So… can we go back to in-person collabs yet!?

Not quite! It’s still a fundamentally different landscape for budding Hip hop music artists out there these days and with the pandemic flip turning everything upside down, making music in recent times has had to take place predominantly online. To help you stay on top of the changes, Point Blank Music School have rounded up a list of tools and techniques that are perfect for aiding online collaboration between musicians!

These tips and tools are great for making music with other artists when you can’t be there in the studio together. If you have access to the internet or a smartphone there are plenty of ways to collaborate, so take your pick. You’ll probably be familiar with a few of these but we’re sure there are a few new tools, tips and techniques that will benefit your creative process. Dive into their roundup of the best tools and techniques for online collaboration below…

Ableton Link – Link is a technology that keeps devices in time over a local network, so you can forget the hassle of setting up and focus on playing music. This is perfect for those quarantined together as it works using a local internet connection.

Splice – Although Splice is best known for its endless sample libraries and production perks, the website also hosts its own community where artists can search for one another and collaborate.

Endlesss – The Endlesss iOS app puts collaboration at the forefront of creativity allowing you to jam live with others from across the globe using drums, notes and effects. As well as creating killer tracks with your friends on Endlesss, you’re also able to browse its growing community of artists and explore their sounds for inspiration.

BandLab – The award-winning Bandlab will transform your phone or tablet into a studio with it’s 120 professionally created instruments, connect your own instruments feature, amplifier simulation, pocket recording, and more. The free software also syncs your work to the cloud and allows you to access your tracks on your desktop. Once you’ve laid down your on-the-move ideas you can revisit them on a larger scale.
Pibox – With Pibox, you’ll be able to upload your tracks and discuss them with other musicians in one window. There’s no need to switch between multiple programs and apps and will speed up the creative process tenfold.

If you want to get to grips with making Hip hop music in a studio (or need any further help with remote collaboration) Point Blank’s courses in Los Angeles, London and Online are a sure way to kickstart your music career and help make your mark on the music industry. Until 31st July, they’re offering 25% off selected Los Angeles music school long courses using the code LA25 – so now’s your chance to join the Point Blank family for less.

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