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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.


If you’re already a fan of Point Blank Music School, you’ll know that they’ve had some amazing prizes for giveaway competitions in recent months. Partnering with the likes of Moog, Novation, Native Instruments and Korg, they’ve been able to bring you some of the latest and greatest studio gear. Maschine Studio, Komplete 10, Samson RXA-7 monitors, Korg Volcas and the Sub Phatty have all been part of their previous giveaways, and they’re happy to have been able to improve the studios of all our competition winners so far. For August, they’ve partnered up with Ableton to bring you a very special ‘Ableton Month’!

Ableton Month has been packed with tutorial and masterclass content focused around Ableton Live and Push. Point Blank are also giving away Ableton goodies throughout the month on their Facebook and Twitter channels, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled – they’ve got bags, t-shirts, sticker sheets, mouse mats and loads more prizes coming your way.

However, the month really wouldn’t be complete without a boost to the studio, and for that Point Blank has got an almighty prize of Ableton Push and Ableton Live Suite to give away to one lucky winner who registers with them before Monday 31st August! Simply register on the Point Blank website to be in with a chance to win – the winner will be drawn on the following day and notified via the e-mail address they used to subscribe with. If you’ve already registered with Point Blank, then there’s no need to re-register as you’re already part of the competition.

And lastly, for those of you interested in studying with Point Blank in London, Los Angeles or online, there’s never been a better time to enrol – for this month only they have some huge discounts on both Ableton Live and Push, giving you some amazing savings. To find out more about the discounts we can offer, e-mail one of Point Blank’s course advisors or call them on +44 20 7729 4884.