Using tablets on stage is becoming more and more popular as technology continues to improve. Applications that can be used as wireless MIDI controllers are being used by many big name bands. If your band uses a digital mixing board, your band can control your in-ear mix from the stage. This leads us to one question: how do you mount a tablet on stage? Fortunately, there are many companies creating tablet mounts for hardware stands. In this article, we will get down to the nitty-gritty and pick the best tablet holder for a mic stand.
What’s the best? I recommend the IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand.
Best Tablet Holder For Mic Stand – A Quick Glance
The table above shows all our favorite tablet mounts. Keep on reading to see which one outperformed the rest.
IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand – Editor’s Choice
- Universal expandable microphone stand mount for all tablets and iPad models and generations
- Expandable arms can hold all popular tablets sized 7" to 12.1"
- Smart bracket design leaves buttons and ports free from obstruction
- Ball joint global positioning system provides easy adjustable viewing angle and free rotation between portrait and landscape orientations
- Adjustable mic stand clamp can be mounted on a vertical pole or horizontal boom with a diameter of up to 1.2" (30mm)
IK Multimedia’s iKlip is the perfect accessory to bring an iPad on stage with you. The spring action is very tight and really holds your device securely. The expandable arms can hold devices from 7″ to 12.1″ in size. One of the better features of this tablet mount is the smart bracket design. You can actually run your power cable through the back of the mount to secure your cable, as well as protect it from failure.
Joy Factory MagConnect Mount for iPad Pro 12.9″ – Best Protection
- Compatible with the iPad Pro 12.9" 1st (2015) and 2nd (2017) Generations
- Works with any sandard 1/4" 20 tripod connections and standard 5/8" 27 mic stand connections
- The iPad is secured into a hard-shell snap-on holder and when attached to a compatible MagConnect Product, the powerful magnet on the mount instantly locks your tablet holder
- Magconnect mounts are built of high-quality carbon fiber arms. The powerful combinations of carbon fiber with carefully designed joints produce mounts that are both Easy to maneuver and sturdy to use
- Magconnect mounts come equipped with two spherical joints for multi-angle positioning. Each joint can rotate 360 to easily position your tablet for optimum ergonomics thus reducing neck & back strain
Joy Factory’s MagConnect provides the ultimate protection, which is especially important if you have one of the newer iPads. This tablet holder is specific to iPads, however they do make a universal module. This is a nice addition to their product line, but I would opt for a different tablet mount if you use an Android device.
Hola! Music Music Stand Tablet – Budget Tablet Holder For Mic Stand
- Use your tablet to make playing and sharing music simple!
- From 6 to 15 Inch screen - Smart design allows mounting MOST tablets and smartphones available on the market to your microphone or music stands.
- Swivels 360 degrees for portrait or landscape viewing.
- Tilt adjustment for perfect viewing angel.
- Can be clipped to any available pole, microphone stand, or music stand.
If budget is your main concern, look no further than the Hola! Tablet Stand. With over 300 positive reviews, this tablet stand is a perfect affordable option to bring your iPad on stage. This tablet mount will hold devices from 6″ to 15.”
The build quality of this tablet mount is surprisingly great, despite its low cost. You can either use the included clamp or connect the tablet mount directly to the threads of the microphone stand.
What’s the purpose of using a tablet holder for mic stand?
Tablet technology is improving every day and more and more bands are choosing to utilize iPads and Android devices on stage. Tablets can be utilized both for improving a live show and to be more hands on with controlling what the musician hears on stage.
Who should use a tablet mic stand mount?
In addition to remembering chords to certain songs, tablets are perfect if you need to remember song lyrics for singers. For cover songs, this can be an essential component of your setup. Certain bands who have been around for twenty or thirty years can also benefit from a “teleprompter” on stage.
Musicians who read music
Another use for a tablet on stage is for reading music. The days of a traditional music stand and sheet music potentially could be over. Depending on your situation, you might use a tablet to read chords while you play in a cover band. This is very useful if you have a large catalog of music to cover on a weekly basis.
Speakers and public figures
Using an iPad for public speaking is a great idea for those who want to stay organized and relaxed. Having a tablet display important points can make a speech all the better.
Drummers who control backing tracks
If you’re in a band and you use backing tracks, you can use a tablet to display your computer’s screen if it happens to be off stage. This will keep you on track and sure of which song you are playing.
Bands who use an in ear monitor system
In addition to backing tracks, musicians can use an iPad to control their in ear mix if they are using a digital audio board. I recently wrote an article on how to setup an in ear monitor system. Click here to read it.
Do you use a tablet holder for a mic stand on stage? What has been your experience? If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you! Thanks for reading.