April 09, 2015
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Gadget Lovers
We all know a gadget lover who is impossible to shop for. Whether they already own just about everything or have very particular tastes, we tend to put off shopping for them until the very last minute. If they’re also a musician, you’re in luck- this list is chock full of stocking stuffer and gift ideas for gadget lovers of all types. From wearables to recording essentials, here are a few gift ideas for that gadget loving musician in your life. Better yet? The majority of these items are easy to find, and most can be found on Music & Arts, meaning you won’t even have to leave this website to purchase the perfect tech gift!
No, we’re not talking about the fitness trackers and heart rate monitors. We’re talking about state-of-the-art wearables that can help your musician actually become a better musician. Our favorites include the Soundbrenner Pulse Wearable Metronome Standard and the IK Multimedia iRing. The Soundbrenner Pulse is a metronome that’s powered by vibrations. Instead of keeping time with an old-school (and super annoying) clicking metronome, your musician will actually feel the time on their wrist, helping them develop a solid sense of internal rhythm. Available with two bands that enable your musician to wear the device on their wrist, upper arm, or leg, the device can be worn by all types of musicians, no matter their preferred instrument.
The IK Multimedia iRing allows musicians to control their music apps and effects without ever having to touch their device. The iRing uses hand gestures to control effects and other items in music apps, allowing musicians to create music by moving their hands in front of their device. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch, it uses the front-facing camera on your musician’s device to determine the exact position of the wearable, allowing musicians to control up to six parameters at the time. If your musician spends tons of time in their recording studio, the IK Multimedia iRing is sure to be a welcome addition to their studio.
Another essential for home studios, PowerBridges are a continuous charging system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and digital iRig accessories. By combining a power supply and an ultra-low noise audiophile-grade power conditioner into one product, your musician will be able to connect and charge any digital iRig accessory with a Mini-DIN or Micro-USB port. Through this connection, the iRig PowerBridge allows continuous charging while also passing along audio and MIDI information between the iRig accessory and the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. With two options, the 30-pin Standard and the Lightning Standard, there’s a streamlined solution that’s fit for your musicians needs. Not sure which one to get? Be sure to keep your receipt or, better yet, purchase your gadget loving musician a Music & Arts gift certificate, instead.
Sure, a microphone isn’t super techy or super fancy, but it’s something virtually every gadget lover can use, especially if they have a home studio or perform a lot in public. Need a recommendation? We like the IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio for a few reasons. It packs a 1 diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure, so your musician can produce professional-quality recordings anywhere. Perfect for musicians, home producers, podcasters, and voice-over artists, this gift doesn’t need to be limited to musicians only. With a big sound, small size, and a full suite of controls, the iRig Mic Studio is equipped with everything you need to capture the highest quality sound, regardless of your musician’s location. Compatible with a wide variety of third-party apps and software, spoil your gadget loving musician with this mic this holiday season.
Need even more gift ideas? Check out the Best Metronomes and Tuners.
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