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16 of 17 found the following review helpful:
A Must Buy for All Musicians with an iPad!!! Apr 07, 2012
By Cory Zilisch
First off, the picture does the product an injustice. It looks a lot bigger than it actually is. It's actually fairly small and can fit easily in any gig bag.
This has been a very useful tool for my gigs because I bring my iPad wherever I go to play music. There is no delay between the pedal and the iPad which makes for lightning fast page turns. I use this product with the iTunes App "ForScore".
The pedals are very quiet, so they don't distract when you press them with your feet and they have rubber on the bottom so they don't slide around.
This is a MUST HAVE for all musicians. Stop carrying around books and pages of music. Get a tablet and this pedal and you will be very happy with your investment.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
So far, so good! Apr 03, 2012
Received my Page Flip Cicada today. Had to read the directions a few times, but got it set to my iPad 1 in about 2 minutes after I figured it out. Was able to immediately flip pages using forscore and will use it this weekend on a gig.
One of the musicians I work with bought the BT 105 and it works equally as well. I bought thie Cicada because the reviews were just as good as the BT 105 but the price was significantly cheaper and it is one unit. The size is much smaller than the picture seems and it is about the size the BT 105. It has a rubber bottom so it won't move on the floor which is nice.
If I have any issues this weekend on the job, I will post additional information.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Badly designed, cheap and disappointing Nov 10, 2012
By Scott Waara
I wanted to like this thing, because in theory it's a great solution for musicians that are moving their musical lives onto iPads. I'm stumped by all the positive reviews and felt compelled to offer a different take. I've been using this with unRealBook (which is great, BTW!) and have to report this thing falls way short of being a reliable, professional piece.
First the good:
-It was easy to connect to my iPad 3. I'd read about a complicated scheme, but apparently they've upgraded the firmware. Not hard.
-It seems to stay connected pretty well. I'd read of problems staying connected with competitive products, but I've had no issues with that.
-The size is fine.
-Cheap plastic construction. Embarrassingly cheap, if you hold it to a ruggedness standard that pedal-using musicians are used to. The pedals have a lot of side to side play in them, and inspire zero confidence. The thing is super light, which would be fine if it didn't feel like every corner was cut in the construction.
-Price. This definitely doesn't feel like an $80 dollar piece. I know the blue-tooth chip in here costs some money, but a badly constructed molded plastic piece like this- yikes, I feel ripped off.
-Terrible feel in the pedals. It does it's main function really, really poorly- you can't tell if you've actuated a 'send' message or not as there is no physical feedback, just mushy vagueness as you press down. Super delicate, you have to baby this thing, carefully press and hold for just the right amount to get it to work. Too hard or fast a press? No message sent. Too slow or slightly off angle? No message sent. Seems like I have to double press the thing about half the time. Really awful if you've got your hands on your instrument and are trying to move a chart along.
IMHO, try to find another solution, especially if you are a musician looking for something reliable and gig-worthy.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Works Well, priced right! Jan 11, 2012
I reviewed what was out there to do hands-free page turning. I think the Cicada works well (after a little time spent setting it up,...nothing crazy) and is priced right. The alternatives I looked at cost far more, weigh more, are made overseas (I believe the Cicada is made in the US)..and I was able to get a person at PageFlip on the phone, I REALLY Like that. Plus, the unit can be battery or USB powered (AWESOME!!..if the batteries go..I can use USB or visa versa). Also, the dongle is included..so if you need it, its THERE..no additional cost (in fact it has a little storage place inside the battery cavity, so you cant loose it).
It is also made in a version for people with handicaps, which is really great. I didn't see that with the alternatives.
The only downside is that its not indestructible. Its tough, and should last for years..but it isn't made of steel. Its made of very tough plastic (like the old phone were...and you couldn't break them). So with a minimum mount of common sense it should last for years. Its nearly half the cost of competition,too.
Thanks to PageFlip...a very smartly designed, well made device. I look forward to anything else you bring to market.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Nice Unit Oct 23, 2011
This item works well. I use Unreal Book with my iPad to read music PDF's on stage. Only rough spot was understanding how the bluetooth pairing works. Read the pairing section very carefully and you should be fine. (You need to use the shift key (which is the left pedal) to enter code numbers 6,7,8,9,0)). Set up buttons are a bit small, no place for fat fingers. At any rate, I recommend it highly.
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