1 OTO Machines BOUM
Running machines raw into a big system can be dangerous. This compressor/distortion unit safely squeezes all your elements together and adds nice grit via four distortion types, making it a hit with touring live techno acts like Surgeon and Karenn. With lo-and hi-cut filters and a noise gate.
£439, buy here.
2 Elektron Octatrack
Elektron’s swiss army knife is not perfect. It has a steep learning curve, switching between midi sequencing and sample playback can upset rhythm, and many artists use a controller to map parameters. But it’s popular thanks to its ability to function as a mixer and assignable cross-fader.
£1,037, buy here.
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3 Arturia Drumbrute Impact
A proper drum machine can make your set truly live. There are many options, but size and ease of use are key. The Impact saves pattern/songs easily, has a huge kick sound, distortion on the master output and the sequencer’s Roller and Beat Repeater let you add fills on the fly.
£239, buy here.