But look at what we have now. We have recording software, we have amp simulators, we have practice programs, we have educational software, and we are all able to be more productive with our tablets because of these programs.
If we have a tablet, I mean. I do not have one. I was planning on buying one, but my car kind of exploded on I-10 and that made my disposable income shrink drastically. This is why my review is so late, compared to when I received the review unit from IK Multimedia. Since receiving it, the iKlip Studio has NOT gone to waste, though. I'm managing to find uses for it, even if I don't have an iPad, which makes me think that this is a handy little device that you don't have to own the appropriate accompanying hardware to appreciate.
The iKlip Studio is a rigid plastic design that can be tilted at seven various angles from almost vertical to very close to flat on the surface (at a good typing angle). Though the iKlip is made of a sturdy plastic, it also features a rubber-tipped foot on the front of the stand to rest your iPad's back against, preventing scratches on your expensive device. Four more of these feet are found on the base of the device to prevent it from going anywhere you don't mean it to go.
The iKlip Studio comes with a clip that attaches to one of four grooves that are very easily visible on the stand that attaches your iRig (IK Multimedia's portable interface that allows you to plug headphones and a guitar into your device to record or practice) to the stand. This clip more or less "completes" the stand, as it goes in perfectly flush with the stand. The reason there are four of these grooves is to give you as many options as possible when you're using your device and to not have to worry about which end is facing up or whether the headphone port is on the left or right. Just set the iPad down, plug in, and go.
The iKlip also folds flat with only the cradling section standing out, which makes it great for transportation. Even though generally I find myself keeping the iKlip fairly stationary, there have been times that I've brought it places to make my life easier, and I liked the knowledge that it was going to survive the transport to and fro.
The ways I've been using it is mainly to act as a second screen next to my computer. I lay my phone in the cradle (it fits), plug it in to charge, and turn on some TV on the phone and watch shows or movies while I'm working on my computer. Then I fold it up and bring it to my nightstand so my phone is more visible to me in the nighttime. That way in case anyone calls, I can just open my eyes and see who it is that's calling and decide whether or not to answer it.
Personally I think that it's a solid buy if you're a musician who is traveling at all. Office desks, counters, nightstands, kitchen tables, ALL can become a new recording studio with your device safe and secure making sure your adjustments on the screen are deliberate and accurate.
And it's only $29.99!