Companies

Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios is a famous recording studio known for being the studio for a number of extremely well known artists over the years. These artists include the likes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. A...

Ableton AG

Ableton AG is a music software company based in Berlin, Germany, best known for its Ableton Live software. They are also known for Ableton Suite, as well as their sample libraries. Their software is m...

Akai Professional

Akai Professional was founded in 1984 as a division of the Akai company, which was founded in 1929 by Masukichi Akai and his son, Saburo Akai. Akai Professional is aimed at selling electronic instrume...

AKG

AKG is a pro audio company founded in 1947 and based in Vienna, Austria. AKG is best known in the professional world for their microphones which are used in studios all over the world. They are also w...

Alesis

Alesis is an electronic instrument company known for their mixers, audio interfaces, drum machines, synthesizer, and so on. Alesis designs all their products in American and manufactures them in China...

Allen & Heath

Founded in 1969, Allen & Heath mixing consoles have been used by a range of classic bands, including Pink Floyd. The company was acquired by Harman International in 1991, and is known for innovati...

Ampeg

Ampeg is a company that is owned by LOUD Technologies, Inc. and is best known for their bass amplifiers. Founded in 1946 by Everett Hull and Stanley Michaels, Ampegcreates amps used by a number of wel...

Antares

Antares is a company that is best known for their Auto-Tune tool. Antares was created in 1990 under the name "Jupiter Systems."

Aphex

Aphex is a company that aims to produce products that are at the heart of professional and consumer audio. They aim to help capture the highest quality music performances, and to help the highest qual...

Apogee

Apogee Electronics was founded in 1985, and is best known for their audio interfaces and converters. They originally made a name for themselves through creating their anti-aliasing filters, though the...

Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems, better known as AAS, is a Canadian company that specializes in audio plugins and instruments for both Mac and PC. The company is perhaps best known for its Strum GS-1 and GS...

Arturia

Arturia is a French company that specializes in MIDI controllers and software instruments. They are also known for creating a number of emulators of classic synthesizer, and have created emulators of ...

Audified

Audified is an audio effects and software company that is best known for products such as AmpLion and Gallien. Founded in 1999 under the name Audiffex, Audified aims to be on the cutting edge of audio...

Behringer

Behringer is an audio equipment company that makes a wide range of products including mixers, synthesizers, and guitar pedals, among other products. Behringer is known for their low prices.

Blue Microphones

Founded in 1995, Blue is known for building top quality products at a fraction of the price of most other studio-grade equipment.

Boss

Boss Corporation is a musical instruments company started by Tom Beckman in 1973. Originally called Beckman Musical Instruments, Boss was bought by Roland in 1978. Boss is best known for their guitar ...

BrainWorx

BarinWorx is a plugin company that is part of the Plugin Alliance group, and is known for a number of very high quality plugins.

Chandler Limited

Chandler Limited is a professional audio company that makes classic audio equipment and offers a number of signal processors both for the studio and live situations. They have partnered with a number ...

Dave Smith Instruments

Dave Smith Instruments is an electronic musical instrument company based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2002, Dave Smith himself is known for his work on MIDI and Sequential Circuits.

DBX

DBX is a pro audio company that is known for creating their live sound and in studio rack mounted gear. They are best known for their compressors which can be found in studios all over the world, both...

DOD Electronics

DOD Electronics is a guitar effects company owned by Harmen International. Founded in 1974, DOD released a large number of guitar effects until it was sold to Harman International. DOD was then reopen...

Drum Workshop

Drum Workshop, often abbreviated to DW, is a drum company based in Oxnard California. They are known around the world for their hardware, and created the first ever double pedal design, as well as the...

Eastwood Guitars

Eastwood Guitars is a guitar manufacturing company that was founded in 2001 by Michael Robinson. The company is Canadian and Korean, and is known for creating replicas of rare and vintage electric gui...

Electro-Harmonix

Electro-Harmonix is a guitar and bass pedal company that was started in 1968 by Mike Matthews. They are best known for pedals such as the Big Muff Pi and the Memory Man. They also make guitar tubes, a...

Elektron

Elektron is a electronic instrument company based in Sweden. Elektron was originally founded in order to support the Sidstation synthesizer that was based on the sound chip of the Commadore 64 home co...

Eventide

Eventide is an American audio company best known for their signal processors for both live and studio situations. Apart from their audio gear, Eventide has created moving map displays for small airpla...

FabFilter

FabFilter is an audio plugin company based in Amsterdam, and started in 2002. The company offers a number of highly regarded plugins, and aims to provide a unique perspective on music tools for profes...

Fender

Owned by Leo Fender until bought by CBS in 1965, then later privately owned, Fender designed and built many of the iconic instrument, amplifiers and effects fundamental to modern music. The Telecaster...

Focusrite

Focusrite is an audio equipment company that is best known for their audio interfaces and microphone preamps, though they also create a number of other products such as channel strips and audio consol...

Gibson

Gibson is an American guitar manufacturing company currently based in Tennessee. Gibson is well known around the world for their guitars, especially their SG and Les Paul models.

Gretsch

Gretsch was founded by Friedrich Gretsch as a company that manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums. Since then they have grown to become one of the leading drum and guitar companies. Gretsch makes...

Hofner

Hofner is a classic string instrument manufacturer based in Germany. Founded in 1887, Hofner is best known for their double cutaway guitars and basses, as well as for being used by the likes of Paul M...

IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia is a music technology company that was founded in 1996 in Italy. IK Multimedia is best known for their products like SampleTank, AmpliTube, and iRig.

Keeley Electronics

Keeley Electronics is a guitar pedal manufacturer founded by Robert Keeley in 2001. They are known for creating their own pedals, such as the Keeley Compressor, as well as creating mods for existing B...

Line 6

Owned by Yamaha, Line 6 is a guitar and bass effects company that is best known for their guitar amp modeling systems and associated recording equipment. Founded in 1996, Line 6 has fast become one of...

M-Audio

M-Audio is a company that is leading the way in MIDI Controllers, Audio Interfaces, and Synthesizers, among other things. M-Audio aims to develop new and improved music technology, and build products ...

Mackie

Mackie was founded in 1988, and is currently owned by LOUD Technologies, which changed its name from Mackie Designs in 2003. Mackie creates professional audio gear and is best known for their mixers, ...

Marshall

Marshall is an amplification company that is regarded as one of the best companies for guitar amplification in the world. Marshall is known for their classic British sound, and is the preferred brand ...

Martin

C.F. Martin & Company is a guitar manufacturer that is primarily known for their acoustic guitars. They are widely regarded as one of the best and certainly one of the most classic acoustic guitar...

Mesa Boogie

Mesa Boogie is a guitar and bass amplifier company based in Petaluma, California. Mesa Boogie was started by Randall Smith in 1969 as a company that modified Fender combo amps. Smith's modifications g...

Midas

Midas Consoles is a company that was founded in the early 1970's and primarily focuses on creating audio consoles in live situations. They have created a number of classic live consoles, including the...

MixGenius

MixGenius is a company that started in 2012, and is aimed at removing technology barriers from the recording process. They are best known for their automatic mastering service, LANDR, which allows use...

Moog

Moog is a company that is best known for creating their classic synthesizers such as the Minimoog, however they also create other products such as their Moogerfooger guitar pedals. They aim to create ...

Orange

"The Orange Amplifier Company was started in 1968 by Clifford Cooper in response to the burgeoning rock scene in England. His small music store was unable to secure amplifiers from the big companies, ...

Pearl

Pearl is a drums and percussion manufacturing company that is best known for their high quality Reference series, and their Export series, which is the best selling series of drums of all time.

Peavey

Peavey is one of the largest audio manufacturers in the world, and is best known for their amplifiers, though they also create a number of other professional audio products. Peavey aims to have a uniq...

Positive Grid

Positive Grid is a professional audio software and hardware best known for creating products like JamUp. Positive Grid is committed to creating and developing new technologies for the worlds musicians...

PreSonus

Founded in 1995 by Jim Odom and Brian Smith, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. Pre...

Propellerhead

Propellerhead is a music software company that is best known for creating Reason. The company was founded in 1994, and have a number of other releases, including ReCycle, as well as a number of hardwa...

PRS Guitars

Paul Reed Smith Guitars, also known as PRS Guitars, is an American guitar company founded by Paul Reed Smith in 1985. Paul Reed Smith Guitars are known for their high quality guitars and their custom ...

QSC

QSC Audio is a manufacturer of professional audio products, and are best known for their live sound products. Founded in 1968 by Patrick Howe Quilter, QSC is based in California, and they make amplifi...

Rob Papen

Rob Papen is a music software company founded by Rob Papen. The company is best known for their synthesizers, such as the Blue and the Blade, but they also have a line of effects plugins.

Roli

ROLI is a music technology startup that aims to build systems that enable full sensory interaction. ROLI is best known for the Seaboard interface, which is a unique look at keyboard technology.

Rupert Neve Designs

Rupert Neve Designs is a studio equipment company, not to be confused with Neve. They make a small range of equipment, including their 5088 console and associated channel strips, as well as compressor...

Sabian

Sabian is a cymbal manufacturer based in Canada, and started by Robert Zildjian in 1981. They are known as one of the "big four" cymbal companies along with Zildjian, Paiste and Meinl. Sabian was form...

Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a professional audio company based in Germany and founded in 1945. Sennheiser is known especially for their headphones, however they make quality microphones and other products as well.

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan is a guitar pickup company that was founded in 1976 by Seymour W. Duncan and Cathy Carter Duncan. While they are best known for their pickups, Seymour Duncan also created guitar effects...

Slate Digital

Slate Digital was founded in 2008 by Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel, and it aims to make the finest audio hardware and software, especially when it comes to the modeling of classic audio gear.

Slate Pro Audio

Slate Pro Audio is a company owned by Yellow Matter Entertainment, and focuses on a number of DSP products and audio hardware products. They are best known for their Raven MTi touch display audio prod...

Softube

Founded in 2003 by Sweden native Oscar Öberg, Softube is known as a software company, however it also builds hardware -- like the Console 1. As mentioned, however, the company is best known for its hi...

Sonor

Sonor is a classic drum company that was founded in Germany in 1875. Sonor is known for their beautifully created drums often featuring thin shells, giving them a nice, resonant tone. Sonor drums have...

Sound Devices

Sound Devices was formed in 1998 with an emphasis on portable recording equipment. The company is known for its role in the recording of a number of different movies -- including La La Land and Mad Ma...

Sound Performance Lab

SPL, or Sound Performance Lab, is a German company that creates a number of plugins for music production. SPL is well known for plugins like their DrumXchanger, which is a drum replacement plugin.

TC Electronic

TC Electronic is a Danish audio equipment company founded in 1976 that manufactures guitar effects, audio interfaces, plugins, and so on. TC Electronic is perhaps best known for their studio effects p...

Toontrack

Toontrack is a Swedish music software company best known for their drum samping software and sample libraries, such as EZDrummer and Superior Drummer 2.0. Toontrack was founded in 1999, and has since ...

Universal Audio

Universal Audio is a manufacturer of hardware and software audio processors for studio applications. They are known for creating exceptional hardware units, such as their LA-2A compressor, and also fo...

Vengeance Sound

Vengeance Sound is a company that makes and releases sample CD's as well as sampling software. They are best known for their "Producer's Suite" of plugins.

Waves Audio

Waves Audio is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of DSP audio plugins. Founded in 1992, Waves have become leaders in the industry and are used in studios around the world.

Wavesfactory

Wavesfactory was founded in 2010 by Jesús Ginard with the aim to offer high quality instruments to both engineers and musicians. In fact, according to the company's website, every new product should i...

XILS-Lab

XILS-lab is a French music software company that was founded by Xavier Oudin in 2008, and is best known for their emulations of popular synthesizers. XILS-lab also creates a number of effects plugins.

Zildjian

Zildjian is one of the oldest and most respected cymbal companies in the world, having been founded in 1623 in Turkey. Now based in the U.S.A., Zildjian is one of the big four cymbal companies, along ...

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.