Sweetwater and Will Doggett of Multitracks.com collaborated and put together a great video on the “5 Pieces Of Gear You Need To Run Multitracks.”
I’ve been exposed to Multitracks for a while and I know if I wasn’t surrounded by people who were smarter than I, I wouldn’t be able to do it. When I saw this video, I thought it was great and wanted to share it with you right away.
If you have been thinking about using tracks in your worship services, this video will be a great resource and show you different ways to get started. Check it out. I’ll have a summery down below.
Through Multitracks.com you can buy the actually recordings from an artist. This is what I use. There are so many layers in these recordings that I’ll find the parts my band can’t create live and leave them in tracks.
I have some friends who use loopcommunity.com. It is a community of people who record their own tracks and make them available. I’ve never used it personally, but I have heard good things about this site.
Like Will says, you’re going to need something to play the content. I personally use Ableton Live. Will Doggett has some more options for you.
The way my church currently does it is pretty simple. We set up what are called “hot keys” in Ableton Live. We usually play five songs a service. Each song is assigned a corresponding number on the Mac Book Pro.
Will Doggett talks about all sorts of options for different types of musicians. It has me thinking about different ways I could run our system. Here are the two he talks about that intrigue me the most.
My church uses the Saffire Pro 40 by Focusrite. This gives us a eight outputs. We run Click through channel one and Guild through Channel 2. Lead tracks through 3 and percussion through 4. Our keys and guitars each run through stereo tracks, so the Keys Group runs through 5 and 6, while the Guitar group runs through 7 and 8.
Will Doggett shows us some options, too.
My church runs IEMs (In-Ear Monitors), and like Will Doggett says, they are essential for running tracks. I’m actually not sure what we do for wireless packs. I know my personal In-Ears are V3s by 1964 Audio. They’ve changed their line up, so I think the closest thing they currently offer is the A3 Triple Drivers.
Here are Will’s recommendations.
Hope this was helpful. Will Doggett is a good fellow to follow on Twitter. You can find him at @WillDoggett. Also, David Stantistevan interviewed Will and they went pretty in-depth. Click here to listen to that podcast.