Guides

DAWs and plug-in formats explained

Confused on which DAWs support which plug-ins? And what the different plug-in types are? Here's everything you need to know.

Everything you need to know about MIDI 2.0

MIDI 2.0 is finally here, bringing with it a ton of updates to the original MIDI spec. Here's everything you need to know about the MIDI 2.0 spec.

Guitar fretboard wood guide

The fretboard wood that's used on your guitar can have a significant impact on your guitar's sound -- here are the different woods and how they sound.

Here are the best free VST plugins we could find

Looking to build your production tools out on a budget? VST plugins are worth considering. Here are the best free VST plugins we could find.

NAMM 2020: Jim Dunlop and MXR announce a collection of new pedals

Jim Dunlop and its subsidary guitar gear company MXR have just announced plans for a new collection of guitar pedals, including a 'Dookie' inspired one.

Best vocal microphones money can buy

In the market for a new vocal microphone? Here are some of the best vocal microphones you can buy -- which should serve as a good starting point.

The best DAWs money can buy

Looking for a new DAW? There are a ton of great options out there, and some are definitely better than others. Here are the best DAWs available.

The top 10 music gear releases of 2019

2019 was a huge year for musicians, and music makers. With the slew of new gear that was released over the last 12 months, we picked our top 10 favorites.

Electric guitar strings guide: How do different strings affect your guitar’s sound?

Choosing the right electric guitar strings can be a bit of a challenge. Here's a guide for what to look for when shopping for new strings.

Mac vs PC: What’s best for music production?

Deciding on a new computer for your home studio? If so, you may be wondering which is better -- Mac, or PC. Here's everything you need to know.

Snare drum shell materials: How different woods and metals affect the sound of your snare

Looking for a new snare drum but unsure of the type of drum to get? Here are all the different snare drum shell materials and how they change your sound.

Solid body vs semi hollow body vs hollow body electric guitars: which one is right for you?

There are a number of things to consider when buying a new guitar. Like, for example, if you want a solid body, semi hollow body, or hollow body guitar.