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Point Blank launches new Deep House course in Ableton

Point Blank Online has announced a new Deep House Course for Ableton Live.

Point Blank Online Ableton Live courses

If you want to make the kind of Deep House that keeps the floor packed all night long, check out this Deep House in Ableton course developed by Point Blank’s legendary producer Danny J Lewis (Enzyme Black, Spiritual South). If you are a fan of Deep House producers like Kerri Chandler, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Maya Jane Coles and Moodymann, this is a chance for you to enjoy learning production techniques and secrets designed to help you achieve your own credible and authentic sound. Using Ableton Live, Point Blank teach you how to create your own drum kits, synth sounds, basslines, riffs and chords. Upload your music each week for DVR™ (Direct Video Response) – expert analysis and video feedback on your work from a pro producer instructor. This is a unique opportunity to learn personally from guys at the top of their craft.

Currently holding the reins as instructor is the extremely capable Ski Oakenfull (Incognito, Joey Negro, Primaudial Records) making this a unique opportunity to learn to make house music personally from guys at the top of their craft. If you want to learn with Ski, sign up now. You’ll soon be knocking out timeless sounding, quality house music cuts.

Point Blank have also teamed up with Freerange, Plastic City, Lopazz’s 800 Achtspur and CR2 Records to offer students on the course the opportunity to have their tracks heard by these label’s premier artists and A&R guys. With Louie Vega from Masters At Work and Pete Tong also requesting to listen out for the best tracks from this course, it’s a pretty serious proposition if you are into getting your music heard in the right places.

The Deep House course in Ableton is available online, launching August 29th 2011 (and available every month thereafter). Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The course is 4 weeks long and cost £355 GBP (~$530 USD).

More information: Point Blank Online

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Spotify Free Download Invite Giveaways from Point Blank

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Point Blank is offering rekkerd.org readers the chance to get a Spotify Free download invite.

Spotify, last week, finally got round to opening their services up to our cousins across the pond. Now music lovers across America have the chance to stream full albums for free, download the songs they like and sync their spotify accounts with facebook, twitter and their iPods.

This recent release comes as Spotify passed the 1 million subscriber milestone across Europe and continues to grow both structurally, as well as in its relentless pursuit of pushing legal digital music consumption and accessability forward.

To celebrate Spotify’s landmark adventure in to the great American unknown; the guys over at Spotify HQ have offered Point Blank a limited number invitions for users to download the service for free.

Point Blank is offering a Spotify Free invite to the first 10 people who comment on this post.

Many thanks to Point Blank Online!

*Note: make sure to use a valid email address when submitting your comment or you will not be able to receive the invite (no need to actually write the address in the comment).

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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