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Rob Papen introduces The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth” sound design book & DVD set

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Rob Papen has announced The secrets of subtractive synthesis “The 4 Element Synth”, a sound design book and DVD set.

Rob Papen is a globally renowned sound designer whose sounds and virtual synthesizers are used and loved by many synthesizer players and music producers.

This 200+ page book, which is accompanied by four DVDs with over 10 hours of content, gives an in-depth insight into his approach of working with subtractive synthesis.

In 2001, Rob Papen began giving exclusive masterclasses teaching ‘synthesizer sound design” in his studio. For these training sessions, Rob developed his own method to explain the secrets of subtractive synthesis, called “The 4 Element Synth”. This masterclass training is now transformed into a combined book and DVD package that also delivers numerous ‘tips and tricks’ which will help you to design and tweak your own sounds. Throughout the masterclass, a variety of hardware and software synthesizers are explored.

We are sure this synthesizer sound design training is an eye-opener for every synthesizer player, from novice to pro. A must have for everyone who takes his sounds seriously!

The secrets of subtractive synthesis is expected tho ship in November/Early December, 2012, priced at 74 EUR/$89 USD (excl. shipping).

More information: Rob Papen / The secrets of subtractive synthesis


Alex Feather Akimov teaches guitar on Guitar Master Class

Guitar Master Class (GMC) has announced the addition of Alex Feather Akimov to the teacher roster of its guitar lesson community.

Alex Feather

Alex is a session musician – guitarist, composer and producer from Los Angeles, USA with a rich experience both from studios and touring. Born in 1986, he was just an 11 year boy when he started playing his first chords on his mother’s old guitar, inspired by his first idols – The Beatles.

Educated from Moscow College of Music and graduated from LAMA (Los Angeles Music Academy) learning jazz and classical guitar, he is now the master of fusion style. He usually gets his ideas from something he would hear as a good beat, here and there, but people who support him like family and fans inspire him the most. Alex is always searching for More and New in all aspects of his music. His favorite guitarist is Greg Howe whom he learned from on LAMA. The two of them recorded together an instrumental song called “Search”. Among other songs on his albums, he recorded a single track with Frank Gambale called “Beautiful Lani” which is featured as his first guitar lesson on Guitar Master Class and will be officially released in the following months. He worked with many famous names like Greg Howe, Steve Vai, Britney Spears, Irene Nelson, Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie Heavy Remix” and others. His third album is being recorded and will be released this year.

When talking about the best promotional tools for a musician, Alex says that fans are the most valuable ones, of course if they like your songs. He believes that the future of music is not on labels anymore, rather on social networks. The musician has to work on his own promotion all the time in order to reach as many fans as he can. His first numerous fans made over 350 thousands of views on his YouTube single “All About The Rain”.

Alex Feather performed more than a 100 shows all around US with great artists. He also worked with famous producers like Skip Saylor, Steven Orchard, Brian Garcia. Alex made a sound track for the movie: “Live Fast, Die Hard”.

Alex is now going to share his guitar knowledge and wide music experience online, on one of the biggest guitar lesson communities: The Guitar Master Class – which will be celebrating 15 000 members in February 2012.
Alex is producing lessons in fusion/funk/jazz style and is available for any questions or just hanging out in the GMC forum.

More information: Guitar Master Class / Alex Feather


Sample Magic announces London 
Electronic Music Event line up

Electronic Music Event

Sample Magic has announced the full line-up for the first ever London Electronic Music Event, with appearances from Ben Watt, Toolroom Records, Dom Betmead (The Nextmen), SoundCloud, Hal Ritson (Dizzee Rascal), DJ Magazine and more.

The London Electronic Music Event, 18-19 Feb 2012, is a weekend of production and business masterclasses incorporating hands-on tutorials, Q&As, round-table discussions and networking. It takes place at the award-winning Alchemea College, Angel, London.

Highlights include:

  • Toolroom Records > Building an electronic music brand.
  • Ben Watt > In conversation.
  • DJ Magazine > How to survive and thrive in today’s music industry.
  • Production workshops > Synth programming with Massive, Mastering alchemy: The gold standard, Bass and kick: A pivotal relationship, Mix bus processing, Taking dance music live, Songwriting and producing for the stars, Drum programming. Hands-on tutorials from author of The Secrets of House Music Production Marc Adamo and lecturer and journalist Bruce Aisher.
  • Business & Marketing sessions > Music business for the freelance musician, Working the blogs: The PR machine, Getting more from SoundCloud, 10 things to look for in a record contract, The perfect team for the solo producer, Six ways to make money in the industry, Identity & branding 101.
  • PLUS… > Demo doctor, exclusive goodie bag, discount shopping, licenced bar, breakout networking sessions and much more.

The event takes place Sat-Sun 18-19 Feb 2012, 9.30am-9pm, at Alchemea College, London. The event costs £140 GBP for the weekend.

More information: London Electronic Music Event


Dubstep Course in Logic Launches Next Week at Point Blank

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Point Blank has announced its Dubstep Course in Logic launches next week.

Award-winning music school Point Blank Online has seen so many students come through its virtual doors wanting to learn how to make Dubstep using Ableton Live that they’ve converted their ground breaking learning program to Apple Logic Pro due to popular demand.

Point Blank Online

As Dubstep develops as a genre, so the Point Blank team takes this opportunity to update the course material as well as convert to Logic from Ableton. Now they are covering a broader base of styles designed to help you create ribcage rattlers, chilled grooves, experimental dubs or something edgier. It’s packed with techniques and insights that will satisfy the most raging Dubstep thirst! With 1-2-1 video feedback from a pro producer each week – DVR™ – your tracks will improve quicker than you can say ‘wobble bass’! If you’ve got the groove in you, this class will bring it out.

Co developers for the Dubstep Course are Jonny Miller and Danny Lewis. Jonny is an acclaimed producer, DJ and label manager who has racked up releases on labels including Aquatic Lab, Sidestepper Recordings, K7 and Twisted Funk. Jonny examines a broad range of production techniques from bass heavy dubs through to more techno influenced flavours. Point Blank’s own Danny J keeps the Brosteppers happy with scientific analyses of a range of heavy artillery: out there mental noise techniques and flavours broken down for you logically, step-by-step.

In addition to one-to-one video feedback, tutors also host a weekly live Masterclass where students can discuss that week’s content, raise technical questions and share information. Course materials including video tutorials, project files, audio resources, DVR™ and detailed course notes are available to students for a full year from enrolment.

Courses start monthly from 1st Aug 2011. Class sizes are strictly limited and enrolment is now underway. Course Fee: £355 GBP.

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank announces Ableton Live Performance Masterclass: Cut-Up Tricks On The Fly

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Point Blank Online has announced the Ableton Live Performance Masterclass: Cut-Up Tricks On The Fly.

Point Blank Online Ableton Live Performance Masterclass

Following on with our series of Livestream sessions which has so far featured the likes of Ashley Beedle (X-Press 2), Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), and Alex Phountzi (Greenmoney, Bugz in the Attic), On Friday 15th July Point Blank will welcome Ableton expert and international DJ Steve Travell aka Travski.

Steve will be showcasing some of the latest Ableton Live DJ performance techniques using various midi controllers including the Novation Launchpad, iPhone, and even a Wii controller demonstrating innovative ways in which these technologies are being used by laptop DJs to mash and mangle audio loops and samples into exciting live performances. Routing affects however you like through these controllers and then manipulating any parameter on the fly means we can create intricate electronic soundscapes that will never sound the same twice. For those looking for something a bit extra than DJing on 2 decks and a mixer, this session will show you what can be achieved!

The session will be taking place on Friday 15th July at 1pm (BST).

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank Online announces 16 week Cubase programme

Point Blank has announced a new online Cubase programme.

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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


Ashley Beedle Music Industry Mastelcass – Ask Your Questions Live Through Livestream

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Point Blank Online has announced an online Q&A session with Ashley Beedle of X-Press 2.

Ashley Beedle

On Wednesday 13th April (1pm BST) DJ, producer and remixer Ashley Beedle will be coming into the Point Blank studios in London for a live Q&A session. Topics covered will include his approach to making a living from music in 2011, how X-Press 2 put together their infamous 12 deck DJ set up, what it is like to have a top 10 hit, tour worldwide, and his approach to remixing.

Following on from the success of the recent masterclass from Danny Rampling, the whole session will be streamed live into your living rooms through Point Blank’s livestream channel. Viewers will even have the opportunity to ask Ashley their own questions through the live chat function.

More information: Point Blank Online