Best Holiday Gifts for Musicians.
When the holiday times come its always tough finding the right gift for the crazy musician in your family. Even if you are just looking for a great gift for your self these are some great deals and ideas.
Zoom H2 Portable Recorder.
This is a great portable recorder that can be used or all kinds of purpose. I have used my for recording everything from live performances to sound fx. It can also be used as a microphone and quick recording interface with any PC or Mac computer. Any producer, guitar player, drummer or other musician will thank you big time for this one,
Shure SM57 Microphone
The Shure SM57 is a world class microphone that has stood the test of time. Its rugged and sounds great in both recording and live situations. These microphones are great for use recording guitars and drums and unlike other microphones this one can take a beating.
Shure SM58 Microphone
Just like its younger brother the Shure SM58 is one of those microphones you can never have to many of. Your loved musician can use add this to there collection to use on ther next live gig. The shure SM57 and SM58 are the perfect combo.
The Pig Nose 7-100 Portable Amp.
This little portable amp is less then 10 inches tall and 7 inches wide. If the guitarist in you family doesn’t have one of these yet they will. Its not one a blow the windows out of the house loud amplifier. I love it becasue it makes some decent noise but you can still whatch tv in the next room without going crazy. These little amps are alos great for recording. Mic them up with an SM57 and your ready to go.
The Blue Mikey
The Blue Mikey is a microphone that attaches to any of the latest generations IPhones, Ipod Touches, and Ipod Nanos. It basically turns your ipod or iphone into a pretty decent portable recorder. Enough said.
Logic Studio is a software program for any one using an more recent apple computer. It allows your to record, write and make music in computer. It has everything you need to go from brainstorm to final mastered CD in one box. Just supply the creatvity and your done. This is the perfect addition to any any musicians Apple computer. Just make sure its a rather new computer running the latest software. Its also about $70 cheaper through Amazon then buying directly from the Apple Store.
Protools LE and MBox Mini
Protools is a recording and music making program for any mac or pc computer. This will instantly turn any computer into a recording studio.
Finale or Sibelius
For any who loves to write and arrange music there is nothing better then writing music on a computer. Programs like Finale and Sibelius allow you to write and print music from your computer. Each program also comes with a virtual orchestra that lets you hear your music back on the computer with out having actual live musicians around. Finale or Sibelius is also a great tool for booth music students and music teachers.
A year long subscription to Recording Magazine is a great gift under $20 that will inspire and educate your loved musician or producer all year long.
Making Music Make Money
This is a book that teaches how Music can actually make money. It explains how music publishing works and hwo you can sell your music for use in television.
Guitar Player Magazine
All the guitar news, articles and interviews and person good stand in year.
Electronic Musician Magazine
Electronic Musician is another must have magazine for any composer, keyboard player or other musician in to the recording and using computers to make music. A subscription at this price is also way cheaper then the cover price.
Korg Guitar And Bass Tuner
For under $20 your can help your loved guitar or bsss player stay in tune. The friends of your loved musician willthank you for this one. Nothing worse then playing with any out of tune guitar player.