5 Pieces Of Hardware You Need For 2021

Today, we have put together our top 5 pieces of hardware that you need for 2021.

At Toolroom Academy, we live and breathe music production, so for us, staying on top of the latest gear trends is what makes us who we are.

Today, we have put together our top 5 pieces of hardware that you need for 2021. Find out below who’s made the cut for this year’s roundup.


Behringer TD-3 – £149

The Behringer TD-3 is a replica of Roland’s TB-303, a classic synth that originally entered the world of synthesisers to mimic bass guitars, despite its commercial failure, the synth rose the fame in the 90’s through its use in acid house production.

The unit itself is completely analogue, with built-in distortion, full MIDI I/O, USB and up to 16-voice poly chain! For the price of £149 this one is a no brainer for the acid purists.

Akai Pro MPC One – £639

Finally! A standalone MPC priced under £1000!  The Akai Pro MPC One offers a 7-inch multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, 16 RGB pads, whilst working as a control surface for PC & Mac (including a full version of MPC2 Desktop Software)

The MPC One is the perfect standalone groovebox with a hands-on approach.



Arturia Microfreak – £233

Arturia have released one of their funkiest synth tables yet, with the all new Microfreak Synthesiser. Featuring a 12-mode digital oscillator, an analogue filter and a countless number of sequencing options – this cost effective, weird and wonderful sound box offers tons of pioneering features, aside from its amazing price point.

With so many sequencing options and features packed into this tiny box, it’s hard not to include this in our 2020 list.

Korg Minilogue XD – £500

Korg’s all new Minilogue XD Synth is a highly unique model that fits somewhere between the original Minilogue and the Prologue 8, offering the perfect balance between function and price.

The Minilogue incorporates a 16-step polyphonic sequencer, a sublime Multi-Engine, with a huge amount of sonic possibility.


Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! – £75

Teenage Engineering PO-33 K.O! Offers a tremendously fun, insanely portable, handheld sample editor. The unit is loaded with a selection of lush, lofi sounds, lending itself to crunchy old school productions. Great fun to mess around with!

A genuinely unique and inspiring piece of kit with an amazing price point.