We use Ableton Live to run backing tracks during our weekly worship service, and we’ll have several songs within one Ableton set file. Most weekends are pretty straight-forward, but this weekend was tricky with transitions between different song keys, one song I had to transpose on the fly within Ableton and a vamp section while I shared a verse. Watch as I build the file while the cameras are rolling.
Ableton Live is the perfect software app to play back tracks or loops during your church worship services, but I much prefer something like GarageBand to actually create the tracks in the first place. In this video, I share my entire process for taking a song I created in GarageBand and putting it into Ableton Live ready for next Sunday.
If you’re just starting out with Ableton Live to run tracks, loops or stems during your worship sets, the first question that always comes up is how do you send the tracks to the house PA but send the click track and the guide cues to the band’s IEM in-ear monitors? Here’s the quick way to get started with Ableton Live even if you’re just using the headphone jack, plus a bonus tip on how to fix not all the audio outputs showing up in the selection menu.
If you’re not used to it, playing along with a metronome or click track can be harder than you realize, especially for drummers. If you play in the worship band at church and you’re starting to use tracks, here’s a few tips I’ve learned to help get used to playing along with a click.