You can configure your app by tapping the Settings icon from the main screen. The following settings are available:
- Layout: The app comes with a standard 15-bar and 21-bar layout. You can change layouts by tapping the edit button in the Layout row, then tapping the desired layout in the Layouts list. With a $3.99 in-app purchase, you can create your own layouts and keep them in the Layouts list for quick switches. This includes setting the note assigned to each string (from 24 to 42 strings with 53 available notes) and setting the strings assigned to each chord bar (either 15 or 21). With custom layouts, you can optimize your sound for each song, or test a new setup before modifying a real autoharp.
- Effects: The app includes built-in chorus, delay and reverb effects to expand your sonic palette. You can configure each effect and enable them in any combination. With a $.99 in-app purchase, you can save multiple effects programs and switch between them.
- Touch-sensitive volume: The faster you strum, the louder the strings sound. You can use this feature to play more expressively, or turn it off for a more consistent volume.
- Play Muted Strings: Strumming across a muted string on a real autoharp makes some sound; you can mix the muted string sounds in at any level, or turn them completely off for a cleaner sound.
- Stop Strings With Multiple Fingers: You can mute a real autoharp by laying your hand across the strings; you can mute this app by touching the strings with multiple fingers. You can configure this feature to require 3, 4 or 5 fingers, or turn it off completely if it interferes with your playing style.
- Show Active Strings: Each chord button mutes some strings. This feature highlights the remaining strings so you know exactly where to strum.
- Leave Buttons Pressed: You can avoid a mushy sound between chord changes, or play the autoharp with one hand, by enabling this feature, which leaves a chord button pressed after you take your finger off it, then raises it automatically when you press another one.
- Use Left-Handed Setup: This feature flips the autoharp body and chord bars to a mirror image, for left-handed or tabletop play.
- Reverse Button Layout: This feature keeps the autoharp body and string sequence but flips the chord bars to a mirror image, for easier fingerings with some layouts.
- Reverse Chord Sequence: This feature reverses the chord sequence so that it starts at the bottom button and runs up to the top button, for optional use with left-handed setups.
- Logo Text: This one is just for fun! If you enter some text here, it will appear on the logo area of the autoharp. You can invent your own autoharp brand, or just add your own name.
- Send MIDI on Channel: If you have any MIDI equipment, you can use the Autoharp app as a MIDI controller. The app will send a note-on command when you strum an active string and a note-off command when you mute a string. It will also send velocity information if you use the touch-sensitive volume option. This setting lets you select which MIDI channel to send these messages on.
- Mute Audio: You can continue playing the built-in autoharp sounds while sending MIDI, or you can use this option to mute the built-in audio.