Automating with Ableton

Worship at the Covenant

Notice there are no music stands?

With Ableton Live and your Mac’s built in Audio Midi Setup you can automate your projection with Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter the lyrics you project on the screen, the videos you trigger, and lighting scenes using ProPresenter’s Midi Module (on a Mac) over Wi-Fi or ethernet. It’s super helpful to automate these things for the following reasons.

  1. Your song lyrics can now always be the right words at the right time. No more human errors forgetting to advance the slides or clicking the wrong screen. You still need a projectionist for the other parts of your service. But now they don’t need to try to keep up with the lyrics during the songs. It’s actually a relief to your volunteers.
  2. Your band (or at least your leader & vocalists) can now go chartless because now they can always trust that the words will be there when they need them. No more music stands! This assumes you have a stage monitor screen or a back wall projection of some sort where the people on the stage can see what’s being projected on the screen.
  3. You can blend the use of video and your band’s live music with precise timing.
  4. Your lighting scenes can be pre-programmed (using Chauvet’s free ShowXpress) to match exactly what you want, when you want it, with the right colors at the right moments. You still need a lighting operator for the other parts of the service. But, now they don’t need to try to keep up with live lighting changes during the songs. Again, it’s actually a relief to your volunteers.

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