We kicked off 2016 as we mean to go on. In January, we were busy sharing videos, tutorials and exclusive free content with you to help you take your music production to the next level, just like we do each and every month. To see each post below in detail, click the corresponding title to be taken through to the page. And for those not already in the know, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss out on our cutting edge content. Check out our latest monthly round-up below, as we recap some of the best things that happened in January 2016.
After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, our second studio complex in London is officially open. Kitted out with a top of the range SSL Duality mixing desk, Audient 48-channel behemoth and five more slick, purpose-built studios for production, DJing, radio and singing classes, students can look forward to learning in the world’s very best music school.
Flux Pavilion’s expert sound design and composition skills quickly turned him in to one of the leading artists in modern dance music. We caught up with him on the eve of his new album release to find out how he made his track ‘Emotional’ – a collaboration with vocalist Matthew Koma. Watch the video above.
In our first Friday Forum Live of 2016, we had a very special exclusive look at a brand new analogue synth from Korg! The Korg Minilogue is a four-voice poly synth with built-in sequencer and delay, and we showed you exactly how it works with some help from our instructor Paul Ressel (Faithless, Lana Del Rey).
The Winter NAMM Show takes place every January in Anaheim, California. About an hour outside LA, it’s the world’s oldest musical instruments and technology trade show. Priding ourselves on being at the heart of the action, we visited NAMM 2016 to find out what new kit and software is making waves in music technology. Read our guide above.
While EQ and compression are vital for shaping the tone and the sound of your mix, depth and spatial effects are what give your music a three dimensional and immersive feel. For the FFL above, we were joined by our Sound Engineering instructor Ganesh Singaram (Trey Songz, Swedish House Mafia) to look at five different techniques to create depth in your mixes.
Point Blank students are constantly finding success during and after their studies, but we also regularly welcome individuals who are already successful in the industry coming to us to sharpen their skills. DJ and radio presenter Goldierocks (Ministry of Sound, Burning Man) is a perfect example of this. At the end of last year, she studied our Traktor Weekend DJ Course in London to help her learn the popular software inside out. Above, we caught up with her to see how 2015 was for her, and what she’s got coming up plus much more.
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