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NI Traktor Kontrol S8 Part 2: Effects and Performance

Declan McGlynn, Jan 27, 2015  As part of our new tutorial series, Point Blank instructor and DJ/producer Liam Jones aka Cera Alba (Hot Creations, MadTech, Moon Harbour) is diving deeper into the new Traktor Kontrol S8. In
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Traktor Kontrol S8 Part 1: Overview

Declan McGlynn, Jan 20, 2015  Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 is the newest flagship controller for the industry-leading DJ software. Sacrificing the more traditional jogwheels in favour of Remix Decks and a touchstrip for ‘pitch-bending’ and skipping through tracks, the S8 initially divided opinion among digital DJs. Priding ourselves on providing
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Introducing: Point Blank Quick Tips!

Declan McGlynn, Jan 13, 2015  In this fast-moving, hash-tagged world, most people only have a few minutes here and there to catch up on the latest tech news and to get their music-making fix. We decided to make it easy for you with a brand new series providing unmissable production and studio tips in quick-fire video format! Our new Quick Tips, hosted by various instructors   
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Shawn Lee: Masters at Work

Declan McGlynn, Jan 06, 2015  Shawn Lee is the perfect example of a dynamic artist. His varied and vast career has seen him work with The Dust Brothers and Jeff Buckley, compose award-winning videogame scores, release music on landmark labels like Wall of Sound and building up an impressive studio in the process. We took a trip to his west London Trans-Yank Studio to set   
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Top 3 DJ Tutorials 2014

Declan McGlynn, Jan 04, 2015  DJing continued to evolve in 2014, with both the Traktor Kontrol S8 and Pioneer XDJ-2000 making a splash in the booths. While one moves away from jog wheels, the other moves away from CDs, both are set to become a big part of 2015. Over the year, we taught hundreds of students how to DJ and if you want to    
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10 Hidden Gems in Ableton

Patrick Swift, Jan 03, 2015  Ableton Live is a versatile DAW, and one of its biggest strengths is how quickly you can manipulate audio and MIDI within it. However, there are still some things in the program which aren’t so straightforward. That’s why we’re here to help and give you a nudge in the right direction with our ten hidden gems in Ableton! There’s
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Robert Dietz: Interview @ ADE 2014

Dec 31, 2014  We were really excited to be joined by Robert Dietz at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, where we teamed up with Native Instruments to host a number of masterclasses with internationally renowned artists. Robert Dietz is a DJ and producer who has released on some of electronic music’s biggest and best labels including Cadenza, Cecille and Running
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Building a Track: Paul Ressel & Viv May @ BPM

Patrick Swift, Dec 30, 2014  If you’ve been following PB+ this year, you’ll have seen that we’re at all the biggest and best electronic music events. This year alone, we’ve been at Dancefair in Ibiza, IMS Engage in Los Angeles and ADE in Amsterdam plus many more. Our latest video takes us to The BPM Show, where PB expert instructor Paul Ressel shows us
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Top 3 Logic Tutorials 2014

Declan McGlynn, Dec 27, 2014  Logic Pro is a complex beast, with over 20 years of variations on hard drives across the world. With version X hitting the net last year, it spawned a whole new series of guides and tutorials as well as hidden gems and tricks. We’ve combed through our selection of Logic Pro tutorials to bring you our favourite of the year.   
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Mixing Dance Music in Ableton: DVR Example

Patrick Swift, Dec 24, 2014  Our Direct Video Response system allows PB online students to get personal, one-to-one feedback on their tracks via a video recorded by their course instructor. Every fortnight, students get a dedicated screen-capture video, guiding them through their tracks and mixes and how they can be improved by award-winning instructors who’ve worked
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Top 3 Ableton Live Tutorials 2014

Patrick Swift, Dec 22, 2014  Ableton Live is a versatile DAW, and one of its strengths is how quickly you can manipulate audio and MIDI within it. Over the past year, we’ve created loads of exclusive video tutorials that help you get the most out of Ableton Live. Now that 2014 is coming to an end, we scoured our Ableton Live tutorials to reveal our favourites from the
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