– Ableton Live is a number
one worship leading software that will drastically improve
the musical and production quality of your worship ministry. I’ve been a worship leader for ten years. I’ve been using Ableton Live
for only three years now. My only regret is I did not
begin learning it sooner. In this video I wanna
give you in depth look at my Ableton Live worship set. This will give you an idea
of the power of Ableton to not only run a click
and tracks in worship, but how it can also automate
lyrics, video and lighting in your worship gatherings. So, keep watching this video
because by the end of it you gonna have a firm
grasp on how Ableton Live can benefit your worship ministry. And at the end I’ll tell
you about a cool opportunity for you to begin learning
this advanced software today. (upbeat techno music) My name is Jake Gosselin with, an online resource for innovative and
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for your worship ministry and you can also check
out my online course, Lead Worship with Ableton. So in the rest of this video, I wanna walk through the
gear and software set up I use every Sunday at
Mission Lakewood Church. We’re a small church
plant here in Colorado, so Ableton Live has
been incredibly helpful, not only in enhancing
the sound of our band but also automating
our production elements where we frankly just
don’t have all the manpower to run lighting and lyrics to the level that we want them to. But Ableton Live takes care of that. So the rest of this video,
I wanna show you my set up and how it works. So here in front of me I have
all the gear and software I use to utilize Ableton Live to its fullest potential in worship. So I have two computers, this computer right here
is my Ableton Live laptop, this one sits on stage, usually
right next to our drummer, and then I have my other computer which is back in our tech booth that’s running Pro Presenter for lyrics and video on our screens and then also our lighting
software, myDMX 3.0. And then the third piece
of major hardware I use is the Looptimus MIDI foot controller that I have right here. And here’s kind of a general overview of how all this stuff talks to each other and how this all works during worship. So at the beginning of worship, when the countdown gets to zero, I cue up song number one
by pressing this button and then I press play on my
Looptimus mini right here and then what’s gonna happen, this is gonna send the
signal to Ableton Live through a USB cable, and remember this computer is on stage maybe about 15 feet away from me so the USB cable goes from
the Looptimus to this laptop and then this laptop runs our click track in Ableton as well as our backing tracks, so I’ll also have an audio output that goes to our digital
snake on our stage that then goes to our sound console. Then another thing that happens is once I trigger a
song using my foot pedal and it starts playing in Ableton Live then Ableton Live sends
midi signals over wifi to the other Macbook Pro running
Pro Presenter and lighting and that’s how Pro Presenter and my lighting software are automated. I also have a Samsung 256
gigabyte solid state drive, I store all of my Ableton Live media on, I love how small and
compact this hard drive is and it performs really fast, and because it’s solid state
it’s gonna be reliable, I don’t have to worry about
it failing anytime soon. And then right here I have my Looptimus and my Looptimus mini foot controllers and what happens is I have
these foot controllers near me when I’m leading worship and then when I’m ready
to queue up the song, I press the button to queue
up the right song in Ableton and then I press another
button on my Looptimus mini to play the song, and
then the magic happens. So now let’s dive more into Ableton Live and what’s all going on any
given Sunday when I use it. So what happens is when our
band is finished rehearsal, I’m gonna press a keyboard
command on Ableton, it’s gonna bring me to
this locator right here and I’m just gonna press play, that’s gonna bring up
our pre-service settings in Pro Presenter and in
our lighting software, so you’ll hear there’s
some background music we have playing softly, we just have the logo up on our screen, so this is what the look and
feel of everything is like about half hour leading
up to the worship service, and then we do do a five
minute countdown as well. And you’ll notice, it also triggered up the right lighting scenes in myDMX 3.0, so we have pre-service house lightings and then we black out
the stage, pretty simple, but you could really
configure it however you want and then at the beginning of our service, this is what happens. We have a countdown in
Pro Presenter going, and let’s just drag this to the end of the countdown right here. So there’s five seconds
left in this countdown, and our band is on stage, ready to go, so I’m gonna let this play through and then I’m gonna make
sure song one’s queued up and then when it hits zero, I press play. You can see the play head advancing, it starts fading in our tracks, it blacks out the screen,
brings up the first song. And then we’re in business. So this song was Glorious Day, you can hear the actual lyrics here. (Glorious Day by Passion) So look what’s happening here
as the play head advances in Ableton Live, on the top track, I have my markers track which
is just some empty midi cues to label different parts of the song, then I have tempo clip here
underneath this second track and a tempo clip is an empty audio file that simply sets the master
tempo of Ableton Live so that the metronome
here is at the right tempo so this will switch when I
go to different tempo clips for different songs. I also have a track for just
the plain old audio file click that sometimes comes with multi-tracks, I have a guide track to give us cues to count off different
sections of the song, for example, if I were
to zoom in here for you, you can see this is the guide that’s gonna count off the intro. – [Intro Track] Intro, two, three, four. Verse, two, three, four. – It counts off different
sections of the song so my band never gets lost. I put an MP3 track in here so I can hear the original arrangement, I’ll solo that for you. Then I have these green tracks here, which are all of my Pro Presenter cues. So I create a couple of
tracks for Pro Presenter in case if I wanna stack
cues on top of each other like I do here, and then I have my lighting
cues midi-track right here, so you can see I have
my house lighting cued, my band stage lighting cues, different cues for LED lights for the different colored looks that we have throughout worship, and as the playhead advances,
it’s gonna hit those cues and then it’s gonna queue
up those right scenes in my lighting software and the right lyrics in Pro Presenter. And then I have a couple
of cool tracks here for running pad, so sometimes, like at the intro to this song, I just wanted to have a little bit more of a beefier pad sound at the
beginning kind of fade in, so I have Churchfront pads right here, and then I also use pads, like sometimes we just wanna be able to spontaneous in worship, so what’s gonna happen is at the end of the third song we have in our set, the song’s gonna fade out and
then it’s just gonna be pads playing in the background
with our click track, and I have a loop marker right here, then I have a midi cue that
triggers the loop locator so watch what happens when the
play head hits this midi cue. It’s gonna loop back to the beginning of that section right there, so it could keep going on and
on for however long I want it. When I press pause, the pads fade out, I have lots of reverb applied
to the pads track right here, then I have a stop track down here, so that’s whenever I want
Ableton to stop by itself. A good example of this is when I queue up my
pre-service settings, I wanna press play and then not have to worry
about pressing pause, it’ll just automatically stop
right there on the stop cue, so Ableton’s really powerful
in how you can map midi cues, like from the stop cue track right here, up to the actual stop
button and transport. And then of course I have
all of my backing tracks. I’ll zoom way out here for you so you can see what’s going on. I have song one, song two,
song three is A Miracle, song four, Spirit of Living
Gods, song five’s Reckless Love, and then we have a post-loop, and it’s all set up in arrangement view so it’s a chronological timeline. I think arrangement view is the best way to set tracks up for
worship, and then it’s cool because I can perfectly
time my transitions here, so you can see how the
tracks of this first song, Glorious Day, are fading out and then I Lift My Eyes will be fading in. – [Computer] One, two,
one, two, three, four. – And then if I wanna go in, say like I’m looking at Reckless Love here and I want to mix the
sound of my backing tracks, that’s really easy to do on the fly. I’ll turn off the MP3 for you. These are all of my tracks, this is the mix that I
used this past Sunday. Our band doesn’t have a bass player, so I made sure I kept bass in there. We have our electric guitars, I can of course adjust all
of the different levels, the volume of each track, really easy. Let’s say if I were wanting
to change a key of a song, really quickly, all I’d have to do is select all of the tracks for that song, I probably don’t need to select the percussion tracks though, and then what I’ll do
is go into warp mode, and then I can just say,
let’s transpose this up two semi-tones, so here’s
what it sounds like first. And then if I wanna go up two semi-tones, let’s go up six semi-tones. But I’m gonna undo those because I don’t really need to
transpose the song that much. Let’s pretend that I
wanted to actually speed up the tempo of the song, I don’t really know why
I would wanna do that, but that’s also easy to do on the fly. So I’ll select my master
tempo clip I have over here, that sets the metronome in Ableton Live but it’s also gonna
adjust all the audio files and speed them up without
distorting the sound too much. I’m gonna go down here and I
will switch the segment BPM, it’s at 83 beats per minute, let’s switch it to 100 beats per minute. – [Computer] One, two. One, two, three, four, five, six. Intro. – So it’s super easy to
adjust both the key of songs and also the tempo of
a song in Ableton Live. Lastly, I just wanna kind of show you one of my favorite ways that Ableton just kind of makes the different transitions
in worship really seamless and this is when we’re coming
out of a sermon message in our service and at our church, we do two songs after the sermon. And towards the end of the sermon, what I’ll do is I’ll enable some pads, just kind of have some soft, subtle pads, playing in the background underneath the end of our pastor’s sermon and then when he starts praying at the end and of course, the pads
will just continue to loop in the background until
we enable the next song. So our pastor gets to
the end of his sermon and then after he prays,
he talks about how, hey, we’re gonna transition
back into worship now, so he invites people to stand
so we can worship together, and then when he invites people to stand and he starts exiting the
stage, watch what happens. I’m gonna press number four
for song four in our set list, which in this case is Reckless Love, it’s going to jump to that locator and it blacks out all the lights, and then it also sets the
house lightings to dim for when we sing our worship songs and then it also gives us a couple measures to do all this, so that we don’t count
off the song immediately, but now, as you can
see, the song counts off and then in Pro Presenter
we have a title slide and the background’s queued up, we have our new lighting scene queued up for that song as well. It’s just really seamless when
you program all of this stuff ahead of time with Ableton Live. Yet despite all the programming
we’re doing ahead of time, there’s still room to
program in flexibility into our worship set,
as I already showed you with those looping pads, but you can go through a song, you can create repeat cues, so that, say you’re
going through a chorus, you want to sing it one more time, you just press a button
on your foot controller and it will repeat that
section of the song, and then it will just keep going through the end of that song, so there’s just so many
different advanced little tweaks you can make to your Ableton Live set to allow for that flexibility in worship. If you’re new to Ableton Live and implementing this software in worship, I highly recommend you check out my free training linked below this video, you’re gonna learn all about the benefits of this software, some I didn’t even cover here, you’re also gonna learn
about myths to avoid, you’re also gonna learn about
the tools to get you started and finally I’ll give
you my ten step blueprint for implementing Ableton
Live at your church. If you’re convinced that Ableton Live is the right solution for your church, ’cause you’re excited about
all the benefits it offers and you wanna implement it the quickest and easiest way possible, then check out my online course, Lead Worship with Ableton. That’s also linked
below in the show notes. In this online course, I’ll walk you step by step through my implementation process for Ableton Live for worship leaders. You don’t have to be a
techy worship leader, you don’t have to have any experience with Ableton Live, even if you do have
experience with Ableton Live or other digital audio work stations, this course will save you a ton of time in developing an efficient workflow that’s gonna fit into your
worship planning routine. So click whatever link
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  1. Way to go Jake…great stuff. Question, I lead fro the keyboard/piano, and I am already using the sustain pedal, sound amplifier pedal, and a bluetooth page turner. What is your thought in using a small, 33-44 key midi keyboard to use instead of a Looptimus board?

  2. Just a thought to consider you can do a lot in Session view. I create in Arrangement, but run in session. Like Will Doggett says its not an either or it can be both. It all depends on your approach and needs.The only thing I don't do that you do is crossfades of pads, I have 2 keys players so I have it covered. No need. But I might swap if I did not have live keys players. Its all about your needs. And I do ton of automation. One thing you may want to consider is consolidating you automation to lock it in. This way its the same every time. It also allows me drag that clip into session. I tell people take a look at your needs and let that guide which view is right to run live with, but by all means learn both views to know which one really suits you and your team the best.

    When get into multiple automation and lots of MIDI Routing I find that session view allows you to see routing details and big picture much more efficiently. Krisitan Ponsford the other big name with Multitracks is more of a Session view. So its really just depends on what works best. I also find the Mixer Style layout of session view is sometimes easier for volunteers to run. Its just more intuitive for them since its familiar.

  3. I'm so excited to see your Ableton academy finally up and running! Congratulations and also a huge thank you from the small church community. You've helped so many of us get started with your YouTube channel! I've taken a look at your course outline and I'm excited to get a little bit more in depth into Ableton! God bless all your efforts, brother!

  4. Would be curious to know your organization system. I have song files that has any originals, also and edits folder that has the stems and MIDI clips for that session. Also save that working project in edited in case I need to add tracks or more automations.

  5. Hey Jake !
    This great! Your video has inspired us to have our lyrics automated by Abelton.

    In this video you mentioned that you do have spontaneous moments. For the most part we stick pretty close to the arrangements have moments of spontaneous worship or we add some more space before the bridge to allow our worship leader to flow. In those moments who controls lyrics on slides? How would you coordinate that with your pro presenter person?

    Thank you! Looking forward to hearing from you.

  6. You mention "Of course pads continue to loop . . . " Since you don't know when the prayer will end, how do you ensure a smooth transition between the pads and the start of your next song, no matter where in that pads loop you jump out?

  7. Jake, I’m so grateful for all your help! I hit an obstacle… my tempo tracks that I created are not “mastering” the time signature. If I have one song in 4/4 transitioning into another in 3/4, the track will change tempo but remain in 4/4 unless I change it manually at the top. Any help??

  8. Hey, do you ever deal with midi failure? I use the lyric cues with PP occasionally but sometimes they don't fire randomly. Then I could fire it immediately again after and it works fine. Idk.

  9. I'm doing research to determine how to best improve our church's worship sound/media. Does anyone know if Easy Worship will import to Ableton the same way ProPresenter does? We currently have Easy Worship and would like to step up to Ableton without killing our budget. Thanks!

  10. Question about your loopitmus: Do you have it so that each button on the looptimus is a different section of the song so you can jump around in songs as you want or is each button a different command like repeat? What do you have the mini set up to do?

  11. Hey Jake, would the ableton intro version be able to do this, or would I need to use the standard version?

  12. … so much stuff. Do the people in your congregation realize the machine behind all of this? Can you please record a worship set with a side view of ableton running? How many people in your church?

  13. Our houselights are on a regular wall switch. I assume the switches need to be replaced with an interface that will work with the lighting software? What would we need to make that work?

  14. Are your backing tracks pre-recorded or did you make them in ableton? Also is it possible to use tracks like that and save a specific song within ableton so when I create my setlist each week I can just drag and drop in songs I have already done?

  15. dude. I just realized the song in the beginning is saying "Keep Watching"………lol nice subliminal message bro.

  16. How do you manage all of your Ableton media? What is your folder structure like? Especially once you're beyond just tracks and storing things like pads or keys presets.

  17. JAKE my question is what if I need to bring up little more gain on any of the backing tracks in ableton while worshiping. How do I do that or who would do that with out actually going to your loptop in the middle of worship. If that make sense…

  18. Great stuff! How long does it take per week for you to do this? Tracks, lights, lyrics. Thanks. As a volunteer worship leader, I probably won’t have time to do this but am curious what I can take away to leverage technology appropriately in worship.

  19. I have been using Ableton for about 6 years in worship leading. I'm a heretic and use session view ha! I found Loop Community's template and tweaked it for my needs at the time. But…to my question…something I've always struggled with. In your context, automating ProPresenter cues and lighting cues is necessary due to a lack of volunteers. I've been there and understand, but I currently have plenty of tech volunteers. However, volunteers can be terribly inconsistent with many things and I'd like to go back to using Ableton to trigger almost every tech cue. Have you had to have that conversation with a techie? "Thanks for helping, but I'm gonna use Ableton to do your job more efficiently." (I know that you'd never say that, but nonetheless, how do you say that?)

  20. Do you manually trigger the recording of the sermon in your DAW or do you use some remote trigger to this? We have challenges with no tech booth and need to do everything on the stage. Can you trigger a live stereo track recording session for the sermon or do you record the whole service multi-track into a DAW? Ableton or Protools?

  21. Thank you! Quick question you mentioned having a MP3 track of original presumably in-ear only is the vocal on it and is that helpful to keep vocalists on pitch? If not how is it used?

  22. Great video! I am thinking of upgrading our church setup and want to incorporate Ableton. Can I do everything that you explained in the video with the Ableton Intro version?

  23. Thanks for the tips. Do you use any particular macbook? I'm looking at getting a macbook Pro for Appleton and I'm trying to decide between the 13 and 15 inch models. Does it need the extra graphics power of the 15 inch?

  24. I saw you mentioned in the comments a 13in MacBook Pro would work, but for each computer would I need 16GB RAM or would 8 work? i5 or i7? I’m sure the bigger the better, but with a budget bigger isn’t always an option lol thanks man, and keep these videos coming! Great content!!

  25. This is fantastic! Is the high end version of the software needed for this? Or can the Standard edition do this as well?

  26. Hey Jake, if I want to run this rig on a single Mac (no access to a macbook on stage currently), could we use an iPad with remote access to Ableton live, and just control which markers we want through the iPad?

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