Focusrite Plug-In Collective

Gotta Catch Em All Plugins, plugins, plugins. We all love a plugin that makes our life easier, or our music sound amazing. We also all love a freebie… With this in mind, Focusrite have devised a scheme called The Plug-In Collective, which allows users of their range of interfaces to download a free and really… Read More

Versatile and Solid: The Best Gear For Buskers

Make It Portable, Make It Loud Busking is a right of passage for any performer worth their salt. Sure, you can play shows to cut your teeth, but if you really want to improve your presence, technique and ability to cope with setback then you really need to busk. See, when you busk, you’re playing… Read More

Gear DNA: Buddy Holly By Weezer

Getting The Sound From Weezer’s Breakthrough Track This is the first of a new series, where we’re going to break down a classic track for you from a musician’s point of view. Here though, we won’t be focusing on chord structures or time signatures. Oh no. Instead these articles will look at the gear, tones and… Read More

Different Types Of Multi-track Recording

Options for tracking your tunes While for many playing an instrument, and expressing yourself creatively, is the main factor behind being a musician there are times when you might want to record yourself. You may be writing your own original material. Perhaps you want to share your music with others. Whatever your reasons, creating your… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide To Drum Machines

  Whether you’re looking to spice up your bedroom jamming sessions, build a fully-functional home studio or kill time making a bunch of weird and wonderful percussive noises, you need to invest in a drum machine. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry; we’re here to help. There has never been a better time to… Read More

A Guide To The Best Fuzz Pedals

When ordinary gain isn’t enough Do you find modern distortion pedals too over the top? Or think amp-pushing overdrives are a bit passé? Does your tonal brief call for the strange, weird and wonderful? If so, then you might be better off considering our guide to the best fuzz pedals. About Fuzz For many, fuzz pedals… Read More

Differences Between Hardware And Software

Musical horses for courses If technology has done one thing for us, it’s to bring previously unattainable potential to the masses. Now, armed with just a laptop and an audio interface, you can produce music on a scale that was simply not possible in years gone by. At least not without some serious budget. Actually,… Read More

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 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 down the indie sound?… 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