Hanukkah gifts for son's interest in sound engineering--I think?
November 19, 2012 8:15 PM Subscribe
What exactly is my teen son interested in, and how can I encourage it by buying him an appropriate present?
posted by primate moon to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (28 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to come up with Hanukkah gifts for my 15-year-old son. He has recently become interested in an area that I'm having a hard time defining. It might be called sound engineering, but maybe not. He recently joined a club at his high school called Electronic Dance Music (or EDM) but it apparently has NOTHING to do with actual dancing. I get the idea that it's a bunch of very geeky boys who play with sound with their computers and who would rather die than actually dance. My son--also a geek--doesn't seem to be interested in making actual music with an instrument, but likes the idea of the computery-ness of it and manipulating sound? Anyway, I want to encourage this interest and would like to give him one or two gifts towards this, but I'm not sure how to find out what to get him. I want it to be a surprise, so that's why I haven't asked him. I vaguely remember my brother, in the mid-70s, playing with synthesizers. Is this the same thing? Is there still such a thing as a synthesizer? Would it be appropriate? Of course, I don't want to spend more than $100, so any equipment might be prohibitively expensive. Software? Computer equipment (like decent speakers for the 'puter, rather than those measly little ones)? Musical equipent? Keyboards? Books? I specifically need ideas on gifts or how to research gifts. Thanks!