Global Financial Crisis Edition – Gifts under $20

KORG iKaossilator – $9.99 (debut discount through November 30, 2011)

Sure, you could spend $129 for a hardware Kaossilator, but times are tough.  So we suggest the iKaossilator, which brings all the fun of the original to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  And brings it for just $9.99 (a 50% debut discount) through November 30, 2011.  You can gift an app now (just click the down arrow next to Buy in the App Store), and print it out to deliver later.

Even non-musicians will find the iKaossilator easy to learn and play.  An intuitive X-Y pad controls the sound, and you control the scales, instruments, drums, loops, and tempo with a tap of your finger.

Each of the round lights below the playing surface represent one of the five available tracks.  Tap the track, then tap to select an instrument, drum kit, or loop.  Now swipe your finger across the playing surface.  That’s it.  Hover over the screenshot and click the targets to hear some tracks, watch a video demo, and get more information.

iKaossilator for iPhone Highlights

  • Play sounds by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the screen with your finger
  • Bold Visual Effects move along with your performance and add excitement
  • 150 diverse built-in sounds cover any style of dance music
  • Scale/Key settings allow anyone to perform with musical precision
  • Easily create tracks with the loop sequencer using up to five parts
  • Control loops in real time for DJ-Style live performances
  • WIST capability allows wireless sync-start with other apps such as the iELECTRIBE

Blue Canary Night Light – $14.99

Need someone to watch over you?  How about this blue canary — perfect for the outlet by the lightswitch. This is the only product to earn a five-star review from Brenda Rebert (REAL NAME), who couldn’t say enough good things about it:

I can’t say enough good things about this nightlight. Although the product picture makes the birdie’s butt look much brighter than the rest of the body, that is just an accident of the camera, and it really glows throughout very nicely. It’s also a nice dark blue, so it looks good when it’s unlit, too. Finally, I love that it’s made with an LED light, too, so it saves energy vs. regular nightlights.

~ Brenda Rebert

Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for Musicians – $19.99

MusicSafe Classic earplugs come with two sets of filters: silver for medium attenuation, and gold for high attenuation.  They are designed as an open system so you don’t feel separated from the music you are listening to or making.

The included hygenic storage and travel box ensures that the earplugs are kept clean, protected, and easy to carry.  While standard foam earplugs can completely obliterate the high-end, these have a more balanced effect across the frequency spectrum.

MusicSafe Classic Acoustic Filter Average Attenuation Values
Hz 125 250 500 1000 2000 4000 8000
Gold Filter (High Protection) dB 18.8 15.6 16.0 18.5 27.7 23.9 22.0
Silver Filter (Medium Protection) dB 14.8 15.0 15.7 18.7 26.6 24.4 18.9
Note: On the dB (decibel) scale, which is a non-linear scale, a 10 dB reduction in volume is perceived as half as loud, so the difference in loudness between the two filters will be perceived as a 25-40% difference in loudness, depending on the particular frequencies (Hz) present in the sound being heard.

Chart from earplug superstore

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