iRig BlueTurn Bluetooth Page Turner Review

The iRig BlueTurn bluetooth page turner is the perfect accessory to manage your digital sheet music, and to replace an unwieldy stack of manuscripts, tabs and loose sheet music.

If you rely on sheet music at all, and have come to realize that it’s now the 21st Century, you’ve no doubt shifted at least part of your manuscript, fake book and sheet music collection to some digital format or another, right? Well, until now, it’s been kind of a pain in the butt to flip pages in a natural way using, say, an iPad on a stand or even your laptop on the desk in front of you. Ever fumbled with an instrument in one hand and a tablet in the other? Yeah, we have too. The new iRig BlueTurn bluetooth page turner from IK Multimedia makes practicing and recitals easier than ever, things that have traditionally been more difficult than necessary in the past.

Luckily, IK has introduced the iRig BlueTurn, which works fantastically well as a Bluetooth-enabled page turning device. It’s so simple: sync it to whatever app you use to store your sheet music or set lists (we tested it out with the great Newzik app for iOS) and you’re good to go. Pairing via Bluetooth takes about 5 seconds (you all know the default pairing code by now, I’m sure), and you’re done. Really. Load a piece of sheet music, tap one of the well-lit buttons with your toe, and watch the page turn.

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IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn

IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn

This hands-free method of flipping through your music and guitar tabs will make you wonder why you didn’t think of it first, and will likely make both the BlueTurn and Newzik your new favorite rehearsal accessories.

The back-lit buttons are not only great for stage situations where ideal lighting is…well, not ideal, but the buttons themselves are relatively silent. So for performances that demand attentive listening, and feature nuanced dynamics, you won’t be hearing an annoying click-click-click each time you turn the page of your score during those crucial quiet passages.

There’s not much more to say – it’s easy to setup, it works flawlessly, it’s compact so you can toss it in the van when you go out on tour, and it’s cross-platform compatible so Android, Mac and iOS users are all welcome. If you rely on digital sheet music in any capacity, you owe it to yourself to pick up one of these BlueTurns. It’ll make your life way easier.

PROS:

Works well, super easy to use, well-lit for stage use, iOS, Mac, and Android compatible.

CONS:

None.

PRICE:

$69

This’ll come in handy with our @newzik_app. Thanks @ikmultimedia!

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iRig BlueTurn Features

-Turn pages and scroll sheets wirelessly over Bluetooth LE

-2 highly visible backlit silent footswitch buttons

-Sends HID messages over Bluetooth LE

-Compatible with iKlip Stage and a wide variety of apps and software

-3 different mode configurations – Arrow up/down, Page up/down or Arrow left/right

-Durable road-ready enclosure

-Runs on 2 standard AAA batteries

iRig BlueTurn

iRig BlueTurn in action

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4 Comments

  1. Paddy

    March 5, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Does the iRig page turn work with Apple iBooks?

  2. George Ralston

    April 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    DONNER BLUETOOTH DESIGN FLAWS — I bought a Donner BT pedal that lasted 17 months, used infrequently on carpet.
    It broke because:
    a) the design of the pedal uses a flexing motion of the plastic hinge
    b) the material selection that fails due to fatigue.

    It was a great pedal until it failed. But be warned, it will fail – there’s just no getting around it.

    I had dialogue with Donner explaining the design flaws above, and while they did never acknowledge they offered 50% discount on a new pedal. I did not accept the offer, since it would also fail.

    Donner customer service was prompt, but they failed to address the issue.

    On Amazon, you will see good reviews – while the pedal works, and then the pedal fails. So not many folks do an update. But you can read the common failure on Amazon.

    I cant recommend this pedal.

    • Benjamin Ricci

      April 23, 2019 at 9:58 am

      OK…but this review is not for the pedal you’re referencing.

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