Digital Music stand with timed page turning. Answered
I really need to make a digital music stand. Setting up multiple paper pages on a stand is extremely inconvenient. It takes longer to set up the music than to play the song! Plus, even with the arms extended on my music stand, it can only hold 4 pages max. Some songs can be 10 pages or more.
So here's what I'm thinking: A raspberry pi running a program to view .PDFs and a flat screen TV or monitor mounted to a music stand.
W. Wayt Gibbs, here --> (http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/diy-handsfree-sheet-music) has already built the exact thing that I'm thinking of. However, I'll be using this for drum music so my feet will be busy enough without having to use a foot pedal to turn the page (Maybe I'm not that coordinated. Definitely won't be chewing gum while playing!) So I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas about automatic page turning.
My idea would be a .PDF viewer that can display 3 pages (so that the page turning doesn't have to be exact) and can be set to automatically turn the pages at a timed interval after i click start. The problem with this is that each song will have a different timing. Does anybody know of a program that can turn pages via a timer AND remember different timings for each file? I suppose I could just write the timing setting on the top of each .pdf and set it to that every time I open a file.
Also, I'm not a computer programmer. I have built a home theater pc which gave me a little knowledge. But, when it comes to raspberry pi's I've never used one. Is it powerful enough for what I'm proposing? Is that the route you would take?
I'm also not sure what to use as an input device. Maybe I'll just mount a percussion table to the drum rack somewhere and use a mouse on it.
I'm open to any and all suggestions about every aspect of this idea.
Thanks for any help or suggestions!