Audio Recording Buying Guides

History of the Channel Strip

What is a Channel Strip?

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Find out how channel strips evolved from the early mixing desks of the '50s and 60s and where they are today.

The Best Audio Gear for Podcasting: Microphones, Interfaces and More

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Looking for the best podcasting audio equipment? Choose the right microphones, headphones, and audio interfaces for recording great sounding podcasts.

Audio Mixers Buying Guide

Audio Mixers: How to Choose

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Need help choosing an audio mixer? Whether you need a mixer for a home studio, jam room, small gigs, House of Worship or a larger venue, Musician's Friend is here to help.

Preamp Buying Guide

Preamp Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio preamp to match your music, microphones, instruments and budget.

Recording Equipment Buying Guide

Recording Gear Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget.

Microphone Buying Guide

How to Choose a Microphone: Dynamics, Condensers, Ribbons and More

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When you're shopping for new microphones, you'll encounter a range of different types of microphones spanning a vast range of prices. The sheer volume of specifications and features associated with the hundreds of available models can be confusing, leaving you with little basis for comparison aside from a microphone's price.

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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How to choose the right audio and recording equipment for your home studio or mobile rig to match your ambitions, budget and music.

AKG C314 Professional Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

What Microphone Do I Need? A Quick Start Guide

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The basics: From bedroom to stage to studio—the types of mics and miking techniques that’ll help your audio creations shine.

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio monitor speakers to match your music, budget and recording space.

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