Tag: Point Blank Music School

Point Blank Music School Podcast By Tiff Cornish

Tiff Cornish began her DJ career back in 2013 which has since taken her to some of Melbourne’s biggest and best club venues and parties. Refusing to stick to a single genre, Tiff has been praised for her ability to light up the dance floor with energetic enthusiasm behind the decks with career highlights coming as an opportunity to DJ at 2016’s Beyond the Valley & several live sets on Bondi Radio both in 2017 & 2018. Recently, Tiff has made the decision to study at Point Blank, located in London, formulating her own sound of music and style. With ... Read more

The ever-advancing world of DJ software has thrown out some brilliant tools in recent years, with software allowing more granular detail into the make-up of tracks. While Luddites decry the end of ‘proper DJing’, you and us, dear reader, know the truth. The truth is that these platforms and functions free up time and headspace to get even more creative with DJ sets. Rekordbox and Traktor have made it easier than ever to beat-match tracks and, rather than sap the art form of creativity, all manner of quick mixing styles and live remixing have been made possible. Algorithms have also been tasked ... Read more

Drew Morisey x Point Blank’s DJ Ravine: Three Essential Social Media Tips for Artists

In today’s world, social media is absolutely vital to the career of any artist in any discipline. With music it is especially so because, let’s face it, most young people want to be musicians, creating even more of a challenge to stand out. To do this you need to be making music that is fresh and interesting, but that alone isn’t enough – chances are when you’re starting out you don’t have a marketing team behind you, so you need to get yourself out there. Grab a few key tips to get yourself started below and for comprehensive tuition on ... Read more

GarageBand Tutorial: How to Make a Basic Track

Point Blank Music School has years of experience teaching Music Production, and after experimenting with many different developers, the main DAWs they teach with today are Ableton Live and Logic Pro. Both are incredibly powerful tools with limitless potential for you to make whatever kind of music you wish. The learning curve can be a little steep, however (which is why their Introduction to Music Production courses in both Logic Pro and Ableton Live are so popular in London and online), so what about the programmes designed for those at an entry level? The most famous of these is probably ... Read more

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

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

Point Blank Music School Podcast By SebHaus

Following a stellar outing from Paradoks, SebHaus is the next talented Point Blank Music School featured for their impeccable mixing and unique track selection. For SebHaus, within three months of an Radio Broadcasting diploma, he had been put forward for a role as a music assistant for a prominent BBC Radio 1 DJ – a role he still proudly holds to this day. From there, he went on to produce shows for ‘Metalheadz’ resident and co-founder of the bi-weekly drum and bass night ‘Soul in Motion’ – DJ Bailey; as well as for the founder of the techno label and ... 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

Point Blank Music School Podcast By Paradoks

With support from names like Lane 8, Solee, Paco Osuna, Eelke Kleijn, Darin Epsilon, Township Rebellion, Rauschhaus, Stan Kolev, Morttagua and many more, Point Blank Music School alumni Paradoks is an upcoming 21 year old producer, born in Belgium and currently in London. Paradoks harvests his melodies from his self-taught contemporary piano background. He got influenced by both electronic scenes in Zurich and Buenos Aires, which made him discover this sound: A combination of melodic arps, strong basslines and dreamy landscapes makes his music stand out and made him sign on labels like Parquet Recordings in less than a year, ... 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