Fly Worship Is Another Great VIrtual Worship Band for Churches with Limited Resources
In past weeks, I talked about LifeWayWorship.com and Worship Backing Band–two great resources for churches with few musicians or for those times you are only left with a few or no musicians. Today, I am sharing with you a third solution–Fly Worship. Fly Worship, like Worship Backing Band, is a solution that uses a multi-track player that allows you to individually set levels or mute various parts of the band. Additionally, Fly Worship has accompanying pedals that allow you to manipulate the music “on the fly,” such as repeat a chorus, fade certain or all instruments, move to the end before the song would otherwise be complete, and more. When selecting the right solution for your setting, realize that each of the three products has very different features and capabilities.
Fly is designed to help facilitate worship in small churches or other settings where there is a shortage of musicians. Technically, it is a software application combined with audio tracks and controlled by a footpedal. The “on the fly” features are what makes Fly so incredible for worship. Fly Worship received the 2011 Editor’s Pick award from Worship Leader Magazine for its unique range of features and flexibility designed from the ground up to help worship leaders.
Looping. When you lead worship, often you want to flow where you feel led. With a normal band you can repeat sections easily. Fly gives you that same ability. If you want to do another chorus, bridge or intro just hit the pedal and around you go seamlessly. So natural and so simple.
Fading. Another dynamic effect we use naturally in the context of a normal band is volume changes or dynamics. Fly allows you to program exactly which instruments will fade out (and to what degree) and how fast the fade will occur. During worship, you can tap the appropriate pedal, and the instruments will fade as previously determined. When you tap the pedal again, the levels resume.
Custom Mixes. Depending on the situation and perhaps your own musical taste, you can apply different audio mixes within Fly. There are three presets, Full band, Mellow and Acoustic. The levels have been set to suit those situations, although they can be changed easily. There is even a custom mix you can use to create your own sound.
Link Tracks. To provide seamless worship, Fly allows you to select a keyboard pad in any key to join your songs together.
Fly utilizes stem mixes with this instrumentation:
- Acoustic guitar
- Electric Guitar
There are no vocal parts in the mix
Fly will send words to external lyric projection
Track Arrangement – Build your own!
JumpTo Sections – Nominate a verse, bridge and a chorus as ‘JumpTo’ sections and a keypress (or pedal press) of either will jump there after the current section has played. It will return once it has finished playing that section. It’s like looping but you can loop a specified section, not just the one you are in.
Import your own audio – You will be able to import your own audio stems and produce Personal Fly Tracks. You can loop, fade, jump etc. on your own material.
Each of their audio tracks comes in three keys so you can select the one best for your situation.
Currently, there are no music charts that correspond exactly with the arrangements. Basic charts, such as those from SongSelect are generally very close.
- The ability to break out each instrument into a separate audio output for direct mixing at the desk. (Pro edition)
- The ability to include a click and route it only to foldback. (Standard edition)
- Parallel lyrics to allow chord entry on the worship leaders screen but not the overhead.
- Wifi Screen sharing for other musicians. They wont need Fly but just a client app that sees what’s happening
- Loads more!
FlyWorship software and the USB foot controller, along with 20 songs costs $350 US. Additional tracks cost $10. You can purchase the product here.
Looping with Fly
Combining Looping and Dynamics