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 the digital age, the loudspeaker is the last and unchangeable outpost of analogue technology.
Whether youre a fan, a promoter or a performer, the refined craft of live sound is vitally important.
In this guide well concentrate on the functionality of hardware mixers. They are an essential part of any live sound systems and studio setups.
Computers can be very complicated. Were here to offer some advice!
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
This article will look at how to integrate a computer into different studio environments, and will highlight the issues of functionality and connectivity.
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.
Cable... flex... lead... wire... what do all these terms mean?
In this guide well outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.
The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?
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.
We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.
Electronic drum sets are an instrument to reckon with.
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.
Our aim is to explain the basic process of recording the electric guitar!
They pick up any sound! In this guide, we have tracked down the most popular condenser microphones for you.
Headphones are basics for any studio or DJ. But not all headphones are created equal.
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.
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 term modulation in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.
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.
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amplification.
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.
Without strings, guitars and basses produce no sound, yet most players know very little about them.
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.
At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.
More people than ever are now convinced of the advantages of plug-ins. Why?
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.
In-Ear monitoring - reasonable prices since a few years only - a real bliss for any live musician. Why? Find out here..
The choice of cymbals is just as important as the choice of drums within a kit. Lets take a closer look.
Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
Hardware is the stuff you play on and it does not make a noise ideal scenario that is.
Portable keyboards now offer a wealth of features to suit both the first time musician and professional songwriter alike.
Read on and learn all you should know about small diaphragm mics
DJing has rather murky origins, and there are many people who claim to have been the first to mix two records together.
Until recently, the classical guitar represented the most popular route into guitar playing.
EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.
Is mastering a black art best left to the professionals, or with the right technology, is it something that anyone can attempt?
When choosing a mixer, the most important thing to consider is what style of mixing you will be doing.
Percussion for drum sets is like the toy shop for drummers.
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.
Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.
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.
Software Sequencing as a term is deeply inadequate to describe the power of the programs now available to the computer-based musician.
Before buying an acoustic amp, its important to consider exactly what you want it to do.
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.
Drumheads have been manufactured from plastic since 1956, mostly polyester.
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.
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!
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.
Lets take a close look at this beautiful-sounding instrument.
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 Drummers 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.
This article will look at how a DSP accelerator can be a useful part of your computer-based studio, and also at their limitations.
The PAR can is usually the basis of an entertainment lighting system!
Enjoy your bassoon, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
Turntables have evolved over the years from traditional record players into the professional record decks seen in every club today.
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.
The workstation keyboards has come of age and found niches in many different areas.
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.
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 monitor controller is an elegant solution to a relatively new problem, and is invaluable in the project and commercial studio alike.
A wide variety of percussion instruments forms the modern orchestras rhythm section.
The sound of the snare drum defines and unites almost all forms of popular music.
Sampling technology is no longer restricted to large studios!
This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing double bass students (and their parents).
There are many kinds of mute available, all of which alter both the volume and timbre of the instrument played.
It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.
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.
Explore the oboe, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
In this guide, were going to look at one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child
In this Online Advisor, created in conjunction with planetguitar.net, we explore the key features of the instruments that have redefined power chords.
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.