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13 best gifts for musicians in 2024

Sidharth Sriram, in Community news
Jan 15, 2024 | 3 min read

It’s been a crazy year for our musicians – if you are looking for gift ideas to cheer them up we’ve got you. Here are our 12 best gifts for musicians to keep up their creative energies.

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1. Soundbrenner Core 2

The Soundbrenner Core 2 is the first smartwatch for musicians. With a sleek interface, the Core 2 features a silent, vibrating metronome (so nobody has to listen to that infuriating click again), a magnetic contact tuner, a decibel meter, and an alarm that warns you when things get too loud, as well as smart notifications for calls and texts. It’s the ultimate tool for musicians – all on your wrist.

2. A subscription at GuitarTricks.com

Be it a seasoned professional or a complete beginner, it is always important and useful to constantly polish your skills and learn new/more knowledge within your craft. GuitarTricks is the perfect place for any guitarist to do this. They have hundreds of song lessons, and step-by-step courses for beginners and even provide a video feedback feature that allows a user to record themselves playing, submit it to a GT instructor, and get a video response with specific pointers tailored to their improvement. Sign up for their 14-day trial and get started!

3. Handmade guitar straps by Revo

One of the most unique gifts you can give. Each strap is literally one-of-a-kind with natural variations in the wood. Not only are they cool, they are super comfortable and great for passionate musicians.

Revo Straps has been the world’s only source for guitar straps made from exotic tonewoods for over 20 years. All the straps are sourced using sustainable harvesting in Central America, and the quality is exceptional. A stunning addition to any high-end guitar.

4. Playtron

Playtron and TouchMe MIDI controllers

The Playtron MIDI Controller offers a unique way to create your custom MIDI controller. It can connect up to 16 objects with alligator clips. This allows you to use it with several mobile apps, online synthesizers, or your favourite DAW.

From fruits to plants, and even toys, the possibilities are endless. Connect the clips from objects capable of conducting electricity to Playtron, and assign a different MIDI note (C1 to D#2 by default) to each object. Then, you can start playing and creating your unique sounds!

Why we love it

  • A unique way to make music and you could add a very interesting/interactive aspect to your performance
  • Very affordable price for the several versatile features
  • Combine with other MIDI controllers or instruments to create complex arrangements and performances. 
  • Very portable (can be connected to your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Bluetooth for a wireless setup)

Cons

  • Not best for very precise control

5. TouchMe

TouchMe allows you to connect to objects in the same way as Playtron. However, this is a sensory device as it is set to react differently to the touch. Meaning, that when the area of touch and intensity changes, the sound changes too, causing the pitch to go higher or lower!

Why we love it

  • Overall great sequencer
  • Perfect amount of keys
  • Combine with other MIDI controllers or instruments to create complex arrangements and performances. 
  • Explore the theremin-like sound generation potential of the TouchMe device to create dynamic and expressive music. 
  • Interact with other people in a musical creative environment.
  • Very portable (can be connected to your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Bluetooth for a wireless setup)

Cons

  • Not best for very precise control

6. Evans SoundOff Drum Mutes

Living with or next to a drummer is…loud. But thankfully, you can get a set of mutes for acoustic drum kits from Evans. You still get the feel of an acoustic drum kit, so there’s no need to worry about comprising your practice – it’s just at a volume that’s more pleasant for neighbours.

7. STOMP Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal

stomp page turner

As tablets become more popular for reading sheet music, consider amping up that convenience with a STOMP Bluetooth page-turner. With this foot-switch, keep your hands free to play your instrument, instead of stressing out about the 0.5 seconds you have to turn the page. You can also program this pedal to control your DAW or trigger backing tracks. A perfect gift for any gigging musician.

8. Minuendo Lossless Earplugs

minuendo

These are our favourites for a reason. The emphasis on precise material use and minimal design keeps the product light and comfortable for all-day wear. Minuendo uses a membrane technology that mimics nature which behaves like a second eardrum. To add, users are protected while still being able to hear natural high-fidelity sound. Its rotating volume slider manual adjustment is between -7 and -25dB.

9. Auralex Studiofoam Wedgies

With home recordings on the rise this year, acoustic treatment for our rooms has become a bigger priority. These sound-dampening foam panels from Auralex are a great gift for musicians who might be a little too noisy and come in a pack of 24, which makes it easy to spot-treat your home studios. These Wedgies are 2″ inches thick and have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.75, which means they absorb 75% of sound. Auralex also has 3″ and 4″ panels with higher NRCs for greater reduction of echo and reverb.

10. Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

akai professional

For any creative spirit out there, this compact keyboard and pad controller from Akai comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments for immediate music creation. Featuring eight assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing and plug-ins, a four-way thumbstick, eight velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads, a built-in arpeggiator and more, this ultra-compact instrument certainly packs a punch.

Although, we would highly recommend you take care of the USB port and be aware of where you place and store it.

11. Smartphone Studio Microphone

portable mic

Know someone who’s starting to record their music in 2024? Compatible with any device, the Smartphone Studio Mic is everything you need to record music from your home. Get studio quality recording (up to 24-bit/9kHz), compatibility with iOS, Android, macOS and Windows, and built-in gain control and direct monitoring. It’s also completely powered by your device, so no charging is required at all! Its ease of use makes it one of the best gifts for musicians.

12. TASCAM DR-05X Stereo Handheld Recorder

For more acoustically-minded instrumentalists who can’t be bothered with a grand recording setup (hint: classical musicians), the TASCAM DR-05X is a choice gift. With built-in dual omnidirectional condenser microphones for stereo recording, you can expect great audio quality with this portable recorder. This also serves as an audio interface with your Mac or PC so you can record directly into your computer for tasks on your DAW or podcasting.

13. Wave in-ear monitors

Discover the Wave IEMs, an in-ear monitor redefining auditory excellence. With a 10mm dynamic driver ensuring unparalleled sound clarity, this device invites you into a world of sonic intricacies, whether you’re a musician, audiophile, or casual listener. Its ergonomic design guarantees extended comfort, while 36dB passive noise isolation, facilitated by six ear tip options, creates your private musical sanctuary, blocking out the world’s distractions.

Crafted for longevity, the Wave IEMs boasts durability with its premium construction and detachable braided cable, always ready for your on-the-go lifestyle. Small yet powerful, it becomes your pocket-sized companion, promising an immersive musical journey wherever you go. Elevate your music experience with Wave IEMs—where sound meets comfort, durability, and pure listening pleasure.


And that’s our list of best gifts for musicians, want to know more about us? Soundbrenner is a company dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core 2, our goal is to deliver the best possible practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

Do you have a question about Soundbrenner products? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

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