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June 2017 Giveaway

Synth Tricks: Gift Ideas

Ever since I’ve been an adult (well, kinda anyway), my friends and family have claimed that I’m hard to shop for because I’m into such tweaky things. (I suppose that’s nicer than saying I’m a geek!) If you care for someone who’s a keyboard player, there are actually a lot of cool things you can get him or her without overspending. Anything from this list is a safe bet, even if it turns out that the keyboard player in your life already has something like it, because these items are handy to have in several places.

Keyboard Cover: The Gator GKC-1648 cover for 88-note keyboards and the Gator GKC-1540 cover for 61- and 76-note keyboards keep your instrument from getting all dusty and gritty.

Keyboard Stand: The On-Stage Heavy-Duty Folding Z-Stand KS7350 is a surprisingly sturdy stand that collapses down to a very small, flat shape. And yet, it can be adjusted for both seated and standing playing positions.

Keyboard Bench: The On-Stage Deluxe X-Style Keyboard Bench KT7800+ is perfect for musicians who just use whatever chair they can find. They’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much easier it is to play the full range of the keyboard when sitting on the right bench at the right height.

Sustain Pedal: I really like the M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal because it’s very well built, and it has a super-convenient polarity switch that makes it compatible regardless of which brand of keyboard is being used.

Volume/Controller Pedal: This is for someone who was very good this year. The BOSS FV-500L is the top-of-the-line stereo volume pedal. It will work with any keyboard out there. It’s built like a tank and feels velvety smooth under foot. Plus, it has a 1/4″ TRS jack that allows it to work as a continuous controller pedal.

Daniel Fisher

About Daniel Fisher

Sweetwater's synth guru Daniel Fisher is one of the most sought-after synthesizer sound designers in the industry. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Music Production and Engineering as well as Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Music Synthesis from Berklee College. He is Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, having created dozens of libraries and synth programs for Kurzweil, Alesis, Korg, E-MU, Yamaha, TC Electronic, and many others. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Music Synthesis at the University of Saint Francis and teaches Music Synthesis and Sampling at Indiana University/Purdue University.
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