From old, mechanical page turners to brand new, cutting edge page turner pedals activated through Bluetooth, the technology associated with using automatic page turners to remove the hassle of bringing a human page turner to a concert has long been an appealing option for most musicians.
Recently, the advent of new technology has led to significant progress in developing newer, more feature-rich page turning devices. Today, digital solutions such as apps, versatile automatic page turners and page turner pedals are known to be the most popular and affordable solutions recommended by top musicians.
Intro to Page Turners
Before the advent of lower-cost digital computers and tablets designed to ensure easy sheet music page turning capabilities, standalone devices were more commonplace. Some were entirely mechanical, designed to actually turn the pages of sheet music notebooks and journals, while others featured their own proprietary touchscreen display attached to a stand and a wired or wireless digital pedal for convenient page turning.
Today, modern page turning devices are more streamlined, compact and affordable. Best of all, they are designed to be compatible with all the most advanced tablet computers and touchscreen notebooks.
Most page turners available on the market today are designed for digital sheet music, and are made to be compatible with wireless Bluetooth connectivity technology. If your tablet has a Bluetooth connection, there is a good chance that you can connect your automatic page turner, and have it used during practice or concerts, to conveniently access and manage your entire library of digital sheet music.
There are many benefits these devices have that you should know about:
- They make it much easier to turn pages, eliminating the need for human page turners or highly expensive mechanical page turners.
- A digital page turner is also easy to use and compatible with most tablet technologies.
- They are lightweight devices that can easily fit into your backpack or briefcase.
- You don’t have to worry about packing bulky cables or running into connectivity issues. The devices feature wireless connections and are quite easy to set up.
Below we will provide you with an overview of four of the best page turners that are, affordable, easy to use and versatile.
PageFlip Firefly is an ingenious and beautifully designed page turner featuring a set of pedals that can be connected through Bluetooth or USB to scroll through digital sheet music pages with ease. The wireless connection of the Firefly makes it extremely practical and versatile. It can not only be adapted for use with iOS and Android tablets, but also with Linux OS systems.
The design is robust and large enough that you won’t miss it, even while focusing most of your attention on the sheet music. It is stable and the construction features two pedals arranged in a butterfly-shaped pattern that also promotes exceptional stability.
The PageFlip Firefly is fast, simple, easy to use and highly versatile. The plastic foot switches feel soft and easy to access, and the construction of the device is still small enough to be highly portable. With an appealing price tag, this device is one of the best digital page turners you can buy.
The AirTurn Duo is a unique device that features both a handheld remote and a pedal base that can be used to communicate with your mobile device to access and browse through your sheet music. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the page turner’s BT-106 wireless transceiver remote can be detached from the pedals and used independently.
The transceiver’s keypad interface features six buttons that allow for convenient control of the device, while a multicolor LED is used to provide visual feedback. There are six different modes for the device, allowing for multiple options regarding the platforms it supports (iOS, Android as well as PC and Mac), as well as the various types of software and multimedia players it can be paired with.
One of the best advantages of the AirTurn Duo is its surprising resilience. The gadget is made from a type of polycarbonate material that is both light and rugged, allowing for repeated use without the risk of damage.
IK Multimedia Tablet Page Turner
The IK page turner and tablet stand is specifically designed to work together with a tablet computer and ensure that you never need to worry about any mistakes or inconsistencies while turning the pages of your sheet music documents. The page turner can be used conveniently on Mac and iOS devices as well as most Android tablets. Although it can also be used for presentations, the page turner is best equipped to fulfill the needs of musicians and performers looking to access sheet music and lyrics through their tablet PCs.
Any iOS device or Android tablet that has Bluetooth 4.0 can be paired with this device to ensure convenient sheet music reading. The page turner is portable, easy to use and versatile, featuring backlit buttons, three different control configurations and a highly secure mount that allows you to mount your tablet within seconds.
The low cost, the easy to use mount and the exceptional compatibility rating of the device all contribute to its high popularity. With dozens of 5-star ratings on retail and review websites, the IK Multimedia Tablet Page Turner is considered one of the best page turners currently on the market.
Donner Bluetooth Page Turner
Sheet music, guitar tabs, lyrics and many other applications are handled with ease through the use of Donner’s fashionable and versatile Bluetooth page turner. This is a device that can be used from an impressive distance of over 30 feet, and can support all major platforms as long as you have a working Bluetooth connection.
Like the AirTurn Duo, it features a similar construction with pedal controls designed to emulate arrow keys and PageUp/PageDown control, as well as a central control unit that allows you to access the various modes of the page turner.
The practical advantages of this unit are quite impressive. Its ABS and metal construction makes it remarkably resilient, while the built-in, rechargeable battery allows you to use the device continuously for up to 50 hours on a single charge. Finally, if you’re on a budget, you’ll love the Donner Bluetooth page turner, since it’s one of the most affordable devices you will encounter just about anywhere you look.