I see pan players and other musicians using iPads and smart phones to catalog their background tracks. They have a list of the songs on their screens and they just tap and play. Can anyone recommend an APP that can do this?

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Comment by Kevin McPadden on May 11, 2017 at 10:27am

I am also looking to get more info about this, Bill Willits has a method he told me about. Maybe he can weigh in. Also, other than Kareoke.com, does anybody else have a source of good pan backing tracks?

Comment by Tony Schmitt on May 31, 2017 at 2:11pm

I use an app called OneTrack on my 4th gen iPod Touch. I use this iPod exclusively for pan practice and gigs to minimize the chance of foul ups, and it has worked for over 3 years so far. I just recently started using an iPad Air for sheet music viewing with an app called ForScore. I create an identical play list on each. To "turn pages", I have a bluetooth pedal called FireFly by PageFlip. I think some folks may have a more streamlined, single device approach, but this is working for me.

Comment by Aaron Abrahamson Cote on June 21, 2017 at 11:12pm

If you've got the music memorized, I just use playlists on iTunes.  Works on Phone/Computer/iPod/iPad.  If you're reading charts, import PDFs into a program called "forscore," and you can sync up charts with tracks and read while you play along to the music. 

Comment by John Moher on July 18, 2017 at 6:14am

Ditto to Aarons comment. Have been using itunes for years. Just create a set list and work from there. Note: If you are using the ipad, remember to put it on airplane mode so notifications like facebook, and emails don't chime in while your playing! ha ha ha. I never learned fourscore well enough to use but know of others that do . Best of luck.

Comment by Eric Rollnick on July 19, 2017 at 7:36am

I use Amazing Slow Downer. Not only can you create playlists but you can also adjust speed, pitch  volume EQ and create loops of parts of songs for learning.  ronimusic.com

Comment by Chris Garner on October 19, 2017 at 1:00pm

Here's how I do it. I use Forscore for my sheet music, my iPod Touch for my backing tracks, a mic for my pan and a speaker. It has saved me a ton from my old setup which was using a songbook, a mixer, a mic, a cd player, and two speakers. Once I get my double seconds from Steve it will be a whole other story.


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