Worship Band-in-Hand Provides Another Virtual Worship Band Solution
Are you having trouble finding musicians for your worship band? Worship Band in Hand can fill your needs! Whether you need a drummer, a bassist, or a whole band, Worship Band in Hand can add what you’re missing as you play along. Worship Band in Hand (WBIH) is another one of the tools that churches with limited resources can utilize to provide great music for worship. (Take a look at the other products reviewed to date here.)
WBIH is a step up from using basic audio tracks from LifeWayWorship and other sources since this application uses the stem mixes, or individual audio tracks for each instrument. The software allows you to mute or change the volume level of the individual instruments. So, if you only have an acoustic guitar and a bass guitar for your band one week, you can mute those two channels and provide the sound of the rest of the band. The application is very simple to use, although it isn’t as feature rich as some other alternatives, such as Worship Backing Band or Fly Worship. But for ease of use and the platforms available for running the application, it is certainly worth taking a look.
Another great asset is that WBIH has many LifeWayWorship tracks available. This allows you to purchase instrumental and vocal parts from LifeWayWorship.com that coordinate exactly with the track. They also have charts available for their non-LifeWay tracks as well.
Worship Band in Hand is setup for devices that run iOS 4.3 and newer. That includes these devices:
- iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
- All iPads: iPad, iPad 2, new iPad
- iPod Touch 3rd and 4th Generations
Almost 150 tracks are currently available–all of which are downloaded through the Apple store via your WBIH app. Songs come in one key, but the app allows you to choose one whole step above or below the key, giving you options of three keys. Be sure to choose keys that are congregationally friendly.
Once you have the songs you want, all you need a 1/8th inch Y-adapter to plug your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into your sound system. All the music for Worship Band in Hand comes out of the LEFT side of the cable. The click comes out of the RIGHT side of the cable. You can route the click to in-ear monitors to keep the congregation from hearing it.
Once the device is connected to your sound system, how you route the audio will depend on your setup. One configuration would be to have the Music (Left side) plugged into Channel 1 on your board and the Click (Right side) plugged into Channel 2. You could turn the fader up on Channel 1 for the congregation to hear the music. Then, you could turn your Monitor Aux Send up on both Channel 1 and Channel 2 so that the floor/stage monitors get both the music and click track from the App. Alternatively, you can use In-Ear monitors for the musicians to really make sure the congregation can’t hear the click track.
The application itself is free. The songs vary in cost from $6-10 for individual titles. Medleys are also available at a higher cost.
In the coming weeks, I will be doing a in-depth comparison of the various virtual worship band products.