Using advanced audio features

Set List Maker has some advanced audio features you can take advantage of. Read on for more details:

Note: Advanced audio requires an in-app purchase.

Inter-app audio (iOS only)

  • In iOS, Set List Maker makes its audio available to other apps using the inter-app audio framework. This allows you to send audio directly into mixer or effects apps.
  • Set List Maker publishes four separate audio streams: Recording 1, Recording 2 (if you are playing two recordings simultaneously with Settings > Audio & MIDI > Play First Two Recordings Together), Tempo and Pitch. These should automatically appear as instruments in other apps that support inter-app audio.

Multi-route output (iOS only)

  • You can split Set List Maker's recording playback, tempo clicks and starting pitches to separate audio channels if you connect an external audio interface to your iOS device's dock connector. For example, you could play recordings through the external audio interface and tempo clicks through the built-in headphone jack.
  • To set up multi-route output, go to Settings > Audio & MIDI > Audio Options and turn on Multi-Route Output, then select channels for the recording, tempo and pitch. When you select a channel, Set List Maker will display every channel of every available output device.
  • Settings > Audio & MIDI > Audio Options includes separate output settings for the left and right channel of each recording. This allows you to split stereo pairs as needed across a multi-channel audio interface.
  • You can play two recordings simultaneously if you turn on Settings > Audio & MIDI > Audio Options > Play First Two Recordings Together, and you can then route them to different output channels with the Recording 1/2 Output Channel settings.
  • When no external audio interface is connected, your multi-route audio settings will be ignored and Set List Maker will play all audio through the default route (the built-in speaker or headphone jack).

In-app recording

  • If you want to record musical ideas during a rehearsal, you can do that within Set List Maker, and your recording will be saved along with a song for quick access later.
  • To access the recording function in the show view, you need to use a layout that includes the recording controls. The predefined Practice layout includes this, or you can edit your own layout to add it.
    recording controls
  • To start recording, first press the record button in the recording controls. This arms the recording function and changes the progress indicator to a level meter. Then press the play button and the time counter will start running to show that you are recording.
    recording controls armed
  • To stop recording, press the stop button in the recording controls. Set List Maker will prompt you to enter a name for your recording. The recording will be automatically attached to the current song, but it is a good idea to indicate the song name in the recording name in case you want to use it separately later. For example, "Freebird intro" would be a better name than "Intro."
  • After saving the recording, Set List Maker treats it the same way as any other recording added to the app.
  • Like other recordings, in-app recordings will not be included in database exports, but you can manually copy them to other devices to access them there. (If you switch to BandHelper, it will copy your recordings to all the devices in your band.)
  • Recordings will be saved in AAC format in iOS and m4a format in Android.

Playback speed control

  • If you are practicing with a recording and want to slow it down, you can easily do this in Set List Maker in iOS or Android 6 and above. To access this function in the show view, you need to use a layout that includes the recording controls. The predefined Practice layout includes this, or you can edit your own layout to add it.
    recording controls
  • On the second line of the recording controls, you will see a speed slider. You can move the slider to change the playback speed.
  • To return to the default speed, double-tap the slider.

Playback pitch control

  • If you are practicing with a recording and want to change its pitch, to play in a different key or adjust for an out-of-tune recording, you can also do this in Set List Maker in iOS and Android 6 and above. To access this function, navigate to the Recordings list and tap the name of the recording to show its edit page.
  • On the recording edit page, you can change the Pitch Shift (coarse) or Pitch Shift (fine) settings. The coarse setting changes the pitch in half-step increments and is used to change the key of the recording. The fine setting changes the pitch in one-cent increments (1/100 of a half step) and is used to adjust for an out-of-tune recording.
    pitch shift settings
  • You can preview your changes on a tablet by tapping the manual save button in the bottom toolbar, then tapping the recording icon in the list; or on a phone by returning to the list and clicking the recording button. You can then adjust the settings and preview again as needed.
  • After changing the pitch settings, Set List Maker will alter the pitch whenever it plays the recording anywhere in the app.
  • This feature is designed for practicing. If you need to pitch shift backing tracks for use on stage, it is better to edit your files with dedicated audio software and then add the edited files to Set List Maker.

Standard MIDI files

  • In addition to the "real" audio formats, you can also attach Standard MIDI Files (.mid) to your songs and play them back. The recording controls, speed control and pitch shift settings will work the same as with the other audio formats.
  • The Android app uses Android's default MIDI synthesizer. On iOS, you must copy a SoundFont file (.sf2) into the app, then select it from Settings > Audio & MIDI > MIDI SoundFont File. You can copy multiple SoundFont files into the app, then switch between them by changing this setting.
  • If you are using the iOS setting to play two recordings together, and one of the recordings is a MIDI file, that must be the first of the two.
  • On iOS, the functions to change a recording's volume, pan, pitch or multi-route assignment are only available when using the new audio engine (i.e., Help > Utilities > Use Old Audio Engine is turned off).

Local recording files

  • On iOS, Set List Maker typically plays recordings from the iTunes music library on your device. Starting with app version 4.2, you can optionally play recordings that you add to the app in the same way you add documents. This eliminates the need to use iTunes.
  • To use this option, copy a recording into Set List Maker using Open In from another app, or using the Import button at the top of the Recordings list, or using the iOS Files app, or using iTunes File Sharing. Then go to the Songs list, tap a song title, and tap Add Recordings on the song edit page. In the Add Recordings window that appears, tap the Local button to show a list of recordings you have added to the app. Select a recording, and Set List Maker will now treat it the same way as a recording in the iTunes music library.
  • You can use a mixture of iTunes and local recordings in the same database.