This holiday season, treat the musician in your life (or yourself!) to a gift that will make a difference every day of the year! As many of you know, Forte is designed to provide an excellent teaching experience with just a computer or iPad – no extra gear required. However, Forte’s experts have also vetted and recommended the following hardware and accessories to enhance the online music lesson experience. Keep reading to see our 2022 Holiday Wish List!
When teaching online, it’s helpful to have an external microphone in order to optimize your audio. They’re easy to use and can make a big difference. (You can read our case for external mic post here.)
We have three external mic recommendations for you.
- The premium option: Mackie Mic
Forte’s Artistic and Education Director, Liam Day, did an in-depth review of the Mackie mic, which you can check out here.
- Tried and trusted: Blue Yeti Mic
The Blue Yeti is a Forte favorite and is used by musicians all over the world, for every level and genre.
- Less is more: The Fifine K669 USB Mic
For a smaller investment, this solid option gives you the benefits of an external mic at a fraction of the cost of others.
Below are some other great accessories that will take your online teaching to the next level.
- Boom: Acetaken Overhead Video Stand
Hold your phone or an extra webcam and utilize Forte’s multi camera feature!
- Webcam: Logitech C920S Pro HD Webcam
The cameras built into most older laptops can be underwhelming. This affordable webcam can greatly sharpen your video quality.
- Headphones: Shure 215 Pro Earphones
Professional, sound-isolating earphones provide clear sound and deep bass, with the option to go wireless.
- Streaming Deck: Elgato Stream Deck
An easy way for the advanced, tech-savvy teacher to switch scenes, adjust audio, launch media, and more.
- Amplifier Pedal: Orange Terror Stamp Amplifier Pedal
To our electric guitar teachers: if you want to sound like a vintage tube amp with a simple plug straight into your lessons or headphones, and not bother your neighbors!