Whether you’re buying for the recording fanatic in your life or simply planning how you might spend some festive fiscal gifts, here’s a little run-down of some sub-£100 pressies for the studio.
Abbey Road Studios merchandise
Everything from mugs and hip flasks to a reproduction of Sir George Martin’s original orchestral arrangement for Yesterday.
Alpine MusicSafe Pro
SOS staffers never leave home without earplugs. These plugs offer various levels of attenuation without killing the top end.
Caig DeOxit D5
While it's not the most exciting item on our list, if you have noisy contacts, this is the stuff you need.
Starts at £14.20
Creative Tunings Spider Capo
Create over 900 custom tunings quickly with this unusual capo.
Desk-mounted mic arm
Ever been struck by inspiration and had it leave while you were setting up a mic stand? No more, with this amazingly affordable desk-mounted mic arm. Also a good choice for podcasters.
Fluid Audio Strum Buddy
This portable, battery-powered amp for for electric guitarists uses a sucker pad to attach to the guitar body and allows practice freed from the confines of a large amp.
Monophonic digital synth that connects to your computer or iOS device
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior
SOS Veteran Mike Senior shares his tips for mic placement and much more in this essential recording guide.
Sound On Sound Subscription
No list of music technology gift ideas would be complete without mention of a SOS subscription. Get 12 issues the world’s best recording technology magazine in print, digital or both. Also, if you buy a Print + Digital subscription at the moment, you will also get a free Gothic Instruments Dronar pack from Time+Space, worth £59.95.
Submarine Guitar Pickup
Want the Royal Blood sound? Submarine gives you a separate output for your lowest (or highest) two strings so you can drop them an octave, or manipulate them in any way you like.
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO32 Tonic
This surprisingly capable drum machine pairs with software patch backup and editing (the software doubles the price, though).
UV Marker Pen
Invisibly mark all your most precious studio gear with this pen that only shows up under UV light.