Thursday, June 19, 2014
We've been working non-stop on OnSong since it's launch in early 2010 with the idea that users should have the freedom to customize their experience. To keep OnSong easy-to-use, we've tucked most of this customization power away. Many users never venture into settings and those who have can be confused by the options that are available.
Starting in OnSong 1.987, we've completely reorganized. If you are used to things being somewhere, they most likely moved. Watch the video below to see where your settings went and our reasoning behind the new location.
For those of you that want a quick overview of the new structure, here's an overview:
We haven't moved this and it's right up top with the version of OnSong you are using.
Here you'll find settings that effect how songs appear on the display. Low light mode, language, sleep screen as well as song formatting and song viewer. Song formatting is used to set global settings for how your music appears.
Use this to adjust how Dropbox, Internet and iTunes file sharing works, as well as how to handle text files and existing songs. We've also lumped synchronization settings in here as well.
These have to do with the "live" or interactive features of OnSong. Chord playback, external video, live bar settings and metronome are in here. You can also toggle sound effects on and off.
This menu is divided into a different section for every button on the menubar. Use this to change how these menus operate and their default values too. For instance, Style Preferences lets you choose default font sizes and styles for new chord charts.
This menu defines how your songs and sets are navigated. Here you'll find foot pedal settings, hot corners, navigation zones, scrolling behavior and triggers.
This is the same as the original settings and contains features to help get you back on your feet.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
One of our first goals was to get rid of the concept of pages. We thought that music is linear and shouldn't be chopped up. We wanted to rid the world of paper cuts and fumbled sheets. So since OnSong was first released in 2010, we've always allowed your music to scroll in one continuous column. This also works great with every file type as well as features like autoscroll.
Love it or hate it, this is how things have been for years. But in OnSong 1.987, you now have the opportunity to scroll to pages. In fact, you can also create page breaks in your text-based chord charts and scroll to those pages as well. If you are viewing your music in landscape orientation, we even support half page scrolling automatically. How cool is that?
Watch the video below to see how to change your scroll behavior to pages and how to add page breaks in your existing OnSong or ChordPro formatted songs. Whether performing digitally or printing your text-based chord charts, this new feature will be sure to please.
For musicians, the utility of these devices is even greater. Need a tuner or a metronome? No problem. There's an app for that. You can even use your device as an instrument or a multitrack recorder. But one thing that working musicians depend on are simple backing tracks to accompany them on stage.
OnSong makes it simple to play backing tracks linked to your chord charts. This means you no longer have to fumble with a separate playback device on stage or rely on on the sound guy to do it. When used with an AirTurn foot pedal, you can also start and stop your tracks using a dedicated foot pedal, or when you first tap the forward pedal to scroll your song.
Starting in OnSong 1.987, you can now crossfade between songs in your music library. There is a little setup involved and you do need to use non-DRM tracks that are stored locally on your device, but otherwise it's easy to get started!
Monday, June 16, 2014
OnSong has always done lyrics projection and we love hearing the awesome stories of how you've put it to good use. Whether it's being used by chaplains to lead thousands of marines in a song, by underground churches in the Middle East, or by music therapists helping stroke patients sing again... we are honored to be right there with you. Maybe that's why we've worked extra hard on a brand new version of lyrics projection with motion backgrounds.
First of all, we've made lyrics projection work even smoother. We've tightened up crossfading between lyrics text and switching between backgrounds. It's smooth and works great whether you are using a video adapter and cable or connecting wirelessly to an HDTV or LCD projector with AirPlay. To see how to use lyrics projection, check our our video tutorial.
We didn't stop there. We've added the ability to use motion backgrounds! Why purchase expensive software to run on another computer in the back of house when you can do it all for less than the price of a decent HDMI cable. Plus, we've given you a full media library to help you quickly switch between colors, still and motion backgrounds and gradients. Go ahead and add your own backgrounds from your photo library or browse popular background websites like Playback Media to import backgrounds from services you already use.
But what if we could make great looking presentations even easier and more affordable to make? We did that too. Purchase high-quality motion backgrounds right inside of your media library for just $2.99. That's less than a third of other sites and they are instantly available.
Watch our feature review below to see just how easy it is to do professional-grade lyrics projection.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
- Coby LEDTV2326 23-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV/Monitor (Black)
- Audio2000'S AST420Y Portable Flat Panel TV/Monitor Stand with Foldable Tripod Legs
- J-Tech Digital TM 4 Ports HDMI 1x4 Powered Splitter
- Aurum Ultra Series - High Speed HDMI Cable With Ethernet - 15 Feet
- VicTsing Dock to HDMI A/V Cable Adapter for 30-pin Dock Connector
- Lightning Digital A/V Adapter
- Apple iPad Charge and Sync Dock
- Macally Lightning Charge and Sync Dock for iPad
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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