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    ARTISTdirect's "BEATS" HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - Check out our exclusive "Beats" Holiday Gift Guide, detailing all the hottest new products for your home studio...

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    As part of our exclusive Beats by HP series – which features interviews with cutting-edge producers such as Kevin Rudolf and Ross Robinson— ARTISTdirect is pleased to provide this handy-dandy gift guide to help readers who want to build their own mixing lab and those who are tasked with shopping with music freaks in their lives!

    At the heart of our gift guide are the HP laptops, as everything starts and ends there. We also offer suggestions for mixing software and headphones, since programs are required to record and create music and you have to be able to "hear" what you are doing.

    So if you have a DJ or aspiring producer or gear geek in your family or among your stable of friends, or if you dream of sitting behind the board and twiddling knobs in the studio one day, then ARTISTdirect.com just turned your holiday shopping nightmare into a dream come true and we've just written the blueprint for your foundation of equipment.

    The HP Pavilion dv7t Select Edition, with the Intel® Core™ i3 processor

    This laptop delivers offers the big three: performance, productivity and entertainment. It also comes equipped with Beats Audio™, which will make the digital playback of music sound crisper and clearer than you could ever imagine. Music nerds need a place to store and process music, and this laptop certainly does that job with efficiency.

    The HP TouchSmart600 PC, with the Intel® Core™ i3 processor

    This machine is a bit of an upgrade. If the person on your gift list feels the need for speed a la Maverick from Top Gun, then this is the machine for him or her! It's fast and responsive, offers little in the way of lag time and all of their entertainment needs are at their fingertips. Literally. Since you know, you type on a keyboard! This laptop also comes paired with Beats Audio™ for outstanding digital music playback.

    The HP ENVY Beats™ Edition with the smart Intel® Core™ i5 processor

    Form and function collide with this laptop, which delivers a stellar entertainment experience with the design to match. It looks good and sounds even better! Anyone who owns this laptop will get a thrill pulling it out of its case, because it's a good-looking piece of hardware. This special-edition laptop features a red backlit keyboard and sleek black matte finish. In the music business, appearance and image are important and this stylin' and sexy computer offers that element. It comes with Beats Audio™, too. Why? Because as I have said before, the Beats Audio™ offers superior music playback. When you are creating music, you need to hear all the layers of nuance and Beats Audio™ make every beat, every note and every sound pops!

    HP ENVY 3D

    Achieve a new level of confidence and power, to borrow a line from Pantera, with this laptop. While many laptop users employ machines for fun and games or web stalking, this powerful laptop delivers above and beyond the simple call of duty. Screw word processing, music downloading and web surfing; that's child's play for the HP Envy 3D. This laptop is smart –it analyzes data—and you can edit videos and produce audio. This is the keyest of key laptops for the music aficionado looking to pursue a career in production, editing, mixing or other technical disciplines. It's the gold standard and and it's an investment, but the future dividends will make this machine worth the initial coin you plop down on it.

    Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High-Definition Headphones

    Music can be heard in a completely different way with these High Def headphones, which have been precision engineered to comply with digital music specifications, namely "big," room-filling genres like rock, hip-hop and R&B, which are considered sonically demanding.

    With their noise cancelling ability, these 'phones will allow the listener to hear the full complement of the music. Beats are the baby of rap legend –and we don't throw that term around lightly, but in this case, Dre is nothing less than a legend, from his work in front of the microphone in NWA and on his essential, "on the Top 10 list of Best Albums of the '90s for every music writer in the modern era" solo album, The Chronic, which helped launch the career of another luminary, Snoop Dogg! Dre can find a beat in a dead person or a cold fish, so needless to say, his headphones must be of the utmost quality. Dre's ears were the first to hear Snoop and this little superstar you may have heard of named Eminem, so if that's not the loudest endorsement we can offer about why Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are superior, then nothing else is.

    RecordNow® Music Lab 10 Premier

    Aspiring DJs and producers need mixing software to help actualize their vision and turn those visions into real, tangible, usable and listenable form. RecordNow 10 Music Lab Premier is intended for original content created by the user, who can have a ton of fun dropping lyrical science or constructing beats, melodies and more. A "must own" for the music maven.

    Get more info on these incredible products on our Holiday Buying Guide!

    Will you be checking out these items for the music nerd in your life? Or for yourself?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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