The Best Music Tech 2016

With the Season to be Jolly slowly approaching, many people have their eyes set on some particular bits and pieces- and Music Tech is an increasingly popular choice of Christmas Pressy category- even for a lot on non musicians. So without further ado, here are my top picks for Music Technology gifts…

1. Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface

Chances are you’ve seen one of these before. The Focusrite Scarlett Solo has been used for years and years by many professionals and beginners alike. As it says in the title, it provides an interface to connect microphones and instruments into your computer which don’t have USB connectivity. Starting at $99, this is a great way to let young musicians kindle their passion for music- especially if they already play an instrument…

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2. Rode NT-USB Microphone

In a world dominated with Blue Microphones- this could start the perfect revolution. For just a Fraction more than the Blue Yeti, you can buy an industry standard microphone, complete with gain control and pattern selector. It also comes with a built in pop-filter and tripod, which look fantastic! The Rode NT-USB mic comes in at $164.

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3. Cubase Elements

Having a plethora of Music Tech is great, so long as you have some software to tie it all together- and Cubase Elements is the perfect choice. It is normally overlooked today, but comes with many pre-installed instruments and plug-ins. That combined with it’s incredible ease of use makes it the perfect choice for first-timers. or indeed Skrillex. $90

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4. MasterKey 49 Key MIDI Controller

Many people settle for a 25 key controller to use with their music software, but personally, I think it’s worth the 49 key upgrade. For just $80, you’re given a wide range of keys and some basic controls. The addition of it being velocity sensitive also gives it a very natural feeling…

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5. Audio Technica ATH-M50x

Better than Beats. These headphones cost around $130 and sound priceless. used by beginners for their affordability and professionals alike- no other headphones can compare for editing or listening.

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So there we have it, some of the best music tech money can buy. If you have any feedback or questions- be sure to leave them in the comments, and stay tuned for more soon…

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