iKlip - Review
Microphone stand adapter for
If youíre looking to go touchscreen during your live
performances, be it guitar effects, lyrics, music score and
much more, then the chances are that you are planning on bringing
an iPad along with you. In the last couple of years developers
have gone to town, with a large host musical apps for this
device making it a very useful and practical piece of equipment
to take with you when gigging.
But is your run of the mill music
stand going to hold it safely on stage throughout the night?
Probably not, but donít worry because this is where the iKlip
comes in. The folks at IK multimedia have developed a support
for the iPad that you can latch on to your microphone stand.
Handling the iKlip for first time,
you will notice the quality of the materials. This is no cheap
flimsy plastic all, but reassuringly high quality strong maerials
that will hold your iPad safe and sturdy all night. The component
that latches on to the mike stand is particularly thick and
strong and should withstand a good amount of punishment.
The kit comes in four parts, plus
a screw and adapters for the iPad2 and iPad 3rd
generation. It does require some assembly to fit onto the
mike stand although nothing major, especially if you just
need to set it up once for a studio, boardroom or similar.
The metal screw, which is necessary to attach the clip to
the mike stand component, could have been replaced by a thumbscrew
mechanism that does not require screwdriver to assemble. Especially
if you †If you gig around a lot, portability could be more
of an issue, having to assemble and dismantle it over and
over, although musicians surely have heavier things to carry
about so all part of the parcel in the end.
The iKlip grabs onto your iPad
really well and will definitely not let go, although you will
have to remove any cases from the iPad to do this. It has
clips on the sides and bottom in a portrait position so it
is easy to slide the iPad into place.
You can tilt the adapter at different
angles with a large convenient knob to tighten it at the side,
just like your mike stand. You can also tilt it for a landscape
view, although lack of a clip on one of the sides does make
me nervous since it is possible it could slide out. Again
the metal screw becomes a nuisance here, as in order to change
from portrait to landscape and vice versa you need to unscrew
this with a screwdriver, change position, and screw again.
This can be cumbersome if you use different apps which are
best used in different positions.
Overall the iKlip is a great product,
with a good design, and built to last with high quality materials.
It has a few very minor quirks to work out as mentioned, but
it is one of the best iPad stands out there. If you plan on
going touch on your gigs, then you will probably want one
Note: IK Multimedia just
have just announced a new range of iKlip products, including
support for iPad Mini and more.
For more details check out their
By Keeran M Slade
Thank you to IK Multimedia for
sponsoring this review.