WHAT ARE PADS?
Pads (or pad loops) are continuous, textured sounds that add layers of depth, feel, and emotion to your music. They fill your sound, enhance a mood, and kill dead-space, no matter what key, tempo, or song arrangement you're using. In short, they're pretty great. :)
EXPLAIN HOW I USE PADS IN FIVE SECONDS.
Pick a Pad sound, pick your song key, press Play on your desired device, and repeat these words, "Wow. That sounds great." It's that easy. (Was that under five seconds?)
ARE THESE PADS JUST FOR WORSHIP TEAMS?
Absolutely not! Pads work really well to fill the sonic atmosphere for not just worship teams, but singer/songwriters and other bands both on stage and in the studio!
WHY DON'T I NEED A CLICK-TRACK WHEN I USE PADS?
Coresound Pads are built to fit any tempo, song arrangement, and chord progression. Seriously! No click track necessary! Just because they make you sound amazing doesn't mean they need to be complicated to use. :)
HOW DO THE PADS CHANGE CHORDS WITH THE SONG?
They don't need to! The pads provide subtle melodic texture as other chords within the same key are being played over top of them. For 99% of the popular worship songs out there, these pads will work!
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I BUY A SET OF PADS?
Each set of Pads includes twenty-minute audio files for all twelve major keys. They are each crafted musically to work well in songs that are in both major or minor keys.
DO YOU HAVE MINOR KEY PADS?
Yes we do! Deep Dark and Tense Texture (both in our Pads Producer Bundle) are great minor-key Pads. But did you know that many of our Pads works well in BOTH major or minor keys? Subtle Sweet & Organ Drone particularly work well! For other Pads, take the minor-key of your song, go up 3 half-steps, and use that key for your Pad (ex. Dm song = Pad in F, Am song = Pad in C). Drop the Pad a little lower in the mix, and you’ll be set!
WHAT KIND OF AUDIO FILES DO I GET WITH MY PURCHASE?
All individual Pad sets come in 320kb MP3 format - you get great, hi-res sound without massive file size. When you buy a Pads Deluxe Bundle, in addition to MP3, you also have access to high-definition WAV files for every Pad Pack.
WHY SO MANY DIFFERENT PAD SOUNDS? DO I SERIOUSLY NEED THEM ALL?
Each set of Pads has a signature sound to make your worship team sound great. It works well to use one Pad for an entire worship set to add consistency, or be creative and use different Pads for creating different moods and moments throughout your worship set.
WHAT IF I CAN'T DECIDE BETWEEN THE ORIGINAL PADS BUNDLE AND THE PADS PRODUCER BUNDLE?
Then get them both! :) We have special deals on our Pads Bundle Combos - both bundles together at a great price. Plus you get access to two EXCLUSIVE pads if you buy both Bundles! Really though, we didn't create two separate 8-pad bundles to make you choose between one or the other. We designed the Producer Bundle specifically to compliment the fabulous pads in the original Bundle, not replace it or copycat it. We hope you choose not to decide between them, and get all the pads!
CAN I TRY THE PADS BEFORE I BUY THEM?
DO I NEED TO BUY ANY SOFTWARE OR EXTRA GEAR?
Nope! Not at all. Coresound Pads require NO ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE and can be used on any device (phone, iPod, tablet, laptop), media playback app (iTunes, etc.) or digital audio workstation/DAW (Ableton Live/Logic/etc.). Whatever workflow your band or church uses, these pads will fit!
SERIOUSLY, DO I NEED TO BUY NOTHING ELSE IN ORDER TO USE PADS IN MY WORSHIP SERVICE?
Seriously! There's a good chance you already have everything you need. If you trigger the pads on a device near you and want a simple solution, all you need is: 1) an audio cable that goes from your device to a direct box (1/8" to 1/4" will do the trick), 2) a direct box, and 3) an XLR cable from the direct box into your mixing console. Done!
(Pro secret: our favorite direct box is the Radial ProAV1 - the Swiss Army knife of direct boxes. Use a normal 1/8" to 1/8" audio cable to plug right from your device into the ProAV1. Simple!)
WHAT APPS CAN I USE PADS IN?
The sky is the LIMIT! We've seen & heard worship leaders use our pads in countless ways - you can add them to just about any setup that you already have! Pads work great with: iTunes, Windows Media Player, ProPresenter, MediaShout, Powerpoint, Up/Down, Worship Team Director, Queue, DJay, and more.
HOW MANY DEVICES CAN I DOWNLOAD PADS TO?
You will receive a download link after your purchase which lets you directly download the pads to whatever devices you own. You can download them to multiple computers, and transfer them to multiple mobile devices as well.
Your pads purchase includes a license to use pads on one device at a time in one church... but you can have the pads on multiple devices. (If you want the multi-site license which lets you use pads in multiple venues at the same church, that license is included in our Deluxe Bundles.)
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE PADS?
Once you purchase any Bundle, you'll receive a link to download the pads bundled into a ZIP file. You will need to download the pads to your device, and then unzip the ZIP file to reveal all the pads in the Bundle you purchased.
For example, the Deluxe Bundles come with two ZIP files each containing 4 sets of Pads in MP3s, a zip file for each set of WAVs, and several PDFs for the creative tutorial, licensing, and documentation.
CAN I DOWNLOAD THE PADS DIRECTLY TO MY PHONE OR TABLET AFTER PURCHASE?
The easiest way to get pads onto your phone or tablet is to download your pads to your desktop or laptop computer first, and then transfer them to your phone or tablet.
A second option (intermediate skill level required) would be to use the iOS app "Documents by Readdle" (free app) which will allow you to open your download-email within the app's web browser, download the pad ZIP files directly to the app, unzip it, and then add it to whatever music app you want to use. (Keep in mind that Apple won't let you add files to the Music app unless you transfer them to your phone from your computer via iTunes... but you can use any other music app, such as JetAudio, etc.) This sounds complicated but is a fairly easy option and is great if you want to add the pads directly to your device!
A final suggestion would be to use the "Add To Dropbox" button on the download screen after you've purchased the pads (Add To Dropbox option available only on desktop/laptop computers). If you already have a Dropbox account, you can then access the pads from the Dropbox app or from any music app that supports Dropbox (such as Worship Team Director).
CAN I BUY PADS ON ITUNES?
Yes you can! The eight pads from the original Pads Bundle are available on iTunes for $14.99 per pad set. You can then download directly to your device through the iTunes Store and forego having to transfer the pads to your device. Super easy!
Remember that if you want the best deal on Coresound Pads, get one of the Pads Bundles from our shop and save big compared to buying individual pads on iTunes. Pick the option best for you & your ministry!
I HAVE A SMALL WORSHIP TEAM. WILL PADS WORK WELL FOR US?
Absolutely. In fact, one of the best uses of Pads is for small church worship teams. They subtly but effectively fill your atmosphere and transform your sound, even if you only have a single instrument.
I HAVE A FULL BAND AT OUR LARGER CHURCH. DO I REALLY NEED PADS?
You sure do! :) Unless you have a second keyboard/synth player every week, Pads will do a lot for you. And even IF you had two keyboard players, Pads would STILL do a lot for you! Big or small, these Pads are a glue that holds everything together.
WHY DON'T I JUST MAKE MY OWN PADS? HOW HARD CAN IT BE?
Your time is valuable. We did the hard work for you. You can quickly rack up a large bill buying the gear you need to create these sounds… not to mention the time it takes to set up, create sounds, and get them into audio-file format… and then learning about EQ & post-production to make sure your pads don't muddy up the mix of your worship band! That’s a big commitment! So we did the work for you. Coresound Pads fill your worship sound without you having to spend hours to do so.
THESE PADS SOUND SO GREAT THAT I WANT TO USE THEM ON OUR NEXT STUDIO RECORDING. AM I ALLOWED?
You are invited to use Coresound Pads in any of your worship recordings if you purchase a Deluxe Bundle - the contract is included. Contact us for contact permission quote if otherwise. The license that comes with a Deluxe Bundle also covers all live broadcasting and streaming rights as well.
WHAT MAKES CORESOUND PADS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PAD LOOPS?
We found that pads we've purchased from other sources sound OK but are lacking in post-production. We found ourselves heavily EQing and processing the purchased pads so they wouldn't muddy up our sound. So we set out to create Pads that work well with all your instruments, are perfectly EQ'd, bring a layer of beauty to your music, and require no more work from you than to press play.
WHAT ELSE CAN I USE PADS ON BESIDES SONGS?
Pads work great in multiple places throughout your worship service. They can be used to create moments of prayer and reflection, for spontaneous praise, for speaker conclusion, add depth to your videos, and so much more! One thing we love about Pads is that you don't have you play your instrument as much to "fill space" - the Pads do the hard work for you. So be creative and come up with your own ways to use Pads to fill your worship atmosphere!
THESE PADS ARE GREAT! CAN I SEND THEM TO MY FRIEND TO USE AT THEIR CHURCH, TOO?
Nope. That's illegal. And you want to stay legal, right? :) Spread the word and point them to coresoundpads.com - if you love it, chances are they will too! And legally purchasing them gives us the opportunity to keep making great products for you. Win-win.
SOME PADS HAVE FAINT MELODIES THAT DON'T LINE UP WITH THE MELODIES IN MY SONGS. THAT SOUNDS LIKE TROUBLE. WHAT GIVES?
The melodies in some Pads are designed to work no matter what chord changes are happening. That being said, make sure the Pad is at an appropriate volume level so it serves as an accompaniment rather than an attention-getter (too hot in the mix). Check out the audio demos on the Listen page for examples.
I'M HAVING TROUBLE DOWNLOADING THE FILES. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you bought Pads but are having downloading troubles, email email@example.com to let us know. We'll get you another downloading option ASAP.
I DON'T MIND BUILDING ITUNES PLAYLISTS FOR PADS, BUT I'D LIKE SOMETHING MORE INTUITIVE. ANY CHANCE YOU'RE WORKING ON AN APP?
Why yes, yes we are. ;) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get updates on when the Coresound Pads iOS/Android app will be released. (Update 7/23/17: It's coming SOON!)
CAN I DOWNLOAD PADS DIRECTLY TO MY iOS DEVICE?
Nope, unfortunately. It's an easy two-step process, though - download Pads to your computer, then transfer the files to your iOS device using iTunes. Same general idea goes for Android users, with a few more software/app options. (This problem will also be fixed with the Coresound Pads app!)
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO CREATE ALL THE PADS?
A lot longer than you’d think! :) Creating a great sound is the first step of the process. Then we analyze each frequency range to make sure Pads fill the right places and avoid other places (so you still hear your instruments clearly without the Pad overpowering it). We spend countless hours in Pad post-production, carefully (and painstakingly) crafting them with an array of top-shelf studio equipment to ensure they perfectly fill your worship sound.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO TRIGGER THE PADS MYSELF? HOW ELSE CAN IT BE DONE?
No problem at all. You can easily get your presentation software (ProPresenter, MediaShout, etc.) to trigger audio files for each new song. Or you could ask another band member to trigger them from their device. There are countless ways to do it - which one works best for you?
ITUNES FOR iOS DOESN'T CROSSFADE BETWEEN PADS. IT SOUNDS CHOPPY AND CLUMSY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Worship Team Director is a simple but great iOS app to use for triggering pads! Import your Pads (we did a direct import from our Dropbox folder within the app - super easy!), assemble in the right order, and presto! WT Director automatically crossfades in between Pads when you hit the Play button on a new key (even the STOP button has an automatic fade-out! Awesome!). Use this! If nothing else, simply turn down the volume in iTunes, start the next Pad, and turn the volume back up.
I PURCHASED ONE OF YOUR BUNDLES BUT WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE TO A BIGGER BUNDLE. AM I ABLE TO DO SO?
Absolutely! You are able to upgrade any bundle you purchase to a higher-level bundle at no extra charge - the entire purchase price of your first purchase will be applied to the upgraded bundle. Simply contact us (link below) to ask for an upgrade code and we will generate a single-use upgrade code for you ASAP.