Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.


Carry On With Blackstar

The folding 49 key controller offers velocity sensitive MIDI anywhere.


23 November 2022

Weighing in at only 1kg and measuring only 39cm long when folded, Blackstar’s Carry-on controller is a unique 49-key keyboard in a foldable, easy to store, and portable format. Thanks to its unique design and velocity sensitive full width keys, the Carry-on controller is the perfect solution for entry-level students to seasoned professionals. With a built in Arpeggiator, X/Y pad, 2 customisable control knobs and pre-mapped transport controls, this is the ultimate go anywhere MIDI controller.

The 60 Second Story:

  • A lightweight and compact design that unfolds into a full length 49-key MIDI controller
  • A unique design and velocity sensitive keys provide excellent touch, feel and reactivity
  • MIDI over USB and a dedicated 3.5mm TRS MIDI output for flexible and direct-to-device functionality without the need for a separate interface
  • MIDI over Bluetooth for direct connection to your mobile device, the ultimate portable rig
  • Built-in USB rechargeable battery gives up to 8 hours of life on a full charge, for extended playing time wherever you are
  • X/Y touch pad provides comprehensive parameter control and expression
  • 2 user assignable control knobs allow for quick access to key parameter control
  • Pre-mapped transport controls for easy integration into Digital Audio Workstations
  • Explore MIDI sequencing with a fully-featured, built-in Arpeggiator
  • Complete control over MIDI mappings with the intuitive PC/Mac editor

Top 3 Call Outs:

  • Unique keyboard design with velocity sensitive and full width keys
  • Complete MIDI connection flexibility through MIDI over USB, Bluetooth or dedicated 3.5mm MIDI output
  • Take anywhere with up to 8 hours of playing time on a full charge via the built-in USB rechargeable battery


Finding a portable, but fully featured MIDI controller is no easy task. Typically, travel solutions had smaller keys, or a reduced number of keys that significantly impacted their usability. That is why the Folding Controller 49 was conceived; a fully featured, portable MIDI controller that offers full width keys, across four octaves and fits into a small bag or rucksack. 

Further Information:

  • To add to the amazing convenience of the Carry-on controller, its internal Li-ion battery is USB rechargeable
  • The velocity curve is user customisable using the PC/Mac editor
  • The Arpeggiator can sync to external clock sources for seamless integration into your DAW
  • The transport controls can be remapped to control other MIDI parameters using the PC/ Mac editor

Blackstar Carry-On Folding Controller
RRP A$229.00


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Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.