It looks like the Galaxy Note 10.1, despite our review, has found a higher purpose after all – as a digital sheet of paper. Looking for a solution for more quickly distributing sheet music while cutting down on waste, the Brussels Philharmonic has adopted a fleet of Note 10.1s to act as dynamic digital song books.

In the Philharmonic's search for efficiency, they initially turned to neoScores, whose software allows for quick, easy sharing, discovery, annotation, and use of digital sheet music. Samsung will be providing one hundred Galaxy Note 10.1 units to the orchestra members, all pre-loaded with neoScores' app, and all with their own S-Pen to quickly flip pages.

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Of course, one of the biggest draws to this experiment is that time previously used for copying, binding, sorting, and distributing sheet music can be reallocated to more useful pursuits.

Samsung, in its post to Samsung Tomorrow on the subject, goes on to explain that the switch to digital sheet music with the Note 10.1 will save the orchestra about 25,000€ (nearly $32,000) on paper costs, while packing every leaf of sheet music they could ever need in a single, 600g package. The Philharmonic's tablets also come preloaded with "Concert Mode," which is similar to "Airplane Mode," and meant to keep distractions at bay during a performance.

For more information on the project, check out Samsung's original post linked below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Thumbs up for concert mode :)

  • Dan

    The lady in the brown/white tie dye is going to be unemployed.

  • http://kit.im/ Kit F

    The orchestra philharmonic.brussles has stopped unexpectedly.
    [Force Close]

    • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Chris

      I thought about that too. But how much worse is that than them forgetting their music. Forgetting one page. Dropping their sheet music and having it scatter all over the floor. Fumbling on page turns. Nothing's perfect.

    • Tee

      How do you use the stulys if you're playing the violin?

  • Timothy Wells

    Sorry Brussel's Philharmoic, Apple has a patent on Concert Mode.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    They can now also play Shadowgun: Dead Zone during breaks!

  • vgergo

    I have nothing against s-pens (I own a galaxy note phablet) but I don't get how an s-pen would be useful to turn pages... Where do these musicians put the pens between page turns? Don't they need both hands to play their instruments?

    • Thx84

      On the neo scores site, they explain that there is a mode that turns the pages automatically according to the tempo

      • Sam Eum

        I would be quite hesitant to trust the software to determine when to turn the page....
        I would rather like to think that somehow all the tablets were connected to a master "page turner" tablet so they are all sync'd..

        • CoffeeZombie

          Most sheet music I've read uses space-saving conventions such as indicating a multi-measure rest in the space of only 2 measures. As such, not everyone will turn the page at the same time.

    • franSois

      S-pen is probably used to add some annotation on the score. For page turn there is bluetooth pedals (airturn or cicada) which can works with tablets. As long as you are not using your feet to play your instrument.

      Starting a page turn is very fast on the tactile screen, only one touch is needed. Faster than paper page turn. The difference is the time needed by the device to render the page, and of course the screen size which is much more small than a standard sheet of paper...

  • http://twitter.com/Mzobe3 Thokozani Mzobe

    i still believe that Ron's review of the tablet is flawed. I bought the note 10.1 having read his review and compared it with others. And i am glad i disregarded his views. He didn't give it a chance at all.

    • Bleakvision

      The low res screen alone makes it very uncompetitive.

      • imran

        i did not feel that . nor the orcestra guys

  • Bleakvision

    When has Samsung ever supported a device for more than 18 months?

    Rolling out their gear in any professional environment is a bad move. Unless you are content to depend on XDA to support your devices.

    • Berend Jan van Bruggen

      if it works it works and it keeps working...

      they use paper and a copyer now that's als not verry high tech annymore

    • casinrm

      I'm not sure the orchestra really cares about having Android 4.2 and Photosphere and all that. The tablet as is works for them and that's fine.

  • Berend Jan van Bruggen

    The note 10 is the best tablet i know for CREATING content instead of consuming it.

    My wife uses it to read papers of her students and make digital notes direct in the document it saves taking home 40 booklets of printed paper every week. She did this earlyer with a tegra 2 table (Acer Iconia A500) whithout the S-pen that just does not work.

    The low (on par) res screen is no problem at al in real world situations...

  • Quryous


    I'd think that the 10.1 was a bit too small for sheet music. All the sheet music I have would not even fit a 13" screen unless you shrink it, and that makes it hard to see, etc.

  • Bojan Gutic

    Uh oh...

    As a musician, this worries me because there's so much potential for disaster. Any number of things could negatively impact a performance. What if the tablet falls and breaks? Battery dies? App force closes?

    How do you deal with page turns when there's a large amount of music with no rests or time to turn pages? There have been several times I've had to put 3-4 sheets of music next to each other while playing because there was no time to turn pages anywhere on them.

    What about the 80 year old musicians who can't even figure out how to do basic things on a smartphone? I know for a fact that my Clarinet professor (Who isn't even 60) would struggle with this.

  • http://twitter.com/BossardQuartet The Bossard Quartet
  • Ulf Hansson

    I don't see the problem? We use cheap Nexus 7 and 10 tablets all the time for PDF sheet music and jazz chord charts, turning pages with Bluetooth pedals. With the Fakebook app (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skrivarna.fakebook.android) this works like a charm. Can bring _all_ our music to all gigs, quickly search and browse when taking requests and organize handy setlists. Highly recommended!

  • jhon helder

    qual o formato de arquivo que ele ler?