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You can use the iOS app on these or any other device running iOS 8 or newer:
The largest iPad has a 12.9" screen, 4 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in portrait or landscape orientation.
This iPad has the most common screen size, 2 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in landscape orientation.
New for 2017, the standard iPad model has nearly the same capabilities as the 9.7" iPad Pro, with slightly reduced speed and display quality, for a much lower price. This is an excellent upgrade option for anyone still using an iPad 1 through 4.
The compact iPad has 2 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in landscape orientation.
BandHelper also runs well on iPhones and iPod touches with iOS 8 or later, but these usually work better for making quick edits to synced databases, instead of as your primary working device.
You can use the Android app on these or any other device running Android 4.0.3 or newer, but Android 5 or newer is recommended:
The Pixel C has a 10.2" screen, a more balanced aspect ratio similar to iPads, 3 GB of RAM and is one of the only tablets available that runs the latest Android version 7 with split screen capabilities.
The Galaxy Tab has 9.7" screen, a more balanced aspect ratio similar to iPads, 3 GB of RAM and can run Android version 6.
The compact Galaxy Tab has an 8" screen, a more balanced aspect ratio similar to iPads, 3 GB of RAM and can run Android version 6.
The Slate 17 has a huge 17.3" screen and 2 GB of RAM, but is limited to the old Android version 4.
Mic stand adapters
If you want to use your iPad on stage, you can use one of these products to mount it securely on a mic stand:
The Manos Mount has tilt and rotation capabilities, flexible sizing to accommodate a variety of tablet sizes and mounts to the top of a mic stand instead of a mic, or to the side of a mic stand with an optional attachment.
The iKlip Xpand has tilt and rotation capabilities, flexible sizing to accommodate a variety of tablet sizes and clamps to the side of a mic stand.
To control BandHelper without taking your hands off your instrument, consider these options. For each switch or button, you can control one BandHelper function:
Use with the two included pedals, attach two more pedals, or detach the controller from the pedals to use as a handheld controller.
Control six different BandHelper functions from one foot switch, with AirTurn's rugged, metal Stomp 6.
IK Multimedia's Bluetooth foot switch is simple, rugged and features two illuminated buttons. It uses Bluetooth LE and sends up/down arrow messages in its default mode, so it works with BandHelper out of the box. Our hands-on report is in the support forum. Note: this product requires a device that supports Bluetooth 4.0.
Most Bluetooth controllers send keyboard messages, but this controller sends MIDI messages over a Bluetooth connection. It requires that you run the iRig BlueBoard app in the background to receive the messages and pass them to BandHelper. Our hands-on report is in the support forum. Note: this product requires an iPad 3 or newer, iPhone 4s or newer or iPod touch 5 or newer.
The Firefly includes all its options with hardware switches right on the front face of the unit, and it can run from battery or USB power. Our hands-on report is in the support forum.
Coda has replaced their original Bluetooth foot switch with a new, all-metal design. It can run from a 9v battery or a standard 9v AC adapter, and has a USB port to power your tablet or phone.
To send or receive MIDI messages over a cable, you'll need a MIDI hardware interface. (MIDI over wi-fi doesn't require an interface.)
The latest iRig MIDI interface includes Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables to connect to all iOS devices and computers, and can also connect to Android devices with an optional cable.
Roland's mobile MIDI interface is a favorite for Android devices. It can also connect to iOS devices with a camera connection kit, or to computers directly through USB.
This is an alternative to the Roland UM-ONE and works the same way.
This is the most popular way to connect BandHelper to MIDI devices wirelessly. Just plug into the In and Out ports of your MIDI devices, then click the Connect to a Bluetooth Device in BandHelper's MIDI Status window, from iOS or Android.
This is an alternative to the Yamaha MD-BT01 and works the same way.
If you already have MIDI hardware with a USB connection, a low-cost option is Apple's "camera connection kit," which adds a USB port to your iPad for MIDI connections. Older iPads with a 30-pin connector can use the iPad Camera Connection Kit.
If you have a one-port MIDI interface but want to send MIDI to multiple devices, you can add this splitter box. Unlike a true multi-port interface, each device you connect to will need to be assigned to a separate channel, but that's usually not a problem.
If you connect an iPad-compatible USB audio interface, you can output more than two separate channels of audio: two channels from the headphone jack, plus two or more from the audio interface. These interfaces require an iPad Camera Connection Kit unless otherwise noted.
Most audio interfaces emphasize input options and preamp quality, but you just need iOS compatibility and an output channel for multi-route output. The AudioBox iOne is currently the most affordable product we could find that fits that bill.