Point Blank announces trio of teaching opportunities

Point Blank has added live engineer Sophie Grant to its teaching team to offer expert advice on mixing live sound
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Point Blank has recruited renowned live FOH engineer Sophie Grant to its team in a bid to offer students hands-on coaching to improve their live mixing skills. The teaching establishment has also lined up several top producer-DJs to talk to students about studio mixing. Sophie Grant has worked FOH for a host of artists including The Datsuns, Noisettes, Kate Nash, and Jamie T, in venues around the world as well as major festival environments such as Glastonbury, Reading Festival, and T in the Park, making her an obvious choice for the music production college to rein in to coach its students. Grant will work on Point Blank’s Live Sound Engineering Certificate which gives students the opportunity to mix six live gigs in six months at various top London venues. As well as the mixing side of things, students will also learn how to get the most out of the PA. “We will be taking a detailed look into all aspects of becoming a top live sound engineer on the international touring circuit,” says Grant. “The whole course is specifically designed to do hands-on work in venues with musicians and working sound engineers; it’s the only way to learn live sound.” In other Point Blank news, DJ, producer and remixer Ashley Beedle will be coming into the Point Blank studios in London on April 13th for a live Q&A session to talk about making a living from music in 2011, his approach to remixing, how X-Press 2 put together its infamous 12-deck DJ set up, and what it’s like to tour worldwide and have a hit record. Point Blank has also announced a 16-week online Cubase programme devised by dance music producer Danny J Lewis which will start on April 25th, aimed at Mac and PC users who want to work on current musical styles including hip-hop, deep and soulful house, electro, and dubstep. www.pointblanklondon.com

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