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Sound Design

Virtual Open House - Point Blank LA - Register Today

Find out about our LA School, the courses we offer and how we can help you follow your passion, make better music and build the industry career you want. The event will include a free track deconstruction masterclass.

RSVP here.

25% off September term tuition. Free software. Save $1249

Enter discount code: LA25. Offer ends September 28th.

Exclusive Features for students

Point Blank is proud to be ahead of the curve in delivering a fantastic student experience, whether on campus or online. During lockdown (and importantly, after the pandemic too) we are happy to provide our students with all the exclusive features listed here.

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. 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. This course includes a free copy of Ableton Live 10, plus unlimited practice time, and can be taken as a daytime or weekend option. 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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The Sound Design course has been extremely helpful for me in improving my tools as a music producer. Learning about the different types of synthesis has enabled me to start creating my own sounds to use in my songs, which gives them a unique sound. Thanks to Point Blank for the great course! - Daryl, Sound Design student

Open Houses

Check out Point Blank and learn more about our classes in music production, mixing, sound design, DJing, singing, songwriting, music business, and more. Our next Live Virtual Open House event on Saturday September 12 at 12pm PST features key instructor Sweatson Klank and an exclusive track deconstruction from Ski Oakenfull. Click here to RSVP and reserve your place at the event. If you can't make it, contact us here to book a private virtual 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

David Harrow Music Production & Sound Design

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

Mecha Music Production & DJing

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

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.

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.

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.

Sweatson Klank Music Production

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.

Key Info

Duration 3 Month
Available start dates
  • September 28, 2020 (Limited availability)
  • January 11, 2021 (Limited availability)
  • April 5, 2021
  • July 5, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • September 26, 2022
Weekly timetable

1 class per week. Daytime and weekend sessions available. Contact us for further questions on scheduling.

Tuition

Fees
$1,995 payment 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 at all! 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, class meets once per week for 4 hours (with a 15-minute break included) at one of the following session times:

10:00am – 2:00pm (Morning Session)

2:30pm – 6:30pm (Afternoon Session)

7:00pm – 11:00pm (Evening Session)

Some programs contain up to 4 courses per quarter, so check the "Key Info" section on each program page to see 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.

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