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You can use the iOS app on these or any other device running iOS 7 or newer:
The iPad Pro has a 12.9" screen, 4 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in portrait or landscape orientation.
The iPad Air 2 has a 9.7" screen, 2 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in landscape orientation.
The iPad Mini 4 has a 7.9" screen, 2 GB of RAM and supports split-screen (two apps at a time) in landscape orientation.
Older iPad models
BandHelper also runs well on older iPad models with iOS 7 or later. A few features require iOS 8 or iOS 9; you can search the release notes for details. Amazon carries a good selection of NOS and used iPads, while Apple sells refurbished iPads.
BandHelper also runs well on iPhones and iPod touches with iOS 7 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:
The Slate 17 has a 17.3" screen and 2 GB of RAM.
The Nexus 9 has an 8.9" screen, 2 GB of RAM and receives Android updates from Google.
The Galaxy Tab 4 has a 7" screen and 1 GB of RAM.
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 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:
The latest foot switch from AirTurn uses Bluetooth LE long battery life and easy pairing and can control BandHelper when it's in the background. You can use up to 5 PEDs simultaneously to control up to 10 app functions.
Use as a handheld controller, attach up to four pedals of your own or purchase as a kit with 2 or 4 pedals from AirTurn to control up to 4 app functions.
The latest foot switch from IK Multimedia 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. 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. Note: this product requires an iPad 3 or newer, iPhone 4s or newer or iPod touch 5 or newer.
If you don't want to deal with wireless equipment or rechargeable batteries, this page turner includes two built-in foot switches that send up/down messages through a hard-wired USB cable (requires the Camera Connection Kit, below).
Drummers who need their hands and feet free will appreciate the ability to control BandHelper from a drum pad like this one. Simply strike one of the four pads to send a MIDI message over a MIDI cable.
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 iO Dock II offers a secure mounting platform for MIDI as well as audio and video cables. It is mountable on a stand with additional hardware, and is compatible with Lightning and 30-pin iPads.
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.
With the PUC, you can connect an iOS device to MIDI hardware through a dedicated, fast wi-fi connection. However, you cannot use other wi-fi functionality (database syncing or device linking) while connected to the PUC.
With the mi.1, you can connect an iOS device to MIDI hardware through a Bluetooth connection. However, the mi.1 draws its power from the MIDI port and some MIDI hardware does not provide enough power.
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 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.
The Duo-Capture is the most affordable product confirmed to work with an iPad. It offers two audio channels via the dock connector in addition to two via the headphone jack, and does not require external power. Note: the original Duo-Capture is not confirmed to work with an iPad.