Ten Christmas Stocking Fillers To Rock Your Socks Off!
Stocking fillers are great, but sometimes they can be a bit underwhelming. Here's a look at ten great, affordable stocking fillers that should make any guitarist, DJ or producer very happy this Christmas. And remember - you can STILL order in time for Christmas!
|1) KORG KAOSSILATOR 2
||Even more powerful than the original Kaossilator, the Kaossilator 2 is a palm-sized, battery operated phrase synthesizer with built-in speakers and designed to be used on the go.
It delivers synth and drum sounds, loop recording, arpeggiator and much more. Very useful for DJs and even guitarists.
All for just £85! (Also available in Limited-Edition Pearl White, slightly more expensive)
|2) ORANGE MICRO CRUSH
||This mini guitar amp is perfect for beginners, buskers or for those who use electro-acoustic ukuleles.
It's quite powerful for its size and has a very good tone - you can even do good sounding recordings if you mic it up well enough!
Another advantage over other mini amps, is that it also has built-in tuner and strap locks.
|3) KORG MONOTRON SYNTHESIZER
||The Korg Monotron share its DNA with the classic MS20 analogue synth.
The Monotron is a truly analogue ribbon synth, with a classic sound. It has built-in speaker and is battery-opperated, but it is no toy! Plug it to an amp or through a PA system, and it sounds MASSIVE! Works great with external FX, such as the Kaossilator, delay pedals and distortion.
A very useful, portable tool for any musician on the go!
|4) TC ELECTRONIC DITTO LOOPER
||This mini pedal can enrich your music immensely! A pocket-sized looper pedal that is "pedalboard-friendly" and extremely easy to use.
The Ditto Looper is an ideal pedal for anyone who wants to try out a looper without commiting too much money. Ed Sheeran fans could try this one first, rather than the more expensive model he uses...
PS: the Boss RC-1 is another great option, for the same price
|5) IK MULTIMEDIA iRING MOTION CONTROLLER
||The future, on your fingers! Free up your fingers and gesture, wave or even judo chop for creative FX, DJ mixing and beat making on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Using the camera in a clever manner the iRing tracks your movement in the X, Y & Z axes.
With iRing, you actually get a 3 dimensional grid — an XY and Z grid — that allows you to move across the screen to control delay time and feedback (the X & Y grid), but also gives you a third parameter to control by moving the iRing closer to or farther from the device.
The price? Only £19.99!
|6) TC ELECTRONIC POLYTUNE 2
||TC Electronic's original Polytune quickly became one of the most popular tuner pedals around.
The Polytuner 2 is just as good, but comes in a smaller size, which is perfect for players who have lots of pedals, as it saves precious space.
It is ultra-precise, bright and has many different tuning modes.
At just £62, this is a bargain. It looks neat, too!
|7) AKAI MPX8 SAMPLE PAD
||This simple to use, affordable sample pad controller is simply great!
A quick and convenient way to have one-touch access to a virtually unlimited number of sounds, shots, stabs, and drops. comes with a drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC, plus a large library of standard samples built in so you can start performing right out of the box!
Great for DJs but also for radio use, podcasts and more!
Price? Only £74.99
The MPX16 is also available, only slightly more expensive.
|8) FOCUSRITE iTRACK POCKET iPHONE RECORDING INTERFACE
||All-In-One "Capture & Publish" video recording solution!
The iTrack Pocket recording interface for iPhone is ideal for anyone who wish to create high-quality videos to share on social media, such as YouTube: singer-songwriters can quickly record high-quality music videos of their performances, and video bloggers can make videos and upload them much easier than if using something like DSLR cameras. Everybody is a winner!
|9) APOGEE iOS JAM 96K INTERFACE
||Capture the warmth and richness of your guitar’s tone with digital purity using one simple ‘take-anywhere’ device, Apogee JAM 96k. JAM 96k delivers your next great performance to your iPhone, iPad or Mac whether you’re at home, on-the-go, or in the most advanced recording studio.
Go ahead, crank it up. JAM 96k brings classic boutique amp sound and feel straight to your guitar, so you can dial-in lush tones without sounding like you’re using amp simulation software.
|10) LINE 6 SONIC PORT VX
||At £139.95 this is the most expensive product on our list - maybe too expensive for a "stocking filler"? Well... it's compact enough to fit in a sock, and actually great value for what it does - Sonic Port VX is the only mobile recording interface that puts the power of a studio into the hands of songwriters on the go!
With built-in studio-grade condenser microphones and preamps that capture sound with stunning clarity and dynamics, you can finally develop ideas and record complete multi-track songs however, whenever and wherever you want.
Want more gift ideas? Check our Best Gifts Under £50 here.
Or Our Best Gifts for Musicians 2014, below: