Buetooth page turners

I am considering, when I get a ne ipad/tablet using it for sheet music for playing at church. There seem to be plenty of apps for displaying the music (open to recommendation) but I was wondering what is the best/most affordable way of turning the pages via Bluetooth pedals. Last time I looked they were all about £80+. Are there any good options for less money?
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  • Hi there, there are 2 distinctly different types of app to use, Chord sheet viewers (Onsong is king) or sheet music/PDF viewers (Forscore, Musicnotes, UnrealBook (my choice). 

    The foot pedals are a real pain. Airturn are the market leaders, but the PED etc seem flimsy for the price. The iRig BlueBoard looks like a better made option but still not up to basic guitar pedal standard. 

    i was lucky to investigate this a couple of years ago and made 4 DIY pedals using the adafruit EZ-Keys Bluetooth board. Those boards are currently unavailable though an updated version is under development. 

    I also had success with a Flic button for my daughter (drummer), you could stick one of this on a scratch plate, it worked with Onsong.
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  • I have just installed Onsong for a project next year and I'm pretty sure you can set it to scroll automatically using bpm etc.
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  • Yes you can set for auto scroll, but it leaves no room for error.

    Last Sunday, my main singer was singing a solo piece with a huge amount of emotional resonance for her and her family. Cue a little slip up, going verse 1, verse 2, verse 3 instead of verse 1 verse 2, chorus, verse 3. A quick foot tap and we were fine, auto scroll would have been more tricky. 

    There are lots of ways to use Onsong, you can also control scroll and auto scroll speed via MIDI.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1392
    edited December 2017
    PFAllen2 said:
    Airturn are the market leaders, but the PED etc seem flimsy for the price. 
    Both my singer and I use Airturn with replacement pedals. The PED is very flimsy, and the standard pedal is also plastic. He has a pair of Bespeco, which is a cheap copy of the Boss FS-5 footswitch. Mine are two press-to-make footswitches from Maplin in an aluminium box.
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  • Auto scroll on On song is a pain as you have to guess how long the song is going to last, bit like using backing tracks, fortunately work in a duo so one can put the finger in whilst the other carries on. Top tip for using iPad in this way is always have it portrait on the stand as more of the song is displayed than in landscape, this is eyesight dependant
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 382
    I use Forscore and an IK Blueturn.  Not the most substantial unit pedal-wise, but it doesn't get stomped in anger (I can't do angry rocking out and sight-reading at the same time)    At about £50 it's not too bad.

    Thomann have this which looks pretty good value for money (no idea of quality, but it's probably not great for this money) https://www.thomann.de/gb/strich_music_bt_fp2.htm ;

    If you want something a bit more substantial the Airturn Stomp 6 is probably the way to go.  if this thing existed when I bought my BlueBoard, I'd have got this instead. - https://www.thomann.de/gb/airturn_stomp_6.htm ;
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  • I've seen this for sale. Anyone tried It? It seems to have good reviews. Donner Bluetooth Page Turner Rechargeable Sheet Music Reading Controller for Tables Ipad,Silver https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MUUDHFF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yd5mAbKYZ3VBP
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    I've seen this for sale. Anyone tried It? It seems to have good reviews. Donner Bluetooth Page Turner Rechargeable Sheet Music Reading Controller for Tables Ipad,Silver https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MUUDHFF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yd5mAbKYZ3VBP
    I know that @robwright was looking at those, but not sure if he ever got one?

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  • Can you use Onsong on Android or only Apple?
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  • BigMonkaBigMonka Frets: 1427
    @lincolnblue I'm using an alternative to OnSong called SongSheet Pro (as it was reduced on the Appstore one weekend): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songsheet-pro-chord-charts/id581094194?mt=8
    I think it's very similar to OnSong (although I've not used that). One feature that I'm just starting to use is the SongSheet Remote app which goes on your phone. It basically keeps your phone on a black screen but a single tap goes to the next part of the song or a double tap goes back one - it's designed to be touched, but possible a bare foot would work too! I'm using it at an event at church this weekend and my plan is to get one of the singers to be in charge of tapping the phone app to move the music, as it just shifts the focus of the music screen to the next verse, you can still see it even if they miss their cue.

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  • BigMonka said:
    @lincolnblue I'm using an alternative to OnSong called SongSheet Pro (as it was reduced on the Appstore one weekend): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songsheet-pro-chord-charts/id581094194?mt=8
    I think it's very similar to OnSong (although I've not used that). One feature that I'm just starting to use is the SongSheet Remote app which goes on your phone. It basically keeps your phone on a black screen but a single tap goes to the next part of the song or a double tap goes back one - it's designed to be touched, but possible a bare foot would work too! I'm using it at an event at church this weekend and my plan is to get one of the singers to be in charge of tapping the phone app to move the music, as it just shifts the focus of the music screen to the next verse, you can still see it even if they miss their cue.


    Interesting but as much as I trust my singers, I'd want to be able to move between songs myself. 

    There is an Andoid App called Opensong which seems to be a similar thing to Onsong
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