7. Akai MPC Studio
The Akai MPC Studio is the new, mid-range edition of the iconic MPC series. Akai is following the trend set by Native Instrument’s Maschine and the like by creating a hardware-software hybrid, using the computer’s processing power in tandem with the tactile functionality of the MPC controller. The MPC Studio brings to the table the most universally loved beat making layout and workflow, but is updated to include a modern day ease of use. At around $400, it’s not a bad way to beef up your bedroom studio.