In a year that has presented so many challenges, we wanted to focus on the positive stories that we've covered over the last 12 months.
If there's one thing we're never lacking, it's the desire to create and there's no such thing as having too many skills in your arsenal when it's time to get busy.
2020 certainly didn't fall short for sharing tips, tricks and techniques so here's our pick of the bunch from the year.
1. How to boost creativity and focus: strategies from the dBs Music Community
Sometimes creative inspiration just happens, sometimes it doesn't. Rather than leaving it to chance, spending time setting ourselves and our environment up (in the right way) can lead to many more moments of magic. In our favourite 'how to' feature of 2020, members from the dBs community share their strategies for boosting your creativity and gaining focus.
2. How to approach a record label
Learning the correct way to approach a record label is one of the most important skills to develop for any budding artist, band or musician. Get it wrong and your music can go unheard, get it right and a good label can connect you with your target audience. This set of approaches was provided by record label director and dBs tutor Ben Jacob, follow them and you just might land your next deal.
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How to approach a record label
3. How to make unique sounds - tips from the dBs community
Honing your vibe is one of the most important stages in artist development. With the same music production tools, loops and sample packs available to everyone else, how do you ensure you don't sound the same as them? The answer is to use techniques that will lead to creating unique sounds. In this feature our community shared their tips on doing just that.
4.10 tips for field recording during lockdown
Don't be fooled by the inclusion of 'lockdown' in the title of this article. This feature brings 10 practical tips for getting high quality, unique sounding field recordings and approaching the task in the same way a seasoned professional would. The information presented is just as relevant out of lockdown as it was during that period. These tips will also help you save time and stay organised on the job.
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10 tips for field recording during lockdown
5. How to start your own mastering company with Tobias Crane
The ultimate goal for people who study in one of the creative fields is to forge a career in the industry. That's exactly what dBs alumnus Tobias Crane has achieved having found work in post production and started his own audio mastering company. This feature includes 5 essential learnings from Tobias' experience setting up his own business and they can easily be transferred to other types of creative enterprise.
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