Hi, I purchased a MusicPad sheet music reading ‘tablet’ Pro in 2008. I thought at the time it was the business as I was able to put most of my worship and some secular sheets on there, I went on to use it a fair amount in gigs in the clubs and at church. It never let me down in a gig but did freeze up several times in practice and I guess I was just lucky but I could not trust it.
I have since got Powermusic onto my laptop and I’d like to do a quick comparison.
I used my laptop at a church meeting for the first time on sunday, I had it sat on top of a digital piano and it worked great.
MusicPad Pro decided not to update the software or the device and this was frustrating as I found it a little slow page turning and also fidgety when trying to find a quick song in the middle of the set, using a fingernail as I was unable to grab the stylus with left hand whilst my right hand was still pressing chords trying to keep the flow of the meeting going.
On sunday I was able to keep playing with my RH whilst flicking through songs on the PM and found new ones very quickly. This was very refreshing and the pages turned quickly.
When you play in pentecostal services and the working men’s clubs you have to be very very flexible and quick whilst changing songs and selecting new ones in seconds with only one hand as you’ve gotta keep the continuity going whether your leading worship or changing a song selection in the middle of a Modern Waltz for Ballroom dancing. The Power Music is an answer to prayer so to speak as it’s also completely editable on the fly, on the Music Pad it took me two weeks to scan in 200 songs each of which had to cropped sized, etc converted and then imported back in etc… and then once they were in the system could not be edited again inside the tablet! aarrgh!
In one week doing about 4-5 hours a day I’ve scanned in almost 900 songs from books and also pdf’s from sheet sites. I have my entire Secular repertoire (the ones I know I’ll use anyway) and over 300 worship hymns and choruses that I use.
As a reading musician (who has an awful memory and busking ability) this programme is like sight to the blind!
I cannot rate it highly enough. SPEED of being able to locate a song INSTANTLY is what this is all about for me and it does it effortlessly.
For some the MusicPad Pro is great if you have set lists for performance and don’t anticipate any surprises (mines for sale now!)
The speed of scanning ‘into’ the PM is a godsend and also being able to then go back and adjust the brightness and etc later and add annotations is great.
My problem now is knowing which tablet to purchase. My old Acer Laptop is very heavy, clumsy and is falling apart but does have a decent screen size.
I fear if I go for the Microsoft Surface Pro the screen will be too small.
Some sheets are large notes some are tiny so I need a decent screen to see all shapes and sizes. I prefer two pages on one screen with some sheets but would love to see some examples of peoples tablets, musicones, ipads etc to see how sheets ‘look’ on different devices.
I also need the tablet on a mic stand to swing across my keyboards as they are stacked quite high and there is no room for a clumsy laptop table.
The MusicOne system looks great and is dedicated but is pricey and it would be nice to have a tablet that does ‘other’ stuff for the price.
Thank You for Powermusic it is amazing. I cannot think of any improvements at this stage as it suits my style but congratulations on a great system!