TEENAGE ENGINEERING POCKET OPERATOR £49 from teenageengineering.com
At the time of writing I can’t think of anything cooler than Teenage Engineering’s tiny pocket synthesizers and sound generators. They come in a variety of flavours – drum machines, sequencers, samplers and more – and allow you to create beats and tunes on the go.
ROLI SONGMAKER KIT £419 from amazon.co.uk
It might be a bit pricey, but the Roli system of computer-controlling musical instruments could be all you need to make the next hit. Combining a keyboard and a touch-sensitive “block” you can play with taps and swipes, it works with any digital audio workstation on any computer platform, and looks and sounds like it could be the future of music making… If the set is out of your price range, these components and others are available standalone.