Exclaim! Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Music Gear of 2020
Published Dec 11, 2020This year, many music-makers were forced to become bedroom producers. If one of your loved ones has resorted to crafting vast musical worlds from the comfort of their own homes, these new pieces of gear might make perfect gifts.
In the age of the livestream, GO:LIVECAST brings a level of professionalism to even the most casual of streamers. Mix sound, display titles, play media, trigger sound effects and more through this piece of hardware and accompanying app.
Blue Yeti microphone
Got something to say? Say it on a podcast with this USB condenser mic. Featuring pattern selection, headphone volume and gain control, the Yeti has become the go-to for podcasters.
Korg OD-S NuTube Overdrive Kit
Korg's OD-S Overdrive Kit lets serious players and DIY heads build their own analog triode vacuum tube-driven pedal from scratch, no soldering required.
Tascam GB-10 recorder
Tascam's new guitar trainer/recorder allows users to manipulate recordings' speed and pitch or record and monitor their own playing so you can finally master your favourite riffs and licks.
Third Man Triplegraph Pedal
Third Man adds to its growing stable of effects pedals with this new digital octave pedal made in conjunction with CopperSound. The Triplegraph is made with three "proprietary telegraph keys" as well as integrated auxiliary loop and comes in Jack White's favourite yellow/black color combo.
Novation AFX Station synth
This limited edition version of Novation's Bass Station II monosynth was made in collaboration with Aphex Twin himself, Richard D. James. The AFX Station includes an AFX mode pre-installed which "revolutionizes the way the monosynth can be played and programed."
Jim Dunlop Tom Morello Cry Baby Wah
No musician this side of Jimi Hendrix is as associated with wah-wah pedals as Tom Morello. This update on the classic Dunlop Cry Baby model adds custom finishes that include some of Morello's favourite revolutionary quotes.
Sennheiser MD 435 & Sennheiser MD 445
For a dynamic microphone that reproduces vocals clearly and confidently, the Sennheiser MD 435 covers all the bases. This reliable microphone guarantees detailed sound, even in the loudest of live settings. For a more sophisticated option, choose the MD 445, which provides focus in every application and systematically protects against feedback.
Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless
Take your music anywhere with the CX 400BT True Wireless earbuds. These headphones are perfect no matter what your tastes are, with a built-in equalizer that allows you to tailor your listening experience to your own personal needs. Plus, they boast 20 hours of battery life to carry you through the day.