A portable keyboard (the musical kind!)

Wayback Machine

There’s one word that most musicians associate with their gear. Bulky. Everything is big, and clunky, and needs to get stored in large containers. There’s a massive logistical element involved when it comes to musicians touring. That’s why people are trying to make most of their music on software. Because a laptop is portable. A real synthesizer isn’t.

Piino tries to fill in the gap by being a super-thin synth for jammers, tinkerers, and serious musicians on the go. Fitting an electronic synth into something probably the size of a portable bluetooth keyboard, the Piino comes equipped with keys (the arcade kind), sliders, rotary knobs, a control panel (for recording, looping, and sampling), a wooden trackpad, a touch-sensitive display, and even a 3″ speaker! If you choose, you can even route audio to a headset. The overall aesthetic keeps things minimal and reminds me a lot of instruments like the MIDI Fighter, and Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synth. Sadly though, Piino is conceptual, but would I give good money to try out a prototype!

Designer: Jack Marple

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