Planning Center Music Stand is a digital music reader that connects to your Planning Center Services account to let you flip through pages and take notes. Features include:
1.) Log in to Planning Center, open any plan in your schedule, and choose which PDF to view for each song.
2.) Turn pages hands-free using a Bluetooth foot pedal, by swiping, tapping the edge of the page, or using a MIDI device.
3.) Use Annotation Tools (highlighter, pen, text) to take notes which are stored online for each user. See your notes from other files and keys. View other user's annotations, merge them with your own, or print your annotated PDFs.
4.) Listen to audio attached to each song and loop sections of the audio.
5.) The integrated metronome changes tempo as you advance to new songs. Listen to the beat or watch the toolbar flash.
6.) Rearrange the pages for any PDF to prevent awkward page turns.
7.) Pinch to Zoom the pages to your liking and save that setting for the future.
8.) Use online or offline. Offline mode stores the last 10 viewed plans. Notes taken offline sync when you reconnect.
9.) Sessions: Allow 1 device to wirelessly control the page turns of any connected devices.
10.) External display: Connect any TV or projector via an HDMI or VGA adapter, or via Airplay mirroring to an Apple TV. Displays two pages at a time.
11.) Use "dark mode" to keep your screen dim on stage.
12.) Editors can reorder items in the plan, add new songs to the plan, edit existing items, or delete them.
NOTE: This application requires a Planning Center Services account with Music Stand enabled.
• At the bottom left of the pdf view, you can now see the current song's key. This is especially helpful if you are viewing a transposed or Numbers/Numerals chart. This option can also be disabled from the app's Settings screen for, "Show Key for Current Item".
Have any questions? Use the app's built-in "Help" to email us details.
Ratings and Reviews
Problem with metronome response using Bluetooth connected Pedalboard
Earlier this year, we had a setup using iRigBlueboard software to connect a pedalboard to an iPad in order to control the metronome provided in music stand. The system worked great with no hiccups or delays. A short while ago, we needed to reformat the iPad and we quickly discovered that music stand was no longer responding the way it previously was. We checked all batteries and connections. We even redownloaded the app after doing a second reformat of the iPad. We are still running into the issue of music stands metronome refusing to stop after repeatedly commanding it to via the pedalboard.
Please look into this matter. We love Planning Center and wish to continue using it to the fullest. Thank you.
Developer Response ,
Hi! It's possible the board needs a firmware update, which is also available in the App Store. If you have done that, and are still running into issues, please write in to us at email@example.com so we can chat today.
3.5 stars, a glitch and a request
I’ve been using this for a month, there is 1 glitch and there are a few things that would make it more useful. The glitch that needs to be fixed: When I open the app and choose the pdf song versions I need, there needs to be a save button. When I exit the app and return, it usually changes them. I have to have this ready to go prior so others aren’t waiting to start worship. The requests that would make it more useful: 1) when zooming in on a 2 page song they nearly always needs to be zoomed at different levels but the program won’t allow it so it would be helpful it it could be zoomed by the individual page; 2) sometimes more than 1 version of the same song is needed. For example, a keyboard player may need written piano music (like for an intro, bridge, instrumental, etc.) in addition to the chord sheet. There are a few ways around it but it’s a pain (like adding the song more than once in each version but there again, close the app and it doesn’t remember it and you get 2 of the same thing or something else you didn’t want. Plus adding a repeat song to the list confuses others). I’m glad to have this app though. I keep detailed notes on my written music and my copy gets lost often when others file it, so this way it is saved and I don’t have to fumble my paper each week!
Developer Response ,
Hi and thanks for the honest review!
The app should certainly save that last-selected PDF, so something odd is happening there. Could you please send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with more details so we can talk together more about this?
As far as these feature requests go, we can certainly consider them! Zooming a PDF will always apply that setting to the entire file, including each page, so that the text etc all match sizes. I don't think we plan on supporting viewing more than 1 PDF file at a time. The PDF your keyboardist seems to require is a custom one, where pages of both piano music and chord charts would need to be a part.
Again, please feel free to write in to us with more, so we can talk about it together. Reviews aren't very conducive for conversation 😊
Thanks and Happy New Year,
Not for a working musician who needs to make notes
Years ago, this app was ok. Subsequent updates have made it worse, while apps like Unreal Book continue to advance functionality without adding bugs. At some point, Music Stand removed the ability to zoom with 2 fingers while in annotation mode, which adds steps and takes time. None of my other apps of similar use are like that. They are smooth and streamlined for professional musicians who need to work quickly. This one is not. The last couple of updates have been pretty buggy as far as the app taking way too long to "think" while making annotations. Or even turning a page in annotation mode. Meanwhile, I have none of these problems with similar apps. This latest update seemed like an improvement until I started working with it for a bit. It is actually worse. I’ve never had this app work so slowly as it does now. I spend so much time staring at a loading screen while I could move on to other things. The writing tool just flat out doesn’t work half the time until I exit the app and return. I am unfortunately tied to it with various church gigs, but even then, if I can avoid using it, I do.
Developer Response ,
I'm very sorry you are experiencing these issues. Could you write in to email@example.com with details so we can help you today? We'd love to look into what is causing this for you. We haven't run into these ourselves in our development and testing, so the more information about your experience, the better.
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- Requires iPadOS 12.4 or later.
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