Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphones

Nothing ruins a musical masterpiece like a sloppy mix. Sound familiar? Let’s nip your engineering flow in the rear end this holiday season. The Samson S5850 studio reference headphones guarantee balanced monitoring performance, deep articulate bass response, clear highs and a wider sound stage. With enhanced stereo imaging and a wide dynamic range, you can feel confident that your mix is covering all of the sonic bases. You’ll also have the luxury of comfort while you mix or casually enjoy music. With a self-adjusting headband designed for natural fits, you’ll barely even realize they’re atop your head. Fantastic reference headphones at an unbeatable price; you’ll have just the right pair to make your trash metal cover of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” sound top-notch.

 

 

Novation Launchkey Mini MK2 MIDI Controller

Sleek, minimal and efficient, this controller opens up a world of production possibilities for your studio rig or home setup. You’ll be immediately integrated with Ableton Live Lite right out of the box, but you can also connect to any other DAW of choice. Controls are laid out with the intent of a user-friendly experience for music producers of any caliber. 16 velocity-sensitive multicolored pads give you the opportunity to perform drum beats and trigger loops, turning your workstation into a do-it-all music generating factory. And with 25 keys to play with, you can record melodies and chord progressions just the way you would with any other MIDI keyboard on the market. Instead of hearing Grandma play “I Have a Little Dreidel” on piano for the umpteenth time this holiday season, how about you and her jam out on this essential home studio fixture?

 

 

Samson MediaOne M50 Powered Studio Monitors (Pair)

You don’t have to break the bank for monitors these days, especially in an era of DIY setups and budget studios. The M50 monitor pair delivers a wide, balanced sound with clear highs and tight lows. You can even use the Bass Boost switch to enhance that low end, if you’re all about that bass. Powered by an internal 80-watt studio-grade A/B amplifier, the M50 monitor pair produces robust sound ideal for producing music, gaming, or simply enjoying multimedia in the comfort of your own home. To take things up a notch, you can connect a mixer, iPhone, laptop or other device to the system’s rear stereo RCA and 1/8” inputs. Think of all the holiday music you can blast through these.

 

 

Samson G-Track Pro Professional USB Microphone w/Audio Interface

One microphone. That’s it. What’s so special about just one microphone when there are countless others on the market? The G-Track Pro is a Swiss army knife, of sorts. Featuring a USB port and instrument input/mixer, you can record two independent audio channels at one time. Capturing your recordings at 24-bit/96kHz, you can expect high-resolution results from a fairly minimal and easy to use setup. Fitting snuggly into a Christmas stocking, you don’t have to worry about the G-Track Pro taking up too much space in your rig. Podcasters, musicians, home recording maestros – this is a great plug-and-play option!

 

 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio 3rd Generation Recording Bundle

Focusrite has been exceptionally consistent in their ability to deliver audio interfaces to studios of any size or capacity. Across the board, they’ve promoted minimalism and efficiency while delivering high quality products guaranteeing high-quality audio and sound. If this is your first go-around with the brand, this 3rd Generation Recording Bundle has everything you need to hit the ground running. Right out of the box, you’ll have a Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, condenser microphone, XLR microphone cable, closed-back headphones and free software to satisfy your sweet tooth for music production. This is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season; getting yourself situated with a Scarlett Focusrite interface will go a long way in accomplishing your goals and projects as an engineer, producer or songwriter. And with everything else included in this bundle, the value is simply too good to pass up.

 

 

Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

One of the biggest challenges you may run into during the production process is nailing those vocal tracks. Conversely, one of the most overlooked aspects to vocal production is having the right microphone in place. The SM7B will capture the timbre and beauty of your voice with a wide-range frequency response, pinpoint accuracy, high clarity and air suspension shock isolation. This way, mechanical noise, excessive breaths and any other “mud” that you’d usually pick up in a session will stay far away from your recording. Electromagnetic shielding will all but eliminate hum from your monitors and other studio equipment. Now, get your hands on this mic and lay down some killer vocals for the next big pop hit… or perhaps an original Christmas song?

 

 

Nektar Panorama P1 MIDI USB Controller

You’ve probably perused a multitude of audio interfaces and MIDI controllers just within the past week alone. Allow us to introduce something a little bit different. Designed to let you control your DAW with the utmost confidence and command, the Panorama P1 controller is pre-mapped to a slim, state-of-the-art control surface. Every control feature in your DAW software is accessible through faders, encoders, pads and a series of buttons all present on the controller. A TFT display will let you monitor your action and put you in the driver’s seat towards a full-fledged production space. Logic Pro, Reason and Cubase users: settle your differences just for a moment. The Panorama P1 is ideal for all of you.

 

 

Novation Launchpad X Grid Controller for Ableton Live

At Sam Ash, we aren’t sure what we are more infatuated with – the myriad of features on this controller, or the fact that it looks like a dance floor straight from a disco. Ableton Live users will get a kick out of the grid controller’s beautiful array of colors and flashes, displayed on any of the 64 velocity/pressure sensitive RGB pads. Entire tracks can be constructed and full songs produced courtesy of this controller, giving you the power of expression and dynamics in your instrumental performances. Dynamic Note and Scale modes let you lock in those basslines, chords and melodies to take your hit to the next level. The Launchpad X is built to cater to your work process; customize MIDI mappings, set levels, create sends, mute, solo or pan tracks – control the entire production flow from the touch of buttons.

 

 

Akai MPD 226 USB Pad Controller

Music producers simply don’t need an 88-key workstation to create masterpieces these days. The beauty of the era we live in now is rooted in the fact that no two musicians or producers operate the same way. If working with black and white keys was never your thing, maybe the MPD226 can supply what you need. Using ultra-sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, you’ll be able to produce anything from club-thumping drum & bass beats to stadium-synth leads and everything in between. Control your mix flow with four knobs, four faders and four buttons meant to maximize your sound and give you the reigns for propelling your production into the sonic stratosphere. Simply plug-and-play with USB connectivity, and you’ll be producing more tracks than Santa delivers gifts.

 

 

Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO Closed Reference Headphones (80 OHMS)

Every good mix starts with a good set of ears. Seeing as they’re your most valuable weapon in the studio, why sell them short with headphones that won’t get the job done? The DT 770 PRO reference headphones are meant for critical, meaningful music and sound monitoring. Improved bass response, a closed design for shielding unwanted noise and industry-approved impedance are the boxes you can check off with this pair of headphones. For in-studio playback purposes, this is an essential pair to own. Consider the fact that these are a comfortable fit and soft-padded, and the value speaks for itself.

 

 

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