It’s that time of year again when we decide what gifts to get our loved ones for the holiday season, and it can be hard to find that perfect gift for a musician. Musicians, producers, and engineers purchase many of their own gear themselves, and it might seem like there’s nothing else to get them. Fear not! Whether that someone in your life is a music professional (or whether they’re just getting started), we’ve outlined some of the best gifts for musicians in 2021 that they haven’t purchased yet that will help them with their productions.
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Music production software is one of the best gifts for musicians because it opens the doors for them to flex their creativity in new and exciting ways. Whether they’re a seasoned mix engineer, an aspiring producer, or just enjoy experimenting with designing sounds, these software options are sure to make a great gift for any musician.
With over 30 industry-leading audio mixing and mastering plug-ins included, a Music Production Suite Pro membership is the top software gift you can give to the music producer in your life. They’ll have everything they need to tackle every step of the audio workflow, from the first take to the final master. The membership also comes with exclusive educational content, royalty-free sample packs, and all the latest updates to software used by top recording studios worldwide.
Komplete 13 Select includes several products developed by Native Instruments to create virtually any genre of music possible. This bundle has cutting-edge synthesizers, high-impact drums, and several studio-grade effect plug-ins to help any musician, from bedroom beatmakers to professional sound designers, craft their unique sound.
One of the most innovative sound design tools on the market, Iris 2 allows you to create truly unique sounds for any production. Iris 2 blends the flexibility of a modular synthesizer with the power of a sampler, and allows you to design sounds no one has ever heard before with its spectral filtering capabilities. It’s definitely a great addition to any music producer’s sound design arsenal.
Treat your musician who's new to music production to our industry-leading plug-ins including Ozone Elements, Neutron Elements, RX Elements, and Nectar Elements plus creative staples like Trash 2 and Iris 2, legendary Exponential Audio reverbs like PhoenixVerb and R2, and hundreds of sounds and presets with a bundle that's sure to bring the holiday joy.
With the rise of technology, high quality recording gear has become more affordable. It’s no wonder why home studios have become increasingly popular in recent years. Studio time can be pricey, so many modern musicians opt to record at home in makeshift vocal booths. These next few gift ideas for musicians are sure to take the quality of their recordings to the next level.
Having a Spire Studio is like having a personal recording engineer on hand. It’s a wireless, rechargeable, and easy-to-use vocal and instrument recording tool, perfect for any musician. Spire Studio allows you to record anywhere with the built-in microphone, but you can also plug in up to two mics of your own. Use it in conjunction with the free Spire app for iOS, and you’ve got a professional, portable recording studio wherever you go.
Most recording spaces need a little bit of “room treatment” in order to minimize the sound of reflections bouncing off the walls. Gator acoustic foam panels are a cost-effective solution that aid in the absorption of these reflections, allowing any room to become more ideal for recording vocals or instruments. How many you need will depend on the size of the space and how much treatment is necessary; but these 12” X 12” acoustic foam panels really help tame the amount of room reverb, making any recording more crisp and clear.
Cost: $64.99/8 panels
Pop filters prevent plosives that could otherwise ruin the perfect vocal take, so they make an excellent gift for musicians who regularly record vocals. The Golden Age Project P2 pop filter is made with a classic steel mesh to block any plosives from hitting the mic. Simply attach it to the microphone stand with the attached clamp and then adjust the gooseneck to position the pop filter between the vocalist and the microphone. The voice will still pass through clearly, unmuffled by the metal mesh, but you can say goodbye to those pesky plosives!
Headphones and speakers are critical to a musician’s ability to listen to what they’re recording and how their production sounds. We’ve rounded up several great choices to get them started or upgrade their current setup.
Every music producer should own a pair of good mixing headphones, and ATH-M50X Studio headphones really stands out amongst the competition. One of the biggest challenges of mixing is being able to accurately monitor the mix and tell how it will perform on various speakers and sound systems. These headphones come with an included software plugin that allows you to hear what your mix will sound like in various venues. From world-class mixing rooms to car stereos, you can test out a mix in different environments without having to actually be there.
Studio monitors help music producers make better sounding mixes by providing an accurate representation of the frequencies present. A pair of Yamaha HS5s is a great gift for a musician looking to improve their mix monitoring, as they’ve been used in top studios worldwide ever since they were first released in the late 1970s. These speakers deliver incredible accuracy and low coloration to ensure you’re hearing a track as it truly is.
Whether you take it to a gig at a local coffee shop, or use it to busk on the streets, this Bose S1 Pro wireless speaker really packs a punch while staying super portable. Approved for audiences of up to 50 people, the Bose S1 Pro has two channels for microphones or electric guitars, another channel with ⅛” aux input, and one-touch Bluetooth pairing. Plus, with a battery life of over 10 hours, this speaker makes for a great gift idea for any musician looking to take their show on the road.
MIDI controllers and DJ decks make great gifts for musicians because they allow you to control music software in a more intuitive and fun-to-use way. Whether the musician in your life is a master at programming beats or they’re just starting to dabble in DJing, the following controllers are sure to provide them with hours of creative fun.
The MASCHINE MIKRO is a compact MIDI controller that allows you to play melodies, tap out beats, and build full compositions quickly with its 16, touch sensitive pads. This controller comes with a copy of the MASCHINE software, which is jam packed with tons of instruments, samples, and loops to begin playing with right away. Although using the MASCHINE software is the best way to unlock the MIKRO’s full potential, it will also work as a standard MIDI controller in any DAW.
Native Instrument’s TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 makes a great gift for a musician looking to make the leap into the world of DJing. With the included copy of the TRAKTOR DJ software, these highly portable DJ decks are perfect for spinning beats just about anywhere. Whether it’s for a house party or a club, you can easily create killer mixes on the fly with this popular DJ controller.
This micro-sized keyboard controller is the smallest keyboard made by Native Instruments, which makes it a perfect gift for the traveling musician. With only 32 compact keys, the KOMPLETE KONTROL M32 has a sleek and solid design, fused with professional production features. Plus, this keyboard comes with a bundle of Native Instrument’s most popular synths, basses, drums, and effects.
Gear isn't limited to recording and producing on a computer. Live performances have their share of microphones, processors and monitors to achieve a high-quality sound.
The BOSS VE-8 allows you to process a guitar and a vocal live with one, conveniently sized piece of hardware. With it, you can add creative effects like distortion and vocal pitch correction. Plus, with looping capabilities and the option to add intelligent vocal harmonies on the fly, this makes for one truly powerful audio processor to use in a live performance setting. It’s a wonderful gift option for the gigging musician.
These Shure SE215 sound isolating earphones are excellent in-ear monitors that won’t break the bank. With Shure’s innovative MicroDriver technology, these earphones reproduce sound frequencies with amazing accuracy. Plus, they fit tightly enough to block out up to 37dB of outside sound, which makes them great for monitoring your performance while protecting your hearing in a loud venue. This particular model of sound isolating earphones comes in three colors: black, white, and blue.
To deliver a great vocal performance live, a decent dynamic microphone is a must. This particular model made by Sennheiser gives outstanding performance and dependability at an affordable price. It’s rugged construction ensures it’s built to last. And, since it is highly effective at rejecting feedback, it makes for one of the best dynamic microphones on the market.
Musicians will thank you
When it comes to gift giving, musicians can often be some of the toughest to buy for. But, hopefully this list will help you narrow down your search for the perfect gift for the musician in your life. And if you’re looking for a free gift, tell your musician to go to iZotope’s Learn site to access free tutorials on music production, mixing, and mastering.