SongTool for OS X User Guide

Compatibility Information

Mac OS X version 10.7+ is required for SongTool

Supported audio file formats:
AAC, AC3, AIFC, AIFF, AMR, CAF, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, M4A, M4B, SD2, SND, WAVE, 3GP, 3G2.

SongTool for OS X combines advanced audio playback with an intuitive interface. Users are encouraged to live dangerously and start pushing buttons. Audio files and playlists on your Mac are never altered, so you won’t break anything. In case you need a manual, detailed discussions of each interface element are on this page. If you have questions, suggestions, or difficulties with SongTool, please contact me on social media or via the Contact page on the website.

Loading Songs

Playlists and Song Listings

Playlists and Song Listings

You can choose to load songs from iTunes playlists or from folders (directories) on your Mac, both of which are listed in the left-hand pane. Use the buttons at the top to switch between the two. iTunes playlists are loaded automatically. Folder bookmarks can be managed using the buttons at the bottom. Press the + button to browse and add folder bookmarks from your Mac. Use the - button to remove the currently selected bookmark from the list.

Once you have selected a playlist or folder, a listing of playable songs will be displayed in the right-hand pane. Double-clicking a song or pressing play will start playback. Use the buttons at the top to filter the current song list and control shuffle mode. If an error is encountered when loading an audio file, it will be displayed in the bottom right of the SongTool window.

Playback Controls

Playback Controls

Playback Controls

SongTool’s play/pause and arrow buttons behave like most other audio players. Fast forward and rewind are available by holding down the arrow keys on the keyboard. Single presses on the arrow keys will load the previous or next song in the list. You can click inside the navigation bar to quickly move to a new position in the song.

Loop ButtonOne of SongTool’s advanced features is the 1-touch looping button. During playback, you can press the button once to mark the beginning of a section to loop. The navigation bar will show the area selected for looping. Press the button again to mark the end of the section and start looping. The section will continue to loop until the button is pressed again, returning you to normal playback.

Speed, Pitch, and Volume Controls

Speed, Pitch & Volume Controls

Speed, Pitch & Volume Controls

SongTool gives you complete control of song playback. Speed and pitch can be controlled independently and any adjustments can be saved for later recall.

Playback speed can be varied from %50 to %150, in any of three ways. Use the slider for quick adjustment or enter the desired speed in the box for precise control. The buttons at the bottom will quickly move the speed up or down in 5% increments or reset the speed to normal.

Playback pitch can be varied from -600 cents to +600 cents, giving a full octave of transposition. Use the slider for quick adjustment or enter the desired pitch change in the box for precise control. The buttons at the bottom will quickly move the pitch up or down in 100 cent increments from the current pitch or reset the pitch to normal.

The volume slider adjusts the volume.

Save ButtonIf you have made speed and/or pitch adjustments to a song, you can save these so they are automatically applied when the song is loaded again. Press the button below the volume button to bring up the menu, then choose ‘Save’ to store the current settings. The button icon will turn blue to let you know that the song has saved settings, and an icon will display next to the song in the song listing pane. To remove all settings from the currently playing song, choose ‘Remove’ from the menu. Note that although the settings are removed, the sliders are not reset. The next time the song is played, however, the settings will no longer be applied.

Equalizer Window

Equalizer Window

Equalizer Window

SongTool has a 10-band graphic equalizer, which can store and recall your own presets. Each band can be varied from -12dB to +12dB in any of three ways. Use the slider for quick adjustments or enter the desired cut/boost in the box for precise control. The buttons at the bottom will quickly move the value up or down in 1dB increments or reset the band to flat.

When you begin to make adjustments to a current preset, you are put into ‘Manual’ mode, where you can build your own EQ curve. Once you have a curve you would like to save, press the + button at the bottom to name and save your new preset. When a preset is selected, the button displays a - and allows you to remove that preset, if desired.