Being a music producer is believe it or not, a hard job. You might think it’s all fun and no work, but try sitting for 6 hours straight having to get that snare to sound just perfect. If you have a friend who is a music producer or is on the way of becoming a successful one, why not give them a gift so they feel appreciated.
Here are some ideas that are proven to get the job done:
Music Theory for Computer Musicians
One of the most important things new and aspiring music producers lack is the basic music theory knowledge. Not the program they work on, or which instruments and synths to use, but the fundamentals like song key, notes and chords. In order to make the job easier one simply must know these things or they will struggle. This is why this makes the perfect gift for your aspiring musician friend that needs a boost with their career.
The single most important tool that every electronic music producer will ever need is a MIDI keyboard. The purpose of this powerful and elegant tool is to make the job of songwriting a lot easier. Instead of memorizing which letter of your PC keyboard represents which note on the piano, you can simply plug in this amazing gadget and write - away. The recipient of this gift will personally tell you that you made their life a lot easier.
You might wonder and say: “I’m sure my friend has some old headphones laying around and doesn’t need more.” But the difference with these headphones is that they are made especially for music production. Unlike commercial brand headphones this type of headphones doesn’t boost any frequencies to make them sound better. They give out the original output of the song without any unnecessary boosts so you can have a great perception of what your mix lacks.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD
It’s no joke to a music producer when they run into computer problems such as viruses, malware or any sort that requires formatting the PC and deleting all of your hard searched audio samples. Those things cost money and it’s hard to find the right instrument samples that suit your style. This is where a portable drive proves very useful, not to mention this is an SSD so using those samples has little delay and doesn’t slow down the PC. Simply load up all of your favorite samples and always have them by your side.
Eye Protection Glasses
You might not find this in your average music producer gift ideas list, but it’s a product many take for granted. If you are a producer or if you know anyone who is, you should know that it takes a huge portion of your day, and 99% of the job is sitting in front of a screen. The blue light that the screen emits has a dangerous effect where it hurts your eyes, causing headaches, and gradually has bad effects on your vision. Everyone whose job requires them sitting in front of a screen all day should have this on them at all times no questions asked.
If you knew how much equipment producers and audio engineers have you can visualize the cables behind the desk. A different one for the monitor, speakers, microphone, mouse, keyboard, interfaces, headphones, all tangled up, you don’t know which cables leads to what, always unplugging the wrong ones. The cable sleeves solve a problem of organisation in the studio by making your cables look clean and elegant, and it frees up a bit of space.
Sound Isolation Recording Box
This is the perfect gift for the aspiring music producer who can’t afford their one recording studio. Fortunately, you can help your friend a great amount with this amazing tool that does almost the same job as a professional recording cabin. By using this, the background noise is isolated almost to none and the quality of the recording is at its best. From personal experience, this thing is worth a lot more than it’s priced.
This is the simplest and easiest way of recording a guitar on your smartphone. Just plug it in your smartphone and play your favorite song or personal composition, then send it to you DAW and you have an original guitar melody to do with as you wish. Since an original guitar sound is very hard to recreate on a PC, this handy little item proves very useful in extracting that fresh guitar sound that will make the song glow.
Drummer Nutritional Facts T-Shirt
Musicians often want to get noticed that they do music. What’s a better way then to literally have it in writing on them? It highlights a big part of their character and makes the perfect conversation starter. This shirt is guaranteed to bring a smile on the recipient’s face and make their job of bragging about being a musician so much more easier.
Arturia Beatstep Controller
Have you ever seen a picture of a music studio setup without one of these gadgets? If you didn’t know what it does and how it makes a producer’s job easier, let me explain. Only a person who has already tried it knows how annoying and stressful making a drum sequence for a song can be. Clicking every single kick, snare and hi-hat takes up a lot of time. This gadget helps play out the beat in real time and gets the job done a lot faster.
Expressive E Touche
Writing a melody can’t get funner than this. E Touche is a very cool way of writing melodies and notes with just hand gestures. It’s easy to imagine how this product can consume you and make you forget how much time you have spent playing around with it. If you or your friend is looking for a new way to get creative, this is a 100% chance guarantee to get the job done. Just be careful not to waste too much time playing with this and forget about the work part.
Music producers often have a great sense of rhythm, which explains why you see some of them always tapping the beat of some song on the desk. Thanks to this great gadget now they can transfer the perfectly crafted desk beat into the song they are making on their PC. A gift like this can easily get you in the top 5 friends list.
3D Music Night Light
If your friend sleeps in the music studio, like most do, since they are always working, this is the perfect gift for them. A beautiful night light that will improve the atmosphere in the room when it is dark, and to always remind them that music is their life. They way this looks in the dark is just astonishing as it absolutely resembles a 3D object.
Audio Frequency Spectrum Cheatsheet Poster
Besides making you look like a rocket scientist, this poster has more use in knowledge than in decorations. What this poster shows is which frequency represents the sweet spot for every instrument group. The specific frequencies marker shows the perfect place to boost in order for that instrument to shine. Imagine how much easier the mixing process will be thanks to this decorative cheatsheet.
Packed with both sheet pages and normal pages for writing text, this makes a very thoughtful gift for musicians, aspiring or professional. It proves useful in both cases as it is always a good idea to write down ideas that maybe won’t come later when you start working. This actually happens more often than you might think, ideas are always rolling around in their heads, just waiting to get out. Thanks to this, now both the lyrics and melodies can be written down together without confusion.
Muslady Walter Mini Harp
This one might be more suitable for the experienced producer and recorder. One who works with music production knows that natural instruments like string and wind instruments are very hard to recreate in the audio workstation, so having one of these astonishing and breathtaking instruments will most certainly help quite a lot with the quality of their production in the natural sounds area.
The closest thing to sound like real drums, but less expensive and less space invasive is this miracle of an instrument. The cajon has a strong resemblance to the acoustic drums and many bands take one of these little guys to concerts instead of big drum sets. Now imagine owning this in your home studio and recording natural sounding acoustic drums for your songs. Imagine how high quality and professional the songs will sound with all those natural sounds. That’s something many people look for instead of the electronic made instruments and beats.
Kensington Expert Trackball Mouse
Trackball mice are actually quite popular with professional music producers as they make the job a bit easier with navigating. Each of the buttons can be assigned to perform a different task which is what makes it so powerful. This specific one is among the most popular of the trackball mice which is why it will make a perfect gift for your producer friend.