Best Xmas Gift Ideas For Music Producers (2019 Ultimate Guide)

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We hope that your December will offer some well-earned rest, eating, drinking and relaxing…

… Yeah, right.

We know as much as anyone that Christmas can sometimes be more stressful than its worth, especially when picking out the right gift for friends or family.

Who’s ready for the endless looping of Mariah Carey and Michael Buble’s renditions of Christmas hits? …Noone.

Picking The Best Christmas Gifts For A Music Composer/Producer

Us music producers can be a picky bunch. Add to that the fact that the things we DO want tend to be either expensive, over-complicated to buy or just odd and finding the perfect present can be a nightmare.

But here at Producer Hive we want to take the worry out of your Christmas and make finding the right gift as easy as a few clicks.

For the musician, producer, singer or even someone who just dabbles in audio we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of gift ideas to suit any budget. 

Books & Games

OK, so as a kid books weren’t the most exciting gift but there are some great reads out there for your producer friends or family.

The Producer’s Manual

The Producer's Manual: All You Need to Get Pro Recordings and Mixes in the Project Studio
  • Sample Magic
  • White, Paul (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 07/01/2012 (Publication Date) - Sample Magic (Publisher)

The Producer’s Manual is a 350+ page book full of professional tips, recording techniques and more to help manage a project from start to finish.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Beginner to intermediate producers/fans of dance music

The Secrets of Dance Music Production

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The Secrets of Dance Music Production
  • Felton, David (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 312 Pages - 12/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Jake Island Limited (Publisher)

The world’s leading electronic music production magazine delivers the definitive guide to making cutting-edge dance music. The book features 312 beautiful color pages packed with technique, tips, illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Producers of all skill levels, anyone who are fans of dance music.

Modern Recording Techniques

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Modern Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents)
  • Huber, David Miles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 642 Pages - 11/03/2017 (Publication Date) - Routledge (Publisher)

Modern Recording Techniques is the bestselling, authoritative guide to sound and music recording. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for a step-up in the industry, Modern Recording Techniques provides an in-depth read on the art and technologies of music production. It’s a must-have reference for all audio bookshelves.

This Gift Is Perfect For

More experienced producers who create or record their own (or other’s) music.

Serving The Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

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Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain
  • Hardcover Book
  • Goldberg, Danny (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 04/02/2019 (Publication Date) - Ecco (Publisher)

Casting aside the common obsession with the angst and depression that seemingly drove Kurt, Serving the Servants is an exploration of his brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought—one that has lasted decades longer than his career did. Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn’t alive until after Kurt’s death.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Anyone into grunge, Nirvana in particular.

How To Make It in the New Music Business

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How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a...
  • Hardcover Book
  • Herstand, Ari (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages - 11/05/2019 (Publication Date) - Liveright (Publisher)

This is the latest offering by Ari Herstand, who released a highly successful book that covered a multitude of topics in regards to becoming successful in the music industry. This edition is his newest update to that book, and is a must-have for anyone looking to navigate the music industry in 2020 and beyond.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Anyone looking to turn their music into a fully-fledged career.

Oblique Strategies

Oblique strategies: Over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas
  • Eno, Brian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12/12/1979 (Publication Date) - [The Authors] (Publisher)

Oblique Strategies is a creative card-based method for inspiring creativity, designed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Any musician who’s ever complained about hitting “writer’s block”.


Headphones

Headphones are a great gift for producers, however, knowing which ones to get can be tricky. We’d recommend staying away from ‘buds’ such as Apple’s Air Pods and go for over-ear headphones. Luckily you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great-sounding headphones:

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Renewed
  • Cutting-edge engineering and robust construction
  • 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90 swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort. Removable cable

Audio Technica is one of the leading audio manufacturers and their products range from the budget or entry-level through to high-end pro gear. The M40x headphones are a great option which sound great and won’t break the bank.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Bedroom producers, DJs, producers who need to mix quietly (such as at home) or laptop producers who want to create or mix music on the go.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Headphones

beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones - Open-Back Stereo Construction, Wired...
  • Open over-ear headphones for Professional mixing, mastering, editing, and listening at home or in the studio
  • Perfect for studio applications thanks to their transparent, spacious, strong bass and treble sound
  • The soft, and replaceable velour ear pads ensure high wearing comfort
  • Hard-wearing, durable and robust workmanship - made in Germany
  • The world famous DT 990 PRO headphones deliver unmatched quality in sound reproduction at an incredible price. No matter...

Beyerdynamic headphones can be found in pro studios all over the world. The DT  990’s are ‘open back’ which mean they allow sound to escape from the rear of the headphones giving a more accurate sound for mixing. They are at the pricey end of the headphone market but well worth it in terms of quality.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Intermediate to advanced producers who mix and release either their own or other’s music who may need to mix quietly, at home or on the move.

Microphones

Microphones are an integral part of music production. It can be a tricky purchase but we have a few great suggestions if you’re thinking of picking up a mic this Christmas:

Shure SM58

Shure SM58 Cardioid Vocal Microphone & Pig Hog Mic Cable, 20ft XLR - Bundle (Red)
  • This Bundle contains 2 items: (1) Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone (1) Pig Hog Red Woven Mic Cable, 20ft XLR
  • Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass rolloff
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise
  • Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
  • Effective, built-in spherical wind and pop filter

The Shure SM58 is a microphone that is regarded as an ‘industry standard’. It’s robust, sounds great and is at home in a studio as well as on a stage. This type of microphone is typically used for vocals but it’s sister mic the SM57 is an almost identical model but for instruments (eg recording a guitar amp). The SM models are so good it isn’t uncommon to find several in any recording studio!

This Gift Is Perfect For

Producers who are recording their own material (such as vocals or guitars) or anyone who performs live.

Rode NT1-A Microphone Bundle

Rode NT1-A Anniversary Vocal Cardioid Condenser Microphone Package
  • as the seller is the only authorized fulfilled by dealer, and purchases from unauthorized dealers carry no
  • Delivers a warmth, extended dynamic range, and high SPL capability typical of more expensive offerings
  • An Incredible self-noise level of only 5dBA makes this an extremely quiet studio microphone
  • The low noise makes it an ideal vocal microphone as well as perfect for recording guitars and percussion
  • Includes everything you need to get a truly professional vocal recording and is ideal for home studio recording

The Rode NT1-A is a great all-round microphone that is available as a bundle which includes a pop-shield, mic lead and dust cover. This is a great option for bedroom producers who may just be starting out and want to get great-sounding vocals at home.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Beginner to intermediate producers who want to record vocals (or even instruments) at home.


Synthesizers

Synthesizers are the backbone of electronic music.

They are also a great addition to any producer’s collection even if they aren’t necessarily creating electronic or dance music as they can be used to add extra depth to recordings – they also tend to be a lot of fun to just sit and play even when you aren’t recording. 

Pocket Operators

Teenage Engineering PO-12 Pocket Operator Rhythm Drum Machine
  • PRODUCES 16 DIFFERENT DRUM SOUNDS - The Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm uses real synthesized drum sounds to recreate...
  • OFFERS 16 BUILT-IN EFFECTS - The Rhythm Pocket Operator has 16 onboard FX including distortion, delay, stutter, and...
  • LETS YOU CREATE A WHOLE SONG - The 16-step sequencer and step-multiplier allow you to chain up to 16 patterns together....
  • FINE-TUNE THE EFFECTS IN REAL-TIME - Effortlessly edit the 16 effects with the dual real-time parameters. You can...
  • JAM ON THE GO! - PO-12 Rhythm has a jam-sync function, which lets you connect the unit with other Pocket Operators. You...

Pocket operators are tiny, calculator sized synthesisers that, although small, sound great and are loads of fun to use. There is non doubt a novelty to them but their glitchy sounds are a lot of fun and can be used to create drum beats and their small size means they are ideal to transport.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Anyone who enjoys dabbling in synthesizers or creates music on the go. Also for any Rick and Morty fans the new PO-137 model is a perfect Christmas gift.

Behringer TD-3

The TD-3 by Behringer is actually a replica of a classic synthesizer called the Roland TB-303. Although at the time it didn’t do too well in terms of commercial success, the TB-303 is now widely regarded as a classic model (which is also reflected in its current price tag!).

The TD-3 offers many of the same functions and sounds as the original but at a fraction of the cost. The TD-3 is also new to the market as well so could be a perfect gift for the synthesiser lover in your life!

This Gift Is Perfect For

Any synthesizer fan or even those looking to get into synthesizers

Available at: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BehrTD3BU–behringer-td3-blue 


Non-Music Essentials

It’s no secret that music production is a craft that takes time to master, so unsurprisingly us producers have a bit of a reputation for spending hours in dark rooms working on perfecting our tracks. Whilst these gift ideas aren’t specific to music, they will make a great addition to any studio.

Lava Lamps

Lava the Original 16.3-Inch Silver Base Lamp with Yellow Wax in Purple Liquid
  • Yellow Wax in purple liquid
  • Provides relaxing, soft light
  • Silver aluminum base and cap
  • 40-Watt light bulb included
  • Plugs into a standard 120-Volt wall power outlet

Although a little outdated in terms of modern interior design, lava lamps can make a dark studio room seem a little funkier. Music production is all about the vibes, so if your loved one tends to lock themselves away in their studio then why not brighten their space up!

Amazon Basics High Back Executive Chair

AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Office Computer Desk Chair - Black with Pewter Finish, BIFMA...
  • Comfortable executive chair upholstered in bonded black leather and PVC
  • Padded seat and back for all day comfort and support
  • Pneumatic seat height adjustment; 360 degree swivel; smooth rolling casters
  • Measures 29.13 by 25.59 by 41.34 to 45.08 inches (LxWxH); 1 year limited warranty; assembly instructions included
  • Maximum weight capacity 275 pounds

OK so this is arguably the least exciting item on the list, however the importance of a comfortable chair cant be overlooked.

Spending hours hunched over a laptop or computer isn’t great for anyone, particularly if the chair isn’t comfortable. If you’re stuck for ideas and not sure what to get, a decent workstation chair is a great bet.

Standing Desk

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Stand Steady Standing Desk X-Elite Standing Desk | X-Elite Pro Version, Instantly Convert Any Desk...
  • EASY TO SIT / STAND: The X-Elite PRO (Patent Pending) is an adjustable standing desk converter. It goes up and down with...
  • BIG SURFACE: Grab your computer and place it right on top of your new stand up workstation, using the modern single flat...
  • ERGONOMIC HEIGHT RANGE: Standing height is 7 inches to 16 inches - you choose the right height for you!
  • FULLY ASSEMBLED: No assembly required - just open the box, place your computer, mouse and keyboard on top of the X-Elite...
  • AWARD-WINNING MODERN DESIGN: Buy an X-Elite PRO today to start enjoying the health benefits of sitting less & standing...

On the subject of wellbeing in the studio, a standing desk is a great option for those who create music as well as mix and edit in their workspace. A standing desk allows your to raise or lower the height of the desk meaning you can either stay seated or stand up. Stay seated for editing, stand up for recording or even just alternate to avoid being sat down all day!


Stocking Fillers

Last on our list are stocking fillers. Maybe you don’t want to spend a fortune, maybe you still aren’t sure what to get, maybe you’ve got the music producer in your group for secret santa. Here are a few cheap and cheerful small gifts which you can’t go wrong with:

Dunlop 2-Piece Egg Shaker Set

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A handy little addition for any studio or performer. Great for adding a little extra touch of percussion to recordings or even as an accompaniment to an acoustic guitar!

Guitar Wall Hanger

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For the guitar or bass players in your life a wall hanger creates a much neater way of storing their instruments. These hangers simply screw to the wall and lock in place under the guitar’s weight.

Ukulele

Check out the best Ukulele deals on Amazon.

OK so you may not be able to fit this into a stocking but a Ukelele can be great fun in the studio. Their popularity has risen in the last few years and the great thing is they are really cheap and easy to learn. Think of either Pixar or any upbeat TV commercial and you’ll probably recognise the sound of a Ukelele!

Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth:

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Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth
  • Miniature stylus operated synthesizer is a recreation of the 1967 classic
  • Choose from three different retro organ sounds, Optional vibrato effect
  • Tuning knob on bottom allows you tune the Stylophone or do pitch-bend effects
  • Built in speaker with volume control, Optional headphone jack
  • Input for MP3 player mixes your music with the Stylophone and outputs everything through the built-in speaker

A really fun miniature synthesizer that is operated with an included stylus. The synth is a perfect stocking filler that will keep your producer friends and family occupied all day.

Cable Wall Mount Hanger

Auray CBH-19 Wall Mount Cable Hanger
  • Keeps Cables Handy and Accessible * Prevents Kinking and Damage
  • 19 Slots * Compatible with 5-13mm Cables
  • Sturdy All-Steel Construction
  • Includes: Limited 1-Year Warranty, Mounting Hardware

There is nothing worse than a studio full of tangled up cables. Most recording spaces (even at home) tend to have a never ending pile of leads and cables. This wall mounted hanger is perfect for organising an untidy space.

Music Producer Notebook

Notebook: music producer and musician - 50 sheets, 100 pages - 8 x 10 inches
  • notebook, Electronic music (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 100 Pages - 11/29/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

It’s easy to forget your mental notes in the studio, so sometimes good old fashioned pen and paper works a charm. This producer notebook is ideal for scribbling mix notes.

Amazon Basics Black T-Shirt 6 Pack & Gaffa Tape

If all else fails and you’re really stuck then you can’t go wrong with a pack of black T-shirts and gaffa tape. Black T-shirts are the standard uniform of sound engineers worldwide, and gaffa tape is legendary in its ability to fix ANYTHING.

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Black Gaffers Tape - 2 Pack - 30 Yards & 2 inch Wide - 2 roll Bulk Set Refills case. Multi-Pack...
  • 2 pack - Black Matte Gaffer Tape - Multi-Pack - 2 inch 30 yd per Gaffers roll.
  • Also known as photographer tape, it is wide, strong, waterproof and residue free.
  • Great tape for pro filming, production, photography, and photo development.
  • Tape multi pack can be used for concert and theatre stage floor, cable, wires, podium, motion picture equipment, and box...
  • Bulk value - bundle includes multiple rolls per set / case of gaffer cinta aislante de tela

Subscriptions

Nowadays there is a subscription service for pretty much anything including music production! Subscriptions tend to be payable monthly or yearly and often come with great perks such as tips from top producers or free software.

Noiselab

Sign up using this link and enter code PRODUCERHIVE to save 20%.

Noiselab remains as our highest-rated music production course online. If you know someone who’s looking to become proficient at producing electronic music using Ableton, this is our top pick.

If you’d like to read our full review of the course, click here.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Aspiring electronic music producers looking to take their skills to the next level. Especially useful for beginner to intermediate producers using Ableton.

Nail The Mix

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Nail The Mix is a subscription service for rock, metal or punk producers (or even producers with an interest in those genres). Subscribers will get access to invaluable content such as mixing and recording tutorials, real tracks from their favourite artists for them to mix at home and exclusive video content and competitions.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Intermediate to advanced Rock and Metal producers (or fans).

Price: $19.99 per month or $199.00 for 12 months (including two months free)

Available at NailTheMix.com.

Education & Bass Online

education and bass online course review

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“Spending only just a week digesting the content of the course, I uncovered little nuggets of wisdom that made me go from “how did I never discover that feature before?” to “I have to try this right now”. I often found myself pausing the videos just to open up Ableton and try out the techniques myself.” – Sean (Editor @ Producer Hive)

Check out our full review here.

This Gift Is Perfect For

Any budding producers who are passionate about dubstep, drum & bass and other similar UK underground electronic music styles.

Splice

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Splice is an online subscription service that gives users access to millions of professional samples to use in their songs and plug-ins (effects which they can use in their mixes) as well as exclusive contests. Think of this as a little like Netflix but for music producers!

This Gift Is Perfect For

Producers of any ability as the content provided can be used by anyone. 

Price: $7.99 per month of $79.99 per year

Available at: https://splice.com

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