If you must shop, consider these holiday tech gifts

StopRecommended basics: all items are in the range of $300 to $600… 

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 noise-canceling headphones

  • wow: the best you can get in this category

Bose QuietComfort 25

GoPro Hero 4 video camera

  • amazing that you can get such hi-res in such a small, fully mobile package

GoPro Hero 4

Pro-ject turntable

Pro-ject Debut III Turntable

  • don’t break the bank to play your vinyl; mid-priced yet high quality and available in other colors

Apple iPad Air 2 tablet

  • go light, go everywhere, and do nearly everything that you would on a laptop

Apple iPad Air 2

Sonos wireless music system

  • works with any music streaming system and your iPhone or tablet as a controller—how easy is this?!

    Sonos Play 3, with a phone for  wireless control

BONUS: just $25(!)

Dubs acoustic filtering earplugs

  • your hearing is more precious than you may even realize—save it while you can

    Dubs Acoustic Filter Earplugs


Beyond Audio: Video Workflow, Editing Software Suggested

note to selfWhen working on video projects, be mindful of the following:

  • RAID 5 protection required (see also Never Use a RAID as Your Backup System; yet here’s a counter-argument for RAID 1+0).

  • 3-2-1 Rule: redundancy with protection (large RAID, medium RAID, and single backups)

    …three copies at all times, to protect against disk/media failures: hard drives and DVDs fail differently

    …two of those on-site in two different formats, and one off-site

    …one (and only one) of those two on-site copies is a work copy

  • Clouds are exclusively for archiving.

  • Blu-Ray for local redundancy archiving. Stop

Edit software recommendations for workflow:

  • Adobe Premiere for handling any/mixed video formats (no transcoding worries) as well as graphics integration, at a low monthly cost.

  • Final Cut X for inexpensive entry cost for a perpetual license ($300 versus Avid‘s $1,300; Avid also has a low monthly option) and relative ease of use (optimized with MBP laptop and Mavericks OS).

  • Anything else would be a matter of personal work style/comfort (my own being Sony Vegas ($600), a combination video and audio NLE workspace that handles each very comfortably; coming from teaching ProTools, it is also the easiest software I’ve ever used–thanks Hans tB).

Adobe is NVIDIA-centric, versus Apple which has moved to AMD.

Boxx Technologies is one optimized platform for Adobe (over Apple’s). This does not constitute an exclusive endorsement.