To see the iKlip in action, check out my review on Youtube.

Being a musician, one of the very first things that occurred to me after I bought my iPad was how handy it would be to be able to use my tablet to display sheet music or simple lead sheets while I was performing on stage or practicing at home. Sure enough, apps came along quickly that allowed me to do just that, but then I was faced with the decision of where to put the iPad so that I could see it and reach it, but where it wouldn’t be at risk of being knocked over.¬†For a while I settled for just putting it on a music stand, but I was always concerned that my iPad was always just a bump away from being shattered in a million pieces on the floor.

IK Multimedia to the rescue!

Seeing an obvious need, IK Multimedia – themselves developers of pioneering iOS apps like Amplitube – took it upon themselves to develop an adapter that allows you to attach your iPad to virtually any microphone stand.

The iKlip is a relatively simple contraption. On one end it has a sleeve that clamps securely to either the upright or boom section of a microphone stand. On the other end is a spider-like arrangement that the iPad slides into easily. The shape is engineered very precisely, so once it’s in the iPad doesn’t move and there are only small little fingers wrapping around the front of the iPad. Absolutely nothing gets in the way of the screen.

In between, there is an elbow joint with a tightening knob that allows you to adjust the angle of your iPad. The iPad bracket is also attached in such a way that you can switch between landscape and portrait orientation. Unfortunately, doing so requires that you completely remove a screw before turning the bracket and reattaching it. Two of the main apps that I found myself using most often during testing were a lead sheet display app called OnSong and IK Multimedia’s own Amplitube Fender guitar amp and effect modeler. OnSong is best displayed in portrait orientation and Amplitube is strictly horizontal. It would have been really nice to be able to just flip the iKlip around so that I could switch back and forth between the two apps more easily. Hopefully, IK will take that into account if they design a new version of the iKlip.

That’s really my only gripe though. Beyond that, the iKlip’s thermoplastic construction seems very sturdy and I have no concerns about the adapter’s ability to hold my iPad on the mic stand. Before it arrived, I was actually a little concerned that hanging the iPad onto the side of a mic stand might end up feeling a little too precarious. To my relief, it turns out that putting the iKlip on the upright portion of a mic stand actually seems to add to the stand’s center of gravity. I actually think it would be pretty tough to knock it over short of someone really plowing over your stand.

One other thing I discovered while testing the iKlip over the past two weeks is that, while putting it on the upright of a boom mic technically works really well, I sometimes found it difficult to see around the microphone and boom section of the stand to see what was on the iPad’s screen. Unless the designers are able to come up with some type of arrangement that lets the iKlip hang off to the side of the stand without becoming to unwieldy, I found the best solution for me was to put the iPad onto the top of a second mic stand, minus a mic, and stand it right next to my main mic stand.

The iKlip retails for $39.95 and is available from IK Multimedia on their website – http://www.ikmultimedia.com/iklip/features/

To see the iKlip in action, check out my review on Youtube.