Mixdown's Christmas Gift Guide: Studio Gear

The Ultimate Gifts For Producers

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we couldn't be happier about it. But between listening to Christmas songs on repeat and trying to perfect our festive decorations, it's not always easy to make time to find a gift for the musicians in our lives. For those who don't want to see their Christmas cheer ruined searching for the perfect present in a crowd of shoppers on Christmas Eve, we've got you covered. Our Christmas Gift Guide is bursting with gear that we're sure your music mates will love, and this page is especially for anyone in need of studio gear.

iRig Pro Duo Studio Suite

DISTRIBUTED BY: Sound & Music

EXPECT TO PAY: $599

RECOMMENDED FOR:

Those recording at home who need something portable and easy to use.

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Mixdown's Christmas Gift Guide: Headphones

Quality Bargains For The Festive Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we couldn't be happier about it. But between listening to Christmas songs on repeat and trying to perfect our festive decorations, it's not always easy to make time to find a gift for the musicians in our lives. For those who don't want to see their Christmas cheer ruined searching for the perfect present in a crowd of shoppers on Christmas Eve, we've got you covered. Our Christmas Gift Guide is bursting with gear that we're sure your music mates will love, and this page is especially for anyone in need of headphones.

Sennheiser HD 25 Headphones

 

DISTRIBUTED BY: Sennheiser Australia

EXPECT TO PAY: $349

RECOMMENDED FOR:

Honestly, everyone.

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Billie Joe Armstrong is selling a collection of Green Day gear

Own A Piece Of Punk History

Billie Joe Armstrong is giving you a chance to own a piece of Green Day history, partnering with Reverb to launch the Official Reverb Green Day Garage Sale

The Green Day gear set to be sold through the online store features a mixture of items from Armstrong’s home and studio collection, including three a 1970s Martin D-41 used on ‘21 Guns’ and other tracks from their 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown, one of three Les Paul Specials, and three of his favourite Gibson Les Paul Juniors.

 

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Collectively curious with Incubus

When the eighth studio album from Californian alt-rock heroes Incubus arrived earlier in the year, it had been a full six years since their last LP – 2011's crucially-underrated If Not Now, When? This marked the longest gap between records in the band's history, although it should be stated that those years were not spent twiddling the proverbial thumbs. 2015 saw the band release a new EP, Trust Fall (Side A). As logic would predict, a follow-up was planned. By the time it came to record it, however, the band had gotten some bigger ideas for what would come next. “For us, the Trust Fall project was a kind of revamping or a testing of the water,” says Brandon Boyd, Incubus’ lead vocalist.

“It was for us to just get back in a room and see what happened. The results were a lot of fun, and the energy felt new again – which, for any creative collective, is tantamount to success. We felt so much good energy with it that when we came home from tour to write Side B, we felt that the next thing we put out needed to be really special – and longer than four songs.” It's here that the imaginatively-titled 8 first began to take shape; although, Boyd stresses, that doesn't necessarily mean they've abandoned their original concept entirely.

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ESP previews more than 50 new models ahead of NAMM 2018

With More Announcements On The Way

The annual ESP ‘New Model Preview’ has arrived with details of more than 50 models shared in anticipation of their debut at NAMM 2018.

While the preview only includes new LTD models, ESP has promised another announcement prior to NAMM that will feature new E-II instruments. In the meantime, take a look at the many signature models, basses, and updated series previewed by ESP below:

 

SIGNATURE SERIES

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The xx announce intimate Melbourne charity show

Supporting Heaps Decent and Minus18

British indie-pop legends The xx have announced a one-off intimate performance at The Forum in Melbourne, with all profits going towards two local youth charities.

The one-off chairty performance comes in addition to The xx's hotly anticipated outdoor shows with Kelela and Earl Sweatshirt in support of their latest album I See You, including a sold out performance at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

 

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Show & Tell: Phil Manansala from Of Mice & Men

Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Phil Manansala, guitarist for Of Mice & Men.

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? 

My Hughes & Kettner TriAmp Mark 3.

 

How did you come across this particular item? 

I came across a band playing H&K in 2002 and I loved their tone. Fast forward many years later, I'm lucky enough to be able to be endorsed by H&K and loving every minute.

 

What is it that you like about it so much? 

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Mixdown's top 10 unconventional products of 2017

All Things Weird And Wonderful

From midi-controlling tattoos to guitars made out of whiskey barrels, take a look through our list of the top ten most bizarre and wacky products of 2017.

1. Fender released a guitar made from seats at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

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Mixdown's Christmas Gift Guide: Keys & Synths

Our Best Christmastime Bargains

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we couldn't be happier about it. But between listening to Christmas songs on repeat and trying to perfect our festive decorations, it's not always easy to make time to find a gift for the musicians in our lives. For those who don't want to see their Christmas cheer ruined searching for the perfect present in a crowd of shoppers on Christmas Eve, we've got you covered. Our Christmas Gift Guide is bursting with gear that we're sure your music mates will love, and this page is especially for anyone in need of keys or synths.

Yamaha PSR-E363 Portable Keyboard

DISTRIBUTED BY: Yamaha Music Australia

EXPECT TO PAY: $329

RECOMMENDED FOR:

This is the ideal keyboard for beginners who are looking for touch responsive keys, that great Yamaha piano sound and plenty of other voices, styles and songs.

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Gear Rundown: Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon

Dive Into The Prog Rock Epic

Released in 1973, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon immediately changed the course of popular music forever. Fusing studio experimentation and technological revolutions such as tape manipulation and synthesisers with hauntingly brilliant songs featuring underlying themes of consumerism, mental health and the modern age, the album spent 741 weeks on the Billboard Top 100 from 1973 to 1988, and influenced millions of musicians all around the world. Recorded in London's famous Abbey Road Studios, we take a deep dive into the plethora of equipment used by Pink Floyd to record one of the finest albums in musical history.

GUITARS

 

1969 FENDER STRATOCASTER

 

Gilmour with The Black Strat circa. 1973

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