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 information you can count on.

Snapshots: 6 Top DAWs

Six Top DAWs for Recording, Producing and Mixing

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A rundown of six of our bestselling digital audio workstation software titles.

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 recording studio and powerful music production tool. Learn about the iOS interfaces, controllers, mics and other mobile music gear you need.

7 Popular Guitar Amps Under 200 Dollars

7 Of Our Most Popular Guitar Amps Under $200

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Two hundred bucks can buy some very capable guitar combo these days. Here's a roundup of some of the best.

How To Choose a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

How To Choose a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

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Find the electric or acoustic guitar that’s right for your budding musical genius…and your budget.

Digital Piano Buying Guide

Digital Piano Buying Guide

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How to choose the best digital piano for home use or stage/studio performance that matches your skill level, music and budget

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.

Boutique Guitar Pedals

Boutique Guitar Pedal Fan? Find That Next Stomp Fast!

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New tool helps you zero in on the right guitar effects as you quest for a signature tone.

14 Combo Amps Under $500

14 Combo Guitar Amplifiers Under $500

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Check out 14 guitar combos to help you achieve serious sound without breaking the bank.

DAW Software Controller Buying Guide

DAW Software Controller and Control Surface Buying Guide

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How to choose the right DAW control surface or MIDI controller to match your software, music production methods and budget.

Guitar and Bass Effects Buying Guide

Guitar and Bass Effects Buying Guide

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Take a deep dive into the specs and features that matter when you shop for stomp boxes or multi-effects processors

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