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.

Wireless Mic Systems Buying Guide

Wireless Microphone System Buying Guide

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

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.

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.

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

How to Choose the Right DJ Equipment

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Shop smart for DJ controllers, interfaces, software and hardware. Know what to look for when building a rig to fit your budget and skills.

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.

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.

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.

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