Category: Gear

News about gear, gadgets, hardware and software related to making or enjoying music

Progressing In The Music Industry With Nick Halkes, Co-Founder Of XL Recordings (Pt.2)

Following on from the first video a few weeks back, Point Blank Music School return to the guest music industry masterclass given by Nick Halkes at Point Blank Music School.  Nick is currently the manager of Liam Howlett (The Prodigy), Stanton Warriors, DnB dons Bad Company UK, Ministry of Sound-signed One Bit and more. He is also a member of the Reach Up crew who are bringing their disco/boogie soundtrack to Blue Dot, Bestival and Festival Number 6 this summer. Furthermore, since the first part of this video was shared, his ‘Trailblazers’ podcast with Eddie Temple Morris has launched, which aims to explore ... Read more

Get A First Look At The New Roland TR-8S With Saytek (Cubism, Superfreq)

Is there a piece of equipment out there that’s had as much of an impact on modern music as Roland’s classic TR-808 drum machine? Or do you think other Roland units like the 303 or the 909 deserve the top spot? Whatever you think, spend a couple of hours listening to the latest hip-hop from the states or club sounds anywhere in Europe and you can’t miss the 808’s signature boom. The original module ceased production in 1983 and will set you back upwards of £3,000 on eBay or similar, although digitised samples have been available for decades. It wasn’t ... Read more

Moog Releases Revolutionary App Of Iconic Minimoog Model D Synth

Based on Moog’s original analog designs for the first portable keyboard synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D App invites users to explore the fundamental elements of sound. Created by Moog exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, supporting any 64-bit iOS device to deliver advanced audio desktop-class performance on the go, while integrating seamlessly with mobile DAWs. New Functions Include: – ability to play chords of up to four notes at once, – an easy-to-use arpeggiator module for rhythmic pattern creation – a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubs – a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping-pong delay module – the Bender — ... Read more

Watch A Deconstruction Of ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ At Ableton Loop, Berlin With Point Blank Music School

Welcome to the latest deconstruction from Point Blank, where lead course developer Ski Oakenfull takes a track apart and rebuilds it piece by piece. Recorded at Ableton Loop where Point Blank featured as a partner on the programme, Ski went to town on perhaps the best single of the 90’s: Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. These deconstructions are used to teach students about production techniques, arrangement and composition, and there’s plenty more where this came from in PB’s course materials. If you’d like to learn how to use all of the techniques shown here and more, enrol in one of their ... Read more

Ableton’s Hugely Overhauled Live 10 Software Is Now Available

With four new devices, a re-designed sound library, workflow-accelerating refinements and more, Ableton’s 10th edition of its music creation and performance platform, LIVE, is now available. Adding a new synth, Wavetable, alongside three new effects – Echo, Drum Buss, Pedal – Ableton brings a broader, bolder palette of sound to Live. Sound libraries will expand with richer, more detailed sounds in its Core Library, while new curated collections and essential instruments show the sounds that keep styles and scenes moving. Naturally, the new edition also brings significant upgrades to both MAX and PUSH, with the former fully integrated and the ... Read more

Watch Point Blank Music School’s Comprehensive Guide To Setting Up Your Home Studio

Setting up your home studio correctly is a crucial first step to getting the best out of your productions. There are many factors to consider, from things like speaker placement and room treatment to ensure you are getting the most accurate sound possible, to knowing what essential equipment to purchase. All of this can be daunting when you are finding your feet in music production, so we’re here to help you get started. In this video tutorial, Point Blank Creative Director JC Concato guides you through the first steps of setting up your home studio. Starting by discussing how to ... Read more

Watch Point Blank Music School’s Comprehensive Guide To Setting Up Your DJ Equipment

So you’ve bought your first set of decks, or maybe you’ve finally upgraded your equipment or even just added some CDJs for the first time… happy days! Of course, now you have to set them all up, and despite Pioneer’s continued commitment to making their tools as easy to use as possible, to get the most of out of your new toys you need to set them up properly. Luckily Point Blank’s lead DJ instructor Ben Bristow is on hand to show you both the basics and a few tricks to fully optimize your set-up. NB: Though he is using ... Read more

Making A Track in Ableton Live 10 : First Look With Point Blank Music School

After 5 years, Ableton Live has finally announced its long-awaited update from Ableton 9 to Ableton 10. The Berlin-based DAW powerhouse is the programme of choice for many producers and lauded for its streamlined workflow, uncluttered interface and deceptive sophistication. As a long time advocate of the programme, Point Blank Music School has produced a short and accessible video, providing insight into Ableton 10’s new features. The video, which you can see below, features Point Blank’s lead course developer, Ski Oakenfull touring the DAW itself and in conjunction with the Ableton Push controller where some of its most exciting upgrades ... Read more

New App WARM Monitors Worldwide Airplays

With the purpose of giving true transparency to bands and artists played on the radio, WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor) looks ready to expand even more its reach worldwide. With the addition of: – accurate real time data – detailed reports – clear geographical maps displaying gathered info – push notifications on radio airplays – downloadable reports WARM is able to democratize the way data on radio plays has been handled so far, giving valuable insights on where and how often the music is being played. Check out the WARM website below and use codeword “warm” at checkout to test ... Read more

FRISKY Radio Expands Role As Premier Underground Music Service With Android Launch

Featuring the largest category of electronic music, anytime, anywhere, FRISKY Radio has expanded its reach with the launch of its brand new Android application. Launched late last month, FRISKY’s extensive catalogue of Mixes and Programming will be available across iOS and Android, WORLDWIDE. You can even listen to all content offline, as well as discover music 24/7 with the always on FRISKY Radio in Hi Res Audio. Shows from the likes of Robert Babicz, 16 Bit Lolitas, Dave Seaman, Bespoke Music, Quivver, Wild Dark, Of Norway, Just Her, Justin Massei, Chus & Ceballos and many, many more make up the ... Read more

Traxsource Improves Functionality, Adds Features With New, Rebranded Site

The primary digital music destination – Traxsource – has just re launched their website with upgrades, additions, and more. Traxsource has always been a company run by DJs and made for DJs, not to mention the deep digging House music connoisseurs out there. With that, the new additions and re brand of its interface massively improve upon the original design, with many of the industry’s top names in agreement. Amongst the new additions, Traxsource has added: – Dropbox Integration for Downloads – Responsive Site Design – DJ Charts – New + Improved “My Traxsource” There are already more than 26,000 ... Read more

MasterSounds & Union Audio Release New 4 Channel Rotary Mixer

After a successful launch of the Radius 2 rotary mixer last year, MasterSounds is back with the Radius 4. Built upon the worldwide success of the former, the Radius 4 has been developed by Union Audio with Andy Rigby-Jones personally designed, built and tested the analogue electronics and MasterSounds founder Ryan Shaw’s family owned metalworking factory manufactures the mixers outer casing. The Radius 4 offers aclean, open and dynamic sound on both LINE and RIAA inputs across 4 channels. The mixer features easy-reading back lit VU Meters, a responsive Master EQ/Isolator, a smooth natural sounding Hi-Pass Filter, and Aux Send ... Read more

A Guide To Choosing The Perfect DJ Headphones

Headphones are an essential piece of equipment to a DJ because, without a proper pair, there’s no sensible way to listen to what they’re creating in a recording studio or on a stage, while inhibiting interference from ambient sound or the constant screaming of fans. Good headphones enable a DJ to hear all elements in a composition and play around with things like frequency, pitch, and range to deliver a pleasant, well-balanced output. That said, high-rated headsets are an expensive investment. Experts typically advise against compromising on headphones, but if you’re merely a budding DJ with only a few bucks ... Read more

Adjust The Sounds Of Life With The Volume Button For Your Ears

A new Amsterdam-based kickstarte has launched, which aims to act as a volume button for your ears. Called Knops, the wireless, in ear device alows wearers to adjust the sound of life itself. Just imagine the possibilities, like….no crying babies on the airplane, for example! Essentially, one can instantly control real world volume, just like with the volume button on your headphones. Each device comes with 4 settings: the first being regular, second for the sounds of a vibrant city, third for the sounds of a live concert experience, and fourth for a silent environment. The design is based around ... Read more

This Tiny TS Synthesizer Is The Size of A Credit Card

Step it up Roland, competition is in town! Who needs a smartphone app to be able to make music on the go, when you can take carry around a syntheziser in your pocket? No seriously this awesomely cute synthesiser is so small you’ll probably lose it in the back of your sofa. Tiny TS with a 1-octave keyboard, that fits into your wallet, is an absolute must have for anyone from a proper synth-head to that about-to-get-his-break-through composer! It’s entirely open sourced and, just like your dream girlfriend’s bust x waist, goes by the measures of 100 x 65, just in millimetres. But what is best, ... Read more