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    My laptop which I so far only use for lyrics is on its way out at 4 yrs old and so its time for a new device to display lyrics and experiment with playing backing tracks.
    Whilst the posts on here in relation to tablets have been v helpful am still struggling to understand some basics having never used one.
    Firstly I understand that an iPad is the daddy of tablets but just how do you get backing tracks onto it, as there doesnt seem to be a usb? also how do you get the sound out? via the earphone socket?
    Would an android tablet give me more flexibility as I understand that the system is not as closed as apple.
    Should I stay with what I know and just buy another laptop.
    Oh bugger it, can you just please tell me what to buy.
    thanks Steve
    Cheers Steve
    my website http://www.macthehat.com/

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    Go to an Apple store and try out an iPad. Then go to another store and try out an Android.

    Then you'll know.
    Hi Mom!

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    • #3
      Go to an Apple store and try out an iPad. Then go to another store and try out an Android.

      Then you'll know.


      I live in the countryside of Turkey, not quite so easy to just go and try them, otherwise I would. I will have to just order and hope for the best. I was hoping for a bit of practical advice from others who used them in similar situations before doing that.
      Steve
      Cheers Steve
      my website http://www.macthehat.com/

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      • #4
        Steve,

        I am definitely an Apple Fan, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Android tablets are to the iPad what Behringer is to JBL. Android tables are more likely to crash, are not as smooth with their touch interfaces (when you drag something onscreen it can move kind of jittery,) and the best apps for tablet are on the iOS because iPad owners are more likely to spend money on software than Android tablet owners. In terms of tablet sales, the iPad totally dominates. That's not just marketing - that's for a reason. The biggest reason to buy an Android tablet is because you want to save some money. I am not saying that you can't get an Android tablet and be happy with it and have it do what you need, because you can. I am saying that the iPad is a far better device and definitely worth the extra money. IMHO.

        The iPad comes with a USB cable to connect it to your iTunes application on your computer - that's how it can talk to your computer. Or you can do it via wireless - either way. The USB cable is faster. There are many different programs that let you play backing tracks on your iPad, and some of them will also display lyrics. Do a forum search here and you'll find several iPad threads.
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        • #5
          I've researched the heck out of this- as recently as the 3 hours I put in today. I'm pretty serious when I say that my conclusion is to spend the cash and get an Ipad, a mic stand adapter and OnSong or SongBook Pro. I actually had an IPad 2 16gb WiFI in my hand today and chickened out because I shouldn't buy it yet because I cant really afford it. It was $399 and you can get one at Best Buy or Walmart even. An inexpensive clip for a mic stand is about $60 and and the apps are about $10 I think. So the entire investment is about $600.

          I'm living on the edge...my laptop overheated at a gig last night and crashed. I'm going to use my wife's tomorrow but I'm pretty sure I'll have an IPad by the end of the weekend.
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          • #6
            Ready to pull the trigger on an iPad at any moment.

            The 30 pin plug that you use to charge an iPhone ,iPod and iPad are how you load any info on these devices.

            They have a camera connect kit that's about 20 bucks that let's you use all kinds of hard drives, keyboards, interfaces and tons of other peripherals.

            Virtual DJ will handle your synced backing tracks with your lyrics.

            Blue tooth is also supposed to transfer data but if you're that close, plug it in.

            My only decision now is whether to get a 2 with 32 g or a 3 with only 16.
            Phil Said<br><br>If you possess the superior intellect, then it should be no problem for you to point out the logical fallacies and other problems of their position or post without having to debase yourself by resorting to ad hominem attacks.<br><br>

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            • #7

              Virtual DJ will handle your synced backing tracks with your lyrics.


              Very cool.. I've never heard of it and I'll have to take a peak!
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              • #8
                I live in the countryside of Turkey, not quite so easy to just go and try them, otherwise I would. I will have to just order and hope for the best. I was hoping for a bit of practical advice from others who used them in similar situations before doing that.
                Steve


                In that case, just buy an iPad.
                Hi Mom!

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                • #9
                  Very cool.. I've never heard of it and I'll have to take a peak!


                  I found it on youtube last night.
                  Actually, if you look up virtual DJ for karaoke it will lay out the process.
                  Phil Said<br><br>If you possess the superior intellect, then it should be no problem for you to point out the logical fallacies and other problems of their position or post without having to debase yourself by resorting to ad hominem attacks.<br><br>

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                  • #10
                    I got an iPad a month ago and have already used it for three gigs.

                    I downloaded the OnSOng app for $5 and started transferring all of my songs on Word documents to the iPad. I'm about 1/3 of the way there and do a little bit every day.

                    I'm only using it for lyrics and chord charts right now, but may branch out into some other musical areas when I get more comfortable with it.
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                    • #11
                      With a name like "steve mac", the choice seems obvious.
                      <div class="signaturecontainer"><i>Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Martin Mull</i></div>

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                      • #12
                        With a name like "steve mac", the choice seems obvious.


                        very good. to you all thanks for your reasoned input. after doing some on line research I came across a Scroll Extreme http://www.t3.com/reviews/scroll-extreme-review, which is an Android tablet which is low in price but has a ton of connections which I can understand including a mini usb sound out and a HDMI. I am not sure if these will be of any use for playing live but I guess options are good.
                        Anyway thanks again
                        Steve
                        Cheers Steve
                        my website http://www.macthehat.com/

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                        • #13
                          And, it only costs "fancy L" 180, whatever that means!

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                          • #14
                            And, it only costs "fancy L" 180, whatever that means!


                            Sorry, I am an englishman living in turkey but travel a lot in USA so tend to mix up the currencies, it costs 280 dollars
                            Cheers Steve
                            my website http://www.macthehat.com/

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                            • #15
                              Pulled the trigger and got the iPad 2

                              this is my first post from it
                              Phil Said<br><br>If you possess the superior intellect, then it should be no problem for you to point out the logical fallacies and other problems of their position or post without having to debase yourself by resorting to ad hominem attacks.<br><br>

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