The 10 best controllers and sequencers of 2015


What are the top 10 midi controllers of 2015?

10. M-Audio Code series

The ballot box has been closed and all the votes counted in Future Music’s Gear of the Year Reader Poll 2015.

We can finally reveal the best controllers and sequencers of 2015, as voted for by you.

Our verdict

“If you're looking for an in-depth controller for the studio or for the stage, Code is a keyboard controller happy to bask in the limelight.”

FULL REVIEW: M-Audio Code series



9. Native Instruments Traktor S5

Our verdict

“Another solid Stems controller from NI, but we miss the flexibility of the S8 and D2.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Traktor S5





8. Akai MPC Touch

What they say

“Our newest addition to the legendary MPC series re-writes the rules with an intuitive controller featuring multi-touch functionality, creating a truly immersive production experience.”

Find out more: Akai website




7. Korg SQ-1

Our verdict

“Plenty of functionality in a compact, cheap and portable battery-powered package.”





6. Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

Our verdict

“LinnStrument feels like a proper instrument and really helps to bring sounds to life.”

FULL REVIEW: Roger Linn Design LinnStrument





5. Akai Advance

Our verdict

“The Advance controllers elegantly remove the disconnect between your controller and DAW.”

FULL REVIEW: Akai Advance




4. Novation Launchpad Pro

Our verdict

“Flexible and intuitive – the Pro is one of the most creative and inspiring controllers we've tried.”

FULL REVIEW: Novation Launchpad Pro




3. ROLI Seaboard Rise

Our verdict

“A giant leap forward for keyboard- kind, the Rise is an innovative product which oozes quality.”





2. Arturia Beatstep Pro

Our verdict

“An awesome update to an innovative but so-so sequencer/controller results in one of the year's most desirable bits of kit!”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Beatstep Pro




1. Ableton Push 2

What they say

“Push is an instrument that puts everything you need to make music in one place – at your fingertips.

“It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.”

Find out more: Ableton Push 2



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