2018 Holiday Gift Guide For DJs / Producers
Wondering what to buy for your DJ friends – or yourself? It’s that time of year when we publish our holiday gift guide for DJs and producers. We’ve yet again loaded the guide with great ideas for presents, covering many different categories and price points. We encourage you to use this guide to shop for your fellow DJ friends, send it as a link to everyone who might be buying you presents this year, or just for your own self-indulgence.
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Good For (Nearly Every) DJ – Under $50
Let’s look past the horrible name, shall we? These keychain mounts are designed to hold Lightning and USB-C headphone adapters – a commonly lost item. But for DJs, these do double duty: you can attach a 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter just as easily.
Price: $6.99 or $9.99 for two
Chroma Cables Audio
One of the most popular things we’ve done this year s add a new family to our Chroma Cables line, audio cables. Color code your RCA, 1/4″, and RCA-to-1/4″ connections with our offerings! Every DJ can use a new set of high-quality cables.
Metal USB 3.1 Flash Drive
I’m in the process of writing a new USB key roundup for DJs, one thing is clear: having a new USB drive speeds up exporting from Rekordbox and Engine Prime. I recommend getting a 128GB drive – or two – and make sure they are durable, like these Samsungs.
Epic Standalone DJ Gear ($600+)
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2
In our recent CDJ/XDJ roundup, the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 essentially won the “best for everyone” praise that it deserves. It’s well worth the investment, and it’s about a third of the price of a NXS2 rig.
Denon DJ SC5000
What happens when the biggest challenger to Pioneer’s standalone players suddenly gets a massive price drop? Suddenly DJs everywhere are taking a closer look at the SC5000s – especially considering each unit gives you two decks in one unit…
Price: $999.99 each
Beginner / Portable DJ Controllers
This Numark controller was a breakout hit this year because of the right combination of low price, just enough controls to mix with, and master + headphone output. If you’re looking for something to stick in your carry on backpack, it could be this.
DJ-202 or DDJ-400 or Kontrol S2 MK3
Is it a copout to choose three different DJ controllers for one slot? No, because what makes each of these controllers great is the software that they’re paired with. Looking for a Serato, Rekordbox, or Traktor budget controller? These are our picks.
Price: $299 / $249 / $319
It’s everything that you’d want a Kontrol Z1MK2 to be – a simple mixer with audio outs, transport controls, and basic filter/FX controls. As an added bonus, it is supported on iOS and Android devices as well.
Finger Drumming Fest!
Forget hiring a coach to teach you how to play an instrument – Melodics is a powerful software platform for exactly that. We love it for the finger-drumming lessons that it has, which are both highly effective and have a very Guitar Hero/Rocksmith feeling replayability.
Midi Fighter 3D
The 3D has become a highly-coveted performance tool, but at the roots it still is the amazing drumming machine it was built to be. Rated for millions of hits, versatile enough to work in any DJ, production, or live rig – this is the device every finger drummer should use. Plus, we’re including 30 free Melodics lessons if you buy one this holiday season!
Hand Grip Exerciser
Beyond building muscle memory, all aspiring finger drummers will want to build individual finger strength as well. This can help to increase overall dexterity, and is a worthwhile small investment to exercise all five fingers!
Fun Standalone Production Gear
The Circuit continues to be one of the first items I suggest when I hear someone talking about how they want an outboard sequencer/synth. For a small price, you get a lot of portable functionality, plus pro-level connections for moving from on-the-go to in-studio.
Yes, this is being widely marketed as a synthesizer for kids – but based on what we’ve seen, it could make a great toy for adults as well. It has MIDI in, 12 osc mod types, two LFOs, and two envelope generators. Preorders start today (11/19)
Live Performance Controllers
Komplete Kontrol A25
Having a set keys in a live performance setup – of any kind – is incredibly useful. Native Instruments has blown out the competition with their new budget series, particularly the A25, which gives you a solid keybed and a collection of included instruments.
Midi Fighter Twister
The Twister is back on the holiday wish list because we’ve seen so many examples of this powerful controller being used in unique ways. It’s a great device for controlling visuals, live performances, and studio setups.
TIDAL / Soundcloud Go+
Streaming is back in DJ softwares in a big way – and a subscription to TIDAL HiFi lossless library or Soundcloud Go+’s massive collection is sure to be on many Serato DJs wishlists (the services are only live in the new Serato betas so far)
Price, monthly: TIDAL is $19.99, SCG+ is $9.99 or $4.99 if you have a Soundcloud Pro Unlimited account
MasterClass All Access
Classes from Deadmau5 and Armin Van Buuren and Hans Zimmer are three great reasons to consider signing up for a MasterClass all access pass. The online tutorial series from auteurs has a yearly $180 membership – a deal when a single pass costs $90.
One of the best music discovery tools that many DJs overlook because it is coupled with a streaming service is Spotify’s Discover Weekly. It’s an automatic weekly curated set of 30 tracks based on previous tracks you’ve favorited, and personally, I think it is one of the best crate digging tools available.
Home Setup Swag
Addressable LED Strips + Music Controller
Everyone DJ lighting in their home studio setup that is controlled by the actual music right? Don’t go buying non-addressable LEDs, instead get a set of fully-addressable and grab a music controller that has an audio-in port. Bonus: addressable LEDs can be mapped in visuals software if you’re feeling advanced.
Price: $37 LEDs, $36 controller
Logitech 930 + Stand
Want a really, really easy way to start live streaming DJ sets? Download OBS Studio and grab a Logitech 930 camera and stand for it. Boom, you’ve got a rig for streaming video straight from your home setup on to Facebook, Twitch, etc.
Read our guide to streaming DJ sets on Twitch here.
Price: $68 for camera, $20 for stand
Quite literally level-up a home studio or practice space by putting your monitors on stands. Closer to ear level means you don’t have to turn it up as much, and a good set of stands should be adjustable – for different situations (sitting or standing).
Price: $69.95 / pair
In Every DJ’s Bag
Instead of throwing all of your loose cables into smaller bags, what if they were organized in a brightly colored pouch? I’ve found myself using one of these to keep my sanity in the USB-C adapter era….
A Multitool + Gaff Tape
The two most heavily used objects in my party throwing arsenal are gaffer’s tape and a Leatherman. With these two tools, you can solve almost any issue that you encounter when setting up a gig.
Price: $38, and $16/roll
DJ Decor Gifts
Sequence Album Print
Pretty awesome to have a data visualization of a music album that’s also a work of art by itself, right? Sequence lets you choose any music album ever made and get a custom print that visualizes the album.
Price: ~$60 – $100 (depending on size)
Get a custom doormat for your house in the shape of either old school music medium – tapes or vinyl. The company will even label it with your own name and title depending on what you want!
Having company over? Make sure they keep track of their drink with a clever write-on solution, with mixtapes on each glass. Comes as a set of 6.
That’s all we got for this year’s gift guide. Need more ideas, or want to just keep browsing? Here’s every guide we’ve made, going back 7 years now!