Monday, March 3, 2014

Why is OnSong charging for the New Annotation tool?

One of the awesome new features coming out in OnSong 1.982 is the Annotation tool (watch the video here) that allows you to draw and highlight directly on your music, plus undo, redo, and toggle multiple layers of notes.  Pretty awesome right? It will cost $1.99 as an in-app-purchase, so some people have asked why we are doing in-app purchases suddenly and have expressed concern over this. Keep in mind that OnSong has always had in-app purchases, from $0.99 sound banks to the $3.99 MIDI integration add-on.  It's our way of keeping the app streamlined while allowing users to add more functionality if they need it.  So, before you throw your device against the wall in frustration, let us explain.
OnSong doesn't charge for upgrades and there is no monthly subscription. Put bluntly, we make money once and only once.  This is a terrible business model if you ask any business person, but we feel it's the right thing to do.  So far we've been blessed with continued downloads that allow us to do this for a living. We've all quit our "day jobs" to pursue this full-time and we are starting to see that it was indeed a good decision.
We don't think monthly charges or upgrade fees are a fair business model for OnSong users.  It's also very difficult to achieve that in the iTunes app store model. But we do get tons of support emails and feature requests everyday.  We strive to offer timely customer support for free, forever.  This is a significant expense, but one we feel is authentic to our hearts.  It's in our DNA to help others. It's also our job to make sure we can continue to build and support the app we believe in, to hire developers, and to acquire source code enabling us to do more amazing things.  OnSong is a small company with big aspirations, so we've made a lot of promises and we intend to keep them.
To help fund our development and support our users, we need to charge for some functionality on occasion when the feature falls outside of the basic user experience. $1.99 isn't much, but it will go directly into making OnSong even better. That doesn't mean you'll pay for every new feature or update as an add-on purchase, because we don't want to nickel-and-dime you like some popular "free" apps.  Also, unlike many apps, we'll never have annoying pop-ups or advertisements.  What we will do, is make sure there are plenty of other cool new features added at no extra cost, as you'll see in OnSong 1.982. We like doing that. We like making people happy by solving problems.
When we put the users first like this, OnSong stays in control of our collective future instead of investors. Investors are useful when extra cash can give a startup the resources needed to accelerate growth, but investors rarely have your best interests in mind unless it makes them more money. We think that a spending a few bucks on valuable new features as in-app purchases, is a pretty good trade off for the freedom to continue to create OnSong our way, and amaze our customers in the process. It's called bootstrapping, and we like doing things the organic, natural way.
We wanted to address this concern so that you, the OnSong musicians, can understand our motivations. We will be very clear what these new add-ons will be and do everything to price them reasonably for the amount of value they will bring. Know that by purchasing an add-on, you are helping OnSong to grow and do all the cool things you want in an app, and maybe even some things you don't even know that you want yet.

-Jason, Joel, and the OnSong team

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stage Monitor Mode in OnSong

With OnSong, paper music charts are a thing the past. But did you know that with some basic equipment, you can modernize your stage and play music indefinitely, all while keeping your team on the same page?

In this video, Brandon shows us how to connect your iPad up to multiple HDTV screens that are placed on a stage on tripod mounts. 23" HDTVs are about the same size as a standard music stand. When connected to and iPad running OnSong, the screen come alive, showing chord charts that scroll, change and flip as the leader chooses where to go. While this video demonstrates using HDMI connections, you could also use VGA cables as well.


projecting a chord chart in low light mode

If your facility has a back-of-house projector, you can also project chord charts in a way that makes them easy to see from the stage. Brandon also demonstrates how to configure stage monitor mode to be used on a confidence monitor.

Here is a list of supplies that we used in the making of this stage monitor setup.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Project Lyrics With OnSong

OnSong is great for personal use: practicing, playing live, and managing your music, but it does so much more!  In this video, Brandon shows you how to project lyrics with OnSong so that your band or audience can follow along.  You won't need expensive lyrics projection software in the back-house when OnSong can do it for you, while you stay in control.  Watch below to learn how to connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to any projector or HDTV using VGA or HDMI video adapters. You can even project lyrics wirelessly through AppleTV using AirPlay.  Brandon teaches you all this and more, including tips and tricks on how to control your lyrics using hot corners or hands free wireless foot pedals.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

AirTurn speaks to OnSong at NAMM 2014

AirTurn invited OnSong to share a booth at the NAMM show in January of 2014 so Jason talked with Hugh Sung about their latest music tech.  Check out a demonstration of the new AirTurn Tap which gives drummers a touch sensitive page-turner that is more responsive than previous pedals.  AirTurn also demoed their new universal Manos stand mount that allows you to easily and securely display your tablets and phones regardless of size or thick case/cover combinations.



See more from AirTurn by visiting their website here and don't forget you can order AirTurn pedals from our store or watch the tutorial: How to Setup AirTurn pedals with OnSong.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

NAMM 2014 Highlights

OnSong traveled to Anaheim, CA in January of 2014 to take part in the 2014 NAMM Show.  The National Association of Music Merchants annual conference and expo is THE place to be if you want to see all the latest in musical instruments and technology.  OnSong members Jason and Brandon teamed up with 1Christian.net (Rockin' with the Cross) members Rob and Nate to showcase OnSong at the AirTurn booth.  AirTurn pedals are a great way to integrate OnSong into your live performances so it just made sense to show off both technologies at once.  While at NAMM, Jason and Brandon also got to run around the ridiculously expansive expo and interview several of the hottest new technologies coming to music.  It was an amazing experience! Check out the highlights from the show and some of the interviews below:



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DrumPants Wearable Tech interview with OnSong NAMM 2014

While hanging out at NAMM 2014 Jason the founder of OnSong got to check out DrumPants! For anyone who ever drummed the dash of their car, a table, or the side of their leg, DrumPants are for you. These MIDI integrated sensors can be placed anywhere, but they're meant for your pants. Drumming on the sensors creates signals that can be sent to headphones, a wearable amp, or a MIDI enabled iOS App. Program the sensors to make tons of sounds and you have "An entire band in your pocket!"  The sensors could be potentially used to control anything through MIDI, which is groundbreaking wearable computing technology.

Check out more from DrumPants.com



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Tronical Automatic Guitar Tuner talks to OnSong NAMM 2014

OnSong founder Jason talks with the Tronical team about their incredible auto-tuning guitar invention. We're not talking about a T-Pain here! The TronicalTune is a revolutionary device for electric and acoustic guitars alike that seamlessly self-tunes your guitar in a matter of seconds, all while preserving the integrity and tone of your instrument. The first system musicians can retrofit to guitars, TronicalTune installs to the back of a guitar's headstock without the need of professional installation or alteration. Featuring 18 different tunings, (12 factory presets and 6 user presets) musicians are now able to switch between tunings in seconds by simply pushing a button and strumming the strings.

Learn more at Tronical.com



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