25 best music making gadgets

Whether you're a heavy metal machine, a jazz hepcat or a synth wizard, you'll be able to make some noise with these musical gadgets

Akai SynthStation 25

£50, gear4music.com

On its own this two-octave keyboard won’t make a sound, but plug it in to an iPhone or iPod Touch and you’ve got yourself a powerful and versatile synth-cum-drum-machine. You’ll also need to download the Akai SynthStation app for £1.49, which makes sounds and serves as an additional control panel.