Happy new year folks!

I am a guitarist/singersongwriter looking to create pro sounding contemporary midi/audio beats and backing tracks which can be mixed and recorded with live instruments to create songs in Logic Pro X on a Macbook Pro.

I have looked at the Maschine Mikro and the Akai MPC Studio (I could be wrong but the Maschine seems to have a much steeper learning curve). I want something which is easy to get up and running and get creative with, without much complication. 'Ease of use' trumps 'lots of features' for me.

Can anyone offer advice/opinions on the Maschine and the Akai, or recommend anything else which I should try? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.