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My electronic sheet music system
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KindaScratchy
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September 15, 2012 - 8:10 pm
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For my 50th birthday, my husband surprised me with the components of an electronic sheet music system. It includes a 13.3 inch tablet computer, an app called Mobile Sheets, and a Cicada Page Flip foot pedal. Thought I'd give you a quick video tour:

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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That is so cool, Diane. I'm wondering why so much velcro, wouldn't one little piece suffice?

How much or how many song's of sheet will it store ? I'm thinking more than any of us will ever know, right ?

 

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KindaScratchy
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I suppose you're right about the Velcro, Ken; I guess I was being a bit over-protective. Better safe than sorry, though.

As for how many songs you can store...hmmm...it depends. The tablet has 32 gb of internal memory, plus a slot for an SD card, so that expands how much you can store.

It also depends on how you create the PDFs. If you scan hard copies as images, the files tend to be larger. If, on the other hand, you scan hard copies and bring them into a music recognition software package like Smart Score (which is part of Finale Print Music) you can create music XML files, then generate smaller PDFs.

That's analogous to printing to an editable PDF document from a program like Word versus scanning a document as an image.

So, to answer your question about how many songs...possibly millions.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

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very cool !!

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KindaScratchy said
So, to answer your question about how many songs...possibly millions.

I'll bet you can't wait for that, to even fill it halfway with your song's.  cheerleader

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Diane, these are SO cool; my teacher has one and uses it for almost every gig; the foot pedal is the greatest!  You're a very fortunate lady; nice job Hubby!!!

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So how much does that cost ?  I was also thinking what a great tool for orchestra musicians. No more carrying large folders of sheet music . It would also eliminate the need for stand lights for pit players and dark halls.

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I don't think the amount of velcro is excessive, considering cost of the item, difficulty one would have in getting it replaced or repaired, and that is is a way cool b-day present.  Heck, even sentimental value alone justifies at least that much, I'd think.

An absolutely cool application of technology! 

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I would also velcro the stand to the floor.

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KindaScratchy
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Oh, so you know how clutzy I am Kevin. :)

Barry: the tablet was about $650, so you can understand why so much Velcro. The Cicada was about $80. So , the system isn't cheap but it is very handy in convenience and all it can do. Plus I can use the tablet for other stuff as well.

My husband said that Archos is also coming out with a 13 inch tablet, which will be cheaper but less powerful.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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Our quartet has been talking about getting tablets for everyone with full books and special stands that hold the tablets securely. Same with the usb or bluetooth page pedals. It would be perfect outdoors with lots of wind and all, no problem with page turns on the long tunes. No need for stand lights. Win win situation if you ask me... As long as we don't have any technical problems.
On more and more of my gigs I see band leaders and conductors using them.
We've been talking about it for a few years but we haven't taken the plunge. Lot's of work required getting all the sheetmusic in the books considering lots of it is not scanned in. I believe in the future more and more music will be sold electronically in any case.

Very cool and thanks for the demonstration Diane.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Good outdoors as long as it doesn't rain!

Yes, it is a lot of work to scan in hard copy sheet music. I'm trying to find some time to devote to that.

If you're interested, my husband is willing to research for you the most cost effective hardware that's reliable for gigs, as well as suggest a strategy for efficiently scanning sheet music and creating PDFs. Let me know if you're interested.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Fiddlerman
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Well, I am kind of a Mac fanatic so the iPad 2 is probably the way we would go. And the iPad stands are something that quite a few of my distributors stock.
Any suggestions are very welcome though.

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but the one who needs the least."

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