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Help deciding on a tablet for a new Yamaha CLP
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Do you folks pair a tablet with your compatible Yamaha piano via the Smart Pianist app or use other apps? I checked this thread and it wasn't too helpful, but interesting. I am considering purchasing a tablet to go along with my CLP and I don't know the advantages/disadvantages of an iPad vs an Android (Galaxy Tab S6/7, for example). Ideally, I'd like to use it for Smart Pianist, looking at sheet music, maybe FlowKey, and I would really enjoy having an app that has sheet music with backing tracks like what Yamaha NoteStar used to be (if you know of any such apps, I would be interested to know) Here's a link of what the app did, if I'm being unclear. I'm partial to Android, but would be willing to go with Apple if there's greater utility.

I'm not interested in the software/hardware limitations of either iPad/Galaxy Tab (Android tablets), but rather which one offers the best experience and has the best apps to really get the most out of the CLP.

Thanks!

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Given the choice I would go with an IPad. Apple just has apps first and, IMHO, they seem to run a bit better, at least where Yamaha apps are concerned.

I hope that helps,


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Given the choice I would go with an IPad. Apple just has apps first and, IMHO, they seem to run a bit better, at least where Yamaha apps are concerned.

I hope that helps,

Yeah, Apple seems to get the apps and Android seems to get ports of the Apple apps.

Looking at your signature, are you associated with Cunninham piano that I liked in my NoteStar video? Regardless, do you know if the Hal Leonard app that replaced it features similar functions of that app?

Thanks for your time!

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Originally Posted by GreatShowmanChopin
Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Given the choice I would go with an IPad. Apple just has apps first and, IMHO, they seem to run a bit better, at least where Yamaha apps are concerned.

I hope that helps,

Yeah, Apple seems to get the apps and Android seems to get ports of the Apple apps.

Looking at your signature, are you associated with Cunninham piano that I liked in my NoteStar video? Regardless, do you know if the Hal Leonard app that replaced it features similar functions of that app?

Thanks for your time!
Yes, Rich is the owner of Cunningham piano! The person in the video is Hugh Sung.


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I have an iPad Pro 12,9" 2020 (4th gen) and it's amazing since it large and works great for sheet music. Also depending on witch CLP you get you can just connect a USB-B to USB-C cavle straight to the ipad without dongle and it will recognize the iPad for everuthing you need (audio, midi etc).

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Given the choice I would go with an IPad. Apple just has apps first and, IMHO, they seem to run a bit better, at least where Yamaha apps are concerned.

I hope that helps,

Yeah, Apple seems to get the apps and Android seems to get ports of the Apple apps.

Looking at your signature, are you associated with Cunninham piano that I liked in my NoteStar video? Regardless, do you know if the Hal Leonard app that replaced it features similar functions of that app?

Thanks for your time!
Yes, Rich is the owner of Cunningham piano! The person in the video is Hugh Sung.

Oh wow! No way! That's awesome! I've watched a few of Hugh's piano demonstrations and even was able to catch a livestream with Hugh and Craig Knudsen that was really cool. It's that particular demonstration video I linked that I thought was so cool with NoteStar that got me motivated to go with the CLP and pair it with a tablet.

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Originally Posted by Boboulus
I have an iPad Pro 12,9" 2020 (4th gen) and it's amazing since it large and works great for sheet music. Also depending on witch CLP you get you can just connect a USB-B to USB-C cavle straight to the ipad without dongle and it will recognize the iPad for everuthing you need (audio, midi etc).

Yeah, I was leaning either iPad Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ for the bigger screen sizes. Glad to know that was your thinking too and it's working out well for you! Helps me narrow down my options! Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Boboulus
I have an iPad Pro 12,9" 2020 (4th gen) and it's amazing since it large and works great for sheet music. Also depending on witch CLP you get you can just connect a USB-B to USB-C cavle straight to the ipad without dongle and it will recognize the iPad for everuthing you need (audio, midi etc).

One more vote for iPad Pro 12.9” - it is quite excellent for sheet music viewing - especially with forScore app. The forScore app’s latest version has a very good crop mode that removes the margins - making the notes bigger. This works very well. Typical music now is at the same size or larger than Henle Verlag score music. Very readable. And, the battery power is good enough to keep the iPad Pro on for hours while on the piano without having to charge it. Highly recommended.

BTW, I would not recommend any tablet under 12.9” screen for sheet music viewing. Smaller tablets will work - but bigger tablets make for a much more paper like experience for reading the sheet music.

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Originally Posted by Osho
Originally Posted by Boboulus
I have an iPad Pro 12,9" 2020 (4th gen) and it's amazing since it large and works great for sheet music. Also depending on witch CLP you get you can just connect a USB-B to USB-C cavle straight to the ipad without dongle and it will recognize the iPad for everuthing you need (audio, midi etc).

One more vote for iPad Pro 12.9” - it is quite excellent for sheet music viewing - especially with forScore app. The forScore app’s latest version has a very good crop mode that removes the margins - making the notes bigger. This works very well. Typical music now is at the same size or larger than Henle Verlag score music. Very readable. And, the battery power is good enough to keep the iPad Pro on for hours while on the piano without having to charge it. Highly recommended.

BTW, I would not recommend any tablet under 12.9” screen for sheet music viewing. Smaller tablets will work - but bigger tablets make for a much more paper like experience for reading the sheet music.

Osho

Yeah, I definitely agree with your point about screen size. And I was definitely not wanting to go with anything smaller than 12". So that's why I was curious about iPad Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.

It sounds like the iPad is the better option as it has more app exclusives such as forScore and Hal Leonard's apps and the quality of the apps is just all around better on iOS devices vs Android.

I appreciate your input and the suggestion of forScore. First time I've heard of that one.

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I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S6Lite specifically for use with my new CLP-685 Clavinova. I also ordered the Yamaha Wireless Transmitter, Yamaha UDWL01 WiFi USB/MIDI Adapter. Both work extremely will with the 685. You might have some problem getting the connection at first but anyone with computer savvy will get it going in a few minutes. Believe me, it really does work and you don't have to use your router. It's by what they say, and "adhoc" connection (no router needed!).

Once you have it connected, you don't have to go through the detection phase any more. The piano, in a short time, will find the tablet and your ready to run Yamaha Smart Pianist. The adapter will show up in your list of wireless access points.

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Originally Posted by Randall Krall
I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S6Lite specifically for use with my new CLP-685 Clavinova. I also ordered the Yamaha Wireless Transmitter, Yamaha UDWL01 WiFi USB/MIDI Adapter. Both work extremely will with the 685. You might have some problem getting the connection at first but anyone with computer savvy will get it going in a few minutes. Believe me, it really does work and you don't have to use your router. It's by what they say, and "adhoc" connection (no router needed!).

Once you have it connected, you don't have to go through the detection phase any more. The piano, in a short time, will find the tablet and your ready to run Yamaha Smart Pianist. The adapter will show up in your list of wireless access points.

OK. Great to know! Glad to hear it's a one-time setup type thing. That's pretty convenient. Thanks for the info!


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