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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 launches Facebook Giveaway – Exclusive Free Content

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Point Blank Online Facebook Giveaway

Point Blank Online has launched a Facebook Giveaway, offering a number of totally exclusive tutorial videos via its Facebook page.

As a reward for all you hard working producers out there, Point Blank are releasing a package of completely free material. The bundle includes a number of totally exclusive tutorial videos, that include; NYC Compression and Chopping Vocals Using Flextime.

On top of these exclusive videos, we are also giving away the Classic Kerry Chandler Drum Sounds to use with your DAW.

Finally as an added bonus for ‘liking’ our Facebook page, you will be entered into a draw to WIN a FREE Point Blank Pro Producer course worth £355.

All you need to do to get hold of all this free stuff is, go to our Facebook page and ‘like’ it. Simple as that!

More information: Point Blank Online / Facebook Giveaway

Point Blank Online Dubstep Course now available for Logic users

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Point Blank Online has announced that its Dubstep Course is now available to Logic users.

Point Blank Online Dubstep for Logic

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.

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 sound design techniques and 2-step flavours broken down for you logically, step-by-step.

In addition to 1-2-1 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), priced at £355 GBP.

More information: Point Blank Online

Point Blank announces free music production workshop with Wretch 32

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Point Blank has announced Music Potential, a free music production workshop featuring Wretch 32.

Music Potential

Point Blank, in association with Barclaycard Unwind and Choice FM’s Music Potential initiative, are giving young people a fantastic opportunity to win a recording session with Grime artist Wretch 32.

The contest winner will spend a day at the award winning Point Blank Music College in Hoxton, London working on their track with the latest star of the UK’s underground urban scene.

Wretch32, now signed to Ministry of Sound, started out as a member of the grime collective “Combination Chain Gang”, before forming The Movement with Scorcher, Ghetto, Devlin and Mercston. His huge debut single Traktor hit number 5 in the UK singles chart in January 2011 before Unorthodox featuring vocals from Example debuted at number 2. He plans to release his second album Black and White this August.

For a chance of winning, entrants must attend the Music Potential event taking place on July 21st at Wembley Arena and submit their demo CD. The event will feature a 1 hour ‘Inside Scoop’ seminar which will allow you to question some key industry figures including Wretch 32, plus Point Blank’s team of expert tutors will be hosting workshops in DJing, Producing, Singing, MCing and Film making.

The event is for 16-25 yr olds and absolutely FREE! You can register for either the Try It Session or the Inside Scoop Seminar via the Music Potential website

More information: Point Blank Online

Point Blank Online releases new free Ableton Live Video Tutorials

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Point Blank Online School

Point Blank Online has announced that some new free Ableton Live Video Tutorials are now available from its website.

This first playlist consists of 5 videos from the 4 week Mixing Dance Music course.
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST – Mixing Dance Music in Ableton Live (5 videos)

This next video is taken from the 8 week Ableton Production Course. Due to popular demand we have scheduled an extra May 30th start date for this course. Anyone who enrols before the end of May will be entered into a draw to win a free remix of their own track from a choice of one of our team of Pro Producers.
TUTORIAL VIDEO – Ableton Tutorial – Arpeggiator Percussion Trick

More information: Point Blank Online

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

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