The world of music tech and quirky gadgets is one that is full of an ever expanding market and brimming with brilliant ideas and exciting innovations. There are so many different and incredible gadgets to choose from that the sheer volume of choice could leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve selected our top 4 musician gadgets that are not only fun, but are kind to your bank account too.
1. Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth
The Stylophone is a small synth that you can play with a special stylus or your fingers. It fits so perfectly in your hand and allows you to let your fingers glide across the unusual keyboard with ease. It has an on-board speaker and can generate different tones with options for special effects. It was originally invented in 1968 by Brian Jarvis of Dubreq Studios, London.
All these years later and it is still our number 1 on our list, never going out of style or fashion with its unique sound and tone.
Shaped like a musical note with a comical head, the Otamatone is an odd and unique music gadget which finds its origins in Japan. It’s a synth too and runs on AA batteries. The way you make a sound is by pressing open its mouth from the sides and then sliding your finger across the note to change the pitch. The sound is kind of like a synthesized vocal, and is totally unique.
3. Melodica Mouth Organ
The Melodica Mouth Organ is not only a classic piece of musical equipment, but a highly individual music making tool. It is not electrical which is great, you do not need batteries or a charger, so you can save those for when you play live casino games instead. You simply produce sound by strapping the keys on your hand and then using the tube to blow into it, while playing the keys.
The sound is close to a harmonica, but with a unique twist. This device is a fabulous non-electrical old school addition to your music tool collection, it can on camping trips or be gifted to anyone who has gone off grid. As long as you have your breath at the ready, you will have uninterrupted music for as long as you want it.
4. Kanye West’s Donda Stem Player
In the world of music software, there are all kinds of options that allow you to separate a song from stereo into 4 separate layers of bass, drums, vocals and samples. But with all the incredibly high-tech options available, we say Kanye West’s Donda Stem Player takes the cake. It allows you to mix and perform your favourite tracks live.
It also gives you the option to play your performance over Bluetooth and takes any music format, with no exceptions. You can loop parts, pitch up or down or reverse your track stems. Whether you are a fan of Mr. West and his brand of music or not, this is an inventive piece of technology that deserves to have a spot on every musicians shelf.
With all the wonderful music gadgets out there, we hope this has given you an inside look into the world of musical tech. So, the next time your music producing partner or music-crazy friend needs a gift, you know exactly where to start looking.