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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 Headphones for Recording / Tracking - Closed Back

The Highest Rated Closed-Back Headphones for Recording

Closed headphones are essential for any recording setup to prevent spill into live microphones while tracking. These recommended headphones are all circumaural and are designed specifically for use in recording rather than for standard consumer applications.

The Best Soprano Ukuleles - Regular & Pineapple Shaped

The Highest Rated Soprano & Pineapple Ukuleles

The soprano ukulele is the smallest standard size and it produces the trademark bright ukulele sounds we've come to know and love. If you're looking for the classic, traditional ukulele tone then this is the size you are looking for. Coming in at about the same size is the lesser known "pineapple" ukulele.

The Best Cheap Ukuleles Under $50 - Perfect for Beginners

The Highest Rated Ukuleles Under $50

Here are the best cheap ukes you can get for under $50. We've included bundled packages that have extras like carry bags and tuners which help make them suitable for beginners.

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 Studio Headphones: Under $200 -> $500

The Highest Rated Studio Headphones

A great pair of headphones can make all the difference in producing quality studio recordings and overall listening satisfaction. This goes especially for home recording environments where proper acoustically treated rooms are less common, often limiting the accuracy of open air speaker systems.

The Best Guitar Humidifiers & Case Hygrometers

The Highest Rated Guitar Humidifiers & Case Hygrometers

Humidifying your guitar is an important part of maintaining your instrument. So to protect your precious instrument from damage, you’re going to want to find the best guitar humidifier for your situation. Check out our recommendations to see which will work best for you!

The Best Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Highest Rated Open Back Headphones for Mixing and Mastering

Open-back headphones are commonly identified by their vented or mesh-covered enclosed earcups. This design promotes a more natural sound that minimizes internal reflection and standing waves making them well suited to mixing and mastering.

The Best Chorus Pedals - All Price Ranges

The Highest Rated Chorus Pedals

Be it subtle or overtly used, chorus is one of the most pervasive guitar effects, used in dozens of the most famous records ever released. Here we look at the highest rated chorus pedals in three price ranges: Under $50, $50 to $100 and Over $100.

The Best Channel Strips - All Prices

The Highest Rated Channel Strips

Channel strips provide a high degree of control over the input signal before it reaches your audio interface by providing better mic preamps and more control such as compressor / limiters to prevent exceeding the input limits on your interface.

The Best Volume Pedals for Guitar

The Highest Rated Guitar Volume Pedals

A volume pedal is a must-have piece of gear for many guitarists, facilitating control over gain as well as advanced techniques like volume swells. However, because there are so many options available it can be hard to figure out the best volume pedal for a given situation.

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