Control Mode Buttons

Control Mode – Buttons and Details

Control Mode is the normal view when you have buttons visible on the edge of the screen. In this section you can learn about all the features of the buttons one-by-one.

Top Right Button group:

Key Button

The key button will let you transpose the song into any key and view and play it with the playalong player in that key. The current key is highlighted with color, if you change the key, the original key will remain colored differently to show you what the “default” key is (it ca be set in the Song Editor). Changes of keys with the key button will be remembered by Songistic. Please note: a key change here is only saved on your device, will not be saved in the song itself. You can change the original key of the song if you edit the song and change the original key.

View Button

This button has a menu that gives the user a lot of choices in how to view the currently loaded song.

The bars/line setting (Automatic, 4, 6, 8) will determine how many bars will go on a line. The default is Automatic, which means Songistic will give you the most optimal setting for your device and screen orientation at the moment.. You are free to experiment with this, and adjust the way you feel like to view a songs. Songistic will remember this setting on your device per song/orientation (landscape or portrait are remembered separately.

Continuous Sections will make it ignore the newlines for Section Titles, making the song shorter (only optimal for very long songs or songs with many sections) .

Auto Navigation: If the song has the standard AABA form, then Auto Navigation is enabled. This will make an easy guide for the playalong midi player and the performance mode. Intended for use in small screens, it automatically inserts DS/Segno/Coda navigation to save the space. Will not affect how the song is played in midi, as no view option adjustments affect how the song is played with the playalong midi player. A note for authors: as you create your song, and it is an AABA format, then write your song without navigation, write out the last A section. This way your users can decide whether or not to use Songistic’s auto-navigation to save space based on their particular device. People with large screen iPads will probably not want to save space, they would rather opt for easier readability without D.C and Coda.

Song Title Label: like any label in Songistic, this will present information, but is it also a button. Tap on it to open the playlist menu for the current song. This is one way to open the playlist menus, the others are: tapping on the ‘Search’ button, or simply dragging it in from the left side, just start to drag from the screen frame on the left side inward. The small texts around the song title will show the author, the groove and the playlist containing the song (top left).

Top Left Button group: Play, Play Form, Stop buttons
Edit Button: this button is optional, not shown by default. It can be enabled in the
Songistic Preferences, which is a panel you can pull in from the right side, dragging from the window frame inward. The ‘Edit Button’ is a shortcut for people who do a lot of editing. The default mode to get into edit mode in to select the ‘Edit Song’ menu under the ‘View’ button on the right top.

Previous Song Button: This will take you to the previous song that was loaded in the ‘Recent’ list, even if that song is in the different playlist. This is NOT the previous song in the current playlist… a swipe the screen right or left it will take you to the next or previous song in the current playlist.

Bottom Left Button group: Play, Play Form, Stop buttons
Important: There is no need to stop the song to change grooves/groove attributes. Keep
it playing while you play around with grooves, instrumentation, tempo, etc..
Play Button: starts playing the song in midi, using the settings from the Groove/
Instrument panels. By default the entire song is played/repeated. If any part of the song is
selected then the selected sections is played/repeated. Please see the Performance/Lead-in
section for more details on this. Rest are honored in this mode. Pressing while playing will
put the song into ‘Pause’ mode.
Play Form Button: starts playing the song in midi, just like the play button, but with
some differences. On most songs in control mode you will see that the “form” (eg. AABA) after the Intro and before the Outro/Coda) the bars are shown with a darker background color. This is the ‘form’, the meat of the song, as it were, most players will practice this part of the song to play solos, etc.. Songistic make this easy by automatically detecting the form in the song for you. Remember, you can always select any part of the song, then this button will also just play the selected part. One more important difference: the ‘Play Form’ button will will ignore the rests in the song and play through them, just like it is done in a real life jazz solo.
Stop Button: Stops midi play.

Search Button: this button will open the playlists menus, such that the top section is open and the ‘All Songs’ playlist is selected. In this top section there is also the ‘Recent’ playlist. These two lists are derived, you cannot edit them. All Songs contains a reference to all songs in all of the playlists present in the app currently. Remember, the search field will run the search as you type in, but only on the selected playlist. So, if you want all songs in all playlists searched, be sure to select the ‘All Songs’ playlist first, then type into the search field.

Bottom Middle Button group


Lead-in/Performance Button: this button gives you the Lead-in/Repeat Settings Panel. Lead in bars will determine how many bars will be counted off before the music starts playing (usually it is set to 1 or 2). The metronome sound for the lead-in clicks can be set also on this panel.

Repeat Settings: The default is “keep repeating”, meaning that the song will be repeated from top to bottom. Once this button is set to ‘Play Once’ the song will play down once from top to bottom, then stop. 2x, 3x, etc.. means that the intro is played, then the head/middle section (shown in the darker color for the solo mode) will be played 2 or 3 .xx times, then the ‘Outro’ if any, then the playing stops. This mode can be used for recitals, playing the song with a predetermined length. If the repeat setting is anything other that the default, the play button will turn red to warn the user that the song’s form will only play a set number of times.

Tempo Button: Shows the current tempo, clicking on it will give you the Tempo Panel where the tempo can be changed. Songistic will remember the tempo setting on this device, next time this song is called up, the same tempo will come back.

Volume Button: Clicking on this button will give you the Volume Panel where the volume can be changed. The volume is a global setting on your device, not per song. Using the hardware buttons on your device will also change this volume setting. Please note: turn your phone into landscape mode to have the volume button on screen! On tablet always visible.

Bottom Right Button group: Mixer and Groove Panel buttons
Mixer Button: Clicking on this button will give you the Mixer Panel, where you can set the
volumes of drums, piano, bass and optionally guitar where it applies.
Groove Button: Clicking on this button will give you the Groove Panel:
The top button (‘swing’) can be changed by swiping it up/down, or a single tab will give you
the menu. This is true for all flat buttons in Songistic. Once you select a groove using the top button, you will have a different set of Groove Attributes you can change or leave at their default state.

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