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How Point Blank Online Works: Using Ableton’s Simpler As An Instrument

If you’ve ever been interested in studying music production or sound engineering but can’t make it to our school in London or any of our global locations, studying with us online could be the perfect solution. Our online school makes our world-renowned content and tuition available at your fingertips, wherever you are on the planet.

To give you an idea of what the tuition at our online school is like, we’ve pulled together a lesson on how to turn a sound into an instrument in Ableton’s ‘Simpler’ directly from our online Intro to Music Production (Ableton) class.

In this video, PB instructor Thomas Glendinning takes us through the features of Simpler. Developed from the ground up as a sampler, sounds put into it can be turned into a working instrument scalable via pitch. First, Thomas goes over the controls that we have over the sample itself, then we’re shown how Simpler can be used to transform almost any sound into a playable musical instrument.

This teaser is just one of hundreds of instructional videos available to when you enroll on an online course. You can check out our full list of courses here and see how it works in more detail below.

How does studying online work?

If you’re interested in learning exactly how our online school works. Watch our virtual tour of our online school to get the lowdown on how studying remotely can lay the foundations for a successful career within the music industry.

Join Course Advisor Luc Bennette as he walks you through all aspects of our award-winning online school, covering everything from enrolment to 1-2-1 Live Tutorials with expert instructors – your time with your instructor focused around you learning experience – and weekly Masterclasses with your fellow classmates. As with our London-based courses, your instructors are top music producers including Grammy and Ivor Novello winning songwriters, producers and remixers who have worked with Pharrell Williams, Swedish House Mafia, U2 and Amy Winehouse among many others. He also speaks to Lead Developer Ski Oakenfull to cover some frequently asked questions.

Interested in enrolling on one of our online courses? Our BA (Hons) Music Production Production & Sound Engineering Degree is the most comprehensive online course that we offer and provides modules in sound design, production, mixing, mastering and composition. You’ll also be awarded with a degree by Middlesex University upon completion. You can even try it out for free – along with a selection of other courses – by heading to our free course sample page.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!


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