It's been quite a year for music, in terms of software, hardware and releases. But there's always more new gear to get. We caught up with 9 top electronic artists from Infectious PR working across a number of different genres to find out what they're hoping to find in their studio Christmas stockings this year, from mics and plugins to big touchscreen monitors. Read on to find out more.
The WAVES bundle would have to be the most comprehensive set of studio plugins I’ve seen over the years. I already use Waves: CLA vocals and RBass religiously, however I’m yet to get my hands on the bundle. Combining these with my Logic stock plugins would really add more dynamics to my records and thus is at the top of my wish list!
Slate Raven: This year it is kind of like a huge touch screen monitor you have in front of you where you can control all your faders/knobs and move around the arrange page easily. I’m really into hands-on production and this get your hands off the mouse and into your project.
The OP-Z synthesizer and sequencer by Teenage Engineering is definitely up there on my wish list. It is a fully portable 16-track synthesizer and sequencer, it woukd be amazing to have and play around with the different features it comes with to create innovative sounds. It would be a great gadget for my productions and even for live performances.
Kemper Profiler Amp - I'm mainly an in the box / soft synth kinda guy but the Kemper Profiler Amp looks amazing. It has the ability to model pretty much any type of guitar amp and signal flow. I'd use it to re-amp everything from distorted basslines and keyboard patches to vocals. I'm a guitarist, so having the ability to dial up any tone and then save the presets for other sessions is paramount.
I couldn’t live without Ableton Live 10, the upgrade really elevates Ableton as a DAW. I find the workflow is far more accomodating for producers and there are no bounds to what you can achieve!
Pioneer DJ HDJ-2000mk2 Headphones: I did some research and these headphones look incredible for both DJing and producing. One of my favourite features is that they have a good amount of sound isolation, this is something I’ve always desired for a pair of headphones, particularly when I’m mixing in a club, or in a noisy environment. I also like the look of Mthem because the ear pads are made of memory foam, and they look extremely comfortable to wear.
I'd love to play around with that SSL Fusion that's just been released. I'm always trying to implement the positive elements of an analogue studio into the convenience of a digital workflow, and this sounds like a perfect tool for it. You just run your DAW master signal through it and it can compress high frequencies, EQ, add stereo width, saturation and much more. I really want to get my hands on this one Santa!
I’d love to have a Moog in my studio. It’s one of those pieces of hardware you just have to have, because its sound is absolutely unique and its looks are just perfect. If it were software, then the entire library of Output. They have this amazing plugin called Exhale, which is just incredible and just inspires you to produce music for hours and hours.
If we could have one thing for christmas it would be a Shure SM7b microphone. It’s not something a lot of people think about when they hear a song but this guy has helped us craft everything from day 1. As a producer I’ve gotten used to how both of our voices react to it, and obviously the fact that Michael Jackson used one helps unleash the inner pop-star performer in both of us. We won’t have access to one soon, and for both professional recording as well as on-the-go demos, it would be an invaluable addition to our arsenal.