If you need more control over your document scroll positions than you can get from auto-scrolling, or you want to carry out other actions at specific times, like changing documents or sending MIDI presets, you can record an automation track for each song. This is similar to macros on a PC, or volume automation in a digital audio workstation. You can watch a tutorial video or read on for more details:
- While viewing a set list or smart list, look for a song's automation button: . If you don't see the button, you might have to edit your layout to add it.
- Tap and hold the automation button, then tap Record. The button will start flashing to show that it's recording.
- Perform any of the following actions, and the app will record them in real time: start and stop recordings or change recordings, play or pause videos, open a document or change documents, close the current document, scroll the document or lyrics to a new up/down position, start or stop auto-scrolling, highlight a line of lyrics (by double-tapping the left third of the line), send a MIDI preset, start and stop the tempo, play the starting pitch, show or hide the notes, open an app.
- When you're done recording, tap the flashing automation icon to stop. Now the icon should appear enabled to show that the song has an automation track.
- To play back your actions, tap the automation icon. The icon will highlight while it's playing, then return to the enabled state when it's done.
- To adjust your automation track, tap and hold the icon and select Edit from the popup menu. Then tap an action to adjust its values, change its timing or remove it from the automation track.
- To add to your automation track, select Record again for the same track; your new actions will be merged into the previously recorded actions.
- You can also add events manually to an automation track and set their timing manually. Tap and hold the icon and select Edit from the popup menu. Then tap Add an Event and select an event from the popup menu. The event will be added after the currently selected event, or at the end if no event is selected. Then set the event value, if applicable, and the time.
- To start over, tap and hold the automation icon and select Clear from the popup menu.
- To copy an automation track to a different song, tap and hold the icon and select Copy from the popup menu. Then view a different song, tap and hold the icon and select Paste. You can then edit the automation track to match it to the new song.
- At the end of your longest recording pass, BandHelper will place an End event. You can use this to trigger layout actions at the end of a song. You can manually adjust the timing of the End event as with other events.
- If your layout does not include an automation button, you can still start the automation track from a remote control action or a layout action, but you will need an automation button to record or edit automation tracks.