Wire to the Ear’s 2012 X-Mas Gift Guide

Well it’s holiday time again. Everyone loves gifts and musicians are generally a needy bunch so here’s a few ideas. If you are lucky and get a musical gift don’t forget to return the kindness with a song!

1. Monoproce DJ Style Headphone and Behringer HA400 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp

Musicians should have a few good pairs of monitors speakers and headphones around to check their mixes. Another advantage of a second pair of headphones is that when friends comes over they can both put them on and record some vocals together. You don’t have to break the bank for this gift because Monoproce is selling a headphone simply called DJ Style that is getting good reviews and it’s only $21. If your musician’s audio interface only has one headphone jack you can get them the Behringer HA400 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp for about $22.

2. Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit

The Eurorack modular synthesizer format is becoming more and more popular. If you get a Happy Ending Kit for a friend who is a musician they may at first be bewildered. Once they release it’s the first step to a modular system and some of what the modules do and sound like he will thank you all year. About $150.

3. Gift Certificates to Control and Analogue Haven

If they already have a Eurorack modular case you can get them a gift certificate to one of the two best stores that sell modules… Control and Analogue Haven. Any price.

4. Hiss and Roar Sound Library

With names like TORTURED CYMBALS and Vegetable Violence you may think this isn’t very Christmas like. However your musician will be very pleased to have these Hiss and Roar sounds in his library. You will have fun choosing what insane library to gift. I use them all the time. $50 – $100.

5. Arturia Minibrute

So if your musician has been very very good this year you may want to reward him. Even though this is a luxurious gift this synth is a huge bargain. The Minibrute only plays one note at a time but it’s real analog for a powerful sound that will outshine his/her friend’s Microkorg. If you are going all out like this you may want to invest in the headphones above too because this thing makes some serious wild noise. $500.

“My name’s D.M.C. with the mic in my hand. And I’m chilling and coolin’ just like a snowman. So open your eyes, lend us an ear. We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” – Run DMC

For more info: youtube.com/watch?v=OR07r0ZMFb8

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Arturia Minibrute Video Review

Nick from Sonic State got his hands on one of the first shipping Arturia Minibrutes. One thing is for sure is that this is the best sounding Arturia product. I think it sounds closest to the oldest Roland and Yamaha analog synths. It does have a great bass but it’s not a Moog bass (which is good for a change). It has full MIDI and CV for connecting to analog sequencers (Hallelujah!!). For $500 the only reason a synth lover shouldn’t get one is if you’re already sitting in a room of synths.

“Currently rare as Dodo eggs, the Minibrute is Arturia’s first forray into analog synths proper – we test and enjoy” – sonicstate.com

For more info: arturia.com

via sonicstate.com

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Arturia MiniBrute

Well how about that? An all analog hardware synth from Arturia. The MiniBrute has some unique features including a Steiner Parker filter, supersaw ocillator, “metal” triangle oscillator, Brute factor (re-input staging) and an arpeggiator with tap tempo and 6 swing settings. CV, Midi… 499 Euro, $549 USD!

“MiniBrute is Arturia’s new analog synthesizer. With a pure analog signal path and several innovative features, it sets a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be. The pure analog, multi-wave oscillator combined with a huge sounding classic multi-mode filter, and wide range of modulation capabilities will bring new life into your recordings and stage performances. Add to that outstanding features like the Ultrasaw, Metalizer, Brute Factor™, Arpeggiator, LFO with sample & hold, full USB/MIDI/CV connectivity; all of which are housed in a rugged metal enclosure and it is almost too brutal to think about!” – Arturia

For more info: arturia.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.