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Keys to success Midi USB Keyboard - pounds 39.99 from www.firebox.com Learn, play and record with the included software. The 25-key instrument plugs into your USB and is both Mac and PC compatible. An ideal investment for anyone who has ever wanted to be able to jump on a piano and belt out a quick tune.

Mixing desk Korg Koasillator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer - pounds 119 from www.amazon.co.uk Plug in your earphones and let the finger blistering commence as you record, loop and stack to create individual musical works from the 100 sounds inside. Just a few taps on the touch pad allows the user to access and tweak synthesised or percussion-based sounds from bass guitar to snare drum.

Unbeatable Rock Beat drumsticks - pounds 8.99 from www.firebox.com Thrash around in mid-air and these sticks will perform snare drum, tom-tom or crash cymbal sounds, switching from one to the other at the flick of a switch. They also feature LEDs in the tips for performing moves in the dark.

Martian's landed Otamatone - pounds 24.99 from www.firebox.com Already a huge hit in Japan, this hybrid of a Martian and a set of bagpipes has just arrived on our shores. Simply slide your finger along the neck to select the level of pitch and then squeeze the mouth to add the vibrato effect or the wah-wah sound.
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