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Point Blank offers free studio setup with every diploma course

Point Blank has announced it is offering a free studio setup with every one of its diploma courses.

Free studio setup at Point Blank

Every student who books a diploma course with Point Blank will receive a free studio setup courtesy of Novation/Focusrite! The brand new gear collection includes KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soundcard and a laptop bag.

Diploma students will also receive Ableton Live Lite 9, Scarlett plugin suite, Focusrite Midnight, Novation Basstation and Novation V-Station plugins, a Loopmasters sample pack and Novation LaunchPad and LaunchKey iOS apps!

Everything you’ll need to start making great music is included so visit Point Blank London now to find out more about their diploma courses.

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank intros free Monster Timestretch device for Ableton Live

Point Blank has announced Monster Timestretch, a free Max for Live device for Ableton Live by Daniel Herbert.

The new Max for Live device from Point Blank is a timestretching plugin based on a technique known as phase vocoding and can time stretch sounds in realtime. It’s similar to the fantastic Paul Stretch and is ideal for creating slowly evolving drone-like textures as well as more futuristic sounds.

There are four different modes which allow you to play through and explore the sound in a variety of ways and literally freeze the sound.

The plugin is limited to processing the first 30 seconds of an audio file and only works within Ableton as a M4L device and will not play in any other DAW. We recommend you use resampling if you need to record the effect to a new audio file.

The plugin is a free download at Point Blank.

More information: Point Blank / Monster Timestretch


Win a Moog Sub Phatty at Point Blank Online

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Point Blank Online is offering its YouTube channel subscribers a chance to win a Moog Sub Phatty synthesizer.

Moog Sub Phatty contest

Moog. It’s a classic name in the history of electronic music, having made some of the most iconic and popular equipment since 1953. From their early modular synth wardrobes to the more portable ‘Fooger range, Moog is a name that makes every electronic music-maker’s ears prick up. At Point Blank, it’s no different so we’re extremely excited to team up with the Asheville company to give you the chance to win their latest mono monster, the Sub Phatty. Plus, we’re throwing in a Pro Producer Course in a genre of your choice!

All you’ve got to do is subscribe to our YouTube channel for a chance to get your hands on “the grittiest Moog synth ever”! And if you’re already a subscriber, your loyalty will be rewarded and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw!

The competition ends at midnight on Monday Oct 7th, 2013.

More information: Point Blank


Point Blank releases free Max for Live Modular Synth

Point Blank Online has introduced a free Modular Synth plug-in for Max for Live by tutor Daniel Herbert.

The Point Blank modular synth is based on the legendary EMS VCS3. The VCS3 was built in London in the late ’60s and there were a number of subsequent models of varying sizes. It was a popular synth and used by the Radiophonic Workshop (the ring modulator was used to process the sound of the daleks) through to Pink Floyd.

It’s a great synth to generate sounds and jam around with and the interface was really well thought out, featuring an innovative matrix which is still a neat way to patch the different synth sections together. It features three oscillators, a noise generator, a ring modulator, a couple of filter sections, audio input, envelope generator, spring reverb and an assignable joystick control – if you really wanted you could even hook up a keyboard!

The Point Blank modular synth is a simpler interface, but still offers three oscillators and noise generator, a filter section, ring modulator and X/Y controller. Unlike the VCS3, it’s possible to store your settings, and trigger the sounds easily (and in tune!) from a MIDI source. We’ve also included a slide control to emulate the smooth sweeps you could sometimes achieve with the original synth.

The modular synth is a free download for Point Blank Facebook fans.

More information: Point Blank / Modular Synth


Point Blank intros 9 Lives Of Ableton: Part 5 – Importing and Manipulating Audio

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Point Blank Online has launched part 5 of its 9 Lives Of Ableton series of video tutorials: Importing and Manipulating Audio by Anthony Chapman.

Anthony Chapman presents the fifth instalment of our entry-level Ableton tutorial series. This time he looks at importing and manipulating audio.

To deve deeper into Ableton and get a FREE copy of Ableton Live 9, take our Music Production with Ableton Live online certificate.

Point Blank is based in London, the home of electronic music, and is voted ‘Best Music Production and DJ School’ by DJ Mag. You can learn Ableton Live or Logic Pro via our online courses or in our state-of-the-art studios in Hoxton.

More information: Point Blank Online


Point Blank Online releases Max for Live Big Riff Generator

Point Blank Online has introduced Big Riff Generator, a free Max for Live device by expert tutor Daniel Herbert, designed to help stimulate the creative process.

Here’s the seventh Max For Live device in this current series from Point Blank. We’ve called it the Big Riff Generator and it’s capable of generating some monster riffs or funky bass lines when it’s in the mood! It only generates MIDI notes, so you’ll need to insert it just before an instrument device and choose a suitably fat sound. It bounces notes directly into the selected clip, and can produce an infinite amount of monophonic patterns. You can specify the key and select a variety of different scales and modes (if you’re interested in learning more about modes then be sure to check out Point Blank’s EMC2 course) and it also features probabilistic controls over octave leaps, rests and note repeats. You can let it explore a range of rhythmic variations or limit it to something more repetitive and it’s possible to also restrict the range of notes.

It’s great fun to see what musical ideas the Big Riff Generator can come up with, and after some playing around with the parameters you never know it might just produce that killer hook that you’ve been after. It’s not limited to pitched sounds, so try it out with drums, and as with any plugin of this nature, expect to tweak the patterns in the clip window and just use this as a starting point!

The Big Riff Generator is available to download at Point Blank Online’s Facebook.

More information: Point Blank Online / Big Riff Generator


Point Blank releases free Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live

Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live

Point Blank has released a free Kick Drum Designer for Max for Live, designed by its expert tutor, Daniel Herbert.

This is the latest Max for Live device from Point Blank which currently is only compatible with Live 9.

The kick drum designer is based on some of the techniques we cover in the Ableton Sound design course when looking at Operator, and synthesises bass drums by using a series of envelopes to modulate the pitch and amplitude of basic waveforms.

The device features an integrated preset system and a morphing slider which allows you to morph between the different presets for some interesting sonic potential. There’s also a resonant filter to further help sculpt the sound and add variation.

The Kick Drum Designer is a free download (requires Max for Live plugin in Live 9).

More information: Point Blank / Kick Drum Designer