50+ Best Gifts For Music Producers: A 2022 Guide

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With computers, smartphones, and other newer technologies it has become possible for so many people, young and old, to try their hand at producing music. As you can imagine, or already know all too well, this also means there are an absolutely overwhelming number of products available for this growing market.

This can make finding the perfect gift for the music producer in your life pretty difficult, but I’ve focused on the best of the best – a still pretty big – but easily manageable – selection of great gift ideas from super cheap too, well, not so cheap, any of which would really please the music producer on your list.

Please note, all of you TL;DR types out there: this is a very long and exhaustive gift guide – something like 52 gift ideas in 7 categories! – and while in the next section I really try to narrow it down, and offer a mere 14 choices for best music producer gifts, you still might like to see my top four choices here:

What Are the Best Presents for Music Producers?

As I put this buyer’s guide for the best music production gifts together, I quickly realized that there are so many different gifts that are really just right for anybody who is producing music – so many that I had to kinds of reign myself in…

Even so, with all of my admirable self-restraint, I have put together a list of over 50 fantastic gift ideas for music producers, from the affordable to anybody level to the affordable to Quincy Jones or Rick Rubin level. Man, if you were a music producer you’d be laughing your cans off right now!

Anyway, I have so many ideas that I thought it would be a good idea to do a bit of a summary here. I have found, and will recommend, gifts in the following categories:

Yeah, that’s a lot – you can click on any one of the above lines and it will take you to just that section, or of course, you can read through the whole article, but how about if I offer here at least one of my favorite ideas from each category?

Best Gadgets for Music Producers

Orba by Artiphon | Portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller

Orba by Artiphon | Portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller | iOS, Mac, Windows, PC | Bluetooth...
  • Make music anywhere with Orba by Artiphon, a handheld synth, looper, and MIDI controller
  • Loop Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts to create songs on the fly
  • Use Tilt, Shake, Bump, and other gestures to play the touch-sensitive pads and control Orba with the way you move
  • Play through the built-in speaker or use the ⅛” jack to connect headphones or amplifiers
  • Pair wirelessly to the Orba App to customize your instrument and save your creations

Best Musical Instruments for Music Producers

Classic Heartwood Djembe Drum

Classic Heartwood Djembe Drum - 9"x 18", Hand-carved, Solid-wood, Goat-skin, from Ghana
  • After import from Africa, each instrument is cleaned, inspected, tuned, and played individually to check sound and quality.
  • Excellent sound quality from solid handcarved wood shell and natural West African goat skin.
  • Warm, full bass sound, strong open tones, and clean, crisp, high slaps - right out of the box.
  • Hand crafted in Africa by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project .

Otamatone Deluxe

Otamatone Deluxe [English Manual] Electronic Musical Instrument Synthesizer from Japan by Cube/Maywa...
  • STAY SAFE AT HOME while having fun with your family and friends! A perfect toy for lovers of all things cute, silly, and weird, the...
  • BEST SELLING - One of Japan's BEST Selling Music Toys. Deluxe Version is a full-sized, professional musician grade Otamatone. Its jumbo...
  • FUN & EASY TO PLAY - Simply press and slide fingers up and down the touch-sensitive stem to play different notes. You can also squeeze the...
  • TURN IT UP - Connect to headphones, amps, and speakers with the 3.5 mm stereo jack.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 x Otamatone Deluxe, 1 x 3.5mm Aux Cable, 3 x AA Batteries, 1 x English Language instruction manual, plus a Otamatone...

Best Computers and Digital Gear for Music Producers

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio - 14.4" Touchscreen - Intel® Core™ i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD -...
  • The most powerful Surface Laptop. Quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel Core H Series processors handle your most complex workloads.
  • Design, animate, and render at top speed. Step up to the award-winning Ampere — NVIDIA's 2nd gen RTX architecture, enabling ray-traced...
  • Boundary-pushing design with sleek 14.4“ (5) touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable...
  • Pair with Surface Slim Pen 2 for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper(7). Magnetically attach, store,...
  • Enjoy uniform, true-to-life color and contrast on the beautiful 14.4”(5) PixelSense Flow touch display. Experience smoother scrolling with...

SanDisk Professional 1TB G-DRIVE SSD

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SanDisk Professional 1TB G-DRIVE SSD - Ultra-Rugged, IP67 Dust/Water Resistant, Portable External...
  • Ultra-rugged durability with IP67 water/dust resistance, up to 3M1 drop, and 2000lb crush resistance
  • Pro-grade transfer speeds up to 1050MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write (1 MB/s = 1 million bytes per second. Based on internal testing;...
  • Sustained performance with a cooling aluminum core
  • Up to 1TB of capacity in a small and mighty design (1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating...
  • An industry-leading 5-year limited warranty

Best Recording Gear for Music Producers

Yamaha MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer

YAMAHA MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer with Effects
  • 6 channel stand-alone mixer with onboard SPX digital effects (no USB); 48V phantom power
  • Featuring studio grade discrete class A D PRE amps with inverted Darlington circuit providing fat, natural sounding bass and smooth, soaring...
  • 3 band EQ and high pass filters give you maximum control and eliminate unwanted noise, resulting in a cleaner mix
  • 1 Knob compressors allow easy control resulting in livelier guitars, punchier bass lines, a tighter snare and a cleaner vocal sound
  • MG Series mixers feature a rugged, impact resistant, powder coated metal chassis; LED level metering

Zoom H1n Portable Recorder

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Zoom H1n Portable Recorder, Onboard Stereo Microphones, Camera Mountable, Records to SD Card,...
  • Streamlined body with matte finish and newly designed protective mic enclosure
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones in 90-Degree x/Y format
  • One-touch button controls
  • Localized and intuitive menus for easy operation
  • Playback Speed control, voice emphasize filter, and stereo overdubbing functions

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones

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Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
  • Neodymium magnets and 40 millimeter drivers for powerful, detailed sound
  • Closed ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
  • 9.8 foot cord ends in gold plated plug and it is not detachable; 1/4 inch adapter included
  • Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hertz to 20 kilohertz

Best Gifts for Young Music Producers

teenage engineering Pocket Operator

teenage engineering Pocket Operator PO-33 KO Micro Sampler and Sequencer with Built-In Recording...
  • PROVIDES 40 SECONDS OF SAMPLING MEMORY - The teenage engineering PO-33 has a built-in microphone for you to record 40-seconds of samples...
  • PLAYS YOUR SAMPLES CHROMATICALLY OR AS ONE-SHOTS - The 8 melodic slots let you play your own samples chromatically while the 8 drum banks...
  • ADDS PERCUSSION TO YOUR PERFORMANCE - The PO-33 is a 4-voice sampler. Its built-in micro drum machine allows you to layer more drum sounds...
  • ENHANCES YOUR SOUNDS - You can add a loop or stutter FX from the 16 onboard effects to create knockout samples.
  • SYNCS WITH MULTIPLE UNITS - You can connect PO-33 KO with 2 other Pocket Operators using standard stereo audio cables. You can also sync...

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Audio Interface Bundle

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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Bundle for the Guitarist, Vocalist or...
  • Pro performance with the finest pre-amps - Achieve a brighter and a more open recording thanks to the best performing mic pre-amps the...
  • Get the perfect guitar and vocal take - There’s no need to sacrifice your tone with two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your...
  • Capture studio-quality recordings for music and podcasts - The included large diaphragm condenser mic enables you to capture studio-quality...
  • Comfort and quality for mixing and streaming music - Truly hear your music with the upgraded HP60 MkIII closed-back headphones. With studio...
  • Easy Start - It’s easier than ever to get up and running with your Scarlett with our online tool, Easy Start. Whether you’re looking to...

Best T-Shirts for Music Producers

Synthesizer Audiowaves Analog Synth Sound Vintage T-Shirt

Synthesizer Audiowaves Analog Synth Sound Vintage T-Shirt
  • Do you love Synthesizer? If the words Analog, Synth, Techno, Release, Keyboard, Electronic, Producer, Envelope, Eurorack, Rave, DAW and...
  • This design features vintage distressed look. Great Christmas present or birthday gift for everyone who loves Synthesizer, Analog, Synth,...
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Trap Music Beat Producer 808 T-Shirt

Trap Music Beat Producer 808 T-Shirt Tee Minimalist T-Shirt
  • Minimalist Trap Music Beat Producer Tee-Shirt that simply says 808.
  • Great gift or present for any music producer, music lover who is into music producing or beat producing or who loves Trap
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Best Books for Music Producers

Hip-Hop Production: Inside the Beats by Prince Charles Alexander

Hip-Hop Production: Inside the Beats by Prince Charles Alexander - Includes Downloadable Audio for...
  • Pages: 160
  • Alexander, Prince Charles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 02/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Berklee Press (Publisher)

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity by Quincy Jones

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12 Notes: On Life and Creativity
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jones, Quincy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 04/05/2022 (Publication Date) - Harry N. Abrams (Publisher)

So there we have it – 14 of my best suggestions for great gifts for music producers, in all different categories and at all price levels, and each sure to be a big hit with the music producer on your list.

But there are a lot more below, so let’s get into it, shall we?

The Best Gift Ideas for Music Producers in 2022

Best Gifts for Music Producers – Gadgets

Orba by Artiphon Portable Synth, Looper, and MIDI controller

Orba by Artiphon | Portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller | iOS, Mac, Windows, PC | Bluetooth...
  • Make music anywhere with Orba by Artiphon, a handheld synth, looper, and MIDI controller
  • Loop Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts to create songs on the fly
  • Use Tilt, Shake, Bump, and other gestures to play the touch-sensitive pads and control Orba with the way you move
  • Play through the built-in speaker or use the ⅛” jack to connect headphones or amplifiers
  • Pair wirelessly to the Orba App to customize your instrument and save your creations

The Orba is one of the most interesting gadgets I’ve come across in a long time – an incredibly intuitive interface lets you move, shake and bump the little guy to make all kinds of interesting sounds, and the built in tech lets you loop, layer and process those sounds, hear them on a nice internal speaker or headphones, record them and even stream them wirelessly to a phone, PC or anything else – an affordable pocket music producer, and a gift any producer is sure to love and use all the time.


Stylophone GEN X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer

STYLOPHONE GEN X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer: with Built-in Speaker, Keyboard and Soundstrip, LFO,...
  • PLAYABILITY: Two ways to make sounds with the stylus. The keyboard to make distinct notes and the sound strip above the keyboard to slide...
  • PORTABILITY: Take this synth anywhere. Battery operated with built in speaker. Audio line out for headphones and/or external speaker. Audio...
  • ENRICH THAT SOUND: New features include, LFO (with square and triangle waves), Low pass filter (cutoff/resonance), Envelope (attack/decay).
  • ANALOG DELAY FEATURE: Add space to your sounds with delay time, feedback and level.
  • ADDED FEATURES: Sub octaves -1 & -2 switch, this enriches your sound by adding a second frequency below your source sound. AND a Pulse Width...

Based on the legendary Stylophone Synth, this cool-as little synthesizer has that fat, warm analog sound every music producer dreams of, a full range of effects and controls for modifying and perfecting the music and an incredibly intuitive and easy user interface – a truly powerful and complete portable music making machine that will not just fascinate and delight any music producer, but will prove incredibly useful as well.


Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth
  • Miniature stylus operated synthesizer is a recreation of the 1967 classic
  • 5 Octaves. 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
  • Line Out (3.5mm)

Similar to the slightly larger and more advanced Gen X-1 above, the Stylophone Retro is actually pocket sized, and has the same wonderful analog sound. With a simple and clever stylus interface, pitch bend and vibrato effects, the Retro makes it easy to create surprisingly rich, varied and beautiful music, and an analog audio output allows your music producer to capture their spontaneous creations. An easy, powerful and useful gadget and an incredibly inexpensive gift!


Best Gifts for Music Producers – Musical Instruments

One thing about music producers is that they always want to make music, and they always are. Some music producers I know aren’t actually serious musicians themselves, but every single one of them, if there’s a drum or a keyboard laying around, will grab it and start playing.

Knowing this, I’m recommending a few really beautiful and/or interesting musical instruments that are very, very easy and intuitive to play and which make lovely music. Your music producer might just incorporate them and their sounds into their tracks, but even when they’re not working they will probably still be playing with them.

Djembe Drums

Classic Heartwood Djembe Drum

Classic Heartwood Djembe Drum - 9"x 18", Hand-carved, Solid-wood, Goat-skin, from Ghana
  • After import from Africa, each instrument is cleaned, inspected, tuned, and played individually to check sound and quality.
  • Excellent sound quality from solid handcarved wood shell and natural West African goat skin.
  • Warm, full bass sound, strong open tones, and clean, crisp, high slaps - right out of the box.
  • Hand crafted in Africa by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project .

A strikingly attractive djembe with that classic sound, beautifully built and surprisingly affordable.


Remo Apex Djembe Drum Green Kinte

As nice as the inexpensive heartwood drum above is, this Remo Apex is at a whole different level – still not super-expensive, this is a gift idea that would absolutely thrill anybody who receives it.


Kalimba Thumb Pianos

Unokki Mahogany Kalimba Thumb Piano

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UNOKKI 17 Key Kalimba Thumb Piano For Adults & Kids with Hand Rest; Mahogany Mbira (Cherry Finish);...
  • Make beautiful music right away: Also known as a mbira, likembe or thumb piano, the African kalimba is an idiophone (vibrating) instrument....
  • For beginners to professionals: UNOKKI’s 17-key kalimba comes with instructions that are simple enough for novices to begin playing right...
  • Portable and versatile: At 7.4” tall x 5.2” wide, the kalimba is a small, hand-held instrument that travels well and makes a great...
  • Premium materials: The instrument’s body is constructed of fine, solid mahogany wood. The 17 keys are made from first-quality ore steel....
  • Thoughtful design: The names of the notes are engraved on the keys, for ease of mastery. The keys themselves curve downward, so they don’t...

Part therapeutic fidget, part inspiring musical instrument, the Unokki kalimba is super-cheap, and yet is very well built of mahogany and has a beautifully rich and complex sound which just might make it onto your recipient’s next track.


Hokema Sansula Deluxe Kalimba

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HOKEMA Sansula Deluxe
  • Fitted with a genuine goatskin
  • Made in Germany
  • Resistant to moisture, your perfect travel companion
  • Sansula frame with adjustable tension screws.
  • The tuning of the kalimba B9 is identical to that of the sensual

If the music producer you’re buying for knows and appreciates the finer things, they will probably already know that the Hokema Sansula is the finest kalimba you can get, and even if they don’t they will immediately appreciate the incredible sound. Not terribly expensive, this is nonetheless an almost overwhelmingly impressive premium gift

Otamatones

Otamatone Deluxe Electonic Musical Instrument Synthesizer

Otamatone Deluxe [English Manual] Electronic Musical Instrument Synthesizer from Japan by Cube/Maywa...
  • STAY SAFE AT HOME while having fun with your family and friends! A perfect toy for lovers of all things cute, silly, and weird, the...
  • BEST SELLING - One of Japan's BEST Selling Music Toys. Deluxe Version is a full-sized, professional musician grade Otamatone. Its jumbo...
  • FUN & EASY TO PLAY - Simply press and slide fingers up and down the touch-sensitive stem to play different notes. You can also squeeze the...
  • TURN IT UP - Connect to headphones, amps, and speakers with the 3.5 mm stereo jack.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 x Otamatone Deluxe, 1 x 3.5mm Aux Cable, 3 x AA Batteries, 1 x English Language instruction manual, plus a Otamatone...

Otamatone Electonic Musical Instrument Synthesizer

Otamatone [English Edition] Japanese Electronic Musical Instrument Portable Synthesizer from Japan...
  • BEST SELLING – One of Japan's best selling musical Instrument Portable Synthesizer toys!
  • FUN & EASY TO PLAY - You can create different sound and pitch by pressing down the middle part of the Otamatone. By sliding down your finger...
  • Otamatone's face is made out of rubber, and by pushing his cheeks and making his mouth move around, the volume and the bass of the sound...
  • When you press the cheek, mouth will open. It is a musical insturment, you can enjoy the sound.
  • ※AAA Batteries ×3 (Battery NOT Included) ※Body Size: Approx 10.6" (27 cm)

What exactly is an otamatone? Nobody really knows, but everybody just instinctively knows how to play one, and they make the kind of weird, lovely and intriguing musical sounds that music producers just can’t resist.

Theremin

Moog Theremini Theremin

Moog Theremini Theremin
  • Pitch correction w/ selectable scales and root note
  • Built in Tuner allows you to learn pitch and scales
  • 32 Wavetable based presets
  • Built in speaker
  • Headphone output

Burns Theremins B3 Deluxe Theremin

Burns Theremins B3 Deluxe Theremin
  • True theremin with pitch and volume (rod and loop) antennas
  • Tonal quality of the B3 Theremin Line
  • Five octave playing range
  • Pitch range is easily set for a comfortable 2.5 feet (arm's length)
  • Custom-built wooden cabinet - recessed mic stand mount

And what exactly is a theremin? Well, if you’ve ever heard the opening music for the original Star Trek TV series you know, but what you might not know is that the theremin, while incredibly easy to play, is a serious instrument, capable of extraordinary beauty and expressivity and used extensively in all kinds of music, including at least one great masterpiece of 20th century Classical music (Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony, don’t you know). One thing’s for sure – the theremin is the darling of music producers, who find them incredibly compelling.


Best Gifts for Music Producers – Computer Gear

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio Convertible PC

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio - 14.4" Touchscreen - Intel® Core™ i7 - 32GB Memory - 1TB SSD -...
  • The most powerful Surface Laptop. Quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel Core H Series processors handle your most complex workloads.
  • Design, animate, and render at top speed. Step up to the award-winning Ampere — NVIDIA's 2nd gen RTX architecture, enabling ray-traced...
  • Boundary-pushing design with sleek 14.4“ (5) touchscreen makes seamless transitions from laptop to entertainment-ready stage to portable...
  • Pair with Surface Slim Pen 2 for the best digital pen experience yet, featuring the feeling of pen on paper(7). Magnetically attach, store,...
  • Enjoy uniform, true-to-life color and contrast on the beautiful 14.4”(5) PixelSense Flow touch display. Experience smoother scrolling with...

How much do you love the music producer in your life? The brilliant new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio, with its amazing foldable design and best-ever touchscreen, is without question the very best PC you can get for music production, and the perfect computer in pretty much every way. Fast, powerful, with the widest range of music production software available and the full connectivity a producer needs, and with an almost overwhelming cool factor, the Laptop Studio is the ultimate gift for any music producer.

Of course there are also Apple people out there, and they love music and music making too. For them the equivalent – and another candidate for the best PC for music producers – is the frankly amazing 2022 Apple MacBook Pro.

If you want to purchase a laptop computer for the music producer on your list, but didn’t just win the lottery, I can also strongly recommend my favorite budget choices for both Windows and Apple – the brilliant Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i and the brand new Apple MacBook Air with M2 Chip.


SanDisk Professional 1TB G-DRIVE SSD

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SanDisk Professional 1TB G-DRIVE SSD - Ultra-Rugged, IP67 Dust/Water Resistant, Portable External...
  • Ultra-rugged durability with IP67 water/dust resistance, up to 3M1 drop, and 2000lb crush resistance
  • Pro-grade transfer speeds up to 1050MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write (1 MB/s = 1 million bytes per second. Based on internal testing;...
  • Sustained performance with a cooling aluminum core
  • Up to 1TB of capacity in a small and mighty design (1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating...
  • An industry-leading 5-year limited warranty

But say you don’t want to spend a couple thousand dollars? I think the best truly affordable computer gift you can possibly get a music producer, and something any and every music producer constantly needs and wants, is storage. There are cheaper solid state drives out there, but the SanDisk Profesional G-Drive has the speed and toughness that make it the perfect choice for music production. I know, still not cheap, but a really thoughtful gift that will be enormously appreciated – and a lot, lot less than a Surface!


Best Gifts for Music Producers – Recording Gear

Now we get into a category which we don’t really want to fall too deeply into – there are endless ideas for recording, sound shaping, mixing and monitoring equipment, much of it alarmingly expensive, and most of it ultimately pretty personal and best left for the music producer in your life to choose for themself.

That said, there are a few really sure-fire, can’t miss ideas for recording and mixing – simple and useful mixers that are ideal perfect for a new music producer or the perfect portable or backup for an established artist, brilliant little take-with sound recorders that music producers will use constantly and love to death, and headphones so neutral and accurate that they will improve everything your givee produces.

A couple of the products here are admittedly a bit pricey, but they are the best of the best in their category, and most of my suggestions are surprisingly affordable, even downright cheap, and still the best ideas in their respective ranges.

Best Mixers for Music Production

Maker Hart Loop Portable Audio Mixer with 5 Channels

Maker Hart LOOP MIXER - Portable Audio Mixer with 5 Channels, 5 x 1/8" Stereo and 1/4" Mono to...
  • MIXER WITH VERSATILITY - Mix audio/music from computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, Amazon Echo/Dot, mics and instruments
  • AMPLIFY SIGNAL - Powered by AC adapter, increase signals from MIC to LINE level to a max gain of 50 dB for each input
  • AMPLIFY SIGNAL - Powered by AC adapter, increase signals from MIC to LINE level to a max gain of 50 dB for each input
  • 3 OUTPUTS - 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphones, Output to speakers, and REC OUT stereo jacks for 3 simultaneous outputs
  • TOUGH YET PORTABLE - Portable yet durable build with a smooth, intuitive design. PS : This product does not have microphone power supply....

No fancy features or flashing lights, just a simple, beautifully neutral and accurate and enormously useful portable analog audio mixer at a very low price, and a gift I’m certain any producer at any level will be absolutely thrilled to receive.


YAMAHA MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer with Effects

YAMAHA MG06X 6-Input Compact Stereo Mixer with Effects
  • 6 channel stand-alone mixer with onboard SPX digital effects (no USB); 48V phantom power
  • Featuring studio grade discrete class A D PRE amps with inverted Darlington circuit providing fat, natural sounding bass and smooth, soaring...
  • 3 band EQ and high pass filters give you maximum control and eliminate unwanted noise, resulting in a cleaner mix
  • 1 Knob compressors allow easy control resulting in livelier guitars, punchier bass lines, a tighter snare and a cleaner vocal sound
  • MG Series mixers feature a rugged, impact resistant, powder coated metal chassis; LED level metering

A standard piece of gear in the recording industry, the Yamaha 6 channel mixer is remarkably accurate and neutral, very versatile and usable and beautifully laid out. A perfect choice for studio work or on-site production, this super-affordable Yamaha is an ideal entry-level mixer or backup for a professional producer.


Roland MC-101 Groovebox Compact Music Production Workstation

Roland MC-101 Groovebox Compact Music Production Workstation
  • Compact and portable professional music production tool
  • Tone, Drum Kit, and Looper (Audio Loop) track types
  • Connections include 1/4" phone jacks, MIDI and USB ports
  • SD card included for saving Project Data and Audio Data
  • Power with 4 AA batteries or USB

Roland MC-707 Groovebox Professional Music Production Workstation

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Roland MC-707 Groovebox Professional Music Production Workstation
  • Professional music creation and recording workstation
  • Everything you need to create a song or perform a live set without a computer
  • Tone, Drum Kit, and Looper (Audio Loop) track types
  • Connections include 1/4" phone jacks (x5), MIDI and USB ports
  • SD card included for saving Project Data and Audio Data

I did a little informal survey of several people I know who are into music production – either as professionals or just on an amateur basis – and asked them what they would most like to get as a present. I only asked about a half dozen or so people, but three of them said Groovebox.

This is easy to understand, because the Roland Groovebox is the ultimate tool/toy for any serious or casual recording engineer or producer, with an enormous range of sounds, effects, loops and processing options, musical sounds and rhythms, top-level mixing and recording and industry standard interfaces – and about a gazillion other things.

A superb musical instrument, a complete recording workstation, an awesomely advanced and powerful music production tool, the Roland Groovebox is an absolutely perfect gift for any music producer. Please note that I’m including links for both the full professional and the compact versions, but don’t worry – either way, you will be loved forever!


The Best Portable Recorders for Music Producers

Zoom H1n Portable Recorder with Onboard Stereo Microphones

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Zoom H1n Portable Recorder, Onboard Stereo Microphones, Camera Mountable, Records to SD Card,...
  • Streamlined body with matte finish and newly designed protective mic enclosure
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones in 90-Degree x/Y format
  • One-touch button controls
  • Localized and intuitive menus for easy operation
  • Playback Speed control, voice emphasize filter, and stereo overdubbing functions

A simple and inexpensive portable digital stereo recorder, the Zoom H1n allows a music producer to find sounds or music anywhere and at any time – one of their favorite pastimes – capture them in beautifully high fidelity sound and easily interface with and send them to their PC or mixer.


TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder (Version 2)

TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder (Version 2)
  • Discontinued Model replaced by Improved DR-05X
  • Built-in omni-directional microphones
  • Stereo mini headphone jack for external stereo microphones (provides plug-in power) / External line input
  • Tempo change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments)
  • Chromatic tuner, Powered by 2 AA batteries, USB power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P515U), MicroSD 4GB card

Similar to the Zoom just above, the Tascam is a more standard industry choice for one very good reason – sound quality. Don’t get me wrong – the Zoom H1n sounds fabulous, and is the best sub-100 dollar recorder you can get, but for about twice the money you can get your music producer a professional level high resolution recorder with amazing microphones and amazing sound. Either way, you can’t go wrong, but in the world of record producing the Tascam has a bit more of a wow factor.


Zoom H8 12-Track Portable Recorder Stereo Microphones 6 Inputs

Zoom H8 12-Track Portable Recorder, Stereo Microphones, 6 Inputs, Touchscreen Interface, USB Audio...
  • Customized applications for podcasting, music and field recording
  • Large color LCD touchscreen display; over 20 hours of operation on 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • Interchangeable input capsules, 4 mic inputs and 2 XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • 12-track simultaneous recording
  • USB Audio interface mode to record or stream directly to your computer or iPad

That said, if you really want wow factor, and the music producer in your life is working a lot at various on-site locations or processing complex field recordings (or if they are, you know, a bit of a tech-nerd, delighting in dials and lights), the Zoom H8 is an almost unbelievably powerful and advanced portable recorder and audio mixer. Getting into the premium price level, this amazing gadget is a dream come true for serious music producers as well as serious geeks, and if your recipient is a bit of both it may prove to be too much!


The Best Headphones for Music Producers

Focal Clear MG Open-Back Over-Ear Headphones

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Focal Clear MG Open-Back High-Fidelity Over-Ear Headphones
  • Perforated microfibre earpads: extended soundstage
  • Headband covered with leather and microfibre
  • 'M'-shaped grille following the curve of the speaker driver: better high-frequency reproduction
  • Solid aluminum yoke which molds to your face shape
  • Honeycomb grille for even more open sound

I want to say that these Focal Clear MG are the best headphones in the world for music production, but that title might have to go to the stunning (and stunningly expensive) Focal Utopia. Still, the Clear are a super-premium headphone that offer absolutely unparalleled accuracy, honesty, openness and sonic beauty for their still quite expensive price level. Few gifts, on this list or anywhere else, would be as special, as impactful or as beloved as a pair of Focal Clear.


Edifier STAX Spirit S3 Wireless Planar Magnetic Headphones

Edifier STAX Spirit S3 Wireless Planar Magnetic Headphone, Bluetooth Hi-Fi Headphone with Hi-Res &...
  • 【Wireless & Wired Hi-Res Supported】 STAX SPIRIT S3 is Edifier's flagship headphone created without compromise for stunning Hi-Res audio....
  • 【Bluetooth Planar Magnetic Headphone】The planar driver technology delivers a distinctively pure & detailed sound that far exceeds...
  • 【Inovational Planar Magnetic Tech.】Edifier invested in Audeze LCC in 2016, combining planar magnetic audio technology with wireless...
  • 【.Snapdragon Sound】Creatively applies high-definition audio of Snapdragon Sound technology to planar magnetic headphones, presenting up...
  • 【CLEAR CALL】Most advanced Micro processing system powered by Qualcomm QCC5141 solution with newest Snapdragon Sound features in...

The new kid on the block, these Edifier Stax Spirit S3 are not cheap, but are perhaps the most honest, highest resolution and lowest distortion wireless headphones anywhere near this price, with an effortless and musical sound that is as disarming as it is truly useful for music production. They also make the ideal wireless headphones for a discerning producer’s personal use.


beyerdynamic Dt 990 Pro Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones

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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 your application,...

A supreme value, these beyer 990s are incredibly detailed and accurate, with deep, powerful bass and amazing imaging. Just because the best headphones for music production should always tell it just like it is doesn’t mean they can’t also sound really beautiful, and the 990 are one of the best cases in point I’ve ever heard.


Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

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Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
  • Neodymium magnets and 40 millimeter drivers for powerful, detailed sound
  • Closed ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
  • 9.8 foot cord ends in gold plated plug and it is not detachable; 1/4 inch adapter included
  • Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hertz to 20 kilohertz

The legend, and the standard choice for music professionals, musicians and studios all around the world, the Sony MDR7506 are the best music production headphones under a hundred dollars – by far!


Tascam TH-MX2 Closed-Back Studio Mixing Headphones

Tascam TH-MX2 Closed-Back Studio Mixing Headphones
  • Lightweight and Closed Back Design
  • Tightly-Stitched, Padded Headband and Ear Bands for Stylish Comfort
  • 40mm Neodymium Magnet Driver
  • Screw-on 1/8” (3.5mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) Adapter and Leatherette Bag
  • Cable Length: About 9.8ft (3m) when fully extended

These Tascam TH-MX2 are the cheapest headphones I know that are good enough for the exacting work of music production, and their honesty, accuracy and true musicality make them not only up for the task, but a great pair of headphones for personal use as well.


The Best Gifts for Younger Music Producers

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Audio Interface Bundle

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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Bundle for the Guitarist, Vocalist or...
  • Pro performance with the finest pre-amps - Achieve a brighter and a more open recording thanks to the best performing mic pre-amps the...
  • Get the perfect guitar and vocal take - There’s no need to sacrifice your tone with two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your...
  • Capture studio-quality recordings for music and podcasts - The included large diaphragm condenser mic enables you to capture studio-quality...
  • Comfort and quality for mixing and streaming music - Truly hear your music with the upgraded HP60 MkIII closed-back headphones. With studio...
  • Easy Start - It’s easier than ever to get up and running with your Scarlett with our online tool, Easy Start. Whether you’re looking to...

A fantastic and inexpensive digital recording and audio production setup for younger music producers – or for anybody just starting out – the Scarlett Solo Studio package has everything you need for basic computer interface and exceptionally high quality recording and monitoring.


Sony ICD-PX470 Stereo Digital Recorder

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Sony ICD-PX470 Stereo Digital Voice Recorder with Built-in USB Voice Recorder, Black
  • Built-in, Direct USB connection for quick file transfer to your PC
  • Expand your memory with the micro SD card slot
  • Up to 55 hours of battery life for extended recording
  • Adjustable microphone range for clearer voices
  • Auto voice recording reduces background noise

One of the best ways to encourage younger music producers is to give them the tools to really explore and capture the sounds and musics that surround them wherever they go, and the Sony ICD-PX470 portable digital audio recorder is the best affordable way I’ve ever found to do just that – and a super-cool gadget!


teenage engineering Pocket Operator PO-33 KO Micro Sampler and Sequencer

teenage engineering Pocket Operator PO-33 KO Micro Sampler and Sequencer with Built-In Recording...
  • PROVIDES 40 SECONDS OF SAMPLING MEMORY - The teenage engineering PO-33 has a built-in microphone for you to record 40-seconds of samples...
  • PLAYS YOUR SAMPLES CHROMATICALLY OR AS ONE-SHOTS - The 8 melodic slots let you play your own samples chromatically while the 8 drum banks...
  • ADDS PERCUSSION TO YOUR PERFORMANCE - The PO-33 is a 4-voice sampler. Its built-in micro drum machine allows you to layer more drum sounds...
  • ENHANCES YOUR SOUNDS - You can add a loop or stutter FX from the 16 onboard effects to create knockout samples.
  • SYNCS WITH MULTIPLE UNITS - You can connect PO-33 KO with 2 other Pocket Operators using standard stereo audio cables. You can also sync...

Ok, it might look silly, and is maybe a little too fun to use, but the Pocket Operator is a seriously powerful music production tool, with intuitive sound generation, looping and processing, recording and sampling, percussion and rhythm and an amazingly intuitive interface.


teenage engineering OP-Z Portable Synthesizer and Multimedia Sequencer

teenage engineering OP-Z Portable Synthesizer and Multimedia Sequencer with Wireless Bluetooth...
  • DELIVERS UNLIMITED SONIC POSSIBILITIES - The teenage engineering OP-Z offers 16 sample packs (24 samples each). You got bass, effects, drum...
  • PROVIDES EXCELLENT AUDIO RESOLUTION - The 16-track synthesizer is equipped with Analog Devices Blackfin 70X DSP and Cirrus Logic audio...
  • OFFERS UPGRADEABLE EFFECTS & VISUAL CONTROL - It has upgradeable modular effects including built-in delay, reverb, bit crush, and...
  • CONTROL 3D ANIMATION IN REAL-TIME - OP-Z offers Videolab and full Unity 3D integration (available on github). Export a videopak and drop it...
  • PERFORM VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE - Download the complementary OP-Z app to add another dimension to your interaction with OP-Z. The app is...

Another brilliant device from the geniuses at teenage engineering, the OP-Z portable synth is one of the most powerful and beautiful sounding synthesizers I’ve come across at any level, and exceptionally versatile machine for not just producing sounds, but enhancing and manipulating them, recording them, and combining them with lights, videos and a lot more – and it is a tough, beautifully built machine with absolutely stunning sound quality. Top recommendation!


teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer, Sampler, and Controller

teenage engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer, Sampler, and Controller with Built-In FM Radio and...
  • CREATING MUSIC FOR 10 YEARS AND BEYOND - teenage engineering first unveiled OP-1 in 2010. Since day one, it has been the favorite portable...
  • OFFERS MULTIPLE BUILT-IN SEQUENCERS - OP-1 features an onboard tombola sequencer for random trig and a sketch sequencer, which allows you to...
  • SAMPLES SOUNDS FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES - You can sample a sound using the onboard microphone. The built-in FM radio allows you to sample...
  • OFFERS "TAPE RECORDING" - The 4-track tape feature lets you record any beats you create, play, sequence, or tweak. You can overdub with...
  • LASTS LONGER THAN OTHER DEVICES - The tiny OP-1 packs 16 hours of battery life. You can travel and play the synthesizer without worrying...

Even if the incredible te OP-Z gets my top recommendation, I have to say that their OP-1 is even better – without doubt the very finest portable synthesizer, sample and recorder for younger or beginning music producers, and a serious musical instrument as well. In fact, with its superb recording, editing and sequencing, manipulation, music and rhythm generation, industry standard interfaces and best-in-class sound quality, this is one of the finest sound production devices for producers of any age and at any level – it just happens to be super-cool and super-simple to use, but don’t hold that against it!


Sennheiser Professional HD 25 LIGHT On-Ear DJ Headphones

Sennheiser Professional HD 25 LIGHT On-Ear DJ Headphones
  • Closed, supra-aural DJ mixing headphones for use in high-noise environments
  • Excellent sound reproduction: emphasized bass and lifted treble
  • Lightweight and comfortable, even if used for long periods of time
  • Extremely rugged, made for daily use
  • Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels

The Sennheiser HD 25 Light headphones are absolutely amazing, in how they offer – for a very low price, mind you – not just the accuracy, clarity and honesty so essential in audio production, and the build quality and durability professionals and serious amateurs need, but an absolutely beautiful, fun and exciting sound as well. I should say that these are the budget choice, and unbeatable for their price, but the real classics – at about twice the price, are the equally cool and slightly tougher and better sounding Sennheiser Pro Audio HD 25 Special Edition headphones. Either way, though, a guaranteed hit for any younger audio artist – or really anybody at any age.

The Best Gifts for Music Producers – T-Shirts

I’m not going to make any individual comments on these t-shirts, letting the designs speak for themselves – although they may speak in a language only music producers, audio engineers and wide-ranging general geeks may understand, I mean, really, what is 808, and why would you want it on your shirt?

Avoiding anything too cute, too obvious or too clever, these 10 shirts are ones I really think any music producer would absolutely love and definitely  wear all the time. And I’m pretty confident that most of them will know what a Kraken synth is, or remember what a VU meter was actually used for.

The Best Gifts for Music Producers – Books

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook: 5th Edition

The Mixing Engineer's Handbook: 5th Edition
  • Owsinski, Bobby (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 397 Pages - 03/28/2022 (Publication Date) - Bobby Owsinski Media Group (Publisher)

by Bobby Owsinski 

Remarkably affordable for an industry reference bible, Owsinski’s Handbook is also remarkably clear and easy to understand, and is a complete, authoritative and genuinely helpful guide to effective audio production in all of its stages and aspects – a great choice for both beginners and seasoned professionals.


Great Live Sound: A practical guide for every sound tech Paperback

Great Live Sound: A practical guide for every sound tech
  • Wasem, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 293 Pages - 10/24/2019 (Publication Date) - Great Sound Institute (Publisher)

by James Wasem

As great as Bobby Owsinski’s Mixing Engineer’s Handbook is, Wasem’s guide to live sound is just as important for people doing a lot of shows and on-site production. A great book on its own, and a perfect companion and complement for the Handbook.


Hip-Hop Production: Inside the Beats by Prince Charles Alexander

Hip-Hop Production: Inside the Beats by Prince Charles Alexander - Includes Downloadable Audio for...
  • Pages: 160
  • Alexander, Prince Charles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 02/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Berklee Press (Publisher)

by Prince Charles Alexander

It’s fair to say that so much of the intense and growing interest in music production these days is due to the amazing rise in popularity of hip hop and rap music over the past several decades, which are amazing musics for their beautiful complement of music creation and music production. Prince Charles Alexander’s book is not only the best explication and exploration of hip hop production, it is also an incredibly useful primer for any type of music production.


The Quincy Jones Legacy Series: Q on Producing

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The Quincy Jones Legacy Series: Q on Producing: The Soul and Science of Mastering Music and Work
  • Hardcover Book
  • Gibson, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 10/15/2010 (Publication Date) - Hal Leonard (Publisher)

12 Notes: On Life and Creativity

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12 Notes: On Life and Creativity
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jones, Quincy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 04/05/2022 (Publication Date) - Harry N. Abrams (Publisher)

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jones, Quincy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 10/09/2001 (Publication Date) - Doubleday (Publisher)

by Quincy Jones

Finally, perhaps the most fitting way to close this buyer’s guide for best gifts for music producers is with a trio of books by perhaps the most successful, important, loved and respected music producer of them all – Quincy Jones. Q on Producing is one of the most helpful and valuable references available for effective music production, 12 Notes is an fascinating look into creativity itself, and a inspiring and highly entertaining read for any artist of any type, and Q’s Autobiography is a brilliantly written, funny and touching look into the life of this peerless artist. 


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