The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
Computers can be very complicated. Were here to offer some advice!
This article will look at how to integrate a computer into different studio environments, and will highlight the issues of functionality and connectivity.
In the digital age, the loudspeaker is the last and unchangeable outpost of analogue technology.
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
Whether youre a fan, a promoter or a performer, the refined craft of live sound is vitally important.
The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?
In this guide well concentrate on the functionality of hardware mixers. They are an essential part of any live sound systems and studio setups.
Choosing a digital piano actually involves many of the same considerations as choosing a real piano.
There is a wide range of audio interfaces available, and in the end, choosing the right one comes down to your personal preference.
The central place of the piano in modern music cannot be overstated.
There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.
Electronic drum sets are an instrument to reckon with.
We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.
In this guide well outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.
Cable... flex... lead... wire... what do all these terms mean?
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
Headphones are basics for any studio or DJ. But not all headphones are created equal.
The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.
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!
Radio Mics are designed to give the musician the freedom to move about the stage unhindered.
Portable keyboards now offer a wealth of features to suit both the first time musician and professional songwriter alike.
DJing has rather murky origins, and there are many people who claim to have been the first to mix two records together.
At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.
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 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.
More people than ever are now convinced of the advantages of plug-ins. Why?
Here is a overview of the bass and all its component parts, from vintage to modern instruments.
The bass players task is to support the groove of the band right from the beginning!
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 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.
The term modulation in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.
There are many vocal microphones that are suitable for stage use, from the cheapest dynamic to the most expensive condenser.
Dynamic microphones are the basic tools of live sound and play an important role in every recording studio.
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amplification.
Until recently, the classical guitar represented the most popular route into guitar playing.
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 musicians live sound.
Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
The choice of cymbals is just as important as the choice of drums within a kit. Lets take a closer look.
Hardware is the stuff you play on and it does not make a noise ideal scenario that is.
Read on and learn all you should know about small diaphragm mics
In-Ear monitoring - reasonable prices since a few years only - a real bliss for any live musician. Why? Find out here..
EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.
Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.
Software Sequencing as a term is deeply inadequate to describe the power of the programs now available to the computer-based musician.
Despite its infamous classroom or beginners 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.
Before buying an acoustic amp, its important to consider exactly what you want it to do.
Is mastering a black art best left to the professionals, or with the right technology, is it something that anyone can attempt?
The acoustic guitar is one of the most frequently recorded instruments in the studio, but it is often recorded poorly.
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.
Microphone preamps, are analogue devices that will remain important even as most other equipment is superseded by digital alternatives.
Percussion for drum sets is like the toy shop for drummers.
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.
There is a wide selection of units to choose from in both single and double player format and a large range of prices.
Welcome to our Online Advisor for Harmonicas.
Drumheads have been manufactured from plastic since 1956, mostly polyester.
There is nothing mysterious about the basic principles of the electric guitar pickup.
Modern electronic tuners are generally accurate, reliable and fairly inexpensive.
When choosing a mixer, the most important thing to consider is what style of mixing you will be doing.
Lets 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.
While we could go into more and more detail about DI boxes and their inner workings, at some stage its best to get some hands-on experience!
Delays offer a simple and convenient method of creating a sense of space around your sound.
Many Drummers have not yet found their optimal stick - the selection is large.
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.
Enjoy your bassoon, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
The workstation keyboards has come of age and found niches in many different areas.
The PAR can is usually the basis of an entertainment lighting system!
Turntables have evolved over the years from traditional record players into the professional record decks seen in every club today.
Effects processors designed for use with bass guitars are now more popular than ever.
The trombone is a popular instrument in the brass family, and features in much classical, jazz and popular music.
Reverb is an essential ingredient in almost all pop and rock music.
Sampling technology is no longer restricted to large studios!
A wide variety of percussion instruments forms the modern orchestras rhythm section.
All you ever wanted to know about the small helpers called headphone preamps ... can be found here
There are many types of reporting, interviewing and other broadcasts. Each bring their own audio challenges, and each have their own solutions.
The sound of the snare drum defines and unites almost all forms of popular music.
There are many kinds of mute available, all of which alter both the volume and timbre of the instrument played.
The monitor controller is an elegant solution to a relatively new problem, and is invaluable in the project and commercial studio alike.
In this Online Advisor, created in conjunction with planetguitar.net, we explore the key features of the instruments that have redefined power chords.
It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.
This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing double bass students (and their parents).
We delve into the digital technology bridging the gap between guitars and synths in several exciting areas.
This article will look at what MIDI is, how its used to connect different devices, and some of the more popular MIDI interfaces.
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, were 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.
Its 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.