Point Blank Music College

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Point Blank is a music and creative media training school founded by musician and producer Robert Cowan. It offers courses in Electronic Music Production and Sound Engineering, DJing, Music Business, Singing and Songwriting at its premises in Hoxton, North London and online.

History[edit]

Point Blank was founded by CEO Robert Cowan in 1994 as a commercial recording studio in Greenwich, London. Artists such as Sasha (DJ), D-Ream and Allister Whitehead recorded there. Before long, people were asking how to use the equipment while they were recording their tracks. Robert constructed weekend training courses in music production and DJing and the training side of Point Blank was born.

Joined in 2001 by friend and fellow musician, MD Jules Brookes (Raw Stylus), the company moved to Hoxton where it has expanded and in the process earned a reputation as a leader in the field of music production training and education.

In 2007 the company launched Point Blank Online, an innovative online training school, with a wide range of genre and software oriented courses. Students study in interactive classrooms with tutors providing feedback on their work via DVR (direct video response).

Facilities[edit]

Point Blank’s premises are located at 23-28 Penn Street, Hoxton, London. They consist of a college office and eight studios housing professional equipment and facilities.

These include:

  • A state of the art Pioneer sponsored DJ room
  • 5 classrooms with individual workstations for students comprising constantly updated iMacs loaded with latest version of Logic Pro, Native Instruments Komplete, Ableton Live
  • 2 recording studios for students to run their own sessions (Mackie and Allen & Heath desks, KRK monitors)
  • 1 room for students practice equipped with 8 individual workstations (iMacs & wide range of software)
  • A large collection of instruments, microphones and hardware synths (including Gretsch drum kit - Juno 106 keyboards - Nord Lead synths - Novation synths - SE electronics, Soundtronics, Shure and AKG mics)
  • Mixing courses are taught in 2 rooms equipped with Oram 24BEQ and TLAudio VTC 24 and a wide range of outboards including Urei 1176, Summit compressor, TLAudio valve compressors, DBX compressors, Drawmer gates, Lexicon Reverbs, Roland Processors, and wide range of plug-ins including UAD cards, Waves, IK Multimedia. Yamaha NS1o and Mackie HR828 monitoring.

Music School Courses[edit]

Point Blank is partnered with Middlesex University and offers a Dip HE in Music Production and Business with the University. Point Blank is fully accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) at levels 2 and 3 and is an Ableton Education Partner,[1] an Apple Inc. Training Centre,[2] Steinberg Training Centre and Native Instruments Training Centre.[3]

Demographics[edit]

On-site students at Point Blank come from a variety of ages and backgrounds, with a large proportion of the student body being made up of international students. Students at the private college are fee-paying and are generally over 18. Young people engaged through the organisation’s community work range from 14–19 years and receive free training.

Tutors and alumni[edit]

Point Blank’s tutors are experienced figures in the music industry who have been involved in many notable projects with major artists.[4]

Notable former students include the 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis, Claude Von Stroke (Dirty Bird), Gareth Wyn (Beyonce), Nicole Moudaber (Carl Cox / Space), BBC Radio 1 DJ Tayo, Armand Van Helden remixer Jahawi, Gemma Cairney (BBC 1Xtra breakfast show), Devin (BBC 1Xtra), and techno DJ/producer Ryan Shaw.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ableton Education Partners". Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Apple Profiles In Success: Point Blank". Retrieved 2008-12-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Harmony Central: Point Blank Launches Online Music School". Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Point Blank Expert Tutors". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Point Blank Student Success". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°32′10″N 0°05′06″W / 51.5360°N 0.0851°W / 51.5360; -0.0851