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Studio Desk/Workstation Buying Guide

Choosing the Best Studio Desk or Workstation While most producers and engineers put a lot of thought into microphones, preamps, consoles, and other gear, your choice of studio desk or workstation has a huge impact... Read more »

Pro Tools Upgrade Chart

Pro Tools 12. The time to upgrade is now! Have you seen all the cool new productivity-enhancing features in Pro Tools 12? If you have, you know that there's never been a better time to upgrade. Sweetwater has teamed... Read more »

Avid Pro Tools 101 Buying Guide

The Industry-standard DAW Welcome to the exciting world of Avid Pro Tools! Whether you use Pro Tools to record songs on your laptop, or a full-blown Pro Tools | HDX rig in a high-end recording studio, Pro Tools is... Read more »

Avid Pro Tools | HD Buying Guide

Stepping Into the Big Leagues Pro Tools is the industry-standard software production platform for sound work, especially for mobile use, students, or musicians on a budget; however, if you want to use what major... Read more »

Avid Pro Tools Software Buying Guide

A Production Powerhouse! When Pro Tools first hit the recording scene in 1991, it took the industry by storm, by 1997 it completely transformed it, and by the turn of the century it dominated it. You'll be... Read more »

Toontrack Drum Software Buying Guide

Toontrack Drum Software When you want to add production-ready drum tracks to your project without spending days setting up mics and recording, Toontrack's EZdrummer and Superior Drummer are powerful solutions. If... Read more »

Toontrack EZkeys Buying Guide

When you're writing songs, Toontrack's EZkeys piano and keyboard software makes it incredibly easy to go from first inspiration and exploring chord progressions to your final arrangement. And EZkeys is ideal for... Read more »

Toontrack EZmix Buying Guide

Make Competitive Mixes Faster Than Ever You can get a radio-ready mix going faster than ever with Toontrack's EZmix mixing software. Simply insert the EZmix plug-in on any channel in your DAW, and tell it what kind... Read more »

Yamaha Nuage Buying Guide

Complete Control Plus Professional Sound Flexible Controller and High-speed I/O for Nuendo and More When it comes to flexible DAW control, Yamaha Commercial Audio covers all of the bases with their comprehensive... Read more »

DAW Software Buying Guide

How to Choose a DAW Program If you're reading this, odds are that you want to make music and are looking for the right tools to get the job done. Well, you're in luck! We're living in exciting times. If you look... Read more »

Waves DiGiGrid Buying Guide

What is a DiGiGrid SoundGrid DSP system, and how can it benefit my workflow? This buying guide will answer these questions, and give you examples of how it would be used in common applications. The dedicated DSP... Read more »

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Buying Guide

The Professional Modular Interface That Can Adapt to Any Studio From solo recordings to full bands, you'll enjoy world-class sonics and incredible flexibility with an Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II audio interface in... Read more »

Focusrite REDNET Buying Guide

REDNET The Simplicity of Ethernet. The Sound of Focusrite. Introducing RedNet, Focusrite's amazing new Ethernet-based audio interface/networking system. Built on the powerful Dante protocol, RedNet is ideal in any... Read more »

UAD-2 Buying Guide

Powered Plug-ins with Undeniable Analog Sound Universal Audio designed the UAD platform to bring you plug-ins that can rival the rich, analog sound of real hardware. The processing these plug-ins require would... Read more »

USB Microphone Buying Guide

How to Choose a USB Microphone In the audio world, everything starts with the microphone. But when you're on the go, traditional microphones and the other gear required to use them makes mobile production... Read more »

Control Surface Buying Guide

How to Choose a Control Surface For hands-on command of your DAW software or soft synths, you can't beat a control surface. It frees you from your computer keyboard and mouse and provides visual and tactile feedback... Read more »

MIDI Interface Buying Guide

How to Choose a MIDI Interface When MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was developed over 30 years ago, it resulted in a flood of music technology. Software DAWs have long replaced the hardware sequencers... Read more »

Digital Multitrack Recorders Buying Guide

How to Choose a Multitrack Recorder Digital multitrack recorders can fill the needs of anyone, from singer/songwriters to touring bands. Some are designed for simplicity, giving you an easy and reliable way to... Read more »

Virtual Instruments Buying Guide

How to Choose a Virtual Instrument If you're making music with a computer, chances are good that you'll need to employ one or more virtual instruments to produce the sounds you want. This buying guide spells out the... Read more »

MIDI Controller Buying Guide

How to Choose a Keyboard Controller MIDI keyboard controllers have become an important part of the music-making process for contemporary musicians and producers due to the increasing use of virtual instruments... Read more »

Audio Interface Buying Guide

How to Choose an Audio Interface Choosing the right audio interface may seem a little overwhelming. There are all kinds of different input and output configurations, connection types, formats and many other options... Read more »