Use a Foot Pedal or Keyboard to Turn Pages

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Music Stand allows you to control page turns, the metronome, and audio player using a bluetooth foot pedal or midi device. Most foot pedals should be compatible without requiring any special support or updates to Music Stand.

Compatible Foot Pedals

The AirTurn and PageFlip Pedals are ones we specifically know about, though any standard bluetooth pedal should work.

If you need to plug a USB keyboard or foot pedal into your iPad, you can use the USB to Dock connector included in Apple's iPad Camera Connector Kit, available for about $30 on their online store.

To connect a Bluetooth device, you need to enable Bluetooth and pair your device. Pairing is found in Settings.

AirTurn Foot Pedal

We recommend the all-in-one PED and the AirTurn BT-105, a transmitter than can be hooked up to any footswitch.

AirTurn Foot Pedal

At first, the iPad keyboard won't show up when the AirTurn is connected, but if you press the red power button (or Keyboard button on the PED), it will show the virtual keyboard.

Buy Now or view Setting Modes on an AirTurn pedal and Connect a BT-105 or DIGIT with an Android Tablet for setting up help.

PageFlip Cicada & Firefly Foot Pedals

We've tested and approved the Cicada and Firefly by PageFlip.

PageFlip Cicada & Firefly Foot Pedals

The Cicada is an all-in-one unit with more physical switches. You can still plug in your own custom pedals, but since its pedals are already built in, it's not necessary. This pedal is much smaller than it looks in the pictures but is still slightly larger than the AirTurn. The physical on/off switch is a great feature as well as the five buttons to choose what keys are triggered by each pedal.

The Firefly takes the Cicada pedal and incorporates a whole set of features suggested by Cicada users: illuminated pedals, programmable pedal modes, independently programmed external pedals, longer inactivity period before entering sleep mode, wireless and wired connectivity options, ergonomic design, and more heft for rugged use.

With both pedals, at first, the iPad keyboard won't show up when they are connected, but if you press the current mode button next to the blinking light, it will show the virtual keyboard.

Music Stand works right out of the box with either pedal. Choose button 3 for up/down.

Buy Now or view FAQ for Cicada and Firefly Bluetooth Pedals

The iPad cannot recognize some keys from input devices, such as Page up or Page down, because they are not ordinary letters or numbers. To see what keys correspond to your pedals, you can open up the Notes app on your iPad, and start pressing pedals.

If your pedal is programmable, set it to use the f and b keys for forward and back, respectively.

If you have paired your bluetooth pedal to your tablet but are finding it difficult to turn the pages, your pedal may be on the wrong Mode or Profile. Check your pedal's documentation on how to change the mode in order for your pedal to be able to turn pages in Music Stand.

To customize Music Stand to turn pages when you hit different keys than the default up/down arrows, tap Settings from the sidebar.


Access In-App Settings for Customization

Scroll to the Pedal & Keyboard Input to choose the controls.

Choose Pedal & Keyboard Input

Set the controls by tapping an action then pressing the key or pedal you want to assign to that action.

Pedal, Keyboard Settings
  1. Advance to the next page in PDF view
  2. Go back to the previous page in PDF view
  3. Start or stop the Audio Player
  4. Start or stop the Metronome
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