No matter what music genre your friends like or what instrument they play, they deserve a gift that fits their needs and personality. Here are some of the best gifts for musicians.
Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 – Great gift for DJ
The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 features hard wearing jog wheels that you can use in 2 different modes – Beatgrid and Jog mode. It has enough features and controls to help an entry level DJ get started. The USB DJ controller is portable and comes with Traktor Pro 3, so you can start mixing, looping or creating music right away. The layout is user-friendly as well. The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 has 4 hot cue buttons.
- controls have great movement
- high quality jog wheels
- free software allows you to start recording and mixing right away
- coms with USB cords and power supply
- lacks case cover options
Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp – Perfect on the go for guitarist
The Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp is a portable little amp that’s perfect for guitar players on the go. It is battery powered and features a headphone jack, tape delay, Blackstar patented Infinite Shape Feature and 2 channel amp packed with Blackstar amplifier sounds. The Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp is equipped with a Line In/ MP3 jack, so you can connect it to your tablet, MP3 player, laptop or mobile phone. You can use the Emulated Line Out for recording or silent practice.
- has two channels – Overdrive and Clean
- battery powered
- 3-inch speaker produces true Blackstar tones
- overdrive produces some noise, but it’s still quite normal for an overdrive
Presonus HD7 Studio Headphones
The Presonus HD7 Studio Headphones have high quality ear pads that provide a comfortable listening experience. It has high resolution drivers, precision-tuned acoustic chamber and extended bass response that provides listening experience similar to studio monitors. The ear pads provide great sound isolation. The Presonus HD7 Studio Headphones feature a detachable jack, so you can mix, record and listen to music anytime, anywhere.
- auto-fit head bad
- removable single-side cable
- comfortable to wear
- extended bass response
- You sacrifice a bit of clarity in the lower mids.
BandLab Link Analog Audio Interface
The BandLab Link Analog Audio Interface is a pocket size recording tool that is ideal for those who want to create music anytime, anywhere. It comes with a Neutrik Combo Jack Socket that you can use to connect your line level instrument, microphone or electric guitar. You only need to plug the headphones in and begin recording with your tablet, computer or phone right away.
- superb audio interface
- weighted design guarantees stability
- built-in rechargeable battery
- you need to plug it into an app to get the headphones to work
Yamaha Pacifica 012 Electric Guitar
The Yamaha Pacifica 012 Electric Guitar is perfect for guitarists of all skill levels as it’s easy and comfortable to play. It’s offered at a reasonable price and comes with the Line 6 Spider V 20 Amp that contains cab simulators, more than 200 effects and 16 on board presets. The guitar is also available ina wide range of colors.
- Sonokeling fingerboard
- tuners are easy to adjust
- There’s a hum at loud volumes.
Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
The Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal produces superb distortion sound, so it’s perfect for professional artists and musicians. It has a durable design and distortion, level and tone knobs. The distortion pedal can provide smooth distorted overtones and doom-rock sound.
- durable construction
- works for bass
- Some people may not like the high pitch treble sound.
TOURTECH TT-12S Electronic Drum Kit
The TOURTECH TT-12S Electronic Drum Kit is ideal for home practice and beginners as it can help them practice in silence. Intermediate and professional drummers can use it to improve their skills. You can choose from20 preset drum kits and 250 voices with various toms, snares and cymbals.
- built-in recording and song playback tools
- may not be suitable for those who are looking for more features
Korg 25-Key Midi Controller
The Korg 25-Key Midi Controller features 8 channels for controlling your music software. It has 3 switches namely mute/record/solo, pan and volume. The MIDI controller also comes with a knob and a fader as well as a marker button that allows you to assign marks at different points in a song.
- sophisticated keybed offers velocity-sensitive keys and improved accuracy
- can be used with netbook computers and laptops
- sustain button
- sliders aren’t illuminated
Carbon 49 MIDI Keyboard
The Carbon 49 MIDI Keyboard features 49 semi-weighted keys and USB cable that you can connect to your iPad through a camera connection kit. It also has a sustain pedal and several ports for connecting other MIDI gear.
- easy to use
- keys have to be pressed down hard to produce a solid not
Numark PT01 Touring Turntable
The Numark PT01 Touring Turntable comes with a rechargeable battery and built-in speakers. It’s a suitcase-style turntable with 1/8-inch aux input for different audio sources and 1/8-inch headphone jack that allows you to listen to your favorite songs in private.
- seamless conversion through USB to PC or Mac
- rechargeable battery
- comes with a 45 RPM adapter
- Those who are looking for a Hi-Fi stereo turntable may not like this product.
Choose the gift that fits the needs of the recipient and your budget.