The Complete Guide To Using Worship Pads!

The Complete Guide To Using Worship Pads!

Using pads doesn't have to be complicated!  Here's how to fill out your worship team's live sound using only a smartphone.

Our friend Tim Lucas at WorshipDeeper.com wrote a fabulous article explaining all the ins & outs of what pads are, why they matter, and how to use them.  

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The Subconscious Distraction of "Dead Air"

The Subconscious Distraction of "Dead Air"

We have been conditioned to respond negatively to silence.

Silence is a powerful thing.  The presence of sound wouldn't be nearly as valuable to us if there was no absence of sound.  It's like the negative space on a painting or photograph.  The busier a piece of art is, the likelihood that its artistic value will go down.  Artists know when to add and when to subtract.

But as the general public, things can get very uncomfortable very quickly in silence.  No one in particular is to blame for this, but research has shown is that a group of people in public can withstand silence for no more than a few seconds before it becomes distracting and uncomfortable.

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Five Familiar Worship Team Problems - Which Do You Want To Overcome?

Five Familiar Worship Team Problems - Which Do You Want To Overcome?

Every worship team is doing something well.  I promise you that.  

But it's also a safe bet that every worship team has a few kinks in their system they'd like to get rid of.

Here's a list of five familiar problems that show up in worship teams, and some thoughts on how to overcome them.

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The Importance Of Keyboard Pads For Worship Music

The Importance Of Keyboard Pads For Worship Music

You've probably heard fellow worship leaders talk about using pads in their worship music.  

While it may sound like a novel idea on the surface, you might still be asking yourself, "Are pads really that important?"

The answer, I believe, is yes.

And here's why.

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How To Use The OnSong App to Auto-Play (And Crossfade) Your Worship Pads

How To Use The OnSong App to Auto-Play (And Crossfade) Your Worship Pads

Do you like the idea of adding pads to your worship service but haven't figured out the right app or software to use them in?  Do you want to use an app that cross-fades from one pad to another?

We filmed a tutorial to answer these questions and get you up & going with the OnSong app in less than 20 minutes.  By the end of this video, you'll be able to use your tablet for your chord charts, to automatically play the right pad, and to crossfade between pads when you go to your next chord chart.

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How To Quickly Create A Worship Pads Setlist on your iPhone or iPad

How To Quickly Create A Worship Pads Setlist on your iPhone or iPad

Have you thought that pads sound amazing, but you're confused as to how you actually add them to your worship service?

We filmed a tutorial to answer that very question and get you up & going with Coresound Pads in less than 15 minutes using a simple, bare-bones music-app called WT Director (free in the App Store).

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Easy Ways To Get Started With Worship Pads For Your Worship Ministry

Easy Ways To Get Started With Worship Pads For Your Worship Ministry

Are you looking to get started using worship pads at your church but don't know where to begin?

Then you're in the right place.

Adding that ambient "special something" to your sound with pads is super easy, but it's good to have a rough idea of how to get using them.

So without further ado, here's a couple practical and technical tips for you to get started using worship pads to transform your worship sound.

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Signs You Might Need Ambient Pads For Your Worship Ministry

Signs You Might Need Ambient Pads For Your Worship Ministry

You may be asking yourself, "OK, I'm hearing a lot of talk about 'ambient pads', 'worship pads', 'pad loops', 'pad mp3s', or whatever they're called.  But how can I tell if I actually need these for our worship ministry?"  (If you're unaware of what pads are, start on our FAQ page.)

Here are some tell-tale signs that you need to start using ambient pads...

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Top Features To Look For When Choosing Worship Pads For Your Church

Top Features To Look For When Choosing Worship Pads For Your Church

If you're in the middle of choosing which worship pads to buy for your church from the different websites out there, they may all look the same to you.  "Play in any key, in any tempo, for any song."  "Use on your phone, tablet, laptop, etc."  These things are true, and are great reasons why using pads can easily transform your worship atmosphere in a jiffy!  But stating these facts as "features" is basically the same as a car salesman saying, "Well, this car has four tires.  You can drive it down any street you want.  Even at night.  It has a steering wheel, too!"  What features should you really be looking for in your worship pads?

Are You Getting The Results You Want With Your Existing Ambient Pads At Church?

Are You Getting The Results You Want With Your Existing Ambient Pads At Church?

If you've found Coresound Pads' website, you are either one of two people.  You've either never used ambient worship pads before and are curious... Or you've previously used ambient pads from other sources and want to expand your collection.  To both groups of people... Welcome!  

To those who haven't used pads before... we'll post more blog content aimed specifically at you.  (Take a look at what's already on our site as well - lots of good info to go around!)  But to those who've used pads from other sources... I want to ask you a question.  Are you getting the results you want with your existing pads at church?

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3 Ways To Create Amazing Transitions In Your Worship Service With Pads

3 Ways To Create Amazing Transitions In Your Worship Service With Pads

There's no question that worship pads do a great job of giving you an ambient, full sound during your worship songs.    But what about the moments in between your songs?  You have the opportunity to  use the space between one song and the next to its fullest.  You also have the opportunity to "poorly steward" that time and potentially disrupt the focus or flow of the worship service.

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Please, Please, Please. Use A Click Track In Your Worship Service - Part II

Please, Please, Please. Use A Click Track In Your Worship Service - Part II

Have you ever had someone on your team tell you, "I just can't play with a metronome.  It makes me terrible!"  I understand what they're saying - compared to their "internal metronome", if you will, a real-life metronome might be ticking at a very different pace.

But here's the obligatory question - in that scenario, is the internal metronome correct, or is the real-life metronome correct?

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Please, Please, Please.  Use A Click Track In Your Worship Service - Part I

Please, Please, Please. Use A Click Track In Your Worship Service - Part I

We've all been there.  

The song started out great.  The band was feeling it.  The congregation was engaged.  It felt like something bigger was occurring.

But then, all of a sudden.... it happened.  

Maybe it was the drummer got a little too excited on a fill.  Maybe the guitarist took too long to switch from one chord to the next.  Maybe the vocalists didn't come in on the chorus when they should have.  

But no matter what caused it.... the result was catastrophic.

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No, A Synthesizer Isn't The Holy Spirit... And That's OK

No, A Synthesizer Isn't The Holy Spirit... And That's OK

Bob Kauflin recently wrote an article discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of using synth sounds and worship pads to create atmosphere and smooth out transitions between songs.

While I deeply respect his ministry over the decades, believe much of what he teaches, and understand what Bob was trying to say in this article,  I genuinely disagree with the conclusions he drew.  

There's a lot I could comment on, but I'll narrow it to 4 points of Bob's that I want to discuss.

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Are You Trying To Fill Too Much Musical Space?

Are You Trying To Fill Too Much Musical Space?

is it possible your worship team is attempting to fill too much musical space?

Think of an incredible painting, photo, or sculpture.  There are incredible details that go into each piece of art, but most brilliant pieces have a single focal point.  That is, your attention is drawn to one piece of the art.  The other details exist primarily to support the main focal point.

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Advice to First Time Users of Worship Pads

Advice to First Time Users of Worship Pads

Perhaps you've already been filling your worship sound with ambient pads for a long time now.  It's old hat to you.  

But maybe, you've never used pads before.  The whole concept of adding something to your worship team setup is intimidating to you.  You want to give it a go, but you have no idea where to start.

Have no fear!  Here are 4 simple, practical pieces of advice for first-time pads users to get you to the next level.

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What Worship Pads Can Do (And What They Can't)

What Worship Pads Can Do (And What They Can't)

It's amazing how easy it is to transform a worship environment with a well-crafted Pad.  Just download, press play, and away you go!  But as much as worship pads can do for your worship service, there are several things they can't do as well.  Let's take a look...

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Focus Even If It Doesn't Come Naturally

Focus Even If It Doesn't Come Naturally

Have you ever felt your focus being pulled from you while leading a worship service?  Have you ever had trouble focusing in the middle of worshiping God?

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