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Holiday Gift Guide 2020


Rock out while you cook out with these microphone inspired kitchen utensils from Rise8 Studios, check them out at www.rise8musicgifts.com and see all of their unique and fun gifts and products for musicians and music lovers like guitar-neck utensils, guitar body picture frames, drumstick utensils, and brand new guitar-neck clothes hangers! Everything is on sale now. Use coupon code AFM2020 for 15% off your first order, free shipping for orders over $30. Sale ends December 18.


The Fishman Loudbox Artist packs 120 watts of ultra-clean, bi-amplified acoustic power into an incredibly lightweight and portable package. It features two versatile channels that can each accept an instrument or mic input. Fishman’s legendary tone and feedback-fighting controls, plus a dual-effects section, make the Loudbox Artist a great choice for the seriously active musician. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, three-band EQ with shelving bass and treble, resonant-style midrange, input gain with 10dB pad and clip indicator, 24-Volt phantom power for condenser mics, dual digital effects section with Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger and Slap Echo, dedicated effects loop, balanced XLR outputs on each input channel and main mix, channel mute, headphone output, and a two-way speaker design with built-in 10-degree baffle angle.



The College Prep for Musicians™ online self-study course and additional book has everything you need to know about applying to college as a musician. The six-module course, led by creators Annie Bosler, DMA, Don Greene, PhD, and Kathleen Tesar, EdD, is a must for middle and high school students who want to pursue music studies in college. The information delivered in the 17 lectures covers organizational tools, preparation assessment, career options, and more. Useful aids such as repertoire spreadsheets, an audition matrix, PDF guides, and other tools are included. Each of the three course creators brings a different perspective and background to the subject, from top conservatory admissions experience, to years of teaching and professional performing, to Olympic coaching and audition preparation.



In his new book, Keys to the White House and Other Stories of a Gig Warrior, pianist/keyboardist Bob Boguslaw details his 22-year career with the “President’s Own” Marine Band and the years as a freelance musician that led him there. Boguslaw, of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD) and Local 161- 710 (Washington, DC), describes the ups and downs of a life devoted to music, from dive bars to cruise ships, from the world’s great concert halls to the Grand Foyer of the White House. Available at Bob Boguslaw’s website, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.



We’ve solved your musical instrument care and gear maintenance problems with advanced product formulas that are designed to enhance sound quality, maximize performance, and protect in one simple, easy, fast application. STRINGTone® Guitar Parts/Strings is the first string-care product to penetrate deep into the string’s core for total lubrication and conditioning. LECTRICare® gets the job done where all others fail. Three targeted contact cleaning and conditioning formulas to handle a wide variety of environmental conditions.
■ Music Electronics
■ Stage Sound/Lighting
■ Cine/Broadcast

PROcussionCare® with three unique formulas for state-of-the-art drum kit care and maintenance.
■ WearBarrier
■ CymbalCare
■ PedalLube

BRITETone® is an advanced micro-thin metal and wood conditioner/lubricant for all brass, wind, orchestral, and band instruments.



Finally, there’s a sanitary spit-valve solution for wind instrument players! No more gross, unsanitary puddles of spit on the stage floor, in the band room, or on the floor at home. The Spit Diaper, created by trombonist and flutist Bugs Beddow of Local 5 (Detroit, MI), is made to fit trombones, trumpets, baritones and euphoniums, tubas, French horns, saxophones, clarinets, oboes, and bassoons. After each use, simply hand wash your Spit Diaper in the sink with a few drops of antibacterial soap, rinse, dry, and reuse. For more information or to purchase, contact bugs@bugsBeddow.com.



Whether you’re an artist, engineer, podcaster, video editor, or content producer, you’re always in creative mode. AKG K371-BT professional studio headphones strike the perfect balance between studio-quality sound, Bluetooth functionality, plush comfort, and a sleek, sturdy design that stands up to your mobile lifestyle. K371-BTs are precision-engineered to match AKG’s Reference Response acoustic target to reproduce natural, balanced audio in extraordinary detail, so you can make more confident decisions when mixing and editing. They deliver deeper bass and higher highs than any other model in class, with a stunning frequency response of 5 Hz to 40 kHz. K371-BTs offer the convenience of switchable Bluetooth wireless and wired connectivity: A built-in microphone allows two-way Bluetooth communications, whether you’re in a studio session or a conference call.



Conn-Selmer helps trumpet and tenor trombone players prevent the spread of COVID with the company’s new bell covers. The covers, designed by Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) lifetime member and trombonist Ira Nepus, are designed to help keep air particulates from escaping the instrument while not altering the pitch or the quality of sound. Made from double layered stretch nylon and machine washable, the covers will fit up to 5-inch trumpet bells and up to 8-inch trombone bells. Only available in black.


gig gloves holiday gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: The Perfect Gifts for any Musician


holiday gift guide and gig glovesProtect your most valuable asset: your hands. Gig gloves are the ultimate gloves for gigging musicians and production pros who spend a lot of time loading in and out, setting up, and tearing down. They protect the back of the hand and palms with breathability for extended use, access to the first three fingers via fold-over fingertips (for fine motor tasks), and touchscreen capability directly through the fabric. Original Gig Gloves provide visibility of the hands in low light, Gig Gloves Onyx are completely black for those who need to be invisible to an audience, and Thermo-Gig Gloves add a layer of internal fleece for cold weather. Gig Gloves come in six sizes (XS to XXL).


d:vice MMA-A

d:vice MMA-ADPA’s d:vice MMA-A Digital Audio Interface is a high-quality, dual-channel microphone preamplifier and A/D converter that captures crystal-clear audio via your favorite recording or broadcasting apps. It’s pre-
programable, easy to use, and inconspicuous. While third-party apps can be used with d:vice, an exclusive downloadable DPA app allows you to store gain settings and low-cut filters for personalized use in dedicated presets. The d:vice MMA-A comes with one Micro USB-B to iOS (Lightning) and one Micro USB-B to PC/Mac (USB-A).



Cloudlifter zi

Cloud Microphones’ Cloudlifter Zi instrument DI and mic activator is designed for guitar, bass, keyboard players, and singers. It maximizes your instrument or mic’s signal and lets you contour your tone. The variable impedance “Z” knob and high-pass filter combine to create massive tone shaping, while the three-position gain switch adds gain (up to 25db for microphones or 12dB for instruments) for a clean signal.




Holiday gift guide avidThis holiday season, there will be plenty of great deals out there. If you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s the deal, Avid?”, we’ve got you covered, whether you’re a relative newbie, or a seasoned pro. Get our best deal of the season on Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD, amazing deals on plug-ins, and more. Here’s a small sampling: 20% new Pro Tools subscriptions, 75% Off sound library, 50% off audio plug-ins. And keep an eye out for flash sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Get these deals while they’re still around!



Halo Sport

halo holiday gift guideHalo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, is a wearable neurostimulator that accelerates the development of muscle memory, when paired with training. See them in action at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVUvgUSX9hU.




Designed and optimized for outstanding music recording, the Philips VoiceTracer DVT7500 music recorder features three high-quality microphones for uncompromising high fidelity sound. The innovative XLR and line-in connectors allow you to connect your instruments directly, achieving crisp and accurate, multi-source recording. The DVT7500 records PCM (WAV) and MP3 files at up to 24 bit/96 kHz, and features virtually unlimited storage capacity thanks to 16G internal memory and a microSD memory card slot supporting up to 64G of additional memory. A large color display and intuitive user interface make it user-friendly. The high-capacity lithium polymer battery extends battery life up to 30 hours, ensuring that your recorder is ready to work when you are.



CD Baby

Your audience is out there. CD Baby helps you build the bridge, giving you more ways to reach fans and make money from your music than any other distributor. For a one-time setup fee of just $49 per album, or $9.95 per single, your music will be selling and streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and more. Plus, we give you major-label promo tools, help you make money from YouTube, give you daily trending reports, and all without annual fees! CD Baby is a preferred Apple content provider, so we’re the quickest way to get your music onto Apple Music and iTunes. We’ve also been paying artists weekly since 1998, so you know your music is in good hands!



Lotus Light pro

Lotus Light PRO holiday guideLotus Light PRO series incorporates a lithium polymer battery and the highest quality LED technology to provide the most powerful music light. It floods four pages of music with light, without any hot spots, and for a longer time than ever before. Lotus Light is lightweight and compact enough to take wherever you go. It clips to any music stand and the jaws are padded to clip to a piano music rest without fear of damage. A stiff but flexible arm allows you to position the light where it won’t distract others or interfere with page turns. Visit our website to learn more about the light and other accessories to make it the most useful light you can own.



Result6 Monitors

PMC’s result6 compact nearfield monitors guarantee ideal results for audio professionals in all areas of music—recording, mixing, mastering, broadcast, and post production. These monitors provide the perfect introduction to PMC’s renowned sound quality and sophisticated ATL technology. With result6 there are no overly complex DSP-based user options or room profiles; instead, these monitors achieve their characteristically neutral, dependable reference sound solely on the strength of engineering. You can plug them in and immediately trust what you hear to create the best results in the shortest time. result6 are available from PMC USA and the PMC Factory Boutique at RSPE. For more information email maurice@pmc-speakers.us.



Happy Holidays from Sennheiser!

Sennheiser wants to help with your holiday shopping this year. Check out customer favorites like the popular evolution 900-series wired vocal mics; e935 and e945, the industry-standard HD 25 line of headphones, and the incredible ClipMic Digital (powered by Apogee) for mobile recording with iOS devices! Visit your favorite Sennheiser dealer or visit Sennheiser.com for more holiday specials.



Learn to Play Ukulele Starter Kit

Kala Ukulele Starter Kit has everything you need to start playing today! It comes with a Kala soprano mahogany ukulele, logo tote bag, free online lessons, and a free tuning app with lessons. Our high-quality ukulele and lessons make learning the uke fast, simple, and fun! Pricing is just $59.99 MAP/$84.99 retail. Look for the Kala Learn Ukulele Starter Kit on Amazon.




shoulder rest holiday gift guideDurable, ergonomic, light-weight, and adjustable. After years of development, Balu Musik is excited to present the ShouldeAir, a new and revolutionary shoulder rest for Violins and Violas. The ShouldeAir is made of the highest grade carbon fiber (used also by NASA, Boeing, and NASCAR) making it lightweight (just under 60 grams!) and built to last. The sleek, elegant design provides exceptional comfort. The adjustable height and legs provide a perfect fit. (Patent Pending – #62/546,294)



Chromatc Pedal Tuner

Stunningly accurate. Or, more accurately, stunning. With its striking, full-color vertical display and quick, accurate response, the new D’Addario Chromatic Pedal Tuner helps you make sure not to miss the mark—even in demanding onstage conditions. Its slim profile leaves room on your pedalboard for all your effects, so it’s there when you need it, but out of the way when you don’t.




Happy Holidays from ChopSaver! Invented by Local 3 (Indianapolis, IN) member Dan Gosling, ChopSaver Lip Care is the perfect gift for all your musician friends. While brass and woodwind players love it, no one likes chapped lips in the winter, no matter what they play! So let ChopSaver’s all-natural ingredients soothe and protect your lips all year long. Visit www.chopsaver.com to find a store near you—and watch out for flying sousaphones while you’re there!