4 Best Tablet Holders for Mic Stands [Out of 19 Options]
Posted in Gear | Last Updated on May 1, 2020
As of late, I have been experimenting with my MIDI controller rigged with an iPad to add some really cool effects to my music. This setup was easy to use in the studios, but I bumped into a big problem when I wanted to go live with it. I asked myself, “Man! Where do I put my iPad?”.
If you are one among the tech-savvy musicians who carry their tablets around just so you could get those tones right, then you should probably consider investing in a decent tablet holder.
While there are a lot of tablet holders out there, most of them solving the basic needs, how do you pick the one that is the best fit for you?
Let’s evaluate some of the different products that are there in the market currently.
Tackform – Tablet holder for desk or microphone stand
Not even a decade old, Tackform is a company that is known for its gadget-mounting solutions for motorcycles. This tells you that the products they provide are robust and can withstand rough conditions. The Tackform’s tablet holder for mic stand is probably the go-to solution if you’re looking for a product that has a sturdy build.
A convenient solution for musicians, especially drummers, as the heavy-duty clamp secures itself and will stay solid despite any kind of rocky movement. This clamp includes a notch that lets you fix onto a flat or a round surface, making it a very flexible option. The ball joints that can do a full 360-degree turn along with a three-way aluminum rod makes it possible for you to position your tablet in any desired way. Now that is a feature you would want if you have a tight space on stage and need your tablet to be in a 90-degree angle. The cradle is made of automotive grade ABS plastic that holds your tablet firmly. Tablets with screen sizes ranging from 7” to 18.4” sits on it without its ports or speakers being blocked away.
What’s not good:
There aren’t any disadvantages out there for this product other than the fact that it is slightly pricey.
As you can see, it is clear that the Tackform tablet holder is worth every penny because of its versatility and stability.
Hercules, TabGrab Tablet Holder DG305B
A brand that has been around in the industry for a long time that most musicians trust is Hercules.
This product is highly adjustable and lets you mount most iPad and Android tablets. With this holder, you can travel light as it is not bulky and can be folded down to a compact size. Now just because it is lightweight doesn’t mean that it is flimsy. Its solid construction lets you fix it onto different levels as the kit comes with various accessories. It has a one-piece clamp with an additional mic stand adaptor letting you expand the clamp to fit on poles with a diameter of 0.62” to 1“. Other accessories included are a suction cup for mounting your tablet on a table, and an EZ Adaptor that attaches onto a microphone stand or just any boom stand. And it isn’t even that hard to assemble due to its simple design.
What’s not good:
The cradle holds the tablet well. However, it has a ball and plastic nut at the base that is sometimes hard to work with. It is limited to only certain positions as it has a fixed arm. When it comes to the suction cup, it doesn’t work on rough surfaces. Also, the plastic nut that joins the cradle to the base can’t be tightened all the way which gives a poor appearance.
The positives outweigh the negatives as the DG305B is still functionally effective.
Caddie Buddy Mic Stand Mount/Holder for iPads (iPad Pro 12.9)
The Caddie Buddy, a relatively recent brand, has an interesting beginning. Mike Buchner originally started this brand to have a stable mount for his Golf Buddy while on the field. Once the idea caught fire, it evolved into today’s tablet holder.
One celebrated feature that this holder has is the spring-loaded arms that wrap tightly around the corners of the device. It is because the arms are extendable that you can keep your iPad along with the covering case for extra protection. It also comes with a side mount and gooseneck attachment. These attachments allow you to swivel your tablet so that you can use your device in portrait or landscape mode.
What’s not good:
One big downside to this is that it is not a universal tablet holder. This particular model is only for the iPad Pro 12.9.
On the whole, a useful buy. However, if you are one that uses different devices, this isn’t the product for you.
Macally Pole/Post/Stand Holder Mount for Tablets & Smartphone (EZMOUNT)
Macally started as a creator of products for the Mac. Over time they started adding more products to their line that were easy-to-use, well-thought-out, and feature-packed.
This mount will fit most microphone stands and up to 0.75” in size as the product comes with an adjustable C-clamp. It also provides good visibility with its 360-degree bracket. It is very easy to assemble and use – with its quick-release button at the back of the holder, you can mount and remove your tablet in an instant. Transporting this holder is also very convenient as it is compact in its design.
What’s not good:
There a couple of downsides to this product. Larger tablets like the iPad Pro cannot be mounted with its case, so not a good option for if you have the newer iPads and finicky about its protection. The body of the holder is made of plastic that is a bit flimsy, and you may not be able to mount heavier tablets securely. And if your tablet is indeed heavy you can’t put your faith on the clamp as it will not hold onto the mic stand very well. Also, due to the weak body, you must handle this product with care.
If you are leaning towards a budget-friendly option and have a fairly lighter tablet, then the EZMOUNT by Macally is your choice.
Are you a musician or a singer who uses a tablet holder for your gigs? Go ahead and tell us your experience. Thanks for stopping by and giving this article a read.