The Power Of Apps In Worship
In a world where gadgets and gizmos are becoming such an integrated part of how we live, play, and work, it can be quite challenging and outright overwhelming to know what to do or where to start. As a worship leader who had to get adjusted to using software programs and other hardware in worship, I was feeling a bit in over my head. The thought of how much time it would take to learn and implement these tools in worship was overwhelming. Little did I know that something so simple and powerful was available to worship leaders!
Apps On Stage
Technology has made wonderful advances and has made our lives much easier. Think about it – you have more computing power in your pocket than what put a man on the moon! There are many apps that you can use to enhance your live performances. There are apps for chord charts, lyric projection, and for running tracks. If you’ve never used tracks in your worship sets, think of accompaniment tracks/mp3s/CDs – the major difference here is that each instrument can be muted/soloed/mixed within each song. Tracks can help whether you have a full worship band or one musician. They can keep your band tight, add instruments, and give you a fuller sound. If you’re thinking “This sounds great! Now what?”, at Loop Community we have created a playback app to help you run tracks called PRIME. PRIME is a free app for iPhone, iPad and Mac that allows you to playback songs in a setlist with a metronome and vocal cues for song arrangement and direction.
For small churches and large churches alike that are using tracks in worship, this is a great option that is relatively inexpensive. The app is free and the only thing you need to purchase are the tracks themselves. Loop Community is a great resource that sells tracks from three different sources: recording artists, professional studio musicians, and a community of users who upload their arranged recordings of popular tracks. Modern worship, gospel, and spanish tracks are just some of the genres to choose from, and new content is being added daily. To learn more about our types of tracks read our recent blog post, “The Facts Behind Our Tracks”.
How can I use PRIME?
Once you have downloaded PRIME to your iPad, iPhone, or Mac, any song that you’ve purchased from LoopCommunity.com will automatically be available right in the app! You can create setlists, change keys and tempos, even jump around within the song or loop a certain section over again to give spontaneity and freedom to your worship service. Connect your iPad to a MIDI controller, like our Looptimus foot controller, or a USB keyboard and trigger functions in PRIME. What’s more is that PRIME also accepts custom audio uploads that you have recorded yourself. I’ve been able to create my own versions of great worship songs and upload them straight to PRIME to use in my church. It’s been a real blessing and has pushed me to be a better musician!
What do you need to run tracks in PRIME?
Since PRIME only runs on Apple devices, you’ll need either a Mac, iPhone, iPod, or iPad to run the app. You’ll also need an account with LoopCommunity.com (it’s free to sign-up), so you can purchase tracks to use in the app. Use the headphone jack or lightning port to send the audio to your mixer in the house. There are complete guides on how to route the audio at loopcommunity.com/training.
If you’re new to using tracks in worship or you’ve been using them but have never checked out PRIME, head over to the App Store and download it today. You get a free song that you can use to explore the app and learn it better. If you need more training or have any questions, you can always check out the training videos on the Loop Community YouTube channel or just email support@LoopCommunity.com and we’ll be readily available to help you get plugged in. Even though there are many ways to run tracks in worship, PRIME and LoopCommunity.com are an easy and affordable way to start your church on the simple path to using tracks and click in worship.
You’ll be amazed how much better your band sounds by adding technology to your stage.