PraiseCharts Bed Tracks
Bed Tracks are high-quality audio tracks that are designed as ambient texture background tracks that can be used in a variety of settings. These tracks create a foundation for live bands to play on top of during times of ministry, prayer, reading, reflection, confession, etc, but can also be used as stand-alone tracks during these ministry times. Many churches use bed tracks to create depth, texture, ambiance, and transitions. This gives the music a sense of depth and weight and helps pull service elements together.
What are the different Bed Track options?
Each Bed Track is a 20 minute mp3 that is built upon a particular chord progression, looping repetitively for 20 minutes. Each of these progressions is offered in 6 different sound palettes that we have classified into albums: Afterglow, Atmospheric Strings, Huge Pad, Liquid Organ, Soft Choir, and Solar Wind. Each chord progression loop is recorded in all 12 keys.
As with our other audio products, Bed Tracks are offered in a variety of product formats: Multi Tracks, Band Tracks, Click Tracks, and Rhythm Tracks.
Just like our other MultiTrack products, when you download a Bed Track multitrack, you will receive each of the track's musical elements isolated into single stems, with all 12 keys being available to you for each progression. This will consist of the following:
Bass: includes any of the bass instruments (lower register pads, bass, etc)
Keys: includes any tonal, melodic instruments
Pads: includes all of the pads
Rhythm: includes all of the rhythmic elements: loops, click track, vocal cues, etc.
You can import each of these stems into your own Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software on a Mac or PC and choose which tracks you want running with your band, and which you don’t need. For more info on Multi Tracks, please check out our Multi Tracks page.
Band Track Format
Just like our other Band Track products, when you download a Bed Track band track, you will receive a full mix accompaniment backing track that has been derived from our Multi Track stems. These tracks can be played on their own, but unlike our usual band tracks, these can also be played along with a band. For more info on Band Tracks, please check out our Band Tracks page.
Click Track Format
Just like our other Click Track products, when you download a Bed Track click track, you will receive a complementary track that is easily played along with your band. The MP3 will include CLICK & CUES panned to the LEFT channel, and the TRACK mix panned to the right. The TRACK mix will include the pads from the Bed Tracks. For more info on Click Tracks, please check out our Click Tracks page.
Rhythm Track Format
Just like our other Rhythm Track products, when you download a Bed Track rhythm track, you will receive the full mix accompaniment backing track of the Bed Track, minus the KEYS. In other words, there will be no melody in the mix. Rhythm Tracks are designed to be played along with musicians, but also include the rhythmic elements. For more info on Rhythm Tracks, please check out our Rhythm Tracks page.
When To Use Bed Tracks
During your worship sets, you can have an underlying bed of ambient sound that never stops, which creates more flow in your worship experience. When you finish a song, let the bed tracks continue; let them play during prayer moments; bring them in towards the end of a moving sermon or talk; cross-fade between tracks in different keys for smooth transitions from a song in one key to a song in another key. The possibilities are endless. Also, check out our blog on the Top 10 Ways to Use Bed Tracks.
What Hardware Or Software Is Needed?
Specific information is located on each of the above product pages, but simply because most of these tracks are in mp3 format, you can use them with anything. Load them into an iTunes playlist. Bring them into Ableton Live, Logic, Pro Tools, or any other DAW. Play them straight from your smartphone or tablet. Whatever workflow your band or church uses, these tracks will fit.
The only track format that needs specific software is the Bed Track multi tracks which you will need to import into your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software. Be sure to check out our Multi Tracks page for specific help and tutorials with this format.
Click Tracks are our most popular audio track product at PraiseCharts. If you're new to using backing tracks, or a seasoned worship band, Click Tracks provide a way to sync your entire band to a consistent tempo and give you helpful navigational cues while using in-ear monitors.
Rhythm Tracks were created based on the success of Click Tracks. Rhythm Tracks are similar to Click Tracks, built on the exact same arrangement, but intended for a different level of the worship band. Where Click Tracks are well suited for a fully developed band that has a solid rhythm section, Rhythm Tracks are designed for a smaller band that may not have live drums and bass guitar.
Choir Practice Tracks are very similar to Vocal Practice Tracks. They are high-quality tracks that are derived from our Multi Track stems and have been designed to resource Worship Choirs, making it easier for each section to learn their parts.
We have a variety of track products to enhance the sound of your live worship band. Need to fill in a couple of missing musicians? Try a MultiTrack. Just need to tighten up your band? Let them follow a Click Track. Missing a synth or drummer? Rhythm Tracks will help fill you out. Plus tracks for Vocal and Choir Practice, Reason files, Backing Tracks. Our tracks will keep your band in the groove and in the right tempo. No more speeding up, slowing down, and sounding thin.
Listening to a live worship album makes you feel like you are right in the room, surrounded by hundreds of other worshippers. Usually, the arrangement and vocals are less polished, but that comes as an easy trade for capturing the authentic worship experience. When we chart these arrangements, they serve as a great resource to demonstrate how to lead these songs in your own live worship setting. Playing for live worship is not the same as playing in the studio. This list is full of our favorite live worship arrangements.