Native Instruments has just announced Maschine Jam, which is their take on the Ableton Push style of controller... for a hell of a lot less! $400 gets you the controller and the Maschine 2 software. They're accepting pre-orders now, with an October 1st release date. This is a nice package, but the lack of displays might hamper you. I'm kind of surprised there's no displays at all on it. Even the original Maschine benefited from its old displays.
MASCHINE JAM brings advanced step-sequencing, sound sculpting, and song sketching to the MASCHINE family. More on MASCHINE JAM: http://www.native-instruments.com/mas...
MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality: Spontaneously step-sequence and arrange in seconds. Play melodies in inspiring ways with eight dual-touch Smart Strips, or transform sounds with dynamic new Perform FX. And get creating from the start with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE 2.5 software and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT.