Essential Gear Buying Guides, Artist Interviews & More

  • Shopping for an electronic drum kit, drum module, triggers, pads or cymbals? Here’s what you need to know to get into digital drumming.
  • Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.

Buying Guides

Overwhelmed by the mindboggling array of music gear out there today? Dazed by all the specs, features, and technobabble? Can’t figure out if you want a guitar with active or passive pickups? Stymied over the best way to get started recording or playing live? Can’t decide what recording equipment is right for your home studio? Uncertain what guitar amp is the right fit for your music and budget? You’ve arrived at the place to get the answers you need. We’ll help you choose the music gear and instruments that makes sense for your style and budget with straightforward information you can count on.

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