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Video: Point Blank Deconstructs New Order's 'Blue Monday'
Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull deconstructs one of the most iconic songs of all time at Sonar +D.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone even half interested in electronic music, or music in general, who hadn’t heard New Order’s “Blue Monday” before. It bridged the disco …

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Ableton Announces Updates to Live
Version 9.7 will serve as a massive step up for Push users.

Ableton has announced a robust update, currently in the beta stages of development, to its wildly popular Live software. Live 9.7 will continue the company’s mission to optimize its flagship software into …

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Moog Resumes Production of the Minimoog
The portable synth praised by a generation of pioneers is available to the public again.

Earlier today, Moog Music announced that production on the Minimoog Model D synthesizer had been resumed after more than 30 years. Unveiled in 1970, the Minimoog Model D was the world’s first portable synthesizer, …

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Tutorial: Making a Track in Logic X
Producer and PB instructor Rob Rox looks at creating a track, starting with templates.

In regards to setting up your DAW and the tools used, every producer differs slightly from the next. Some start with a synth line, others drums, but most producers will …

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Allen & Heath Reveals New Mixer
The Xone:PX5 was uncovered at an official event at Berghain Kantine last night.

British audio equipment specialist Allen & Heath has a new mixer on the way. Earlier today, DJ Tech Tools reported on the first sighting of the latest in a long line of …

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Tutorial: Sound Design with Reaktor’s Metaphysical Function
Point Blank instructor and producer Dave Stone puts one of Reaktor’s lesser-known ensembles through its paces.

Reaktor is at the core of all of Native Instrument’s software synthesis. It forms the building blocks and provides the backbone of innumerable effects, devices, and ensembles—which means that many of …

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In the Studio: Lapien
XLR8R visits the Mistress artist's Berlin home to learn more about the production techniques behind his two upcoming EPs.

Having shared his previous releases through Fred P’s Soul People Music offshoot, Delsin and Prologue,  it was recently announced that Nick Lapien (a.k.a Lapien) is set to release two EPs on DVS1’s Mistress Recordings. …

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Audiomodern Releases ModulARPS 2, Their Most Robust Modular Loops Plugin To Date
The Modular Synth loops add-on comes prepped for NI Kontakt, WAV, and AIFF.

Music software company Audiomodern, known for developing high quality audio tools for composers, has released a new version of their ModulARPS 2 plugin—an update set to contain the most extensive collection of Modular Synthesizer …

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Artist Tips: Mark Fell
The acclaimed experimental electronic musician shares his thoughts on production.

Mark Fell is much more than an electronic musician. Wander over to his artist home page and you’ll discover information on his writing, exhibitions/installations and several other things too—but it …

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Watch Stefano Ritteri Explore Teenage Engineering's OP1 and Pocket Operators
Point Blank instructor, producer, and DJ Stefano Ritteri shows how to use the portable synths to create a track on the road.

First dropping in 2009, Teenage Engineering’s OP1 is a portable synth, sampler, and recording device with a whole lot of quirky features to stir inspiration and have you thinking about creating music …

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Studio Essentials: Healing Force Project
The Italian DJ-producer reveals the key tools behind his jazz-infused studio sound.

Healing Force Project is that of Antonio Marini, the Italian experimental musician who produces electronic music with “free-jazz” tastes. As it stands, there is not too much to say: besides a …

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Learn Synth Drum Sound Design in Native Instruments' Massive and Battery
Point Blank instructor Chris Carter looks building drum sound in Massive and treating them in Battery.

Following on from the previously released Massive tutorial, Point Blank has shared its latest Friday Forum Live video, which once again focuses on Massive—this time creating drums in NI’s premier …

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Watch a Three-Part Tutorial for NI's Massive
Point Blank instructor Chris Carter demonstrates the full potential of the versatile synth.

Native Instrument’s Massive is one of the most popular soft synths on the market today. With its complex modulation capabilities, the synth became famous for warbling bass and lead lines. …

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Studio Essentials: Linkwood
The Edinburgh-based producer runs us through five essentials in his studio.

Linkwood’s career as a producer can be traced back to 2003 when he released “Miles Away” via Scottish label, Firecracker Recordings. The release, a three-track Various Artist EP, emerged with little fanfare, distributed …

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Takete Releases Latest Update for iPad
The comprehensive A/V app is available for download via the App Store.

Since the initial release of the unique audio-visual app Takete for iOS, the developers at Refined Stochastic Technology have worked tirelessly to expand and improve the programs capabilities. Along with a …

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Ableton Live Tutorial: Guide to Sampler
Freddy Frogs takes a look at powerful features in Ableton Live's Sampler.

Following on from his look at Simpler’s envelopes and LFOs, Point Blank’s resident Ableton expert Freddy Frogs gives you a detailed look at Sampler and what it’s capable of in this …

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Gear Review: Rane MP2014
XLR8R test runs American audio specialists Rane's most recent two-channel, high-end rotary mixer.

Rotary mixers have been in the slipstream of the vinyl’s steady rise in popularity over the last years. The rare E&S DJR400 and MP2014’s bigger brother, the MP2015, have been appearing in DJ booths …

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Ableton Tutorial: Envelopes and LFOs in Simpler
Ableton trainer Freddy Frogs explores some fundamental sampler functions in Simpler.

Ableton Live excels at manipulating samples in a fast and intuitive way, making it one of the most creative music-making tools available. The DAW provides almost endless possibilities to create textures, tones and tracks …

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