Worshipsong Band 7.0 Released

Worshipsong Band version 7.0 is now releasing for all platforms.  For version 7.0, we have added a new Team Sharing feature designed to enable worship and tech teams to more easily collaborate using Worshipsong Band. This feature includes:

  • The ability to share songs and sets in the cloud with your team
  • A new team sharing window on the on the library page to access shared content using a convenient access code
  • An online team portal located at www.worshipsongteams.com.  This portal allows you to create an identity for your team and to view or delete items shared with your team.  Team members do not require access to the team portal
  • Two separate roles for each team - an admin role with ability to push content to the cloud, and a member role with ability to download content from the cloud
  • Efficient synchronization that does not upload or download content unless it has changed
  • Ability to upload and download complete sets including MIDI automation, mixes, song arrangements, key changes, preset audio dynamics, and song transitions.  This is accomplished through allowing saved sets to be shared.  Shared sets will automatically synchronize songs in the set.
  • Free cloud storage provided by Worshipsong for your shared items.  Or, you can use your own cloud storage and share items through the portal.

 The features of Worshipsong Band Team Sharing are demonstrated here:

Worshipsong Band has received many awards and favorable reviews, and is used around the world by Worship Leaders.  Download it free from www.worshipsong.com or the IOS App Store or Google Play today.

 

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Worshipsong Band 6.0 Released

Worshipsong Band version 6.0 is now releasing for all platforms.  For version 6.0, we have added new features designed to make downloading content easier, to enhance Worshipsong Band's chord display capabilities, to enable more flexible control over looping and song order, and to improve the interface for multichannel output. New features include:

New optional Chord Scrolling Mode is designed to make using Worshipsong Band as a chord viewer much easier.  This includes:

  • A new settings option  "Scroll only when necessary" will set the chord chart to scroll only when required to have a song section in view, rather than always keeping the current section at the top 
  • New swipe gestures on touchscreen to scroll chord chart when using Worshipsong Band as a chord-only viewer without click or tracks
  • New chord advance and backup actions are now assignable for MIDI control
  • Chord rendering algorithm improved to fit more chords in the available space.  In dual column layout mode with smaller font scaling, many songs can fit on one or two screens

 New Direct Download of Track Vendor Content includes:

  • A new download window on the library page
  • Track vendors can supply download codes for their songs when you purchase directly from them
  • Enter the download code to enable Cloud-based download of songs directly to your library
  • Vendor library is now expanded.  For example the Worship Backing Band library now all includes embedded chord charts

New Follower Mode now supports any desired playback order for song flow.  This includes:

  • All Section actions can be set to trigger the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or every time through a section
  • A new section automation feature: "Cue Jump" is available to automatically cue a jump to any other section of the song
  • Actions can be overridden at any time via song cue feature
  • These features can be used to reorder a song, do infinite loops, play a lead-in click until ready to start the song, and much more

New GUI for Multichannel Output includes:

  • A new grid widget on the audio settings page can be used to assign channels to stems
  • All stem names in your library are automatically added to the grid and can be assigned
  • The routing grid is applied to all songs in your library, making audio routing setup a breeze
  • Audio routing is bound to the installation of Worshipsong Band, not to the set, meaning your team will not have to worry about audio routing setup when you share sets with them.  Your team can rehearse with a standard stereo setup, while you route the same set to multiple output channels in your church.

Other New Features include:

  • Saved sets can be either loaded or added to the current set.  This allows you to save off individual songs as sets if desired.  Saved sets include all mixes and section actions.  This allows you to share saved sets across your entire team by sharing the saved set file.
  • The audio engine has been updated to the latest FMOD.  This includes improvements to audio levels, pitch shift accuracy, and looping performance
  • Multiple bug fixes

 

All of the version 6.0 features have been added based on user requests and feedback, continuing our tradition of listening and responding to the needs of our worship leader user community.  Worshipsong Band remains the most feature rich worship multi track platform available, and, of course, remains free,  Our open format freeware is the only dedicated user friendly playback platform that does not require you to register, pay rent to use our cloud, or buy your content from a single provider.  Many users source their content from multiple sources, and even make many of their own tracks.  And, of course, independent artists from around the world offer their tracks in the Worshipsong Store, most completely free.  Worshipsong Band ensures a consistent playback experience for content from all sources.  A demo of these new features is below:

 


Worshipsong Band has received many awards and favorable reviews, and is used around the world by Worship Leaders.  Download it free from www.worshipsong.com or the IOS App Store or Google Play today.

 

 

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Worshipsong Band 5.4 Released

Worshipsong Band version 5.4 is now releasing for all platforms.  For version 5.4, we have added new features designed to enhance the lyric presentation capabilities, and also added support for chords and lyrics in most of the world's languages. New features include:

New Lyric Presentation Modes include:

  • Support for all caps
  • New lyric fonts
  • Lyric backgrounds and boxes
  • Top, center, or bottom lyric location
  • Multiple lyric styles can be saved and recalled, including automatically via section actions

New Multi Language Features include:

  • Support for multiple languages within a single chord chart
  • Support for ChordPro format for chord charts
  • UTF-8 support for chord charts and the built-in text editors
  • Integration of the Google Noto font for support of all Western Eurpoean, Eastern European, and major Asian languages in a single font
  • Dual Language lyric display

The support forums are now back up and running, for tech support or networking

A new Worshipsong User's Group page is available on Facebook.

Many of the version 5.4 features have been added based on user requests, continuing our tradition of listening and responding to the needs of our worship leader user community.  Worshipsong Band remains the most feature rich worship multi track platform available, and, of course, remains free,  Our open format is the only dedicated 'user friendly' playback platform that does not require you to register, use our cloud, or buy your content from a single provider.  Many users source their content from multiple sources, and even make many of their own tracks.  And, of course, independent artists from around the world offer their tracks in the Worshipsong Store, most completely free.  Worshipsong Band ensures a consistent playback experience for content from all sources.


Worshipsong Band received a Worship Leader Magazine Editor's Choice award for 2015, the second time it has been so honored.  Download it free from www.worshipsong.com or the IOS App Store or Google Play today.

 

 

 

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Give Them More Than a Song

Give Them More Than a Song

If you have ever recorded a worship song, it is an exhilarating experience, but also a lot of work. First there is the writing, wrestling with the words to make them work with the music and rhyme, and say what God has put on your heart to say. There is capturing the right melodies, and putting them together. If you are making a studio recording, there is the process of lining up a producer, players or your band, and the preparation of the tracks if used.  Then there is the recording, sometimes over multiple sessions. You and the producer sifting through the mixes, finding the right ones. Adding the effects, mixing, mastering. Then there is the distribution. Preparing the masters.  Uploading them for the CD or digital distribution process. Tagging the MP3.s, Creating cover art. Social media, etc, etc. For a quality recording, it can be months of effort. 

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Worshipsong Band 2.9 Released

Worshipsong Band 2.9 Released

Worshipsong Band version 2.9is now releasing for all platforms: Windows, MacOS, IOS, and Android. We've added new capabilities to our app to help create better flow in your worship sets through adding a new 'Presentation' feature to the set list. Using this new window offers much more control of the flow of your set, such as:

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WorshipSong Band Version 2.8 Released

WorshipSong Band Version 2.8 Released

Worshipsong Band version 2.8 is now releasing for all platforms: Windows, MacOS, IOS, and Android.  We've added new capabilities to our app to help create better flow in your worship sets.

- A new Song Arrangement feature lets you skip or loop sections, and save arrangements in your set list.  These options are conveniently accessed via a right click or long press on the song timeline, and can be done over the network.

- Pad Capabilities have been significantly enhanced.  You can now use the touchscreen or a MIDI controller to play pad notes in any key, allowing you to create transitions between songs or use pads to underlay prayer time.  Pad notes can be commanded over a network, so any member of your band or tech team can do it.

Layered Ambient Loop support is now added. You can use special tracks that seamlessly loop for any amount of time you want to create just the right atmosphere for spoken worship, bible reading, or prayer.

- As always, we continue to improve the stability and quality of our software.

All of the new version 2.8 features have been added based on user requests, continuing our tradition of listening and responding to the needs of our worship leader user community.  Worshipsong Band remains the most feature rich worship multi track platform available, and, of course, remains free,  Our open format is the only dedicated 'user friendly' playback platform that does not require you to register, use our cloud, or buy your content from a single provider.  Many users source their content from multiple sources, and even make many of their own tracks.  And, of course, independent artists from around the world offer their tracks in the Worshipsong Store, most completely free.  Worshipsong Band ensures a consistent playback experience for content from all sources.

 
Worshipsong Band received a Worship Leader Magazine Editor's Choice award for 2015, the second time it has been so honored.  Download it free from www.worshipsong.com or the IOS App Store or Google Play today.
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Worshipsong Band 2.6 Released

Worshipsong Band 2.6 Released

Worshipsong Band version 2.6 is now releasing for all platforms: Windows,MacOS, IOS, and Android.  In the new version, the capabilities of the application have been significantly enhanced, most notably the audio interface:

- A new Band Mix feature allows two independent mixes, one for the house and another for the band featuring click/metronome, cues, and any other instruments.  This is available on all platforms.

- A  4 channel stereo out mode adds allows full stereo output on 2 channels and the Band Mix on 2 additional ones (Windows/Mac)

- Up to 16 independent stems routed into user-definable buses can be output via dedicated audio interfaces allowing complete control of your full mix from a sound desk.  Stems routed can also include all of Worshipsong Band's built-in audio tracks such as pads, cues, or metronome (Windows/Mac).

- A new Visual Beat option gives a visual metronome indicator, synchronized with the built-in metronome or click, even on wirelessly linked remote chord viewers.

- Two column chord display can now be selected on IPad and IPad Pro devices in landscape mode.

- Western European extended font characters can be used in chord chart/lyric displays,covering Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian Dutch, French, etc.

- A built-in automated import utility is available for all of Musicademy's extensive library of Worship Backing Band Pro WAV multitracks (covering some 250+ songs).  These are affordable, high quality tracks, in congregationally friendly keys, that include vocals. The supplied WAV stems are imported in high-quality lossless FLAC format, so you get the full quality of WAV playback in a smaller file size suitable for mobile devices.  The import utility is currently available as a part of WorshipSong Band version 2.6 for Windows, but the resulting files may be used on all platforms.

All of the new version 2.6 features have been added based on user requests, continuing our tradition of listening and responding to the needs of our worship leader user community.  Worshipsong Band remains the most feature rich worship multi track platform available, and, of course, remains free,  Our open format is the only dedicated 'user friendly' playback platform that does not require you to register, use our cloud, or buy your content from a single provider.  Many users source their content from multiple sources, and even make many of their own tracks.  And, of course, independent artists from around the world offer their tracks in the Worshipsong Store, most completely free.  Worshipsong Band ensures a consistent playback experience for content from all sources.

 
Worshipsong Band version 2.6 received a Worship Leader Magazine Editor's Choice award for 2015, the second time it has been so honored.  Download it free from www.worshipsong.com or the IOS App Store or Google Play today.
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WorshipSong Band Version 2.3 Released

WorshipSong Band Version 2.3 Released

We are always looking for ways to enable Worship Leaders to make use of more and cheaper resources.  Our new release of WorshipSong Band gives users a whole new way to use our software.  New features include:

Metronome and Guide Tracks

Worshipsong Band now includes a metronome feature. Any tempo from 20-150 BPM may be set, in times of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8,and 8/8.  In addition, song timings may now be specified in tempo beats in addition to minutes/seconds.  Adding songs just became a whole lot easier, and it's a snap to set up your chord charts to work in WorshipSong without tracks, allowing your band to use a click track even without any audio augmentation.

Guide tracks is our name for combined click and cue tracks.  These are a part of many multitrack offerings.  What is different about WorshipSong Band's guide tracks is that they need not be pre-recorded.  WorshipSong now has the capability to automatically build a click track and play cues to accompany music you add to the app.  As long as the song follows a consistent tempo, WorshipSong Band will supply the needed click and cues.  And both click and cues follow you through the song as you loop and jump to different sections.

How does this save money?  Take a look at the video below, where we show how you can use a simple rhythm track and get all the features of a full multitrack offering (except individual instrument control), as a small fraction of the cost of a full multitrack.  Such rhythm and split tracks are widely available for just about any song.

Tempo Control

WorshipSong Band now allows tempo control of your songs.  All features of the app such as looping,pitch control, chord charts, etc work with tempo control.  This allows you to fine tune the speed of the song.  Due to the app's sophisticated looping features, a song's tempo can only be adjusted prior to playing the song, but the desired tempo is always set in the set list.

Pads

These were actually introduced a couple of versions back, buy they a great to add ambiance to your set, as well as a good way to seamlessly link songs together with their built-in cross-fade feature.  A single set of pads in all keys is all that is required, and WorshipSong automatically plays them based on the key of your song.

Remember, all versions of WorshipSong Band are available on all platforms, and we never release a version for one platform that is out of sync with the others. Whether you use Windows, MacOS, IOS, or Android, WorshipSong Band will work for you.

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Brad Eberly - First Things First

 

Visit any of Calvary Community Church's (Phoenix, AZ) many services and you will experience the worship program that is the handiwork of Brad Eberly, Senior Worship Pastor for many years.  Brad leads a program consisting of multiple campuses and several worship teams for all ages at Calvary Community.  It's more than a full time job ministering to this diverse congregation in one of the less affluent areas of Phoenix, one of the earliest cities to face the full force of the current economic downturn.  Needs are many at Calvary, which is firmly planted in a part of town that is, frankly, past its heyday.  The buildings are not glamorous, and the congregation is diverse.  But the church continues to minister year after year, serving as a visible manifestation of Christ's body in this place where it is so needed, and bringing solid bible teaching and a full ministry program.
 
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