Father's Day is just around the corner. Here are some cool gift ideas for dads that make music, love music and want to be around music. Check 'em out.
Here's a gift you're gonna wanna steal and try yourself. It's the 50th anniversary edition of the Stylophone by Dubreq Ltd. This a portable little synthesizer lets Dad easily create quirky melodies and beats using a tap or slide of the finger or a stylus, whether he plays keyboards or not. The Stylophone has been used in hundreds of songs over the past five decades (including David Bowie's "Space Oddity") and costs U.S. $29.99.
Designed as the ultimate toolset for producers, engineers and sound designers, the Ultra Essentials Bundle features three powerful plugins and more than 600 presets. It's a cornucopia of goodness that your music making dad will love.
How about pushing the limits on limiters for dad this year? A true peak limiter is an essential tool. This professional, feature-packed limiter that is loud and transparent at the same time, equipped with extensive loudness metering.
IK Multimedia's iLoud is an ultra-portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker with studio-quality sound, deep bass, and – with 40 Watts of power – sounds louder than most speakers its size. Listen to music at home or on the go, or plug in your guitar and use it with your favorite music-making app.
You can never have too many sounds and loops and Ueberschall has you covered. Check out their Synthetic Soundtracks 2: The Return of Analog Power, a new soundbank for their free Elastik Player plug-in.
Synthetic Soundtracks Episode 1: Dawn of Analog Power provides the start of an ambitious journey into the universe of classic synth-based film scores. Episode 2: The Return of Analog Power, represents the next installment of this sonic trilogy and delivers a further 10 Elastik-based construction kits.
Here's a perfect addition to your dad's studio setup. Some killer headphones from Sennheiser. These top-of-the-range open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones have a high-quality titanium/silver finish and excellent transient response. Love.
How about a cool little synth? The Arturia MiniBrute 2 has evolved from the legendary monosynth that revolutionized the analog scene with its mixable waveforms, Steiner-Parker filter, and Brute Factor. Now with semi-modular architecture, you can splice its genome and expand its raw power into the world of Eurorack modular. Nice.
A new interface might be just the ticket. The latest in MOTU's award-winning UltraLite series, the UltraLite-mk4 is a USB audio interface with 40 simultaneous I/O channels (18 in, 22 out). It also delivers exceptional sound quality, new ultra-low latency drivers and expanded DSP for studio-grade mobile audio recording.
Is your dad a vinyl lover? How about a subscription to Vinyl Me, Please. They spend days digging for great albums and share the gems they find.
More drums? Yes please. Toontrack's collection of in excess of 230 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds in 44.1 kHz/24-bit were recorded with an additional eleven separate room microphones set up in a surround configuration for a complete immersive experience.