In light of the Christmas season approaching, I will be posting “A Few of My Favorite Things” in regards to Worship Resources over the next several weeks. I actually started this last year, so a couple of these will be a repost. But, this is for all of the Worship Leaders out there!
Here we go…some of my favorite worship resources…Number 5 on my list?
PRAISE CHARTS REASON FILES
If you are a worship leader, you are probably familiar with Praise Charts. Its an incredible resource. From chord charts to full orchestrations, if you haven’t checked it out, it might be worth your time (www.praisecharts.com).
As a worship leader who travels without a band, I frequently play with tracks. But, the problem with an MP3 track, is that it can’t be changed. Praise Charts started releasing Reason files for a lot of their popular songs, which solves all of those problems. If you aren’t familiar with Reason, it is a software program by Propellerhead. The description from their website reads:
Reason is an integrated music recording and production studio with unlimited audio tracks, million-dollar mixing, and a massive collection of sounds included. Reason comes with all the instruments, effects and mixing tools you need for writing, recording, remixing and producing great-sounding tracks.
It is an expensive program, yes, but it opens up SO many possibilities. It is an incredible recording interface, which I won’t get into today. There is a considerable learning curve, so if you want to use this program for recording purposes, it will take some time to learn. Just a side note.
You can also use the program live, playing tracks directly from the stage. You can use it to push sounds through your MIDI keyboard. Or you can just use it for editing the files you purchase from Praise Charts.
Once you find a song you’d like to purchase from Praise Charts, the process is very easy. After purchase and download, simply open the file with Reason. All of the files are MIDI, so you can transpose, mute unwanted instruments, change tempos, and more. If you aren’t going to play the track live from Reason, you can re-export as a simple MP3 and use it in iTunes, for example.
You also have the file forever, which is great. The files aren’t “cheap”, at $9.99 per track. However, its worth it for me to have the flexibility with a track that I will use over and over again.
Has anyone else had experience with these Reason files? Send me a post on my Facebook page! I’d love to hear about it! (www.facebook.com/andreaolsonmusic)
Here are the links for Praise Charts and the Reason software, if you are interested:
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed rest of your week!
Until next time,
To learn more about Andrea and the worship ministry, visit her website at www.andreaolsonmusic.com