The group mute button is like a global mix override that works for every song.
It is very useful for setting up a standard mix to work with your worship team. For example, you may always have an acoustic guitar, bass and keyboard in your band so these can be muted all the time. Using the ‘group mute’ function in this way means that you don’t need to set muting individually for every song.
If, however, you want to set up a mix for each song in your set it would then be possible to use the ‘group mute’ to hear a different combination of instruments. For example, being able to strip back to just bass and drums in the middle of a song.
All mixes are reset back to default by hitting the reset mix button.
The Worship Backing Band Transition Transition Player can use any audio interface and can send output to up to 8 channels (2 channels on the iPad). To do so, select the audio interface from the selector on the audio settings page and select “Multichannel Output” instead of ‘Default Audio Split’, and set the dial to the number of channels you want to use. This will then show a list including “Main Mix” and “Band Mix” as well as several audio stem groups. The Main Mix, Band Mix and other groups of stems can be played on the different channels by dialing the number dial beside the group name to match the desired channel number.
For instance, to send all key stems (such as keys, piano, etc) to channel 4, set the dial beside ‘Keys’ to read ‘4’. Multiple stem groups can be sent to the same channel. If the dial shows ‘X’ the stem group is set to Off and will not play on any channel.
On Windows (only), you may want to select ‘ASIO Mode’ if recommended by the audio driver for your interface.
There are two mixes, a right audio channel main mix for the congregation (known as the front-of-house mix) and a left audio channel band mix, which also has a number of click tracks and cues to use as foldback for the band. These mixes are completely independent of each other.
By default the main mix is set with everything flat and the band mix just has the clicks and cues audible.
The basic idea is to mute the tracks where you have live instruments playing and then boost or cut the other instrument stems to taste.
Note that the click and cue tracks only play through the Left audio channel in the band mix; they never appear in the front-of-house (Right) mix.
If you are struggling to hear the difference in right and left do check with a pair of headphones.
There are four click tracks to help the band navigate the song and these function purely on the band mix. There’s a two bar intro click plus a full length click. There’s also a less obtrusive shaker click if you are just putting the tracks through an amp or are worried about the congregation hearing a hard click through your foldback monitors.
Finally there’s a spoken word vocal cue that is there to count in song sections and remind the worship leader and band of hard-to-remember lyrics.
Simply mute whichever tracks you do not want to hear.
At any time hit the mixer button at the top right and you’ll see the stem sliders appear where you can set up your instrument mix.
There are 14 instrument stems in every song. Lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, 2 electric guitars, 2 keyboards which is often but not always a piano on keys 1 and something more textural like a pad or Hammond organ on keys 2, bass guitar, drums and a range of click tracks and vocal cues. In some songs some stems may be silent (i.e. have no backing vocals).
You can mute any instrument stem by clicking on its stem name. It will turn red when muted. Hit it again to unmute it.
Pressing the S button directly underneath the stem name will solo that stem.
You can also boost or cut the level of any instrument stem with its respective slider.
Finally on the very left there’s a pale grey master slider for overall volume control.
Settings are automatically saved per song, so even if you go to another song and come back those mix setting will be ready to go when you’re ready to play.
Lots of customers have asked about ways to keep music flowing between songs and for this we’ve built in some transition pad sounds. Controls are below the Play, Stop and Rewind buttons.
Clicking the left hand volume up button slowly swells in a pad sound in the key of the song currently being played. As the player sets up the next song in the playlist, if it is in a different key to the outgoing song, you have the option of pressing the crossfade (X) button in the middle. This will crossfade a new pad in the key of the upcoming song. You can start the new song at any time and when you’re ready, press the volume down button to the right of the crossfade button, which will slowly fade the pad sound out.
Overall volume control for the pads is on a little horizontal slider directly underneath the crossfade and swell buttons.
The Worship Backing Band Transition Player is designed so that you can set up two independent mixes for front-of-house and fold back directly from your Mac, PC or iPad’s standard stereo output. To do this, plug a mini-jack to RCA or mini-jack to ¼ inch cable into your device’s headphone output and into two channels of your mixing desk.
How to start and stop songs, loop and jump song sections
Start a song by hitting the big circular play button.
The song time line at the bottom shows the current section being played in red. If you want to repeat that section touch it once, it will turn blue and automatically loop once and carry on with the song as normal.
If you want to jump to another section touch the song section you want to go to and it will jump to it when the current section finishes.
If you press and hold any song section it will give options to loop that section once or twice or skip the section all together – allowing you to pre-set a new arrangement before you play the song.
How to set up pre-cued jumps and loops in advance
To pre-arrange a song flow arrangement by skipping or repeating sections use the pop-up from the song section bar by clicking and holding. If you click ‘Save Mix” this arrangement info is saved for that song, and if you click ‘Load Mix’ your previously saved settings for that song are retrieved.
Saved information includes mix and solo/mute settings, skips/repeats, key, and tempo.
Any midi controller can be set up to control the player. We’d recommend a minimum of three buttons to control playing/starting songs and jumping forwards or backwards on the song timeline. For cable-free operation Bluetooth foot controllers like the IK iRig Blueboard (Mac and iPad) and the Positive Grid BT4 (Bluetooth for iPad only) can work well.
Any simple MIDI USB pedal should work including the Behringer-FCB1010 midi foot controller (Mac, PC MIDI cable) and the ActitioN 8 button METAL USB MIDI controller (for Mac and PC) plus a separate pedal such as the Thomann volume and expression pedal.
Note that these are not our products so we are unable to provide in-depth technical support for their use. This video shows the IK iRig Blueboard.
The first step to use any MIDI controller is to get it connected to your device either via a cable or using Bluetooth. With this controller the connection is made via it’s own app. You will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your controller.
Once you’ve got your controller connected you’ll need to ensure that it’s sending program changes and not control changes – again, you’ll need to do this in a third party app. Use this app to select a MIDI channel. We’ll use channel 01. Once these steps are complete you can open the Worship Backing Band player. From here, the steps should be the same for all devices.
Open the settings screen and select Pedal Control.
Select the tick box for MIDI on the right hand side of the screen, and slide the number wheels next to the tick box to match the MIDI channel you selected in your MIDI control app – in this case, chanel 01.
Press one of the foot switch buttons on your iRig foot controller (e.g. the A button). The button should light up blue.
Then on the Worship Backing Band app press the square ‘soft’ button directly to the left of the command you would like the footswitch to perform (e.g. Back Up Section). It you want more choices, click the text with the command and pop up a menu will appear.
After you press the soft button, the small white number wheels next to the command should change to show the MIDI command assigned to that action. As you press the footswitch repeatedly, the soft button should light on and off to confirm that button is assigned.
Repeat these steps for your remaining footswitches. If you’ve got 4 pedals, our preferred choices are:
Button A – Back Up Section
Button B – Start/Loop Playback
Button C – Advance Section
Button D – Group Mute On/Off
Test that the foot controller and the Worship Backing Band app are communicating by dragging a song into the playlist area and using the footswitch buttons to control the functions you’ve chosen.
If you have one or more expression pedals plugged into or on your MIDI controller, you can assign these in a similar manner.
Worship Backing Band will save your settings. When you restart, remember to run your MIDI control app in the background, and then run the Worship Backing Band app.
On the website go to the Song List tab to see a complete list of tracks together with links to each.
The Buy Tracks tab will also take you to the songs with a short description of each.
You can also search alphabetically or by track name.
Click on the song you’re interested in and you can listen to a 30 second sample to make sure it’s the right one and in a style that suits you.
Be sure to buy MultiTracks, NOT Split Tracks.
Click the ‘Buy MultiTrack’ button and add it to your basket and go through the purchase process.
Once you’ve purchased, click on the ‘My Downloadable Products’ button in My Account or on the link that will have been emailed to you.
You’ll then see a link called “Download track for Worship Backing Band iPad or Transition Players”
You only need the full studio wav files if you are using a DAW such as Ableton or our OLD MultiTrack Player. DO NOT import these wavs to the iPad or the Transition Player.
You will download the zip file onto your Mac/PC. The file will remain in zip file format, and there is never a need to unzip them. On a Mac, you may want to disable the feature that automatically unzips downloaded content.
Open the Transition Player. Once the song is downloaded drag the zip file to the player or alternatively to the library folder shortcut on your desktop created during installation.
Transition/iPad tracks are compressed in a high quality audio format so they still sound great but are much smaller in size than the full studio WAV versions which you also get as part of your purchase.These are around 40mb to 70 each so take up less room on your device than the full wavs.
The audio is compressed by the importer into OGG Vorbis at quality 6, equivalent to 320 Megabit Per Second MP3s, the same quality used for audio CD distribution. This is more than sufficient quality.
If you have previously purchased MultiTracks from us you can get the compressed audio variants here without having to re-purchase them.