Worship Loops on an iPad (Beatmaker2 and Softstep)

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We’ve been using Ableton from a desktop for running loops and tracks in worship for a while now and I’ve been looking for an easy portable alternative. I’m a big proponent of having a backup system so when things go wrong you’re not frantically trying to pull things together or troubleshoot. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to afford a macbook yet so I turned to my handy dandy iPad to look for solutions to running worship loops. There are a couple options out there but I wanted something that I could use immediately without having to upload or process anything and that wasn’t dependent on an internet connection. Additionally, I wanted to be able to control things with the Keith McMillan Softstep that I already owned.

I’m excited to say that after hours of trying out apps and digging through online forums I’ve found something that works like a dream.

Worship Planning Team (Role# 4: Tech Director/The Wizard)

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The band comes in and their mics have been tested and work, the lyrics are in the same order as the way the vocalists sing them, stage lights go off and on at just the right time. It’s just like magic…well almost. In the wizard of oz, the great oz was just a really smart person behind a curtain pulling levers and pushing buttons to give the effect of magic.

Enter the tech director. They’re not behind a curtain but they are usually the one behind the tech booth who knows what most of the buttons, knobs, switches and sliders do and how to make them work together to look like magic. The difference is that the tech director isn’t alone. They are usually running around behind the scenes directing a whole team of people who are working technology simultaneously to accomplish one goal. That goal is to clearly facilitate a worship service so that people can experience the gospel of Jesus without distraction. They do this by supporting each other, the team on stage and running and troubleshooting technology. Make sure to not leave your tech director out of the worship planning team and process.

Church audio troubleshooting

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“I’m in over my head” he said with an embarrassed and terrified look on his face. I was leading worship for a conference out of town and as we were setting up I asked the volunteer who was running the sound system a question. The worship leader had left for another church a couple of months previous and the tech director had quit a couple weeks before as well. As we worked together to cobble together a solution I was struck with a powerful realization. I said to myself, “I don’t ever want this to happen to anyone who serves in my ministry!” And then I choked because I realized it could. Church audio troubleshooting is complicated and it needs a roadmap to guide those who are learning to run the audio visual equipment.