Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Meet the OnSong Team

In 2010 Jason created a simple iPad app to help organize his chord charts and OnSong was born.  OnSong was one of the first 2000 apps in the itunes app store and as it grew to over 100,000 downloads globally, Jason needed help!  His wife Jaime started answering support questions and pretty soon they both quit their day jobs and in 2012 OnSong LLC was official formed.  OnSong continued to grow and Kendra was added to help Jaime with support.  Giving back was built into the heart of OnSong and so 10% of all sales (gross) go to The OnSong Project which funds charitable missions from spreading music and food through the Philipines to building a place for community near our hometown.  In February of 2013 Jason met Joel at the Startup Weekend Lancaster event and they hit it off immediately.  Jason asked Joel to help OnSong grow and that's just what they did.  OnSong is now six strong, and growing.  Let's meet the team:

Founder, CTO
Jason is the creator and president of OnSong, an app that enables musicians to use digital chord sheets on stage. His passionate is to help worship teams and musicians become more effective in their abilities through the use of appropriate and easy-to-use technology. He believes this technology promises to foster a spirit of creative collaboration around the world.
Since graduating from Messiah College in 1999, Jason has been on the forefront of technology leadership. He has successfully started three companies over the past 13 years and continues to evolve the state-of-the art in music technology in the mobile computing space.

Co-Founder, VP Customer Support
Jaime graduated from Messiah College in 1999 with a Certified Athletic Training degree.  Her training gives her excellent skills when working closely with people and developing risk assessment plans.  When OnSong became popular in early 2012 she took on the VP of Customer Support role and also leads product testing.

Customer Support
Kendra is a 21 year old Customer Technical Support specialist with a heart for missions since the age of 12. She has been to Mexico three times and the Philippines once.  When she's not traveling or working, she's also creating her own art.

VP Business Development, Marketing
Joel has been an Entrepreneur his entire life, from fabricating and selling wooden towel holders at 8 yrs old, to starting a SCUBA salvage company at 13.  He's always loved trying new things and innovation.  After earning a doctorate in Optometry and practicing as an Optometrist since 2004, Joel got the startup bug and began applying innovation to triathlon, obstacle racing, and technology.  Jumping into the startup scene, he attended Startup Weekend Pittsburgh in Sept. 2012 where he helped Team GLDLX (Goldilox) take 2nd place, and hasn't looked back since!

Video Tutorials, Artist Relations
Brandon has been a touring musician for many years and a worship leader. He has made a name on Youtube and won several singing competitions throughout Pennsylvania. His dream is to be a musician full time. He studied Mass Comm in College with a music minor.

Junior Developer
Chris graduated from Duquesne University in 2011, and worked as a web developer from graduation until 2012.  When he's not training and caring for his dogs, he's out playing Disc Golf (Frisbee Golf).  Chris is one of the top ranked amateur Disc Golfers for the state of Pennsylvania.

Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Change Display Settings and Transpose in OnSong

Changing the look of your songs or changing the key (transposing) is easy with OnSong and we've got a fresh tutorial by Brandon to show you how.  We often refer to this as formatting or display settings, but whatever you call it, OnSong can change the key and adjust the fonts of titles, lyrics, and/or chords on-the-fly.  Plus, OnSong let's you choose what to display by turning parts of your music on and off easily so you can concentrate on playing the music you love.  Brandon will even discuss how to apply a capo without having to transpose in your mind.

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The GigEasy Review

TheGigEasy is an iPad stand / holder transforming the way musicians work and play music by providing an easy way to view your iPad hands free.  It is essential equipment for anyone using OnSong on an iPad, especially when playing live.  In this video Brandon will talk about the key features of TheGigEasy, review the product, and show you how to set it up.  TheGigEasy is available now in the OnSong Store.

Key features of TheGigEasy:

  • 4 Spring-loaded arms - Hold your iPad firmly
  • 360 Degree Rotation - Allows for Portrait or Landscape viewing
  • Smooth One-handed adjustment - When you're playing live, it's got to be easy
  • 12 Different Color Combinations - To Match your look
  • Easy Tilt Mechanism - For getting the viewing angle just right
  • Made in the USA

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How to Transfer Your OnSong Library

Transferring your OnSong Library by creating a DropBox backup takes all your songs, sets, styles, and everything you've already customized in OnSong and transfers it easily to your new iPad.  Whether you got a new iPad for Christmas or just need to restore a backup, this quick tutorial by Jason will teach you how to transfer your OnSong library.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Join the OnSong Community!

The OnSong Community on Facebook is a place for OnSong users to connect with each other.   Do you have a question about using OnSong?  Ask the community.  Do you have a new favorite song, a hack, or unique way to use OnSong that we've never even thought of?  Share it with the community.  We'll be there to kick out the spammers, inappropriate posts, or personal attacks, but the rest is up to you.  It's your page!  Join now - OnSong Facebook Community

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Breaking News! OnSong 1.972 Released

Tons of new fixes and features!  Check out all the details of the OnSong 1.972 update on our release page Click Here

Updated OnSong Release 1.972

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Convert Your Content, Sync with DropBox, and Use Meta Tags in OnSong

Some of the most useful features in OnSong can also be the most confusing to anyone who just Downloaded it and might be using it for the first time.  In our latest video, Brandon tackles some features that regularly keep our tech support busy with questions from our community.  Converting your song files (content) on your computer from a Word file (.doc or .docx) to a text file (.txt) can be pretty easy once you get the hang of it.  Then after you've converted your content, we'll teach you how to move it from your computer to your mobile device using DropBox.  A DropBox account is free for up to 2GB of storage, which is plenty of space for text files.  If you need more space for things like Backups, Photos, Videos, and more, upgrading DropBox is easy and inexpensive, and that's why we chose to integrate DropBox with OnSong.  Once your songs are in your DropBox folder, they can easily be imported into your OnSong Library using the steps in the video.  Finally, we'll cover how to use Meta Tags in OnSong.  Meta Tags are instructions that OnSong can follow when they are added to a song text file.  You'll learn which tags are important for use in OnSong, and how to use them.  When you're done, you'll feel like a super smart computer hacker, even if using Meta Tags is not that complicated.  Take it away Brandon!

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