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Sound Design

Overview

The Sound Design course at Point Blank Los Angeles is an insightful journey through the creative processes involved in making your own unique sounds and textures at the cutting edge of modern music production. You also get sonic theory and in-depth analysis, so you know what you're doing and why. We also cover Native Instruments' Reaktor and Max for Live, so you'll sure to find this college-level course in Sound Design both challenging and fascinating. This is where you can realize the sounds and music you can hear in your mind. College students also gain access to our well-equipped facility, an Ableton Certified Training Center where every student's workstation includes a Push controller, Ableton Live 10, NI Komplete, Output REV, and more. To take the next step in your sound design career, call a college Admissions Officer now at 323.282.7660 or contact us via this form to guide you through the enrollment process. Watch the videos below to find out more about Point Blank and this college course!

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I am so grateful to Point Blank for everything I learned! I started as a complete beginner, with no skills at all. Now I know how to build my own tracks from the ground up, make them sound great, mix them down and release them. The instructors are so knowledgeable and love to share their skills, and the staff always makes sure we have everything we need. Coming to Point Blank was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. - Anna, PBLA Music Production & Sound Design Diploma graduate

Open Houses

We host Open Houses regularly! Come visit our Silver Lake campus, attend a free masterclass, and get a taste of what you can expect in our programs. Open Houses are a perfect opportunity to check out our studios and learn about our BPPE-approved classes in music production, DJing, mixing, mastering, sound design, singing, songwriting, and more. Open Houses include tours of our state-of-the-art facilities at Mack Sennett Studios, track feedback sessions, Ableton giveaways, and more. Admissions Advisors and Student Reps will answer any questions you may have.

Point Blank LA's next Open House and free Guest Masterclass are coming up soon on Thursday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP and reserve your place at the event. If you are unable to attend, please contact us here to schedule a private studio tour.

Alumni

Bryan Dotel

Recently nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, Tropical Reggaeton producer Bryan Dotel has had great success after graduating from PBLA, including amassing more than a million views on YouTube.

Cathleen Cher

Cathleen has been dancing all her life & already accomplished a bunch of amazing things while studying at PB. She toured with Kanye West as part of his creative team and is a DJ and classically trained pianist.

Travis Holcombe

PBLA Certificate student Travis is a KCRW DJ spinning lost un-classics, playful electronics, spine-snapping breaks and a quirky selection of mind-melting grooves by the pound. Served fresh weekly.

Gina Cat

PBLA graduate Gina holds residencies in top California night clubs, tours internationally & plays festivals around the world from Rhythm & Vines in New Zealand, to Soundwave Canada & Burning Man.

Kamel Omais

Kamel aka Dead-Tones is Guy Gerber’s protege, personal assistant and tour manager. Over Summer he is based in Ibiza as Rumours' main resident, and has releases on labels including Kindisch, Motek, Dialtones Records.

Nicole Moudaber

Studied DJing at PB. Carl Cox: “I've been following her for years. She's amazing.” Residencies in Ibiza, Ministry & releases on VIVa Music & Plastic City show Nicole’s doing things her way.

Loren Granic

Co-founder of 'A Club Called Rhonda', has organized parties in LA & beyond for the past 8 years. Known for its stylish crowd and underground vibe, Rhonda hosts up-and-coming DJs and artists alike.

Expert Instructors

Arabian Prince Music Business

A founding member of world famous rap group N.W.A, Arabian Prince has written, rapped on, and produced some of the most influential tracks in the history of hip hop in an industry career spanning almost four decades.

Sweatson Klank Music Production & Mixing

Flying Lotus remixer and Project Mooncircle stalwart Tom Wilson passes his knowledge on to you as a frontline member of Point Blank LA. Watch the video above to find out more about him.

Markman Composition & Mixing

DJ Markman incorporates classic 90s House with futuristic R&B, UK Garage & Bassline. Ableton Certified, his live sets pay homage to the energy that made his heroes sets, artists like Adamski, Orbital and the Chems, so compelling.

Mecha Music Production & DJing

An Ableton Certified Trainer and Pioneer DJ Battle Championship winner, Mecha (Mikhail Arce-Ignacio) is a versatile producer, engineer, music director, DJ and live electronic performer.

DJ Morsecode DJing

Nathaniel Morse was the winner of Redbull's first United States "3style" DJ battle in LA. He was awarded “Best DJ in LA” and then “Best DJ in America” by the Sun Times in 2014 & 2015 respectively.

dela Moon DJing

An organizer of the Moontribe Collective, dela Moon’s full-bodied drum & bass and halftime is a signature of the LA underground. She's played EDC, Boom, Rainbow Serpent, and is a DJ Mag “Emerging Artist You Need To Hear.”

DJ ShanLynn DJing

DJ ShanLynn is a DJ, VJ, and producer who mixes old school, pop, hip-hop, nu-disco, electronica, remixes, and mash-ups in her open-format sets. Her clients include Macy’s, ABC, Aveda, UMG, Forever 21, Loreal, Mercedes Benz, etc.

David Harrow Music Production & Sound Design

Starting out in the '80s, Dave's incredible adventures include Lee Scratch Perry, Psychic TV, Anne Clark, ONU Sound System, Andy Weatherall, Billy Ray Martin, and countless other albums and live projects.

George Wiederkehr Composition & Mixing

Owner of Mosaic Music, George has a master's degree in Music Theory & Recording and has produced countless artists including Jazmarae, Johanna Chase, Jerett Samples, Fuzz Mutt, Seanote, Soltree, and more.

Sameer Sengupta Mixing & Mastering

Sameer is an electronic music producer, mixer & mastering engineer who has worked with The Crystal Method, Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Sting, and more on labels including EMI, Atlantic, Universal, and Defected.

Grant Cornish Composing for Film & TV

An award-winning composer-producer, Grant's mix of "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix has over 25 million Spotify plays. He's worked with Amazon & Sesame Studios and on platinum albums and Emmy-nominated TV shows.

Paris Minzer Mastering

Owner of Frogtown Sound, Paris is Point Blank LA's resident mastering engineer. He has mastered music by a slew of LA artists, including Polartropica, Minzy, Street Joy, and Molly Moore's new hit track "Zero Sum Game."

Carol de Leon Singing

Grammy Award winner Carol de Leon has bachelor's and master's degrees in voice performance from UC Riverside and CSU Northridge and deep experience as a recording artist, choir director, and singing instructor.

Albert Law Music Production & Composition

A producer and film composer who attended UCLA, Columbia, & Juilliard, Albert has performed on NBC’s The Voice and KROQ’s OC Music Awards and at venues including Disney Hall, The Broad Stage, Royce Hall, and Catalina's.

Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates
  • April 6, 2020 (Limited availability)
  • July 6, 2020 (Limited availability)
  • January 11, 2021
Weekly timetable 1 daytime class per week. Contact us for details.

Tuition

Fees
$1,995 paid in full
$50 reg fee + balance of $1,945
$50 reg fee + $680 per month
See details during the enrollment process. Monthly installment plans are subject to a 5% convenience fee which is already included in the price shown above.

Included with Course

  • Ableton Live Suite worth $750
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  • 50% off Native Instruments Komplete
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  • 70% off Eventide plugins
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  • 40% off Ableton Push 2 Controller

Licensure & PARTNERS

FAQs

What equipment do I need to buy to take the course?

None! Every Point Blank student has access to their own fully-equipped workstation in class and during their practical studio work outside of class time. If you decide to purchase equipment for your own home studio, we will be happy to help you arrange student discounts from our leading industry partners including Apple, Ableton, Pioneer, Native Instruments, Serato, Izotope, Waves, and more.

When are the classes scheduled?

For each 10-week course, your class will meet once per week for 4 hours (with a 15-minute break included) at one of the following session times:

MORNING SESSION: 10:00am – 2:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSION: 2:30pm – 6:30pm

EVENING SESSION: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Certain programs may contain up to 4 courses per quarter, so be sure to check the "Key Info" section on each program page to know how many classes you'll be attending each week. Classes are scheduled before the start of each quarter; call 323.282.7660 for the most up-to-date information on scheduling and class availability. Our facilities are also open for student use from 9:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, giving you valuable studio time to make your music and reinforce your new skills outside of class sessions.

Do you provide housing accommodations?

Point Blank has partnered with Upstart Housing to provide our students with inexpensive and conveniently-located housing options in Silver Lake, Echo Park, East Hollywood, and more. Most of our housing locations include built-in recording studio spaces. There are many other options for student housing accommodations near Point Blank LA; please visit our Student Accommodation page for more info.

I am an International Student. Can I apply for this course?

Non-USA students wishing to study with us can currently apply for courses no longer than six months in length. Therefore we recommend you check out the Music Production & Sound Design Diploma which is the perfect programme for non-USA students wishing to spend six creative months in Los Angeles studying music production with Point Blank. More information for International Students can be found here.

Students from the USA can enrol via the website in the usual way.

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