I love things that work, and I love them even more if they’re pretty affordable. Something tells me we’re on the same boat…
So here’s a list of 5 awesome and practical studio Christmas gift ideas under $100 you might consider asking for. I hope you’ll find some of these under your tree in a few weeks, so be good for goodness sake!
Auralex Mopads – $45
Simply put, these are the best way to enhance the sound of your studio monitors. I wrote a review of them a while back but, to summarize, these Mopads are pads made of foam meant to be placed beneath your speakers to isolate them from your desktop or stands. The result? More precise and tighter low end response, less nasty rumbling and better overall accuracy out of your monitors! At this price, it’s something you shouldn’t miss!
Arturia Minilab – $99
The Minilab is far more than just a plain MIDI controller. It gives you tons of features. From soft pads to rotary encoders, everything is fully customizable and packed in a super portable shape. On top of that, you get the awesome Analog Lab software with it, which includes more than 5000 sounds from famous analog synths. If you need portability with lots of functionality and stunning sounds for less than 100$, this is the way to go!
Planet Waves Guitar Rest – $7
Little things like this make all the difference. This guy turns virtually any surface into a guitar stand, from desktops to chairs. You just need to lay it on a flat surface and boom, instant guitar stand! It’s so small you can take it wherever you go and yes, it works! It’s made of a rubbish-like material and won’t slip; never had a guitar crash! No more need to lean your guitar on the floor to answer the phone and things like that… For its price, this is literally a no-brainer!
Shure SM57 – $99
A Plug&Mix Plugin – $39 (or FREE)
Looking for a cheap way to add a new weapon to your mixing arsenal? Then make sure to check out the guys at Plug&Mix. From classic EQ to crazy effects to spice up your tracks, there are more than 40 effects in their army, and you can even get one of them free of charge! Anyway, if you want to add something more under the tree, another one will only cost you $39 at DontCrack.com. An absolute bargain for a user-friendly and great sounding plugin!