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Take Your Music To Uni – Five Portable Music, Recording and Instrument Solutions

Take Your Music To Uni – Five Portable Music, Recording and Instrument Solutions

Portable Music Recording and Instrument Solutions

Moving to University is a big change, but your music can come along with you with these five portable music, and instrument solutions…

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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

Yamaha P-45

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 P-45 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.

Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack

Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack

If you have a home recording studio set-up at home, you may be bemoaning the fact that, at Uni, you won’t have the space for it. However, this neat, all-in-one recording package from Focusrite might well be just the thing to ensure that you can still capture musical ideas no matter where you are.

In case you haven’t noticed already, the Focusrite iTrack Dock has been designed for use with an iPad and comes complete fitted with two award winning microphone preamps, a condenser microphone, XLR cable as well as some studio quality monitoring headphones. All you need to do is plug in your iPad, load up your software, whether it be GarageBand or Focusrite’s easy-to-use Tape app and you’re ready to go!

Easily record guitars, bass, vocals or any other MIDI device thanks to the on board connectivity options and monitor with zero latency. As far as home studios go, this nifty little piece of kit is amazing, just add your own lightning compatible iPad and you’re ready to record. If you don’t have an iPad though and still want to record at home, might I recommend the awesome Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Second Generation Recording Package. Just hook this up to your PC or MAC via USB for crystal clear recording. and enjoy award winning preamps and a whole host of free bundled software packages.

Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

Portable Music, Recording and Instrument Solutions - Yamaha GL1 Guitalele

If space is really tight, or you need to use public transport to move all of your gear, then the GL1 can make a great substitute guitar.

Essentially, this is a hybrid of a travel guitar and a ukulele. So, it’s very slightly larger than a uke, but has six strings and is tuned like a transposed guitar (A to A, rather than E to E). It plays like a guitar, but sounds like a ukulele.

Fun, portable, and unique.

Yamaha Reface CP Electric Piano


If you’re a fan of 70s style rock music (let’s face it you’re at uni – you’re going to hear a lot of it) you’ll appreciate the gorgeous tones those recording musicians achieved with their electric pianos and keyboards. Well the good people over at Yamaha have crafted a highly portable, professional and sleek electric piano in the form of their tiny Yamaha Reface range. The CP electric piano features a host of sounds such as RdI (early ’70s tine electric piano), RdII (late ’70s tine electric piano), Wr (late ’60s reed electric piano), Clv (70s struck string Clavinet), Toy (toy piano), and the CP (Yamaha CP80 electric grand piano) – all of which are perfect for recording with or playing live gigs. This is by no means a toy, but a professional grade piano that is a highly portable option for the discerning musician. Get those Deep Purple posters on the wall!

Roland R-05 Recorder

Portable Music, Recording and Instrument Solutions - Roland R-05

If you want the easiest way of capturing musical ideas, then you could do far worse than the Roland R-05. This compact unit records digital audio of excellent quality through its built-in stereo condenser microphones, or via the external input.

It will record in WAV or MP3 format, and its pocket-sized nature means that it is perfect for recording practice, rehearsals, of that moment of musical inspiration easily.

As a bonus, you could even use it to record lectures, too. A USB connection and SD card makes it’s straightforward for files can be transferred to a host computer, too.

The R-05 is useful to just about any musician.

Fender Mustang GT-40

Described by Fender as ‘The World’s Most Advanced Digital Amplifier Series’. The 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.

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About The Author


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.


  1. Dave

    Mini amps are also a good idea. I didn’t really have the space for anything bigger. Plus I did’t keep everyone awake at night!

    • Ed

      I got told to turn down my orange crush mini amp by someone down the hall. you can imagine the panic when people heard my bass amp thundering away 😛

      • Ed

        oops, forgot to add, an amp with a decent headphone socket is a good idea, or use your computer with an interface and guitar rig.