NI Maschine MK3 £479
Full Review: FM324 A few minor bugbears aside, this is probably the finest hybrid hardware/software musicmaking platform on the market right now.
Roli Seaboard Block | £279
Full Review: FM322 A unique and high-quality controller that offers MPE capability at an accessible price. You can combine multiple Seaboards or other Blocks too.
Novation Launchpad Pro | £249 Review FM296 The Launchpad Pro’s Live control isn’t quite as extensive as Push, but it’s more compact and works standalone too. Easily one of the best controllers around. Arturia MiniLab MkII | £89 Review: FM316 The Mk2 is only a subtle step on from the Mk1 hardware-wise but it’s a solid little controller, and worth the price for the included content alone.
NI Komplete Kontrol S61 | £539 Review FM285 A beautiful hardware and software package that just works. Now works with third-party plugins too. Akai Advance 49 | £399 Review FM293 Combined with Akai’s VIP software, the Advance controllers remove the disconnect between controller and DAW.
Akai MPC Touch | £479 Review FM301 The addition of a touchscreen narrows the gap between software and hardware, bringing an all-round more tactile and integrated creative experience.
NI Maschine Jam | £299 Review FM310 Jam is a great, creative controller in its own right, but it’s best used as a counterpoint to the existing Maschine hardware.
Arturia KeyLab 88 | £659 Review FM301 A top keyboard controller, and the addition of all those sounds makes it one of the best synths on the market too.
Ableton Push 2 | £599 Review FM302 Push and Live were already a great combo, but version 9.5 and Push 2 raise the bar for one of the best hardware/ software experiences around.