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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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Artist Tips: Grimy
Zernell Gillie from Crate Diggers provides a step-by-step tutorial on ripping vinyl to a playable digital format.

Adjust the Tonearm and Counterweight Next, connect your headshell to the tonearm and adjust the weight and anti-skate of the tone arm. This is a very important step when it …

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Output Introduces New FX Engine
The versatile effects engine is available now via Output.com

California-based music and technology firm Output has recently announced the release of its fourth-ever product and its first-ever effects engine, MOVEMENT. With a straightforward and tightly focused mission of enabling music makers …

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Watch Freddy Frogs Explore Ableton's New Filter Types
Point Blank's in-house Ableton specialist runs through the new filters in Ableton Live 9.5.

Earlier this year, Ableton introduced a host of new and exciting features with its 9.5 update, including a few much-needed additions of new filter types. The team at Ableton modelled …

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Watch a Video on Mixing on Consoles vs DAWs
JC Concato pits the new SSL Duality Delta against Logic Pro X.

In its latest Friday Forum Live, Point Blank’s JC Concato to the studios to show how to get more hands on with your mixes. Using the new SSL Duality Delta and Logic …

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Gear Review: Eventide Harmonizer H9
Five pedals in one: XLR8R explores the versatile new multi-effects processor from Eventide.

Ever since the 1970’s, Eventide has been a name strongly associated with high quality and innovative studio effects. The known classics—namely the H910, H949,  H3000, or the more modern H8000FW …

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Watch a Tutorial on Multi-Sampling an Instrument in Ableton Live
Ableton-certified trainer Freddie Frogs details how to multi-sample your own instruments.

Although you can download a sample pack of almost any instrument or sound at the drop of a hat, and most likely for free, it’s always good to inject your …

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A Guide To: Modular Synthesis
Freerotator Steevio guides us through the minefield that is his Eurorack.

Unless you’ve been avoiding any kind of electronic music-related content for the past few years, you have noticed the rise in popularity of modular synthesis. Once the preserve of scientific …

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In the Studio: Milton Bradley
Marking his upcoming LP, the Berlin-based artist discusses gear, records, labels, and his main sources of inspiration.

Having been born and raised in Berlin, it’s clear that Milton Bradley’s dark and moody studio output is influenced by the city’s gloomy landscape. Over the past eight years, Bradley …

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LANDR Announces DJ-Specific Mastering Engine
To support the launch, LANDR is offering free access to the DJ engine for two months.

Cloud-based mastering service LANDR has just announced a new DJ-specific mastering engine. The new extension will offer the same functionality as the existing platform, which includes metadata editing, DAW integration, …

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Watch a Tutorial on Recording and Resampling Drums
Stefano Ritteri shows how to record live drums and treat them with Ableton Live.

For its latest tutorial video, Point Blank invited Stefano Ritteri to its London studio to record live drums and various percussive elements for a new track. The Point Blank regular then takes …

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Gear Review: Brainworx bx_console
The German plug-in specialists prove themselves with a solid emulation of the revered Neve VXS console.

Speak to even the most seasoned recording engineer or music producer these days, and most will tell you that the often intensely heated Software vs. Hardware debates of yore are …

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Learn Five Mastering Essentials
Point Blank's mastering instructor Anthony Chapman looks at 5 mastering essentials in Ableton Live.

For its latest Friday Forum Live, Point Blank invited mastering instructor Anthony Chapman to discuss and demonstrate five mastering essentials in Ableton Live using bx_digital v3 and more. Chapman touches on …

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In the Studio: Guy Andrews
The rising London-based composer reveals the minimal set up behind his latest album.

With his debut full-length on London-based Houndstooth, Our Spaces, it seems like rising star Guy Andrews has really settled into his groove. Having spent a few years flitting inbetween aliases—Iambic …

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Gear Review: Korg Minilogue
The Japanese powerhouse continues its run of affordable analog synths.

Korg continues its course of developing affordable, yet fully analog and compact devices designed for live performance and studio purposes, with the Minilogue. In line with the ultra-compact Volca series …

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Watch James Wiltshire's Three-Part Series on Creating and Mixing a Drum Track
Wiltshire also provides a downloadable project file and sample pack featuring the E-mu SP-1200 and Roland's 808 and TR-8 models.

Point Blank’s new Masters at Work Series features James Wiltshire, who shows you how to create, arrange, and mix a drum track in Ableton Live. In part one, Wilshire records Roland’s now-classic 808, E-mu …

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