Festive treats for DJs
All the big supermarkets have announced that Christmas is coming, so who are we to disagree?
To help ease the shopping pain, we’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for the DJ in your life. Whether you’re looking for something that will make their life in the booth more pleasurable, or just a present that acknowledges their tune-spinning skills, we can help you out.
PP Turntable laptop pouch
Another great design brought to you by ‘ThePusspuss’, and perfect for any DJ tech historian/vinyl junkie.
Inspired by the classic Technics SL-1210MK2 decks, these pouches come in Medium and Large sizes to accommodate your 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro respectively. They’re lined for extra protection, and the plastic zips will prevent scratches we’re told.
Roland TR-808 printed slipmats
One item most DJs and producers lust after is that cornerstone of dance music, the Roland TR-808. And what better way to pay homage to this classic drum machine than to adorn your turntables with these 808-printed slipmats from Voltage Control.
The 12-inch mats are printed on white and accompanied in the range by TR-909 and TB-303 versions, all available for the same price.
AKG K181 DJ UE Headphones
The K181s are reference-class headphones aimed squarely at the type of DJ who likes to keep their 'phones around their neck and occasionally lift a cup to their ear to check the mix.
The light and flexible build makes it super easy to prop them up on your shoulder, and the 'mono' switch is definitely handy for beatmatching.
Bop It! Beats game
Keep improving your reaction times and DJ skills at the same time this Christmas with the Bop It! Beats (providing you are over the age of eight, of course).
Beats features four songs including Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj and Levels by Avicii - you won’t know what’s coming next or what beats you'll be following. The game starts off easy then gets more challenging, and lets you choose levels of difficulty.
The Reloop NEON is a perfectly stocking-sized pad controller for Serato DJ, featuring eight RGB pads with aftertouch.
Acting as the perfect support hardware for DVS users and controller DJs, NEON is great for triggering samples, cues, loops and effects.
Calvin Harris: The $100 Million DJ book
So you want to be a superstar DJ? Then what better place to get some insider tips than from a Calvin Harris biography (albeit unauthorised).
Find out how Calvin went from stacking shelves in his local supermarket to becoming the chart-topping DJ we all know today.
Suck UK Cat Scratching DJ Deck
Any cat-owning DJ will no doubt be fed up with their feline friends taking a spin on the decks, and that’s where the Cat Scratching DJ Deck from Suck UK comes in.
If you’re into anthropomorphising cats or just want to protect your 1210s, this is a must for you and your moggy.
Native Instruments iMaschine 2
Now a more capable production tool in its own right, Native Instruments iMaschine 2 has a greater focus on creating full tracks (as opposed to just loops).
The update features an Arranger, which enables you to turn loops and scenes into songs, while Step Mode lets you use a 4x4 grid as a step sequencer and can be employed to generate loops. To aid composition, NI has added the Smart Play keyboard (inherited from NI's Komplete Kontrol Series keyboards).
Native Instruments Traktor DJ for iPhone
Once you’ve created your tracks in iMaschine 2 you’ll be needing the tools to play them out, and if you’re looking to keep your live setup minimal then check out Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ for iPhone.
Not just for beginners, seasoned pro Traktor users will love it just as much as dabbling hobbyists. And if the idea of mixing on an iPhone isn’t for you, check out the iPad version.
Pioneer HDJ-700 headphones
Pioneer’s latest headphones, the HDJ-700s, are perfect for the DJ about town, thanks to their sleek, lightweight aluminium design.
The 700s' right earpiece can be rotated by up to 60 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring, while the handy grip allows you to quickly put the cup back in position.
Digital magazine subscription
If you’re looking for a gift that’ll keep on giving, you can’t go wrong with a subscription to one or both of our sister magazines: Future Music and Computer Music.
Better still, if you subscribe to either of them in digital format today you’ll get two issues for free (the current issue and the next one). Available for iOS and Android devices, this is a no-obligation free trial - cancel within 30 days and you’ll pay nothing.