Win! A complete Point Blank online course

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Established in the UK, Point Blank is an award-winning music school with campuses located in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai. With alumni including Claude VonStroke, Goldie and Aluna Francis, the global institution offers tutorials and masterclasses that range from mixing and mastering to composition and sound design. Point Blank also boasts a list of […]

How to create your own distinctive beats

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There’s no one way to make beats – there are so many different techniques, depending on the music, the gear and, most importantly, the people involved. It’s often difficult to avoid the clichés of beat-making, and quite often we end up at one of two extremes: defaulting to deliberately machine-like beats, or quirky off-kilter rhythms […]

How to create random beats during a live set

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Whether you’re using software or hardware, you can give yourself and your audience a bit of a thrill with these tips… Creating random beats live: step-by-step 1. This technique works with software or hardware, as we turn the limitations of grid-based beat-making to our advantage. Just check your settings before you start, and relax. It’s […]

Bjooks Push Turn Move Review

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      Price £63 Contact Push Turn Move Push Turn Move key features: Electronic-instrument and interface-design book Covers vintage designs and cutting-edge gear 352 pages Hardcover 45 artist and designer interviews Written by Kim Bjørn Foreword by Jean Michel Jarre There are plenty of books that look at classic synths, but none that really […]

Six ways to get a great drum sound

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Last time around, we looked at how to create an entire band with technology; how to replace human musicians with hardware and software. We looked at the tech alternatives to both acoustic and electric guitars, bass players, vocalists, even guitar effects. We did drums, too, but then realised that there is a wealth of options to […]

How to add extra kick and bass punch (Part one) in Reason 10

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So far in our Reason sound-design series, we’ve gone from the basics of synthesis to going in-depth with one of Reason’s finest new additions, the Grain synth. We’ve also looked at how you can add attitude with Combinator and also how using that device can help you create and fatten synth sounds with relative ease. […]