Editing Cues

Tapping on a Show in the home screen opens that Show in the player. From there, tapping Go will start your first Cue. To edit your show, that is to say, to add or remove Cues and Hits, or change their names, target audio files, or other properties, you can tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen to enter Edit mode.

In Edit mode, you can:

  • Reorder cues, by pressing and dragging up or down on the handle on the right side of each Cue.
  • Duplicate cues, by selecting one or more Cues and then tapping the gear icon.
  • Delete cues, by selecting one or more Cues and then tapping the trashcan icon.
  • Add cues, by scrolling to the end of the Cue List and tapping on 'Add Cue'. Alternately, you can select an existing Cue and tap the '+' icon to insert a new Cue at that position in the Cue List.
  • Edit cues, by selecting one or more Cues and then tapping the edit icon (a rectangle with a pencil). Note that if you select multiple Cues to edit simultaneously, only the settings enabled with a blue checkmark will be updated. The values of any settings that are not enabled remain unchanged.

You can select all cues in the Cue List with a long-press on any unselected Cue. Similarly, long-press on any selected Cue deselects all cues.

When you're done editing, tapping the Done button in the upper right corner of the screen will save your changes and return you to Show mode.

Cue Edit

When the show player is in Edit mode, selecting a Cue and tapping the Edit button opens the Cue Edit screen. This screen contains all the settings that tell Go Button exactly how you want that Cue to behave.

You can also select multiple Cues and batch edit selected properties of those cues in a single edit action.

Choose Media File

Media

Tap to open the Media Picker to select or change the media file.

The media file name is displayed when a file is selected. Music library tracks also display their album name and artwork. If Go Button cannot locate a media file, the title will also say (missing).

Go Button renders a waveform image for each media file the first time it is displayed. This is a background process that happens only once per file. You can continue to edit, cancel, or save your Cue while the image renders. Once the process is complete, Go Button caches the image and displays it instantly the next time you open any Cue which uses that file.

Tapping the Preview button will play your cue with its current settings.

Tapping the Fades button will enable or disable the editing handles for the optional integrated fade in and fade out. Dragging the fade handles left and right will set the fade in and fade out times, which can also be edited numerically below.

Title and Subtitle

Title and Subtitle

Title and Subtitle text identify a Cue during playback. They can also be used to communicate basic instructions to the show operator.

If the title field is left blank, Go Button will display the name of the media file name or Music library track. If you enter a title but leave the subtitle blank, then the subtitle will display the media file name or track title.

Notes (iPad only)

When a Cue is selected, its notes are displayed in the Cue Info panel. You can use notes to communicate detailed instructions to your show operator.

Volume (dB)

Volume and Pan

Drag the volume slider to adjust the Cue volume from -∞ dB up to +12 dB. Cue volumes are relative to your media file’s original volume.

You can tap on the numeric value to manually enter a volume in decibels.

Entering a volume of -96 dB or lower is constrained to silent (-∞ dB). Entering a volume greater than 12 dB is constrained to 12 dB.

Pan

Drag the pan slider to adjust the left-to-right audio output.

You can tap on the numeric value to manually enter a pan value from -100 (full left) to 100 (full right). A value of 0 outputs equally on the left and right channels.

Playback Rate (%)

Rate

You can adjust the playback rate from 25% (one quarter speed) to 400% (4x speed).

The Rate changes pitch toggle lets you choose between shifting the pitch along with the speed or not.

Start Time / End Time

Times

Set these values to determine the region of the media file that you want to play.

The End Time defaults to the current media file’s duration. The end time cannot be earlier than the start time.

Dragging the trim handles in the Visual Editor updates the numeric Start/End values.

When This Cue Starts

When This Cue Starts

Settings in this section pertain to the moment the Cue starts playing.

Pre Wait Time

Entering a time here will delay the start of a Cue by that amount of time, every time is it started. So, for example, if you entered 00:03 here, three seconds would elapse between pressing Go on the Cue, and the actual start of the Cue.

Stop Others

Use Stop Others to indiscriminately interrupt all other Cues when this Cue is started. For example, you can have a cymbal crash perfectly interrupt a drum roll at just the right moment or ensure that you never have more than one Cue playing at a time.

You can select between the option to either stop other Cues only or to stop all other Cues and Hits.

Optionally, you can set a time in the With Fade Out Time field to gracefully fade out and stop all other Cues or Cues and Hits.

Duck Others

Use Duck Others to ensure a Cue can be heard clearly when playing over the top of another Cue. For example, use it to play a voiceover on top of preshow music.

You can select between the option to either duck other Cues only or to duck all other Cues and Hits.

You must also set the percentage by which you wish to reduce the volume of the other Cues. The percentage is relative to each Cue’s current volume. For example, setting the value to 1% would be a very small reduction and result in almost no change in volume. Setting to 99% would reduce the volume of the other cues to nearly silent. Anywhere between 50% to 75% is usually a good starting point depending upon how loud your other Cues are.

The most recent Cue that begins playing with Duck Others enabled will play at full volume. When that Cue finishes playing, the volumes of all other Cues that are currently playing will restore back to their original volumes.

Fade In Time

You can set a time over which Go Button will fade in this Cue every time it is started. Editing the time here will change the fade in envelope shown on the waveform, and vice versa.

Cue fade times can be longer than the total cue duration. The player intelligently constrains all fade times as needed during playback.

After This Cue Starts

After This Cue Starts

Settings in this section pertain to various moments after the Cue starts playing.

Cue Presets

Go Button gives you six buttons which let you quickly configure your Cue to behave in a few commonly-used ways. You can tap a preset to apply its settings to the current Cue, then expand the Customize section to fine-tune those settings.

When a Cue’s settings no longer exactly match a preset, the preset selection color turns gray.

You can also skip choosing a preset, and simply make adjustments in the Customize section manually.

Auto Stop
This is the default behavior of a Cue: when the Cue completes, Go Button waits for you to press Go again before starting the next cue. This is similar to how a CD player with auto-stop behaves.

Auto-Follow Next
This preset will cause Go Button to automatically start playing the following Cue when this Cue completes. A series of Cues with this preset will behave much like a playlist in iTunes.

Immediately Start Next
This preset will cause Go Button to automatically start playing the following Cue at the same time this Cue starts. This is accomplished by using Auto-follow with a Post Wait Time set to a really large negative value. When your Cue begins playing, negative Post Wait times cause the following cue to begin playing before the end of this cue. Whenever the Wait Time is a negative value that is longer than the duration of the Cue itself, the Auto-follow is triggered immediately when the Cue begins playing.

Loop ∞ / Fade Out + Follow Next
This preset will cause the Cue to loop infinitely once started, until you press the Go button again. At that moment, the Cue will begin to fade out and at the same time the next Cue will automatically start playing. The length of the fade out defaults to 5 seconds and can be adjusted below.

Fade Out + Auto Stop
This preset causes the Cue to behave in one of two ways:

  • If you start the Cue and then do nothing, the Cue will complete by fading out at its end, and Go Button will wait for you to press Go again before starting the next Cue.
  • If you press Go while the Cue is still playing, then it will fade out at that moment and then stop. After that, Go Button will wait for your next Go to move on.

In either case, the length of the fade out defaults to 5 seconds and can be adjusted below.

Fade Out + Follow Next
This preset also causes the Cue to behave in one of two ways:

  • If you start the Cue and then do nothing, the Cue will complete by fading out at its end, and Go Button will at the same time automatically start the next Cue.
  • If you press Go while the Cue is still playing, then it will fade out at that moment and at the same time the next Cue will automatically start.

In either case, the length of the fade out defaults to 5 seconds and can be adjusted below.

Customize

Tap the Customize button to show or hide the detailed editing fields.

Loop

You can set cues to not loop, to loop a fixed number of times, or to loop infinitely until stopped.

Cues loop their entire duration, from their Start Time to their End Time.

Infinite loops play until a Go triggers either the Exit Loop Go Action or a different action which causes the Cue to stop. Fixed loops automatically exit after the loop count specified in Number of Loops is reached. The Exit Loop Go Action will also exit a fixed loop.

If you have a media file with multiple regions you wish to loop, simply create a separate Cue for each region. Use the same file for each Cue, and trim the start and stop times to play just one loop region each. Then turn on Auto-follow in each Cue to make them play seamlessly from one loop region to the next.

Fade Out Time

Setting a Fade Out Time will add a fade out of that duration to the end of the Cue. Editing the time here will change the fade out envelope shown on the waveform, and vice versa.

Cue fade times can be longer than the total cue duration. The player intelligently constrains all fade times as needed during playback.

Auto-follow

You can start the next Cue automatically when this Cue ends by turning on Auto-follow.

Optionally, you can also enter a Post Wait Time to offset the start of the following Cue.

  • Set a negative post wait time to play the next Cue early, causing the two Cues to overlap.
  • Set a positive post wait time to delay the start of the next Cue, resulting in silence between the two Cues.

Auto-follow will not trigger while a Cue is looping or if the next Cue is already playing.

Enabled Go Actions

After a Cue starts playing, you can perform additional actions with that Cue before moving on to the next Cue in your show. These actions include the following:

  • Exit Loop
  • Fade Out / Stop Cue
  • Fade Out / Go Next
  • Fade to %
  • Fade & Stop Others
  • Stop Cue
  • Stop Cue / Go Next
  • Stop Others

To configure one or more Go Actions for a Cue, tap Enabled Go Actions to open the selection screen.

Go Actions

You can drag the reorder handle of a Go Action to move it from the Disabled Go Actions section to the Enabled Go Actions section, and vice versa. If any of the Go Actions have editable parameters, such as level or time, those can be edited when the Go Action is enabled.

When you're done, tap outside of the selection screen on iPad or tap the back button in the top left corner of the screen on iPhone to return to editing the cue. Changes made to Go Actions will only save when you save the changes to the Cue as a whole. Tapping Cancel in Cue Edit discards any changes you may have made to your Cue, including which Go Actions are enabled or their order.

Certain actions may be enabled but end up not being relevant to the current Cue settings or playback state. For example, an Exit Loop Go Action will be ignored and skipped over during playback if Loop is turned off for that Cue. These ignored actions will appear dimmed in the Enabled Go Actions section.

You can tap the i icon in the upper right corner of the selection screen screen for a brief explanation of Go Actions.

Disable Cue

Disable

Disabling a Cue will cause Go Button to skip over it entirely in the Cue List, effectively behaving as though the Cue is not there. This can be desirable for experimenting with alternate versions of Cue in your Show or for quickly removing a Cue that you may wish to reinstate later.

Renumbering Cues

Renumber Cues

By default, new Shows have the "Automatically Number Cues" setting enabled in Show Settings, and Go Button updates your cue numbers for you as needed when adding, inserting, deleting, or reording Cues in your Show.

When "Automatically Number Cues" is disabled, you can manually change cue numbers when the player is in Edit mode. Select one or more Cues, tap the Gear button, and then select the "Renumber Cues..." option. Enter a Starting Cue Number and an Increment By value, then press "Renumber".

Note that you can enter fractional numbers in both fields, such as a starting cue number of "1.5" and an increment value of "0.1".

Entering Time Formats

Time values in Go Button are displayed using the format (H:M)M:SS.000. Go Button also respects your device’s region format and will display time values using the date and decimal separators of your current locale.

You can type time values in many different ways, and Go Button will try to make sense of what you enter and format it accordingly.

  • Whole numbers are interpreted as seconds.
  • Decimal values are interpreted as milliseconds.
  • Values of 60 seconds or greater are formatted as minutes & seconds.
  • Values of 60 minutes or greater are formatted as hours & minutes.

Here are some examples:

Entering... becomes...
5 00:05.000 5 seconds.
12.345 00:12.345 12.345 seconds
61.2 01:01.200 1 minute, 1.2 seconds
4:07 04:07.000 4 minutes, 7 seconds
1:02:00.3 1:02:00.300 1 hour, 2 minutes, 0.3 seconds
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