Tutorials

Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

Logic Pro X - Using the Pedalboard

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
In a video from our Logic Pro 2: Advanced Production course, Ski takes a look at Logic's Pedalboard which is a very powerful effects unit on any source, not just guitar. Take the full sample course here :: http://ow.ly/ttzQj
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
You can also check out the new Logic Pro 2: Advanced course here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

Logic Pro X - Exploring Retro Synth

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
In a video from our Logic Pro 1: Production course, Ski takes a look at the new Retro Synth. Take the full sample course here :: http://ow.ly/ttzQj
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
You can also check out the new Logic Pro 2: Advanced course here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

Using Arrange Markers in Logic Pro X

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
In a video from our Logic Pro 1: Production course, Ski explains how Arrange Markers work. Take the full sample course here :: http://ow.ly/ttzQj
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
You can also check out the new Logic Pro 2: Advanced course here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

How to Sing: Pharrell Williams - Happy

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Course tutors Ski Oakenfull and Phil Ramacon explain how to sing the harmonies in Pharrell's Happy.

Deconstructing Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love

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FFL stands for Friday Forum Live! and is a live broadcast from Point Blank.
This was a Valentine's Special in which Ski deconstructed & remixed this Bee Gees classic. Find out more about our EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

Using Flex Pitch in Logic Pro X

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
In a video from our Logic Pro 1: Production course, Ski explains how to use Logic's Flex Pitch function. Take the full sample course here :: http://ow.ly/ttzQj
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
You can also check out the new Logic Pro 2: Advanced course here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

Logic Pro 1: Production - Course Preview

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
Ski is currently putting the finishing touches to Logic Pro 2: Advanced Production which launches in February. You can check it out here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

Wham! - Last Christmas Deconstruction Special

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This special Christmas video was broadcast live at Point Blank for the final Friday Forum Live.
My task was to deconstruct Wham's classic 'Last Christmas and then give it a little remix.
Here's the final remix which is available to download until Dec 25th

I used Ableton Live together with Push, and the main devices I used were:
Native Instruments Battery 4 for the Linn Drum
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/drums/battery-4/
Tal Audio U-NO-LX for the Synth Chords
http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-u-no-lx
Korg M1 for the Bells
http://www.korg.com/Legacym1

Making music with an iPad

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In his latest video Ski introduces you to iPad music-making using Garageband 2.0 and an iPad Mini

Deconstructing: Hot Natured - Benediction (Logic Pro X)

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The majority of my deconstructions have been made using Ableton Live, so with the recent release of Logic Pro X, I was excited to see how I could use its new features to help break down this track by Hot Natured and Ali Love. I particularly love the new iPad control app which amongst other things, allowed me to shoot to the different sections of the arrangement once I had set up region markers. I’m also enjoying the new Retro Synth which I used to recreate the main Synth Chord stab sound.

‘Benediction’ uses the easiest of scales, A Natural Minor, and is made up of three main sections, each with a different chord sequence. Interestingly the Chorus starts on the ‘iv’ chord (D Minor) and features a rising progression which really reminded me of another track. I eventually realised it was ‘Spirits In The Material World’ by The Police, which is also in A Minor and starts on the same Dm chord in the Chorus.

This song demonstrates really well the use triads in a diatonic scale which allow us to define chords built on each degree of the scale using roman numerals (ie. i , ii , III , iv , v etc). From this we can write out any chord progression. See if you can work these out with all three sections of this Hot Natured track.