Stage Traxx 3 is divided into different functional areas that you can access via the tab bar on the bottom of the screen:
The Queue tab is used to manage the playback queue. If the queue contains some songs, a red badge will show the number of songs in the queue.
The History tab will show a list of songs you have played.
You can manage your playlists in the Playlists tab.
The Songs tab is your song library. It contains all songs imported into Stage Traxx.
In every list view throughout the app songs are displayed with the following cell layout:
The title and artist name are shown on the left. You can also see the duration of the song and if you change pitch and / or speed of the song you will find the changes displayed below the song duration. To the right of the song duration is a button which will open the Song Details view.
In the queue or in a playlist songs may show a grey down arrow on the right side of the cell. This indicates that autoplay for this song is enabled which means that once the song finishes playing, the next song will automatically start playing.
You can always swipe songs to the left or right to reveal actions that can be performed on the song.
Songs can be displayed with colored backgrounds:
The blue PLAY marker indicates that this song is on top of the queue and loaded into the player.
The second song in the queue is marked with a yellow NEXT marker. Once the currently playing song has finished, this will become the new current song.
If an audio file for a song can't be opened, the song will be shown with this red MISSING marker. To repair this situation, open song details by tapping on . Here you can see which filename is expected. You can then copy the audio file with this name via the Files app into Stage Traxx.
The mini player is displayed directly above the tab bar whenever the queue contains at least one song. If the queue is empty, the player will be hidden.
The mini player is a quick way to control playback from any screen you are on. It has a big play/stop button, displays the song title and has a waveform overview which you can use to quickly seek to a certain position in the song. The time display can be switched from showing elapsed time to remaining time by tapping on it.
You can open a big player view which will also display song lyrics by tapping on the song title in the mini player. There are settings to automatically open the big player when loading a playlist or starting playback.
Big Player with Lyrics
The big player is the primary view during a gig. Here you can play through the queue, make last minute changes and read lyrics / notes for your song. It is opened by tapping on the song title in the mini player.
The following screenshot shows the big player on an iPad screen. On the iPhone in portrait mode, some of the elements are not displayed.
The player consist of a number of elements. In the top left corner is a multifunctional display that can be used to view a clock, a session timer or the estimated end time of the queue. You can switch the display in the settings. The session timer starts when you hit play. It will reset 10 minutes after the last song has stopped. You can manually reset the timer by tapping this field. This clock display is not visible on the iPhone in portrait mode.
The song title is displayed on position to the right of the multifunction display. You can close the player by tapping on the title. If you enable the setting Show Next Song Title the title of the next song will also be displayed in the title field.
The player will close automatically once the queue is empty. The elapsed or remaining time of the song is displayed at position to the right of the title. To change the mode of this display, tap on it. It will flash during the last 30 seconds of playback.
Below these elements, you can see the waveform of the current song. When playback is stopped, you can swipe it to seek to a certain playback position. It will flash during the last 30 seconds of playback.
To the right of the waveform you can find the button to open a popup window which allows you to modify certain song parameters of the currently loaded song. These modifications can be done during playback. You can find details about this popup in the section song properties popup.
On the far right is the autoplay button to toggle the autoplay function for the current song. If autoplay is enabled, playback will not stop after the current song is finished. The playback will continue with the next song.
Below the waveform on the left is the song list view. Here you can choose to view the queue, the playback history, your playlists or a list of all songs in your library via the tab bar on top of the view. This part of the screen can be hidden to have more room for the lyrics either by:
- tapping on the button
- double tap gesture on the lyrics
- setting to automatically hide the view during playback
You can also resize the list view by a long press on the close button. Once it changes color, move it to the desired size:
Stage Traxx will remember for each orientation (landscape or portrait) if you prefer to see this view or hide it and which size you prefer.
This view is always hidden on the iPhone in portrait mode.
You can use the pinch gesture in the lyrics view to change the font size. Other display options for the lyrics can be changed in the settings.
The bottom of the screen is dominated by a big start / stop button. You can activate a double tap stop mode in the settings. If it is enabled, you need to double tap the button to stop playback. Starting the playback always needs only one tap. The stop button can behave in different ways. It is possible to use it as a pause button where the playback is stopped at the current position and pressing start will continue playback from this position. Another mode is to rewind the position to the beginning of the song when you press stop. And finally you can jump to the next song in the queue when you press stop. The behavior can be changed in the settings. If you activated fade out in the settings the button will change color to yellow. You can stop playback immediately during a fade out by tapping the button again.
The second big element on the bottom of the screen is the volume slider. With this slider you can control either the song volume (blue slider) or the queue volume (yellow slider). To switch between song volume and queue volume, tap on labels above or below the slider. The slider always has a range of minus infinity to +6 dB. A double tap on the slider will reset it to 0dB. Besides the volume slider you can also use the volume buttons on the left of the play button. You can hide these buttons with in the settings. These buttons are hidden on the iPhone in portrait mode.
The queue volume is applied in a addition to the song volume for each song currently loaded in the queue. With the queue volume you can control the overall volume of your performance. This is the preferred volume mode as the song volume should only be used to normalize your songs so that there are now unintentional volume changes between songs. Changing the song volume is also possible in the song properties popup.
If you load a playlist into the queue in advanced queue mode or load a song from within a playlist when advanced queue mode is off, the queue volume will be automatically set to the playlist volume.
Changing song volume will be stored in the database. Use the song volume mode with care.
Finally there are is a stepper control on each side of the volume slider that allow you the change the font size of your lyrics and the scrolling speed. Scrolling speed can only be changed if the current song has no time code embedded in the lyrics. If time code is embedded, the speed stepper is disabled and shows a value of AUTO. See the section Constant scrolling speed on how this setting affects the scrolling behavior. Both settings are stored for each song. On the iPhone in portrait view only one of these sliders is displayed. If the song has time coded lyrics, the text size control is displayed. If the lyrics contain no time code, the scrolling speed stepper is displayed.
Song properties popup
This is popup can be used to make changes to certain song properties during playback. It will always display the properties of the active song in the player.
On top of the popup is a utility button to send a MIDI Panic command to all connected MIDI devices.
The rest of the popup is similar to the audio options available in the song details view.