First Steps

Here you can learn quickly how to get started using Stage Traxx 3.

First Time Users

Import songs

When you start Stage Traxx for the first time, you will see an empty window. The first step is to import some songs. You can import songs from your Media Library or from any location accessible by the Files app. The following example will import some songs from an iCloud Drive:

Import Songs

Tap on the Plus button in the navigation bar and select the source from where you want to import files. In this example we select From Local & Cloud Files. Now the File Browser will open and you can navigate to the folder where your audio files are stored. To import multiple songs, tap on the More icon, choose Select and mark all files you want to import with a checkmark. Tap on Open to start the import. First the files will be downloaded if they are not stored on your device. Once the download is complete, the File Browser will close and Stage Traxx will start the import process. You will see a progress dialog during the import.

During the import the files are copied into the Stage Traxx 3 folder and the waveform view is calculated. This might take some time. Imports from the iTunes Music Library are even slower as the files need to be transcoded.

See Adding songs for details.

Note

Importing files from iTunes Music Library will always lead to a small loss of quality due to the transcoding process. It is always recommended to import directly as files. This will keep the original audio quality.

Create a playlist

Once you have imported some songs, you might want to create a playlist:

Create Playlist

Switch to the playlist tab and tap on the Plus button in the navigation bar. Entere a name for you playlist and tap on the newly created playlist.

Now you need to add songs to this playlist by tapping on Plus in the bottom toolbar. Select all songs you want to add to the current playlist by tapping on them and then tap on Done.

The songs will be added in the order you tapped on them. You can change the order by holding down a song until it elevates and moving it into another position.

If you want you can change other playlist properties like for example the volume by using the buttons on the toolbar.

See Playlists for details.

Playback

You can select a song for playback just by tapping on it. This works everywhere you see a list of songs displayed. Here we start playback in the newly created playlist:

Playback

Once you tap on a song it will be marked with a blue colored background and a mini player will open on the bottom of the screen. You can start playback either by a double tap on a song or by tapping on the big green play button.

When playback is running you can already select the next song you want to play. Here we skip over the second song by tapping on the third song which will mark it yellow. A yellow song is always the song that will be loaded into the player once the current song finishes.

To open the full screen player with lyrics just tap on the song title in the mini player. Here you will not only see lyrics for the song but you can also edit some song details like the volume, pitch and speed but also you have direct access to a 4-band equalizer to adjust the sound of this song.

The full screen player is closed by tapping the song title on top.

See Overview for details.

Editing songs

Songs can be edited by tapping on the detail disclosure icon when playback is not running:

Editing songs

Here you can see how we scroll down through all available options until we reach the euqalizer, change it and go back. Editing lyrics can also be accessed in this view. The example shows how to place the cursor in a lyrics line, start playback and set timecodes while playback is running.

See Song Details and Lyrics for details.

Migrating from Version 2

If you are updating from version 2, you can restore a version 2 backup to migrate your library to Stage Traxx 3. To restore a version 2 backup, please install both apps on the same device and perform the following steps:

  1. Create a backup in version 2 and upload it to Dropbox or use iTunes file sharing to copy it to your computer and then into Stage Traxx 3
  2. Use iTunes file sharing to copy all audio files in Stage Traxx 2 into Stage Traxx 3. Make sure that you don't change any filename! If you store these songs in Dropbox, you can use the Files app to copy them into Stage Traxx 3. You don't need to do this if you only play files from the iTunes library.
    Copy Files into Stage Traxx
  3. Open Stage Traxx 3 and go to Settings and select Restore Backup .... Select the backup file in the file browser and Stage Traxx will start importing your data from version 2. During the import a progress dialog will be displayed.
  4. Once the import has finished, open the Songs tab and make sure there are no songs marked in red as missing. If a song is missing, open the song details page by tapping on Detail Disclosure Icon and note the expected filename for this song. You can copy the missing file via the Files app into Stage Traxx 3.