3 Reasons You Need A Looptimus

September 18, 2015

A few months ago the good folks at Loop Community sent us their Looptimus pedal to check out. Since then, our team has used it on the road at venues like the National Worship Leader Conference and at our home churches on Sunday mornings. We love it and you think you should to. 

Here are a few reasons we think it's worth checking out:

1.  If you are a guitar/bass player running tracks, few things look more awkward from stage than a guitarist leaning over to start a track with your computer on Sunday morning. Due to it's stomp switch design, the Looptimus is right at home on a pedal board. It provides the ability to easily map the foot switches to the controls you desire in your software of choice.

2. The Looptimus' versatility derives from it's ability to control anything that accepts a MIDI signal. You might think that you’re limited to only your computer, but that couldn't be further from the case. With the right adapters, the Looptimus can control your favorite tablet or phone. This is all powered through the Loop Community’s Free Prime app

3. Pad Mode. This feature is what sets it apart from any other MIDI foot controller we've seen. Once you have navigated to pad mode on the pedal, you’re able to choose a key and play the 1, 2 minor, 3 minor, 4, 5 and 6 minor chords in the chosen key with the tap of your foot. You will just need a simple soft synth application like Apple’s MainStage to take advantage of this feature. This is a great way to manage transitions in your service.

So, if you consider yourself a bit tech savvy and don’t mind a few extra cables and gadgets in your setup, click here to learn more and pick one up at Loop Community.

This question was asked at a conference where I was a guest on a panel on worship music. Honestly, at the moment I had a bit of a loss for words. The flow of new worship songs is essentially endless. I chuckle when I hear people say, "There's just not any great new worship songs!" Depending on your definition of great that may be true, but there certainly isn't a shortage of contenders.

So when the guy asked, "Should I be writing songs for my church?", my first impulse was to shout, "No! Please don't! We have plenty already!" But after thinking about it for a few moments, I said, "Maybe."

Non-committal, right? Well, the answer to this question does require some thought and a little self inspection. Here are some probing questions to consider that will help you answer this for yourself:

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When You're Out of the Picture

September 18, 2015

I’m sure mine is not the only church with a running joke about staff only having to work one day a week. Worship pastors get to take this to the next level when we say, “And all I have to do is play guitar!”

If only this were true.

Worship leaders are passionate about leading. We love to be involved on Sundays. We love creating moments where people can experience the presence of the Lord and passionately express their worship to God. Worship leaders are also human and we have very real, physical limits.

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Jesus Loves Me – Chris Tomlin

September 18, 2015

Every now and then, Worship Together has the opportunity to spend a day or so with a worship leader and capture some really incredible footage of them singing their songs in a more intimate setting. Recently we got to sit down with Chris Tomlin and take in this powerful version of Jesus Loves Me. Take 5 minutes out of your day to watch it! You won’t regret it.

 

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Jonah couldn’t do it. Nor could Moses nor David nor Paul. They couldn’t escape God’s call. Jonah literally jumped ship and still wound up in the will of God in Nineveh. Moses protested when God called him to deliver His people from slavery yet became one of the greatest leaders in Israel’s history. David was initially overlooked by everyone to be the next king, everyone but the Lord. And Paul killed and convicted the ones he eventually became like after an encounter with God on a road.

I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His presence

I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His arms

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