We Need To Talk About Fanned Frets

Best of all worlds? Like everything in popular culture, the guitar is occasionally subjected to fads. These ripples in the hype machine crop up and for a while, people begin questioning if what they thought they knew was true. We’ve seen it with modelling amps, tiny effect pedals and lunchbox heads. Even more occasionally, the… Read More

Best Amplifiers For Indie

Broad strokes for a broad genre Indie, for better or worse, is one of those catch-all terms which seems to cover a disproportionately wide base of musical styles. From its spiritual heyday in the 1990s, through to the bands we see now, we could all point out an indie band but could we truly nail… Read More

Ultimate Rigs: Budget vs Pro

Best of the best for very different budgets It’s nice to dream, innit? It’s fun to imagine the havoc you could cause armed with a blank cheque and a bottomless pit of money to get rid of. Just think of all the cool stuff you could buy with a lottery-esque windfall behind you. The problem… Read More

Why Use Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces?

Weighing up the lesser-spotted connection protocol Ah Thunderbolt. So mysterious. So hi-tech. But what do you do that my trusty USB connection can’t? Thunderbolt has been around a little while, as the heir-apparent to the old Firewire devices seen mostly on Mac computers. In truth, they offer much of the same functionality as a USB… Read More

Home Recording Studio Setup For Under £300

Get your recording game on without breaking the bank We’re lucky with the era we live in. Technology has made things so much easier on so many levels. As musicians, we can now fit pretty much an entire home recording studio setup into a bedroom or practice room. In fact, with the right gear, you… Read More

Differences In Equipment Quality Levels

Sometimes you really do get what you pay for Quality is such a subjective term. Particularly when we’re talking about the quality of the equipment tasked with carrying out a job or specific function. If it works, and does what we want it to do, then it’s good quality right? Well…not always. Musical instruments and… Read More

New Zoom Multi Effects Pedals For The Gigging Musician

A world’s worth of guitar and bass effects at your feet Playing guitar is all about the journey. It’s a journey into self-discovery, figuring out what type of player we are and what sounds really make us tick, what amplifiers we prefer to put our guitar through, and eventually which effects help us channel that… Read More

How To Throw The Best Christmas & New Years Eve Party

Christmas party essentials & the best gear to keep the party going Figuring out how to throw the best Christmas or New Years Eve party can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There’s so much to organise, from the food, to where everyone is going to sit to the playlist that will keep everyone entertained rather than… Read More

12 Secret Santa Ideas For Musicians

Budget friendly Secret Santa ideas for the music lover in your office It’s that time of year… Christmas parties are being booked, the festive flavours at your favourite coffee chain are being rolled out and the dreaded Secret Santa is being drawn up in the office. But what’s that? There’s a musician in the room… Read More

Music Gadgets & Gifts That Won’t Break The Bank

12 great music gadgets and gifts for musicians Finding music gadgets for the musician in your life can be an absolute nightmare, especially if they’re the type of geeky musician who likes the weird and wonderful! So today, we’re going to make it easy by showing you some of the best gadget gifts for musicians… Read More