Resources for Musicians

The Hub is the place to be for the critical resources musician’s need when shopping for gear and instruments. You can count on on our exclusive Buying Guides to walk you through the complexities of everything from recording equipment to live sound gear to the ins and outs of choosing the right guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard. You’ll learn all about the key features and specs and how to choose the music gear that’s right for your style and budget. The Hub’s always-expanding Hands-On Product Reviews dive deep into specific music gear and instruments to give you the perspectives of seasoned musicians. Bookmark this page and check in at The Hub whenever you feel the need for some more gear knowledge.

Fender Custom Shop Proto Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Proto Stratocaster: The Icon Updated with 21st Century Refinements

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Think of today’s featured guitar as the result of six decades of continual fine tuning. Fender’s Custom Shop uses its Proto Series as a development lab in which they bring together the best elements from the past and present to create some of the sweetest Strats in all of guitardom.

Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeakers

Hands-On Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker Series

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This Week in Music History: October 27

Django Inflamed…Dion Disturbed…Ozzy Outraged

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of October 27

Django Reinhardt Dion Ozzy Osbourne

Triad-Orbit Stand System

The Triad-Orbit Stand System: A Smarter Way to Mount Your Mics and Other Gear

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Mic stands don’t get usually get much attention until they fall apart or take a nosedive with one of your prized Neumanns mounted on it. The engineers at Triad-Orbit have clearly spent a lot of time thinking about mic stands, and it shows. They build some of the most rugged, adjustable, stable and smooth-operating stands we’ve ever encountered. And a line of adapters allows you to integrate Triad-Orbit components with conventional stands. An extensive range of couplers and other hardware gives you nearly limitless options in setting up and positioning stands.

Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface Review

Hands-On Review: Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface

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Transform your iPhone into a full-blown audio and video recording studio with this awesome little iOS interface that makes recording, editing, jamming and sharing your music dead simple.

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Sahm

Scottish bass player and vocalist Jack Bruce has died from liver disease in Suffolk, England. His October 25 death marked the end of an extraordinary career highlighted by critical and commercial success and an adventurous outlook that led him into many musical genres.

QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer

QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer

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Best Beginner Guitars

The Best Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right acoustic or electric guitar to match the new player’s musical focus and your budget.

MAPEX SONIClear Edge Technology

MAPEX SONIClear™ Edge Technology

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Mapex rethinks the critical impact of the bearing edge on drum tone with a new approach that will help get your kit in tune fast while offering a broader tonal range.

Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

The Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

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How to choose the right starter drum kit, cymbals, drum accessories or percussion instruments to bring out the best in your budding musician while maintaining your budget and sanity.

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