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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 MIDI Pad Controllers

The Highest Rated MIDI Pad Controllers

For the modern electronic musician, performing goes beyond playing keyboard MIDI controllers and tweaking knobs. Songs arranged in the studio can now be performed and altered live. Sounds, samples or even entire sections of music can be triggered with the help of dedicated MIDI pad controllers assigned to specific functions in a DAW.

The Best Cheap Bass Guitars - All Under $300

The Highest Rated Budget Bass Guitars

Here we look at top rated 4-string bass guitars in the sub $300 price range, great for students of the instrument and for guitarists who want to have an affordable bass on hand for recording. Be it for yourself, or for a special someone who's learning the ropes, these bass guitars are market proven to provide satisfactory sound, performance and value.

The Best Loopers - Pedals & Tabletop

The Highest Rated Looper Pedals

Loopers have become indispensable thanks to their ability to create clones which you can use as virtual backup musicians and singers. Here we look at what the market considers as the best loopers, divided into three categories: Compact, Multiswitch and Tabletop.

The Best Acoustic Guitar Amps - All Prices

The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Amps

If you have an acoustic guitar with pickups you need a specialized acoustic amp if you want to bring out the natural tone of your instrument. These amps aim to be transparent so they are also good at amplifying vocals - this means that many of these amps are also designed to work well as small PA systems.

Best Electronic Drum Pads - Digital Percussion & Control

The Highest Rated Electronic Drum Pads

Tired of lugging around drums? Electronic drum pads can either augment your live and recording set up or replace them all together. All of these have MIDI and can be used to trigger external sound modules or DAW software.

The Best Solid State Guitar Amps

The Highest Rated Solid State Guitar Amps

Solid state amplifiers offer a lot of advantages and there are a ton that sound amazing. They’re (generally) cheaper, more durable, don’t have to warm up/cool down, and are significantly easier to transport than most tube amps.

The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners

Beginner Electronic Drum Sets

Electronic drums are a heck of a lot of fun to play with, but more importantly they're the best way to learn, practice and improve your chops without making all the noise associated with acoustic drums - just slip your headphones on and you're good to go!

The Best Electronic Drum Amps / Drum Monitors

The Highest Rated Drum Amps

If you're looking for an amplifier to use with your electronic drum set, or if you're an acoustic drummer looking for a stage drum monitor, then this guide will help you decide which one is best for your situation.

The Best USB Audio Interfaces: 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 12 / 16 Channels & More

The Highest Rated USB Compatible Audio Interfaces

As you take your home recording to the next level, you will outgrow your 2-channel audio interface. This guide is designed to help you with this expansion, featuring the best stand-alone audio interfaces that have 4 to 16 simultaneous analog inputs.

The Top 10 Best Powered PA Speakers

The Highest Rated Powered PA Speakers

Powered Speakers, also known as active speakers, are loudspeakers with amplifiers built into their enclosures. This combination is simpler to setup and manage, making powered speakers more and more popular among musicians, sound engineers, and DJs.

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