Importing Audio Tracks

Song One offers two options to use your own audio recordings as backing tracks:
  1. 1.
    Import the audio track directly into Song One.
  2. 2.
    Create a link to an audio track in your music library (maintained by the Apple Music app).
Note: The Apple Music app has limited functionality on iOS. It is not possible to add your own audio tracks to your music library without using a macOS computer. If you use Song One exclusively on a mobile device use option 1.
The following audio file formats can be imported into Song One provided they are not protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management):
  • AIFF (.aiff)
  • WAVE (.wav)
  • MP3 (.mp3)
  • MPEG 4 Audio (.m4a)
Audio backing tracks are imported in Song One's 'Song Info' window:
Tap/Click on the icon in the upper right corner of the side panel and select 'Song Info' from the pop-up menu. (If the side panel is not visible tap/click on the vertical mark at the left side of the screen.)
Go to the 'Backing Track' label and tap/click on the audio wave icon to the right.
Select 'Import Audio Track' from the pop-up menu.
A file browser will appear.
Tap/Click on the desired file to import it into Song One.
See 'Dropbox & Google Drive' to learn how to import audio files from your cloud storage.
The imported backing track will be linked to the current song in Song One as indicated by the chain link icon:
This will enable the automatic playback of the audio file in Song One when the lyrics are auto-scrolled. (See play mode to learn more.)

Storage Location

Imported audio backing tracks are automatically stored in Song One's Documents folder or in Song One's iCloud Drive folder depending on your choice:
Go to the app settings/preferences to choose the desired folder.
When using iOS, Song One's Documents/iCloud Drive folders can be viewed by launching the 'Files' app (the built-in iOS file browser):
When using macOS, Song One's Documents/iCloud Drive folders can be viewed in the system's file browser:
Consult Apple's online help to learn how to enable the iCloud Drive on your device and contact Apple's support to assist you with any iCloud issues. (Third party developers don't have access to your iCloud account.)
NOTE: Imported audio backing tracks are not included in Song One's catalog backup. If the Song One app is deleted the files in its Documents folder are irreversibly removed. Only the imported audio files in Song One's iCloud Drive folder are retained.

iCloud Drive Syncing Restrictions

Apple implemented the following syncing process for audio files added to the iCloud Drive:
  • An audio file added to your iCloud Drive on your mobile device is automatically transferred to your desktop computer.
  • An audio file added to the iCloud Drive on your desktop computer is not automatically transferred to your mobile device(s): A link to the file appears on your mobile device(s). The link displays a cloud icon.
Tap on the file to download it to the mobile device.
Audio backing tracks that have not yet been downloaded from the cloud to the device are marked with a broken chain icon in the Song One's 'Song Info' panel.
To download these backing tracks:
  • launch the 'Files' app (the built-in iOS file browser),
  • select your 'iCloud Drive' under 'Locations',
  • open Song One's iCloud Drive folder,
  • tap on the links of the files with the cloud icon.
To download all audio files to your mobile device:
  • tap on 'Select' (top right),
  • tap on 'Select All' (top left) ,
  • tap on 'More' (bottom right),
  • and select 'Download' in the pop-up menu.

Muting Backing Tracks

Tap/Click on the chain link icon to mute a backing track when the lyrics are auto-scrolled. The icon will change into an open chain link icon. (Tap/Click on the open chain link icon to unmute the linked backing track.)