Take a look at Monolake‘s PX18, the original step sequencer that gave rise to Ableton Live. The software marked the beginning of affordable music production equipment and sparked a revolution in DIY music making. While a lucky few early house and techno pioneers managed to get their hands on synths and drum machines, the PX18 made it possible to condense entire studios into a computer program. In fact, Create Digital Music argues that without innovations like this one, today’s “Berlin sound“—and electronic music culture as a whole—would be somewhat unimaginable. One of the genius minds behind Monolake (co-founder Gerhard Behles) is now the CEO of Ableton, which means he’s still helping shape how we create music today and tomorrow. Download the PX18 here.