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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

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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

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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

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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

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Clickproduce and DJ Mag launch Ibiza 2011 Competition

Clickproduce has announced the launch of the Ibiza 2011 Competition, a chance to hear your music played at one of the world’s best clubs.

Clickproduce / DJmag Ibiza 2011 Competition

You can experience just that with one of your own tunes – at DJmag’s party on the 5th June, which last year included Derrick Carter, Martinez Brothers, Tensnake and Metro Area on the line-up – as part of a prize offering to bedroom producers in a competition hosted by Clickproduce, your one stop online shop for loops, samples and even free tutorial videos courtesy of leading DJ and production school Point Blank.

As well as DJmag supplying flights and accommodation for the winner and a friend, Novation and Ableton are providing the ultimate set-up to remix or create your own music. Prizes will total £1000 worth of music-making equipment including Ableton Suite 8 – ground-breaking software used by the likes of Sasha, Daft Punk, Coldcut and more – Novation’s Launchpad Ableton controller, a Novation 25SL MkII professional keyboard controller and a Novation Nio 2/4 audio interface. You will also receive a £100 Clickproduce voucher, and your winning entry will be included on an upcoming CD Pool promo compilation.

So what do you need to do? Simply go to Clickproduce, register, and download a special sample pack donated by top production company Prime Loops. This contains an array of the highest quality beats, bass, synth/keys files, loops and one-shots. They are all royalty free so you can use them in your production, but you may just want to take inspiration from them and create your own piece from scratch. There is one ‘signature sound’ which is the only compulsory part you will need to use – you can warp, effect and twist this sound as you wish, though it must be audible as a theme in some form.

Feel free to add your own sounds, loops and presets, though don’t include uncleared samples of recorded works. Once you’re finished, simply upload the track to Clickproduce’s Soundcloud Dropbox.

“We want producers to create what they believe will be perfect for the Ibiza crowd this summer,” says Robin Jenkins, manager of Clickproduce. “There are no restrictions on genre, though as a general rule of thumb picture yourself on the terrace at Space listening to your track – because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing if you win the competition.”

To enter visit www.clickproduce.com/ibizacomp and follow the instructions. Your composition will be judged by the staff at DJmag and Clickproduce after the closing date of 15th May. The winner will be notified on 20th May.

More information: Clickproduce

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Point Blank Online MDMA – Mixing Dance Music with Ableton Course

Point Blank Online has announced MDMA, a new “Mixing Dance Music with Ableton” course.

Mixing Dance Music with Ableton Live

Point Blank can’t stop the music! Due to massive demand and over-subscribed courses, the team at the world’s premier online school has put the finishing touches to a fastrack guide to mixing your tracks like a true pro. The Hoxton crew have enjoyed sustained success with Mixing Dance Music on Logic and have been inundated with requests for an Ableton Live version virtually since the course was inaugurated last year. So, as they say, here it is….

Spaced evenly over 4 weeks, the course includes a minimum of 240 minutes video tutorials, 4 x DVR™ , the school’s bespoke 1-2-1 video feedback system and 4 hours of live online masterclasses by your expert pro producer tutor and with your classmates from around the world. While the course is running you gain 24/7 access to forum and the course materials which include over 80 pages of notes and exclusive audio resources to download. After the 4 weeks is up you still have a whole year’s access to this content, and get your track signed to Point Blank Music, who can get your music out on Beatport, Junodownload, iTunes and Amazon.

The course has been developed by producer and remixer Danny J Lewis who has released on labels including Defected, Masters At Work, Ministry of Sound and XL Recordings. It also features contributions from other Point Blank tutors including electro breaks producer Rogue Element (aka Ben Medcalf) and Grammy nominee Mike Koglin (Noys Music). Thanks to this expert input, the course is suitable for producers of any style of dance music. Class sizes are strictly limited so if you would like to learn more then head to www.pointblankonline.net where you can view a full summary of the course and watch free sample videos. Point Blank is an Ableton Certified Training Centre and has been voted “Best Music Production School” for six consecutive years at the annual T-Scan Awards.

The MDMA courses start 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June 2011. Course fee is £355 GBP.

More information: Point Blank Online

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Findremix & Outpost launch Funk D’Void – “Italoca” Remix Contest

Funk D’Void – “Italoca” Remix Contest

Findremix has announced the Funk D’Void remix contest.

We have teamed up with label Outpost Records to bringing you the chance to remix another top producer: Lars Sandberg AKA Funk D’Void!

Download “Italoca” parts and start remixing! Make sure you become a fan of Funk D’Void on Facebook in order to get qualify to this contest.

Competitors will have a chance to win prizes from Outpost, Crysonic, Point Blank Online, SoundCloud, FXPansion and PSP Audioware.

Closing date for submissions is May 31st 23:59:59 GMT+1 (Central European Time).

More information: Findremix

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