Great gift ideas for DJs, producers, bloggers, podcasters and musicians

The holidays are upon us in a big way and if you haven't done your holiday shopping yet it's time to kick your sack into high gear because you're late people. 

For those of you that are shopping for a podcaster, content creator, professional producer, or just an enthusiast, we have a great selection of toys to inspire your seasonal gifts. 

From the super technical items like the ARC 2.5 System to help producers balance out the audio accuracy of their studios to the Samson G-Track Pro that lets podcasters and musicians capture incredible audio, their is something in here for everyone.

So head over to your local music retailer or hit the interwebs and get to it, because time is running out.

For the hard core producer that needs to step up their studio game, the Arc system 2.5 with MEMS microphone is an acoustic correction system that uses a precise MEMS measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in to dramatically improve the audio monitoring accuracy of speakers in any studio/room listening environment in an affordable, slick, portable, and easy to use professional solution. 

The Samson G-Track Pro Professional USB Microphone with Audio Interface is a step above your average USB mic. Creators can now make professional sounding recordings with ease, stepping up their audio game in a big way. Whether in a home studio or on the go, the G-Track Pro allows users to focus on making great recordings and less on the set-up process. What separates this mic from the others is not only is it a incredible USB microphone but it's also an instrument input and mixer for recording two independent audio channels at the same time. This functionality gives creators the ability to capture audio at 24-bit/96kHz, delivering fantastic, highly detailed results. The simplicity and out of the box  plug-and-play connectivity makes this mic the perfect choice for musicians and content creators. 

  • All-in-one professional USB microphone with audio interface
  • Ideal for podcasting, gaming/streaming and recording music
  • Dual 1" (25mm) condenser capsules
  • Cardioid (unidirectional), bidirectional and omnidirectional pickup patterns
  • USB output for connecting to any Mac or PC device

Great for the musician/producer on the go, the IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O gives creators professional rack-quality mobile recording and monitoring in real time on any compatible mobile device or portable PA. The IK team engineered the iRig Pro I/O with 24-bit A/D and D/A converters with a 96kHz sample rate, a 1/4" hi-Z/XLR combo input that easily handles passive and active pickup configurations, a MIDI in/out, and an 1/8" stereo headphone out with preamp and level control (It's compatible with the most recent iOS devices as well). The unit also has switchable 48-volt phantom power so musicians/vocalists can use it with their favorite condenser mics.

We all know someone that plays guitar, or even a ukulele these days, and the Roadie 2 is one of the most high tech tuners on the market. This compact little device is great for beginners and pros alike with its ease of use and incredible accuracy. One of our favorite things about the Roadie 2 is that it lets players tune their instruments (or even completely change their tuning configuration) in seconds with or without a mobile device. The second iteration stepped up the functionality and now lets players use it without their phones. Another huge plus is that the Roadie 2 is accurate in all environments because it uses a vibration sensor and not a microphone, so no more stressing about tuning in loud environments before a gig. The unit also features 40 preset alternate and open tunings and allows players to create their own custom settings. The R2 works onTelectric, acoustic, classical, and steel guitars, bass guitars, 7 and 12-string guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, etc.  Note: The R2 does not work with Bass Guitars, they make a separate tuner for this purpose. 

We were are huge fans of the iRig Mic for mobile interviews and podcasting, and now IK has made something great even better. The IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2 has the same traditional design and rugged build as the first one, but now features, a built-in headphone output and volume control so users can now monitor the sound. The iRig Mic HD 2 features a gold-sputtered electret condenser capsule that produces excellent sound and its cardioid polar pattern helps keep ambient noise from leaking into your recording. The mic is super easy to use with its plug-and-play operation and works seamlessly with most recording apps on your laptop or your iOS mobile device. The iRig Mic HD 2 built-in headphone output provides compatibility and added functionality for newer iPhones without headphone jacks, which is really the key reason for upgrading to the new model. This is a great mic for capturing vocals and music, broadcasting, podcasting, live streaming, and more. Get this for your mobile music/content creator, they will be amazed at it's functionality and insanely good sound quality. 

For the mobile musician/producer it's essential to have a great keyboard/MIDI controller for creating tunes on the go. IK Multimedia has just dropped their I/O line of controllers with an onboard audio interface which is a game changer for this type of gear. This unit allows producers/musicians to power their speakers, input their mics/instruments/lines all in one device, thus further compacting the mobile set-up. 

The 25 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys feel great on your finger tips giving mobile players the feel of a traditional full size keyboard. The Keys I/O also comes with eight touch-sensitive RGB LED backlit drum pads to hammer out your drum beat patterns with ease, another fantastic feature for electronic music and hip hop producers. The touch-sensitive sliders and buttons plus touch-sensitive rotary controllers put users in complete control of soft synths and other apps. The built-in audio interface features 24-bit/96kHz sound quality, a Neutrik combo input, and phantom power plus comes with a comprehensive software package including T-RackS Deluxe, SampleTank 3, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, Ableton Live 9 Intro, and SampleTank iOS for iPad and iPhone.

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