Everyone loves that old reliable piece of gear that you just know you're never going to get rid of, but, equally, there's a part of you that hankers for something new. And when we say new, we don't mean 'more of the same' new - we mean a bit of hardware or software that does something different to or significantly better than anything that's come before.
These are the products that we're celebrating in the shortlist of nominees for the MusicRadar Innovation of the Year Award, which is being run in partnership with the UK's Music Industries Association and will be presented at the annual MIA Awards ceremony. This will take place at the Hilton London Metropole hotel on 12 November.
Click through the gallery to see what we think are the most innovative new guitar, tech and drum products of the past 12 months, and let us know which you think should win the top prize.
First up, a next-gen controller keyboard from Akai...
"The Advance controllers elegantly remove the disconnect between your controller and DAW."
4 out of 5
FULL REVIEW: Akai Advance 49
(Reviewed in Future Music)
Blackstar Fly 3
Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer
DigiTech TRIO Band Creator
DW MFG MDD pedal
What we say
"The Cliphit is undoubtedly a 'fun' product first and foremost - the fact that it includes dog and cat sounds confirm as much - but it might also be a useful little practice and performance tool for drummers."
FIND OUT MORE: Korg Cliphit
Laney Ironheart IRT-Pulse
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S Series
Native Instruments Stems
What we say
"As well as offering an interesting way to distribute music, Stems has the potential to close the gap between live performance and DJing for artists looking to play their own tracks out without going down the full 'live' route."
FIND OUT MORE: Native Instruments Stems