Songs

The songs tab is the place to organize your song library. Here you have an overview over all songs imported into Stage Traxx.

Songs Tab

You can sort the song list by:

  • song title
  • artist name
  • number of times a song has been played
  • date a song has been added to Stage Traxx

All sort options can be selected either in ascending or descending order.

Note

The alphabetical index on the right hand side of the list is only visible when sorting by song title.

You can filter the list by keywords. It is possible to show only songs that include certain keywords, songs that do not have certain keywords or any combination of the above. To show all songs, tap on the Clear button. See this section on instructions how to define and assign keywords.

Song types

Stage Traxx distinguishes between 3 different types of songs. All song types support the following features:

  • Add lyrics and chords
  • Transpose chords
  • Assign keywords and colors
  • Add to playlists

Some song types support additional features described in the following sections.

Standard song

This is the most commen type of song. It is based on a mono or stereo audio file. In addition to the above features you can:

  • adjust start and stop points together with fade in and out times
  • set song specific volume and pan
  • change pitch and speed
  • song specific 4-band equalizer
  • automatic scrolling with timecoded lyrics

Lyrics only song

Use lyrics only songs if only to want to display lyrics without running a playback.

Tip

Automatic scrolling is not possible with lyrics only songs as playback can not be started without an audio file. The easiest way to enable automatic scrolling is to setup a standard song where the song volume is set all the way to the left (muted).

Multitrack song

Multitrack songs can play up to 6 mono or stereo tracks in sync. In addition to the above features you can:

  • adjust start and stop points together with fade in and out times
  • song specific volume and pan
  • volume and pan for each track
  • 4-band equalizer for each track
  • automatic scrolling with timecoded lyrics
  • route tracks to 2 seperate stereo outputs

Tip

This song type works best if you always use the same track for the same instrument. Before setting up your first multitrack song setup custom names for your tracks in Multitrack Naming. If you stick to this scheme you can quickly mute tracks globally in Multitrack Routing. For example if you always use track 2 to play bass, you can disable this track for all your songs if you play with a real musician on the bass.

Adding songs

Free version limitation

You can only import 6 songs into the free version of Stage Traxx. To remove this limit you need to unlock the full version as an in app purchase.

Tap on Plus in the navigation bar to open a menu where you can select whether you want to add songs from the iTunes Music Library, from a local or cloud file, create a lyrics only song or create a multitrack song.

Note

All songs you import will be stored as audio files in the Stage Traxx folder. You need to make sure that you have enough free space on your device to import songs.

Tip

If you select at least 10 songs to import or press the Add all button in album or playlist view, Stage Traxx will automatically generate a new playlist and add the imported songs to that playlist.

From iTunes music library (iOS only)

Choosing this option will open a song picker with which you can browse the iTunes music library on your device. You can select multiple songs and tap on Done to start the import.

Stage Traxx will then copy the songs from the music library into the Stage Traxx folder. The filename of the copied songs will consist of title - artist.m4a. Please be patient, the import can be slow as the export from the media library takes some time.

Note

Songs imported from the Media Library will always be transcoded into the format m4a with 256kBit. This conversion could degrade the audio quality slightly. If you want to retain the highest possible quality for your songs, please import them as files.

Apple Music Subscription

If you have an active Apple Music subscription, you will only be able to import tracks you purchased. Tracks from the subscription are copy protected and can not be imported into Stage Traxx.

From local & cloud files

This option will open a file browser where you can navigate to a folder on your device or any supported cloud service like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive. You can select one or multiple files to import. The browser will show you which files are located in the cloud with a Cloud icon. If you select a file located in the cloud, it first needs to be downloaded to the device. This is indicated by a download progress icon:

Download progress

Please be patient while files are downloaded. The dialog will close automatically once the files have been downloaded.

Tip

The file browser has many options to work with files. Please take a look at the documentation for the Files app on how to use it.

Share from other app

You can copy files into Stage Traxx by selecting the "Share" option in other iOS apps. Stage Traxx will show up as a target for all supported audio file types. If you select Stage Traxx in the share menu, the app will open and display a message that the file has been stored in the app. Now you need to refresh the song list to make that file visible in the song list.

Update audio files

If you modify the audio file of an already imported song outside of the app, you just need to overwrite the existing file in the Stage Traxx folder and then refresh the song list. Now Stage Traxx will detect all changes in the tags of the song and rebuild the waveform.

If you imported a track from the media library, you can reimport the song and overwrite the existing to file to update changes made in iTunes.

Note

Changes in the lyrics tag will only be imported if you did not make changes to the lyrics of that song within Stage Traxx. If you made changes, you need to open the lyrics editor and reset the lyrics.

Create lyrics only song

To create a lyrics only song just enter a title and artist. You can then edit lyrics the same way you would with standard songs.

If you load a lyrics only song into the player you will see a grey Next button instead of the play button. There is also no time displayed and the waveform view consists of a flat line:

Lyrics Only Song

Pressing the Next button will load the next song into the player.

Create Multitrack Song

To create a multitrack song just enter a title and artist. You then need to add your tracks in the Edit Song Screen.

Delete songs

Similar to the other views, you can delete a song by swiping in to the left and tapping on the trashcan icon:

Delete a song

On macOS you can also use a right click context menu to delete a song.

If you want to delete multiple songs, see Edit mode.

Warning

If you delete a song, it will also be removed from all playlists and from the queue. The audio files for this song will also be deleted.

A search box is located at the top of the song list. All songs that contain the search term in their title or artist tags will be displayed as matching songs. Searches are performed case insensitive.

Search for songs

To exit the search, tap on Cancel.

Refresh song list

Refreshing the song list is done by pulling down the list until you see the refresh indicator spin up:

Refresh song list

Refreshing the song list will have two effects:

  1. Stage Traxx will search for new songs in its documents folder. If you have copied songs via iTunes file sharing or the Files app into the Stage Traxx folder you can make them visible in the song list. It is basically equivalent to importing them.

  2. Stage Traxx will check if a file of one of the known songs has been modified. If this is the case, it will reload all tags and refresh waveform data. This is useful if you want to rename a song or if you edited the waveform.

So whenever you modify anything with the files in the Stage Traxx folder, refresh the song list and your changes will be loaded into Stage Traxx.

Note

Refresh will not update lyrics. As Stage Traxx does not know whether lyrics have been edited in the app, it would be fatal if a refresh would overwrite the changes you made in the app. Therefore the lyrics tag will only be updated if a song did not contain lyrics previously. To reload lyrics from the audio file, open the lyrics editor and tap on the refresh button in the navigation bar.

Edit mode

The edit mode is useful if you want to modify multiple songs. You can enter the edit mode by tapping on the Edit button in the navigation bar. Now a toolbar will be displayed below the song list:

Toolbar

If you select a couple of songs you can add them to the queue with the Add to queue button, create a new playlist containing the selected songs with the Folder button or delete the selected files with Trashcan. You can change the color of multiples songs by tapping on the Color Picker button or add/remove keywords with Keywords.

On macOS you need to hold down the cmd key and click on songs to select multiple songs.

Tapping on the Check button will select all songs in your library or deselect all selected songs.

To exit edit mode tap on Done.

Edit song details

If playback is stopped, you can tap on Detail Disclosure to open the Edit Song Screen.

Note

This button can be disabled within the full screen player depending on the setting Allow Song Editing.