In this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, we have rounded up some the best of the best music gear gifts to give (and get) this holiday season for Music Producers.
Dubspot Gift Certificate | The Gift of Learning
Did you know that Dubspot offers gift certificates for our programs? Give your loved one the gift of knowledge and launch them into new heights of creation this season with one of our extensive music production or DJ courses. Any Dubspot program, course, or weekend workshop can be scheduled and wrapped into a gift for your music lover. We can even arrange private one-on-one sessions with our instructors at an affordable price. Call 1.877.DUBSPOT (1.877.382.7768) for details.
Teenage Engineering | Pocket Operators – $59
Experience a fresh new way to create music using your thumb with six different cleverly designed Pocket Operators by Teenage Engineering. Pocket Operators are small, ultra portable music devices that feature animated graphics, real synthesizer engines, punch-in effects, built-in speakers, and more for a low price. Making electronic music can be fun anywhere, anytime!
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KORG | Volca FM – $159
The volca fm is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine and links the classic sound of groove machines and early samplers of the past with the dance music of today. The unique volca interface makes it easy to manipulate distinctive FM sounds even if you’re not familiar with the complexities of FM synthesis. The 16-step sequencer that’s one of volca’s features provides new functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN that let you make even more powerful rhythm patterns.
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KORG | monologue – $299
KORG rolled out their next-generation monophonic analog synthesizer in a vivid five-color lineup. The monologue is a compact 25-key, fully programmable monophonic analog synthesizer with a voice all its own. While sharing its sleek layout, knob-per-function workflow and high-quality construction with Korg’s best-selling minilogue, monologue is a truly unique new synth for all types of musicians; featuring new voicing and sound-sculpting abilities. The monologue’s completely new filter, modulation, drive, and LFO can generate powerful basses and sharp leads, creating awesome mono sounds that showcase its single-voice design. The step sequencer has also been dramatically expanded, allowing more intuitive and more complex editing.
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ROLI | BLOCKS – $180
ROLI releases BLOCKS, a new modular music studio that you build as your skills and interests grow. You can arrange your Blocks in many configurations to create kits that are perfect for you. The Blocks connect magnetically, so you simply add more Blocks to do more things. The Lightpad Block is the center of the BLOCKS system. You make music through natural movements on the Block’s smooth, glowing, pressure-responsive surface. Drop beats and shape melodies by striking, sliding, and pressing your fingers on the surface. Illuminated grids help you find your notes. Light Trails guide you to learn musical gestures quickly. To get started on BLOCKS, all you need is a Lightpad Block and NOISE, the free iOS app.
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Beyerdynamic | DT880 Pro Reference Headphone – $249
The DT 880 PRO is a reference-class, semi-open studio headphone which combines all strengths of open, transparent headphones with those of more powerful, closed headphones. Specially designed housings and an improved system equalisation turn this “remake” of the studio classic DT 880 into an ideal studio monitoring headphone, with analytical qualities. Soft earpads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces together with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use.
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Arturia | BeatStep Pro – $249
Arturia’s BeatStep Pro is one of the most coveted hardware devices that emerged at NAMM 2015 and has been appearing in all sorts of music studios. This world-class controller, performance sequencer, and composing tool can be used on stage or in the studio for anyone who prefers hands-on experience with sequencing. Designed to play well with MIDI, USB, CV/Gate, and even DIN Sync platforms, the BeatStep Pro offers two independent melodic sequencers, each with 64 steps per sequence and a drum sequencer that has 16 separate tracks per sequence. BeatStep Pro brings together powerful performance effects such as a looper with a touch strip, a randomizer, swing settings, and many other tactile controls to step up your performances. BeatStep Pro also gives you full control of virtual devices, analog and digital instruments, drum machines, and iPad apps all at once.
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Arturia | Keystep – $119
Do you need a portable USB MIDI controller but also want a keyboard that provides a musical playing experience? Do you have some MIDI modules that you want to connect as well but don’t want the footprint of a large keyboard? Or maybe you want to control analog gear via CV/GATEs? Do you want a step sequencer with polyphonic capability that can sync to your favorite modern and vintage gear? Well, meet KeyStep by Arturia, a new breed of portable musical tool that combines the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices.
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Arturia | DrumBrute – $449
DrumBrute is an all-in-one analog drum machine designed with performance and in-depth sound editing at its heart. This compact machine provides 17 distinct, fully analog drum and percussion instruments with an intuitive sequencer, massive connectivity, a two-mode Steiner-Parker filter, and dynamic performance controls. Create energetic and exciting drum beats with a single, user-friendly device. With its vast sonic potential and smooth workflow, DrumBrute meets and exceeds the expectations of demanding musicians. Bridging the gap between inspiration and technology, DrumBrute offers punchy analog drum sounds, advanced 64 step / 64 pattern sequencing possibilities, and ultra-effective performance controls.
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Slate Digital | Everything Bundle (Black Friday Deal) – $149
With the Slate Digital Everything Bundle, you get all of their award-winning plugins. Choose between three different subscription packages to access every single Slate Plugin, every new plugin they release, free updates, and free iLok 2 if you don’t have one. In addition, Slate Digital is offering 50% off many of their popular plugins for a limited time.
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Native Instruments | MASCHINE JAM – $399
Native Instruments’ new MASCHINE JAM is the modern digital instrument designed for fast, intuitive sequencing, and track building. Capture ideas with advanced drum, melody, and chord programming while enhancing your workflow. Quickly sequence and arrange on the fly with an 8×8 multicolor click-pad matrix, shape and perform sounds in inspiring ways using eight dual-touch Smart Strips, and then bring it all together with the power of the included MASCHINE and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT software.
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Novation | Circuit – $329
Circuit is a new grid-based groove box driven by two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, combined with an intuitive 128 step grid-based sequencer. The standalone box comes loaded with built-in effects, eight synth macro controls, four drum parameter controls, a library of patches, and heaps of other powerful features that will give you all the tools needed to create music. In addition, its compact design, built-in speaker, and battery power allows you to create music anywhere. Circuit can be used in the studio working alongside your standalone synth gear as well as run in sync with your music software.
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Roland | Boutique Series – $299 – $399
The Roland Boutique line is a series has of limited-edition compact sound modules that faithfully recreate three renowned analog synthesizers from Roland’s historic past. Powered by the acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior technology, the limited-edition series includes three modules based on the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and JX-3P instruments from the 1980s. Loaded with hands-on controls derived from the original synths, each module can be used as a tabletop MIDI device or mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a standalone compact synth.
Roland JU-06 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $299
Roland JP-08 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $399
Roland JX-03 Boutique Synthesizer Module: $299
Roland K-25m Keyboard: $99
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Roland | TB-03 – $349
The battery-powered TB-03 is a direct descendant of the famous TB-303 Bass Line Synth. The layout and controls are unchanged, so it works just like the original. It sounds like it too, thanks to Roland’s advanced ACB technology that recreates the hypnotic liquid grooves of the magic silver box. But the new TB-03 goes even further, with several enhancements not found on the original model. The four-digit LED display makes programming easier and more accurate, while overdrive and delay effects let you unleash a twisted, tribal wall of sound to send the crowd into a frenzy. Back in the studio, the TB-03 can send control information via MIDI or its USB port, the latter of which also functions as an audio interface.
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Roland | TR-09 – $399
The influence of the TR-909 drum machine is still heard—and felt—more than three decades after it was launched. Now, the 909 sound is available as part of the Roland Boutique series in the form of the TR-09. Featuring the same front-panel layout and user interface of the original, the TR-09 is powered by Roland’s ACB technology, delivering the speaker-pummelling power of the TR-909 in a super-affordable and portable format. Offering precise control over an array of drum parameters and the ability to keep playing when switching modes, the TR-09 may be compact, but it still has the power to move people. Studio sessions are well catered for too, with four separate outputs via USB audio, external instrument control via a trigger output, and USB MIDI.
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Roland | SYSTEM-8 Plug-Out Synthesizer – $1499
Powerful and deep, the SYSTEM-8 delivers a vast palette of sounds inspired by over four decades of legendary Roland synths. Its next-gen Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) engine powers an eight-voice, three-oscillator monster with stunning filters and effects, highly versatile LFOs, and a massive array of high-resolution knobs and sliders to control it all. Support for three PLUG-OUT synths means the SYSTEM-8 can host spot-on recreations of numerous Roland classics, and JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 PLUG-OUTS are even included with purchase*. Split and layer synths for unheard of sounds, and tap into the integrated vocoder, arpeggiator, CV/Gate outs, and advanced polyphonic step sequencer to fuel endless creative explorations.
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Critter and Guitari | Organelle – $495
The Organelle makes it easy to explore new sounds and experiment with new ways of making music. It combines playful and intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine that can be used as a synthesizer, effect processor, sampler/recorder, and anything in between. This instrument is customizable, create or edit patches directly on the device or on a personal computer by connecting a USB keyboard and mouse, and an HDMI monitor. In addition, the Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level.
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Yamaha | reface Series – $499
Yamaha’s reface Mobile Mini Keyboards combine the legendary sound of classic synthesizers and ultra-mobile design with connected creativity. Based on legendary synthesizer models like the DX7 or CS series, the company presents four compact instruments, which play to their strengths on the road, on stage or even in the studio. reface is perfect for songwriters, sound designers, live performers, and those looking for access to an instrument that allows them to react when inspiration strikes. Their compact design, integrated stereo speakers, and battery power make the reface quartet ready to play at all times.
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Moog | Mother-32 – $599
The Moog Mother-32 is the first tabletop semi-modular synthesizer from Moog. It is a distinctive analog instrument that adds raw analog sound, sequencing and extensive interconnectivity to any electronic or modular ecosystem. This expansive new live performance and production instrument is handcrafted in Asheville, NC and has been meticulously designed to provide musicians with a diverse array of creative tools to inspire new music, unique sound and endless sonic exploration.
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Elektron | Analog Heat – $719
Add sparkly brilliance, or grimy roughness, to any sound source. Analog Heat by Elektron is a hardware effects processor that features eight different analog stereo distortion circuits, stereo analog multi-mode filter with seven filter types, two-band stereo analog EQ, assignable envelopes, and an assignable LFO. Analog Heat is also Overbridge enabled and can be fully integrated with your DAW. In addition, Analog Heat can function as a 2 in/2 out sound card, even while processing DAW audio.
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Ableton Push 2 – $799
Like the original Push, the new version brings hands-on creation of melody and harmony, beats and song structure. Now designed and engineered entirely by Ableton, Push has a new level of playability that puts even more elements of song creation at your fingertips while seamlessly working with Live. The redesigned Push features a new large multicolor display that adapts to show what you need and keep you in the creative flow. Library navigation, sample waveforms, effects parameters and mixer levels are instantly visible on the display and tweakable via the touch-sensitive encoders. In addition, Push now has fast and flexible sampling workflows that let you slice samples across the pads and play back single hits and time stretched samples. Create looping instruments on the fly, chop up drum kits from recordings, or play longer rhythmic samples back in tempo – all without taking your hands off Push. There’s even more musical and expressive pads integrated. Push’s new pads have been carefully redesigned to feel just right for musicians of all kinds. Softer, smoother, and more responsive, they provide the perfect playing experience for creating beats and melodies.
Save 20% on Push and Packs until January 11th!
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Dave Smith + Tom Oberheim | OB-6 Desktop – $2299
The OB-6 desktop module is just as powerful and easy to use as its counterpart, the OB-6 Keyboard. The module has all of the same controls as the keyboard version and provides the same immediacy and ease of use. As with the OB-6 Keyboard, all parameters are at your fingertips, with full-sized knobs and switches spread across a comfortable, intuitive layout. Both the OB-6 desktop module and OB-6 keyboard are a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 takes the classic bold Tom Oberheim sound — with its true voltage-controlled oscillators, 2-pole filter, and amplifiers — and adds modern enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. No other modern analog poly synth can boast such a pedigree or such a massive, in-your-face sonic signature.
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At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.
About This Program
This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.
- Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
- Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
- Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
- Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
- Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
- Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music
- Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
- 132 hours of hands-on instruction
- Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
- 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
- Access to the course videos for one year after course completion
Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.
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