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.

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

Electronic Drums Buying Guide

Electronic Drums Buying Guide

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Shopping for an electronic drum kit, drum module, triggers, pads or cymbals? Here’s what you need to know to get into digital drumming.

Wireless Mic Systems Buying Guide

Wireless Microphone System Buying Guide

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How to Choose a Wireless Microphone, Monitoring, or Instrument System

History of the Channel Strip

History of the Channel Strip

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

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.

Power Amp Buying Guide

Power Amp Buying Guide

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How to choose the right power amplifier to match your speakers, PA system and the venues where you’ll be playing.

Bass Amp Rig 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.

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.

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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