and techniques of the pros to take your house tracks to the next level.
  • The Business of Music: How do you set up a label? What revenue streams should be tapped? Who do you need in your team? We survey the whole music business landscape in this interactive course for anyone working in the industry.
  • Dance Track in a Weekend: First Steps in Logic: In this weekend blitz course we introduce you to everything you need to know about making music in Logic by guiding you through the creation of a full original track.
  • Ableton for Dance Producers: Aimed at newcomers to Ableton Live and those who want to build their skills, this course outlines how to get the most from Live as a studio tool and outlines its powerful uses on the live circuit.

The courses are being held during May and June 2011, priced between £320 GBP an £340 GBP for the weekend.

More information: Sample Magic

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Point Blank enrolling students for Professional Live Sound Engineering Course

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Point Blank has announced it is now admitting students to its Live Sound Engineering course running in April, July and September 2011.

Point Blank Live Sound Engineering

Learn to make a living in the fastest growing area of the music business…

There is no better way to learn a craft than actually doing it for real. This is the ethos behind Point Blank Music College and seems especially true of their live Sound Engineering Certificate course which gives you the opportunity to mix 6 live gigs in 6 months at various top London venues. Talk about in at the deep end…

But don’t worry, it’s not the ducking stool – you won’t be thrown in to see if you sink or swim! The Live Sound Engineering Certificate course is a 24 week journey taught by professionals from The Barfly, Islington’s 02 Academy 2 and The Garage. These are the venues that helped launch the careers of Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, The Gossip and many more.

As well as supervised, hands on practice at sound engineering at 6 gigs (one for each month of the course) you will be taught in detail the ins and outs of getting the most out of any PA to make the bands you mix sound hot. The 250 capacity main room at O2 Academy 2 Islington is a key venue on the London gig scene and a great place for you to learn the art of live mixing in a proper working environment. Everyone knows that live is where the music business makes its money at the moment: one of the effects of decreased record sales on the music industry has been the re-emergence of live performance as a major source of revenue for artists. This is turn has increased the need for skilled live mix engineers and Point Blank has the reputation for showing you how having won the award for ‘Best Music College’ six times in a row at the annual T-Scan Awards.

So there are more jobs than ever for the right candidates: get on the course now! We are now enrolling student for April, July and September 2011.

The Point Blank Live Sound Engineering courses are available at £2,690 GBP.

More information: Point Blank

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Point Blank celebrates success of students – from bedroom to Beyonce, how the UK is becoming a hotbed for remix talent

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Point Blank, London, the UK’s premier Music Production college are currently celebrating the global successes of three past students in the Remix arena. Namely: Detboi, Gareth Wyn and Jahawi.

Detboi
  • Detboi (Producer / Remixer & DJ) – After taking the Minimal Techno, Mixing Dance Music and Deep & Soulful House courses at Point Blank Online Music Production School, Detboi saw his crazy brand of tropical flavoured, bass-heavy rave skyrocket to releases on massive labels including Skint, Surface Noise and Herve’s Cheap Thrills. Despite his success, Detboi continues to enrol on Point Blank’s courses and expand his diverse knowledge of dance music production.
Gareth Wyn
  • Gareth Wyn (Beyonce & Leona Remixes Released by Sony) – Gareth has remixed Beyonce’s last two singles and Leona Lewis’ recent comeback single ‘Happy’ for Sony and his own tracks have been released on Maelstrom, CR2 and Ministry of Sound, winning acclaim from the likes of Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong and BT.

    And he’s continued his highly successful association with Liverpool superclub Cream, with a main room residency in Ibiza and a slamming set at this years Creamfields. The turning point says Gareth was learning with Point Blank’s Danny J Lewis – “That was the course that brought everything together for me and gave me the kick start I needed”. Keep your eyes on the booth and ears to the speaker – Gareth Wyn is on fire!

Jahawi
  • Jahawi – Within six months of enrolling at Point Blank, former student Jahawi had two remixes released – for none other than Armand Van Helden!!

    “I’d been dabbling in production for a few months before I went to Point Blank. I found that I could get to a certain point, but I couldn’t use the equipment to its full potential. I was getting frustrated. I had all these ideas but I didn’t have the skills to translate what was in my head into music.”

    Jahawi didn’t waste any time in putting his new-found skills into practice.
    His remixes of Armand Van Helden’s “A Track Called Jack” and “I Want Your Soul.” have been released in the UK by Southern Fried Records and in the US by Ultra Records.

Point Blank’s next 4 week online Remixing Course starts 29th November 2010 featuring exclusive input from these professional remixers: CJ Mackintosh, Phil Asher, Ben Medcalf, Grant Nelson, Gareth Wyn, Mike Koglin and Danny J Lewis. Plus interviews with the following labels: CR2, Freerange, Island Records, Noys and remix assets from Reelgroove.

Limited places for this course are still available. It costs £325 GBP.

More information: Point Blank

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Short links for September 15th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Everything is a Remix, Part 1 : Everything Is a Remix

Check Songs Used in Everything is a Remix Part 1 for details.

# Dan303: FREE Samples: “Synth Strings”

Dan is back with a new free sample pack featuring 4 different synth string sounds in .wav format:

Each string sound was had crafted using the Korg R3 synthesizer and each sound is played in a verity of chords.
The Chords are clearly labeled and ready for your compositions.

# cl516: Six Delays in September

Calvin Cardioid posted a lovely video on his ditto blog.

There's a little bit of variety here, ranging from such sounds as the simple Boss DD-3, to the heavier thick tone of the Moog MF104SD, to the craziness of the Eowave Spacebug, and even to the crispy digital artifact sounding OTO Biscuit. Throughout the video, I'm just playing common synth patches in mono with one hand, while the other tweaks the pedals.

Gotta love delays!

Sonic Terrain

# Sonic Terrain

A new blog dedicated to field recording:

Welcome to Sonic Terrain, your source for sounds in the field! Today we are very glad to start with this adventure and we hope you like it as we do. There’s no other reason for this rather than the community and the passion for recording sounds from the world.

What is Sonic Terrain?

In the last few years, social media and blogs have changed the way we interact and learn from other people over the world. This has been especially true in the world of professional sound and audio production/post-production, where a recent proliferation of blogs, websites, and online communities have allowed both emerging talent and established professionals to interact, share, and collaborate with one another.

Sonic Terrain is the brainchild of Miguel Isaza, was co-founded by he and Nathan Moody, and enjoys the deep support and involvement of Colin Hart. You can also find very enjoyable stories from our pro contributors Michael Raphael and Charles Maynes.

# Sound Interjection, Yuri Suzuki

From Pixelsumo:

Last week Yuri Suzuki had his first major show open in London (KK Outlet) until the end of September. Featuring some old works and new ones, each giving a playful physical interaction with sound, such as…

“Colour Chaser detects and follows black line whilst it reads the colour and translate the colour RGB data into sound.”

# Pd & Max/MSP Externals – Beta 7

Tom Erbe at Soundhack writes:

We have just released the first complete version of the SoundHack externals for PD & Max. These externals replicate most of the SoundHack plugins and are offered free of charge.

Included in this collection are externals for amplitude shaping and distortion (+compand~, +chebyshev~ & +decimate~), single-head, multi-head, pitchshifting and granular delays (+delay~, +pitchdelay~, +bubbler~), and the spectral shapers, a set of spectral filters and dynamics processors (+binaural~, +morphfilter~, +spectralcompand~ & +spectralgate~).

Studio BEA-5

# Somewhat Ahead Of Their Time…

From Analog Industries:

In 1952, Phillips Industries, those zany Dutchfolk that bring us fancy new TVs and lightbulbs every now and again, saw fit to make an electronic music studio in their main R&D facility in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This studio, which was moved to the University Of Utrecht in 1960 as part of their new Sonology Studio, and again in 1972 to the Royal Conservatory Of Music (as pictured above), still exists today as Studio BEA-5 at the Institute Of Sonology, with most of the gear in that top image still in daily use.

# Checking drum tracks for phase issues

Good advice from Audio Geek Zine:

When working with a multi-miked drumkit recording you need to be aware of phase issues and how to correct them. Recognizing the phase issues will take some practice but if you go step by step you should have no problems.

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Loopmasters Ragga Vocals Volume 1, vocal samples by Ragga Twins

Loopmasters Ragge Vocals Volume 1

Loopmasters has announced the release of Ragga Vocals Volume 1, a sample library featuring vocals by the Ragga Twins.

This first Ragga Vocals release from the Ragga Twins on the Booty Farm label features long and extended BPM and Key Synced Raps which can be used royalty free in productions, and are expected to be featured on many Dubstep, Breaks, DnB, House and Ragga/Dancehall productions for years to come.

Never before has such a comprehensive collection of royalty free vocal samples been available for producers to use in their music – the lyrics are inspirational, delivery perfect and the sound quality is perfect for use in pro productions, and to form the basis of future hits throughout the industry.

With Nick Deekline producing this collection its easy to see how such a unique and exclusive set of samples were created with Dance music as the main focus. Famous for his mashups and ghetto style, Deekline has extracted only the best recordings and put them down through the very best equipment in a top London studio.

Ragga Vocals Volume 1 features

  • Over 1.8GB (wav) of royalty free 24 Bit Ragga Vocal samples between 94 – 174 BPM.
  • Total of 168 Long Vocal Acapellas consisting of:
    • 157 Vocal Loops in 24 Mullti Track Construction Kits.
    • 16 Bonus Acapellas.
  • Apple Loops, Wav loops and Rex2 Loops available separately.

Ragga Vocals Volume 1 is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Ragga Vocals Volume 1

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Sample Magic announces Secrets of House Music – The Course

Sample Magic Secrets of House Music - The Course

Sample Magic has announced Secrets of House Music – The Course, a music production course by Bruce Aisher and Sharooz.

Since the publication of our debut book, The Secrets of House Music Production, we have been inundated by requests for people to attend a course to learn the techniques and tricks of house production first hand. So we listened, and over the past three months have fine-tuned a brand new course, with the award-winning Point Blank College in London, and now we’re pleased to be able to offer a first set of dates.

Taking inspiration from the successful book Secrets of House Music Production, this intensive weekend course is aimed at Logic users and reveals professional tips, tricks and techniques to take your tracks to the next level.

Guiding you through the creation of an original track will be expert producers Bruce Aisher and Sharooz. Bruce has released tracks and remixes on many respected labels including Bedrock, Global Underground and Lost Language.

DJ, producer, label manager – and SM head honcho Sharooz – will present an insiders guide to the music business and host a music industry Q&A. His tracks have featured in sets from the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta and D Ramirez amongst many others.

PLUS! Every participant will leave with an exclusive goodie bag worth over £300 including a copy of the book, Sample Magic sample packs and a Point Blank T shirt.

“Secrets of House Music – The Course” takes place in London’s Old Street 3 and 4 July, 2010 11am-7pm. The cost of the course is £395 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / Point Blank College

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Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features

  • Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
    • The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
    • The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
  • Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
  • A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
  • Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
  • Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
  • Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
  • 6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
  • Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
  • Two snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.

Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 60s Drums

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