Panning/Muting of Overlay Sounds

Panning of Overlay Sounds

In the Preferences page you can now set the panning of Overlay Sounds.

This is useful if you’re using PolyNome in a live context where you might have backing tracks with a click in one channel and a backing track in the other channel.

You can pan all of PolyNome’s sounds to the click channel to avoid the audience hearing the click when you use PolyNome to count off songs.

pan and mute

Random Muting of Overlay Sounds

On the same page as the Overlay Pan there’s an option to link Overlay Mute with Met 1 Random Muting. When this is turned on the Overlay Sounds will mute when Met 1 is randomly muted.

Backing Up and Syncing

Backing Up and Syncing between devices

If you want to change your iPhone/iPad or just want to keep a backup of your data “just in case” it’s very easy to do in PolyNome.

You can use the same method to make sure you have the same Presets/Playlists/Practice Log on multiple devices.

Note that you’ll never end up with duplicates when importing. You can import the same file multiple times and PolyNome will just ask you if you want to overwrite or skip existing versions.


Tap the menu icon in the top left of the main page and choose the Backup option.

backup option

You’ll be presented with a menu with options to backup your Presets/Playlists and Practice Log.

backup menu options

Tapping one of these items will bring up the share sheet…

share sheet

From here you can select Air Drop or Message options.

Sending with AirDrop

If you want to send everything straight to another iOS device you can select it from the AirDrop menu. PolyNome will launch on the other device and import your backup. If some items already exist on that device you’ll be given the option to overwrite or skip them.

You can AirDrop to a Mac too. In this case a .pln file will be saved on the Mac. You can later AirDrop this back to an iOS device.


Sending in a Message

You can also send the backup file via email or messages. If you have the GoogleDrive app you can save to your Google drive (see this note on opening files from Google Drive)

Note that some app options (like WhatsApp) may not be able to attach .pln files.



Import Order

It’s best to import Presets before Playlists and both of those before the Practice Log.

If, for example, you import the Practice Log first you might see a message telling you that a number of Practice Log events were skipped because they didn’t have associated Presets.

If that happens, you can just import the Presets, then re-import the Practice Log. You won’t end up with duplicates.

Import Method

If you sent the backup file via one of the messaging options then you can import into PolyNome by tapping on the file and choosing to “Copy to PolyNome” or “Open in PolyNome”.  Sometimes this option isn’t in the most obvious place.

Here are examples of importing from the iOS mail app, Gmail, and iMessage.

Basically, in all cases, you’ll need to tap the screen if it seems like nothing is happening.

Look for an icon like this…share-icon

Tap it, then scroll until you see the PolyNome option.

Email example



Messages Example


Backing Up and Syncing Devices

Backing Up And Syncing Devices Is Easy

You can use these steps to backup your data or copy it to another device.

You should Backup if you need to delete and re-install the app, or if you’re going to upgrade your device.

You can also use these steps to copy data between multiple devices to keep everything in sync.


  1. Tap the menu button in PolyNome and choose the Backup option.
  2. Tap Backup Presets.
  3. Chose what to do with the file. You can AirDrop it directly to another device, or to a Mac to save for later. You can also email or iMessage it to yourself, or store on Google Drive*
  4. Follow steps 1-3 for Playlists and Practice Log


  • When importing backups you should import Presets, then Playlists, then Practice Events.  This is because Practice Events won’t import if there are no existing Presets for them to attach to.
  • If you AirDropped directly to another iOS device, then you’re done!
  • If you AirDropped to your Mac you can just AirDrop back to your iOS device when you’re ready.
  • If you emailed or iMessaged the file to yourself you simply need to tap that file and “Open in PolyNome” in order to re-import the data.


You’ll never end up with duplicates.  If the same Preset or Playlist exists on the importing device PolyNome will ask you if you want to overwrite it or skip it.

Note about Google Drive

*If you saved to Google Drive you won’t be able to open in PolyNome directly from the Google Drive app. This is a limitation of the way the Google Drive App works. You can import your files by doing the following:

  1. In the Google Drive app, while viewing the PolyNome file, tap the three vertical buttons in the top right.
  2. Click Get Link. It will be copied to the clipboard.
  3. Paste the link into the URL bar of Safari.
  4. Click the Download button in the middle of the screen.