Music Instrument Buying Guides

Overwhelmed by the mindboggling array of music gear out there today? Dazed by all the specs, features, and technobabble? Can’t figure out if you want a guitar with active or passive pickups? Stymied over the best way to get started recording or playing live? Can’t decide what recording equipment is right for your home studio? Uncertain what guitar amp is the right fit for your music and budget? You’ve arrived at the place to get the answers you need. We’ll help you choose the music gear and instruments that makes sense for your style and budget with straightforward, no-B.S. information you can count on.

Live Sound DJ Gear Buying Guide

The DJ Buying Guide to Live Sound Gear

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How to choose the right PA equipment to match your music, gigs and budget

DJ Buying Guide to Keyboard Controllers

The DJ Buying Guide to Keyboard Controllers

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How to choose a keyboard controller to help run your show and create killer grooves and songs

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

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From iOS mics and preamps to mixers and speakers, check out the gear you need to transform your iOS device into a vocal studio and powerful performance tool.

Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

The Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

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The crucial things to look for when shopping for a first piano or electronic keyboard

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right monitor speakers to match your music and budget

DJ Groove Production Hardware and Software Buying Guide

DJ Groove Production Hardware and Software Buying Guide

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How to choose the right gear and software to produce your beats and tracks

DJ Controller and Interface Buying Guide

DJ Controller and Interface Buying Guide

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Choosing the right DJ controller and interface to match your software, skills and budget

iOS Recording Gear Buying Guide

iOS Recording Gear Buying Guide

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Here’s the intel you need to turn your iPhone or iPod into a full fledged studio and powerful music production tool. Learn about the iOS interfaces, controllers, mics and other mobile music gear you need.

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Bass Guitar

The Best Bass Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right electric bass to keep the beginning bassist in the groove without busting your budget

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

The Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

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How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist

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