Working with songs in advance and live on the MultiTrack Transition Player


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.

Buy the Player now

Buy the Worship Backing Band Transition Mac and PC MultiTrack Player from our website and the iPad Player form the App Store.

Using a MIDI foot controller pedal with the Transition MultiTrack Player

How to set up a footswitch for hands-free control

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.

Buy the Worship Backing Band Transition Mac and PC MultiTrack Player from our website and the iPad Player form the App Store.

How to buy songs, download them to your Mac/PC and import to the Transition Player


You need to buy the Transition Player from the Worship Backing Band website where you can also buy tracks. The iPad Player is purchased from the App Store.

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.

Buy the Transition Player from the Worship Backing Band website where you can also buy tracks. The iPad Player is purchased from the App Store.

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

Continue reading “How to import your own or third party tracks to the Transition MultiTrack Player”

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.