IK Multimedia have today announced that it's shipping iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini, a new series of microphone stand mounts for tablets and smartphones. iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini both feature an expandable spring-loaded bracket design with rubberised gripping points that can be extended to safely and securely hold a wide range of smartphones and tablets to a standard microphone stand pole or horizontal boom.
At the heart of the iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini there is a new design that allows them to accommodate a wide range of device sizes. iKlip Xpand holds any iPad - including iPad Air and iPad mini - as well as Android or any other tablets with a screen size from 7 to 12.1 inches.
The iKlip Xpand Mini holds any iPhone, Android or other smartphone — including large format 'phablets' — with a screen size between 3.5 and 6 inches. The expandable clamps allow for the use of devices with carrying cases still attached. Both feature a rubberised gripping surface that ensures a firm hold that doesn't scratch or mark your device's surface. They also feature a ball joint system that allows for precise positioning at any rotation or angle.
The iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini feature a universal mounting bracket for microphone stand poles that can be attached to microphone stands up to 1.2 inches (30mm) in diameter. This provides positioning of the device on the main vertical stem or horizontal boom of most microphone stands. The ball joint positioning system allows users to position their device at the perfect viewing angle for any performance situation, and users can easily rotate the device from portrait to landscape mode with a quick twist. Helpfully, iKlip Xpand or iKlip Xpand Mini keep all of the device ports and buttons unobstructed for quick connection and adjustment.
The iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini make it easy for musicians, performers, public speakers and presenters to bring their favourite mobile apps on stage. These might be effects processors like IK's Amplitube or note-taking apps for orators.
For musicians who need to read music on stage, iKlip Xpand has something extra to offer, in the shape of the upcoming free iKlip Stage companion app for iPad. The software is music scores, tabs and lyrics file management tool and page turning app with controls that make it easy to import, organise and perform. When combined with iKlip Xpand or the other range of iKlip supports and stands, it creates a system that has the potential to make live performance a whole lot easier. The iKlip Stage app will also work with iRig BlueBoard and iRing for a touchless control experience.
The iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini are available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK Online store for $49.99£39.99 and $39.99£29.99 (excl. taxes) respectively.