How to set a preset volume for an mp3 file in the unrealBook documents folder.

This assumes that you have already copied an mp3 file into your unrealBook documents folder via AirDrop, Email, iTunes or Dropbox/Box.

If you don’t know how to import a file, see importing files.

First, go to settings->Global->Playback and turn on System volume slider control.

Turn on System volume slider control
You will need to quit unrealBook manually.

An alert will appear telling you to quit unrealBook manually. This is needed to enable the feature.

Go to the CD/Music menu and choose Music Controller.

Open the music controller and press Link Audio File

Press Link Audio File (in Blue).

Choose the song you want to link.

Choose the mp3 (or mp4) song you want to link to the page. You can use the search field to find the file. Press the title to select the song.

Next, go into the CD/Music menu again and choose Player Volume.

Set the slider to the volume you want for this song and then press Set Volume For Page.

Now when you choose this file and turn to the page and press play, the file will play at the predefined volume. Once a volume level has been saved, the window will display the volume level saved with the page. 


System volume slider control – If on will allow per page volume control of playback. Note: if this is on, visual on screen volume will not be present. You will need to choose the music menu Set Player Volume to see the current volume level.


Identity is used if you want the master to load concert parts and the slaves to load alternate files (Bb, Eb, parts etc…).

Enter a string in the identity field such as -Eb- or -Bb- or -Trumpet- etc… to give your iPad an identity. Once this string is set, it will be added to the end of the filename (before the extension) when a remote load is issued from a master iPad. For example if the master iPad tells the iPad to load myfile.pdf and the identity string is set to -Bb- on the slave, the file name to load on the slave will be changed to myfile-Bb-.pdf on the slave and will be loaded. In the event that a matching file cannot be found, then an error will be displayed. If you want the slave to default to try to match the name without the identity string, then turn on if ID file not found, try to load received filename. This way if a -Bb- file is not found, then the original file will be loaded instead.



2 Fingers For Pan– very useful. If turned on, unrealBook will not pan/scroll a document unless you use two fingers. This eliminates any problems where you try and turn a page, but the page moves (pans or scrolls) instead.
Ignore Accidental Page Turns– another useful feature. Sometimes for unknown reasons you might tap twice and accidentally turn through 2 pages on stage. This will ignore double-taps on page turns if they occur within a second. This feature is on by default.
Stop iPad from sleeping– when on, will stop the iPad from going to sleep. Turn it off to save battery if you don’t mind the iPad falling asleep.
Add songs to Set List Temporarily– experimental – any files chosen will add to the current set list temporarily so you can go back to them easily in the middle of performance.
Use Apple Music Picker – Use the standard Apple music picker when choosing songs.
Use Auto Start for Metronome – global toggle for all auto start functions.
Export Mode – Disables alerts when creating Hot Spots, Text and when moving objects.
Old Index– when indexes point directly to page numbers in a document (as they should do), the set page 1 function will not affect the offset of the index numbers.
Reverse Recent – when set ON will add newly loaded files to the bottom of the Recently Loaded list in the Songs menu. If set OFF, newly loaded files will be added to the top of the list.
Count up timer– when music is playing, the time display will show elapsed time instead of time remaining.
Toolbar stop instead of pause– stops playback instead of pausing it for the main toolbar.
Bluetooth Audio– If you need to send the audio of unrealBook to a Bluetooth or Airplay device, turn this on. Note that this will disable the built in recorder.
Old Export – When this is on, exporting will be slower and lower resolution but compatible with all files.
Apple Pencil Drawing – Turn this on to support the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro. Press the i button for options.
Disable Set List Options – Turn this on to disable the swipe left options in the set list song popup (such as colors etc..)
Undefined Setlist Bookmarks As one Page –If a bookmark number of pages is not defined, treat it as a one page bookmark in set lists.
Enable Playbar – If you have an audio file (not in the iTunes library) linked to a PDF, you can have a Playbar appear on the bottom third of the screen. You can use the Playbar for controlling playback. Press the Info button to set the Playbar to start from the beginning all the time as an option.
Ask For Files From Master If Not Found – If the slave does not have a file and the master is allowing sharing of files – the file will be automatically loaded into the slave. This only works with WiFi.
Don’t Load First Song in Set List – Primarily used for the master iPad. You can browse set lists and load them, but no commands are sent to the slaves until you choose a song from the set list.
Long press highlight name in set list popup – If this is on, then a long press on a name in the set list popup will make the title red. Useful for marking certain titles.

Numbers in set list editor – will prepend numbers in front of the entries in the set list editor.

Big view for set lists – will display a large window with the set lists. Note – the configure button is not available in this mode.

Pedal scrolls in landscape – each press of a bluetooth pedal will scroll a little in landscape mode.

Enable Sync with DropboxWarning! Please use with care. If enabled, a sync button will appear in the remote files-dropbox window. It will erase everything in your unrealBook – all songs and replace with the current folder in Dropbox.

Use scrolling set list for 2 page display – If enabled, you can enable the new scrolling visual mode. Useful in landscape – this allows you to scroll through pages and see 2 pages at a time. If you are in portrait mode – you can scroll vertically.

Open scrolling list in landscape – If enabled, when you tilt the iPad into landscape (and rotation is enabled on the iPad), the 2 page display will open automatically.


Make search activewill always bring up the song list with the search field selected and the iPad keyboard ready to type a search.
and clear searchwill make the Song list always display the search field cleared at the top of the list.
Fuzzy Search– consider this a work in progress. If you mistype, it will try and find a somewhat suitable match after a few seconds. Very experimental.


MIDI– when set to ON, unrealBook will scan for a MIDI interface. (Default is on).
MIDI Send – when set OFF will disable transmission of MIDI messages.
MIDI Recv– when set OFF will disable MIDI messages from controlling unrealBook. (use this to disable listening to the iRig Blueboard).
MIDI– when set to ON, unrealBook will scan for a MIDI interface. (Default is on).
MIDI Send – when set OFF will disable transmission of MIDI messages.
MIDI Recv– when set OFF will disable MIDI messages from controlling unrealBook. (use this to disable listening to the iRig Blueboard).
Expert MIDI – when ON, additional parameters appear in the File->MIDI window. See File->MIDI

External Display

Use custom VGA out– turn this ON when running iOS 5 or earlier. Allows Output VGA Sideways for custom VGA out to work. Unfortunately as of this date, iOS 6 breaks all text editing when this is set on. For iOS 6, set this OFF.
Output VGA Sideways for custom VGA out– rotates the output of the screen through the VGA connector.
180– will rotate the VGA image 180 degrees.


Individual File Zoomwill make unrealBook remember the current zoom for every file. This is useful if you have a lot of files that have different image sizes.
Animate Page Turnswill provide animation when a page is turned.
Turn off zooming will turn off zooming and scrolling of the music. (This has been largely superseded by 2 Fingers For Pan). I recommend using 2 Fingers For Pan instead.
Nothing on page when Toolbar hidden– when the toolbar is hidden, hide the set list popup and other controls leaving a clean page.
Half Page Scroll in Landscape– when in landscape will try and turn the pages halfway for every tap.
Hide toolbars after selection – after a file has been selected, the toolbars will be hidden.
Look ahead in portrait mode – will show the top half of the next page for 2 seconds before turning the current page. This only works when the iPad is in portrait orientation.
Hide Menu Bar – will hide the iPad menu bar and give you back a little more room for your music. (Note: you must quit and restart unrealBook when changing this setting).
Bigger list text– possibly useful when using the iPad mini.
Less Network Alerts – when connecting via Bluetooth will show less alerts .
Use Amber Tint – use this for night mode – it will give the music an amber tint.
Set Default Landscape Zoom For Files – supersedes Default landscape zoom value. If you have a bunch of landscape files that are the same. Set the zoom once and then choose Set Default Landscape Zoom for Files. Now all files that are loaded without custom landscape zoom settings, will use the default landscape settings that you have saved with this command.
Default landscape zoom value – this sets the default zoom when in landscape when you double-tap in the center of the screen.