Login

New to Audio Assemble?

Register

Already have an account?

Best Cheap Earbuds

Table of Contents: I. Intro II. Wrap around earbud a. Kicoeoy wired b. Treblab XR100 Bluetooth c. kinvoca running headphones III. Normal a. Phillips performance earbuds b. Soundpeats BT c. MPow Flame BT We … Read more

Best Guitar Capo

Table of Contents: I. Famous songs played with capo- https://www.guitarworld.com/gw-archive/top-10-guitar-songs-played-capo a. Hotel California- The Eagles b. Here Comes the Sun- the Beatles c. Wonderwall Oasis d. How to make your own cheap capo II. Over … Read more

Best Guitar Stands

We all want the best for our instruments, we don’t want them to get knocked over, scratched, or damaged in any way. Ultimately, the best way to avoid anything hurting your guitar, is to … Read more

Best Guitar Straps

Guitar players have spent countless hours sitting on the edge of their bed learning the sickest licks, not wanting to miss a beat in the song. Eventually, we all graduated from sitting to practice, … Read more

Best Budget Studio Monitors

Everyone has those speakers that they love to listen to music through. It could be for casual listening or you could be heavily involved in editing your own music or a client’s project. With … Read more

The Best Pop Filter

You always want to get the best quality sound right from the source, and using a Pop Filter can be the make or break point on recording your vocals. Not only does it prevent … Read more

The Best 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers

In the world of keyboard controllers, 49 key MIDI controllers are the new standard. Check out the Alesis VI49 and the Novation LaunchKey, two of our favorites! How did 49 become the new 61? … Read more

Best 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers

The 61 key MIDI controller is the most common configuration of all MIDI controllers, check out what makes these 5 controllers uncommon, from the Novation Impulse 61 key to the Akai MPK2 Most producers … Read more

The Best 13 MIDI Keyboard Controllers in 2019

Though the same brands that dominated last year will most-likely dominate in 2019, innovation will be the biggest thing to set the MIDI keyboard controllers apart. This MIDI controller master list includes key-beds of different sizes, … Read more

Best 25 Audio Engineering Schools in the U.S.A

This widget requires JavaScript to run. <a href="//widgets.quinstreet.com/termsAndConditions">Visit Site for more</a>... From creating musical scores in movies to orchestrating sound systems for live events to designing beats for songs, audio engineers focus on the science behind … Read more

Gain-Based Effects: Distortion, Overdrive, and Fuzz Pedals

In the early days of amplification, the goal was to simply make something (a guitar or voice) louder while maintaining the original sound quality. However, when guitarists raised their volumes on those tube amps, … Read more

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

Table of Contents Basics Must Know Details Light strings Nylon strings Guitar Variance Gauge Types String Construction Wound Strings Roundwound Flatwound Halfwound Coated Strings Top Picks Elixir Martin Audio Sample D’Addario Cleartone 2018 Updates For 2018 … Read more

A Guide to the Best Reverb Pedals for Guitarists

For as long as humans have been playing music, we have utilized the natural sound of different spaces, whether that’s a cathedral, concert hall, or even a cave. This natural sound is called reverberation, … Read more

Essential Pedals for Electric Guitar

If you are a beginning guitarist, you might be feeling overwhelmed thinking about pedals. With so many options on the market where do you start? We've broken down the top factors of what you need … Read more

Best PA Systems for a Large Venue

The cutting edge of live sound consoles is evolving and changing at an astonishing rate. Every few years, leading manufacturers will design new consoles that outstrip their older counterparts in all respects including channel … Read more

Best Portable PA Systems

With the increasing demand on artists and audio engineers to supply their own PA systems, investing in a reliable and great-sounding portable PA is important for gigging musicians. Portable PAs are a great solution … Read more

Best Recording Microphone For Vocals in 2018

Choosing the right vocal microphone for your studio recordings is a major up-front factor in the quality of your end-result. Barring the pop filter, your microphone is the first thing your voice  "touches" in … Read more

Best DAW Control Surface

Updates for 2018 Flexibility is the trend among the best new digital audio workstation (DAW) control surfaces of 2017. While it was once necessary to design your studio around the needs of your DAW surface, … Read more

Pass the Mic: Best Vocal Mic for Rappers

There may not be a genre where microphone choice is more important in relation to the human voice when it comes to clarity beyond the dynamic range than rap and hiphop. Though not all … Read more

Best Music Production Software

In 2018, music production software has become more mobile than ever. This updated list of the best music production software includes packages that automatically scale to fit any screen size. New technologies in modern … Read more

Best MIDI Keyboard for Beginners

A MIDI keyboard is essential for anyone looking to produce music and break into audio engineering. What can be confusing is where to start when first choosing one. For a quick look at our … Read more

Best Vocal FX Plugins

Now that we’ve gone over the ideal vocal processing tools that all happen in earlier stages of the mixing process, it’s time to dive into the best vocal effects plugins. Though many multi-effects plugins can … Read more

Best Pitch Correction Software

It’s been a long time since Cher introduced the world to Autotune, but from the moment she believed in love the world became enamored with the tool turned production toy, but we've come a … Read more

Essential Vocal Production Tools

The Engineer’s vocal toolbox is a collection of essential vocal production tools that help with pitch correction, vocal presence, and vocal mixing. So it finally happened, you got your first big gig as a mixing … Read more

How to Build a Home Recording Studio on a Budget

Building a home recording studio can be a daunting task for beginners. This is especially true if you are trying to get it done for close to under $1,000. Fortunately for you, we've done … Read more

The Top “Mumble” Rappers in 2018

This list of mumble rappers could literally change every week. The amount of music that is being put out on a daily basis (especially in rap music) is unprecedented. If you feel like someone should … Read more

Full Sail University Review

Editors Note: Below is a Full Sail review and opinion piece from former student Sean Davis. Sean graduated from Full Sail University and is currently working in the music industry. All opinions and experiences … Read more

Best Music Schools in Washington

If location is one of the factors you are taking into heavy consideration when choosing a music school, know that there has never been a better time to live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). … Read more

The Best 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers

As the smallest of the keyboard controllers, the best 25 key MIDI controllers need to be as compact as they are feature-packed. We view the Akai MPK Mini II and the Akai LPK25 as … Read more

Best Portable Audio Interfaces

In the untethered world of recording the best portable audio interfaces come from big names and unexpected ones too. A good audio interface is generally the first step in realizing a song after the … Read more

Music Degrees

You'd like to land a high-paying job in music, and you're willing to do what it takes to make that happen. You're thinking about getting a music degree, but you wonder if the expense … Read more

Best Soundproof Foam for Music Production

Are you planning to build a new studio for music production or trying to improve the sound quality of your existing studio? Resonant sound -- echoes bouncing off of smooth walls -- is one … Read more

Best Guitar Pick Punch

Making guitar picks has never been easier than it is now. Guitar players have an abundance of options when it comes to tools for creating your own picks. One of these tools is the … Read more

FL Studio 12 Review

FL Studio 12 at a glance FL Studio 12 Yes No Price $99-$899 Free Trial x Third Party FX x Film Scoring x OSx x PC x iOS x Android x See on Amazon Brandon Shaver 4/5 stars Formerly known as Fruity Loops, FL Studio began making waves in the beat making community in 1998 when it … Read more

Akai MPC Live Review

If Akai's MPC X replaces your laptop and Maschine, the MPC Live is coming for Ableton Live. With the leak that kept on giving, the second item from the MPC 2.0 family goes a bit sleeker, … Read more

Best Drum Machine 2017

Updates for 2017 This is a great time to be in the market for a new drum machine. For 2017, we've added two products to our list of the best drum machines. Each one has … Read more

REAPER DAW Review

Update: We recently updated our review to include a star rating and gave it 4.5 start based on its extensive features, plugins, compatibility, and of course Reapers incredible price point. REAPER at a Glance REAPER Pro 9 Yes No Price $60 Free … Read more

A List of Our Favorite SoundCloud Alternatives

Though reports of SoundCloud’s death may be greatly exaggerated when was the last time that you willingly removed 40% of your body and were still living to tell about it? So with the latest round … Read more

SoundSport Wireless vs Powerbeats3 Wireless

Comparison Table Full Review Pricing PowerBeats SoundSport PowerBeats Pricing $199 on Guitar Center $199 on Amazon $87 used - Amazon $198 - B&H (lowest price and variety) SoundSport Pricing $149 on Guitar Center $149 … Read more

Best Electric Guitar Strings of 2018

Table of Contents Basics Must Know Details String Compobillysition String Gauge String Winding Roundwound Flatwound Halfwound String Coating Top Picks Ernie Ball Elixir NANOWEB D’Addario DR Tite-Fit Experimenting with new gear is one of the most fun … Read more

Best Keyboard Controllers with Pads

No matter the key configurations, the most popular MIDI controllers are keyboard controllers with pads. As the most popular style of MIDI controllers in the world, keyboard controller with pads cover a wide range … Read more

Best Cloud Collaboration Services for Musicians

As our world becomes more and more wireless, the cloud has become an integral part of both creation and collaboration. From file storage to untethered workflows powered by digital handoff Audio Assemble is here … Read more

Best 88 Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers

As the large of the keyboard controllers, the best 88 key MIDI controllers are made for pianists or at least a producer who knows their way around a piano. M-Audio reigns in the top … Read more

Where to Go for Pro Tools Certification

You can get a Pro Tools certification any way you would like because regardless of where it’s from, they all hold the same weight. But if all certifications are created equal, all Experts are … Read more

Best MIDI Foot Controller

A MIDI foot controller gives you the freedom to switch back and forth between preprogrammed effects while leaving your hands free to play your instrument. Using signals known as continuous controller (CC) messages and … Read more

Best Powered PA Systems

If you're looking to upgrade from a small PA system, then full-featured powered mixers are a great place to start. You won't have to worry about purchasing both a mixer and power amp as … Read more

Best Audio Samples Subscription Services

Sample subscriptions services are nothing new, I personally subscribed to my first sample subscription when I was around 15 years old in the form of Computer Music, before the advent of the age of … Read more

Best Plugin Subscriptions for Audio Engineers

It once was frowned upon to mix strictly “in the box,” but with the ever-growing library of high-fidelity tools being offered to mix-engineers paired with a previously unattainable and equally unaffordable amount of computer … Read more

Best PA Systems in Different Price Ranges

PA systems vary in size, shape, functionality, price, and quality. There are hundreds of models to choose from dozens of manufacturers. With so many options available on the market, it’s often hard to find … Read more

A First Look at the MPC X

Akai's new MPC X could replace your laptop! It's rare that an eighty-year-old company experiences a leak, but on January 9th that's exactly what happened to Akai Pro with an early release of the product photos, … Read more

Best Guitar Pedals in Each Price Range

2017 is shaping up to be a great year for guitar pedals. The industry is showing major growth and is refreshingly innovative. But before we can consider the best, how do we know which … Read more

Best Combo Guitar Amps Under $1,000

Like buying most music gear, the consumer is given an ocean of choices, and guitar amplifiers aren’t immune to this phenomenon either. Here, we’ve chosen a handful of amps that cover the spectrum … Read more

2018 Best Semi-open Back Headphones

The preferred headphones of mastering engineers and the perfect compromise for artists and tracking engineers, semi-open-back headphones allow for critical listening with minimal bleed. Typically seen as the headphone of compromise for tracking engineers, or … Read more

2018 Best Open Back Headphones

The preferred headphones of mixing engineers and audiophiles, open-back headphones allow for critical listening and real-world perspective. To close off my series about the best studio headphones on the market, let’s talk about the best … Read more

2018 Best Closed-Back Headphones

The savior of a tracking engineer's job and the solace of a music producer's creativity, closed-back headphones are a key component of the music making process. Closed-back headphones are the most-versatile pair of headphones … Read more

Best Digital PA Systems

Digital PA systems are rapidly changing as technology continues to develop more powerful, compact, and faster computer systems. That means there’s a lot to think about when purchasing a digital mixer. However, if you’re … Read more

REASON Review

Reason 9 Standard at a Glance Reason 9 … Read more

Best MIDI Pad Controllers

Over the span of a decade fewer people have felt the need to get an MPC or groove box, instead opting for digital step sequencer and a MIDI drum controller. This is due in … Read more

The Best MIDI to USB Cables For Any Computer

Electronic musical instruments and personal computers connect to MIDI keyboards to allow musicians to produce digital music tracks. These devices can also be used as music education tools for aspiring musicians. MIDI to universal … Read more

The Best Audiobooks in Each Major Category

Let's face it: With the hyperactivity of today's busy lifestyles, more people have difficulty finding the time to simply read for pleasure. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, the downtime necessary to enjoy … Read more

4 Best Guitar Chord Books For Beginners

1. “The Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart” by Hal Leonard Coporation Pros: It’s essentially a simple, no-frills quick-reference chart in book form. Because it’s so small and light, you can carry it inside your guitar case. Plus, … Read more

Best Audio Engineering Book

Searching for the best audio engineering books to study, learn, grow, and advance your skills? Look no further, we at Audio Assemble have done the research for you. Below are a list of the best … Read more

Best Pro Tools Books

Books are great for supplemental learning as well as getting your foot in the door. Ultimately it is on you to learn but you can take a book around with you anywhere you go … Read more