2. Native Instruments Maschine MKII
The Native Instruments Maschine was the first modern hardware-software hybrid beat maker to really blow up in popularity. It utilizes its own software that you can use within your computer’s Digital Audio Workstation software like Ableton, Logic or Protools while controlling it with a highly tactile USB-connected controller. Recently they’ve released the Maschine Studio, the pro-level model, alongside the Maschine MKII that is updated with colored LED pads, and the budget-minded Maschine Mikro. There’s also the iMaschine iPhone app available for $5 that is straight up impressive.