Worshipsong Band version 4.0 is now releasing for all platforms. For version 4.0, we have added several new features that extend the app's usefulness to your team, and also added key new performance features. New features include:
Personal Band Mix feature. Audio on multiple devices can be synchronized on a wireless network through Ableton Link, a software library that creates a shared time-grid across multiple devices wirelessly. We've used this concept to add a new personal band mix mode that allows each wireless network client to have their own audio mix, played in sync. This allows click, cues, or a band mix to be heard by the band without in-ear monitors and other Ableton Link enabled apps, such as the Pulse metronome, can sync to the grid established by Worshisong Band.
Pad banks can now be selected and switched on the fly, in any key to be played and cross-faded, meaning you have no need for a separate pad controller app. If you just need a click, new click tracks with adjustable tempos can be selected and added to your sets. These clicks can be played with pads underneath. New count-in dynamic cues will count the beats before a marker along with the cue itself.
Preset Mixes have been extended to allow more dynamic control of the mix during playback. You can add pre-cued mix selection to the song timeline, so the audio mix will automatically fade to the preset at markers. Editing preset mixes is easier with new GUI controls.
Library management is much more powerful. A new set-list import/export feature allows entire sets to be shared with the team, or built on one device and installed to another easily. Song files also can be copied directly via wireless to network clients within the app. The library is now visible in the Files app on IOS 11, so you can directly download content to your IPad and use it. We've also improved the track import process to make it as quick and and seamless as possible. A single copy of Worshipsong Band on a PC or Mac provides the same capability to prepare content as other platform's websites, giving you complete control.
UI improvements, including a 25% larger chord chart view and bigger play/pause button. Built-in help now supports web links to help, video, track sources, and more, and a new 'tips' window keeps you aware of app modes. We've added over an hour of new tutorial videos to the Youtube channel to help you learn to use the features of Worshipsong Band.
Many of the version 4.0 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 whose track pricing is dictated by the industry. 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.
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.
Worshipsong Band version 3.1 is now releasing for all platforms: Windows, MacOS, IOS, and Android. For version 3.1, we have added several new features to allow much more dynamic flow of your service with Worshipsong Band. The most innovative of these is a brand new type of multi-layered pad we call Atmospheres. We've teamed with Jeff McCullough (Tree Hill Collective, JumpStart3) to bring the capabilities of his new app Altar the Atmosphere to Worshipsong Band. Atmospheres are designed to be used in altar times, prayer times, before and after services, and anytime your service calls for unstructured music. They can be used where you might otherwise have a guitarist or keyboardist playing underneath whatever is going on in your service. Technically, Atmospheres are special multitracks provided in several keys that are designed to be played in any key, for any length of time, and offer a simple slider control to layer the elements. Atmospheres can switch keys on the fly, and fade into one another seamlessly, and be played with a simple long-press on the library menu. The Altar the Atmosphere app launched earlier this year with a collection of 9 Atmospheres to choose from (with more on the way) and all of the content can now be used in Worshipsong Band. You can buy the complete set of 9 at this link. Watch Atmospheres in action: