Pads create an atmospheric ambient texture that sits underneath everything. Thousands of churches use pads to effortlessly transform their worship sets by creating depth and texture, ambience, and awesome transitions. They give the music a sense of depth and weight and it helps glue everything together. With any of the Pads sets, you can have that sound present in all your songs and other service elements with a tap of a button.
It really is that easy – to use the Pads during a song, simply play the Pad in the same key as the song, and everything will just work. We are also working hard to create more versions and variations of Pads. It’s always good to have multiple sounds and textures available so you can choose the perfect sound to fit the moment you’re trying to create. Listen to the previews below and choose your favorite sounding set, or get them all!
When To Use Pads
During your worship sets, you can have a music bed that never stops playing, which makes for a much more cohesive worship experience. When you finish a song, let the pads continue. Let them play during prayer moments. Bring them in towards the end of a moving sermon or talk. Cross-fade between pads in different keys for smooth transitions from a song in one key to a song in another key.
How To Use Pads
These pads are not progression specific so no click track is needed. Simply play the pad in the key that your song is in, and any progression in that key will work. The pads will sit underneath your music and sound beautiful. You can play on top of these pads with any instrument – keys, guitars, etc.
What Hardware Or Software Is Needed?
Because these pads 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 pads will fit.
Why Are There Different Pad Sets?
Each set of Pads effectively works exactly the same way (with the exception of the Minor Pads, which are in Minor keys). The difference is simply in how they sound. No one set of Pads is better or worse than another, just different. Here's a brief description and usage suggestion for each:
- Pads 5 (Simple Pads): a set of Pads that sound warm and rich but have a little bit less going on. There is less movement both in the number of notes and the EQ spectrum. These are the best set of Pads when used in a band context.
- Pads 4 (Evolving Pads): Pads 4 have more movement than the other Pads sets, but they will not get in the way of what you are playing on top of them. These are good to use when you want the Pads sound to have a bit more signature. They are named ‘Evolving’ because when you hear them, they sound like they are moving from one place to another. Pads 4 also include a lot of interesting ambient elements not found in the other pads sets.
- Pads 3 (Cinematic Pads): Think movie score. Take it a step further. Think John Williams and Hans Zimmer are now on your worship team. That pretty much sums up Pads 3. They sound huge and encompassing.
- Pads 2 (Atmospheric Pads):They are named ‘Atmospheric’ for a reason – lots of texture and ambience. These will add life to sets where you don’t have a lot of musicians, and they’re great when used by themselves during different elements of a worship service.
- Pads 1: Lots of warmth without too much movement or texture. These are great all-around ambient pads that you can use in a variety of environments. These are the first series created Pads and are useful as an easy go-to.
- Minor Pads 1: Lots of texture. The tonal center revolves around an actual minor key signature (as opposed to the relative minor of a major key).
- Minor Pads 2 (Gregorian): The darkest sounding of all the pads. These sound almost menacing. They are perfect for setting an eerie mood, which can be extremely effective during something like a Good Friday service, for example. A couple caveats: It is not recommended that you listen to these with the lights off. Also be warned against the key of D Minor. It is the saddest of all keys. You may weep instantly.
Hear A Sample From Worship Tutorials: