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Production Tips

Dusky deliver their top five ways to craft effective, club-friendly tracks

By Beatport News Editors
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London-based house duo Dusky (aka Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman) certainly know a thing or two about creating jackin’ tracks that will effectively move the masses on the dancefloor. Their latest Love Taking Over EP, the formidable follow-up to last year’s massive “Careless” is certainly evidence of that. In a new feature-length article, XLR8R tapped the dynamic dance twosome about their top five production techniques that breaks down the process of building punchy tools that will leave space for character.

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Discover Attack's top 10 tips for better drum sounds

By Beatport News Editors
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Let’s face it. We all want our original productions to sound the best they possibly can. So let’s take it from the top with a killer beat. Need help? Well, Attack’s got you covered with 10 essential tips for getting the most from your drums on vital topics including a variety of compression options, sample layering, hardware drum machines, breakbeats and loops, advancing drum programming, and so much more.

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What you need to know about DIY mastering

By Beatport News Editors
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The more in-the-box we get with producing tracks, the farther away we get from the traditional methods of recording—obviously. When it comes to making tunes in your bedroom, there’s a good chance you’re not employing musicians to play instruments, an engineer to record, and another producer to oversee the whole thing; and in that spirit, there’s a good chance that while you’re mixing your tracks, you’re experimenting with mastering in the process. But should you be, or should you hold off til the very end before you start messing with the track’s final output?

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Here's how to deconstruct Todd Terje's "Delorean Dynamite" in Ableton

By Beatport News Editors
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One of the first jams off of Todd Terje’s instant-classic It’s Album Time was the Italo/kosmische-influenced “Delorean Dynamite”; its motorik arps and slappy bass got every Terje fan out there stoked for the record’s impending release. Now, those same fans, particularly those with a penchant for making tracks on their computers, can see, more or less, how the man made that awesome track via a Point Blank-produced video segment that deconstructs the tune.

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Hot Chip's Joe Goddard teaches a remix masterclass with Point Blank

By Ken Taylor
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Hot Chip’s (and 2 Bears’) Joe Goddard is more than just a dance-pop producer extraordinaire. He’s also a bit of a remix master, having reconstructed tunes by Breach, Dirty Projectors, Disclosure, and oodles more. So it was a pretty sweet move on the part of Point Blank Music School and the London Electronic Arts Festival to bring the man in for a remix masterclass.

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Mute founder Daniel Miller teaches a modular-synth masterclass

By Glenn Jackson
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Perhaps best known as the founder of Mute Records (a label responsible for bringing the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Moby, and others to the world), Daniel Miller is a luminary in the electronic music world, and one who’s knowledge of synthesis is heralded far and wide. At last year’s LEAF conference in London, the Point Blank Music School invited Miller to share his knowledge at an intensive masterclass, helping those curious to navigate the often confusing world of modular synthesis and its inherent mess of modules, patch cables, knobs, buttons, bleeps, and bloops.

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Point Blank breaks down Ben Pearce's "What I Might Do" for Logic Pro X in a new video tutorial

By Ken Taylor
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You’ll likely recall when Ben Pearce’s super-deep and funky cut “What I Might Do” made a run up the charts at Beatport a couple years back, because it was a pretty unforgettable track. Riffing generously on Anthony Hamilton’s “Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens,” “What I Might Do” signaled more than just a push for the young upstart, making it clear to the masses that deep house was dead set on gaining some chart traction alongside all the progressive and electro-house tracks that typically occupied the top slots.

So just how did Pearce do it? Well, the always-reliable Point Blank Music School has taken a look at the tune in their series of deconstruction tutorials, to give you a better idea of how this jam came together.

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