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Sound Engineering Certificate

Develop your sound engineering skills

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Overview

Learn to mix your sounds on a 48 channel SSL Duality Delta mixing console and take your music to the next level. This course is designed and taught by professionals who’ve worked with the likes of Pharrell, Swedish House Mafia, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Bjork and many more.


This 9-month course will provide you with an advanced recording and mixing knowledge. You’ll take part in live band sessions recording instruments and vocals, learn best-practice recording techniques, make use of hardware and plugins such as compressors, reverb, echo and delay, before learning how to mix and master your tracks to a high standard in the box (using your DAW) and on the desk. You can also enrol on an official Pro Tools 101 Certificate to really broaden your industry skills. 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.

Class sizes are small to ensure every student receives ample 1-2-1 time with their lecturers, so apply now to reserve your place!

The legendary Pete Tong learns Native Instruments' Maschine at Point Blank

Track breakdown of 'Feel the Love' with Rudimental

Ski Oakenfull recreates Massive Attack's seminal 1991 hit 'Unfinished Sympathy' from the ground up

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Key Info

Duration 9 Months
Available start dates 2023 2024
  • 9 January (Limited availability)
  • 10 April (No availability)
  • 10 July (No availability)
  • 2 October (Limited availability)
  • 8 January (Limited availability)
Weekly timetable 1 class per week. Please contact us for details.
Have questions? Check the FAQ's for quick answers.

Modules

Art of Mixing was my favourite module this term. My lecturer was great - so helpful and engaging with his explanations about proper mixing techniques throughout the course. The mastering module was also very helpful! Down the line it should prove to be very cost-effective when looking to self-release music for all manner of reasons and on all manner of platforms in the future. - Damien, Mixing & Mastering student

Expert Lecturers

Bridget Amofah Music Industry

Lead vocalist with Rudimental, played Glastonbury and Jools Holland. Replaced KT Tunstall in Oi Va Voi, also worked with The Nextmen, Basement Jaxx & The Earlies.

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.

Linton Bennett Music Composition

Linton aka Stepz composes/produces for Dido, Warren G, All Saints, Jamelia & Imogen Heap to name a few. He’s been active in the music industry for 3 decades and signed to Motown in the US.

Ellie Lawson Music Industry

Championed by Ellen Degeneres once she signed to Atlantic Records in the USA, Ellie has had a 5-year sponsorship with Quicksilver, as well as achieving many top-10 Beatport Trance releases.

Julian Peake Intro to Production

Julian has scored global hit records as one half of Stretch & Vern and Reflekt & has written for Kylie Minogue, Little Boots & Dirty Vegas as a Sony/ATV-signed writer.

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Music Producer 
  • Recording Engineer 
  • Mix Engineer 
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Music Arranger 
  • Film Music Composer 
  • Music Programmer 
  • Remixer 
  • Game Music Composer
  • Singer/Songwriter 
  • Solo Artist 
  • Music Performer 
  • A&R Manager
  • Record Label Owner

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!

FEES

Fees Saving over monthly instalments
£4,640 payment in full £770
£100 reg fee + £1,685 per term £255
£100 reg fee + £590 per month
Prices listed are UK and EU fees. Non-EU students please see enrolment process for more information.

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

FAQS

Do I need to buy software & equipment to take the course?

Depending on your programme, certain pieces of hardware and software will be essential throughout your studies at Point Blank.

To help with your independent learning and assessment work, you will need to have access to this equipment outside of the campus. However, if you are able to attend classes on-campus, this equipment will be available to use either in-class or by booking practice time. Note that you have access to our facilities 7 days a week during term time for the length of your course (excluding scheduled breaks).

Please visit this page which lists the hardware and software you are required to own for programmes taught by Point Blank.

Where you may choose to study online (distance learning), this equipment will be essential to your studies and assignment work. If for any reason you cannot afford to purchase an essential item, you may be eligible for financial support via the hardship fund. More information about this can be found here.

If you wish to buy equipment or software for your home studio, 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?

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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