FACT's important vacation present information for producers

From Moog mugs and DIY drum machines to the newest Eurorack modules, FACT has give you all of the present concepts you want for musicians and producers this vacation season.

The finish of the yr is coming, which suggests you’ll have to purchase presents on your accomplice, associates and family. That’s daunting sufficient, but when the individual in query is a producer, you’re in all probability feeling an additional pang of hysteria.

So, that can assist you decide the precise present for the musician in your life, we’ve gathered a few of the yr’s greatest new gear to go well with all budgets alongside stocking fillers and studio necessities on your family members (or simply for your self).

Stocking fillers

These cheap presents are excellent for fixing all of your Secret Santa dilemmas.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Moog Travel Mug by Moog
Show your love for Moog and assist save the planet on the similar time with this waveform-themed journey mug.
Price: $19.99

Stamp Albums: Electronic by Dorothy
This beautiful display print reimagines 42 basic digital albums as postage stamps and is ideal for hanging on the studio wall.
Price: £35

TB-303 T-Shirt by Roland
The final T-shirt for acid followers and synth nerds alike.
Price: $24.99

Program Your 808 posters by Rob Rickett
These posters don’t simply look cool – they function the precise 808 patterns to recreate basic tracks by Cybotron, Mantronix and Yellow Magic Orchestra at residence.
Price: £11.99


If you’re shopping for a present for somebody who’s already acquired all of the gear they want, these books will preserve them busy.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Patch & Tweak by Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer
The follow-up to final yr’s Push Turn Move is an exhaustive tome on modular synthesis, that includes purchaser’s guides, how-tos and patching secrets and techniques from the professionals.
Price: $70/£55

Making Music: Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by Dennis DeSantis
Ableton’s guide of inventive methods is nearly 4 years outdated now, however the composer’s block-beating knowledge inside is timeless.
Price: £22

Mars By 1980: The Story of Electronic Music by David Stubbs
David Stubbs’ exhaustive historical past of digital music will present all of the inspiration you want on your subsequent studio session (probably an excessive amount of, even).
Price: $22/£20


Synthesizers don’t need to price 1000’s – there are present choices to go well with all budgets and skill ranges.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Mute four.zero synthesizer
Mute’s dinky digital wavetable synth is the proper present for each megafans of the long-running UK label and gnarly digital noises.
Price: £89

IK Multimedia UNO
This two-oscillator actual analog monosynth appears small however sounds enormous – the sub-$200 worth makes it a steal too.
Price: £179/$199

Elektron Digitone
Hefty kick drums, drifting ambient pads and screeching leads – Elektron’s superior FM synth and four-track sequencer does all of it.
Price: $759/£699

Moog Grandmother
Moog’s new entry-level keyboard synthesizer combines a cool, retro design with a patch bay for sonic experimentation.
Price: $899/£799

Drum machines and samplers

A brand new drum machine will ship as a lot pleasure on Christmas morning as a PlayStation (and it received’t hog the TV).

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Roland TR-8S
The newest in Roland’s peerless drum machine line has basic 808 and 909 sounds on board but additionally the game-changing choice to load your personal samples.
Price: $750/£625

Modal Electronics CRAFTrhythm
This DIY drum machine will be constructed with out instruments in beneath 10 minutes and has its personal companion app. It’s the proper LEGO substitute for grown-up youngsters.
Price: £80 ($103)

Teenage Engineering PO-35 Speak
Teenage Engineering’s newest Pocket Operator has a built-in microphone for vocal sampling. It’s not a drum machine precisely, however you may make some very bizarre loops with the on-board sequencer.
Price: $89/£75

Korg Volca Kick
Probably probably the most underrated of Korg’s Volca vary, the Kick is a much more versatile studio device than its identify suggests.
Price: $150/£104

Eurorack modules

If the one you love is a modular synth devotee, these Eurorack modules ought to convey one thing uncommon to any skiff case.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

ALM Busy Circuits Pamela’s New Workout
This helpful module from ALM is a programmable clocked modulation supply – which suggests you need to use it automate all kinds of bizarre sounds and squelches.
Price: $275/£218

Mutable Instruments Plaits
The successor to Mutable’s ubiquitous Braids module features a huge 16 totally different synthesis fashions.
Price: $259/£199

Tiptop Audio Z-DSP
Tiptop’s Z-DSP is without doubt one of the most versatile results items you should buy, and its new enlargement playing cards provide much more prospects.
Price: $450/£373

Expert Sleepers Disting MK4
Expert Sleepers’ well-liked Disting will discover a residence in even probably the most stuffed of Eurorack instances – it packs over 80 features into one tiny module.
Price: $189/£139

Modular synth necessities

If you’re undecided what module to purchase the Eurorack fanatic in your life, these modular necessities is not going to be unappreciated.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Befaco Knurlies
Patching your Eurorack is enjoyable. Unscrewing the modules once you need to swap them out, not a lot. These specifically designed screws will be tightened by hand, so that you’ll by no means have hassle getting your new modules in.
Price: $20/£15 for 50

Rubadub 3U 88HP Eurorack Powered Skiff Bundle
Rubadub’s entry-level powered skiff is the perfect place to begin for anybody that desires to start out constructing a modular synth – or develop an present system.
Price: £179 ($230)

Mutable Instruments Little Bag Of Patch Cables
This useful pack of cables (which is available in its personal gift-friendly bag) contains 20 Eurorack patch cables in 4 totally different lengths.
Price: $55/£49

Intellijel Hub four Channel Passive Eurorack Signal Multiplier
This cute hub permits a sign from, for instance, a keyboard or sequencer, to be despatched to a number of modules as a substitute of only one. They even have the choice to stack collectively magnetically.
Price: $10/£11

Software and controllers

A MIDI controller or DAW generally is a more cost effective method into music manufacturing than a standalone synth.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3
NI’s entry-level Maschine is nice worth, providing not only a stunning, compact controller for beat-making however a ton of samples, synths and sounds too.
Price: $259/£189

Novation SLMkIII MIDI keyboard controller
This new MIDI keyboard controller from Novation is the last word all-rounder. It works with most DAWs out of the field and has connections for controlling analog gear.
Price: $599/£498

Akai Fire
The arrival of Akai’s Fire FL signifies that FL Studio house owners lastly have their very own devoted MIDI controller.
Price: $199/£175

Ableton Live 10 Intro
The entry-level model of Ableton’s new Live 10 is a good introduction to music manufacturing.
Price: $99/£84

Stands, instances and storage

If you’re shopping for a present for a producer who already has all of the gear they want, purchase them one thing to show it or preserve it secure.

FACT's essential holiday gift guide for producers

3DWaves stands
These modern 3D-printed stands will be purchased for an enormous vary of synths and controllers, together with the Push, Waldorf Blofeld and Teenage Engineering OP-1.
Price: Various

UDG hardcase for Maschine MK2, MK3 and Jam
UDG’s versatile bag will match most of NI’s latest full-size Maschine controllers, and the hardshell outer will preserve it secure from harm in transit.
Price: €49.95

Synths & Wood stands
These customized stands are the perfect place to show a group of Korg Volcas or Roland Boutiques. Synths & Wood will even design a stand to your personal specs should you can’t discover what you’re on the lookout for.
Price: Various

Decksavers will be discovered for just about all the hottest MIDI controllers, all they’ll preserve them secure from studio mud and spillages.
Price: Various

Scott Wilson is FACT’s tech editor. Find him on Twitter

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