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All you need to know before renting iPads for reading sheet music

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The use of digital scores brings so many benefits: to name a few, it allows musicians to mark up their music without limits, it facilitates page turning, and makes storing and organizing sheet music quick and effortless.

Before investing in iPads, however, it is totally understandable that you would want to try different options out. For that purpose, renting the necessary equipment before making a purchase decision is a great option, especially for large-scale experimentation with many musicians.

Here are our recommendations for you to have the best rental experience possible.

Which iPad to choose?

For the best experience, we recommend the largest iPad size available, the 12.9" iPad Pro. Your iPad will replace your paper parts on your stand, so it’s important to be comfortable.

Concerning storage capacity, you don’t have to choose the model with the most storage space. If you will mostly use your iPad for your sheet music with Newzik, the minimum offered (128go at the moment) is more than enough.

iPads can come with an integrated cellular (4G) antenna, allowing you to connect your device to the internet wherever you are (as long as there’s signal available, of course). This will come in handy if you need to connect your Newzik accounts, use collaborative projects, import and share content instantly, etc. in places where you do not have access to a WiFi network. Cellular iPads Pro are not that easy to come by, however, and another option is to purchase or hire a separate 4G router.

Lastly, the Newzik iOS app is supported by iOS versions 13 and above. So this means that you can rent the iOS device of your choice as long as it supports at least iOS version 13 (which is the case of all iPads Pro).

Top iPad accessories

The page-turning pedal

The choice of the right page-turning pedal depends on many factors: in which context it is used, with which instrument, etc.; but the personal preferences of musicians also come into play.

We have written an extensive guide listing the different types of pedals compatible with the Newzik app.

Our top choice goes to the iRig Blueturn. It’s light, compact, reliable and easy to use.

Pencil

An iPad to read your scores from is nice, but with a digital stylus to annotate, it’s even better! The most compatible model with the Newzik App is the Apple Pencil. Its quality of annotation and its long battery life place it at the top of the list. It is very precise and connects easily with the iPad. That’s definitely our number one recommendation.

Although this model is the most efficient, it is also the most expensive.

There are now several alternatives to the Apple Pencil that are cheaper and have a very high quality of annotation. We have written an article that compares different iPad stylus models in details according to specific criteria.

iPad covers

iPads are valuable electronic devices, but also very delicate. Made mostly of glass and aluminum, it is important to take great care of them: a fall can be fatal for the big touch screen.
This is why it is important to make the right choice when it comes to protecting your device.

To do this, you can invest in an iPad case to protect it during transport and practice.

There are also iPad covers made specifically for choir singers that allow you to hold the iPad with your arms wide open: they are more comfortable and allow the ribcage to be wide open so that your singing is not hindered. You can find some of these models here.

Tip: think about your digital music use when choosing your iPad case. When performing it is important for it not to be too flashy…

Additional options

Router

Whether it’s to import music and media, share annotations in real time or get the last changes made on a score, the Newzik App sometimes need to be connected to an internet network for some features to function. If your rehearsals take place in an isolated place with no WiFi to rely on, it is recommended to have a WiFi router so as not to get stuck the day before a performance or in the middle of a rehearsal.

That being said, not to worry at all: Newzik works perfectly offline. All the edits you make will be saved on your device and will be automatically stored on the Newzik Cloud as soon as you retrieve an internet connection. Just make sure all your music is uploaded onto your device before starting your offline rehearsals.

Adjustable iPad stands

Just like paper scores, iPads need an adjustable stand so that each user can adapt it to their size and position according to the instrument they are playing.

A conventional music stand may do the trick, but it will be less suited to the use of digital scores, heavier to carry and less suited to the size of the iPad.

We have written an article that lists different types of iPad stands depending on your habits and expectations.

Power strips

They are the key to your performances and practice sessions. They will allow you to charge all your devices and accessories at the same time if need be.

Where can you hire quality equipment?

When renting equipment for playing music digitally, it is important to get gear musicians feel that they can rely on.

That is why Newzik has partnered up with reliable, high-performance rental services that understand the needs of music institutions.

With these partners, your devices come already set up with the up-to-date Newzik app so that you can get started as soon as you receive the hardware.

They also offer a custom service by providing pencils and Bluetooth foot pedals and more, so that you don’t need to request this from other suppliers.

1. Get-IT-easy, based in Mainbernheim, Germany

Rent IT equipment reliably on a short-term or long-term basis throughout Europe.

You will find in this document details of the prices and accessories offered according to different criteria (time, number of items rented, etc.).

To order equipment, it’s right here: get-it-easy.de/newzik

2. SmartCom, based in Paris, France

The company defines itself as the experts in audiovisual equipment rental throughout France.

Here is a detail of the price list and the devices offered.

Contact: s.soton@smartcom.fr

You now have all the resources to securely rent hardware and experiment with Newzik with confidence. Let’s go!


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