Christmas is fast approaching, if you’ve got a musician or audio engineer in your life, here are few gift ideas under $100.
- TC Electronic Level Pilot (I got one for myself this year)
- TC Electronic PolyTune
- Korg Monotron
- Zen and the Art Of Mixing book by Mixerman
- Home Recording Tactics
I asked for gift suggestions on Twitter yesterday, here are the replies:
mattesque – Monotron or a Stylophone.
briankozicki – the obvious one being an SM57 🙂 haha
dyLABs – cheap geek toy – http://www.myucreate.com/
jordanreyn – SM57/SM58, AT2020 Mic. Good pair of studio headphones, Shure X2u USB interface, high quality mic stand, Zoom H1, Auralex pack
recordingrev – I did a post on a few under $100 audio gifts. Might help! – http://trunc.it/d7z79
edhombre – behringer measurement Mic, 2nd hand ev635, danelectro pedals
timgosden – turns out I have an EV635… didn’t even realise it could potentially be good? I’ve had it for about 10 years!
edhombre – I freaking love my 635a. Use it lots. Used it on vocals & acoustic on this http://bit.ly/hXLqGv ace £25 spend!
Mikehillier – old short-wave radios. Nothing sounds quite like them…
Jewsdid_911 – cables/ tubes/ mic stands, bass traps, diffusers, foam, cable wraps, and stuff to keep people organized
theboeweaver – telefunken td 20, pick them up for around 60-80. Incredible on guitars..
recordinghacks – Shure X2u USB interface, sweet XLR/USB interface for ~$80. Nady RSM-4 the $70 fathead ribbon. Blue Snowball
$70 $59 USB mic.
recordinghacks – Earthworks KickPad, $99 inline pad/contour filter for kick drum mics. Also, $10 cable ties: http://hac.kz/1/786
recordinghacks – Ryan’s review sez this is a great instrument dynamic for $80. http://hac.kz/2/1025
Thanks to all for the replies!
Here my list from last year : Gift Ideas For Audio Geeks (Engineers, Producers & Musicians)
or better still
or even for a Y USB Audio Toy..
and you like toys right
and if you like Korg.
last year I got a cool little Akai LPK25 Laptop Keyboard, its better than the nano key ones (actual keyboard keys not laptop like buttons), and its under £50.
It can easily fit in a laptop case and its USB so you can take it anywhere without anything extra (apart from the laptop and software of course)
For a one man band kind of deal, I would recommend getting someone BFD Eco, it’s a bit of a stripped down, less resource intensive version of BFD 2. It sounds great, has a decent amount of drums and is really easy to use. Until the end of December it’s $99 and comes with a free expansion pack that’s a sampler from BFD 2’s expansion packs. Also, all of the BFD 2 expansion kits/packs are 50% off at the Fxpansion online store.
Just so you know, I have absolutely no affiliation with Fxpansion, I just love their product and they have great customer service.