1) PLANNING CENTER APP
Planning Center is one of those no-brainer tools that every worship leader should use. Scheduling musicians and other teams, planning services, choosing songs, attaching chord charts, listening to mp3s, communicating with your team – Planning Center does it all. There are free and paid plans depending on how many users you have.
SoundCue for iPhone and iPad are apps to run click tracks with your band. Click tracks are stereo audio tracks which have a metronome in one channel and some musical element (pads, percussion, maybe an additional electric guitar part or even some background vocals) on the other channel.
This app has both a free and paid version and allows you to download, play and edit (in the pro version) click track files from your Multitracks account.
If you want to go next level with your songwriting then Hum is the right answer. You will LOVE Hum because it pulls together so many of the individual apps you use on your phone for songwriting – Voice Memos, Notes, Evernote, Dropbox, etc –and brings the functionality of each of those apps to one place. Record quick song ideas, jot down songwriting ideas or lyrical inspiration and then go back and search through all of your ideas in one place. No more clicking from app to app to get your idea from inspiration to completion,
Ever stuck with an out-of-tune guitar and don’t want to pull out your tuner, plug it in, go string by string? You need Polytune. This is a beautiful little app that lives on your home screen and will show you tuning on all six strings at once.
5) MUSIC MEMOS
This is voice memos on steroids! Record audio and watch it automatically figure out bar markings, chord changes, add drum patterns, and bass lines. Incredible. Audio from Music Memos can be exported to Garage Band and then to any other audio editing software you use. This is an incredible free app that should allow you to capture and develop some awesome songwriting ideas. This app is only available for iPhone.
6) SOFT PADS
Soft Pads are high quality pad sounds that run on an endless loop. By choosing any Soft Pad or any combination of Soft Pads, you can eliminate any dead spaces during your solo or band set. At the end of a church message, it can set the tone for an altar call and can provide that needed transition into a song.
OnSong is a chord chart app that puts all your music on your tablet saving you from having to lug around a huge binder of music. It shows the chords over the lyrics (not actual music notation).
ChordWP is a WordPress plugin I wrote to do the same thing that OnSong does but on your WordPress website. Like OnSong, ChordWP uses the ChordPro music syntax so you can easily share songs between OnSong and your WordPress site.