Artist Tips: Sapphire Slows
The gifted Tokyo-based artist shares advice on confidence, technique, and experimentation.

Although she’s a relatively fresh face on the electronic music landscape, in just a handful of years, Sapphire Slows has carved out an intriguing sonic space for herself, one born from unbridled…

Watch a Video on Using Global Sidechaining
Point Blank’s Freddy Frogs discusses Global Sidechaining in Ableton Live.

In the latest episode of Point Blank’s tutorial series, course developer and Ableton-certified Trainer Freddy Frogs details global sidechaining. This technique can cover all sorts of factors such as g…

Artist Tips: Bonobo
Simon Green details seven techniques that led to the creation of his latest album, 'Migration.'

Since the release of his acclaimed Black Sands album, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) has ridden a somewhat meteoric rise to the upper echelons of electronic music. This rise can mostly be contributed to …

Watch a Tutorial on Using Link in Ableton Live
Point Blank's Ableton expert Freddy Frogs walks through the steps.

In Point Blank’s latest tutorial video, course developer and Ableton-certified trainer Freddy Frogs gives a breakdown of Ableton Link. Link has revolutionised performance within Ableton, with Fr…

Native Instruments Announces Maschine Link Integration
Maschine and Traktor can now be integrated via Ableton Link.

Native Instruments has updated Maschine. Both Maschine and Traktor now come with Ableton Link integration, which allows for syncing with any other supported audio software—DJ softwares like Serato DJ …

Watch a Video on Warping Multiple Tracks in Ableton Live
Freddy Frogs continues his survey of Ableton Live 9.5’s latest features.

Following on from his recent tutorial on Convolution Reverb Pro in Ableton’s Max for Live, Point Blank’s resident Ableton expert Freddy Frogs turns his attention to multiwarping—essentiall…

Artist Tips: Love Over Entropy
The rising producer offers a few pointers on making your drums stand out.

The curiously named Love over Entropy first dropped onto our radar back in 2013, with his Off The Grid EP—a well-crafted, deep three-tracker on fellow Dutchman Nuno Dos Santos’ Something Happeni…

Watch a Video on Recording Live Instruments in Ableton Live
Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull shows you how to combine live instruments with electronic sounds with the help of acclaimed tablaist Sirish Kumar Manji.

Ableton Live’s flexible working environment and intuitive interface make it the perfect vehicle to combine live instrumentation with electronic sounds. In electronic music, combining unique inst…

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 sof…

Real Talk: Marquis Hawkes
The UK DJ discusses his motivations for switching from vinyl to digital formats.

Real Talk’ is a series of artist-penned essays that appear on XLR8R from time to time.  Since his 2012 debut on Glasgow’s Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, the raw, ghetto influenced stylings of Marqu…

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 new vid…

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 textur…

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 a few classic fil…

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 own nuances and personality into the sou…

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 the sam…

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-cl…

Watch Stillhead Breakdown his Track "Pounds Of Gold (feat. Zoe Ellying)"
In addition, we have provided the original Ableton Live project file for you to download and check out for yourself.

Alex Cowles (a.k.a Stillhead) has dissected and revealed the production processes and methods behind his recent single “Pounds Of Gold (feat. Zoe Ellying).” The single is taken from his fo…

XLR8R's Best of 2015: Gear
At the end of a banner year for hardware and software, we select our top releases.

Electronic music-making has never been a more accessible pursuit, and 2015 saw a number of fantastic pieces of hardware and software releases. From iOS apps to MIDI controllers and beat machines, here…

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