Looking for music gear to give to your special musician but working with a budget? Here are Music Connection's gifts under $1,000 for 2018:
Presonus StudioLive AR16 18-channel Hybrid Digital/Analog Performance Mixer
StudioLive® AR16 USB 18-channel hybrid mixers make it simple to mix and record live shows, studio productions, band rehearsals, podcasts, and much more. This is a musician’s mixer: lightweight, versatile, feature-rich and packed with analog connections and digital tools, yet easy to learn and use.
Casio Privia PX-5S Pro Stage Piano
The PX-5S is part of the Casio Privia line of digital pianos. The PX-5S is loaded with a collection of acoustic pianos, vintage keyboard, and synth sounds, and has powerful controller features and sequencing tools that sets it apart from other keyboards.
Line 6 HX Stomp Multi-Effects Processor Pedal
The Line 6 HX Stomp delivers award-winning Helix line tones in a stompbox format. This lets you easily add pro-level multi-effects processing to your existing pedalboard, or replace it entirely. It provides programmable amp/cab/effects/IR versatility that seamlessly integrates into a host of playing and recording needs. HX Stomp can be used as a multi-effects stompbox, a super-portable amp/effects rig, or an audio interface.
QSC CP8 and CP 12 Powered Speaker
The new CP Series is QSC’s very first value-priced powered loudspeaker. The CP compact and lightweight, making it easy to load, carry, lift and deploy in a wide range of portable and installed applications. Beneath its elegantly designed exterior, CP is equipped with a highly efficient, 1000-watt power amplifier, matching transducers and advanced DSP, delivering performance beyond expectations for a compact loudspeaker. With the ability to mix up to three input sources (mic/line, line and music playback device) at once, CP makes a great single-box PA system that sets up in seconds.
MSRP: $399 and $499
Bad Cat Unleash V2 Attenuator & Re-Amplifier
Back in 2012, Bad Cat released the original Unleash, the world’s first re-amplifier booster/attenuator. Now Bad Cat has released the first upgrade of its original device, the Unleash V2. Improvements include switchable input impedances, for 4, 8 and 16 ohm amp outputs, silent recording switch and headphone output. The general operations of the device include boost, attenuate, transparent reproduction, effects loop and silent record/direct out.
Mojave MA-301fet Microphone
The MA-301fet is a multi-pattern large diaphragm, solid-state condenser microphone. Based upon the popular MA-201fet designed by David Royer, the MA-301fet adds a 3-position pickup pattern selector, a15dB pad and a switchable bass roll-off. Each microphone is packaged in its protective case with a professional grade shockmount.
Yamaha LL-TA Transacoustic Jumbo Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Yamaha’s LL-TA TransAcoustic Guitar recreates the experience of playing in a rich, live room without needing any external amplification or effects – just the guitar itself. Whether you’re practicing, writing, recording or just playing for fun, the TransAcoustic Guitar will make you play better, longer and with more creativity.
Mackie FreePlay LIVE Personal PA
Mackie FreePlay LIVE is a powerful, convenient and flexible portable PA system. Hook up a vocal mic and your acoustic-electric guitar, stream backing tracks from your smartphone via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to perform with up to 15 hours of operation from the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.