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.

Four Guitar Amps That Helped Birth Blues-Rock

Four Guitar Amps That Helped Birth Blues-Rock

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A look at four signature guitar combo amplifiers and how they helped write the history of electrified blues and rock.

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide

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How to choose the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to keep the beats coming seamlessly

Audio Mixers Buying Guide

Audio Mixers: How to Choose

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In the most basic terms, the audio mixer, or mixing console as it’s sometimes called, combines audio signals, processes them, then routes them to wherever they need to go. Nowadays, many different devices offer some mixing capabilities. Even tablets and smart phones teamed with the right apps and interfaces can perform some mixing functions. And of course, all DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software includes mixing capabilities.

Bass Amplifier Buying Guide

Bass Amplifiers: How to Choose the Right Bass Amp Rig

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Tips for finding the right bass guitar amplifier and speaker cabinets to match your budget, music and the venues where you play.

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

Pearl Drums Buying Guide

Pearl Drums Buying Guide

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Find the right Pearl drums to match your music and budget

Stratocaster vs. Les Paul: Which Is Right for You?

Stratocaster vs. Les Paul: Which Is Right for You?

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We break down the primary features and compare these two iconic axes

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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How to choose the right audio equipment to match your ambitions, budget and music

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right stage monitor speakers or in-ear monitors to match your budget, music and shows

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

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