Desktop Use

Desktop User Guide

Quick Jump Menu

Import songs into the player

To import a song just go to the Library where you will see a list of all the songs available to you. To select a song to download to the BIMM Player simply click on the name of the song you want. Double click anywhere on the highlighted area and your download will begin.

(Please note you must be connected to the internet to use this feature).

Watch the ‘How to download a song’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How to download multiple songs at the same time’ video HERE

Build a Set List

Open the BIMMPlayer and go to the Player.

Press the ‘Add Song’ button at the bottom of the ‘Set List’.

Click on a song and highlight to load to your set list.

(If the song is downloaded there will be a tick next to it, if not double click on it to download).

To load into your set list click on the area to the right.

Watch the ‘How to Load Songs Into the Set List’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How to Rearrange the order of Songs Into the Set List’ video HERE

Skip to a different song in the Set List order

Once songs are built into a Set List you can skip between songs by using the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard.

Left arrow skips back a song and right arrow skips forward.

Or you can click on any song in the Set List you want to play.

Change the Tempo

To change tempo, click the ‘-‘ or ‘+’ symbol on the tempo icon. Clicking the ‘+’ increases the tempo in 5% increments. Clicking the ‘-‘ symbol decreases the tempo in 5% increments. To save the new tempo for that song hit the ‘save’ button.

Watch the ‘How to Change the Tempo’ video HERE

Skip to a different song in the Set List order

To change key, click the ‘-‘ or ‘+’ symbol on the tempo icon.  Clicking the ‘+’ increases the key in single semitone steps. Clicking the ‘-‘ symbol decreases the key in single semitone steps. To save the new key for that song hit the ‘save’ button.

Watch the ‘How to Change the Key’ video HERE

Mute solo and mix instrument stems

Direct to the right of the name of every instrument stem (e.g. ELEC 1) there are two buttons.


Pressing the  MUTE button completely mutes the audio for that instrument stem on that song only, and the SOLO button solos the audio for that stem only. Pressing the button a second time unmutes/unsolos that stem. You can choose any combination of mutes and solos you want.

Hitting the SAVE button saves your chosen mute/solo combination even if you remove that song from the playlist.

Watch the ‘How Mute an Instrument or Vocal’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How Mute the Click’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How to Solo or Isolate an Instrument or Vocal’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How to Solo or Isolate a Group of Instruments or vocals’ video HERE

Soloing Stems using
Hot Keys

You can also solo/unsolo stem numbers 2-10 (Vox-Drums) using the Hot Keys 123456789 on the top of your keyboard under the F1 F2 F3 F4 etc keys. 0 solos the click track. Pressing the same key again unsolos that stem. This means you can also assign any stem to a keystroke based USB footpedal – e.g. If you want to go to a chorus with just bass and drums hit the 8 and 9 keys together at the appropriate moment or even assign keys 8 and 9 to your footpedal for total hands free operation.

Muting stems using
Hot Keys

Just like soloing you can mute/unmute the same stems using the QWERTYUIO keys. These keys can again be assigned to a keystroke based USB footpedal for hands free operation.

Mixing instrument stem volumes

Each instrument stem has two independent volume sliders marked L (left) and R (right). Moving any slider forward or back boosts or cuts that instrument stems volume.

Watch the ‘How to Adjust the Volume of an Instrument’ video HERE

Use the left/right volume sliders for each instrument stem

You can boost and cut the volume of any instrument in the mix by using the stems’ individual volume slides.

Moving a slider to the right boosts the signal and moving to the left cuts it. Any changes are saved via hitting the Save Song Mix button.

Set up separate
front-of-house and foldback/band mixes

The reason why each instrument stem has two independent volumes marked L and R is so that you can set up two separate mixes. One for front-of-house/ audience (e.g. L) and the other as foldback/band (e.g. R) For instance you might want only the band (R) to hear the click track loudly. So boost the click slider marked R and bring the click slider above marked L down to 0.

Watch the ‘How to Pan an Instrument Left or Right’ video HERE

Build and save a song mix

You can build your own unique song mix by muting, soloing or mixing the volume of any of the instrument stems. Hitting the ‘Save’ button on the top right hand side of the player saves any muted, soloed or adjusted volume sliders as well as tempo and key changes for that song ONLY.

That data will be saved for that song until you re-save a different mix or hit the Reset button (placed next to the Save button) even if you remove the song from the play list.

Watch the ‘How to Save Song Mix Settings’ video HERE

Watch the ‘How to Reset Song Mix Settings’ video HERE

Loop the current song section

Hitting the spacebar in the song section, currently playing (e.g. Verse 2) will cause the section to be looped indefinitely. Hitting the spacebar again before the repeat has taken place will cause the action to be cancelled.

Again for total hands-free control the spacebar can be assigned to any keystroke based USB footpedal.

Hitting the button ‘L’ will have the some affect as pressing the spacebar.

Watch the ‘How to Loop around a Section’ video HERE

Jump to and cue a different song section

To change the sequence of the standard song structure toggle the < > keys backwards or forwards while a song is playing until you toggle over the new song section you want to jump to then press ‘g’ or you can just press on the timeline and the player will jump to the nearest section start point.

Again for total hands-free control the < > keys can be assigned to any keystroke based USB footpedal.

Watch the ‘How to Jump to Another Section’ video HERE

Use a foot pedal

For total hands-free control any of the Hot Keys can be assigned to any keystroke based USB footpedal.

We’d recommend assigning the < > keys and spacebar to the left, right and centre buttons of a 3 button footpedal for full live control over all play, loop and jump/cueing functions.

If you have a or second footpedal or a foot pedal with more buttons like the Keith McMillen SoftStep we’d recommend assigning some instrument stems to solo e.g. bass and drums or keychange/tempo change functions.

Use the click/shaker and vocal cue tracks

There are actually 3 click track based stems within the player. Stem 1 is a 2-bar intro click and stem 12 is a full song length 8th note click. When using the click tracks we’d recommend also using the separate left/right front of house/foldback mix functionality so the audience doesn’t hear the full length or intro click sounds. Stem 13 is shaker based click which is a bit more natural sounding for those who want to use a click track but aren’t using the separate mix function.

Vocal cues track

On stem 14 there is a vocal cue track. This tells you via audio where you are in the song and what’s coming next with count-ins to the next sections. You can turn this off by pressing the mute button. You could send the vocal cue out to the L output so only the drummer hears it.

Remove glitches between sections/converting songs to WAV.

Because the multitrack songs that are downloaded are compressed some people experience a small audible glitch between sections. This is due to the process of decompressing multiple audio files on the fly. You can get round this issue (certainly recommended for live use) by converting the tracks you want to WAV format.

Simply select a song in your set list and press the ‘WAV’ link in the left hand column. An alert will pop up explaining that this increases the size of the files and therefore takes up more hard drive space. If you are happy to proceed press ‘ok’ and the player will automatically convert the files for you and any glitches will be gone. To clear space on your hard drive you can delete the song from your ‘SessionPlayerMusic’ and re-download the compressed version.

Import your own audio stems into a song (SessionPlayer-Pro only)

You can import full songs that you’ve created in your preferred DAW (Logic, Cubase, Pro-Tools etc.) software as Wav stems into the player.

You can import any Wav stems into the player to create a custom song. Our player supports up to 14 stems of Wav audio so simply configure your song audio into 14 stems, export it as Wavs from your DAW recording software and put the stems in a new folder with the name of the song.

Preparing your songs for Import

To do this the stems from your recording software need to be bounced out as Wavs all at exactly the same length. You can have as many audio stems as you want up to 14.

In the BIMM Player all our songs are mixed as mono/mono with no panning i.e. everything mixed centre to make use of the left/right separate front of house and foldback monitor mix options. We’d suggest you do the same to make full use of this feature.

If you want the player to be able to loop and jump backwards and forwards to verses and choruses within your song you need to export a midi track from your DAW. You must put the song section names in your DAW before you export the midi file (it doesn’t matter what’s on the midi file, the SessionPlayer picks up the section points from it automatically e.g. Verse 2 assuming you’ve put the section points in your original DAW session.

Note – if you want to incorporate space for a two bar intro click as per our BIMM Player Wav stem songs you need to set this up BEFORE making note of the marker points as they will obviously change if you then add a two bar intro.

Once the stems are bounced out as Wavs put them in a folder

Then open the ‘Pro Options’ tab at the top of the player. Click on the ‘Import Song Wav folder’, then select the song folder that you want to import. Press ‘open’ and the player will import your song.

The player will import the WAV files, then will display an alert asking you to fill in the name and details of the track so it is easy to find in your library.

Click on “ok”, which will create all the data automatically for the song.

The song will be listed in the library area as ‘My New Song’ (or whatever you’ve decided to call it).

Creating and saving multiple set lists

 Say you want to create one set list for rehearsal and another for a small acoustic gig? Well now you can save multiple set lists and even share them with your band mates.

Saving a mix

To save the mixer settings for a song simply press ‘save’ on the top right hand side of the player. You must have the song highlighted to save it.

Saving a Set List

After creating a set list with the collection of songs you want you can save it with all the settings.

Go to ‘Pro Options’/ ‘Save setlist to file’ this will allow you to save and name the current set list for use later.

Importing a Set List

Go to ‘Pro Options’/ ‘Open setlist file’ scroll until you find the right set list and click on ‘open’ your saved set list will now load.

(Please note this will replace your current set list, so make sure that you save your current set list if you want to come back to it later).

Share set list with friends

Find the set list on your computer (ends in .3fmsl). Send it to your friends in an email and they can import the same set list. This is great for bands preparing for gigs.

Please note the set list will not work for your friends if they don’t have the same songs that you used downloaded first.


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