Our accompaniments are available on CD or as computer files (MP3s or equivalent). CDs are best if you don't have access to a computer or iPod/tablet/smartphone. However they can be fiddly to use in a service, switching CDs and finding the right tracks. The huge advantage of using the MP3s is that once they are loaded onto your device and the device is connected to a sound system, you can find any track simply by searching for the hymn or tune name (or A&M number for the Ultimate Set). Best of all, you can put all the tracks for a service into a playlist, which means you see just the tracks you need for that service.
If you decide to go with MP3 you can either download tracks from iTunes or Amazon - individual tracks from our library page
or from any of the album pages - or buy sets
from us. We provide these on CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs, on memory sticks or preloaded on iPods. In the first two cases you will simply need to copy the files from the discs or memory stick onto your computer. If you wish to use an iPod/tablet/smartphone in the church, you can the transfer the tracks onto that from the computer using the music software on the computer (iTunes or the Windows equivalents). The pre-loaded iPods are ideal if you don't have access to a computer and just want to be able to play the music straight away (you will need a sound system to plug the iPod into). However, if you already have a computer and a tablet or smartphone, you can probably use that instead with no extra cost for the hardware.
Our MP3s on disc/memory stick/preloaded iPod come in two bit rates - the higher bit rate has better quality sound, but takes up twice as much space. See our bit rate section
below for more detail and samples of the different bit rates to try out.
Usually to play the music and sing along you will need some kind of amplification. Many churches/schools already have sound systems with the option of plugging a device into the auxiliary port (AUX in) - if that's the case you can connect the audio socket of a computer, iPod, tablet or phone loaded with our tracks to that socket using an appropriate cable. If you don't already have a sound system, it's worth borrowing a domestic hi-fi system and try plugging the source (computer, iPod etc.) into that in the venue to see if it's loud enough before spending more on a professional sound system.
Don't be surprised, by the way, if the organ can sound a little distorted if turned up high on a computer or phone's speakers. These small speakers struggle to handle the very wide frequency range of an organ - play the music through a decent sound system and the quality will be much better.
If you are happy with which media type to use, take a look at the options below. If you still aren't certain, please do drop us an email at email@example.com
- we are happy to give advice.