Exclaim! Gift Guide: The Best Instruments and Music Gear of 2019

Present ideas for musicians and music-lovers, including turntables, speakers, synthesizers and more
Exclaim! Gift Guide: The Best Instruments and Music Gear of 2019
For a musician, no gear collection is ever complete. Each year brings new equipment to make music more convenient and better-sounding — and 2019 is no exception. For the musician on your list, here are some of the must-have pieces of gear this holiday season: there are DJ turntables, guitar pedals, recording equipment, and even your very own at-home vinyl cutter.

Reloop RP-8000 MK2

Deemed "the most advanced turntable of all time," this nifty gadget has real-time digital display for beat-matching, pads that can control the platter's rotation speed, and MIDI compatibility for the ultimate DJ tool.
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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Modular

It seems like there's nothing in the realm of compact electronic music tools that Teenage Engineering can't do, and this small, battery-operated modular synthesizer kit (for custom, at-home assembly) continues to prove that thesis.
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Korg Minilogue xd

This next-generation revamp of Korg's minilogue line of polyphonic analogue synths packs a ton of new features into a compact, sleek package, even managing to stick in a digital oscillator to bolster the number of possibilities.
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Roland TM-1

This innovative drum trigger can be attached to any drum kit to add samples — both onboard and custom — to be instantly layered on top, straddling the line between digital and analogue drumming.
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BOSS SY-1 Synth stompbox

For the guitarist who's always wanted to dole out some glitzy keyboard effects, consider your dreams real. This new stompbox features a wide range of sounds and settings that will have your guitar making an array of synth sounds, perfect for soloing.
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Phonocut home vinyl cutter

Peak vinyl and DIY production collide with this new, "idiot-proof" at-home vinyl presser, which will create ten-inch records with up to 15 minutes of audio per side. The one thing that's not DIY about it? Its hefty price tag.
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UE BOOM 3 waterproof bluetooth speaker

Winter's chill may be slowly settling in, but it's not too early to think about warmer days coming back. Prepare early with this waterproof bluetooth speaker, perfect for time spent by the pool or beach.
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Lewitt LCT 640 TS microphone

Never quite satisfied with the sound of your recordings? This new condenser mic comes equipped with a POLARIZER plugin, able to create any polar pattern in the mix during editing.
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