Automation tracks

If you need more control over your document scroll positions than you can get from auto-scrolling, or you want to carry out other actions at specific times, like changing documents or sending MIDI presets, you can record an automation track for each song. This is similar to macros on a PC, or volume automation in a digital audio workstation. You can watch a tutorial video or read on for more details:

Note: Automation tracks require an in-app purchase.

  • While viewing a set list or smart list, look for a song's automation button: automation button. If you don't see the button, you might have to edit your layout to add it.
  • Tap and hold the automation button, then tap Record. The button will start flashing to show that it's recording.
  • Perform any of the following actions, and the app will record them in real time: start and stop recordings or change recordings, play or pause videos, open a document or change documents, close the current document, scroll the document or lyrics to a new up/down position, start or stop auto-scrolling, highlight a line of lyrics (by double-tapping the left third of the line), send a MIDI preset, start and stop the tempo, play the starting pitch, show or hide the notes, open an app.
  • When you're done recording, tap the flashing automation icon to stop. Now the icon should appear enabled to show that the song has an automation track.
  • To play back your actions, tap the automation icon. The icon will highlight while it's playing, then return to the enabled state when it's done.
  • To adjust your automation track, tap and hold the icon and select Edit from the popup menu. Then tap an action to adjust its values, change its timing or remove it from the automation track.
  • To add to your automation track, select Record again for the same track; your new actions will be merged into the previously recorded actions.
  • To start over, tap and hold the automation icon and select Clear from the popup menu.
  • At the end of your longest recording pass, Set List Maker will place an End event. You can use this to trigger layout actions at the end of a song. You can manually adjust the timing of the End event as with other events.
  • If your layout does not include an automation button, you can still start the automation track from a remote control action or a layout action, but you will need an automation button to record or edit automation tracks.

Enhancements and alternatives to auto-scrolling

Sometimes you need more control over lyrics positioning than auto-scrolling can provide, for example, if you vary the arrangement of a song each time you play it. Here are some alternatives to scroll lyrics without touching your screen:

  • If you always play an intro or solo for the same length, you can insert blank lines into your lyrics at those places.
  • You can assign a remote control ation to pause and resume auto-scrolling as you play. This is useful if you want to pause during solos.
  • You can assign a remote control ation to manually scroll up or down, to adjust the auto-scroll position while it's running.
  • For more manual control, you can add page markers to your document or lyrics, then assign a remote control ation to jump to the next or previous marker. Then you could, for example, press a foot switch each time you want to advance to the next verse.
  • The most sophisticated option is to record an automation track, which can include a series of auto-scroll starts and stops, jumps to markers or jumps to any position. You could even use automation tracks to jump backwards to repeat an earlier verse. However, using automation tracks require that you play a song with the same arrangement at the same tempo each time.