Showplay - Is Simply the best on stage Track Player there is.
referred to as My Secret Track Player in these great demonstration videos found at:
Showplay is Windows Software and a USB Footswitch that can be used on a Laptop, Net book, or desktop computer running Windows 7, Vista or XP.
Plays: MIDI Files, MP3s, Wav files, CDG files and more.
Shows: Song list, Set list, Lyrics, Chords, anything you want to type or past in. Lyrics can be on a second monitor too - if you like.
Comes with: USB Footswitch - which must be plugged in for software to work. Very handy for starting tracks when your hands are busy.
I will never be able to list all the fantastic reasons why this is simply the best way to play tracks on stage for the professional entertainer. In any case, here are some of the features.
||Get rid of binders (and stress).|
Integrated word processor.
Lyrics extracted from any MIDI or mp3, when present.
Cut-and-paste from elsewhere, i.e. Internet.
Insert images, i.e. scanned lead sheets.
Scroll any lyrics over song's duration, with no work!
||Put full-screen lyrics on a 2nd monitor or a projector;|
for yourself, a partner or the crowd.
||Superb smooth scroll; useful for rehearshing, etc.|
Broadcast-quality graphics & effects.
||High-definition CDG; unlike any other CDG playback you have seen!|
(also known as MP3+G or MP3-karaoke)
|High-quality — top-notch reverb and chorus.|
GM, with basic GS and XG compatibility.
||Find and start playing any song in less than 3 seconds!|
Works for title and artist alike.
||All on-stage functions by single keystrokes.|
||Play recurring songs with single key, i.e. Birthday.|
With keys 1 to 9
|X4 model sports 4× 6.35mm (1/4") jacks allowing up to 4 external pedals.|
Control playback, tempo, lyrics, looping, volume, etc.
Most footswitch types supported (momentary, latching, any polarity).
P1 model is a pedal with USB cable for plugging directly into the computer.
||Pitch & tempo controls, high-quality and adjustable separately.|
|Automatically skip empty space at song's beginning. Play fast!|
||No more weird sounds because previous song messed up your synth.|
Automatic before each song.
Supports GM, GS and XG synths.
||Can make and save changes during playback.|
Mute / solo settings also saved.
||Up to 10 MIDI interfaces can be used simultaneously.|
||Unlimited songs, sets and songs-per-set.|
Resize panels, indicators, lyrics area, etc.
||With total playing time.|
For each song: playing time, tempo, lyrics...
||Works even with further tempo-changes within song.|
||All tracks at once.|
Everything is transposed without cutting notes.
||Songs load with no delay, no fuss.|
||When resizing forms, their content zooms.|
||Same appearance regardless of resolution, be it 640×480 or 1900×1200. Move between computers without formatting any lyrics.|
Support any screen type, including wide-screen and portrait monitors.
||Many quality themes provided: Dark, light, seasonal, etc.|
Or create your own themes with the powerful Theme editor.
|Insert or add special-requests at will. |
|Pre-select next song (or set) while current song plays.|
Change set order on-the-fly (just move the cursor bar).
|3-bars pre-count for markers to see them coming.|
Useful to identify cue-points for start of verses, solo, ending, for non-karaoke songs.
|Always proper sounds, levels, etc. No matter if pausing, skipping forward, etc.|
Even jumping mid-way in long sustained notes sounds these correctly.
|Lock transposition for all songs until you reset it; a life-saver when your throat begs for relief.|
Works with all synth types, even old non-GM.
|Easily modify the type of reverb and chorus for individual songs (Hall, room, etc).|
You can also specify the default reverb and chorus type for all songs.
|Specify MIDI channels that will pass through your synth, allowing your songs to control external effects like reverb, guitar processor, harmoniser, light dimmer packs, etc, without a 2nd MIDI interface. |
|Setup allows muting selected MIDI channels of specific devices. |
|Panic key to stop and rewind the song; also resets your synth correctly. |
to send extra sysex and MIDI commands.
CONFIG.MID sent once at program start.
RESET.MID sent after every song played.
CONFIG.MID file, to send extra sysex and MIDI commands after each song played.
|Integrated song / set management; i.e. renaming a song automatically updates all your sets to reference that new name.|
|Vast majority of lyrics formats supported via flexible artificial intelligence.|
Cleans up auto-extracted lyrics by eliminating spam in Title, Author and Lyrics.
Supports foreign language characters.
|ShowPlay is fast, regardless of 50 or 10 000 songs in list.|
Convenient mouse features for laptops, especially for trackpoint and touchpad:►Drag forms by any empty area.
►Maximize with double-click on any empty area.
►Close forms with right-click on any empty area.
(much easier than aiming for small X in upper-right corner)
|Songs are "striked out" when played; it's easy to see which you already did.|
|At the end of a good gig, ShowPlay can make a set out of the songs you played. |
|Select display language on-the-fly. English and French built-in. |
And a whole lot more.