Support

 

We hope you enjoy the growing range of SessionBand products. We certainly enjoyed making them and we are committed to continually improving and steering our products in response to valuable user feedback. Many of the new SessionBand features are as a direct result of customer feedback.

We are committed to releasing regular updates to the SessionBand range. Please email us at help@sessionbandapp.com if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.

Video Help for the SessionBand Music Apps

How to...

Add loop blocks

Go to the Edit screen by tapping the Edit button (the pencil icon). Tap the right-hand edge of an existing loop block to bring up the insertion cursor (2 arrows). Tap a key on the piano keyboard to select a chord. Tap repeatedly to cycle through all the chord variations for that root note. Press the Edit button again to return to the main screen.

Resize loop blocks

Go to the Edit screen by tapping the Edit button. Tap the loop block you wish to resize. Shorten it by pinching your thumb and finger anywhere on the screen. Reverse this action to extend the loop (will extend to a maximum of 2 bars). Note: Avoid touching the block itself when resizing. Press Edit button to return to main screen.

Delete loop blocks

Go to the Edit screen by tapping the Edit button. Tap the loop block you wish to delete. Tap the 'X' symbol to delete it. Press Edit button to return to main screen.

Transpose entire track

Go to the Edit screen. Use the 2 triangular buttons to transpose your whole track either up or down in semitone steps.

Insert an 'End' loop

To insert an 'End' loop, for example, at the end of a song or a chorus, go to the Edit screen. First make sure the loop block is resized to 1-bar in length. Tap the 'End' button below the chord selectors (NOTE: the 'End' button will be 'greyed-out' until the loop block has been adjusted to 1-bar in length). The loop block will now be converted to a 1-bar, sustained end chord.

Insert a drum fill/alternative pattern
(Not applicable to SessionBand Piano and Acoustic Guitar editions)

Go to the Edit screen. Tap the loop block which you want to modify with a fill/alternative drum pattern. Select one of the fill/pattern options below the chord selector. Tap 'Normal' to remove an existing fill/alternative pattern and return to the default.

Copy & Paste sections (e.g. copy verse/chorus)

Go to the Edit screen. Double-tap the first loop block of section you want to copy. The block - and all the blocks to the right - will now be highlighted green. Scroll to the last block in the selction you want to copy and tap it once.

 

Scroll to the part of the track where you wish to paste your selection and tap the right-hand edge of the loop block to bring up the insertion cursor (2 arrows). Tap the 'Paste' button that appears.

Hear your track in different styles

Once you've created a track, go to the Styles menu and select a new style from the list in the left-hand column. Tap 'Apply Style' button to hear your track in the new style. Please note: You will not be able to 'Apply Style' to a track with a different time-signature.

Mix your track with Automation off
(SessionBand Original does not currently have Automation)

Go to the Mixer screen. Set 'Automation' to 'Off' by tapping the button in the panel. Use the mixer faders to alter the volumes of audio channels independently. Tap 'S' to solo a channel. Tap 'M' to mute a channel.

Mix your track with Automation on
(SessionBand Original does not currently have Automation)

Go to the Mixer screen. Set 'Automation' to 'On/Write' by tapping the button in the panel. Different mixer levels can be set (and stored) for each loop block from this screen. Tap a loop block (it will turn dark red) and set the mixer levels for that loop block as required. Tap again to de-select and store the levels. Modify other loop blocks as required.

 

Alternatively, you can adjust and automatically save the mixer levels as the track is playing. This is useful, for example, if you wish to reduce the volume of a particular instrument for the entire track. Start the track playing and set and HOLD the mixer level at the required level. The level stored is that of the the mixer level at the point the playhead passes the end of the loop block. Keep holding the mixer slider to maintain that level for more than one block.

Record your track

There are 2 ways of recording your tracks so that you can export audio to other apps:

1) 'live' recording (where all real-time adjustments are recorded);

2) via Share/Export which automatically records the last saved version of your track.

 

1. Live Recording

 

Tap the Record (REC) button and then the Play button. You can toggle between all screens during 'live' recording and all adjustments are recorded including tempo (where available), auto-transpose, volume and loop markers. Tap either the REC button again or the Pause button to finish the recording. You will then be prompted to save your audio recording with Track Author and Track Title.

 

You will then have the option to share your 'live' recording using the AudioCopy button that appears. Select this option and follow the AudioCopy instructions. The AudioCopy app (from Retronyms Inc) is free and available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audiocopy/id719137307. Once your audio has been copied to the AudioCopy 'clipboard', it can be pasted into numerous apps such as GarageBand or uploaded to Soundcloud.

 

Another option after saving a recording is to share it via email. If you select this option, your recording will be converted to a compressed .m4a audio file format and your email app will open with the file attached (assuming an email account has been set up on your iPhone/iPad).

 

Once a 'live' recording has been saved in SessionBand, the WAV (.wav file) audio recording will appear in the iTunes File Sharing window and can easily be transferred to any computer DAW program (such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic or Cubase, etc). Please see this Apple article for more information on iTunes File Sharing: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201301

iTunes File Sharing is a great way to backup your tracks and recordings for safe-keeping too.

 

2. Share/Export

 

Find the track you wish to export as audio from the 'Action' menu > Share/Export > SessionBand Tracks (tab)

Select 'Audio Only', then tap the AudioCopy button (select 'Yes' to include mixer automation). The last saved version of your track will now be recorded to produce a WAV (.wav) audio file. After it has been recorded, the AudioCopy dialog will appear allowing you to copy and paste your audio into other compatible apps (including GarageBand).

 

Please note: Your tracks can be exported as audio using AudioCopy but audio cannot be pasted into SessionBand.

Share your tracks

You can share your tracks with other SessionBand users who have the same app installed. Select the track you wish to share via:
'Action' menu > Share/Export > SessionBand Tracks (tab). Tap 'SB File', then 'Email' and your email app will open with the track file attached (assuming an email account has been set up on your iPhone/iPad). You could also email track files to yourself as a backup for safe-keeping.

 

Please note: SessionBand track files (such as: .sbr files for Rock Volume 1, or .sbj3 files for Jazz Volume 3) are small text files which tell the app how to assemble the loop blocks that make up your track. They do not contain audio and can only be opened in the correct SessionBand app.

 

If you wish to share your track as audio, use: 'Action' menu > Share/Export > SessionBand Tracks (tab) and select your track. In the dialog box that opens, select 'Audio Only', then 'Email'. SessionBand will then record your track, compress the audio to .m4a format and then open your email app with the audio file attached (assuming an email account has been set up on your iPhone/iPad).

Stream your tracks via Audiobus
(Not currently available on SessionBand Original)

SessionBand is Audiobus compatible allowing you to stream live audio directly to other Audiobus compatible apps. You will need to purchase the Audiobus app first. See http://audiob.us for more information and follow the Audiobus instructions. Due to inherent latency with the audio path, once you've imported your track into the target app, you will need to trim the beginning of the recording in order to fit the new grid.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a compatibility issue ouside of our control, users with iPhones (6 or later) will need to insert headphones or a line-out jack to allow correct operation of SessionBand with Audiobus. iPad devices are unaffected.

Save and backup your tracks

First go to the 'Action' menu and tap 'Save'. Give your track an Author Name and a Track Title. Tap 'Save'.

 

Using iTunes File Sharing you can also transfer SessionBand files and recordings from your iPad/iPhone to a computer by connecting up the two devices. This is a great way to regularly make backups of your tracks and audio recordings and recommended prior to installing a version update.

 

Should you need to install SessionBand on a new iPhone or iPad - iTunes File Sharing allows you to get your backed up tracks and recordings copied from the computer back into the app.

Adjust track tempo in real-time

Tap the BPM button and slide it to the right to increase tempo or the left to decrease it. Tap BPM button again to return to main screen with new tempo set, or tap 'Reset' to return to the native (as recorded) track tempo.

Set metronome
(SessionBand Original does not currently offer this function)

Go to the Mixer screen and tap the 'M' button on the metronome channel to activate/unmute it. Adjust the metronome volume level using the mixer fader (SessionBand Drums, EDM and Deep House editions have a seperate metronome on/off button instead of a mixer fader).

Activate 1-bar count-in
(SessionBand Original does not currently offer this function)

From the main play screen, tap the '1,2,3' button (turns green) to activate a one-bar count-in before the track starts. Rewind track then play.

Insert loop markers (& stop looping)

From the main play screen, tap the dark grey area to the right of a bar line to set a 'start' loop marker and tap to the left of a bar line to set an 'end' loop marker. Tap them again to remove. The defaults positions are the start of the first bar and the end of the last bar.

 

To stop a track from looping, remove the 'end' loop marker.

Name sections of track

From the main play screen, tap the light grey area underneath the bar number panel to bring up the keyboard on your device. Insert text (10 characters max per bar). Examples: Intro, Verse, Chorus, Bridge...

Delete a track or recording

To delete a track (or a recording) within SessionBand, find the track you wish to delete in the 'Action' menu > Share/Export listings and then 'swipe-left' on the track title. A red 'Delete' button will appear allowing you to permanently delete the file from the app.

 

Tracks and recordings can also be deleted using iTunes File Sharing. File Sharing also allows you to easily backup tracks and recordings prior to deleting them from the app.

Insert silence or rests

(*SessionBand Original does not currently offer Automation)

To insert periods of silence, for example: 1 bar of rest - first add a loop block (any chord will do) in the Edit screen and adjust the length of the block to suit, e.g. 1-bar. Switch to the Mixer screen and make sure Automation* is set to 'On/Write'. Scroll to find the loop block just inserted and tap it to selwect (it will turn dark red). Set all the mixer levels to minimum value and tap the loop block again to store the mixer levels.

 

 

 

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