Moving to University is a big change, but your music can come along with you with these five portable music solutions…
So, you’ve got the grades and you’re off to University soon? Very well done ladies and gents- you have some of the best years of your life to look forward to.
A move away to halls is going to be a pretty huge change. You won’t have a great deal of space, so the possessions you can take with you are pretty limited.
As a result, many students feel as if they have to put their musical activities on hold. Well, you can’t take your piano with you, or pack up your entire studio, can you?
Well, that’s not strictly true. There are a number of portable music solutions available, whether you play piano, guitar or record and produce music at home. Here are five great examples…
Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano
The Yamaha P-45 stage piano not only represents incredible value in the digital piano world but is also one of the most portable stage pianos around.
Weighing in at just 11.5kg, and with a slim line design, the Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano is the ideal practice piano for students living away during term time. It can be easily transported in even a modestly sized car, but still features a high quality weighted hammer action keyboard, a small selection of high-quality sounds and built-in speakers.
A headphone connection means that you can practice without disturbing neighbours, too.
Behringer UM2 Recording and Podcasting Pack
One of the most versatile bits of kit and musician can own is a decent microphone. Recording everything from acoustic guitars to vocals requires one, and it pays to incorporate a good one into your rig as soon as possible.
With the majority of recording taking place onto computers and laptops nowadays, you’re going to need an audio interface to act as the link between your microphone and the computer. Thankfully the Behringer UM2 bundle has everything you’ll need to cover both these bases, combining its U-Phoria interface and C-1 condenser mic to great effect.
The pack also comes with a set of DJ-style headphones, which ensure you can hear your recordings with precision and clarity, and the all-important XLR cable to connect the component parts together.
Sometimes you just can’t beat a good, old-fashioned acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a great number of these are often large and cumbersome and, as such, not what you’d call portable.
Step forward the Martin LX1-E. As one of the most prestigious names in acoustic guitars, Martin has knocked it out of the park with this small-bodied, dreadnought mini acoustic. Big enough to project a beautiful, warm tone, yet small enough to carry around on the bus, the LXM is the best of all worlds.
What’s more, the LX1-E has a quality Fishman electronics system built into the guitar, meaning it can be amplified up and used for gigs. A quick play on one of these might genuinely surprise you. Yes, it lacks the girth and sound-producing power of something like a superjumbo, but you’ll never feel shortchanged.
Teenage Engineering OP-1
Okay, we know this one is expensive so unlikely to fall into the ‘impulse purchase’ bracket, but hear us out. The Teenage Engineering OP-1 is essentially a complete electronic music studio, packing synths, drum machines, sampling capability and a recorder, all into one superb package.
It has a learning curve, sure, but once you get your head around what this little unit can do it’ll blow your mind. Best of all, it’s no heavier than an iPad, and you can’t check your Facebook on it so you’ll never get distracted.
These units have been around a little while now, and if you search the forums you’ll struggle to find an owner who regrets their purchase. Unique? Sure. Idiosyncratic? Maybe. Interesting, fun and cool? Definitely. Well worth further exploration.
Fender Mustang GT-40
Described by Fender as ‘The World’s Most Advanced Digital Amplifier Series’. The Fender Mustang GT-40 is ideal for home use as a Bluetooth speaker and guitar amp. The Tone app allows you to control the amp from afar, so it’s great for parties too.
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Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.