Going Digital: Which iPad sheet music apps / page turners are everyone using these days?
I am finally taking the digital plunge and wondering which sheet music apps, Bluetooth page-turners the majority of you are using on your iPads these days?
I've done a bit of research and have been finding that most everyone is using an iPad or iPad pro. Also, "ForScore" seems to be quite a popular app but I would love to hear your suggestions/experiences, pros/cons on the subject.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations! :)
When I play the piano I use an app called
I'm just going to say that I've been using digital practice journals for a while and found none of them met my needs. I can give an absolutely shameless plug for my own work at https://pracso.com/ but I'll also say that if you're looking for digital practice journals there are great options with Andante, Modacity, Practizma and more. Can recommend more if you're interested. I know the founder of Andante is on this forum and may be helpful.
Make sure to get the iPad with the pencil.
I've got a 12.9" iPad Pro + Apple Pencil 2 + PageFlip Butterly.
Could anyone here share their experience with ScanScore, BTW?
eschew all this digital nonsense if you want to be part of the real world.
For me, all this digital nonsense is a great tool to having my stuff well organized and having more time for being part of the real world, instead of diving through stacks of books and loose sheets of music. And that way, I can carry all my music (at least the music I needed during the last two years) with me.
forscore, the big ipad pro, the cheap pageflip pedal. I've found that the real world comes with gusty winds and bad page turns and sometimes the digital solution is the easiest.
Irene, I knew I forgot something!
Both my kids have the same setup that Lydia has. Very good all around. In 2 or 3 years they had only one case where my pianist son lost bluetooth sync for an important audition performance, but he adapted quickly and turned pages with a finger swipe, much faster than turning actual pages.
The volume of my sheet music has gotten ridiculous (about 20 cubic feet and still growing)!
Thank you all so very much for your help! I've held Sylvan's POV for some years, but a studio FULL of sheet music (some well organized, some scattered) - and the ability to be able to carry it ALL around with me wherever I go has me wanting to give it a shot. The wind is another great reason, thanks Irene!
Skyko, not only those complex 4 (5,6,7 - depending on one's individual grade if origami masochism) page constructions. In contrast to a book, a tablet always stays open. Always.
What are you scanning your music with? I'm mostly using the Scannable app directly from the iPad.
@Nuuska I have a printer that scans, but I have heard of an iPhone/iPad app that turns pics into .pdf's. I am guessing that is what you have? Scannable... I will look into it, thank you for recommending it!
Up to a certain extent, Scannable also flattens the pages which comes very handy when scanning from books and you don't want to break the book's spine. It also does some cleanup with the shadows, and contrast enhancement. If you don't have a staple of loose sheets but a book to scan, it works much faster than a flat bed scanner. The results are not perfect, but they aren't from a scanner either...
I use the TurboScan Pro app on iOS to rapidly convert physical pages to PDF.
A couple of random additions to the thread.
I do not mind that others use digital content, except that it may make it the norm for others. Hopefully people are not forced to purchase tablets to play in orchestras, be it local or pro. I have never owned a tablet and still see no practical purpose for them, other than fitting in with a modern trend. Tablets have been around for a long time now, and I still do not find them a vital day-to-day tool (as opposed to our smartphones.)
I tried using my convertible laptop (Windows) but didn't really like it. I much prefer paper. And I would not trust it for a performance. Our local pro chamber group have been using ipads for some time now. At first it was only one or two members, but the last time I saw them they all used them. They seem awfully small to me, and there have been more than one time one of them had problems with them during a concert - hitting the wrong pedal or such.
An iPad Pro is about the same size as a typical sheet of paper (8.5x11) That's a bit smaller than the 10x14 that you often see for original orchestral parts and whatnot, but it's still quite sharply readable.
It was probably not an iPad Pro then. It looked significantly smaller than a sheet of A4. I don't have a problem with people using these things - it is just probably not something I will do in the foreseeable future.
One nice thing for the nearsighted is that tablets don't require excellent lighting to be legible.
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