The Worshipsong Band platform is designed to be free and open, enabling a free market between churches and track producers and offering you full control of your music library without controls designed to keep your music in our Cloud or buying from our store. The most significant investment in using multitracks is the cost of the music itself. In multitrack form, a single album can cost over $400. Another big investment is your time, spent in creating and modifying sets and arrangements, and adding automation. Here are a few questions to ask when considering how a solution supports good stewardship of music resources and time:
- If I switch to another multitrack playback technology or computing platform, will I lose work or access to my music?
- Does the solution require all users of multitracks (playback, rehearsal, training) to use the same type of computer or tablet?
- Can I use my own content, or content from different sources legally and without restrictions or rental/cloud fees?
- Can I use low cost content such as split tracks, rhythm tracks, pads, and clicks, and other loops and still provide a consistent user experience for the worship leader and band?
The Power of Free and Open
In addition to offering a free player for all platforms, WorshipSong Band is based on an open file format to allow our users to steward their music resources effectively. Our app works with any multitrack content you have, as well as pre-prepared content from our store or any other source you can get it from. No uploading or registration is required. You are in complete control of your library content,storage, and distribution within your worship team members. And any content you use with our app can easily be used in any playback application that uses common standard audio files (ie MP3, OGG). Our process is simple.
We recommend you start with these track sources, all of which are easy to use in WorshipSong Band. As of this writing, there are over 1000 available song titles that can be downloaded and used in Worshipsong Band from these providers, all by just adding the downloaded zip file to your library or entering the download code
The WorshipSong Store offers a small selection of well known songs and many free independent artist multitracks. All preparation for the app is done. The doiwnloads are zip files ready to drag into your library. These tracks are cost effective and many are free, and there is an available sponsorship program for ministries that need free resources.
Guidetracks offers 100+ tracks, all including chord charts, with many of the latest songs available. These tracks are already configured and ready to drop into your Worshipsong Band Library. Guidetracks will also add songs to their library on request.
Worship Backing Band offers 275+ tracks of well known songs, all with vocals and section timings, and available chord charts. The Worship Backing Band IPad player is a variant of Worshipsong Band, therefore you may just download the IPad version of any of the Worship Backing Band songs, and directly use them in Worshipsong Band, on any platform. For one purchase, you also get full Ableton project files for these tracks, making them great value. See Example.
Multitracks For Worship offers 100+ tracks of well known songs, all with vocals and section timings, and chord charts. These are the songs from the award winning ISingWorship app. For one low purchase price of under $10, you also get full wav stems for these tracks, making them great value.
Worship tracks Live offers many tracks of well known songs, all set up with chord charts and sections at an affordable price
Jesussongs offers hymns and traditional songs in an innovative format designed to assist churches with choir and harmony singing. They offer over 100 multitracks complete with chord charts, audio, and three-part harmony lyric scores that can be used as a projected digital hymnal to your congregation and as a great tool to learn harmony. Tracks prices are set with small congragations in mind, with a "pay what you can afford" approach.
iMusic Lessons Depot has a library of primarily gospel themed tracks with 100+ songs and many background music selections. These tracks are already configured and ready to drop into your Worshipsong Band Library.
Reawaken Hymns offers clean, modern arrangements of hymns you know and love. Their growing collection of multitracks includes full support for use in Worshipsong Band, including full chord charts.
Praisecharts offers hundreds of song titles in various categories such as multitracks and rhythm tracks,that provide a solution for all pric epoints, from about $2 a song through about $11 a song. The most popular multitracks have all preparation done and are ready for your Worshipsong Band library. Others require a small amount of preparation. See Praisecharts for WorshipSong Band for details. The list of multitracks that are ready to go is maintained here.
The Worshipheaven fellowship serves the Chinese church all over the world with over 100 free songs, in both Chinese and English. Their web site has pages in both languages. You can check out their YouTube channel here.
Altar the Atmosphere has a library of Atmospheres, which are instrumental music that can play in any key and seamlessly loop for any length of time in Worshipsong Band
These multitrack sources above are listed because their content is cost effective, open for use in any application, can be used with very little effort. Other popular sources of multitracks, especiially original artist stems, are www.loopcommunity.com and www.multitracks.com, and these resources can be easily imported and used in Worshipsong Band. Each track source has different business practices, price points, and support models for track producers. While the track producers above typically keep 80% or more of their track revenues, many track providers pay out significantly less (averaging 20%), and some engage in anticompetive practices like exclusive agreements with artists to limit competition. We urge you to do your research before spending your money.
And, of course, the best source we recommend is your own church or team. WorshipSong Band is a great technology to get your music out there, and the WorshipSong platform is a great way to share. Also, don't forget to check our forum, where you can share timing files for any content you wish, enabling others to benefit from your efforts.
To use content that is not already prepared, the process is straightforward. See the Adding Songs page on this site for details.