Best roadworthy Ohm controller:
Ohm RGB Slim
There may be a sea of them to choose from, but Ohm have carved an impressive name for themselves in the controller market. The lighter little brother of the flagship Ohm RGB, the new RGM Slim is small enough to fit into a backpack yet jammed with high quality knobs and faders and programmable backlit buttons on a sleek aluminium body.
Best stage and studio keyboard:
Japanese synth kings Roland are best known for the Jupiter 8. Last year they updated the series with the Jupiter 80, and now they’re about to deliver the travel-friendly Jupiter 50. Another hybrid synth/stage piano, it’s capable of emulating the sounds of the 8 and other classics as well as instruments like organ or piano, but is smaller, lighter and perfect for live keyboardists.
Best mid-price headphones:
Pioneer HDJ 1500
Top-of-the-range cans usually come in around the £300 mark, so if you’re looking for something in between, Pioneer’s latest range have your name on them. Available in chrome or black, the durable HDJ 1500s provide loud, balanced sound through well insulated earcups. They’re durable, and come with changeable cables to prolong their life.
Best old-skool synth
Analogue Solutions Leipzig S
While some synth makers try to shove every bell and whistle possible into their synths, others prefer to do the simple things as well as possible. The Leipzig is a rack-mounted, fully analogue voiced synth with a sequencer and extensive controls. It’s ideal for creating drum sounds, big basses and fiery leads.