Pro tip: Before buying Set List Maker, check out its big brother, BandHelper.
Set List Maker is a powerful organizational tool for musicians. With thousands of people around the world using the app in creative ways, the app is packed with features to manage your repertoire, control your on-stage electronics and share with your bandmates.
MORE THAN A DIGITAL SONGBOOK
Set List Maker can store your lyrics and chord charts, but it can also keep track of your rehearsal notes and serves as an archive of all your set lists. You can include multiple reference recordings for each song, slow down or pitch-shift recordings while practicing,* transpose chords with one touch, and make a quick recording if inspiration strikes.* Then design your own screen layouts to show the most important information in each setting you play in.
YOUR COMMAND CENTER ON STAGE
Set List Maker can display your lyrics with simple auto-scrolling or custom automation tracks,* play backing tracks and click tracks through separate audio ports or inter-app audio,* play videos,* and configure MIDI-compatible sound and lighting equipment as you move from song to song.* You can control Set List Maker with MIDI* or Bluetooth footswitches, and link together multiple devices for screen sharing or remote control on stage.*
KEEP YOUR BANDMATES IN THE LOOP
Set List Maker can can export databases and import them onto your bandmates' mobile devices so everyone has access to the latest songs, set lists, and details of upcoming shows. You can also email set lists in PDF or HTML format, or print good old paper set lists to keep it simple on stage.
Some advanced features (*) require an in-app purchase. For details, please visit the Set List Maker website, which also contains tutorials and demo videos to help with your purchase decision.
*** If you have a problem or a suggestion, please contact me before writing a bad review. I can't respond or help you if you publish your complaints in a review, but I respond promptly to all emails and posts in my support forum. ***
- Added a Table of Contents option to the show Share Songs page. (Requires iOS 11.)
- Added support for JPEG documents in the show Share Songs function.
- Correctly rotated annotations to match the document orientation when a landscape document is shared in portrait orientation or vice-versa.
- Updated the Previous Song and Next Song remote control actions, layout actions and layout buttons to stop wrapping from the first song to the list song or the last song to the first song, updated the Previous Song and Next Song layout buttons to appear faded when viewing the first or last song, and added a bounce animation when attempting to use the Previous Song and Next Song remote control actions or layout actions when viewing the first or last song.
- Renamed the Previous Page and Next Page remote control actions to Previous Page or Marker and Next Page or Marker to indicate that they will jump to the marker positions instead of the page positions when markers are present.
- Enabled the Save button in the song edit popup after adding or editing attachments. Even though a save is not actually needed in these situations, clicking Save is more intuitive than clicking Cancel to close the popup.
- Updated the Settings > Appearance > Lyrics Font picker to display each option in that font.
- Updated the announcements function to run no sooner than two weeks after the app is first launched.
- Restored the save validation when using the back button popup menu to navigate back multiple pages after editing a page.
- Fixed the sort by tag option on the song picker.
- Fixed a crash when editing some layout options on a phone in landscape orientation.
- Fixed a problem during layout editing where previously selected layout items didn't correctly deselect when selecting a new layout item.
- Fixed the alignment of annotations when viewing a one-page document in a document viewer that's taller than the page.
- Fixed a problem that shifted the position of formatting when adding multi-byte characters like emojis to formatted text.
- Fixed a problem that created duplicate MIDI devices when using the Update MIDI Presets utility.
- Fixed a problem that navigated all the way back to the Databases list after deleting some items on iOS 12 and older.
Ratings and Reviews
Idiosyncratic but usable app— watch out for downgrades
I really hate it when functionality I depend on is suddenly removed. I was standing on the band stand, having said "sure I can do that tune" but when I go to the songs section my buttons to charts and lyrics are suddenly no where to be found, so then the whole band has to wait for me while I find a work around. This is just poor developer etiquette. Smart lists are not a work around— it means I have to make 5 clicks instead of 3 which is already 2 more than it needs to be. Sometimes I end up needing to get to a chart while the song is underway, so the amount of thinking you have to do to find it can really matter. Can't the last used song database come up as the start page? Also save functionality should really be automatic because that is the norm these days.
Developer Response ,
The Songs list is meant for editing. See here for better options while performing: http://forum.arlomedia.com/index.php/topic,2281.0.html Also, the save functionality is automatic; there is a manual save button, but it is optional.
The best app of its kind available
I used setlists for a long time but it hasn’t been updated in years and gets buggier over time and as OS changes occur so I’ve been searching for an alternative. I tried so many others and none did everything I wanted, or just felt as good as setlists did in its heyday. Having used BandHelper in the past I decided to give this one a go (I rarely need lyrics apps unless it’s a last minute gig or I suddenly have to learn a lot of new songs, otherwise I prefer the more professional approach of knowing the tunes and not having an iPad on stage). This app does everything I need an more and does it elegantly. It just feels great and works. I just input over 100 songs using the built in lyric search and it went smoothly and quickly. Finally, I think I can stop looking for “something better.”
To the developer: please a million times, please, never keep this app alive forever! I’m so dependent on it now and I hope I can keep using it for the rest of my life!
Great app with extremely good and responsive support
I lead worship using an acoustic guitar or piano and utilize this app in either case, which allows me to keep my hands free to play. This app has many great features; almost too many to list in this review. But even for the basic use of displaying a set list made up of music scores or chord charts entered as PDF or Word documents and being able to turn pages hands free (I connect to my iPad with a dual foot switch via Bluetooth) or move from song to song with a single swipe on an iOS device, this app is worth it. The best part is that the developer will respond to your questions and in my experience, in a very timely fashion. Highly recommended! As suggested above, I am using it on my iPad.
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- Arlo Leach
- 63.3 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
- Age Rating
- © Copyright 2010-21 Arlo Leach, all rights reserved
- In-App Purchases
- Live Sharing $4.99
- MIDI $4.99
- Advanced Audio $3.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.