Native Instruments announces exclusive Point Blank Masterclasses at Dancefair 2015

Dancefair

Native Instruments has announced an exclusive series of seminars in collaboration with the award-winning Point Blank Music School at this year’s edition of Dancefair exhibition in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The complete program will feature discussions and hands-on workshops with acclaimed artists Joris Voorn, The Viper, Jordy Dazz, and legendary Detroit techno pioneers Kevin Saunderson and Mike Huckaby. Native Instruments’ very own TRAKTOR Product Specialist Eric Goldstein will also present the latest workflow tips in TRAKTOR PRO
2 and provide insight into the flagship DJ controller TRAKTOR KONTROL S8.

In just three years, Dancefair has successfully grown into the largest educational trade and consumer exhibition for electronic music in the Netherlands. Over two days, aspiring DJs, producers, and promoters are exposed to workshops, lectures, and product showcases where renowned artists and industry professionals share their valuable knowledge and experiences.

Having recently opened a second branch in Los Angeles, the acclaimed Point Blank Music School is one of the most reputable educational institutes for electronic music in the industry. Many of the workshops presented by Point Blank and Native Instruments will focus on DJing and production techniques, demonstrated by the artists’ expertise with particular NI products. The workshops will take place in a dedicated masterclass space fitted with NI demo stations.

Entry is free for Dancefair passholders. Dancefair 2015 takes place on February 21 and 22, 2015 at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands.

More information: Native Instruments / Dancefair

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Point Blank Music School launch event announced

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Point Blank LA

Point Blank Music School has recently opened the doors to its Los Angeles school, and the official PBLA launch event will be taking place on Thursday, February 19th 2015.

This event is a great chance to check out the new school and get hands-on with fully Ableton and Native Instruments-equipped stations. You’ll be able to network with music industry professionals and learn from interactive seminars, tours and masterclasses. You can reserve your FREE tickets via the Eventbrite page to attend this special event.

On the day, attendees will have the chance to win the following prizes as part of PBLA’s exclusive free giveaways:

  • A pair of AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio headphones
  • An Ableton gift certificate worth over $600
  • A copy of Output REV
  • Free weekend course in LA
  • All attendees will receive 500MB of exclusive free sample content from Loopmasters

The day will commence from 1.30 pm at Mack Sennett Studios’ Stage 1 space. After initial welcomes and introductions, Point Blank expert instructor Tom Wilson aka Sweatson Klank will dive into some key production tips in Ableton using the latest studio gear. This masterclass will present the ideal opportunity to get a flavour of some of the course content at PBLA.

The event will also host a panel moderated by Head of Point Blank LA Jesse Rogg, looking into ‘The Business Behind the Music’. This discussion will focus on what a new artists needs to think about when entering the music business, and will feature a number of LA-based music industry experts and artists on the panel.

Fully-equipped music production workstations will be set up ready for those who want to try out the equipment during the studio tour time, with every station including Ableton Push controllers, Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol S-49 keyboard, AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio headphones and REV by Output.

For those interested in studying at Point Blank LA, they are currently offering 20% off all courses (a saving of up to $1750!) as a special introductory offer – don’t delay in taking advantage though, this discount won’t be around forever!

RSVP for the PBLA launch event on February 19th and reserve your free tickets for the event here.

More information: Point Blank LA

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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

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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

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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

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