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Live Sound Engineering

Learn Live Sound at the O2 Academy

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Overview

Point Blank has teamed up with world-leading plugin specialist Waves to deliver this cutting-edge course. Hosted at the top London venue The O2 Academy, our Live Sound Engineering course will teach you the practical skills you need to work as a live sound engineer.


This course will get you warmed up with all the fundamentals of live sound engineering and progress to more advanced systems and techniques. You’ll get a thorough introduction to live sound before moving on to stage setups, analogue and digital mixing desks, microphones, monitors, effects, mixing techniques, sound checking and lots more. This course is the perfect preparation for real-time gigs as you’ll put your skills to the test at two live shows throughout the course. You’ll be joining a global alumni community with some of the biggest names in music and engaging with the wider Point Blank community with free masterclasses, events and other networking opportunities. At Point Blank, we make it our priority to connect our students to the music industry to give you a head start in your career.

We are proud to be ahead of the curve in delivering a fantastic student experience whether on campus or online and are happy to include all the exclusive features for students listed here.

Course spaces are limited to ensure every student receives ample 1-2-1 time with their tutors.

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Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates 2022
  • 3 October (Limited availability)
Weekly timetable 1 daytime class per week. Gig days start at 5pm. Please contact us for details.
Have questions? Check the FAQ's for quick answers.

Content

My instructor is a legend! Not only did he go out of his way for me, but he taught me some valuable lessons along the way. Makes me look forward to what's coming next! I'm already getting messages from other musicians wanting to collaborate and some from people wanting me to get on board with their community. Perhaps I'm stubborn but, I think I'll wait to see whats round the corner first. Loved it! - Matthew, Music Production student

Expert Lecturers

Ben Perrier Live Sound

Ben mixes sound for artists touring UK, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia & New Zealand. Mixed 30,000 capacity festivals & London venues Brixton Academy, Forum, O2 Academy, Koko, Shepherds Bush Empire.

Max Heyes Sound Engineering/Mixing

Credits include Paul Weller, Oasis, Primal Scream, Jamiroquai and Massive Attack. Co-produced The Doves #1 album 'The Last Broadcast'. Mixed Primal Scream's 'XTRMNTR'. Helped develop La Roux.

Nick Hunt Sound Engineering

Producer/Engineer/Sound Designer with over 30 years of experience. Worked with Dave Stewart at The Church. Credits include Gary Barlow, Gene, Warm Jets, Placebo, Boy George, D’Influence amongst many others.

Jarrad Hearman Mixing

Recording, mixing and mastering engineer for artists including Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Craig David, Beckie G, Fetty Wap, Kelis, Nadia Rose, Wretch 32, Kideko, Sinead Harnett and many more.

Jan Kybert Mixing/Engineering

Jan has worked on projects with major artists that include Oasis, Paul Weller, The Prodigy and KT Tunstall. He also has a number 1 album, 'Sonik Kicks', and an incredible live tour under his belt.

Sam Willis Music Industry

Mercury Prize nominee Sam Willis has released with R&S, KOMPAKT & Black Acre and remixed for Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco & Panda Bear. Was Head of Press at Rough Trade Records and Head of A&R at R&S.

FEES

Fees
£1,995 payment in full
£100 reg fee + balance of £1,895
See details during the enrolment process.

DISCOUNTS

Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to:

  • 50% off Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • 30% off NI Kontrol, Maschine MK2 & Maschine Studio
  • 50% off Ableton Live 11 Suite
  • Special discount on Ableton Push 2 Controller
  • Over 50% off Roland Cloud

Global Alumni

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!" The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

FAQS

Do I need to buy equipment to take the course?

All the live sound reinforcement equipment you need for your class is supplied for you at the O2 Academy in Angel.

If you are interested in production or DJing and wish to buy equipment or software, remember that Point Blank students qualify for discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer DJ and other leading industry partners.

What is my timetable?

The Live Sound course is taught one day per week at the O2 Academy in Islington. The day of your course will be confirmed before the course starts. In addition there will be live gigs for you to attend and engineer at. Please contact us for further information. 

Can I take the course and work at the same time?

This is a full time course and students should undertake 10 hours of study per module per week. This time includes lectures, 1-2-1 sessions with our instructors, studio bookings and self-study. Students can work whilst taking the course. We recommend students work no more than 15 hours per week.

Where is the course taught?

Music production modules are delivered at our London campus which comprises of two buildings (on Orsman Road and Penn Street) within 400 metres of each other. The Live Sound module is delivered at the O2 Academy in Angel. Click here for more information on how to find us. 

What is my timetable?

Each module requires your attendance at one daytime class which will be 3 or 4 hours long depending on the module. Your timetable will be confirmed a week before the start of each term. If you have specific timetable requests, please contact us before booking and we will do our best to arrange your classes at times that suit you.

In addition to classes, students are expected to schedule sufficient practice time each week. The studio facilities are open to you 7 days a week gaining you valuable studio time and reinforcing the skills learned in class. Students can also book regular 1-2-1 sessions with our lecturers outside of class time.

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