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Freddy’s Tech Tip 027: Slice to MIDI PB Preset

Declan McGlynn, Jun 30, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away
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Nord Lead A1 Review

Rob Cowan, Jun 21, 2014  Released just a few months after the latest re-work of the Nord Lead 4, the arrival of the Nord Lead A1 was wholly unexpected. So naturally we were intrigued to take a look and see how it differs from the 4. Intended as an analogue-modelling synth, the A1 has a streamlined interface to allow for ‘fast-track programming’, ensuring a move   
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 26: Creative Vocoding in Ableton Live 9

Declan McGlynn, Jun 09, 2014  Freddy Frogs is our resident Ableton Ninja and tutor on our online school – don’t believe us? Check out his recent 30 Quick-Fire Ableton Tips! Every fortnight he pries himself away
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10 Mixing Mistakes Everyone Makes – And How to Avoid Them

Jun 07, 2014  Over the last 20 years, Point Blank has seen it all. Despite the vast changes in production technology and methods, beginner producers, students and even some veterans often trip up on the same mixing mistakes time
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Remixing Q&A: Phil Asher

Rob Cowan, May 05, 2014  Legendary DJ and Producer Phil Asher is the leading light of the UK Soulful and Deep House scene. His remix discography is immense and covers a broad spectrum of colours from straight up soulful to tribal and techy with some broken beat on the side. Q1. What do you typically start off with? The beats or the music? ‘I typically    
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How to Remix Part 3: How To Manage Bit Depth

Rob Cowan, Apr 30, 2014  One of the most important things at the beginning of a remix project is to establish the Bit Depth of the parts supplied to you. If you don’t know what you are doing with respect to Bit Depth you may well end up sending something to the label that is sonically sub-standard. Working out the Bit Depth is relatively straight    
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 025: Space is the Place

Declan McGlynn, Apr 22, 2014  Every fortnight, our Ableton Live course tutor Freddy Frogs takes over these pages to bring you nuggets of knowledge from his vast Ableton archives. This time around, it’s all about reverb with some tips and tricks for sound design and mixing. We can all subconsciously analyse the distance, shape and material of the room we are sitting in with
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How to Remix: Working Out the BPM

Rob Cowan, Apr 05, 2014  Continuing our series on how to remix, this week we look at how to get your remix started covering what a elements a label will typically send and how to work out the BPM or tempo of those elements. When a label sends you a remix project you could receive anything, from a simple acapella to a full-blown protools project    
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Freddy’s Tech Tip 024: Warm Up Your Music

Declan McGlynn, Mar 25, 2014  Freddy Frogs is one of our Ableton-certified tutors here at Point Blank and also an expert of live performance and Ableton production. Every fortnight he breaks off a branch from his tree of Ableton knowledge and passes it round for us all to enjoy in his own feature, Freddy’s Tech Tips. Try one of our Ableton Live courses for free   
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What is a Remix? Top Labels Reveal What They’re Looking For

Danny J Lewis, Mar 13, 2014  We’ve asked some of the world’s top labels to give the full lowdown on remixing from the label’s perspective. Each label representative was presented with the same set of questions
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Remixing Tutorial 1: How to Remove Vocals From a Track

Rob Cowan, Mar 06, 2014  If you want to do a bootleg remix of a track and don’t have the acapella there is a technical trick you can use in some instances to remove the vocals from a track and isolate them. To understand how
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