I bought the 2-pedal AirTurn on the basis of some reviews and a YouTube clip (I'd never seen or tried one), but have been pleasantly surprised with how easily I've adapted to it, and the fact that set-up and operation have been trouble-free. I play in a contemporary church worship band, and use the forScore app to manage my music, so I was interested in the AirTurn in order to play from my iPad rather than printing out the music. (As a guitarist, my problem with iPad usage has always been the page turning, and the AirTurn solves that.)
DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION: Seems fairly well built. Yes, it’s mostly plastic, but not cheap and nasty. (I doubt you’ll break it unless you start jumping on it or throwing it around the stage! :) Pedal operation is completely noiseless, which doesn’t matter in a band environment, but could be relevant in the studio ….. I’m not so keen on the somewhat “recessed” nature of the Power on/off button. Put it this way – you’re never going to accidentally turn the thing on or off, but then perhaps that’s a positive! ….. The various “modes” available (accompanied by their related combinations of flashing green and red lights) could be a nightmare for the technophobe, but I suspect that most musicians (like me) will use only the default (iPad) mode anyway, so that’s all pretty much irrelevant. ….. The supplied user manual covers everything you’d want to know in just a few pages, and I found it quite adequate.
SET-UP: Set-up was easy. Charge up the AirTurn for a couple of hours via the supplied USB cable), turn on the iPad, turn on Bluetooth, turn on the AirTurn, pair the two, then set up the pedal configuration in the app. No problems. (Of course, your iPad app does need to support the AirTurn, so do check that first!)
OPERATION: Based on some reviews, I had expected some stiffness in the pedals until they were worn in, but I haven’t noticed any of that. In fact, pedal operation has been 100% reliable – every time I’ve hit a pedal, the iPad has responded correctly, and I’ve never had an instance of a “bounce” i.e. one pedal press generating multiple signals. And, after the initial set-up, the devices automatically and quickly pair whenever I power up the AirTurn near the iPad, so there’s no fiddling required when you take it to a venue and set up.
OVERALL: Very positive impression – better than I had expected. I bought the AirTurn as a bit of an experiment (I was a little unsure whether it would suit my needs, and whether I would be confident enough to chance using it in performance). However, within 24 hours of receipt, I had that confidence. Overall, this thing just works.