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17 of 17 found the following review helpful:
"Game-changer" Feb 11, 2012
This product is flawless. I use it along with my iPad & Deep Dish Gig Book app, and it has been a "game-changing" combination. Hands-free page turning, no cords to plug in or try to hide, super-long battery life. The list goes on & on. Very easy to sync & use, noise-free while using, and small & easy to transport. I would give this a 10 out of 5 if I could - well worth the price.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Useful accessory for Music Reader software Dec 19, 2011
By David K. Miller
I used the Freehand MusicPad for several years but recently switched to an iPad running Music Reader software to take advantage of the longer battery life and more compact form factor. The MR software has its faults but is constantly being updated and is reasonably dependable at this point.
I had attempted to use Boss pedals for page turns on the MusicPad but the extra cable and clunky hardware weren't worth the hassle. Now that my music on the iPad 1, I decided to order the AirTurn BT105 based on some favorable comments on the Music Reader website and Hugh Sung's videos on Youtube.
The good news is that the AirTurn pedal setup seems to be designed and built well. It has an internal battery that holds a charge for a long time and the pedal's action is silent. The pedal board, pedals and transmitter are compact.
I realize that Amazon reviews are intended to review the product at hand but I'm guessing that more than a few people are using the BT-105 with Music Reader. Although the combination of iPad, MR and the BT-105 works well when in sync, there are hitches in getting all the pieces cooperating.
The Blue Tooth pairing seems to only work this way: First turn on the pedal switch, perform a hard boot of the iPad (not from 'sleep' mode), complete the Blue Tooth connection and pairing, and then open the MR app. Once the iPad's BT system recognizes the AirTurn pedals and pairs the devices, the operation is smooth. Occasionally, I've had to "forget" the device and start over again in the iPad's pairing menu. Once everything is working, it's good to go for the duration of the gig as long as you don't turn anything off.
There are either minor glitches in the MR software or the AirTurn hardware. I haven't had any catastrophes so far on the few gigs where I've used this set-up so I'm going to keep using it.
Although the AirTurn product is expensive it is compact and solid. My four-star rating is based on the relative cost and some lingering questions about compatibility.
UPDATE: There is an excellent trouble-shooting tutorial from Hugh Sung on YouTube specifically addressing use of the BT-105 with iPad. It's titled "AirTurn BT-105 Bluetooth Page Turner Tutorials".
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Very good product, but ... Nov 05, 2012
By Alan Lott
I purchased this product to use with my iPad 3 in conjunction with online worship planning software. I am a worship leader in a local church, and it was a big step for me to "go paperless." However, after nearly two months of using the iPad (along with this pedal) to lead with, there is no doubt about me ever going back to paper charts. Just having my hands free (I lead with an acoustic guitar) has made a huge difference.
Now, on to the pedal itself ... it works well (so far, anyway), and was so easy to set up even a child could have done it. The TWO reasons I give it 4 stars instead of 5? First of all, I am willing to pay out for quality products, but I sincerely believe that $120 for this is simply too much. That's a lotta coin! Of course, one might ask, "Then why did you pay that much for it?" Simple--I wanted the best product for its intended purpose (turning pages with a foot pedal on the iPad), and according to other reviews I've read, this is pretty much it. But again, I do believe that the item is overpriced, especially for its build quality, which leads me to the second reason for the 4 stars: it's not built like a tank. It's plastic, and I can't imagine it being very "road-worthy." If I were going to travel frequently with a product such as this, there is no doubt that I would probably either use the Boss FS-5U pedals with just the BT-105 Bluetooth unit, or I would simply look elsewhere.
Having said all of that, if you're NOT a traveling musician, I would highly recommend this product based on my use of it over the last couple of months.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Works Great! Nov 25, 2011
I love this product! It was easy to set up and use. I use it for worship services and all rehearsals. Love it!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Very handy and easy to use Feb 24, 2012
By Eric Stark
I play guitar in our church's praise team. With time for only one practice before we play each week, I have to rely on lead sheets or sheet music. Memorization is not an option for me - especially since we change things up frequently. Shuffling between 3 to 8 pages of music per song is not very handy - too many dropped sheets and time lost in flipping. This pedal in conjunction with my Xoom has made for an excellent alternative! Following practice and annotating my sheet music, I scan the pages. I load the generated PDF documents onto the tablet and can readily flip between them while keeping my hands on the guitar. Very convenient! As a bonus, I no longer need a stand light to see the pages.
Pairing this pedal with both the Xoom and my laptop was a snap. The pedal connects as a standard Bluetooth HID keyboard would, and it simply generates keyboard events upon pressing the pedals. You can switch the mapping of pedals to keystrokes easily enough - some applications like arrow keys, others like page-up/page-down, etc. There are four mappings to choose from.
In five months of weekly use, I've never had a problem. It holds charge well, and it is easy to recharge via USB. The pairing and Bluetooth communication is solid. While I'm gentle with it, the pedals have held up very well with the regular usage. I like that it is modular - should something happen to a pedal, it is very easy and inexpensive to replace.
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