Manage huge collections of chord charts and lyrics sheets for your band or worship team on your iPad or iPhone. Quickly pull and reorder set lists and flip from one song to the next with ease. Transpose and highlight chords or change font size with a brush of your finger! Hands-free operation with popular wireless foot pedals or MIDI devices. Playing music has never been more simple with software built for live performance musicians.
You can import songs directly from online sources such as Dropbox, or add your own songs with the built-in editor. Just type the song like you would expect and surround your chords in square brackets inline with your lyrics. It's that easy! OnSong automatically detects sections and titles for you when you end them with a colon.
You can also import your existing songs using iTunes file sharing or Dropbox. OnSong supports PDF, Word, Pages, JPG, PNG, TIFF, ChordPro and text file formats.
When you have your set just the way you want it, share it with your band members wirelessly. Listen to the song you are playing directly from your iTunes or OnSong music library, play a metronome or get the music iTunes with just one tap. This app is loaded with features that musicians demand.
• Simple song and chord entry
• Import, export and synchronize with Dropbox and other sources
• Pull sets and change songs for live performance
• Flip or tap through all the songs in your set
• Transpose and capo with a tap or brush of your finger
• Highlight or bold chords for visibility
• Change font size and style
• Keep track of your past sets and archive
• Import songs from your various online sources
• Play backing tracks from your iTunes or OnSong music library
• Play a click track to a metronome with remembered tempo for each song
• Share wirelessly with your band members over Bluetooth or WiFi
• Send your list to your team via email
• Print your set wirelessly to an AirPrint printer
• Works with many foot pedals from AirTurn, iRig, Coda, PageFlip, and more!
• Project lyrics or use a stage monitor with VGA, HDMI, AirPlay and Chromecast support
We're continuing to make OnSong better with bug fixes and new features. Please check out the release notes for this version at: http://onsongapp.com/releases/2020.7.11
Ratings and Reviews
A great app for solo is however be aware of some pitfalls
This is a great app for soloist. I am a solo guitar player and singer and have been utilizing this app for almost 10 years. Some of the most positive things about the app is organizing your show Set list, Books Artist or however you would like to do it. I love the way you’re capable of adding a song putting sticky notes on the screen to make you aware of certain situation’s in a song. Too many positive things to go over I would strongly recommend any soloist to utilize this app they will be delighted with it however. There are some downsides I’ve had some crashes were the app become non-responsive for up to 2 to 3 minutes sometimes. I’ve had scrolling issues. And for some reason or other sometimes it takes an awful long time to load a song. I would recommend anyone utilizing this app to have a back up iPad in the event something happens and they can’t perform the show. My biggest complaint would be that the app becomes non-responsive freezes for up to 15 to 20 seconds and this can happen multiple times during a performance. But for the most part I strongly recommend the app but there is some downside and pitfalls that you learn to work around. I strongly recommend that you do not upgrade to the newest version until you’re sure that it’s operating properly. And also set your iPad for manual updates not automatic updates so the iOS can be checked before it is used. Good luck
Developer Response ,
Hello! Thank you so much for the honest review and feedback- they are appreciated! We're sorry to hear that OnSong is crashing or becoming non-responsive for you at times. We would love to take a look and assist you with these errors. Would you be willing to reach out to us via OnSong > Utilities gear > Communicate > Get Support so that our support team can take a look at your library and try to remedy these issues? We will get back to you ASAP. Thank you very much, and thanks for using OnSong!
Apple Pencil issues
Edit: In late October 2020, the Apple Pencil was working beautifully to notate my charts. Today, 1-9-21, it’s doing what it was doing in my first review, plus some even more crazy things like duplicating the chart before superimposing the charts on each other, but slightly askew. I’m so disappointed that I can’t write on my charts again.
Original review: I’ve absolutely loved this app until last month, when my Apple Pencil went from working really well for notes on PDF’s, to jumping all over the screen like crazy. I was in a very important rehearsal situation, and almost got fired because I couldn’t get my entrances written in the right places. The screen would move around while I tried to make markings. So at the job, I was totally dependent on other people to show me when to play and sing. It was really bad, and could’ve been financially devastating.
For the future, I’d love to see actual music notation option added to the program, even if it’s small scale. There are times when I’d really like to make even a sticky note with a notated phrase on it. As it is, I type in the phrase using the letters (which is very limited). Even a staff option, where I could just write in the notes with the Apple Pencil...assuming the pencil can write a circle and a line without shooting diagonally across the page...
Developer Response ,
Hello! We're sorry to hear that you're experiencing issues with the Apple Pencil. We'd recommend reaching out to our support team about this so that they can give you a hand and ensure this problem is fixed for you. Just open OnSong Pro > Utilities gear icon > Communicate > Get Support and we will get back to you ASAP! Thank you very much!
UPDATE: I am still completely amazed at how OnSong has improved my entire performance. I do not go on stage without it! The best part is I have is set up on an external monitor hidden in a case that looks like an instrument monitor. Nobody knows it is even there which makes me look good :D
I bought this so that I could consolidate my chord charts (digital and otherwise). It is just blowing my mind. It can control my lighting for me without even having to touch the screen (I use foot pedals to navigate through my sets). I no longer have to rely on my friend who may have had enjoyed himself a bit more then he should have prior to the performance. I can send charts to those who may be joining me on the stage during the week so that we are all on the same page before we get to the performance. I am ready to start using the Connect feature so that I can have an extra device with me and whoever ends up with me will see everything I am and I can keep my eyes on the crowd and not sending cues to whoever.
The best part of this is when I had questions, the OnSong crew actually provided answers and helpful hints that blew me away even more. They provided clear consise answers and links to all their video tutorials. The app is better then any software/app that I have paid hundreds of dollars for in the past.
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- 105.2 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
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- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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