It’s the season of sharing! And there’s nothing we love more than sharing information about production gear that will help you make better music. But once a year, we like to give some other people—and by that, we mean top artists, DJs, producers, and engineers—a chance to do the advising, in our annual Rock Star Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we hit up Peter Bjorn and John, Placebo, Butch Vig, French Horn Rebellion, Waxahatchee, Beats Antique, and dozens of others for ideas, and got an eclectic mix of suggestions ranging from the practical to the whimsical: from workhorse preamps to toy horns; from classic studio mics to rare vintage instruments.
Of course great thing about shopping for audio gear is, it just gets more powerful and less expensive all of the time, so for the most part, the tools your favorite artists use are within reach. So whether you have ten spare dollars or ten thousand, there’s something for you in this guide.
We know money can’t buy happiness, but there’s a good chance that a new mic, plug-in, or synth will put a smile on the face of your favorite musician or engineer.
Looking for even more gift ideas? Check out our 2015 guide HERE, and our 2014 guide HERE. Happy Holidays!