Friday 17 September 2010

1 Year Diploma Students Get Free Online Resources

Previously available as a part-time only qualification, the 1 Year Diploma is full-time and comes with as much practice time as you can handle in Point Blank’s state-of–the-art studios. As well as access to the Point Blank studio facilities 7 days a week, students on the Intensive Diploma course now gain unprecedented access to a range of online resources from the online music production school, content which retails for £3225 but which is free for Intensive diploma students: Logic Beginners, Logic Intermediate, Sound Design, Art of Mixing and Songwriting.

This is Point Blank's flagship product for those hungry to learn - fast!

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Songwriting Competition with Jony Rockstar

Songwriting is a tricky old game to get into; not only does it take a lot of talent to write a song, but you also need valuable contacts if you want to get writing for the top artists. To celebrate the launch of our new Songwriting Course, us here at Point Blank have set up a pretty swanky competition and are offering you the chance to bag some prizes that will give you a kickstart in your songwriting career.

Using a host of tracks and stems provided by renowned top songwriter, Jony Rockstar (who has written and produced for top ten artists including Sugababes, Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys), you can write a song of your own over the backing track, arrange the parts in whatever order you want and remix before the laying down the vocals; the song is your oyster, so to speak, and you're free to be as creative as you wish.

So if you fit the bill of lacking the industry contacts and possess the talent to write amazing music then this competition is a tailored fit.

Jony himself will be listening over each and every track to decide who will get the chance to spend a day with him in the studio... oh, did we forget to mention that? Furthermore, the winner will also receive a free place on the Songwriting Course, taught by Jony Rockstar, as well as a yearlong free subscription to Soundcloud and the opportunity to have your music signed to Point Blank publishing.

Deadline for track submissions is 1st November so you have plenty of time to knuckle down, write a song and impress Jony with your talent. Backing tracks and stems can be heard below, but for full details and guidelines on how to enter the competition click HERE.


Monday 13 September 2010

The Weekend That House Built

Next up for Point Blank's Pro Producer Weekend series is Deep & Soulful House, which will take place over 9th and 10th October at Point Blank's studios in Hoxton, London. As with all of the Pro Producer Weekend courses, they are based on the popular online courses whereby students learn all they need to know about music production while focusing on the genre they love. This time around, online Deep & Soulful tutor, and all-round house honcho, Danny J Lewis will be mentoring the students, who will benefit from an intimate learning experience within a small class environment for this exclusive session.

Otherwise known among the deep and soulful house community as Enzyme Black, Danny's years of experience have led to him working with massive labels including Defected, Ministry of Sound, XL Recordings, as well as credits with artists and DJ's such as Gilles Peterson, David Morales, Kenny Carpenter, Todd Edwards, Todd Terry, and Danny Rampling to name but a few.

The Deep and Soulful House course hones in on all styles across the board from Chicago to Detroit to New York and the UK; the classic flavour of major players Kerri Chandler, Charles Webster, Marshall Jefferson and Defected Records, through to the modern raw vibe of deep cats such as Theo Parrish, Omar S and Delano Smith.

Below are a selection of the best from a great bunch of soulful house tunes produced by our past students of the online Deep and Soulful House course. Crank up and check the vibes!

House - Student Tunes by Point Blank

The Deep and Soulful House Weekend course takes place at Point Blank (23-28 Penn St, London N1 5DL) on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th October from 11-7pm on both days and is already heavily subscribed. But if you want to snap up a late place, call David now on +44 (0)207 729 4884 OR email OR book online at


Friday 10 September 2010

New Learning Opportunities at Point Blank

This September, Point Blank unveils 5 brand new year-long courses designed to give more choices to students. Specially crafted following extensive research amongst the 800 strong onsite student body, the courses will further cement Point Blank’s reputation as the ‘Best Music Production and DJ School’ as voted by DJ Mag on six occasions:

1. Intensive Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma

Fastrack your way to expert music production by taking a 6 module Diploma in one year with two lecture days per week. Comprehensive, intense and thorough this whirlwind option will change the way you see, hear and feel music.

2. Music Production Certificate (Logic)

Featuring Apple’s audio software Logic in Introduction to Production, Native Instruments programs in Sound Design and finishes with Art of Mixing. A fantastic year of learning!

3. Music Production Certificate (Ableton)

Pioneering software Ableton Live is finding favour with DJs, producers, remixers and bands alike. In this course you get to grips with all the facets Ableton Live can offer you whether in the club, studio or performing live.

4. Sound Engineering Certificate

Introduction to Production, Sound Engineering and Art of Mixing are combined in the Sound Engineering Certificate to give a rounded approach to those who wish to be able to record live instruments/bands professionally as well as produce great records.

5. Music Business Certificate

Due to popular demand from students on our 3 month Music Business module, Point Blank now offers a year long program designed to leave no stone unturned in your quest to learn every thing possible about how to succeed in the music business.

All the above courses start in late September 2010 and are already heavily subscribed. But if you want to snap up a late place, get in touch now on 0207 729 4884 and ask for David or email or visit our website at Otherwise, courses begin in January 2011; those interested should enrol now though to avoid any disappointment.