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Best Traktor-friendly mixer
Pioneer DJ MT1
The MT1 is a Traktor Scratch controller, sound card and two-channel mixer. You can use it with or without decks, but if using control vinyl the built-in soundcard makes connecting simple. It comes with a copy of Traktor 2.0 Duo and its layout combines the Traktor screen and the easy-to-
use layout of a normal mixer. Pioneer’s usual sonic excellence, robust design and steep price tag also apply.
Best Max For Live app
Max For Live is an app for creating your own Ableton plug-ins. Already, Hawtin and Henrik Schwarz have contributed to the growing number available, and our current favourite is Alex Kid’s Instant Haus. It lets you construct beats using pre-written drum patterns, making songwriting on the fly super-quick.
Best in-ear headphones
Allen & Heath XD-20
In-ear headphones can sound pretty limp. Not great if you listen to dance music, right? The XD-20s are designed to give bass-heavy sound at an affordable price. You can’t produce with them, but they’ll make any bus journey sound like you’ve still got your head in Saturday night’s bass bin. £55, www.dv247.com
Best Cubase sampler synth
No not a shoot ’em up game. Sonic weapon Halion gets a big revamp with its fourth update and is now a combined sampler and soft synth monster. Designed by the makers of Cubase, it comes with 44 effects and a sound library of 1,600 sounds. It’s easy to drag and drop samples for instant effects, and is a powerful sound creation plug-in.