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CTC GIFT GUIDE 2015 #2: TECH - Chase The Compass


Everyone has a tech dork in their life – if you can’t think of who yours is, it’s you. Soz about that. But whether your buying for a loved one or spoiling yourself our tech gift guide has you covered. Join us on a nerdy journey through gifts and gadgets for you and yours.

Minirig Portable Speaker


There are heaps of portable speakers out there claiming all kinds of amazing things, but as soon as we heard the Minirig it was instantly one of our faves. Don’t be fooled by the small size, the bass from a single speaker is very impressive and its minimal design means battery life is even more so. Plus this thing is loud. Need even more volume? You can wirelessly chain multiple Minirigs including an extra Minirig Sub. Dope.

Price: from £130
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Korg Monotron Delay


Korg shocked the world(!) when their mini analogue noise-maker Monotron hit the market, capable of massive if crude analogue sounds on a tight budget. Since then they’ve added a few cute friends to the range, including this dub delay box coming in at a staggering £30. Perfect to add some unpredictability to your tracks and live sets.

Price: £30
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Sennheiser HD25 Headphones


The industry standard DJ headphone aren’t cheap, but they will go the distance. With almost every component replaceable, breaking a cable or earpiece doesn’t mean replacing the whole unit, saving you money down the line. Plus they sound bloody great. Many have tried to take the throne from the 25s as the go-to DJ cans, but for us they’re still number one.

Price: £109
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Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adaptor


While units like SONOS might still be out of the price range of most of us, wireless audio isn’t as unattainable as you think. There are a bunch of cheaper options and Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adaptor is as good as any. Simply hold down the button, connect your phone or laptop and play music from your sofa. Ideal. Bluetooth doesn’t sound QUITE as good as WiFi so don’t expect audiophile quality, but at this price it’s spot on.

Price: £30
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Making Music: Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers


Dennis DeSantis’s book was a smash hit from the day it went on sale and for good reason. One of the few guides out there that takes a crack at modern music making for electronic producers. A great go-to guide for when creative block strikes, and beautifully designed.

Buy it here


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