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iZotope’s Ozone software has grown to become one of the go-to tools for mastering in the box. Version 6 saw the introduction of a new signal path system, allowing users to drag and drop different modules from the software, as well as third party plugins for the first time. Now version 7 has introduced new vintage modes, bringing brand new EQ, compressors and tape emulations to the plugin.

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Last winter, Electric Paradise attracted over 12,000 attendees for their inaugural festival, and it’s coming back for more on December 19th, along with a great lineup to match. With just over 30 artists set to perform, Electric Paradise has upped the ante and continues to hold the title of being the largest dance music festival in the Caribbean. The one-day festival will include performances from high-profile, main stage-friendly acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Steve Angello, Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, and more, as well as indie-leaning and underground acts like AlunaGeorge, Nicolas Jaar, Guy Gerber, and Hot Since 82, amongst others. Additionally, a grip of local acts like the house duo, Lash, Dav Motta, and more will be rounding it all out to bring vibes cultivated within the Dominican Republic.

Electric Paradise is sure to be a bliss-filled affair, especially with these names on the bill, so treat yourself before the holidays, and grab your ticket here.


Push 2 is here and to celebrate its sampling features Point Blank hosted a classic French house deconstruction on the latest FFL! Joined by Ski Oakenfull, they broke down the Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond track ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ using the new features of Ableton Push 2 and version 9.5 of the software. To get more tutorials and live events like this, make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel.
If you want to learn more about how classic tracks were composed as well as learn about music theory, mixing and mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live online Diploma course covers all this and more. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, it’s the perfect course for anyone looking to take their career to the next level. Point Blank’s graduates include Goldie, Jon Rundell and Patrick Topping so make sure you find out more about their online Ableton Diploma course here.


Alongside new features on the hardware – which you can see more of here – Push 2 has also brought with it an update to Live itself. New filter types and a major update to Simpler are two of the exciting new features of version 9.5 and Point Blank decided to get their resident Ableton and Push expert Ski Oakenfull to put it through its paces. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.
If you want to learn more about Ableton Live and sampling, Point Blank’s online Ableton Live Diploma course covers mixing, mastering, composition and even music business. Taken online for up to 64 weeks, it’s one of their most comprehensive courses and with graduates including Goldie, Plastician and Claude VonStroke, you know they have the best instructors on the planet. Find out more about Point Blank’s online Ableton Live Diploma course here.


The Point Blank Music Machine is their very own platform that allows you to quickly and easily put together a beat, and now it features Deep House loops from The Chemical Brothers, one of dance music’s biggest and most respected duos. Alongside that, you’ll find Deep House, Drum & Bass, Funky House, Electro, Hip Hop loops and everything in between. As a great incentive to get you creating some unique tracks, Point Blank are giving away an online course and studio setup worth £1,295 to the music-maker who submits the best track to them. The setup includes a pair of KRK Rokit monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard and Scarlett 2i2 soundcard. Don’t delay though, because there’s not long left to get your entries in before the competition ends.

The deadline for competition entries is November 8th, so head here and get involved now by creating and submitting your track! Please note, only tracks submitted from October 15th up to the deadline will be considered, with the eventual winner decided by a combination of votes and judges’ decisions from the Point Blank panel.

If you’re not already familiar with how the Point Blank Music Machine works, it’s very simple to use – simply drag your loop from the style of your choice and start making music right in your browser. It enables you to put full tracks together using a huge selection of samples that Point Blank have provided across multiple genres. It’s capable of impressive results and one of the most popular parts of Point Blank’s website.

Remember to register (or log in) on the Point Blank website and get your entries submitted by November 8th to be in with a chance to win. If you enjoy playing with Point Blank’s Music Machine and want to know how to make the music that they use in the loops, check out PB’s online courses, which show you how to make the music from scratch yourself.

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Launched by the multi-platinum producer, Steven Lee, better known as Lee Cabrera, FaderPro is an electronic dance music-focused production education platform that promises an engaging and interactive virtual in-studio learning experience. With years of offering high-quality video tutorials, access to the top artists, and opportunities through partnerships with leading industry entities since its launch in 2010, this online startup is poised to bring even more to the table as they welcome a host of new instructors, and experience team members, such as Roger Sanchez, Sander Kleinenberg, and Mark Knight’s Toolroom Academy, after receiving a new round of investment.

More specifically, some of the new additions to the proven, artist-driven curriculum range from track deconstruction, to mixing and mastering classes, to more business-focused lessons, giving students the full range of inside knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. The FaderPro platform offers 24/7 on-demand access to content that allows for students to move at their own pace, while also keeping things neat, organized, and structured, unlike endless low-quality YouTube tutorials.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced dance music producer, FaderPro promises to expand your knowledge and improve your sound. Head over to their website for more information and to sign up for courses.

The BPM Show is the UK’s leading event for the electronic music and clubbing industry. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, it’s the place to be for fans of all things dance music, DJing and producing. This year, Point Blank teamed up with their pals at Native Instruments to host the Learning Zone, giving eager punters a chance to learn from their expert instructors. Focused around Traktor, there were sessions on Stems, Remix Decks and even an exclusive look at the brand new Kontrol S5.

In the first video in their BPM series, PB instructor David Clarke breaks down what’s possible using Traktor’s Remix Decks. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel to keep up with all their videos from BPM as well as other tutorials and live events.

If you want to learn more about Traktor and DJing in general, Point Blank’s London DJ courses are perfect for you. Taught by expert DJs on industry standard equipment, you can master Traktor, its controllers and more. Point Blank have had students go on to play the biggest clubs in the world, including Nicole Moudaber (DC10, Ibiza), Monki (BBC Radio 1) and Madam X (Annie Mac Presents). Find out more about Point Blank’s DJ courses in London here.


The Point Blank Music Machine is their very own platform that allows you to quickly and easily put together a beat, and now it features Deep House loops from The Chemical Brothers, one of dance music’s biggest and most respected duos. Alongside that, you’ll find Deep House, Drum & Bass, Funky House, Electro, Hip Hop loops and everything in between. As a great incentive to get you creating some unique tracks, Point Blank are giving away an online course and studio setup worth £1,295 to the music-maker who submits the best track to them. The setup includes a pair of KRK Rokit monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard and Scarlett 2i2 soundcard.

The deadline for competition entries is November 8th, so head here and get involved now by creating and submitting your track! Please note, only tracks submitted from October 15th up to the deadline will be considered, with the eventual winner decided by a combination of votes and judges’ decisions from the Point Blank panel.

If you’re not already familiar with how the Point Blank Music Machine works, it’s very simple to use – simply drag your loop from the style of your choice and start making music right in your browser. It enables you to put full tracks together using a huge selection of samples that Point Blank have provided across multiple genres. It’s capable of impressive results and one of the most popular parts of Point Blank’s website.
Remember to register (or log in) on the Point Blank website and get your entries submitted by November 8th to be in with a chance to win. If you enjoy playing with Point Blank’s Music Machine and want to know how to make the music that they use in the loops, check out PB’s online courses, which show you how to make the music from scratch yourself.


Roots Manuva is a certified don of the UK hip-hop scene, and when ‘Witness’ was released via Big Dada in 2001 it set the scene alight. For Point Blank’s latest FFL session, their Lead Course Developer and all-round Ableton ninja Ski Oakenfull deconstructed the track in Ableton Live as only Ski can. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events. You can also download the Ableton session from the deconstruction here.
If you want to learn more about Ableton Live, Point Blank’s online Diploma course is the perfect choice. Taken fully online and for up to 64 weeks and with modules in composition, sound design, mastering and even music business, it’s the perfect course to master the software and take your career to the next level. Find out more about Point Blank’s Ableton Live Diploma course here.

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GDD favorite Sweater Beats is one to watch. He’s done official remixes for big name artists like Flume and Alesso, and toured with Chance the Rapper and Chet Faker. Now the LA producer is back with an official remix for the R&B talent JoJo, reworking her new single “When Love Hurts” into an end-of-summer anthem. Sweater Beats chops the vocals into an insanely catchy new melody that effortlessly flows over the track’s bouncy rhythm. Stream the remix below and catch Sweater Beats on his ‘Future Feels’ World Tour, including 30+ dates with artists like GTA, K Camp, Bondax and Jai Wolf.