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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.

Best USB Microphones for Vocals & Musical Instruments

The Best 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 Cheap Electric Guitars Under $200

The Highest Rated Electric Guitars Under $200

This guide is primarily meant to help beginner guitarists in getting good affordable guitars. And it is also a good resource for experienced players who want a cheap guitar to modify and experiment with.

The Best Electric Guitars Under $500 - Solidbody

Best Electric Guitars Under $500

Here are the highest rated $200 to $500 solidbody electric guitars in each of the following pickup categories: Single Coil, Humbucker, Filter’Tron and Mixed type combinations, to help you narrow down the options so you can confidently chose the one that suits you best.

The Best Dynamic Microphones - Now over 47,800 Ratings!

The Highest Rated Dynamic Microphones

With their ability to handle high sound pressure levels and reject background noise, dynamic microphones continue to be vital in both live performances and recording. We have analyzed the most current reviews and ratings of the many dynamic mics on the market, to bring you a list of the top ones deserving of your consideration.

The Best Looper Pedals - Compact & Multiswitch

The Highest Rated Looper Pedals

Looper pedals 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 looper pedals, divided into two categories: Compact & Multiswitch.

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 Reverb Pedals + Delay Reverb Combos

The Highest Rated Reverb & Delay Reverb Combo Pedals

In this edition we present the highest rated of both reverb pedals and delay-reverb combo pedals. You'll also get advice and important pointers to keep in mind while choosing which one to get.

The Best Channel Strips Under $500

The Highest Rated Channel Strips Under $500

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 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

The Highest Rated 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

61-Key MIDI keyboard controllers are big enough for complex two hand playing, while still keeping compact and portable profiles. These are ideal instruments for Keyboardists who are looking for a controller that can be used both in the studio and for live performances.

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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