15 Music Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed
15 Music Accessories You Never Knew You Needed
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It's easy to overlook the little things when it comes to music gear but gig bags, straps and stands are important too. Here's a few of our top tips when it comes to accessories for musicians and engineers.
Hugh McKenna - Our Live Engineer And Guitar Pedal Geek
- You Can Never Have Too Many Picks (goes double if your home is your studio/practice room) - At last count I'd lost 247.5 guitar picks to the "pick fairy". Don't just keep one type in stock either, a variety of thicknesses is always useful for rhythm, solos, hybrid picking and quite simply it's good to mix things up from time to time.
- Get Strapped In - Strap locks are great, as are Grolsch flip top beer bottle rings (check on Google) but looking cool is important too. Picking a strap is like choosing ties, sometimes you want to go garish and wacky while sometimes it's best to play it straight.
- Buy Cable Ties, Gaffa And Electrical Tape - It can feel like overkill cable tieing 4 XLRs and a few jack leads going to your interface but trust me you'll be glad of it, even if it's to avoid that one time you're rummaging around, snag the whole ensemble and send it crashing to the floor. The electrical tape is crucial too, don't tie your cables in a figure of eight and stash them away never to be seen again. This can cause wear and tear on even premium cables, just get yourself to a DIY store and buy a big roll of leccy tape then let this man show you how it's done.
Ste Simpson - Our Gigging Guitarist/Studio Owner
Get The Rollers And Hair Bobbles In - If you're selling T-Shirts at the gig it's an absolute life saver if you roll them up and apply a short strip of tape to keep them bundled. Ste's solution to cable ties is just get some hair bobbles and wrap them up that way.
So that's our words of wisdom on the subject of low tech solutions to some common problems but if you need something a little more professional here's a few highlights for the studio, practice room and stage.
Orange Valve Tester - A life saver for studios, no need to rely on a tech for your valve amps. The Divo system is similarly clever stuff and will extend valve life while letting you conduct sonic experiments into different tube combinations.
Vox Amphones - Just the thing to practice on the move, listen to music on the bus and check mixes in the studio.
UDG Backpack - Don't rely on your old school satchel, get a proper tool with loads and loads of pockets.