Padding up the walls of your bedroom or renting out a recording studio is beyond the means and budget of most amateur, millennial musicians. Studio-grade sound recording doesn’t have to cost a fortune with the SnapRecorder portable recording studio. To make things even more feasible, you can record crispy clean audio from the comfort of your own home. Its design incorporates three layers of soundproofing technology to ensure that unwanted noises and echoes aren’t picked up. To cater to this generation’s tech-savvy musician, the recording booth comes with a smartphone dock to facilitate reading lyrics or digital sheet music while recording. With a USB connection, sounds are directly recorded onto your laptop and ready for editing.
Standing just 3-inches tall and handcrafted from genuine zebra wood, the LSTN Satellite Portable Bluetooth Speaker produces a clean, high quality sound for its small size and vintage look. The mini wireless speaker boasts an impressive 10-hour battery life and has a built-in mic that allows you to skip songs or make hands-free phone calls with ease. It’s charged using a USB connection and has an AUX input for non-Bluetooth devices. The speaker was crowdfunded by an Indiegogo campaign that managed to raise over $50,000 USD with all profits donated to the hearing-impaired of third world countries. If you’re looking for a stylish premium speaker that will blend right into your work space, LSTN’s Satellite is your guy.
There’s nothing worse than when the phone rings from across the kitchen and you’re shoulder deep into dishes. Triby is your go-to portable bluetooth speaker for the kitchen. You can make calls, answer calls, and listen to music without having to worry about drying or cleaning your hands. Triby also has WiFi so you can make hands-free calls to anyone who has the Triby iOS app. Using the app, you can write cute notes or draw pictures that will be displayed on Triby in real time.
For an active and outdoorsy music lover, this is probably the handiest (and smallest) portable speaker on the planet. Mengo’s AquaCube waterproof Bluetooth speaker lets you jam out to your favorite tunes at times where your headphone’s safety might be jeopardized by water damage (in the shower, on a shaky boat, at the pool, etc.). The AquaCube emits surprisingly powerful sound from its 3 watt speaker, despite its small size and the fact that it weighs practically nothing.
When learning different songs on the guitar, tuning and re-tuning your instrument can quickly become a frustrating task for an amateur guitarist. The Roadie automatic guitar tuner is an awesome tool for perfectly tuning your guitar, banjo, or ukulele in just a few seconds. Not only does Roadie function in loud environments, it’ll also tell you when your strings need to be changed. The Roadie tuner is definitely a lazy guitar hack, but it claims to be much more accurate than the human ear and is nonetheless a very useful guitar accessory for an amateur or intermediate player.