Choosing a gift for DJs and music producers can be a little difficult sometimes. Where do you start? Are the guitar gifts you buy actually going to be used? Any cheap solutions?
Fortunately, different stores stock a wide range of gifts for music lovers. Music gifts and gifts for guitarists, drummers, keyboard players and many more. But these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill, never to be used again gifts, these are great options for the beginner musicians out there. Anyone that may want to take up an instrument for the first time, add to their collection or a gift for yourself that you’ll actually want to use.
In 2018, the market is filled with DJ controllers, audio interfaces, and good quality headphones for under $100. Perfect gift for every DJ and producer, as long as you know what exactly they are looking for.
On our list, we made a variety choice of music tools for all musicians out there. So, without further delay, here are our 10 best music gifts for DJs and music producers that they will actually use.
TOP 10 GIFTS FOR DJS
1. Focusrite iTrack Pocket
Focusrite is a well-established brand on recording and studio equipment. The iTrack Pocket is an affordable recording tool ideal for singer-songwriters and video bloggers out there. It fits perfect for those who want to be able to film tracks and video content for YouTube and social media via their iPhone and iOS device.
It is as simple as it looks. All you need to do is connect your phone, open the app and you are ready to record anything you like. You can use the built-in microphone for clear, detailed recordings of your vocals, guitar, piano or any inline-level instrument via the input jack. It holds your iPhone at the perfect angle for recording and then captures your performance that eclipses the poor quality of your iPhone microphone.
iTrack Pocket has a sweet price tag and it is Amazon’s choice with hundreds, near excellent, reviews on online stores. It offers high-quality audio, effects, opportunity to apply mastering effects and share directly to YouTube. It is amazing that such a small tool can do so much.
2. Moog Theremini Theremin Synthesizer
The iconic Theremin, used by Beach Boys, Jimmy Page & many others, reborn for 21st Century… and cheaper. The Moog Theremini Theremin Synthesizer is a fantastic addition to any recording studio and an ideal music gift. It is extremely easy to use and re-designed with optional pitch correction function and built-in delay Moog Theremini.
It offers a powerful sound engine collateral to Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. You can expect electronic, joyful, downright jazzy sounds and many more. It has built-in speakers, but you can also connect your headphones in case you don’t want to disturb your neighbors.
The Theremini ensures easy-use for any musician at any skill level. If you do not know how to start, it offers 32 templates to get started and then adjust your own settings on each. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly. In other words, it’s impossible to play a wrong note. The perfect gift for vintage and gadget lovers while providing ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.
3. KRK KNS 8400 Headphones
The KRK KNS 8400 Headphones are widely known as some of the best studio and mixing headphones on the market today. Voiced to remain true to the character of KRK’s class leading studio monitors. Whereas producers would normally advise against mixing music on headphones, these are endorsed by well-respected musicians and producers globally. Thanks to the large dynamic range and the fact they provide an extremely similar listening experience to studio monitors. It is essentially the same as strapping studio monitors to your head.
Great sound isolation from high-quality memory foam pads provides you with a very comfortable uninterrupted listening experience. Because with the adjustable, foldable earphone cups means that you can listen and mix music anywhere and anytime. A great music gift and gift for musicians that they’ll actually use.
Other good and affordable studio headphones are the Sony MDR7510 and Audio Technica ATH-M50X. Don’t miss the top rated The Best Studio Headphones for Home Recording in 2018.
4. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen)
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen) is the ultimate home recording package. It’s without a doubt a great music gift for the home producers, singer, songwriters and musicians out there in need of high quality, reliable and above all, great sounding recordings.
This 2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface comes with a wide range of recording tools such as Pro Tools First & Ableton Live Lite. Both are professional music production software’s with which you can get from first ideas, recordings to final track releases and sales. In addition, a whole host of plug-ins and samples so you’re ready to record and mix straight away.
You also get a CM25 large diaphragm condenser microphone to record vocals and instruments. Along with the HP60 closed-back headphones that will fit perfectly in any home recording studio. The included XLR cable completes the extra versatile package. Just add your computer and an instrument and you’re good to go. A great music gift perfect for anyone who wants to record at home or on the go.
For more studio quality sound cards, check our list with the best audio interfaces under $200.
5. Yamaha Pacifica 012 Electric Guitar Starter Pack
The Yamaha Pacifica 012 Electric Guitar Starter Pack is a fantastic way to get those rock stars started on the road to rock waves. Could also be just a great way to introduce your loved ones into the world of guitar. The highly respected Yamaha Pacifica 012 electric guitar has been designed and built for comfort, as well to respond to various music genres. Pacifica series provide a wide range of sound character from crystal clear sound to heavy distortion.
Pacifica 012 provides a great playing experience via a contoured body, bolt-on neck design for superior resonance. It doesn’t stop here as it offers lush tonality via the H-S-S (Humbucker-single coil-single coil) pickup configuration. For a budget-friendly price tag you also get a best-selling Spider IV 15, Spider Classic 15 amplifier packed full of effects. Everything you need to help you take your playing to the next level. Also available in a range of different colors for you to choose, black, brown, blue or red.
6. Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
For those who want to be able to create their own beats, back up percussion tracks for electronic music or add a new dynamic to their live and studio setup the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro is a fantastic option. Widely used by electronic musicians from all genres, the Maschine Mikro provides responsive color pads for instant beat triggering. As well as sample triggering or synth sounds and a dedicated mixer and a huge 8GB library of included sounds.
The software is downloaded and managed via Native Access, which also maintains all NI softwares and plugins in one location. The serial number, inside the package, will allow the user to gain access to download from the site. A great budget-friendly beat maker for pro musicians that has been specifically designed as an easy to use. This great, highly versatile option that beginners can get to grips with easily.
7. Yamaha DTX400K Electronic Drum Kit
The Yamaha DTX400K Electronic Drum Kit is an affordable electronic drum kit ideal for beginners and (quiet!) home practice. Don’t be fooled by its budget-friendly price tag. Believe it or not, this is not a toy, but a drum powerhouse able to help you learn to play drums in relative silence. Furthermore, it allows beginner and professional drummers to sharpen their skills, lay down some tracks in the studio or jam with friends without the noise associated with an acoustic kit.
You have 10 drum kits to choose from, 169 voices including a variety of different snares, toms, and cymbals as well as in-depth training and warm-up tools built into the module. A great music gift or present for the musicians in your life in need of a new kit, that won’t bother you too much or get them evicted due to noise complaints. Best of all, the package includes all the accessories your loved ones will need to start playing right out of the box.
8. Numark PT01 Touring USB Turntable
The last years the Vinyl revival is in full swing. More and more people are enjoying the fact that their favorite records are being re-released on this once inconvenient format. However, your vinyl collection doesn’t have to suffer from the lack of portability anymore, thanks to the likes of the Numark PT01 Touring USB Turntable.
This very convenient turntable is a classically-styled suitcase unit with built-in speakers and straight to computer USB recording. It will play all your vinyl records, comes with a 45 RPM adapter that means you are ready to play vinyl anywhere and anytime. It will even rip your favorite vinyl only exclusives to your computer. Budget friendly, highly portable and great quality. It is definitely a perfect music gift for all the vinyl lovers out there.
9. Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp
The Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp is a highly portable little amp with a massive sound and is great fun for guitarists on the go. Especially for those who value good tone. With such a nice sweet price tag, you can get a travel amplifier that also acts as an MP3 player for playback of your favorite tracks via the AUX input.
It offers a battery powered, 2 channel amp packed with iconic Blackstar amplifier sounds, a tape delay and a headphone jack for silent practice. The line out for recording directly to your computer it is also there. A great music gift for the musicians in your life. If you are not convinced yet, check the nearly perfect reviews, as it also appears as Amazon’s choice.
10. Squier Affinity PJ Bass Package
The Squier Affinity PJ Bass Package is ideal for those who want to start to learn how to play bass. In this package, you get a Squier Affinity PJ Bass with high-quality pickups and comfortable “C” shaped neck. As well as a Fender Rumble 15, which is an awesome little 15-Watt bass amplifier that’s ideal for home-practice or rehearsing in your first band.
You also get a guitar strap and 10ft lead so you’re good to go straight out of the box. It is an ideal Christmas or birthday present for the aspiring bass players out there, both new and experienced. Also available in different colors black or brown.
That was our list with the best gift and presents for DJs, musicians and music producers. For more affordable musical gifts and presents, you will find at The Best Cheap MIDI Keyboard for Home Recording Studio and The Best Studio Headphones under $100 in 2018.
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