I tried to keep my newest piece of equipment under wraps until today’s blog post, but I couldn’t help but give my Facebook friends a sneak peek over the weekend. I’m just wayyy too excited about my new microphone stand mount for the iPad 2!
I wish I was one of those people who has all of their gig music completely memorized, but alas, I am not…especially when I’m playing a two or three-hour gig with ever-changing repertoire.
Now, instead of bringing a music stand and big binder full of lead sheets along with all my other equipment, I just stick my iPad 2 and the mount in my bag. I don’t even have to bring my own mic stand, because the mount clamps on to any standard one. Not to mention that I never have to worry about my pages blowing in the wind while playing outside.
Admittedly, there is a little bit of a time commitment involved in getting your music onto the iPad before using this setup. The two apps I use, GigBook and MusicReader, require that sheet music, lead sheets, or just lyrics be in PDF form. So while I did already have electronic versions of much of my music, I had to do quite a bit of scanning to complete my digital collection. But it was totally worth it, considering that now all of my music is at my fingertips.
Aside from the convenience of my new iPad mount, it also ups my cool factor immensely :) I played a gig over the weekend, and everyone (audience members and other musicians) wanted to get the full scoop on my little gadget.
iPad 2: $500 +.
Microphone stand mount: $99.
Making my life easier AND cooler: priceless.