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These guides are designed to help you find the most highly rated options when you're buying music equipment. Every item presented has a Gearank Rating and the number of owner and user opinions that have been evaluated by the Gearank Algorithm for this purpose.

The Best Mic Stands for Stage and Studio

The Highest Rated Mic Stands

This guide is designed to help anyone who wants to get some new microphone stands either for stage or studio use.

The Best DI Boxes & Reamp Boxes

The Highest Rated DI Boxes

The main job of a DI Box or is to convert your instrument lead (1/4" TS) signal 'directly' into the microphone (balanced 3-pin XLR) inputs that a mixing console typically has. Unlike a simple headphone adapter (1/4" to 1/8") it has to convert the differences in impedance and voltage between the two sides of the connection.

The Best 500 Series Compressors

500 Series Compressors

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents the highest rated compressors for 500 series racks, both single channel and stereo bus compressors, along with detailed advice to help you select the best one for your recording setup.

The Best Overhead Mics For Drums - Matched Pairs

Setting up Overhead Drum Mics

While many of us are infatuated with gear, your sound when recording is only as good as the equipment you use to record. Finding the best overhead drum mics can be a challenge, so rather than go in blind check out this guide.

The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100

The Highest Rated Studio Headphones Under $100

You can get some surprisingly good studio headphones for less than $100 these days, however not all types of headphones are available in this price range so we explain what the different types of headphones are and provide you with the information you need to get the best option for your situation.

The Best Portable Digital Audio Recorders - Handheld

The Highest Rated Handheld Digital Recorders

Portable audio recorders are versatile devices that are used for recording rehearsals, live shows, and field recordings. This guide is for you if you want to purchase a recorder to capture better quality audio than you can with a phone app.

Best USB Microphones for Vocals & Musical Instruments

The Highest Rated USB Microphones

The number one barrier to entry towards having a great microphone is that most of them require an audio interface for recording. Major manufacturers now offer some of their models as USB mics with built in analog-to-digital converters to address the needs of people who simply want a good microphone for recording without an audio interface.

The Best Budget Guitar Pickups: Singles < $100, Sets < $150

The Highest Rated Budget Electric Guitar Pickups

Guitar pickups impact your sound in a big way, and this is why many who are looking to improve their tone choose to replace their pickups. Here are the highest rated pickups in the low to mid tier price ranges including all major types & sizes within the stated price limits.

The Best Powered Mixers - Consoles & Box/Racks

The Highest Rated Powered Mixing Consoles

Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar presents this rundown on the highest rated powered mixers along with detailed advice to help you select the most appropriate one for your live performances.

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