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#254462 - 06/22/14 09:23 AM [Off-Topic] Advice wanted: Android tablet for gigs
jazzwombat Offline

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 457
Loc: Balmer, Merlan, USA
I've been toying with the idea of buying a 10 inch android tablet for use on gigs. My needs are simple: large, bright screen (I need glasses to read these days: larger the better), and enough memory to hold a few dozen realbooks with charts. As long as I can connect to computer via usb and/or wifi, I'll be a happy puppy. With that in mind, I've looked at the Google Samsung 10 inch Nexus, which seems to be well suited for my needs, but I would very much like to hear the opinions of others. So, if you use a tablet on gigs, please reply with suggestions, recommendations, and advice. One thing that worries me is how do you follow charts that cover more than one page (finger swiping seems a poor choice)? Also, do they sell music-stands or holders for tablets? How about footswitches for page turning?

Thanks for the help.


#254539 - 06/23/14 06:15 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Advice wanted: Android tablet for gigs [Re: jazzwombat]
ZeroZero Offline

Registered: 07/15/07
Posts: 1632
Loc: Bynar
Thinking out this post....

My thoughts are that you really don't need anything fancy for this a cheapo, even very cheapo tablet will do. If you have the real books in PDF form they wont take any room. You could also store pages as pictures in a folder - if its one page. A single pic can be two pages or more, if you can see the dots. Bigger screen?
Apple computers seem to be better served for this sort of thing, but I would find the Ipad a little small.

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#254618 - 06/24/14 05:43 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Advice wanted: Android tablet for gigs [Re: jazzwombat]
marty c Offline

Registered: 11/24/11
Posts: 99
Loc: Near Charlotte, NC
I use an ipad for this purpose with the OnSong app as Zero Zero mentioned. In OnSong, there is a function called "autoscroll". This means you can set up the app to scroll forward to advance as you sing and play. You zoom in and make the type as big as you need and cover 3-4 pages if you have to.

Also, if you like, you can add a foot pedal to change pages. I think Zero Zero mentions this also. It works with the ipad as well.

I haven't tried this yet, but OnSong also has a feature to load backing tracks (as I build in BIAB) which can be set to play per each chart.

#254709 - 06/25/14 08:04 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Advice wanted: Android tablet for gigs [Re: jazzwombat]
jazzwombat Offline

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 457
Loc: Balmer, Merlan, USA
Thanks you guys. I appreciate your input. I'm not sure I'm interested in an iPad, but I'll keep it in mind.


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