Jingle Bells played on baubles via MIDI by Look Mum No Computer  ·  Source: YouTube Screenshot

What an awesome year 2016 has been for musicians and music and audio technology! Our wee site first appeared in January around the Winter NAMM Show, and since then we’ve been writing for you, the musicians and engineers. Every day. ‘Cause make no mistake, we live, eat and breathe this stuff: the gear, the instruments, the equipment, and the possibilities it opens up to us all.

One thing I’ve noticed over my first year editing this site is that it doesn’t matter how much music you’ve made, you many products you’ve seen come and go, there are always surprises in store. It’s part of what makes the music industry such a vibrant, fascinating place to work in. The flip side: sometimes you get it wrong. When the first modular synth products started appearing a few years ago, I thought it would be a fad, a short trend that would soon peter out. How wrong I was. Modular synthesis has gone from strength to strength, and continues to be an exciting part of our industry, gaining new converts every day.

So, it was no surprise that modular also featured on our list of Top 5 Synths of 2016 for under 500 Pounds. And who could have foreseen innovations like being able to switch microphone polarity during mixing? Or that someone would release a guitar pedal in the shape of a giant turd? Somewhere between the ultra-advanced audio tech and the low-down dirty fuzz of a boutique guitar pedal, between the studio and the stage, between the weird and the wonderful, there’s us, the gearnews.com crew, to bring you the very latest news, rumours and opinion on all that great stuff out there.

On behalf of all the team, I wish you a great Christmas and an superb New Year. If you have any comments on our stories or ideas for what you’d like to see us write about in 2017, drop me a comment below. Oh, and one last thing: got any hot tips on new gear? Email us at tips (at) gearnews.com.

Angus

PS: Here’s a video of a guy using baubles on a Christmas tree to play Jungle Bells via MIDI while Santa gets tucked into some cheap beer. Awesome.