The Carry-On keyboard is an 88-note piano and MIDI controller that folds up so you can take it anywhere

We’ve seen plenty of compact MIDI keyboards, but compact 88-note pianos? Not so much.

That’s what you get with the Carry-on, though - a folding piano/MIDI keyboard that’s been made with the help of Blackstar Amplification (not the company’s usual kind of product, it has to be said). 

This ‘full-size’ keyboard is just 33cm long when folded, but offers an 88-note playing surface when extended. There are 128 sounds and accompaniments, MIDI over USB, built-in speakers and a headphones socket. Power comes from a built-in USB rechargeable battery that promises up to eight hours of playing time.

On the downside, the keys aren’t velocity-sensitive and they don’t look like they have a great deal of travel. You do get a sustain pedal, though, along with a tote bag for taking the piano on your travels.

The Carry-on piano is available now priced at £90 from various retailers.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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