Doing some last-minute holiday shopping but running short on both time and ideas? Fear not. Here are 10 great stocking stuffer suggestions perfect for the musician or music-lover in your life — all with retail prices of less than $100. Some of them are even free!
Guitarists can always use accessories, and the Yamaha AXE PACK provides all the essentials to maximize their playing time and enjoyment. This comprehensive kit includes an A-frame stand to hold electric and acoustic guitars — even ukeleles! — along with a nylon strap, a string winder, a Yamaha GCT-1 clip-on tuner for guitar and bass (ukelele too), and a polishing cloth, plus a supply of picks.
Wind players always appreciate a new mouthpiece, particularly if it’s one that provides extended range and volume, good tone quality and improved “feel.” Yamaha offers a wide variety of mouthpieces for both woodwind (clarinet, saxophone) and brass instruments (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, french horn, alto horn, baritone, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba), all carefully crafted and designed for optimum tonality and playability.
People tend to think of audio mixers as being large, bulky, expensive units. But in fact they come in all sizes and price points, and there are times when there’s simply no need to haul out (or rent) one of the big boys when a small, portable mixer will do. The Yamaha MG06 delivers sound and features that go well beyond its compact footprint, offering six inputs (two mic and four line-level) and dual balanced outputs that allow connection to professional recording and PA equipment. The MG06 incorporates some of the same technologies developed by Yamaha for use in high-end professional consoles, such as studio-quality preamps and a rugged, reliable construction. This is one product that allows musicians to shape their sound with confidence!
As every musician knows, getting the band together — or even practicing on their own — isn’t always easy. Conflicting schedules, space restrictions, and not bothering family and neighbors are just a few of the factors that can hijack even the best-laid plans. Enter the Yamaha SessionCake SC-01, which provides an affordable, ultra-portable, and flexible solution for aspiring musicians who don’t have the time, the money, or an appropriate space to really cut loose when they want to practice alone or rehearse with others. The SC-01 enables the connection of an iOS smartphone or tablet so that musicians can add effects and/or play along with their favorite tunes. What’s more, up to eight units can be linked together for a full-blown jam session with friends or bandmates. No amp needed, no cabinet, no pedals — just a guitar or bass and some headphones, and the SC-01 does the rest.
These translucent, candy colored Rainbow Recorders are real instruments, not toys … and they’re a great way of introducing even the youngest budding artiste to the wonders of music. Made of the same ABS resin material as our regular recorders, they offer the same superior tuning, the same beautiful tone, and the same great durability. They play effortlessly too, with a rich, full sound, and with their colorful look they make even routine practice fun. A fingering chart is included too, so your gift recipient can get started right away.
An extra pair of quality headphones always comes in handy. The Yamaha MPH-MT5 high-grade monitor headphones deliver a balanced sound that is always faithful to the source, making them perfect for home recording, where accuracy is a must. They’re lightweight and comfortable, and employ an over-ear closed back design for excellent isolation, with an extended frequency range that allows you to hear the entire sound, from the lowest lows to the highest highs. Moveable earcups enable single-ear monitoring, and thick, durable ABS housing and folding arm make the MPH-MT5 ideal for travel and use in even the toughest working environments. Carrying bag and 1/4″ stereo adapter included too!
Who says headphones can’t look good and sound good too? The Yamaha HPH-M82 busts the myth wide open, delivering both stylishness and excellent sonic quality. These lightweight and comfortable over-ear headphones combine high-quality components and precise tuning for a sound that is clear, natural and balanced, making them ideal for enjoying all genres of music. The diamond-shaped ear pads provide an excellent fit, and the headband is fully adjustable to suit the wearer. The HPH-M82 comes in a wide range of colors, too — red, white, black, blue, brown, burgundy and gold, with color-coordinated tangle-resistant cables that include a convenient in-line remote control / microphone compatible with iPhone®, iPod® and iPad® so you can select tracks and adjust the volume — even answer phone calls or access other voice services. Now you can leave your smartphone or music player in your pocket or bag while listening to your favorite music!
The compact Yamaha UD-BT01 allows any keyboardist to establish a wireless connection between their digital instrument and a Mac computer or iOS smartphone/tablet, adding all the freedom that wireless technology brings. Simply plug it into the keyboard’s USB port for instant access to a wide variety of MIDI-based interactive music apps — from those that add a wide variety of sounds not available in the instrument itself to those that allow the keyboardist to record daily practice sessions with ease, then play them back in order to analyze difficult passages. The UD-BT01 even charges the connected iOS device while in use — no more worries about batteries running out in the middle of a live performance!
Have you ever tried to figure out what the chords are to your favorite songs? We have an app for that. The Yamaha Chord Tracker does the hard work for you, and much more. Completely free and compatible with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® devices, this groundbreaking app helps keyboard players and guitar players learn how to play their favorite music by analyzing the song and then displaying its chord symbols or guitar tabs. Advanced features include a melody suppressor to facilitate playing along, as well as Style select and wireless connection functions for select Yamaha keyboards. The tempo and key of the analyzed song can be changed as desired, and you can even edit the chords to make your own arrangement by choosing from two recommended chords or selecting the chord root and chord type.
Wondering how to gift a free iOS app? It’s easy. From your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, launch the App Store and browse to the app you want to gift, then scroll to the bottom and tap the button labeled “Gift This App.” A screen summarizing the app will appear. Tap the “Next” button, then fill out the form that appears. When you’re done, tap “Next” again, review the information and tap “Buy Gift.” If you’d rather do this from your computer, the procedure is similar: Open iTunes, browse to the app you want to gift, click on the arrow next to the app’s price, then click on Gift This App. Fill out the form and click Continue, then click on Buy Gift. Either way, the recipient will instantly receive a notification email and you’ll be able to cross off one of the names on your shopping list!
Last but not least, here’s another free app that works with 80% of current Yamaha AV products — even though you may not even know you need it! MusicCast is an exclusive technology incorporated into many Yamaha AV receivers, wireless speakers and sound bars. It enables the user to build a wireless multiroom audio system perfectly tailored to their home and lifestyle, with the ability to add components in up to 9 rooms without the need for any cabling whatsoever — all under the control of a single app.
Available for iOS and Android devices, along with Alexa support for voice command control via Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap and Show, the MusicCast remote control app allows you to play the same or different music in each room from streaming services such as Pandora®, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Spotify, SiriusXM® Internet Radio, and others. You can also stream your internal music library or external content such as audio from your computer, TV, CD player, Blu-Ray Disc™ player or USB source — Bluetooth® devices too. There’s even support for high-resolution audio!
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