I used FL studio for easy beat creation. See here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1376781/fl_studio_tutorial_how_to_make_a_simple_beat_in_fl_studio/
Now i heard about Reaper which is awesome and low-cost: http://www.reaper.fm
I downloaded test and manual but couldn't find anything to make beats as easy as on fl studio. Isn't this featured in reaper?
which "cheap but good" software (under 100$) features the onscreen beat creation?