Song Leader

Song Leader is the main module of the Song Manager suite that is used by the worship/band/group leader allowing full control over the songs to be used by the group for a given session. All the follower modules (used by the other group members) will automatically keep in sync with the leader in real time using networking technology.

Song Leader Overview

As you will see from the screenshot (left) the screen is divided into three basic sections:

  • Control
  • Song List
  • Song Display

The software uses a custom menu system using simple buttons for functions which makes it very easy to use this module with a touchscreen or mouse. In addition there are some easy shortcut keys which allow quick control from a keyboard.

Song List

The left hand panel shows the list of songs for the current song set. There is one large button for each song showing the song title and the key. When the leader touches or clicks the song button, or selects a song with the keyboard controls it is loaded and displayed in the Song Display. Followers will be automatically updated with the change.

Song Display

The song display shows the currently selected song or will be blank. When a song is selected it will be displayed so that it fits entirely within the screen size if possible. This is achieved using a combination of font size reduction and the use of multiple display columns.

If you click on a section of a song it will be highlighted on the leader and all follower screens. This can be useful if you want to perform an unscheduled repeat of a section. The highlight fades away after a short delay, which is configurable in the Display Profile Editor

Control Section

At the top of the screen is a row of control buttons, these are in place of the normal windows menu that you might expect. The control buttons are split into sections for:

Song Set ManagementThis section of the control bar allows song sets to be loaded, saved and cleared as well as songs added.

New – Clear the current song set
Load – Load a song set from a file
Save – Save the current song set
Save As – Save the current song set in a new file
Create New Song – Create and edit a new song and store it in the database
Add Song – Add a song to the end of the list from either the song database or a file
Delete Song – Delete the currently selected song
Song EditingEdit Song
This buttons calls up the song editor to allow the song to be edited. When the edits are complete the song is re-loaded and distributed to the rest of the band.

Edit Sequence
This button allows the play sequence of the current song to be edited. Click on the sections in the order in which they are to be played. When finished click the save sequence button. The sequence is saved in the SongSet and overrides any default sequence.

To restore the default sequence Click on the Edit Sequence button and immediately on the Save Sequence button.
Transpose, Capo and TempoThis section allows keys to be changed up or down. When displaying chords the capo position can be moved up or down. The followers will automatically receive transpose updates but NOT capo updates.

Note: Both transpose and capo settings are saved in the song set, but only for the leader.

The Reset Tempo button allows the tempo to be reset to the song default. The tempo and be set by clicking on the beat indicator at the pace required.
General ControlsThis section allows easy access to other functions.

Select Profile
Selecting this shows a list of profiles which can be applied to the song display area. The actual profile list will vary according to the loaded profiles. A number of profiles are supplied by default.

This section consists of a single button which controls whether or not updates are sent to the followers. When green updates are sent to the followers automatically for every change. Press this button to toggle the auto-updates status to manual. In manual mode you must press the enter key to send out a status change to the followers.

Hint: As a leader it can be useful to click through songs when trying to decide what song to sing next. Turning off auto-updates temporarily can save a lot of updates on the follower screens.

Clicking on the Mode button toggles between 2 operation modes:

Song mode – This is the default mode when selection operations (via space bar and arrow keys) operate on whole songs only, e.g space = goto next song
Block mode – This mode causes selection operations to apply to song blocks (verses, chorus, etc). E.g. space = goto next block in the sequence

Clicking on the CoLeaders button toggles between enabling and disabling the co-leaders function. When Co-Leaders are enabled the Co-Leader module can select songs, add new ones or delete songs from the list. When Co-Leaders are disabled these remote commands are ignored.

Clear Text
Clicking on this button clears the text from the screen. Pressing Esc from the keyboard performs this function. Pressing Esc a second time causes a blackout (see below).

Clicking on this button blacks out the screen. Pressing Esc twice or pressing F12 from the keyboard performs this function