Even for those of us just starting out our adventure into DJing and production need the right tools to do so, which is the exact position Kristy is in with her Christmas wishlist items.
She would love to get a pair of Stanton ST150 Turntables under the tree.
These are a great pair of "no nonsense" turntables that have everything beginners and professionals alike could want or need, and nothing they don't. They are designed to minimize feedback, and have an ultra-stable platter and tone arm. Additional features include Key Correction, Reverse, up to 50% pitch adjustment, and S/PDIF digital outputs.
I would love to get these because they are the turntables we work on at Beat Drop. I have an old DDJ setu at home but I must admit as soon as I stated learning on real turntables, I have a hard time practicing on anything but the Stantons. No matter how sophisticated controllers get, there will always be an appreciation and joy that comes with mixing on turntables.
Another item on Kristy's wishlist is the Novation Launchkey 49. Launchkey is a range of controller keyboards that come in 25, 49 and 61 note models. It includes 16 velocity-sensitive three-colour launch pads that both trigger and stop clips and scenes in Ableton Live and allow expressive playing in the drum rack. Launchkey includes Ableton Live Lite 9, as well as Novation Bass Station and V-Station synth plugins for even more creative possibilities. You can also connect Launchkey to your iPad and enjoy deep integration with the free Launchkey and Launchpad apps.
I'm really interested in music theory. I have an Ableton Push at home, and while that makes it so I don't need to be able to play a keyboard to make music, some of the understanding and beauty of theory itself is missing. I think the 49 is a great size to be able to write a full melody and chords as opposed to the 25 which I currently have. Even if Santa decided to bring me the 61 I wouldn't complain..."