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Buying Guides: Pro Audio

Intro to live sound equipment
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system.

Pro audio mixer buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. This article will help you understand the different features you'll need in a audio mixer.

Our live sound speakers buying guide will get you on the road to finding the right PA speakers for your live sound needs.

Microphones buying guide
by Ralph Graves

An overview of condenser and dynamic microphones, including shotgun, ribbon, and lavalier mics.

A wireless microphone can free you up to concentrate on your performance. This buying guide will help you find the right gear to match your needs.

Audio interface buying guide
by Woody Sherman

Learn all about the essential ingredient for making music on your computer, the audio interface.

Read tips on how to buy the right headphones and distribution systems for your home recording studio.

Learn the basics of power amplifier applications and connections, plus criteria for choosing the right amplifier for your PA sound system.

This article will help you understand the different features you'll find in different kinds of sound and effects processors and why you would use them.

Cables are the links that make your audio system work, and the best gear in the world won't get the job done without the right cables.

The best vocal microphones
by Ralph Graves

The best microphone for the job sometimes depends on the job. We explain how a few AKG, Sennheiser and Shure mics all qualify as "the best vocal mic."

What do I need to podcast?
by Ralph Graves

What do you need to start podcasting? Really, just a computer and a microphone. And perhaps some headphones, and a USB audio interface.

Yamaha MG Series mixers
by Buck Pomerantz

Yamaha MG Series analog mixers have tough metal chassis, easy-to-understand signal routing, and come in 10 different models. Some include effects and a USB connection.

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