How do I choose the format and play your tracks?

CDs or MP3s/downloads?
Our accompaniments are available on CD or as MP3 computer files. 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. To hear how the MP3s sound, you can download some free complete MP3s (256 Kbps) to try on your sound system by clicking here.

If you decide to go with MP3s you can either download tracks from iTunes or Amazon - individual tracks can be accessed from our library page or tracks/full albums from each of the album pages - or buy sets from us. We provide these on memory sticks or preloaded on iPods/iPads. With a memory stick, you will simply need to copy the files from the memory stick onto your computer. If you wish to use an iPod/tablet/smartphone in the church, you can then transfer the tracks from the computer using its music software (iTunes or the Windows or Android equivalents). Pre-loaded iPods and iPads are ideal if you don't have access to a computer and just want 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 use that instead with no extra hardware cost.

Our MP3s come as standard at 256 Kbps, the usual bit rate for MP3s. The Master Set at 256 kbps takes up around 14 Gb.

If you still aren't certain which format to use, please do drop us an email at info@cul.co.uk - we are happy to give advice.
Playing the music at your venue
To play the music and sing along you will need 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 at the venue to see if it's loud enough before spending more on a professional sound system.

Don't be surprised if the organ sounds a little distorted when turned up high on a computer or phone's speakers. 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.
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Do you sell words or sheet music?

We don't - and hymns usually only come in books - but there are plenty of ways of getting music and words. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Have you recorded all our hymn book?

There are hundreds of hymn books and sadly we can't record them all. But we do have one fully recorded and plenty more partly covered. with a growing collection of indexes to link books to our library. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can you record my favourite hymn?

If it's not already in our library, while we can't guarantee to record your favourite, let us know so we can add it to our wish list. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How did HymnCDs.com get started?

Back in 2005, organist John Keys and producer Wendy Williams were looking for way to make their CDs available. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I change the number of verses in a hymn?

You may always omit some verses, or your hymn book could have a different number to our recording. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I set up a playlist of tracks?

If you are using MP3s or downloads a playlist allows you to set up just the tracks you need for a service. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Why is there no singing on your recordings?

There are recordings available with singing on, but we don't provide them. Here's why. CLICK FOR MORE...

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How do I choose the format and play your tracks?

We have tracks on CDs, as MP3s and as downloads - and there are range of options for playback in churches and at events. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Where can I get your downloads and streams?

Downloads and streaming are available immediately, 24/7 - so ideal for a last-minute requirement. There are a whole range of options available. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can I use your recordings in more than one church?

We recognise that increasingly one vicar/priest might cover multiple buildings. By default we cover four. CLICK FOR MORE...

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Can I change the speed of a recording?

It is possible to change speeds using an editor, but it's likely to make the recording slightly fuzzy. CLICK FOR MORE...

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