VoiceCouncil selects some of its favorite pieces of gear, accessories, books, and software to make the perfect present this year.
We have looked through our 5-star rated reviews and at the latest product releases, in order to come up a selection of gift ideas for singers that suit a range of budgets and styles.
Up to $25
Microphome Microphone Cleaning Kit ($15, £12) – Keep your stage microphone clean and germ free with this residue-free foam that sanitises and deodorises to protect singers from the health hazards of dirty or shared microphones.
MicFX Microphone Sleeves (from $10) – Add some sparkle to your mic with these decorative sleeves that are designed to quickly and easily be attached to stage microphones.
The Ultimate Guide to Singing ($25, £16) – This book is designed to cover every aspect of singing and a singing life. It contains contributions from leading experts from across the industry and covers a massive range of subjects including vocal health, technique, getting gigs, recording, live sound, promotion, and much more.
App Store Gift Card – There are now so many great Apps for singers that range from ones for serious vocal practice to ones just designed for having fun with singing. If you need help choosing one, why not check out our sister site for the latest app reviews: Music Maker Apps
Up to $100
Ultimate Support – Custom Mic Topper ($39) – Ultimate Support’s Mic Toppers are available in a range of styles and are designed to add some visual flair to the top of your mic stand.
TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper Pedal ($93, £99) – The Ditto Mic Looper is a simple looper pedal that is great for vocalwanting to experiment with vocal and instrumental looping.
AKG D5 ($99, £59) – AKG’s D5 is a professional dynamic vocal microphone that is designed to provide a crisp sound that can help lead vocals cut through the mix, while its supercardioid polar pattern ensures maximum gain before feedback.
PreSonus Studio One 2.0 Artist ($99) – PreSonus Studio One Artist Software is a “light” version of t he music creation and production application Studio One Pro. Great for singers wanting to start recording and mixing their own music on a budget.
Up to $200
Blue Yeti Studio All-In-One Recording System for Vocals ($149, £129) – This kit contains all the essentials you need to get started recording your own demos at home on your computer.
Roland VT-12 Vocal Trainer ($199, £112) – Rolands VT-12 is designed to be like having a vocal coach in your pocket. It contains a variety of built-in exercises and warm-ups for improving your vocal skills, and it even provides real-time analysis of your pitch while you sing.
Behringer Europort MPA40BT-PRO Portable PA System ($199, £176) – This battery powered, portable PA system is great for singers performing in spaces where mains power is unavailable. It has 2 mic/instrument inputs and a bluetooth input – so you can wirelessly stream backing tracks or music using your smartphone or tablet. It also supports Behringer’s wireless microphones if you want to be completely wireless with your setup.
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio ($179, £104) – iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone that works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It features a large diaghphram condenser capsule with a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp.
Rode Microphones NT1-A Condenser Mic Bundle ($229, £144) – This is a great bundle for singers wanting to start out making quality recordings in their home studio and are looking for their first microphone to pair with a recording interface. It contains Rode’s NT1-A cardioid condenser microphone, shock mount, pop shield, XLR cable, microphone dust cover and an instructional DVD.
TC-Helicon VoiceSolo FX150 ($250, £189) – The FX150 is more than just a live vocal monitor – it also contains on board TC-Helicon effects & 3 channel digital mixer. You can then output your mix to your front of house speakers or even just use the FX150 as your PA system for rehearsals or smaller gigs.
Tannoy Reveal 402 ($280, £230 – pair) – These active studio monitors pack a large sound in a compact package – making them perfect for use in small home studio setups.
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 Vocal Effects Processor ($499, £329) – The VoiceLive Touch 2 is a complete suite of production-quality vocal effects including harmony, reverb, echo, doubling, looping, and many more. Its unique Touch Matrix interface with Slider FX allows for for real-time control and modulation of the effects and loops while you perform.
Neumann KMS 105, Stage Condenser Microphone ($599, £390) – Neumann’s KMS 105 is a top live vocal microphone that helps to bring out every nuance of your vocal performance.
AKG C12 VR Reference Tube Condenser Microphone ($5999, £4260) – The C 12 VR is a reisssue of one of the most sort after vocal microphones in history. It uses the same 1950s dual diaphragm design, for a sound that has the same warmth, clarity and presence of the original.