How to import your own or third party tracks to the Transition MultiTrack Player


This video will show you how to import your own MultiTracks or those you have purchased from third party sites. You don’t need to watch this video if you only ever use Worship Backing Band MultiTracks.

You can import zipped WAVs, MP3s or AAC files to the Transition Player. The stems do not need to be identical lengths but the length of the longest stem will determine the length of the full song.

You’ll find that the Worship Backing Band player interface is the same on Windows, Mac and iPad except for Edit Mode. Edit Mode is not on iPad

Getting into Edit Mode

When you are in the Transition Player, press the letter “E” to go into Edit Mode. You can toggle it back and forth by pressing and re-pressing “E”.

Once in Edit mode a few things disappear from the screen and if you select the Library button you’ll see a message saying ‘Drag a zip file to import or a song to edit’.

You can either edit an existing song from your Library or import a new one by dragging a new zip file in. The name of the zip file is how you want the song name to be displayed in the Library.

Drag the song to be edited into the central part of the Player. The Edit Window gives a spreadsheet view of the timeline across the bottom. You will see the Section Name, Start Time and Beats listed as well as Tempo, Time Signature and Key.
You will need to edit these sections.

Let’s assume you are dragging a new zip file in.
Looking inside the zip file using something like File Explorer you will be able to see the various stems that will be imported.

You can have as many stems in the zip file as comes with the download so for example 20 but we will need to combine some of these so that you end up with 14 stems or fewer. The Editor makes this very simple to do.

The names of the stems are not really important as long as when you do the import you can recognise which stem it is so that you can assign it to the name that you want it to be in the Player. So for example ELEC 1 and ELEC 2 would be a standard naming convention for two Electric Guitar stems but you can use whatever has already been assigned and you do not have to rename your WAV files inside the zip file to match those we have with Worship Backing Band MultiTracks.

Importing a song

Drag the zip file into the Player Edit Screen. A message comes up: ‘Add tracks from [song name]’. Select Continue – OK.

The Track Assignment Window then pops up.

The Track File Name lists all the audio files that it has found in the zip file and the Track Name is the name that the audio file is going to be called in the Player.

If you give multiple tracks the same name the import process will bounce those into a single (combined) stem and then put that stem in the Player. This is ideal when you have more than 14 stems in your zip file. So sometimes you will get multiple Drums stems (with toms, drums, kick and snare all separate). If you name them all DRUMS, you will end up with a single combined drum stem which is easier to work with in a live worship setting.

Go through each imported stem and rename them. You click the three little dots … beside each stem and naming options will appear.

You will be shown name options such as Click/Cue, Percussion, Electric and sub options from those. For example, Vocals then gives the naming options Vocal, Vox, BGV, Choir and Keys gives the options Keys, Keys 1, Keys 2, Synth and Piano.

The user picks from the menu and assigns the best fit stem name from the Wav to the Track Name.

Whatever stems the user does not have just won’t be used and won’t show up in the end track. So you don’t have to have Click and Natural Click and Intro Click. The assignment is up to the user.

When finished click on the “Convert 14 Tracks” button. A dialogue box pops up that says ‘Converting [song name]’ and will take some time. Continue. Ok.

A window will then pop up as each stem is converted. Depending on the specification of your computer this should take no more than a few minutes and you will see the progress as each window pops up saying which stem is being converted.

Finally you will see a message that says ‘Converted 14 tracks (song name) should now appear in your Library’. Click OK and the track window goes away. You are still in Editor Screen and you see a Library List and the recently imported song should be showing in that list.

Editing the song

We now need to tell the Player where the important junction points of the song are. These are so that it can identify song sections such as the intro, verses, chorus and bridge.

Drag the song into Editor. Look at the Mixer and check that the song is in there: It does not have sections yet because they have not been assigned.
First thing is to assign the Tempo, Time Signature and Key. These can be changed at any point.

The best way to work with the song sections is to use beat counts accurate to your tempo. Simply listen to each song section and count the beats. Alternately you can enter Time (minutes, seconds, decimal seconds) instead of Beats for each section.

Click on the + button to add a section and then name the section accordingly – ie Intro, V1 Chorus, etc.

Change the number of beats as you count each section. Continue through the song adding and naming sections and adding beats until the end of the song.

Press the minus (-) button to remove a song section.

When you have finished press the Save Song button.

Press E to come out of Edit mode and back into the Main Player.

The song can now be played and if you are unhappy with anything and want to make changes simply go back into Edit Mode and Save Song again to update.

Importing your own or third party songs into the iPad Player

The iPad Player does not have an Edit function so if you want to use non Worship Backing Band MultiTracks in the iPad Player you will first need to import and edit them in the Mac or PC Transition Player.

Once the song is saved copy the zip file from the Mac or PC library folder into the iCloud Drive folder on your Mac or PC, and it will then sync to the iPad player and can be used there.

How to get the Transition MultiTrack Player onto your Mac/PC

First buy the Player on the Worship Backing Band website.

You’ll then be shown (and emailed) a link to download the Player. This is also stored in My Account/My Downloadable Products on the webstore.

Click the Mac or PC link to download. If you see a warning message (eg Windows Defender SmartScreen message) please overrule the message. On Windows you do this by clicking More info and then Run anyway.

You will then be taken through a download process. Simply click to proceed as you would with any new software.

When you open the Player you’ll see the player window. This is re-sizeable by the user but always maintains the same aspect ratio (4/3). On a Mac, it you make it full screen, it will resize to a different aspect, but the basic relationship of the elements to each other remains, just with a bit more space in between.  On Windows, the aspect is always constrained to the 4/3 aspect ratio.

If you are working on an iPad you need to purchase a separate app from the App Store.

Free MultiTrack: Hillsong’s You Hold Me Now

The free track for June is Hillsong’s You Hold Me Now by Matt Crocker and Reuben Morgan. Click to download the song which has a full set of WAVs (+ Ableton session file) as well as stems for our iPad Player.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTrack is the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Free MultiTrack: So Great

Free Worship Backing Band MultiTrack for April 2019

This month’s free MultiTrack is the CompassionArt song So Great written by a huge team of well known songwriters including Michael W Smith, Paul Baloche, Steven Curtis Chapman, Stu Gerrard, Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Amy Park, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin.

The CompassionArt charity was founded by Delirious? songwriter Martin Smith and his wife Anna, with the aim of generating income from works of art to assist in the relief of suffering around the world.

Unless you are confident with using a DAW such as Ableton, you will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTrack is the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Songs for Easter: 82 ideas for your Easter set lists

We have compiled a list of 82 songs suitable for Easter services that we have available as MultiTracks and Split Tracks. Click the song to take you to listen to a sample or to buy.

Remember bulk buy discounts are automatically applied at the checkout for purchases of 10, 25 and 50 tracks.

Licensing: Do we still have to report song use to CCLI with your backing tracks?

How does licensing work for Worship Backing Band DVDs, Split Tracks and MultiTracks?

We at Worship Backing Band pay a (fairly substantial) fee to the publisher/ song writer for each song sold whether in DVD, Split Track, MultiTrack or chord chart format.

That fee covers our obligations in terms of supplying you a song that is not in public domain. For Split Tracks (and DVDs) this also includes an additional charge to cover the use of lyric display.

Does the church still need to report song use to CCLI?

Despite the fee we have paid for the use of the song, your church will also need to report song use to CCLI with Worship Backing Band tracks in just the same way as you would with a live band. So simply add the title of each song sung each week to your usual CCLI return.

Moat churches already have a Church Copyright License (even if all they have done is sing with organist accompaniment in the past) but if you’ve not got one, simply contact CCLI who will be happy to help.

Can I photocopy Worship Backing Band chord charts?

So long as your church has a photocopy license from CCLI and you report your copying of Worship Backing Band chord charts you may copy and distribute them to others in our worship team.

Free MultiTrack: Glorious by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves

This month’s free MultiTrack is our Worship Backing Band version of Glorious by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves in the more congregational key of D.

It’s totally free during March and you’ll get the wav files for our PC/Mac MultiTrack Player PLUS files for the new iPad MultiTrack Player.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player or the iPad MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Free MultiTrack: The Highest and the Greatest by Tim Hughes and Nick Herbert

This month’s free MultiTrack is The Highest and the Greatest by Tim Hughes and Nick Herbert.

It’s totally free this month and you’ll get the wav files for our PC/Mac MultiTrack Player PLUS files for the new iPad MultiTrack Player.

Remember that you will need the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player or the iPad MultiTrack Player to play the track.

Free Christmas MultiTrack: Emmanuel by Matt Weeks

Free Christmas MultiTrackDecember’s free track of the month is a terrific Advent Hymn called Emmanuel, which is perfect for using as part of your worship in your Christmas services. The song is designed to be easily singable and very congregational and it even comes with the chord charts and score all free of charge!

Emmanuel is written by Matt Weeks who as well as being a producer, song writer and bass player for many of the best known worship leaders around the world, teaches all Musicademy’s bass lessons and is the bass player on Worship Backing Band’s MultiTracks.

Check out Matt’s site here.

It’s available as a free MultiTrack download for the whole of December so do check it out and put it to use this Christmas! There’s even a free chord chart to go with it.

Please note that the CCLI number for Emmanuel is 7053686.

You will need a copy of Worship Backing Band’s Mac/PC or iPad MultiTrack Player to play the backing track. MultiTrack is the simplest and least expensive solution to get a full band sound from your worship team, even if you’ve only got a couple of musicians.

Black Friday Sale: 20% off EVERYTHING

Black Friday MultiTracks and DVDs

The Black Friday sale is on over at the Worship Backing Band website.

Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY18. This will give you a blanket 20% off any download you purchase on the Worship Backing Band site. That’s 20% off on top of the usual bundle pack discounts for MultiTracks, Chord Charts, DVDs and Split Tracks.

Do remember to put the coupon in at the checkout as we can’t retrospectively credit your discount.