Song Leader is the main module of the Song Manager
suite that is used by the
worship/band/group leader allowing full control over the songs to be
used by the group for a given session. All the follower modules (used by
the other group members) will automatically keep in sync with the leader
in real time using networking technology.
you will see from the screenshot (left) the screen is divided into three
- Song List
- Song Display
The software uses a custom menu system using simple buttons for
functions which makes it very easy to use this module with a touchscreen
or mouse. In addition there are some easy shortcut keys which allow
quick control from a keyboard.
The left hand panel shows the list of songs for the current song set.
There is one large button for each song showing the song title and the
key. When the leader touches or clicks the song button, or selects a
song with the keyboard controls it is loaded and displayed in the Song
Display. Followers will be automatically updated with the change.
The song display shows the currently selected song or will be blank.
When a song is selected it will be displayed so that it fits entirely
within the screen size if possible. This is acheived using a combination
of font size reduction and the use of multiple display columns.
If you click on a section of a song it will be highlighted on the
leader and all follower screens. This can be useful if you want to
perform an unscheduled repeat of a section. The highlight fades away
after a short delay, which is configureable in the Display Profile
At the top of the screen is a row of control buttons, these are in place
of the normal windows menu that you might expect.
The control buttons are split into sections for:
|Song Set Management
||This section of the control bar allows
song sets to be loaded, saved and cleared as well as songs
New - Clear the current song set
Load - Load a
song set from a file
Save - Save the current song set
As - Save the current song set in a new file
Create New Song
- Create and edit a new song and store it in the database
Song - Add a song to the end of the list from either the song
database or a file
Delete Song - Delete the currently
buttons calls up the song editor to allow the song to be edited.
When the edits are complete the song is re-loaded and
distributed to the rest of the band.
This button allows the play sequence of the
current song to be edited. Click on the sections in the order in
which they are to be played. When finished click the save
sequence button. The sequence is saved in the SongSet and
overrides any default sequence.
To restore the default
sequence Click on the Edit Sequence button and immediately on
the Save Sequence button.
|Transpose, Capo and Tempo
||This section allows keys to be changed
up or down. When displaying chords the capo position can be
moved up or down. The followers will automatically receive
transpose updates but NOT capo updates.
Both transpose and capo settings are saved in the song
set, but only for the leader.
Tempo button allows the tempo to be reset to the song
default. The tempo and be set by clicking on the beat indicator
at the pace required.
||This section allows easy access to other
this shows a list of profiles which can be applied to the song
display area. The actual profile list will vary according to the
loaded profiles. A number of profiles are supplied by default.
This section consists of a
single button which controls whether or not updates are sent to
the followers. When green updates are sent to the followers
automatically for every change. Press this button to toggle the
auto-updates status to manual. In manual mode you must press the
enter key to send out a status change to the followers.
Hint: As a leader it can be useful to
click through songs when trying to decide what song to sing
next. Turning off auto-updates temporarily can save a lot of
updates on the follower screens.
Clicking on the Mode button toggles between 2 operation
Song mode - This is the default mode when
selection operations (via space bar and arrow keys) operate on
whole songs only, e.g space = goto next song
Block mode -
This mode causes selection operations to apply to song blocks
(verses, chorus, etc). E.g. space = goto next block in the
Clicking on this
button clears the text from the screen. Pressing Esc from the
keyboard performs this function. Pressing Esc a second time
causes a blackout (see below).
Clicking on this button blacks out the screen. Pressing
Esc twice or pressing F12 from the keyboard performs this