Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jr High Camp

Hi all. We're in Westcliffe, CO leading worship at a junior high camp. 2 guitars, bass, drums, keys, and Reason, FireWire 1814, and 2 Sennheiser in-ears. Good times...

Coming out to the mountains is a huge, relaxing, wonderful reminder that God is truly awesome and has created the most amazing, wonderful things for us to enjoy.

Good night from the peaceful, gigantic, triumphant Rocky mountain range.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Time Has Come for ReCycle

I had said I would post the loop I made for The Time Has Come, and I will, but I think that title is now more significant... Not only has the time come to "stand for all we believe in," but the time has come for us to use ReCycle. I just found that M-Audio has completed the Leopard driver for our FireWire 1814, so once I get ReCycle in from propellerhead, I'll start putting in more guitar tracks.

As far as The Time Has Come, the arrangement is just like the album, and is in A. Our bass player plays the bass part live, so I didn't feel the need to add it (although I might consider it after getting ReCycle up and running). 

Cheers, and I hope all of your weekend experiences go wonderfully...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

We Shine

(Edited 06.16.11)

I've moved this content over to Loop Community. Read more about the move on this post.

Use this link to access the We Shine content!


Ok, so I saw a post on bwack's that was asking for a We Shine (Steve Fee) loop, so I decided to export the ones I had done a few months ago. With a few changes, all I did was export, upload, and post them.

I want to give you some options for using them. Playing the song in D (like on the album) may be too high for you or your audience, so I'm going to include the transposed to C version. The arrangement is just like the album, so I hope you enjoy...

We Shine Preview

I also have a Time Has Come loop, so I'll post that tomorrow...

Monday, May 19, 2008

It Just Depends

What goes in the loop? What is played live? It depends on your situation. Do you want to make it "just like the album" or do you want to enhance the album cut, adding some creativity? Each might be a valid choice.

Here's a loop I made for Beautiful Jesus. The arrangement is just like the album, but I've added some favorite patches that give this the UCC "brand." 

Also, here's the link to Matt's blog. He sparked my thinking on bwack's forum.

On another note, we did Salvation Is Here this weekend, and used igniter media's video. If you haven't checked them out, they've got some pretty cool stuff. Especially check out their video for Jesus Paid It All.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Split Keyboard

Last week we did The Stand, but only used the chorus as a build to another section of the service. Before our rehearsal, we weren't sure how many times we would play through the chorus before moving on. I didn't have the luxury of programming every bit of the synth/bass combination I normally would use for the style of The Stand. 

Because I intended on playing it live, I split the keyboard using the programmer on the combinator and assigned one portion to the bass and another portion to the synth. I played it live (not with Live, which would be entirely different... ;) ) and we were able to use the sounds which would normally be assigned to the loop and click track. If you want to download and play this patch, make sure you play a very legato style with your left hand to keep the bass from sounding too punchy.

The idea of splitting the keyboard isn't revolutionary, or excellent by itself, but using the resources around you is an important aspect of making your services remarkable.

Hope all of your weekend experiences go well...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sharing Music Content

I have a passion to provide musical excellence in worship. Conveying the Gospel message through music requires a high level of excellence to be effective. Creating quality content is an important aspect of maintaining musical excellence.

I hope to provide some of the music content that has been successful at our church. This includes loops, click tracks, orchestral arrangements, and creative ideas.  

For our live experiences, we always use the split-signal method using Reason 4. The click is in the left channel, and the loop is in the right channel. To use it, just split the signal to two different channels, then send the click to the in-ear monitors and the loop to the house mix (or to the monitors also as the musicians desire it). The cues we use for the worship leader and band are simple. Start singing or playing after the double-time click comes in. End the song one measure after the click runs out.

Two weeks ago we did Lifehouse's Everything. The arrangement is just like the album, but I hardly ever try to make the loop sound exactly like the album because I have some favorite patches and sounds I like to use. In place of the tremolo guitar on the album, there's an ambient, delayed rhodes patch.

Somewhere around 6 months ago, another church, H2Ochurch.tv (my Dad's the Lead Pastor, also involved in LifeChurch.tv's One Prayer initiative) asked me to make a loop for Fee's Happy Day. This loop is also just like the album. For the final chorus, after the drop-out and huge drum fill, repeat back to the top of the chorus (like the album) and end after playing the chorus like you would normally. If you have any questions, email or comment...