We’ve been using a mix between Ableton and ProPresenter to run our clicks and loops.
If you’re not too sure what or why we use loops, check this post out.
Ableton is fantastic for this, but it can be a bit overwhelming at first.
So to keep things simple, sometimes ProPresenter is easier, especially when we’re training new guys.
We want to make it easy for them, but at the same time make sure they’re stretching themselves.
Clicks. Cues. Loops.
What’s all that about?
If you’re a musician and on the lookout for new ideas and creative ways of doing things, chances are you’ve heard of clicks or loops. For those who haven’t, here’s a basic rundown:
A click is the band’s time keeper. Like a metronome. Yes the drummer should be keeping time, but he’s human and will speed up and slow down. That’s a given. Generally choruses are sped up and verse slowed down. We all do that. A click allows a band to start in time (without having the drummer count you in on the hi-hat or his sticks) and helps you continue playing the rest of the song in time.
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It’s called the Looptimus pedal.
Basically it’s a USB powered MIDI foot controller for Ableton Live, MainStage, Reason and more.
I’ve been using Ableton for a few months now to fire clicks and loops via my Macbook but it can be clumsy.
This pedal allows you to do the same (and more) using your feet.
One of the best things we’ve done in our worship team is make use of a metronome, and more recently introducing loops. Basically, a loop is a sound file that gets played accompanying what your band is already doing and can be super helpful if you’re say missing an instrument or want to have a ‘fuller’ band sound without having to add 20 people to your mix.