The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
In this guide we'll concentrate on the functionality of hardware mixers. They are an essential part of any live sound systems and studio setups.
In the digital age, the loudspeaker is the last and unchangeable outpost of analogue technology.
Computers can be very complicated. We're here to offer some advice!
Whether you're a fan, a promoter or a performer, the refined craft of live sound is vitally important.
This article will look at how to integrate a computer into different studio environments, and will highlight the issues of functionality and connectivity.
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
There is a wide range of audio interfaces available, and in the end, choosing the right one comes down to your personal preference.
The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?
In this guide we'll outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.
Choosing a digital piano actually involves many of the same considerations as choosing a real piano.
There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.
We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.
Cable... flex... lead... wire... what do all these terms mean?
The central place of the piano in modern music cannot be overstated.
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
Electronic drum sets are an instrument to reckon with.
The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.
Headphones are basics for any studio or DJ. But not all headphones are created equal.
They pick up any sound! In this guide, we have tracked down the most popular condenser microphones for you.
Our aim is to explain the basic process of recording the electric guitar!
Here is a overview of the bass and all its component parts, from vintage to modern instruments.
The bass player's task is to support the groove of the band right from the beginning!
Radio Mics are designed to give the musician the freedom to move about the stage unhindered.
The multitracker is a great tool for musicians of all levels. It really can be a 'studio in a box' replacing many of the components of a traditional studio.
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amplification.
Miking up and recording a drum kit is a fairly complicated procedure, and this can apply equally to choosing the right mics for the job.
The term 'modulation' in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.
More people than ever are now convinced of the advantages of plug-ins. Why?
Without strings, guitars and basses produce no sound, yet most players know very little about them.
You could sum up the whole idea of a PA power amplifier in a single word - sound. The power amp is a crucial part of a musician's live sound.
Dynamic microphones are the basic tools of live sound and play an important role in every recording studio.
At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.
There are many vocal microphones that are suitable for stage use, from the cheapest dynamic to the most expensive condenser.
Percussion instruments are the backbone of many traditional styles of music and are a wonderful way to add colour, texture and motion to contemporary music.
The multi-FX concept has been around in various forms since the mid 80s - It is therefore no surprise that there is a huge range of hardware available.
Portable keyboards now offer a wealth of features to suit both the first time musician and professional songwriter alike.
The choice of cymbals is just as important as the choice of drums within a kit. Let's take a closer look.
In-Ear monitoring - reasonable prices since a few years only - a real bliss for any live musician. Why? Find out here..
Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
Read on and learn all you should know about small diaphragm mics
Until recently, the classical guitar represented the most popular route into guitar playing.
Hardware is the stuff you play on and it does not make a noise - ideal scenario that is.
EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.
DJing has rather murky origins, and there are many people who claim to have been the first to mix two records together.
Is mastering a 'black art' best left to the professionals, or with the right technology, is it something that anyone can attempt?
Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.
Percussion for drum sets is like the toy shop for drummers.
When choosing a mixer, the most important thing to consider is what style of mixing you will be doing.
The acoustic guitar is one of the most frequently recorded instruments in the studio, but it is often recorded poorly.
Microphone preamps, are analogue devices that will remain important even as most other equipment is superseded by digital alternatives.
Software Sequencing as a term is deeply inadequate to describe the power of the programs now available to the computer-based musician.
A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.
Before buying an acoustic amp, it's important to consider exactly what you want it to do.
Despite its infamous classroom or beginner's image, the recorder is in fact just as difficult to play well as most other instruments.
Our guide assist you in discovering which is the right kind of flute for you.
There is a wide selection of units to choose from in both single and double player format and a large range of prices.
There is nothing mysterious about the basic principles of the electric guitar pickup.
Drumheads have been manufactured from plastic since 1956, mostly polyester.
The single most important element in any style of dance music is the 'groove', a chemistry of rhythm for your song that can make or break its overall feel.
While we could go into more and more detail about DI boxes and their inner workings, at some stage it's best to get some hands-on experience!
Let's take a close look at this beautiful-sounding instrument.
This article will look at how a DSP accelerator can be a useful part of your computer-based studio, and also at their limitations.
Welcome to our Online Advisor for Harmonicas.
Delays offer a simple and convenient method of creating a sense of space around your sound.
Modern electronic tuners are generally accurate, reliable and fairly inexpensive.
Many Drummer's have not yet found their optimal stick - the selection is large.
Effects processors designed for use with bass guitars are now more popular than ever.
The workstation keyboards has come of age and found niches in many different areas.
Enjoy your bassoon, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
The PAR can is usually the basis of an entertainment lighting system!
All you ever wanted to know about the small helpers called headphone preamps ... can be found here
The trombone is a popular instrument in the brass family, and features in much classical, jazz and popular music.
Learning to play an instrument is a long, but immensely rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start of that journey.
Turntables have evolved over the years from traditional record players into the professional record decks seen in every club today.
Reverb is an essential ingredient in almost all pop and rock music.
There are many types of reporting, interviewing and other broadcasts. Each bring their own audio challenges, and each have their own solutions.
A wide variety of percussion instruments forms the modern orchestra's rhythm section.
The monitor controller is an elegant solution to a relatively new problem, and is invaluable in the project and commercial studio alike.
The sound of the snare drum defines and unites almost all forms of popular music.
Sampling technology is no longer restricted to large studios!
There are many kinds of mute available, all of which alter both the volume and timbre of the instrument played.
This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing double bass students (and their parents).
It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.
In this Online Advisor, created in conjunction with planetguitar.net, we explore the key features of the instruments that have redefined power chords.
This article will look at what MIDI is, how it's used to connect different devices, and some of the more popular MIDI interfaces.
We delve into the digital technology bridging the gap between guitars and synths in several exciting areas.
Congas, common to most cultures worldwide. A somewhat challenging instrument sometimes but always so versatile
Professional standard lighting systems are no longer found solely in large venues.
In this guide, we're going to look at one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child
Explore the oboe, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
It's time for more guitarists to take advantage of the freedom of movement provided and strut their stuff!
Ribbon microphones sound full, rich, and smooth. Seasoned engineers love their unique sound.