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studio monitor and regular hi-fi speaker

Studio monitors vs regular speakers: What’s the difference?

Whether you’re setting up your first recording studio, home theater or hi-fi system, you’ll probably have to do some research on the best speakers that can help you create the perfect environment for your creativity or entertainment.

That’s when you’ll come across the terms “studio monitor” and “hi-fi speaker” and wonder: aren’t they the same thing?

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 12 best digital pianos and keyboards to buy in 2024

I’ve tested a wide and varied range of instruments to bring you what I consider to be the best digital pianos and keyboards available in 2024. My list includes the best options for professionals, hobbyists, and a few budget options for complete beginners.

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.

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Top 11 easy cello songs for beginners

The cello has given birth to some of the greatest musical works in history, as well as many of the best musicians of the past and present. Absolutely every cellist we admire was once a beginner and had to traverse the difficult path of learning to play the instrument. Whether they’re world-famous or playing in their living room with friends or at a family gathering, they’ve learned these songs that one could argue are as important as the most iconic pieces. After all, they are the...

The 5 best budget integrated amplifiers and receivers under $500

If you just entered the world of high-fidelity sound, chances are you’re reluctant to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end audio system.

Luckily, an integrated amplifier is not just a convenient solution to simplify your sound system setup; it’s also a budget-friendly way to enrich your listening experience. It adds character to your music and allows for adjustments to create your ideal sound.

What are hertz (Hz) and frequency in sound and music

Imagine sound as a pulsating wave, traveling through air and bridging the gap between its original source and your ear canal, where it’s captured and decoded by your brain.

The science behind the sonic realm is as fascinating as it is articulated, and one of the most fundamental concepts in the field is the role of hertz and frequency in sound. These are the building blocks of not just music, but the way we perceive audio in all its forms.

The 3 microphone types compared in different use cases

Understanding the differences between various types of microphones is crucial for choosing the right one for your recording needs.

Dynamic, condenser, and ribbon microphones are the three main types, each offering unique characteristics and strengths.

In this article, I’ll take a deeper look into these microphones and their subtypes, explaining how they work and comparing their performance in various applications to help you make an informed decision.

Telefunken M82 review: Versatile and solid kick mic

Since 2001, Telefunken has been manufacturing high-end microphones out of South Windsor, CT.

Not too long ago, the company released the M82, a large-diaphragm cardioid dynamic microphone designed for kick drums as well as broadcast vocals.

In this review, I’ll be taking a closer look at the M82’s overall performance in a variety of applications, as well as seeing how it stacks up against a few competing microphones.

What is audio normalization, and how (and when) to use it

If you’ve been involved in music production in any way over the last couple of decades, I’m sure you’ve come across the term “normalization” many, many times. Normalizing tracks has been a common practice among artists since the dawn of DAWs, but with the advent of streaming platforms and the subsequent loudness standardization, as well as new, less invasive ways to make tracks louder, you might wonder whether it’s still worth it normalizing your tunes before...