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Cool Music Keyboard Review

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While we wish the key’s weight and speakers were as advertised, the Cool Music Keyboard isn’t as bad as you think it might be- At least, not for under $150. We liked how accessible it makes music for newbies and young learners. It’s light to carry and is a major space saver given the instrument’s ability to fold in half- Which is why we gave it a flat passing rate.

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While we wish the key’s weight and speakers were as advertised, the Cool Music Keyboard isn’t as bad as you think it might be- At least, not for under $150. We liked how accessible it makes music for newbies and young learners. It’s light to carry and is a major space saver given the instrument’s ability to fold in half- Which is why we gave it a flat passing rate.

Cool Music Keyboard: Overview

Cool Music Keyboard review

The Cool Music Keyboard is an economical 88-key weighted electric piano with a foldable keybed and 128 total tones. The instrument was first released in 2022 and ranks pretty high on Amazon in the Portable & Arranger keyboard category. So with that in mind, let’s check out some of the features!

Features

Rhythms, Demos, and 100+ Tones 

The Cool Music Keyboard has a total of 128 rhythms and 128 individual tones, as well as a nice handful of demos. Most of the sounds are just okay-, for this price, you aren’t going to get much realism, but it’s functional. 

Double Tone Setting

What cool music is calling double-tone is a split keyboard function, which is neat to have on an instrument in this price range. 

“The keyboard can be divided into two identical music parts, and the two-player mode can be turned on. One piano can be played by two people, which is more convenient for teaching and suitable for both learning and entertainment.” -Cool Music (Amazon)

It’s Foldable and Extremely Portable 

To quote the maker “Travel doesn’t stop, music doesn’t stop”.  The instrument can be folded totally in half and put inside a backpack- That’s the main draw of the instrument is its portability. You could backpack up a mountain and still play the piano thanks to modern technology. 

Double-layered, 2.6kg can be easily put into a school bag, easy to carry, open the era of mobile piano anytime anywhere” -Cool Music (Amazon)

Speakers 

The instrument is marketed as having “Double 3 Stereo” with surround sound but to be honest, the speakers are relatively quiet and modest. But, given the fact that the instrument is mostly made to be portable, I won’t be too harsh about judging the little instrument.

3 Ways to Charge 

The instrument has 3 ways to be powered:

  • Power adapter
  • Built-in Lithium Battery
  • USN Port Charging

The battery supposedly lasts up to 4 hours, which is impressive given the price and size! 

Specifications

Cool Music Weighted Keyboard

Sourced from Amazon.com and the maker 

  • Weight: 12.8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 28.35 x 11.81 x 7.87 inches
  • Tones: 128
  • Rhythms: 128
  • Demos: 30

Who is it suitable for?

The Cool Music Keyboard is suitable for young learners and those needing a cheap yet portable backup piano with MIDI capabilities. 

Amazon Ratings:

This keyboard was rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. Let’s see what other musicians who tried it thought:

Positive reviews:

  • “Very functional beginner piano” 
  • “Compact folding piano that’s great for beginners” 
  • This piano has so many useful features for beginners and midi music makers alike. My Favorite function is the Midi that you can connect to your computer or other Midi devices.”

Many of the reviews I sifted through had the same sentiment- It’s a really cool little instrument for beginners and those on the go. 

Constructive reviews: 

  • The manual isn’t totally accurate
  • The keys aren’t as weighted as they say they are

The keys are weighted, but they are not a heavy weight at all. Plus, Some customers had trouble with the MIDI turning off, and another had an issue with their lowest A key being totally broken (and not making any sound at all). Others didn’t like the key feel itself, with one reviewing really not liking the black keys. 

Pros and Cons

coolmusic keyboard

Pros

  • It’s very portable
  • Has a variety of sounds that are functional enough for a beginner
  • It is MIDI-compatible, so you can record with it
  • It folds
  • It’s economical
  • It is very easy to set up and use
  • Bluetooth Compatible
  • App-compatible

Cons

  • As expected, the samples could be better 
  • Low speaker volume- Not a lot of ‘umph’
  • I have some concerns about the piano folding along with the electronics 
  • The MIDI wasn’t reliable for all of the customers and others had some issues with the keys
  • No stand included- So one will need to be purchased separately
  • No polyphony listed- And it certainly isn’t 256 notes

One customer review from Amazon stated that they had a world of trouble with the MIDI connectivity.

Unfortunately the midi would stop registering in the program mid-song, within 5 minutes of use, sometimes after less than a minute. This was overwhelmingly frustrating, because I had been practicing on a friend’s keyboard, (with the same setup) for a month without any problems, but had to return that keyboard. I did try changing to a good USB-C data cable but had the same results. I will be returning this keyboard because it, unfortunately, does not meet my needs. I suspect the problem lies in the fact that the USB port is being used for both charging and MIDI in & out. There were 2 other intermittent lesser issues that I experienced. When the keyboard was connected to the tablet it would sometimes make a sound like its stomach was rumbling. Again, I suspect the shared USB port. And the E3, E4,& E5 keys would sometimes produce a higher secondary tone, that is similar to fret buzz on a guitar. Strange & annoying.” -UnoTwo

Comparable Instruments

There are loads of comparable instruments on the market, like the following portable folding keyboards: 

If you are looking for a piano to last you longer than the above ones, consider saving up for a Roland Go: Keys or CTK2400– I feel they are more solid beginner+ instruments, and are a bit less gimmicky.

Quick View 

Keys 88 weighted keys (full-size)
Touch sensitivity  Yes
Sounds 128 tones, 128 rhythms
Recording capabilities  USB to MIDI
Metronome Yes
Polyphony  Unknown
Speakers Yes: 2 x 25 watt speakers
Headphones ¼ inch input available onboard
Accessories Power cord, Sustain pedal, clip-on music rest
Price point  $139.99

Cool Music Keyboard: Conclusion

In conclusion, the Coolmusic keyboard isn’t going to be serving upper intermediates anytime soon, but it’s a fun space-saving instrument that can help you to test your piano chops and help take music with you on the go.

Music quote of the week: 

When I sing, it’s the most solitary state: just me, and the microphone, and the holy spirit. It’s not about notes or scales, it’s all about emotion.” -Sinead O’Connor

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Cool Music Keyboard Review While we wish the key's weight and speakers were as advertised, the Cool Music Keyboard isn’t as bad as you think it might be- At least, not for under $150. We liked how accessible it makes music for newbies and young learners. It’s light to carry and is a major space saver given the instrument’s ability to fold in half- Which is why we gave it a flat passing rate.
PROS
  • It’s very portable
  • Has a variety of sounds that are functional enough for a beginner
  • It is MIDI-compatible, so you can record with it
  • It folds
  • It’s economical
  • It is very easy to set up and use
  • Bluetooth Compatible
  • App-compatible
CONS
  • As expected, the samples could be better
  • Low speaker volume- Not a lot of ‘umph’
  • I have some concerns about the piano folding along with the electronics
  • The MIDI wasn’t reliable for all of the customers and others had some issues with the keys
  • No stand included- So one will need to be purchased separately
  • No polyphony listed- And it certainly isn’t 256 notes

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