Thomann's Cool Online Guides
Here's a list of our current Online Guides. Each one extends over several pages and explains a specific product area in simple terms with the aid of pictures and diagrams, covering their history, use, and different types. Some documents cover complete setups, and others specific techniques of use. If youre unsure of how to go about choosing the right product for you, or you just want to know more about any of these topics, read on!
Choosing a Beginner's Instr.
The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?
Choosing a Computer
Computers can be very complicated. We're here to offer some advice!
In the digital age, the loudspeaker is the last and unchangeable outpost of analogue technology.
The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
Choosing a digital piano actually involves many of the same considerations as choosing a real piano.
Choosing a PA System
Whether youre a fan, a promoter or a performer, the refined craft of live sound is vitally important.
At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.
Our aim is to explain the basic process of recording the electric guitar!
The central place of the piano in modern music cannot be overstated.
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
In this guide well concentrate on the functionality of hardware mixers. They are an essential part of any live sound systems and studio setups.
Stage Pianos - What can these digital pianos do?
Cables, Leads & Connectors
Cable... flex... lead... wire... what do all these terms mean?
There is a wide range of audio interfaces available, and in the end, choosing the right one comes down to your personal preference.
LED PARs, LED Bars and Moving Heads - what should I bear in mind?
In this guide well outline the basic principles of studio monitors, and take a closer look at their most common features.
There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.
Computer Based Studios
This article will look at how to integrate a computer into different studio environments, and will highlight the issues of functionality and connectivity.
Recording choir music is always a challenge, even though it might not seem to be at first.
Drum kits for beginners
This guide will help you find a suitable drum kit and accessories for beginners.
Electronic drum sets are an instrument to reckon with.
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.
The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.
Large Diaphragm Microphones
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.
Stage Vocal Mics
There are many vocal microphones that are suitable for stage use, from the cheapest dynamic to the most expensive condenser.
The PAR can is usually the basis of an entertainment lighting system!
Racks & Cases
If you take good care of your equipment, your pack it up carefully - and this means getting a proper case!
Here is a overview of the bass and all its component parts, from vintage to modern instruments.
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.
Professional standard lighting systems are no longer found solely in large venues.
Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
Modulation Effects Pedals
The term modulation in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.
Portable keyboards now offer a wealth of features to suit both the first time musician and professional songwriter alike.
Guitar Multi FX
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.
Everything could be so easy, since all you want is to amp up your bass, right? This guide will provide you with an overview of what's available in the bass amp world!
These days, musicians are experiencing the increasing complexity of their instruments and devices at first hand - regain some of the control you've lost!
In-Ear monitoring - reasonable prices since a few years only - a real bliss for any live musician. Why? Find out here..
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.
Hardware is the stuff you play on and it does not make a noise ideal scenario that is.
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.
Recording Wind Instruments
Unfortunately, choosing a simple dynamic mic is just the beginning.
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.
Small Diaphragm Mics
Read on and learn all you should know about small diaphragm mics
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.
These days, software instruments seem to most like the natural thing to use as a sound source in a computer-based studio.
The choice of cymbals is just as important as the choice of drums within a kit. Lets take a closer look.
More people than ever are now convinced of the advantages of plug-ins. Why?
Microphone preamps, are analogue devices that will remain important even as most other equipment is superseded by digital alternatives.
Guitar Amp Heads
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amplification.
Software Sequencing as a term is deeply inadequate to describe the power of the programs now available to the computer-based musician.
This tutorial covers audio compressors and how they are used.
Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.
EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.
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.
Distortion Effect Pedals
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.
Fog machines - can you still see me?
Bass Effect Pedals
Effects processors designed for use with bass guitars are now more popular than ever.
Is mastering a black art best left to the professionals, or with the right technology, is it something that anyone can attempt?
Sound Libraries & Sampling
Sampling technology is no longer restricted to large studios!
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.
Recording Acoustic Guitars
The acoustic guitar is one of the most frequently recorded instruments in the studio, but it is often recorded poorly.
Our guide assist you in discovering which is the right kind of flute for you.
Often underestimated and thought of only as a holiday instrument, the ukulele is experiencing a revival - and by no means only on Hawaii
Acoustic Guitar Amps
Before buying an acoustic amp, its important to consider exactly what you want it to do.
The trumpet is one of the most versatile instruments, standing its ground in every music genre imaginable.
Drumheads have been manufactured from plastic since 1956, mostly polyester.
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!
In our online guide, we want to look at the modern drum set from every angle.
This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing double bass students (and their parents).
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.
There is nothing mysterious about the basic principles of the electric guitar pickup.
Delay Effect Pedals
Delays offer a simple and convenient method of creating a sense of space around your sound.
A wide variety of percussion instruments forms the modern orchestras rhythm section.
Many Drummers have not yet found their optimal stick - the selection is large.
DJ Record Decks
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.
When choosing a mixer, the most important thing to consider is what style of mixing you will be doing.
Modern electronic tuners are generally accurate, reliable and fairly inexpensive.
Welcome to our Online Advisor for Harmonicas.
Lets take a close look at this beautiful-sounding instrument.
Despite its infamous classroom or beginners image, the recorder is in fact just as difficult to play well as most other instruments.
The trombone is a popular instrument in the brass family, and features in much classical, jazz and popular music.
The workstation keyboards has come of age and found niches in many different areas.
Mouthpieces for woodwind instruments
Not all mouthpieces are created equal. Some things you should definitely know!
Percussion for drum sets
Percussion for drum sets is like the toy shop for drummers.
Mouthpieces for brass wind instruments
The variety and choice of mouthpieces is huge and can be confusing, too. We will do our best to help you find your way!
Alto Horn and Euphonium
Alto Horn or Euphonium - Two Brothers or Total Strangers?
With a tuba, the sky's the limit - sounding good, looking good, and always tuned to fun!
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.
7 String Guitars
In this Online Advisor, created in conjunction with planetguitar.net, we explore the key features of the instruments that have redefined power chords.
Tenor and baritone horns
One instrument with many names - the tenor horn and its counterpart, the baritone.
All you ever wanted to know about the small helpers called headphone preamps ... can be found here
After a bass player has bought a great instrument and a suitable amp, they still need a proper speaker. What should you bear in mind when looking for one?
The monitor controller is an elegant solution to a relatively new problem, and is invaluable in the project and commercial studio alike.
There are many kinds of mute available, all of which alter both the volume and timbre of the instrument played.
Enjoy your bassoon, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
Young Children's Instruments
In this guide, were going to look at one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child
This article will look at what MIDI is, how its used to connect different devices, and some of the more popular MIDI interfaces.
It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.
There is a wide selection of units to choose from in both single and double player format and a large range of prices.
Your guitar needs care and attention, and by that we mean more than simply cleaning and polishing it. Read this tutorial to find out more.
Keyboard Amps - If you want to be heard as a keyboardist, you don't have many options.
Ribbon microphones sound full, rich, and smooth. Seasoned engineers love their unique sound.
DJ systems are the interface between the vinyls and the sound you can hear. Here, you will also find whatever else a DJ needs.
MIDI and Modelling Guitars
We delve into the digital technology bridging the gap between guitars and synths in several exciting areas.
Guitar players in particular should know something about potentiometers
This article will look at how a DSP accelerator can be a useful part of your computer-based studio, and also at their limitations.
Baritone guitars are the dark side of the guitar world - without them, there's almost nothing you can get done in the rock and metal scene.
E-bass pickups influence the sound of your bass decisively.
Explore the oboe, the wonderful sound it makes, and the beautiful music written for it.
Yo cannot nowadays conceive of an unplugged rock, pop, and especially folk-rock session without this box as a replacement for the bass and snare drums. Consulting this guide will help you make the right choice.
Congas, common to most cultures worldwide. A somewhat challenging instrument sometimes but always so versatile
Guitar Wireless Systems
Its time for more guitarists to take advantage of the freedom of movement provided and strut their stuff!
We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.