by: Jessica Mao
by: Jessica Mao
Dec 22, 2020
As the year winds down into an unprecedented holiday season, the spirit of giving rings more meaningfully than ever. With much of the year in lockdown, lifestyles dramatically shifted in personal, social, and professional spaces as people searched for creative ways to thrive at home. Thankfully, the transition to digital has not only resulted in a greater appreciation of music for many, but also increased inspiration to learn, hone existing skills, and create.
Dancing Astronaut has compiled a list of quarantine-friendly gifts for the music lovers and audiophiles in your life that will upgrade their stay-at-home experience—whether with a new hobby, the latest technology, or a little something for the home. From Tomorrowland‘s New Year’s Eve event to production gear, an online course, and cozy merchandise, the gift guide contains a variety of ideas guaranteed to serve as touching sentiments for the winter months.
Treat a dance music lover to the next best festival experience around. Boasting more than 25 of the world’s most coveted performers, Tomorrowland’s New Year’s Eve celebration will bring five hours of music to four virtual stages with CamelPhat, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Boys Noize, Charlotte de Witte, and Brennan Heart, to name just a few of those on the star-studded lineup.
Choose between three ticket tiers and several add-ons that will ensure the at-home celebration is fully equipped here.
Apple Airpods Max – $549
The hottest debut of the season, Apple‘s new over-the-ear headphones are the tech leader’s latest innovation in high-fidelity audio. Featuring a sleek design, memory foam ear cushions, and immersive theater-like sound, the Airpods Max deliver an all-in-one listening experience for audiophiles and every day users. Choose between five versatile colors.
Purchase here. A free engraving is also available with any purchase.
Skullcandy Crusher Evo – $149.99 (Discounted from $199.99)
While the headphones market presents a competitive range of offerings, the Skullcandy Crusher Evo excels at delivering one thing music fans will be sure to appreciate: bass. Its standout trait allows users to adjust the bass for an immersive sensory experience that mimics a live music environment—ideal for gifting loved ones the ability to transport themselves sonically to shows and festivals in the months before live events return to scale. The Crusher also features app compatibility with optimized sound that can be custom tuned to the user.
Moog Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit with CV Expansion Board – $199.00
Electronic enthusiasts of every level of expertise will light up at the upgraded Moog Werkstatt-01, a buildable analog synthesizer kit. Featuring Moog’s classic four-pole filter design, 13-note keyboard, and CV Expansion Board that enables interface with other synths and controllers, the limited-edition bundle lets users build their own Moog synths and explore the iconic Moog sounds.
Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer – $699.99
The beat-maker’s essential, the TR-8S Rhythm Performer contains every sound from Roland’s most popular drum machines including recreations and modified versions of the TR-808, TR-606, TR-909, and more. Built for both production and live performance, the TR-8S gives users the ability to create their custom kits and patterns using their own samples.
Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio – $599.00
During quarantine, creative endeavors flourished and people took up their recording mics as the podcast craze dominated. Elevate podcasting from home without compromising quality with the Rode’s RODECasterPro, the world’s first fully integrated podcast production studio. The simplified easy-to-use console offers four Class A mic preamps, eight programmable pads, a color touchscreen, and versatile connection capabilities.
With temperature drops and unpredictability up ahead, retreats into the home are imminent, making now the perfect time to gift merch to music aficionados. Nearly all artists or labels have their own uniquely branded merch lines; the endless options of products and designs, from cozy sweaters to home decor and mugs, make merch an easy but personal way to show a loved music fan some appreciation. Check out a few selects below to get inspired.
Kaskade Limited Edition Holiday Sweater – $65
A Moment Apart ODESZA Yoga Mat – $137
Ophelia Records Arcane Baseball Jersey – $65
REZZ Crowd Face Mask – $13
Dillon Francis Gerald Puzzle – $19.99
Anjunabeats 20 x Farrow Hoodie – $65
deadmau5 X OG Slick Hoodie – $70
Seven-Color LED Face Mask – $29.99
Although rave culture has been notorious for its rampant mask usage, now more than ever, a mask is a daily necessity. Featuring seven changeable colors and four flashing modes, the LED face mask doubles as safety and fashion—a gift that ravers can wear not only now, but also post-pandemic at their next live show outing.
Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box Vinyl Subscription – $25/month
Nothing says “stay at home” like food delivery and tunes. That’s exactly what Turntable Kitchen set out to accomplish with their Pairings Box, a monthly subscription that includes a curated menu and matching vinyl. The package includes three seasonal recipes, premium ingredients, and an exclusive vinyl from a rising artist.
Purchase a subscription gift here.
With the announcement of Ableton Live 11 arriving in early 2021, Ableton is offering a special deal that includes both a 20 percent discount on Live 10 and a free upgrade to Live 11 upon launch. Offered in three editions (Intro, Standard, and Suite) Ableton presents one of the most widely used DAWs.
For aspirant or studying producers, Andrew Huang’s Completed Music Production course teaches students how to become versatile music producers through a step-by-step curriculum in just 30 days. Students will be able to deliver three finished songs by the end of the course, mastering an electronic song, a sample-based one, and a vocal-live instrument combination track.
Enrollment ends December 27 and the first day of class begins January 4. Purchase here.
Featured image: Turntable Kitchen