Mobile Device on Stage
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have made wonderful advances and have made our lives much easier. Think about it - you have more computing power in your pocket than what put a man on the moon! One app that I particularly love is called PRIME. PRIME is a free playback app that worship teams can use to play along with or use as a last-resort solution for a missing band member. PRIME is a modern version of accompaniment tracks. This difference here is that each instrument can be muted or edited within each song. For those small churches and large churches alike that are using tracks in worship, this is a great option that is relatively inexpensive. By inexpensive, I mean FREE. Who doesn't like free?
How can I use PRIME?
Once you have downloaded PRIME to your iPad or iPhone, songs 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. What's more is that PRIME also accepts custom uploads that you have written/arranged. 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!
Where do the tracks come from?
Tracks (also sometimes called Loops, Backing Tracks, Stems, MultiTracks) are what you are playing along with in PRIME. There are really great companies that sell and distribute these tracks, one of which being LoopCommunity.com. Loop Community is a great resource that sells the original master tracks straight from the recording artist as well as from a community of users who upload their arranged recordings of popular tracks. Modern worship, gospel, and latin tracks are just some of the genres to choose from, and new content is being added daily. You can also upload your own created tracks and sell them on Loop Community if you'd like!
What do you need to run tracks in PRIME?
Since PRIME only runs on Apple's mobile iOS, you'll need to have either an iPhone, iPod, or iPad to run the app. The most popular device to use is the iPad due to the size of the screen and availability to see the sections and loop around within the song, but the iPhone and iPod devices work well too. You'll also need an account with LoopCommunity.com (free to sign-up), so that you can see which tracks you would like to preview before you purchase to use in the app. The headphone jack makes it easy to connect PRIME to your sound system. The Click is panned left and all the tracks are panned Right. Check out this diagram on LoopCommunity.com.
If you're new to using tracks in worship and want to start using them, check out the free app called PRIME in the App Store and start using it today! You get a free song in the App that you can play with. 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 LoopCommunity.com and they'll be readily available to help you get plugged in. Even though there are many tech avenues you can get into, PRIME and LoopCommunity.com are an easy way to start your church on the simple path to using tracks in worship. You'll be amazed how much better your band sounds by adding technology to your stage.
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