Location Location Location! Where
position your iPod can make or break
On the music
Most musicians find that the best way to use the iPod on stage
is to secure it with velcro strips on the back of their music
stand. As long as you are not close enough to the audience for
someone to accidently knock the music stand over (which will
ultimately knock your iPod over), this is the simplest and easiest
way to use the iPod on stage.
The risk of your music
stand toppling needn't be a problem either - there are many pouch
type accessories available for the iPod which will protect it
and many have belt clips, some with velcro patches on the back.
Not only will these accessories help protect your iPod on stage,
but it will also let you "velcro it" to the stand without
having to stick velcro all over the back of the iPod itself.
On the microphone
Here's another idea. Ever thought about customizing your mic stand
so that your iPod is right there, within arms length, right in
front of your eyes?
It's not as difficult
to do as you might think. Any drum store will be able to sell
you a suitable attachment like a plate that will clamp on to your
mic stand and will allow you to attach the iPod and adjust it's
height and angle etc.
A little bit of velcro
is all that's required to secure your iPod to the plate.
Drummers are famous
for having little accessories dotted all around their drum kits
so any good drum shop will be able to supply you with something
which will do the job - just take your mic stand in to the drum
shop, show them it, tell them what you want to do, and ask them
to advise on a suitable attachment.
At the side of the stage
There's an accessory available for the iPod Video called the Apple
Remote. It's a tiny remote control unit which can be used to start
and stop your iPod and it works in conjunction with the Universal
Basically, the Apple Remote lets you control your iPod from a
distance so you can walk about the stage, maybe even be in among
the audience etc and at the touch of the button, you can start
the next song (or stop/pause the next one etc).
This could well be the perfect accessory for you if you are still
worried about the iPod
auto pause issue.
Article Written by Kenny Campbell
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