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#2378883 - Yesterday at 08:50 PM Travel Keyboard
Kai C Offline
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Registered: 12/22/10
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Does anyone know of a compact travel keyboard? I have used an M-Audio 49 for this purpose, but it is larger than it needs to be (bell and whistles I don't use), plus you have to hook it up to a laptop. I would like a stand-alone keyboard easily packed, maybe foldable, to take on trips when I am unable to play my home piano.

Thank you.

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#2378904 - Yesterday at 09:33 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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You have to share you budget and specific needs, really.

If you want to go small, have built in sounds AND controller features for your computer... I think maybe the Yamaha MX49 or MX61 might be just what you are looking for. The 49 comes in at about $500, its slim, light, and doesn't need your laptop to play.

A little more info about what you want to do with it and what you want to spend.


Edited by ElmerJFudd (Yesterday at 09:39 PM)

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#2378937 - Yesterday at 10:49 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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Save up for the new VAX boards on kickstarter!

If you're OK with a synth-like action and small keys, check out the Yamaha NP-11.
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#2379060 - Today at 09:27 AM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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Originally Posted By: Kai C
Does anyone know of a compact travel keyboard? I have used an M-Audio 49 for this purpose, but it is larger than it needs to be

Which model? Too wide, too deep, or both?

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#2379181 - Today at 02:06 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: ElmerJFudd]
Kai C Offline
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I would like a stand-alone keyboard that doesn't require a laptop. I need no bells and whistles. Just a simple piano sound would be fine. This is for practice only when I am traveling. The M-Audio 49 I currently have has two drawbacks: all the switches and buttons add unnecessary dimension and it must be attached to a computer to play. Price is no object.

Thanks again.

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#2379197 - Today at 02:25 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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PS: I already have one of those roller keypads. I have travelled with it before. It is very hard to play, as the black keys are the same level as the white keys, but better than nothing, I guess.

I don't think what I am looking for is out there.

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#2379207 - Today at 02:46 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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CME Xkey or Xkey 37.

Very small and flat. Keys are better than one of those roll up keyboards
. But not as nice as a synth action. Needs laptop though for sound.

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#2379218 - Today at 03:04 PM Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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EJF, thanks for the reference of CME.

To the OP - I travelled with an M-Audio Key 49... too big for carry-on, but did that anyway. A monumental PITA. Just left it behind on my return flight.

Really would be good if there was something else. Only other thing I found (doing research for something else) is:
http://www.miselu.com/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miselu/c24-the-music-keyboard-for-ipad

Two (maybe more) of these can be put together. Small enough for carry-on. I have not used one and have no affiliation with the company.
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#2379242 - 55 minutes 18 seconds ago Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: Kai C]
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Again, I don't know which M-Audio controller you're looking at, but some are smaller than others. It sounds like you still want 49 keys, yes? Look at these...
http://www.sweetwater.com/c1074--49_Key_Controllers

The only way to get smaller than some of those would be to go with fewer than 49 keys and/or mini-keys.

You don't need a computer per se to get sound... you can connect them to an iPad or iPhone or iPod Touch and get your piano sound that way. The latter two are small enough that you could probably velcro them to the board and leave them "permanently" attached if desired, so it's pretty much like having it built in. (You did say price wasn't an issue.)

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#2379281 - 7 minutes 13 seconds ago Re: Travel Keyboard [Re: pspicer]
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Originally Posted By: pspicer
EJF, thanks for the reference of CME.

To the OP - I travelled with an M-Audio Key 49... too big for carry-on, but did that anyway. A monumental PITA. Just left it behind on my return flight.

Really would be good if there was something else. Only other thing I found (doing research for something else) is:
http://www.miselu.com/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miselu/c24-the-music-keyboard-for-ipad

Two (maybe more) of these can be put together. Small enough for carry-on. I have not used one and have no affiliation with the company.


The problem with the Miselu, is that they are sort of mini-keys, much smaller than standard keys.
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