Happy New Year!

With the recent activity in Is Your Repertoire Defined by Your Memory? (latest posts)

I wanted to check in on what you are using for technology on stage.

I'm still using my Surface Tablets as I described in a previous discussion

Microsoft Surface 2 Pro and original Surface RT.

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Gear
I got the Surface 2 Pro and use it when I'm creating content, writing, drawing, making annotations. I still have the original Surface RT too. It is lighter, gets great battery life and is another great choice when I want a computer on stage. I usually use the Surface 2 Pro and share the other Surface with a partners on stage when appropriate.

Connecting to the T1®
All of the Surface machines have a full sized USB port (for connecting to a T1®), and if you need it, they have bluetooth.

Software
I keep my music notes in Microsoft OneNote and have been doing that for years. This automatically synchronizes my notes on my phone, desktop, and Surface machines (both of them). Also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phone .

Screen Sharing
I've also found that I can share screens from the Surface 2 Pro and my other Tablets using Skype. That means that two or more of us can be on stage seeing the same thing on our screens. It just requires that the host machine is running the desktop version of Skype.

What are you using on stage these days?


PS - links
Surface
Microsoft OneNote (included with Microsoft Office)
One Note free web app version
Skype & Skype screen sharing
T1® USB
Original Post
quote:
Originally posted by Seagullman:
Hi again,

just an afterthought.

To keep the help as unobtrusive as possible, I'm thinking of going from paper to iPad. I'll have to try one out to see if I can live with it as a reading glasses person. The paper would be a backup should anything fail. I could put it on my mike stand like the T1. I would also have all the help I need in one very small package.

Take care

Tony


Hi Tony, I use a Nexus 7" tablet with a Lyric Pad app. I have a mic stand mount for it. The cool thing is I have the tablet in Large Print mode so the lyrics are displayed well. I also use the app to play mp3 backing tracks. It is quite a handy tool. I replaced 3 big binders full of music and lyrics. I can setup set lists also so my songs are in order and easily accessible.
Hi again,

just an afterthought.

To keep the help as unobtrusive as possible, I'm thinking of going from paper to iPad. I'll have to try one out to see if I can live with it as a reading glasses person. The paper would be a backup should anything fail. I could put it on my mike stand like the T1. I would also have all the help I need in one very small package.

Take care

Tony
Hi ST,

followed your link to this thread.

You say
quote:
All of the Surface machines have a full sized USB port (for connecting to a T1®)
.

Have you had any experience with the new iPads with the Lightning connection. Is there any easy way of connecting one to the T1?
The fact that the iPad has no USB is a disadvantage, but as I've just risked the change from Windows XP to Mac OS, I'd like to keep with one system. Everything would be synchronized if I stay with Apple, which would be a big advantage to me.

I assume that you're playing somewhere tonight (New Years Eve)?

Have a good New Years Eve.

Take care,

Tony
Hi Tony,


Lightning connection — haven't found anything encouraging
I don't have any personal experience with i-anything.

Here's a recent discussion

Can't Get Audio From Ipod Touch Digitally Into ToneMatch USB Port Via Lightning Cord

and

quote:
From Apple
Apple supports using the iPad Camera Connection kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter with cameras. You may also be able to use some USB audio/MIDI devices with the iPad Camera Connector or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. To find out if a USB audio/MIDI device is compatible, contact the device manufacturer. Using the iPad Camera Connector Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter with other USB devices is not supported.
— Source iPad: Using iPad Camera Connector with unsupported USB devices



I'd like to keep with one system. — me too
As for having everything synchonized, I'm doing that on the Windows platform (tablets, desktops, phone, cloud storage, web apps). I don't have experience with the other platforms so I can't get into that discussion.


Have a good New Years Eve Tony!



edit grammar.
I just spent the first day with our new compact. Wow, nice and working with the Tone Match is easy. I have my iPad on my mic stand along with the Tone Match...i use onsong an AP for the iPad..I have a camera kit coming and will let you know how that works out for me.

Lots of Ap's available on Apple or recording and so on...
We are starting to work with Songbook for a couple of the players in the band. One of the main draws is the MIDI capability to set voice settings. Would appreciate any advice on using Songbook. Are there any solutions out there for glare reduction on the ipad?

I was at a buddy's bar gig last night. 

He keeps his set list on a tablet attached to his microphone stand.

As he was preparing to open a set somebody in the audience called out,

"Hey, can you play ___________?" - It was a friendly request.

"That's a great song, but let me play you another one."

"But you've got a tablet. Look it up."

"Not if it's not in there." - as he motioned to the tablet and then before there could be any more dialogue, he started into the first song.

I guess people have grown accustomed to seeing tablets on stage, and with that we get new expectations like,

"If you can look up a song on your tablet you can play it."

ST

Hi ST,

ST posted:

I was at a buddy's bar gig last night. 

He keeps his set list on a tablet attached to his microphone stand.

As he was preparing to open a set somebody in the audience called out,

"Hey, can you play ___________?" - It was a friendly request.

"That's a great song, but let me play you another one."

"But you've got a tablet. Look it up."

"Not if it's not in there." - as he motioned to the tablet and then before there could be any more dialogue, he started into the first song.

I guess people have grown accustomed to seeing tablets on stage, and with that we get new expectations like,

"If you can look up a song on your tablet you can play it."

ST

Interesting post, but just about what I've come to expect from many today.

Music streaming instead of having a look through ones collection to see what you fancy listening to.

Music being created on computers rather than using instruments that you can take into a forest and play your favourite songs.

Those are just 2 examples. Don't get me wrong here. I think that all tastes should be catered for. However, some of them I will go out of my way to avoid if possible.

Many songs I could play if I had a chord sheet + lyrics (with many I could even have a good go by just busking through them working them out on the fly and not worrying too much about how correct the lyrics are), but they wouldn't be as practiced and well played as songs that I've spent time on. That's the sort of thing I reserve for parties etc., but not for gigs. That's not what I would generally want to do live at a gig.

I might be old fashioned with my views on this subject, but my playing and performances would definitely not be where they are today if I looked at things differently. My repertoire has always started out as being just for me. The songs start out rough at the beginning and I find myself very quickly trying to adapt them for my guitar and voice. Sometimes it's a quick process, but sometimes it's a process that goes on for a fairly long time. Those are usually songs where the accompaniment on guitar is quite fiddly but well worth the effort, and generally wasted on loud drinking bars where the drinking is the main object of the evening. Once again, don't get me wrong. These gigs also serve well and let people have a good time. As a performing musician who's not absolutely dependant on the money, I avoid them if possible.

Sorry I got a bit derailed there, but I think it might be one explanation for the mindset of many.

By the way, I read the thread before replying. There are a few old posts from me from the days before I took the tablet plunge which was in December 2018. Because of the reading glasses thing it turned out to be an iPad pro 12.9" and it's much better for me than paper. With the possibility of inverting the colours (white words on a black background) I find it much easier to read (and larger than A4 paper). Coupled with a Bluetooth Page Turner it has really made things much easier for me. I'm still typing in the songs which is a fair amount of work (so that I have them exactly as I need them), but it's worth the effort.

It was a good decision for me to make, and eventually I'll have all my songs in one place (for all projects) with set lists at the touch of a finger instead of having to have several different folders for different things.

My iPad also only has wifi. It's all I need. It might also maybe be a good answer for the "If you can look up a song on your tablet you can play it." brigade ... 

Tony

 

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