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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 Drum Mic Kits - 4 to 8 Piece

The Highest Rated Drum Mic Kits

As part of our April 2020 update we've expanded this guide to include 8 mic and 6 mic kits in addition to 7 mic kits. We dropped the 3 mic kits as we saw they didn't see much in the way of utility compared to others.

Best Portable Keyboards: MIDI, Speakers, Battery Powered

The Highest Rated Portable Keyboards Under $500

Unlike standard MIDI keyboards, a portable keyboard has built-in speakers so you can play anytime without having to plug in additional equipment. The keyboards included in this guide can also run on batteries so you can play them anywhere.

The Best Guitar Amps Under $300 - Combo

The Highest Rated Combo Guitar Amps Under $300

The $200 to $300 price range has some nice amps with serious tone and flexibility. Since tone quality inspires better and longer playing, and sonic versatility allows for exploration of other musical styles, these amps are ideal for first time buyers, and for experienced players who want something compact. Includes tube and hybrid amps.

The Best MIDI Interfaces for PC / Mac / iOS and More

The Highest Rated MIDI Interfaces

MIDI has been connecting musical equipment since 1982 and it's still going strong. Here we present to you the best MIDI interfaces for connecting your computer, tablet or even phone to your other MIDI gear. We've focused on interfaces with single in/out ports as these are what most people without complex setups need.

The Best DIY Guitar Kits - Electric - All Under $250

DIY Electric Guitar Kits

Building your very own personalized guitar has never been this easy, thanks to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) guitar kits. Here we look at what the market considers to be the best of them, covering a good variety of guitar shapes and styles.

The Best Electronic Drum Sets Under $1000

The Highest Rated Electronic Drums Under $1000

We short-listed 15 sets and analyzed over 1,200 reviews by drummers to bring you our recommended list of the highest rated electronic drums on the market. You will also get detailed advice to help you select the best one for your needs.

The Best Live Vocal Mics - Handheld / Wired

The Highest Rated Handheld Live Vocal Mics

This gear guide is focused on the best microphones for singing and rapping live as opposed to mics best suited to speaking conferences or making announcements over PA systems. All of these mics are great for vocals, but some can also be used on instruments, and some are also handy studio mics.

The Best Drumsticks + Brushes & Mallets

The Highest Rated Drum Sticks

Finding the best drum sticks can be a challenge. There’s so much that goes into how they’re designed, and if you don’t get the right type for your needs and skill level you’re not going to get the tone or response you want.

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