In this edition of Rewind, we take a look at our favourite 'how-to' guides from a range of exciting projects within the dBs Community and some.
2021 was no slouch when it came to challenges, yet it provided many of us with the freedom to explore and develop our skills in ways we'd never even considered.
Below are just a selection of our favourite guides that - we hope - inspired many of you into trying something new, and will continue to inspire even more in the new year.
1. How to get started in music production without spending any money
It's easy to feel like you need thousands and thousands of pounds just to get started in music production, but that's really not the case.
If you've got a computer, a connection to the internet and a pair of speakers and/or headphones then the hard part is already behind you. Now it's time to assemble your digital arsenal and there's a surprising amount of options out there that don't come with a price tag.
2. How to develop and market your own plugin
Ever been working on a track and thought, 'I wish there was a plugin that could do this'? Now, have you ever had the idea for a great plugin, but assumed it would be too difficult to make into a reality.
These were the questions and feelings running through DC Breaks' head, but they chose to pursue their idea and it turned into the fantastic HALO. In this feature, we speak with the duo and trace the story of HALO and how they went from amateur developers to creators of a critically-acclaimed plugin.
3. How to build DIY instruments using breadboard electronics
Much like creating a plugin from scratch, we're sure that many of you have thought about crafting your very own FX instrument. Amongst the many intricate parts that make up instrument creation, things like soldering and understanding electronics can be real barriers to entry. There is however, a way of removing the intimidation factor as dBs tutor Stu Welsh illustrates with his guide to breadboard electronics.
4. So you want to start a club night? 8 promoters share their words of advice
Starting a club night pre-pandemic was an exceptionally popular endeavour. After 18 months with little to no live music, there's been a huge influx of people champing at the bit to curate their own parties. So, for this feature we went straight to the source and spoke with 8 different promoters for their advice on how to put on the best night possible.
5. How to grow an audience on Twitch
It's quite likely that over one of the many lockdowns that you caught a live performance or production tutorial stream via Twitch. While the channel has always had the capacity for music content, it wasn't until recently that more producers and performers adopted the platform. To explore the possibilities, the challenges and the options that live streaming presents we chat with dBs alumnus Rewan Leach, who recently achieved affiliate status on the platform.
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