Touchscreen apps have made musicians rethink the nature of instruments, but even Apple’s 12.9in iPad Pro is a relatively dinky canvas. Erae Touch (£528), though, brings 18 inches of low-latency silicon-topped goodness to your fingertips. Its surface supports up to ten points of contact, be that your dexterous digits or you whacking it with drum sticks. As you play, LEDs light up as 1000 force sensitive resisters capture the full expression of your input. But your personality is infused beyond adding some vibrato or pitch-bend: through the Erae Lab app, you can customise multiple layouts, enabling you to switch between launcher, step sequencer, X/Y pads and any other instrument from the future you can imagine. Add to all that MIDI 2.0 support, standalone playback functionality (with up to 32 stored layouts) and a free copy of the Continua plug-in and you’ll be composing and bopping away until traditional instruments are but a distant memory.
Beginner-friendly beat creator should get you bopping in no time