Basics 2017-12-07T21:58:21+00:00


We will now take a look at some important concepts and Basic operations.

First, we need music!

To open the Songs view
and search for a song
  • On iPhone – Tap the < button (top left)
  • On iPad – Tap the Songs button (top left)

Anytune plays songs directly from your device’s music library. You can browse by iTunes category including Songs, Playlists, Artists and Albums. Select a song and tap Play.

The Tunes category contains Anytune folders, playlists and all songs have been previously played in Anytune.

Searching and Filtering

Display the Search box by taping the at the top of the alpha index or scrolling past the top of the list. You will search your music library and directly imported songs for text matching Song, Artist, Album or Playlist text.

Tap a letter in the alpha index along the right side of the music lists to jump to that position in the list.

The Filter box at the bottom of a music list allows you to narrow your search in the current list. The list will be modified to contain only entries that contain the text you type.

The last entry in the list contains Summary information for the displayed list.

Importing (Adding) and Playing Music

Scroll through the categories and lists and tap a song row to load a song. Selecting a song “imports” the music file into Anytune and analyzes the music data. You will be switched to the Playback view on the iPhone.

Play/Pause: Tap “Play” to begin playback
Tap “Pause” to stop playback

When you Play a song for the first time a entry is added to the All Tunes list. You will now see an Info button on the Song in the iTunes categories. The entry (or config) contains all the song settings (tempo, pitch, marks, notes, lyrics,….) and the song file location.

Anytune can play MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG4, AAC (M4A) files and audio from common video formats directly from your device’s music library

Songs must be downloaded to your device.
Anytune cannot play (DRM) protected files.
Anytune cannot play streamed songs from Apple Music, Spotify, …

Ensure your songs are synced or downloaded to your device:

  • Tap the “Download from Cloud” button in theMusic app to download songs.
  • Anytune will display all songs in your iCloud Music Library (Apple Music/iMatch) including songs that must be downloaded or purchased to play.

    Hide Non-Playable Music Tap Settings and disable “Show All Music”, or
    Toggle this setting with button in the song list views.

All imported (with settings) songs can be viewed and played in the:

Tunes category

All Tunes Playlist containing all songs that have been played in Anytune
Marked Tunes Playlist containing all songs that have marks.
Folder Anytune folder containing Playlists
Marked Tunes Anytune Playlist containing songs.

Alternative Ways to Add Music
You can also import songs directly into Anytune through Open-In, Email, Dropbox or over Wi-Fi. See the Importing section.

How do I delete a song?

Adjusting Tempo and Pitch

Anytune allows you to change the tempo without affecting the pitch or change the pitch without affecting the tempo. This is also know as time-stretching and pitch-shifting and Anytune does this very well.

You will be amazed how useful controlling the tempo and pitch will be for learning, transcribing and practicing.

  • Slow the song to hear individual notes in a quick passage to learn or transcribe
  • Play along to your favourite song or accompaniment
    • at reduced tempo as you begin to practice
    • at accelerated tempo so you will always nail it at normal speed
  • Listen to every detail of your own performance
  • Transcribe directly into a different key
  • Isolate an instrument

Anytune Tempo Control Slider

Tempo Control Slider

Increment by 0.05X with the Plus and Minus buttons. Drag the slider for finer control. Double-Tap to toggle between normal tempo and the previous value set.

Anytune Pitch Control Slider

Pitch Control Slider

Increment by 1 semitone with the Sharp and Flat buttons. Drag the slider to adjust by cents. Double-Tap to toggle between normal tempo and the previous value set.

Anytune has the following audio quality settings.

Settings / Audi Quality:

Pro Great sound quality with less resource demands and a tempo range of 0.30X to 2.00X.
HQ Amazing sound quality with more resource demands and a tempo range of 0.05X to 4.00X.

The quality of the time-stretched or pitch-shifted is affected by the quality of the source track.

Song Info

Song info is displayed in the Navigation Bar at the top of most views.

Artist Current Playlist Name
Song Title current of total
Album Title ## BPM
Once imported you will see a button appear with the song in the Song List. Tap this button to view and modify song data.

You cannot edit song Title, Artist, Album for songs synced from iTunes or in your iCloud Music library. These songs are read only.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

The song’s beats per minute (BPM) is displayed in the song info on the Song Info / Nav bar. The BPM value in the iTunes song Info if it exists. Otherwise, the BPM value is estimated as the song is imported. The displayed value changes as you change the tempo.

You can also override the value by editing the song’s date in Anytune or reload a value saved in the song file.

Override the BPM value: Tap the button beside the song title to reveal the Tune Info. Tap “Edit“, Tap the BPM value field and change the value.

System Settings, Song Settings and Configuration

System (Global) Settings

System settings apply globally and include Playback and Audiomark Options, Replay/Skip Durations, Loop Delay, Play Button Options, … . These settings apply to all songs and are retained over an Anytune restart.

Anytune’s system settings provide ways to modify Anytune’s global behaviour. Some song settings such as tempo, pitch, gain, pan and EQ can be maintained across songs using the “Global” system settings.

Song Settings

Anytune remembers all of your settings for each song. You can return to a song just as you left it. The last tempo, pitch, gain, pan, EQ, and Reframe settings will be used when you open a previously played song. Your annotations including Marks, Loops, Notes and Lyrics are also included in Anytune’s “song data” or configuration.

Saved settings allows you to return to a song exactly where you left off.

The Song Settings and Annotations can be saved and shared between your devices and your friends. Settings for an individual song or your entire library can be exported to an Anytune config file (<file>.atcfg) or saved to iCloud. See the Sharing section for more info.

Status Icons

Status icons are displayed above the Song View view indicating which features or settings are enabled:

Pro Professional audio quality is enabled
HQ Professional High Quality (studio) audio quality is selected
LiveMix One or more LiveMix/Input settings have been adjusted
FineTouch EQ The FineTouch EQ is enabled
ReTune Retune is enabled
Shuffle Shuffle is enabled
Stop The “Stop at End of Track” setting is enabled
Repeat The “Playlist Repeat” setting is enabled
Remote Control Remote Control is enabled

A quick way to see what settings may be affecting your playback. Check here when the song sounds distorted or when Anytune is behaving unexpectedly.

Playback and Navigation

There are a few ways to start an stop playback:

Start/Pause Playback Tap “Play” to begin playback
Tap “Pause” to stop playback
(The same button changes functions)
Double-Tap the Zoomed View. (large)
Use Remote Control Pack and a hands-free controller or Bluetooth keyboard. See Remote Control section.

There are two waveform views. A full Song View (small) with a draggable playhead and a larger Zoomed View that shows a detailed section of the track centered on the playhead location in a scroll view.

Playhead (Touch and drag)

Skip to any point in a song: Drag the play head in the Song View OR scroll the wave form in the Zoomed View.
Tap the location on the Song View to move the Playhead

The playhead position is remembered for each song, so you will return to the exact stop you left off.

Use the following buttons and gestures for additional navigation functions:

Next Song Swipe the top Song Info / Navigation bar left to go to the next song in the Set
Previous Song: Swipe the top Song Info / Navigation bar right to go to the previous song in the Set
Skip Move the playhead forward in time a configurable number of seconds
Replay Move the playhead backward in time a configurable number of seconds
Next Mark Go to the next Audio/Loopmark in the current song
Previous Mark Go to the previous Audio/Loopmark in the current song
Skip Move the playhead forward in time a configurable number of seconds
Replay Move the playhead backward in time a configurable number of seconds
Next Song Go to next song in the current list
Previous Song Go to previous song in the current list
Next Mark Go to the next Audio/Loopmark in the current song
Previous Mark Go to the previous Audio/Loopmark in the current song
Modify the Skip and Replay values to in:

Settings / Durations:

Skip The number of seconds to jump forward.
Replay The number of seconds to jump back
Loop Delay The length of delay (silence) before repeating a loop when loop delay is enabled

Categories and Playlists

When you select a song from a category like Songs or Albums the entire category is considered the current Set, just like an real Playlist. The current of total songs counts are displayed with the Song Info.

By default all songs in a Set play and playback stops at the end of the Set.

When practicing a song in a Set you probably want to stop at the end of the song. Enable “Stop at End of Track“.

Use Playback Options in Settings to customize the playback behaviour.

Settings / Playback Options:

Playlist Repeat Enable to go to the first song when the end of the set is reached
Stop at End of Track Enable to stop playback at the end of a track

Move to Next Track Enable to move to next track after stopping at the end of a track
This setting requires Stop at End of Track to be enabled.

Save Last Played Position Enable to resume playback at the last position played in the track

Allow Sleep During Playback Enable to allow the screen to go blank during playback.

Draw Mirrored Waveform Enable to draw the waveform in traditional mirrored style

Play Button Options

Long Press the Play button to reveal the Play Button Option menu and adjust the play/pause behaviour.

You can execute Delayed Play, Fade-In or Fade-Out once from this menu. You can also enable the global settings and adjust their values so that these options work whenever Play or Pause is pressed in the future.

Transcribe Mode can also be toggled on and off.

Anytune Mac Screen Shot - Save Loops and Create Audiomarks

Delayed Play

Enable Delayed Play to give yourself a configurabletime to set up before the music starts. When enabled Tap play you will see the Delayed Play count-down. Touch Play again to start playback immediately.


Enable Fade-In to gradually increase volume over a configurable time after play is tapped.

Enable Fade-Out to gradually decrease the volume to silence over a configurable time after play is tapped.

Fade-In or Fade-Out can also be executed once from the Play Button Options menu without enabling these options. The Fade-In button is visible when the music is playing and Fade-Out button is visible when the music is playing. Taping pause again during fade-out will stop the music immediately.

Set Fade-In and Fade-Out to sub-second values eliminate that nasty abruptness that scares your cats.

Transcribe Mode

Transcribe Mode helps you easily work through a song phrase by phrase or note by note. When Transcribe Mode is enabled:

  • a special marker will be added to the Zoomed and Song views indicating the current start position in the song,
  • the functions of the Play, Pause, Skip and Replay buttons are altered.

Start Position Marker

When you tap Play the playhead will move and start playing from the start position. The Skip button now moves the start position marker to the current playhead position, allowing you to work your way through the song and replay small parts over and over until you figure them out.

Pitch shift the song first to transcribe in a different key. This is a lot easier than trying to transpose the entire transcribed song later.

Transcription Buttons:

Play Start playback at the start position marker
Pause Stop playback at the current position
Move Start Position (Skip) Move the start position to the current playhead position
Go to Start Position (Replay) Move the playhead to the start position

You can also drag the start position marker in the Zoomed view.

  1. Tap Play to hear a couple notes and then pause.
  2. Repeat the Play / Pause operation until you can play the note/chord, or record it.
  3. Tap Move Start Position (Skip) to move the start position past what you have completed.
  4. Repeat the Play / Pause operation learn, transcribing or practicing as you go.
You don’t need to be “transcribing” to find this mode useful.

  • You can easily work your way through any track to learn as you play along.
  • Use for teaching or learning dance choreography.
  • Combine Transcribe Mode with Remote-Control and work through your song with your hands free to record or play!

Note:Fade-In and Fade-out are disabled when in Transcribe Mode.