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We’re about to launch a new Worship Backing Band website. It’s going to be much simpler to navigate than the current site and a lot easier for you to find the songs you need.
As part of that process we’ve decided to review the prices we charge for our tracks. We have always charged SIGNIFICANTLY LESS for our Split Tracks and MultiTracks than other providers but given increasing costs and also that we provide more “stems” in our MultiTracks plus vocals and backing vocals we hope you will forgive us for raising prices.
We’re going to remain competitively priced of course (we will still be the cheapest on the market) but we also don’t want to spring a price hike on you.
So if you want to save money, might we suggest that you go through our library now and buy whichever tracks you think you are going to need at the current prices.
Remember that you save even more when you buy in bundles of 10 or more tracks at a time.
Here’s a list of all the songs and formats.
Split Tracks are going to rise to $5.
MultiTracks are going to rise to $17.
Small single transactions cost us quite a lot to process so part of this shift is to further encourage customers to bulk buy. We’ll therefore continue with some great bundle discounts. When 50 or more songs are bought at the same time, the price for Split Tracks will go down to $3 and MultiTracks to $10.
Regardless of the new bundle discounts it is still cheaper for you to BUY NOW at the current prices (discounts kick in at the checkout for bundles of 10+ 20+ 50+ and 75+ songs).
We launched our backing tracks in 2011 and this is the first price raise since then. We are committed to remaining competitively priced in comparison to other backing track providers, but costs have risen and there are a lot more companies in the marketplace now which have squeezed our margins.
We’re in the final stages of website development. Subject to how testing goes we hope that the site will be live within a couple of weeks. But be aware – we will not be sending a final reminder email so get those tracks bought now!
We were able to record a number of the masterclasses at our recent worship training day in Peterborough. These were doing using Facebook Live so are a single camera and on-board audio feed.
If you like the concepts covered in Worship Team Essentials we would definitely recommend our Band Skills Course.
We have multiple worship keyboard courses on DVD, download and in our subscription site. Check them out here.
We cover topics like this in our Band Skills Course.
I go to a lot of live music. Festivals, gigs and conferences. At the majority, sound levels are perfectly acceptable and I leave at the end of the evening without feeling that my ears are bleeding.
But sometimes it’s loud. Too loud.
At a pub gig a couple of years ago the music was so loud my ears actually hurt for several days afterwards: a clear sign of damage.
I spent one Glastonbury working on social media for the dance music area. This meant I got to spend a lot of time in the photographers “pit”, taking photos for Instagram and Facebook. It was such a privilege to be up close to the musicians, but the effect of those speakers so close to my ears was not so great. I used squishy foam ear plugs which certainly muted the sound, but it also distorted it and made it sound mushy.
I go to watch live music because I love the music. I don’t want to listen as if I’ve got a sealed plastic bucket on my head but I also want to protect my hearing and not feel as if I’m having an out of body experience the next day. I also like motorsport and ride motorbikes – cue hours of loud background noise that I have traditionally dealt with using custom moulded in-ears (incidently also rather useful when camping at a music festival and trying to sleep).
Traditional ear plugs are made of plastic, silicone or foam. These materials absorb the sound but end up muffling it, and do a poor job at absorbing those lower bass frequencies which means for live music you end up with a distorted sound.
So I was particularly interested to see an ad for Flare Audio’s ear defenders pop into my Facebook feed. Flare Audio claims that its technology (using metal) retains the clarity of the sound but without the sound levels that cause discomfort (and hearing damage).
Launching via Indiegogo Flare Audio (the brand name of the ear protectors is Isolate) have racked up an impressive £1,340,746 in the last few months. They aren’t cheap – £24 for aluminium and £48 for titanium. Plus, as with Apples new cordless ear phones, they are easily lost.
I was at a very loud (far too loud) pub gig last night and found myself at the front, with speakers blaring. Even the sound check was painful.
Cue my first trial of the Isolate defenders.
I actually got better audio clarity with them in than without. The sound levels were so loud that my undefended ears were kind of peaking out but with the Isolates in place, I could actually hear some nuance in the music. Plus as an extra bonus I didn’t have to remove them to talk to anyone. With foam ear plugs I am forever pulling them out to have a conversation.
No! A genuine great product and one I would recommend.
I have tiny ears so found the three options of ear foams that go around the aluminium plugs (small, medium and large) perfect.
The packaging is gorgeous and makes for a fun unboxing when your anticipated order arrives in the post.
I was inspired to write a review following this discussion in the Musicademy Worship Community about loudness in relation to PA and church based musicians.
Watching the musicians on stage last night (without in-ears so using on stage foldback wedges), most were wearing a motley selection of ear defenders from foam ear plugs through to scultpted plastic options. How frustrating for them (and their long suffering sound techs all of whom really need to hear what is properly happening in the mix) to have distorted sound. And how damaging in the long term to hearing for those who choose not to use any protection in order to hear the pure sound. Flare Audio (a British firm) I salute you to having found a solution here.
I’m well aware that my noisy pub gig trial is well in excess of the noise levels that most church based musicians are facing. But I’m equally sure that Flare Audio’s Isolate would be a good solution for musicians there looking to protect their ears without mush or distortion of sound.
You can find out more about Flare Audio on their website.
We’ve teamed up with G7th The Capo Company for a great competition for guitarists.
1st prize – One Special Edition Performance 2 Blue Limelight Capo
When you’re song writing or jamming, the Performance 2 Blue Limelight exudes an elegant, smoky-blue reflection, as well as helping you stay in tune, safeguarding your neck and protecting your tone. But take it on stage and… Wow!
This Special Edition capo has a custom finish that produces a visually-stunning blue reflection under spotlights and stage lighting.
2nd prize – 18kt Gold Plate Performance 2 Capo
3rd prize – Silver Performance 2 Capo
The Performance 2 is the flagship of the G7th range. It’s patented squeeze on, squeeze off action means you can move the capo around the fretboard with one hand quickly and easily, exerting just enough pressure to clamp the strings, but not enough to pull your guitar out of tune.
Plus we’ll throw in a copy of the Musicademy Capo Positioning and Transposing course for each winner.
All you need to do is provide your email address via the Facebook post. You may also want to hit the Share button to let your friends know (but you don’t HAVE to hit Share to enter the competition).
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Congratulations to our winners:
1st place Shane from the UK
2nd place: Howell from the US
3rd place: Miguel from the US
We will be emailing each winner so that they can claim their prizes.