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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.

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Hannah V has done a lot in her short career. As well as working with seminal production squad Bugz In The Attic to touring the world with artists like Rihanna, Jessie J, Sugababes, Jason Derulo and many more, she’s managed to find time to kick start her solo career in impressive fashion.

With her new track ‘It Ain’t Right’ already making waves, Point Blank decided to pay her London studio a visit to find out more about her background, her creative process and how she put the track together using Logic Pro X. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel for more interviews, tutorials and live events.

If you want to learn more about mixing, production, composition and even mastering, Point Blank’s Logic Pro Diploma is perfect for you. Taken from anywhere in the world and for up to 64 weeks, you learn from the best instructors in the world with 1-2-1 live tutorials and feedback on your tracks. They’ve had people like Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours study Logic with them, so you’re in good hands. Find out more about the Logic Pro Diploma here.


For Point Blank’s latest competition, you have the chance to win an Analog Rytm drum machine from Elektron alongside the Overhub 7-Port USB 3.0 hub and Overbridge integration software. They’re also throwing a Point Blank online course into the mix as well, making for a truly epic prize bundle that’s worth over £1,850!

Subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel before midnight on Monday Oct 5th to be in with a chance.

This is a huge competition from Sweden’s Elektron, who are one of the most loved manufacturers in the game for their unique hardware and software. Watch the competition video below to subscribe and if you’re already subscribed to Point Blank’s YouTube channel, you’re already entered! It’s as simple as that.

Visit the Point Blank channel, subscribe, make the most of their free content and you never know, you might just win a prize bundle from Elektron. Sounds good, right? For more info on the Elektron Analog Rytm, head over to the Elektron website.


Swedish duo Cazzette are constantly churning out the best dancefloor bombs, touring the world and playing some of the biggest clubs on the planet. Their productions are thick, solid and powerful so Point Blank asked them to come to their London school to find out how they produce their music in FL Studio. You can watch the whole masterclass below and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you never miss another tutorial.
If you want to learn more about mixing, mastering, composition and more, make sure you check out Point Blank’s online Diploma courses. Taken completely online and for up to 64 weeks, they’re some of our most comprehensive courses and can take your tracks to the next level. With graduates including Patrick Topping, Claude VonStroke and Nicole Moudaber, PB’s courses are the best in the world – find out more about their Diploma courses here.

When mixing your own music, bouncing down to a collection of key stems can help you avoid over-mixing your track. Committing to certain sounds and notes will allow you to focus on the mix and overall sound of the track. Or in the case of Rob Rox, you might get some stems from a client to mix from.

That’s the focus of Point Blank’s new video series – Mixing Stems in Logic Pro X. In the first video, Rob Rox talks you through bass management and plugin signal chains. You can watch it below and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss any more tutorials or live events.

If you want to learn more about mixing, production, composition and even mastering, Point Blank’s Logic Pro Diploma is perfect for you. Taken from anywhere in the world and for up to 64 weeks, you learn from the best instructors in the world with 1-2-1 live tutorials and feedback on your tracks. They’ve had people like Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours study Logic with them, so you’re in good hands. Find out more about the Logic Pro Diploma here.

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