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Audio & Hi-Fi

Mark Levinson No 5805 integrated amp

The 6 best integrated amplifiers in 2024: Mid-range to high-end

In the constantly evolving landscape of hi-fi audio systems, integrated amplifiers bridge the gap between tradition and innovation, embodying the industry’s effort to adapt to new generations of audiophiles while maintaining the highest standards of sonic reproduction.

Below is a list of what I believe are the 2024’s best stereo integrated amps, based both on performance and value for money.

Studio & recording

testing the best audio interfaces

The 5 best audio interfaces in 2024 for beginners and pros

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to record music. Nearly every audio interface available has the capability to capture sound at the same quality of professional-grade consoles. While this isn’t to say that all interfaces are created equal, high-quality units are more accessible than ever.

testing Adam Audio A series studio monitors

The 7 best studio monitors for music production in 2024

During the last three years, I’ve tested a wide range of monitor speakers here at Higher Hz, and in this article, I’ll be providing you with what I consider to be the best studio monitors for music production in 2024 for home and professional studios alike.

Pianos & keyboards

testing the best digital pianos on the market

The 9 best digital pianos and keyboards for home and stage

After testing a wide selection of instruments, I’ve picked out the best digital pianos and keyboards available in 2024.

In this article, I’ll discuss the best instruments for a wide range of pianists, from beginners to professionals.

testing the best online piano lesson apps

The 4 best online piano lesson apps and platforms in 2024

Learning to play the piano online has never been more popular, but with no shortage of online piano courses, choosing the right one is important.

To make your choice easier, I decided to find and review the best online piano lesson platforms and learning apps available in 2024.

Guitars & basses

testing Boss guitar amp for beginners

The 6 best guitar amps for beginners to buy in 2024

You know how it is: you have just bought your first guitar and barely managed to sort through all the superabundant options on the market, and pick the right one. The same thing is expected to happen when buying your first guitar amplifier, right?

easy guitar songs for beginners

Top 12 best easy guitar songs to learn for beginners

Easy guitar songs might seem like wishful thinking when you first pick up a guitar. Everyone takes the same path of bum notes and sore fingers. But, all is not lost; stick with it because we have some amazing beginner guitar songs to get you playing in no time.

Singing & songwriting

songwriting tools and materials

How to write a song in 12 steps from start to finish

There’s no doubt that there’s never been an easier time in our history to write, record, and release music than right now.

While this is beautiful in more ways than I can say, the problem that comes with this new territory is that the music world has become oversaturated.

An overabundance of new songs are being uploaded every single day making it difficult for an emerging artist to be heard above the noise.

breathing technique for better singing

How to teach yourself to sing better in 8 achievable steps

Everyone wants to sing better. The better command you have of your voice as an instrument the more enjoyable the act of singing can be.

Everyone can sing at a basic level – singing is what it means to be human. Whether you are singing professionally or not is irrelevant. In this article, I will guide you through achievable steps you can take to further develop your singing voice and enjoy the process!

Drums

beginner drum set test

The 5 best beginner drum sets to buy under $500 and $1000 in 2024

Choosing your first drum set is a choice that will impact the rest of your drumming journey. Drumming is fun, and the experience is greatly enhanced when jamming on a proper instrument. I have compiled a list of the best beginner drum sets for anyone getting into the hobby.

easy drum songs for beginners

The 16 best EASY songs for beginner drummers

Some of the biggest hits through the ages are the easiest to play on the drums. This can be seen through the lens of a musician noticing very similar concepts between the hits.

Latest posts

The 6 best budget MIDI controllers under $100 and $200 for beginners

A good MIDI controller is often one of the most powerful tools a musician/producer can buy, and you don’t have to pay a small fortune.

I’ve tested a range of budget controllers to find the best options available between $100 and $200. These MIDI controllers are ideal for beginners on a tight budget but are good enough for advanced musicians.

The 8 best songs to test your stereo speaker system

One of the reasons you might be reading this article is that you just unboxed your brand-new stereo speakers and want to experience right away how they’re going to upgrade your listening experience. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place!

In this article, I’ll look into how you can test every aspect of your stereo speakers, what to pay attention to when trying out your system’s fidelity, and the best tracks to do so.

The 5 best piano VST plugins in 2024: Free, budget, and premium

Piano VSTs are so good these days that the idea of carrying a concert grand piano in your backpack is no longer absurd. OK, not an actual grand piano, but you can take that unmistakable sound anywhere you can fit a laptop.

I’ve been testing the best piano VST plugins available in 2024 to give you my top picks. My list will feature some of the most popular VSTs, lesser-known gems, and something for every budget (even free).

The 8 best digital piano and keyboard brands in 2024

So many keyboard instruments are available, but a relative handful of brands typically dominate the market.

Of course, there are always a few exceptions, but in this article, I’m looking at the brands that consistently produce the highest quality keyboards and digital pianos year after year.

The 4 best 88-key weighted MIDI keyboard controllers in 2024

When choosing a MIDI keyboard, we often focus on production tools, features, and the number of assignable controls, and that’s usually the right approach. But, sometimes, what we need most is the perfect keyboard action for the type of work we do.

I’ve tested a wide range of 88-key MIDI controllers to find the best fully-weighted and semi-weighted options on the market.

Mixing vs mastering: What’s the difference, and how to do both properly

Since the early 2000s, the world of music production has taken an increasingly DIY approach that gives plenty of control to the artists themselves.

This means that you, a modern music producer, can record, mix, and master a song from the comfort of your bedroom studio. Pretty cool, right?