Most multitrack software platforms exist to facilitate selling and licensing content from the worship music industry to church users. This fact tends to drive up costs and impose controls on content. On these platforms, there is no market where multitrack content producers and consumers can agree on a product and price point that suits both. The market is controlled by the platform provider. There is also no opportunity for churches to give away their original multitrack content. Worshipsong Band is different. Our platform is designed to be free and open, and to facilitate a free market between churches and track producers, and to offer you full control of your music library.
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 my music investment or my sets and arrangements? What happens when my usage outgrows the platform? What happens when the platform's app breaks, or no longer works well?
- Does the solution require all users of multitracks (playback, rehearsal, training) to use the same type of computer or tablet? To re-purchase the music? To use expensive software?
- Can I use my own content, or content from different sources without registering or uploading my content to my multitrack software provider's cloud and paying rental fees in order to use it? Is uploading one content provider's music to another's cloud a permitted use of the content?
- 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?
- What happens when my multitrack provider raises the price of their content or cloud storage? Am I stuck?
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 650 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
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.
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.
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.
These multitrack sources 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. 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.