We are delighted to have released eight new MultiTracks and Split Tracks that are contemporary arrangements of classic hymns. Arranged and recorded by our friend David Woodman, they are taken from David’s new album, Hymnal.
All For You (Take My Life)
A new worship song with an acoustic feel (including cello and hammered dulcimer) based on Take My Life And Let It Be by Frances Havergal.
All People That on Earth do Dwell (Doxology)
An up-tempo praise song which works really well at the start of sung worship; this arrangement combines 2 well-known hymns: All People That On Earth Do Dwell and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow to the tune Old Hundredth by Louis Bourgeois.
Here is Love (Amazing Love)
This well-loved hymn is often reduced to 2 verses, as the language in the other verses was a little archaic. David Woodman has modernised the lyrics and added a coda to give a more contemporary feel.
O The Blood of Jesus
This traditional gospel hymn has been given some extra verses and a bluesy feel.
Teach Me My God and King (Breath of God) The original 400-year-old lyrics to this hymn are difficult for a modern congregation to engage with, but the core theme (of worship being a lifestyle not just singing songs) is timeless. David Woodman has modernised the lyrics and added a chorus emphasising the 24/7 life of worship that we are called to live.
The King of Love
This traditional hymn set to the tune St Columba has been given a Celtic feel and builds to a resounding note of praise.
When I Survey
This is surely one of the most popular hymns ever written. Whilst most versions are reflective, focussed on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, this up-tempo arrangement takes its cue from the hymn’s final lines: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all,” encouraging us to live whole-heartedly for Jesus.
The hymns are available in MultiTrack and Split Track format. When you purchase either the MultiTrack or Split Track you also get a free chord chart.
Note that the MultiTracks are NOT configured for our OLD MultiTrack Player. When you buy the MultiTrack you get two versions:
The studio Wav files for a DAW such as Ableton (+ you’ll get an Ableton session file configured for Ableton 10.1 onwards)
If you have our old MultiTrack Player you will need to purchase the Transition Player in order to play this song.
About David Woodman
David Woodman is a worship leader and songwriter based in Manchester, UK, where he is also part of the leadership team of Bury Christian Fellowship.
David has also worked as a session musician for many years, including on projects for the Worldwide Message Tribe and Spring Harvest amongst many others.
His most recent album, Hymnal, features his arrangements of classic hymns.
“I’ve been leading worship in various places for 30 years I guess,” David explains, “and I’ve always tried to include more traditional hymns alongside contemporary songs. They often have such a depth to the lyrics. along with memorable tunes that congregations can sing easily. The problem can sometimes be that we arrange and perform them in a way that makes them seem old-fashioned. I’ve always tried to freshen the arrangements up, and the positive response from people has been really encouraging, so I felt it was time to record them and hopefully see other churches use them.”
David plays most of the instruments on the album, but bass was provided by Frank Brierley (an experienced session musician who played for Mike Batt on several projects). Producer Andy Green played keyboards and mixed the album.
“It’s such a privilege to get to do this kind of thing with good friends. Frank and Andy are excellent musicians and we love to play together and laugh along the way. I also wanted to suggest a congregational vibe, so we also had our friends and family join us for a group vocal session, which I found really moving.”
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.
iPad Transition Player
You have to buy the iPad Player from the App Store. Click Here
Note that iCloud Drive MUST be enabled to download and use the Player.
You cannot sync between the PC/Mac and iPad Players and these are separate purchases (i.e. you get both Mac and PC in the single Worship Backing Band website purchase but you will need to separately and additionally purchase the iPad Player from the App store.)
This month you are in for a real treat. Stuart Townend and Aaron Keyes’ contemporay hymn My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone, taken from Psalm 62, is always really popular and is free for the month of September.
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.
The new Transition Player: everything you need to know
The new Worship Backing Band Transition Player is an easy-to-use MultiTrack Player for Mac, PC and iPad. It incorporates touch screen support for devices with that functionality and can also be used with a footswitch.
It has a number of exciting new features that were not available in our old Player. Whilst based on the functionality of our iPad Player, the new Mac and PC Transition Player also allows you to import your own and third party MultiTracks.
It also comes with EIGHT free MultiTracks!
MultiTracks are designed for worship teams with missing musicians. They give the versatility of live worship even when you have few (or no) musicians.
Choose your instrument mix, adjust volumes, loop, jump and repeat song sections, change key and tempo to suit your congregation.
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.