UK: Eddie Kramer, Pro Tools Essential, Samson's Go Mic (pictured) and a host of music-related books feature in PSN-e's selection of seasonal gift recommendations. There are only nine shopping days left to go before Christmas, but this round-up might just provide a few last-minute gift ideas.
Developed to bring Pro Tools to a greater range of users, Pro Tools Essential is a new lite version of the legendary recording package. The new offer is available in three bundles: a vocal recording studio with USB mic, a keyboard recording studio with a 49-note keyboard, and a guitar recording studio with a USB audio interface.
Those seeking to add a little something extra to their own or their friends' studio set-ups might also be interested in The Eddie Kramer Collection. The result of a close collaboration between Waves and the veteran Hendrix/Zeppelin engineer, The Eddie Kramer Collection comprises five application-specific plug-ins, with dedicated tools for guitar, drums, vocals, bass and effects. According to Waves, the collection gives producer and engineers "access to Kramer's personalised processing chains".
A different kind of functionality is afforded by Samson's new Go Mic USB microphone for computer-based miking and recording. Developed for plug-and-play operation, Go Mic offers switchable cardioid and omni polar patterns, and is suitable for pro and consumer recording applications. According to Samson Technologies' director of marketing, Mark Wilder, Go Mic is "perfect for computer-based applications where higher quality audio is required. And its compact size means you can take it anywhere."
Finally, the past 12 months have witnessed a flurry of superlative music-related books, and none finer than Richard Williams' The Blue Moment - Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music (Faber & Faber). The Who, Terry Riley, John Cale and super-cool label ECM are among those to feature in this beautifully-written meditation on the creation and legacy of Miles's 1959 modal jazz classic. Also scoring highly in the page-turning stakes are Peter Hook's The Hacienda: How Not to Run A Club (Simon & Schuster), Jah Wobble's Memoirs of a Geezer (Serpent's Tail) and - recently excerpted in PSNE, and this week's long form feature [link] - producer Phil Harding's book about SAW/PWL Studios, PWL - From the Factory Floor (W.B. Publishing).
See next week's PSN-e - the last of 2009 - for a further selection of gift choices.