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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
AirTurn's BT-105 is a popular choice for turning pages while you read sheet music on your iPad. Now they've released the "Digit" which adds handheld functionality so you can use it with your feet or your hands!
You can buy the Digit by itself, with 2 pedals, or with four pedals.
A silent, tactile button set provides the ability to turn pages, control teleprompter apps, and advance presentation slides, as well as media control for iTunes on all iOS devices including iTunes for Mac and PC, and the ability to control iOS cameras for remote video and picture snapshots. For hands free pedal control, the AirTurn BT-105 DIGIT's two 3.5mm (1/8 inch) stereo ports connect to two ATFS-2 silent pedals affixed to a non-slip pedal board.
The AirTurn BT-105 DIGIT itself features 6 silent membrane buttons, a power switch, status indicator light, 5 keyboard profiles, and an internal rechargeable battery with a mini USB recharging port. Battery life will vary, but users can expect up to 100 hours of standby usage. The AirTurn BT-105 DIGIT also features automatic Bluetooth pairing with the iPad for easy connections and fast page turns, as well as a built-in debounce filter to prevent multiple page turns for each button or foot switch press.
The ATFS-2 black pedals are constructed of nearly indestructible polycarbonate plastic and feature a proprietary "mechanism-free" switch system for perfectly silent operation.
Use both ATFS-2 pedals with the BT-105 DIGIT for forwards and backwards page turns, or just connect one foot switch for single directional page turns in a discreet profile for use in performance. In iTunes/iOS mode, the ATFS-2 pedals can be used to control the iOS camera for taking pictures or toggling the video camera on/off.
Looking for a lower cost option with lots of flexiblity? The iRig BlueBoard is a great option to consider. Unlike the BT-105, the iRig BlueBoard sends MIDI data, so you need an app such as Scorecerer that responds to MIDI commands. However, at a lower price and with 4 buttons instead of two pedals, the iRig BlueBoard is a good option to consider for turning pages.