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Gear Buying Guides

Being a home recording engineer is all about finding the best bang-for-the-buck! Working with a limited budget doesn't mean you have to use low quality equipment! In this section, we take a look at some of the top-quality, affordable gear out there, and how to select the best gear for your needs.

Buy Studio Monitors
Studio speakers, or monitors as they're commonly called, are one of the most common purchases that you as an aspiring home recording engineer can make. Monitors are necessary for every studio, regardless of your budget. In this article, you'll learn the basics of buying monitors, and how to make the best monitor purchase on any budget.

All About Pro Tools MP 9
Avid has introduced Pro Tools MP 9, the latest installment in the Pro Tools family. Offering M-Audio users unprecedented recording and mixing power, Pro Tools MP 9 is perfect for studios operating on a budget.

From microphones to monitors, check out these top five picks of the best gear...
2010 was a great year for audio engineers and working musicians looking for the best bang-for-their-buck in home recording studio gear. From microphones to monitors, About.com's Joe Shambro takes you through his top five picks from 2010 for home studio gear.

Buying a Microphone
If you're new to recording or performing live, you'll probably be buying microphones for your studio or stage. They're an absolutely vital part of any recording or live sound rig. Finding the right microphone is easy, as long as you keep in mind a few simple tips. Check out this easy guide to making the most of your microphone purchase.

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Musicians & Recording Engineers
This year, if you've got a musician, aspiring recording engineer, or live sound engineer on your gift list, check out this list of the Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for these hard-to-buy-for music and sound enthusiasts.

Buy A Microphone
If you're new to recording or performing live, you'll probably be buying microphones for your studio or stage. Finding the right microphone is easy, as long as you keep in mind a few simple tips! Check out this easy guide to making the most of your microphone purchase.

Top 5 Sound & Recording Apps for the iPhone -- Top Reader-Sel…
If you're an avid iPhone user, you probably know the joy of downloading apps and expanding the iPhone's capabilities even further. In this article, you'll learn about the top 5 iPhone applications designed just for recording & sound engineers -- and hear from users just like you about their favorite apps.

Top 5 Recording & Sound iPhone Apps
If you're an avid iPhone user, you probably know the joy of downloading apps and expanding the iPhone's capabilities even further. In this article, you'll learn about the top 5 iPhone apps designed just for recording & sound engineers.

Top 5 Microphones at Any Price
Sure, finding budget mics is easy, but let's pretend your home studio had NO budget! In this article, we look at 5 microphones that are an incredible pick, if budget wasn't an issue!

Top 5 Gear Over $200
Looking for the ultimate gift for the working musician or recording engineer in your life (or to treat yourself), regardless of the price? Check out our ultimate wishlist for recording engineers & musicians - gifts any recording enthusiast or working musician would love to have!

Building a Pro Tools System
Building a Pro Tools system? In this guide, we look at the cheapest way to get a small Pro Tools-based home studio up and running, under $1300!

Top 5 Plug-Ins for Pro Tools Recording
Looking for the best plug-ins for Pro Tools? Achieve professional sounds on a home-recording budget with these amazing plug-ins. You can't go wrong with this arsenal of power on your desktop!

Dorm Room Recording
College student looking to record your music? Making music on a college budget isn't hard! Check out this detailed guide to setting up a dorm room studio, complete with computer, microphone, and recording interface recommendations!

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