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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Native Instruments Stems is a brand new format allowing you to manipulate individual parts of a track within a single MP4 file. Loaded into Traktor or any Stem-compatible software, the MP4 can give the user access to drums; melodies, vocals, FX or any element the producer has decided to share.
It’s a whole new world for DJs and live performance, and for their latest FFL session Point Blank demonstrated how it all works using the new Kontrol S8!
If you want to learn more about Stems, Traktor and DJing in general, Point Blank’s London Master Diploma features a complete DJ module that covers everything you need to know to master the decks. Every student gets their own workstation featuring the latest industry standard kit from Pioneer and you also get the chance to play out at the end of the module in one of London’s top nightclubs. Find out more about the Master Diploma here.
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As producers strive for new ways to stand out and as mini-analogue machines are more affordable and powerful than ever, more and more DJs and producers are adopting a ‘live’ show. UK producer Saytek isn’t about fads though – he’s been wheeling around his epic setup around for years, winning awards and tearing up dancefloors all over the world. Point Blank wanted to find out more about how it worked, how it’s all connected and why he thinks live performance is making a comeback.
This video forms part of Point Blank’s ongoing Ableton Month in August – a month where they’re bringing you heaps of Ableton-focused content, giveaways and exclusive competitions each day. This includes a chance to win the almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite, all you have to do is register on the Point Blank website before August 31st to be in with a chance of winning. Also for this month only PB have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push when you enrol with them on selected Diploma courses in London (which can all be taken on Ableton) and on their Music Production and Sound Design Certificate in Los Angeles, giving you some top notch savings on gear. To find out more about the discounts Point Blank can offer, e-mail one of their course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.
You can watch the Saytek video below, which features an interview, live performance and guided tour of the setup. Make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss any more tutorials, interviews and live events. If you want to learn more about Ableton Live, mixing, sound engineering, music composition and even mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live Diploma covers it all and more. Taken online and for up to 64 weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take your music to the next level.
Artists like Goldie, Claude VonStroke and Jon Rundell have studied Ableton with Point Blank so you’re in good hands. Find out more about PB’s online Ableton Live Diploma course here, and if you’re in the UK, the London Master Diploma covers even more Ableton techniques. Even better, if you’re on the West Coast, Point Blank’s LA school offers courses in Ableton, including a six-month certificate currently offering 5% off! Just enter the code SEPTEARLYBIRD when enrolling here.