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ASCAP Opens Registration for 10th “I Create Music” EXPO

Nov 23, 2014  If you’re a regular reader of Point Blank Plus (who isn’t?), no doubt you’ll have seen that we’re opening a school in Los Angeles. The last few places for January term 2015 are
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Student Opportunities Round-Up

Nov 22, 2014  At Point Blank, we’re always on the lookout for the biggest and best opportunities for our students and alumni. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive round-up of student opportunities for you to peruse and pursue. There’s plenty to get involved in, whether you’re in a live band yourself and looking for places to play, engineering live
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Point Blank LA – Book a Studio Tour Now!

Declan McGlynn, Nov 21, 2014  As you probably already know, Point Blank recently opened a brand new school in Los Angeles! Set in Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake, Point Blank LA taps into the buzzing energy of a Los Angeles undergoing cultural renaissance. Built by Mack Sennett (who landed Charlie Chaplin his first movie roles), there have been only five owners in the 97 years
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Daily News: Technics to Launch High Quality Music Download Platform

Nov 21, 2014  Each week, Point Blank searches the internet and tracks down the breaking news stories in the world of music, tech and beyond. In the latest Daily News feature, Technics is set to launch a high quality music
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Mono Vs Stereo (FFL!)

Declan McGlynn, Nov 21, 2014  In the real world, the vast majority of instruments you hear are mono. That is, a single sound source coming from a single direction. As our ears and brains decode the reflections and reverb created by the space the instrument is in, the sound appears to be ‘stereo’. If you apply this logic to mixing, it would make sense that   
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Remix Competition: Singer/Songwriter Viv May

Matt Stewart-Evans, Nov 19, 2014  At Point Blank we strive to give our students unique opportunities to get involved in collaboration. Quite often these are external opportunities with studios or record labels, but we’ve also seen some great instances of students collaborating (such as PAX, who featured in September’s Student Success). We’ve now
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Native Instruments Rounds: The Analogue Synth Engine

Declan McGlynn, Nov 19, 2014  NI’s Rounds is one of the brand new synths in Komplete – an analogue/digital hybrid triggered by a unique Voice Programmer sequencer. It’s a powerful plug, capable of unique,
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Laidback Luke: Creating a Track in Ableton Live (Dancefair 2014)

Declan McGlynn, Nov 17, 2014  Through remixes, releases, DJ sets and his Mixmash Records label, Laidback Luke has become one of the figureheads of dance music. Through his production forum he harboured the likes of Avicii,
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Student Success: November 2014

Patrick Swift, Nov 15, 2014  It’s that time of the month. We delve into more of the many student success stories that have begun and been nurtured right here at Point Blank. This month, our attention turns to trance master Dreamtrip, Danny Wice of Dirty Dutch stars Party Killers and Beatport chart-topper Patrick Topping. Dreamtrip - International Music Production
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Vocal Sessions with Tiff Lacey & Tim Brownlow added to EDM/Trance Course

Nov 14, 2014  Point Blank’s online EDM/Trance course offers the opportunity to improve and perfect skills in using EQ and FX, grouping, side chain compression, applying automation, mixdown techniques and much
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Martin Buttrich – Production Interview (FFL!)

Declan McGlynn, Nov 14, 2014  Martin Buttrich is one of electronic music’s most prolific producers. Having began his career in German clubs in the 90s, he’s gone on to produce for artists like Depeche Mode, Roger Sanchez and Kelis and remix huge artists like Madonna, Green Velvet and Tori Amos, for which he was nominated for a Grammy. Teaming up with Loco Dice, he
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