Frequently asked questions

Why doesn't swiping to change songs work reliably?

To change songs by swiping, you must swipe within 10 degrees of horizontal, at least a half inch in distance, within a tenth of a second. That's not excessively straight, far or fast, but it won't work if you swipe at an angle or for a very short distance.

You can also edit your layout and add Next / Previous buttons to change songs with a tap, if that's easier than swiping. Or you can change songs with a remote foot switch or MIDI controller.

How can I see the total duration of my show?

Set List Maker will automatically show the total duration of your show at the top of the main window, and the duration of each set in the set headings, but only if you've entered a duration for every song in your show. If you're not seeing the totals, please check each of your songs to make sure a duration is set (or enter a default duration in the show details window).

How can I add a medley or a short sequence of songs when building a show?

If you commonly play short sequences of songs, you can quickly add a sequence to a new show. While editing the set list, tap the Add Songs button, then tap the Shows button, and select a previous show that contains this sequence. Then tap each of the songs in the sequence, in order, and tap Save. The songs will be added to the new show in the same order.

If you wish, you can set up a special show containing all of your sequences and then use that whenever you want to add a sequence to a new show. You can also use the Add Pause button when editing a show to separate these sequences with pauses.

When I add a song to a show, it isn't saved. How can I save the songs I add to a show?

Are you using the Quick Add button in the show view to add one song at a time? Those changes are only saved if Settings > General Settings > Save Quick Added Songs is turned on.

That button is meant for quickly adding a song during a show when you get a request or want to deviate from your set list. To build or edit a set list, you should use the Edit Songs button in the show menu instead.

How can I add or rearrange my songs while performing a show?

Set List Maker offers a few ways to handle varying your set list during a performance:

  • If you want to add a song from the show view, you can tap the Quick Add button at the bottom of the song list and select a new song, which will be added to your show after the currently selected song.
  • If you want a way to play songs out of order and keep track of which ones you've played so far, you can edit your layout, tap the options button for the song list, and turn on the Song Number option. Then a numbered checkbox will appear next to each song in the show view, and you can check them off as you go.
  • If you want to completely jump around with no planned list, you can edit your layout and turn on the Song Number option, then open a Smart List, which you can configure to show all the songs in your database, sorted by the field of your choice. Then you can quickly jump around your complete song list, checking off songs as play them.

How can I copy a show to make a new show?

You can copy an entire show by tapping the Edit Details button for the show, then tapping the Copy button, then entering a name for the new show, then tapping the back button at the top left corner of your screen.

If you already have a new show and just want to copy a portion of a previous show into it, you can tap the Edit Songs button for the show, then tap Add Songs, then tap Shows and select the previous show. Then you will see all the songs from that previous show, and you can tap the songs to add them to your new show in the selected order.

How can I copy songs to another database?

You can copy one song at a time to another database by editing the song, then tapping the Copy button, then choosing the Copy To Another Database option and selecting the destination database.

There's no way to copy a batch of songs to another database. If you want to have many of the same songs in two databases, you might be better off with one database, using tags or custom fields to organize songs within that database.

How can I rename or delete a database?

In the list of databases, tap the database name, then tap Settings > General Settings. To rename the database, enter a new name into the Name field. To delete the database, tap the Delete button.

I've attached two documents to a song. How do I view the second one?

If you have attached multiple documents to a song, you can tap the right or left side of the current document to view adjacent documents.

If you want to jump directly to a particular document and your screen layout includes a document button, you can tap and hold the document button until a submenu appears, then tap the desired document name. In the set list view, you can also customize your layout to include Multiple Document Buttons in either the song list or the song info area, and then you'll see a separate button for each attached document. Or for hands-free access, you can map a remote control device like a foot switch or MIDI button to each of the first ten documents, from the Settings > Remote Control window, and then select a document with the press of a physical button. (This also works with multiple recordings or multiple MIDI presets attached to a song.)

If you simply want to change which document appears by default for a given song, you can edit the song, scroll down to the Documents list, then drag a different document into the first position. (This also works with multiple recordings or multiple MIDI presets attached to a song.)

Finally, on iOS devices, you can display a second document on a second mobile device using screen sharing, or an external video display, if you change Settings > General Settings > External Display > Content to Document +1.

How can I resize my lyrics?

When you are viewing lyrics from the Songs list or the show view, you can pinch-zoom in or out to resize the text. Resizing is not available on the song edit page.

To save the text size, you can tap the document tools button (document tools), then select Save Text Size from the menu. You can also select Reset Text Size to apply a default size.

You can use this same technique to resize your notes if you have added the notes field to your layout in the show view.

How can I sort the list of shows?

The list is sorted automatically by the show name and date. Shows that don't have a date will appear in the top part of the list, sorted alphabetically. Shows that do have a date will appear in the bottom part of the list, sorted from newest to oldest. So when you create a master song list or practice list, you can leave the date field empty to keep it at the top of your list, but when you create a show that you will perform on a specific date, you can set the date field to keep it in the dated part of the list.

Why can't I add songs to my database anymore? The + icon at the top of the Songs list is gone.

If all the add buttons and edit actions have disappeared from the app, you probably turned on Settings > Database Sync > Read Only (for app versions below 4.1) or Settings > General Settings > Read Only Database (for app versions 4.1 and above). If you want to add or edit data in your database, you will have to turn that off.

I tried installing or updating Set List Maker, but the progress bar didn't finish and the app icon doesn't do anything?

Unfortunately iOS apps get stuck in the middle of installation from time to time. The first thing to do is restart your device. If that doesn't make the installation continue, and you're installing Set List Maker for the first time, your can delete the partially-installed app and try again.

However, if you've been using Set List Maker already, you don't want to delete the app because that will delete all your app data. If you have a recent iTunes or iCloud backup, you can restore from your backup and try again; or if you have a recent database sync, you can delete the app, install it again, then enter your sync name and password to restore your data.

If you have previous data but you don't have either of these kinds of backups, please try a web search for "ios app stuck install" and try some of the solutions suggested there.

How can I move all my data to a new device?

If you want to do a one-time transfer of all your info to a new iOS device, you can back up your old device to iTunes or iCloud, then when you set up your new device, choose the option to restore it from your backup. This will install all the data and settings for Set List Maker and all your other apps.

If you want to do a one-time transfer of all your info to a new Android device, and you are using Android Backup Service, you can simply install the app on the new device and Android will restore your data.

If you will continue using the old device and you want to do an ongoing sync between the two devices, you can use the database sync feature. This will automatically sync any changes you make to your database, but you will still need to install your documents and recordings onto each device. Alternatively, you can upgrade to BandHelper, which will sync documents and recordings along with your database data.

How can I back up all the data I've entered into Set List Maker?

On iOS, you can sync your device with iTunes or iCloud. That will back up all your app data, which you can restore if you get a new device or need to reinstall the operating system. This system will not restore your data if you delete and reinstall the app; you would need to restore your entire device.

On Android, if your device supports Android Backup Service, and you turn on Back Up My Data and Automatic Restore in the Backup & Restore section of the Settings app, Android will back up your app data and restore it automatically if you get a new device or reinstall the app or operating system.

On both platforms, if you are using the database sync feature, that will make backups automatically as you add data to the app, and will allow you to undo individual edits if you make a mistake. This is also helpful if you want to reinstall the data for Set List Maker but not for all the apps on your device. This feature will not back up your app settings or your attached documents and recordings, and you will need to remember your sync name and password to restore your data. Note: This feature will be phased out in early 2018. Please see the next paragraph for an alternative.

On both platforms, if you are not using the database sync feature, you can manually save your database file by clicking the import/export button in the top toolbar and then clicking either Export Database or Email Database. This gives you a file containing all the data you've entered (but not attached documents and recordings or the info on the Settings pages). You can store this file wherever you like, and if you ever need to, import it back into the app with the Import Database button (or Open In on iOS).

I recommend using both the Apple or Android device backups, and the database sync feature, to best protect your data. Alternatively, you can upgrade to BandHelper, which automatically backs up all the data you enter, including attached documents and recordings, allows you to undo individual edits and allows you to restore just the app data without restoring your entire device.