I may be turning 28 next month, but I’m still allowed to make a wish list for my birthday! With my new studio transformation in progress, most of the things I’m asking for relate directly to my work — though that is almost always the case. (Last Christmas, my parents insisted that I put at least one thing on my list that didn’t concern music or technology.)
So here are the top 3 items on my loooong list of wants. Let’s just say I would be more than pleasantly surprised if I receive them on June 5.
iPad 2: I’ve actually gone back and forth on this one. As awesome as the iPad is, I just don’t know if I really need it. For one, my husband has one and gives me free reign over his whenever I want. Also, I already have an iPhone. But the more I read about the iPad and explore the apps that are available, the more convinced I become that it would be a useful tool in my studio.
Airturn Page Turner: This is one of reasons I want the iPad. The idea of my students and I being able to play using sheet music displayed on the iPad or Mac (of course, I would also need this) and use a foot pedal to turn the pages is just awesome.
Blue Mikey: A microphone for my iPhone. I am a huge fan of Blue Microphones and have been using the Snowball for years. But sometimes during a lesson or music therapy session, I don’t necessarily want to set up my computer and microphone. I’d love to be able to just plug this bad boy into my iPhone and start recording. I do this every once in a while with the voice memo app, but it would be nice to get a more high quality sound.
What music & technology related items are on your wish list?
I’ve been considering an iPad to replace my 4 binders of music that I haul around… and this page turner is definitely another reason to get one!
You totally should! Plus, then I wouldn’t feel as guilty about having a Macbook Pro, iPhone, aaaaand iPad ;)
Don’t feel bad Rachel, I have an imac, macbook pro, and ipad! Hubby has the air and ipod touch. We love us some mac! lol Seriously though, there are so many fantastic implications for the ipad within therapy, not to mention having recording programs like garage band with such ease of use and compatibility with your macbook pro.
The ipad is definitely awesome – and I’ve been struggling with the exact same issue! I feel kinda guilty wanting one when I already have an iphone and macbook. BUUUT…..then I saw this Jazz pianist perform with one (he had the whole Real book collection on there!!) and it was over. It’s definitely on my wishful thinking wish list.
That’s how I felt when I came across the Airturn! Hopefully we’ll both be adding the iPad to our ridiculous Apple collection soon!
My parents blew my socks off last weekend with an iPad 2! It was the perfect graduation present! I’m headed to the Apple Store on Saturday to pick it out. I’m looking forward to getting everyone’s input on the best apps for therapy. :)
Awesome, Elise!!!! You’ll have to give me some tips once you get yours :)
Thanks! I’ve already been doing some research on the best apps.
My list of apps is already lengthy. I love being a nerd. :D
iPad2 is top on my list. I’ve wanted the iPod classic 160g until the iPad2 came out. Now I want airturn too :)
One thing I’ve wanted for a while is a Tascam DR07 portable recorder. I wonder if I would need it if I get an iPad2?
Happy birthday to you, Rachel ♫♪♫ ツ
Thanks, Toni! I’ve heard the Tascan is a good recorder, but if you have an iPad, you can record on that. The sound quality may not be quite as good, but it would be one less thing to carry.