Gear Guidelines


The physical dimension of the item. Edit these in your preferred units, they will be automatically converted on the submission page.

Add multiple entries in the dimensions if the gear consists of multiple components. Use the notes to specify which component each entry belongs to.


The Model field holds the main model name or number on the device. This can be a combination of name and number if the item has both (eg. TR-606 Drumatix).

It is quite common to find a description of the device listed close to the model name/number on the device, for example:

  • Rack Digital Sampler
  • Computer Controlled
  • Stereo Cassette Deck
  • Harmonizer

This type of information is really a description of the unit's function. Do not add this to the Model field.


Notes is a free text field. It is used to add any factual, objective notes about the object, or to list information that cannot be entered into other dedicated fields.

Notes transcribed from the object should be put into clear context and the source stated.

Normal English grammatical rules apply.

Do not remove entity names from the Notes when this information is needed to qualify other information that can only be placed into the notes (for example, dates).

The following items are recommended for adding to the Notes:

  • Distinguishing features of the object that may help distinguish it from other versions.
  • Anything unusual or anything that is impossible to enter (for example, different titles on different parts of the object)
  • Sources of information aside from the object itself
  • Any additional information, oddities, or remarkable information

The following items are forbidden from the Notes:

  • Any information that belongs in other specific sections of the object data. The notes can be used to expand on, or refer to, this information, however.
  • Subjective opinions or reviews of the object
  • Promotional language, hype, etc.
  • Excerpts, quotes, or any other material which, if republished, would reasonably be considered a copyright violation.
  • Standard copyright text (for example "Unauthorized copying prohibited" etc) should not be entered unless it differentiates one version of an object from another.

Additional Model ID

The Additional Model ID field holds the fine print model information that isn't commonly referred to.
For example, the E-mu Emax SE Rack has 2020 as its additional model ID.

It is quite common to find a description of the device listed close to the model name/number on the device, for example:

  • Rack Digital Sampler
  • Computer Controlled
  • Stereo Cassette Deck
  • Harmonizer

This type of information is really a description of the units function. Do not add this to the Model field.

Links to external resources about the gear.

We can not depend on these links to live for ever, so always try to add as much information as possible to the submission, and back that information up with external links.

Do not link to review pages, email addresses, shops or online stores, pages that are not directly accessible (for example, that require a log in or payment to view), or poor quality fan pages.

Links to YouTube videos will show up as videos on the submission page. This can be used to include gear demo's and reviews.

Use the notes field to add additional information about what the linked page contains.

Form Factor

Form Factor describes how a unit is supported, and how it fits with other units.

  • ½" Standard Mount - for turntable cartriges
  • 19" Rackmount - bolted into a standard 19" rack unit
  • Bookshelf / Stand Mounted - designed to sit in a bookshelf or sit on a stand. A lot of speakers are this type
    Component - Cable
  • Component - Turntable Arm
  • Desktop - similar to Tabletop, designed to be supported and used on a desk, table, or other raised, flat surface
  • Desktop / 19" Rackmount Convertible - Can either be sat on a desk, or mounted in a 19" rack
  • Dongle - A small item of equipment that hangs directly onto a socket on a larger item of equipment
  • Drum Rim Mount - Some trigger devices and microphones are designed to clamp to the rim of a drum
  • Floorstanding - Almost the same as Freestanding, but usually without an obvious stand
  • Footswitch - also known as guitar pedals, but also for keyboard switches, large floor based effects units etc.
  • Freestanding - self supported, usually with some kind of built in stand
  • Half-Width - half the Standard Width
  • Handheld - mainly for microphones
  • Handheld / Stand Mounted - held via a standard or custom mic clip, cage, or other suspension, usually designed to be attached to a mic stand
  • Headphone - Circumaural
  • Headphone - Earbud
  • Headphone - Headset
  • Headphone - In-ear
  • Headphone - Supra-aural
  • Keyboard - the standard piano keyboard layout, usually in a synth that is designed to be placed on a keyboard stand
  • Modular – 500 Series
  • Modular – 5U
  • Modular – Eurorack - designed to be bolted into a eurorack chassis
  • Modular – Frac
  • Modular – X-Rack
  • Portable - designed to be easily carried on or about ones person, and able to operate away from mains power (battery powered)
  • Software - installed into a computer or other such hardware device
  • Stand Mounted - held via a standard or custom stand, directly, or via a clip, cage, or other attachment or suspension
  • Standard Width - For things like Hi-Fi seperates. There doesn't seem to be an official name for this, this is the usual 'seperates' width as used for Hi-Fis, DVD players, and most other full size hifi components. The width is between 42 and 44 cm. It appears to be loosly based on the 19" rackmount standard, without the rack ears.
  • Tabletop - similar to Desktop, tends to be for larger items such as turntables
  • Wall Wart - common term for a power supply that is supported directly by the socket it is plugged into


There are three options at the moment for Maker:

  • Brand - this is the most obvious name on the device. It is usually presented as or with a logo,
  • Company - this can be the legal name behind the brand, often with "Inc" or "Ltd" or suchlike,
  • Designer - We are expecting this to usually be the name of an individual who designed the unit. This may have to be looked up - please mention in the notes where the information was found.

You can as as many brands, companies, and designers as is required.

In the case of two brands on an item, please put the most obvious one first.

Check (using the drop-down when entering a Maker) for slight variations in the name. For example, a printing company credit using Ltd. and Limited are probably the same and should be listed on the same page.