Do you have a “sound nerd” in your life and need to find a few perfect nerdy gifts? I’m here to help with this live sound gift guide!
All of these recommendations I’ve personally used with great success. In fact, many of these items remain on my own Amazon wish list! I can’t tell you how often I needed a sharpie and some board tape! My post “What’s in my Live Sound Bag” also has some additional ideas, too!
I’ve linked to Amazon to make it easy! (let me know if you ordered from this list and I’ll mail you a free sticker of your choice!)
One-on-one workshop with me!
I started Sound Nerds Unite as resource of live sound tips and techniques I’ve gathered over my career. Teaching and mentoring via group and one-on-one workshops is one of my passions! Maybe your Sound Nerd would benefit!
A proper case!
The Pelican 1510. Small yet roomy enough for all of these goodies. Plus it has wheels and perfect for that extra step needed to get on that drum riser. Opt for the lid organizer to keep your kit tight!
I can’t tell you how many items I’ve lost along the way. Give yourself a better chance! Try the P-Touch labeler.
I always have a handful of good ole’ 3M "foamies" for myself and friends, yet this set stays with you at all times and sounds quite a bit better!
Simply essential. Two types to consider: Over-the-Ear and In-Ears (IEM). In-Ears are great for loud environments or a step up from Apple buds. I’ve gone through many over-the-ear models and have settled on two: The Sony MDR7506 or Shure SH840. For IEMS’s, try the Shure SE-215 or less expensive MEE audio M6 PRO.
If you spend any time with your sound nerd, the discussion on microphones can run deep! I’ll keep it simple here and recommend a few workhorses: Shure SM58 and for easy home recording, the Rode NT-USB.
Audio Problem Solvers!
Yes, I know. You may assume we only wear black YET we’re quite fashion conscious. Here’s a few fun ideas.
I grew up reading all things sound nerdy via magazines. Mix Magazine, Recording Magazine and Electronic Musician were some of my favorites (and not available on Kindle!). There are also some wonderful FREE subscriptions from Tape-Op and Live Sound International!
Need more ideas?
Just a taste into the world of “gear”! If you need some more ideas, check out this post!