Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between a click and click track?
A click can be provided by a metronome, app of even a drum machine. It has no end and will not vary in tempo. A click track has both an end the ability to change tempos within that track.
What’s the difference between Loops, Stems, and Tracks?
Loops were some the first additional sound element introduced with clicks or sometimes as an alternative to a click and many times just remains constant. Usually of percussive nature. Although a pad can be used as loop.

Tracks is a term commonly used because of the practice of singing with “tracks”, in this application though Stems are the correct term. Stems are a group or individual tracks with audio effects that have rendered down a single track. For instance there may have been many mics/tracks that were used to recorded and entire string section. But those have been grouped together, mixed, EQed and other audio effects applied and made into a single track.

Do I have to use stems or can I just use a click?
Absolutely this technology is there to serve you, your ministry, your church, and your culture.
Does using a click track or stems make things sound mechanical?
Playing with click tracks is very common skill used in both ter recording industry and the live performance setting. Like anything else it takes practice and time, but in general to the audience no. It just sounds tight.
Do I have to have Loops or Stems to use automation?
Not at all though building that automation is much easier with stems. Again you can mute the stems after the build of automation tracks.
What if I sort of know Ableton?
If you are comfortable building sets already, maybe a better fit for you would be Song Files. Whether it’s building out new songs for a new season of choir or for a program, maybe you just need the resources prepped for you.
Is automating ProPresenter right for me?
That is a great question and one that has a lot of variables which I would consult you on for free. We will discuss your church, culture, tech team, resources, budget, goals, and much more.
What does a site visit include?
These are tailored to meet your needs for you situations, but here are list of options.
– Training band members how to run Ableton Live.
– Training Tech teams how to integrate this technology, operation, and troubleshooting.
– Teaching you and you worship staff more about Ableton.
– Setting up gear. If you want to get into automation of ProPresenter, lights, console and other devices a closed MIDI network is needed. Along side your tech team I can help set up this system as well as recommend gear in advance, and provide training for you and your tech team. This includes detailed signal flow and routing charts.
– Host an Ableton training event for your region. Specifics of an event like this to be worked out.
– Soft synth setups with MainStage, recommend gear, and do some training in Sunday Keys. My recommendation for the most volunteer friendly soft synth template and resource provider.
What version of Ableton Live do you recommend?
To take full advantage of everything Ableton has to offer I always recommend the standard version with the most recent release.
Do I need a Mac or a PC to run Ableton?
While Ableton is windows-friendly I recommend a Mac with the minimum requirements SSD/i7/Dual Core/16 Gig of Memory. In short, get as much you can afford. It will pay for itself.