Now that the Hunger Games-chaos that is Black Friday has come and gone just last week, Cyber Monday is upon us. (Trust us, as much as we like going to see music live, shopping is often better done from the safety of your home.) To help you navigate the virtually endless online aisles, we’ve put together a handy music gift guide full of our favorite box sets, gadgets and misc items for the music lover in your life.
Check out Reverb’s 2013 music gift guide below.
Akai Professional LPD8 USB Pad Controller
For the musician looking to add a little flair to their set, the Akai Professional PPD8 is a simple, inexpensive solution. Just plug it into a computer with some midi software and get ready to bang out any sound you can wrap your head around. As featured in Disclosure’s live set.
A capable speaker by day, a karaoke-meister’s dream by night. The device plugs into your TV to pair a subscription-based karaoke service into the jams of your choosing. Microphone included.
For more info on the Singing Machine, click here.
Korg’s Kaossilator 2
An updated version of the coolest hand-held synthesizer you can buy for its price. Even better, you don’t need to know a lick of music theory to use it: its touch-based interface makes sound synthesis a cinch.
…or, create your own synthesizer with Little Bits. Part electrical engineering course and part musical mad science, Little Bits lets you turn everyday objects into synthesizers. David Byrne would be proud.
For more info on Little Bis, click here.
Wireless Showerhead Speaker
Putting a speaker in a circle of hot water sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Kohler has finally figured out how to make bathing even better. Their showerhead speaker pairs with any bluetooth device to broadcast tunes without all the messy, horribly dangerous exposed wires. The problem: you might never leave your shower again.
For more info on Kohler’s Showerhead Speaker, click here.
The Ebow creates some seriously cool sounds for your electric guitar, like infinite sustain and synth-like effects. It’s no mere novelty, either: in essence, it’s been used by the likes of Blind Melon, David Bowie, Queen and others.
For more information on the Ebow, click here.
Logitech Mini Boombox
Price: $99 (currently on sale for $60 at amazon.com)
There are a lot of bluetooth boomboxes on the market today, but few hit the low-price and well-received sweet spot like Logitech’s Mini Boombox. It won’t blast bass as well as a bigger unit, but it packs some hefty sound for its small size.
For more info on Logitech’s Mini Boombox, click here.
iRig Blue Board
Go wire-free with your onstage effects with the iRig Blue Board. The four-foot switch device connects via bluetooth to your mobile device or Mac. Pair it with a host of different music apps to switch between presets and trigger different sounds and effects on the fly.
For more info on the iRig Blue Board, click here.