Have you heard the terms “Loops” or “Multitracks?” If not, allow me to introduce you to something that will help take your music to another level, regardless of the size of your church!
First of all, the easiest way to explain the difference between the two terms is this: “Loops” are simply drum-driven tracks that you simply start to begin the song and stop when the song is over. There are tons of various loops located on the site that I will recommend below. “Multitracks,” however, are tracks that include a full band, some even include background vocals on the track, so that you or your Praise Team (if you have one) can sing with them or you can simply mute them. Basically it’s like singing with a soundtrack from back in the 80’s and 90’s…only it’s cool now! HA!
Now that I’ve given you a short lesson on the difference let me introduce you to what I’ve been using in my local church for the past year or so.
For Loops we use an App called “Loops By CDub” that you can see by clicking this link: Loops By CDub
By the way, this App is available for both Apple and Google.
They also have a website you can visit by clicking this link: Loops by C-DUB
Once you’ve downloaded the App to your Apple iPad or Google Tablet, it’s a matter of searching for particular songs within their database or searching by the BPM (Beats Per Minute) to find a Loop that you like that will go with the song you’re looking to sing. The Loops come with 2 options: (1) the Loop by itself that your band plays with, or (2) the Loop includes drums, in the event you do not have a live drummer. THAT IS HUGE!
Without getting way too technical, if you have any questions about this, just email me and I’ll get with you to explain it in more detail. It will seem a bit overwhelming at first, but the more you use it the more comfortable you’ll get.
You have 2 options for purchasing: (1) pay per “Loop” or (2) pay a flat monthly rate and have access to unlimited downloads.
What I would suggest is for you to just purchase a couple of loops and get used to using them. If you see that you’re using them a lot, and it merits a monthly subscription, go for it. If, on the other hand, you are doing songs with the same rhythm or can get by on a few different loops to do most of your songs, it might be better to just pay the price for each Loop and just use the Loop for multiple songs.
For Mulititracks we use an App called “Prime” that you can see by clicking this link: Prime App for iPad
The Prime App is driven by the Loop Community website you can visit by clicking this link: Loop Community
Remember that using a Multitrack means you will have the sound of a full-band and the prices for each song vary, depending on whether it’s a Master Track (means that it’s the original artist’s track) or a Community Track (means that someone created the track themselves and is selling it through Loop Community). Also, when playing with a multitrack, if you have a keyboard player, drummer, guitar player, etc, all you have to do is MUTE that channel on the Track and your live musician can play along with the track, meaning they’ll be playing with a full band.
This is a game changer for church planters and small churches! You no longer have to wait for years and years until you get some musicians raised up or some move in. You can begin with either a Loop to enhance your live musicians or you can use Multitracks and have a full band sound from day one!
The prices for Multitracks vary, but they are worth every penny.
We have been using both of these Apps for the last year and absolutely love them, and I really think you are going to love them too!
Again, if you have any questions please contact me. My sound guy is working on putting together a step by step guide on how to get everything set up and we will make that available to anyone who contacts us about it. Me and my Media Team are available to help you any way that we can, so please contact us with any questions and we will be glad to help you and your team.