Multitracks add a lot to our worship teams. They add a lot of depth and strength to the overall sound of our worship teams and they instantly raise the standard of the sound we’re achieving. It can be easy to get into the habit of just 'plugging in and playing,' and not really analyzing if the sound is actually helping us, so here are some 4 tips to make your multitracks actually sound better with your team.
Making your own multitracks is the best way to maximize your sound while also being creatively free from the constraints of pre-made multitracks. Learn how to make your own multitracks by taking the Custom Multitracks Masterclass!
4 tips to make your multitracks sound better:
1. Run Them In Stereo
One simple but detrimental way to play tracks is playing your tracks in mono and sending the click on another channel. You lose a lot of depth, width, and tone from your tracks and you might not be getting the sound you’re looking for in using multitracks. Make sure you’re sending your multitracks in stereo and use a 3-4 output interface to send the click and cues to your front of house board. This will make a big difference in your worship team's sound.
2. EQ The Multitracks To Your Room
This means a lot of extra tone and width is lost on the actual stems, which you’ll want to listen for when the multitracks are playing through your room. The room itself will alter the sound of the very stems themselves. The alteration of the stems' sound is based on the several factors of your room. Just because you download them from a professional site doesn’t mean they’re absolutely perfect - be sure to EQ them to your room!
3. Send Multiple Instruments
Instead of just sending a general stereo mix and cues to your board, use a multi-channel output interface to send different groupings of instruments. Once they are sent to your board you can mix those different groupings together for a better mix. When you send multiple instruments to your board you're able to control volume and all factors as if they were live instruments. This give you more power and control over your sound and the ability to better adapt in different spaces, with different vocalists, and with different teams you may have at your church.
Consider using these groupings to start:
4. Make Your Own Multitracks
All of the above tips are the best way to make multitracks sound for the best worship experience. On top of making your multitracks SOUND the best, the best way to get the best tracks for you and your worship team is to make them.
Multitracks downloaded from multitracks.com aren’t necessarily made for live scenarios, they’re made to be listened to on a recording. They use specific arrangement of instruments and sounds that aren't necessarily the best for a live worship scenario.
Conclusion: You can make Multitacks Sound Better, but the Best Way is to Make Them Yourself
While these tips will help you make any multitracks sound better, the absolute best way to get the best sound in your space and for your team is to make your own multitracks.
Pre-made multitracks constrain your worship team's creativity and limit your sound based on whatever the stems are. Learn how to make your own multitracks with the multitracks masterclass.
Need more convincing? Check out our blog about 4 reasons why you should create your own multitracks.