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O2 Academy within Point Blank’s range

To meet demand for more course places, Point Blank has moved its Live Sound Engineering Course to Islington’s O2 Academy in Angel, writes Paul Watson

London headquartered Point Blank, which specialises in music courses, can now offer more places on its Live Sound Engineering Course after finding a new and bigger home at Islington’s 250-capacity O2 Academy in Angel. In moving venue, the Live Sound Engineering Course will provide a comprehensive education on the practical side of mixing live sound in a true working environment with a far more professional range of analogue and digital kit available, including Soundcraft, Avid and Midas consoles and an EAW PA system. The course is predominantly attended by students in their twenties and was previously run out of The Barfly in Camden and Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar. Point Blank’s managing director Jules Brookes says there was a definite need for a bigger and better venue. “We were very happy to connect with the O2 Academy as it makes it possible for us to show more students live sound engineering,” explains Brookes. “There are three- and six-month courses available, the latter being a more advanced option – and it’s all very hands on. Each month the students get a chance to help mix a live show; and by the end of the course, they’re able to do an entire gig on their own.” Point Blank has provided The Barfly and Vibe Bar with engineers that have qualified through its courses and expects plenty more to go on to be successful in the live audio industry. Enrolment has already begun for courses starting in January and April 2011; the prices start at £1,395 and places are limited, so early booking is advisable.