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Rocking Fillers 2017

Sub-£100 studio gift round-up

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.
From £9

Alpine MusicSafe Pro
SOS staffers never leave home without earplugs. These plugs offer various levels of attenuation without killing the top end.
£19.95/$27

Aston Rycote InVision USM shockmount
This universal shockmount is a great choice and also works nicely with the Invision Universal Popkiller which neatly attaches to the front.
£79

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

Spider Capo

Creative Tunings Spider Capo
Create over 900 custom tunings quickly with this unusual capo.
UK: £35.95
Review: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/creative-tunings-spidercapo

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.
£7.99

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.
£68
Review: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/fluid-audio-strum-buddy

Modal CRAFTsynth
Monophonic digital synth that connects to your computer or iOS device
£79

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.
£23.11

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.
From £31.50

https://www.soundonsound.com/shop/subscriptions

Stereo Bars
For XY coincident and ORTF stereo configurations, the smaller K&M 23550 (£9.24) should be sufficient, but for bigger arrays with more than two mics, check out the 23560 (£33.45)

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.
£95.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO32 Tonic
This surprisingly capable drum machine pairs with software patch backup and editing (the software doubles the price, though).
£85
Review: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/pocket-operator-po-32-tonic

UV Marker Pen
Invisibly mark all your most precious studio gear with this pen that only shows up under UV light.
£4

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