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How to Play Pads in Worship Team Director

UPDATE: Worship Team Director is no longer available in the app store

Sadly Worship Team Director is no longer available, and hasn’t been actively developed for a long time. It is not clear if the developers (Gateway Church) are going to bring it back, so we are now recommending the app ‘Soundboard Studio Lite’ to play Pads in iOS.

How to set up Soundboard Studio Lite to play PADS (or any audio files)

Soundboard Studio Lite is an iOS app that lets you trigger audio files. The cool feature about this app is the crossfade functionality. When you switch from one pad to another, you get a nice crossfade. With the Pads, this helps create a seamless transition.

Don’t know about Pads?

Pads are a music bed that will enhance your worship services and allow you to facilitate awesome transitions. They sound like this:

Learn more about Pads here

72 Responses to How to Play Pads in Worship Team Director

  1. mvmariovz19 Jul 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Any app for Android

    • Martin Oct 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      Hi, try Poweramp for Android

  2. Steve Sep 28, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    Are you working on an ios8 update? Let us know by posting something on your webpage.

  3. Alex B. Jan 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi there! I just bought all your pads; I think this is an amazing idea that I can introduce to our worship team! I did have a quick question.

    I downloaded all the music/pads to my iPhone 5, enabled, the “Fade Off/On” button, and when UNplugged from our audio console, the crossfade option works perfectly.

    However, when it is plugged IN, the crossfade doesn’t seem to work (pressing the next pad “jumps” the sound from one key to the next.)

    Also, the STOP button (when plugged IN) makes the sound/pad abruptly stop without a fadeout. Is there an additional setting I need to enable or check to get this working? I tried it on my iPad as well with the same results.

    We use a Yamaha LS9-32. My iPhone is plugged from an 1/8″ cable to a 1/4″ converter into our DI box (which is linked to our audio console).

    Hope this reaches you! Thanks for introducing this to the world of music and worship!

    Alex B.
    Flagstaff, AZ

    • Alex B. Jan 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      One possible solution that I may be able to institute is to turn the reverb up very high on the bump/fader that’s on the audio console. That seems to allow the sound (through the verb) “bleed” over to the next pad/key without the quick silence in between.

      If there’s another solution though, that’d be great! 🙂


      • Brian Wahl Feb 27, 2015 at 11:19 am #

        Hi Alex,

        In addition to the reverb, turn on a long-ish delay with a good level of repeats. That will help give you a crossfade. It doesn’t have to be very high in the mix.

    • Brian Wahl Feb 27, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Alex – I think what you’re experiencing using the stock Music app on iOS is that the crossfade only works when one song finishes and then moves to another song. If you skip to another song before the one you’re on finishes, it’s a hard cut. It’s kind of a dumb thing that Apple does that – at least they shouldn’t call it ‘Crossfade’ – the name is misleading.

  4. Larry Wolf Mar 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Hey Brian, I am looking to use pads in our service.I use an iPad.What I would like to do is control them with a Bluetooth foot pedal.Is there an app to make that possible?

  5. Stephen Arthers Apr 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Brian (and Alex_

    I was experiencing the same problem as Alex. I am running Pads though the Worship Team Director App on my iPhone. When I switch to a pad in a different key the crossfade feature in the Worship Team Director app (not iTunes, or the stock iOS music app) works fine. However, when I have it plugged in to our mixing board at church, or even my apple earbuds, the crossfade disappears and I am left with an abrupt transition. Additionally, when I stop the track, it drops off abruptly.

    I went into the settings, kept the Fade on and turned off the ENH. Apparently this makes only the right /track side fade out gradually and the Left will end abruptly. So far it works well with my earbuds, fading both stereo sides out at an equal rate. Hopefully this will make fro some good transitions!

    Loving the PADS man! So thankful for you and what you do to help build excellence into the Church!

    • Brian Apr 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      Interesting – thanks for the info! I’m not sure what ENH stands for, but my guess is the developers set it up to work with split tracks where you typically have a click track in the left and the audio track in the right. That way the click (going to in-ear mixes) does not fade while the audio does. Totally makes sense from that standpoint.

  6. bryan Apr 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    Is there, or will there be a worship team director app for android?

  7. Miguel Nov 15, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    BrianI have just bought all your pads also they are fantastic. I am trying to figure out how to use the click track feature in the worship tutorial app does anyone have any insight on howto set it up so that the click goes to the band and not to the house what settings are needed to be used in the app to do this is it possible to even run the click track simultaneously while running the pads?

    • Brian Nov 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Miguel – thanks for purchasing! Are you referring to the Worship Team director app? I think you need a click track already in your files – it just gives you options about fading in/out, etc.

  8. Jeremy Greening Jan 4, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    I loved using pads until wt director stopped working on ios9. Any alternative app suggestions so I can start using pads again? (Plus I’ll buy three ones too as I only have pads 1) please email me with suggestions!

    • Brian Jan 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Jeremy – I’m running the latest version of iOS and WT Director seems to be working fine for me. Are you using the most updated version of the app?

      • Jeremy Greening Jan 24, 2016 at 8:40 am #

        Yes I am. I’m using an iPhone 6s and I think the 3D Touch feature is impacting my ability to press play within the app.

        • Jeremy Greening Jan 24, 2016 at 8:49 am #

          Hey, for the record, I uninstalled and reinstalled the app. Reinstalled pads and all working now. Random?

          • Brian Feb 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

            Interesting – I’ve had to do that from time to time with different apps. Glad it’s working!

  9. Sean Jan 22, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks for this! Just a quick question, once you’ve set up your ‘playlist’ of pads, does iPhone have to be connected to WiFi in order for the pads to work properly or can I use it in aeroplane mode?

    • Brian Feb 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Sean,

      If the files are on your device, you should not need to be connected to wifi. Thanks!

  10. Clark Mar 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    Hey Brian! Do you ever have issues importing pads onto the app? I can’t get it to import Pads 3 for the life of me.

    • Brian Apr 4, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Hey Clark – I’ve been able to get them to import in the past, but iTunes seems to be making life increasingly difficult to do something as simple as getting an mp3 on to your device. Are you trying to import them from iTunes into the app?

  11. zach Mar 14, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Can anyone help me to use these on iTunes a laptop computer? I could really use some help in this.

    • Brian Apr 4, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      Hey Zach – sorry for the trouble. iTunes is getting harder and harder to use. Are you doing the Apple Music thing where it sync’s everything in the cloud? If so, when you create a playlist of Pads, you may need to force iTunes to add the songs to your iCloud music library. You can right-click on the songs in iTunes, and choose ‘Add to iCloud music library’

  12. Worshipmentor Apr 13, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Hi Brian. I ran across your pads on youtube and had a question. I lead, for the most part, from a midi controller keyboard using computer based pianos, organ and strings. Is there a VST or stand alone software instrument I could get to do this for this kind of price? I have looked at a couple but I don’t need or want all the bells and whistles they include (or their price). I just simply want some pads like this that I can control from my keyboard. Any thoughts?

    • Brian May 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

      Hello – the Pads are not a plugin or VST – they are simply mp3 files. Depending on what software you are using, there may be some great pad type sounds built in. In my opinion, Apple Mainstage is about the best bang for the buck when it comes to VST sounds.

  13. Erik Lindeen Apr 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Can you use Worship Team Director on a MacBook?

    • Brian May 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Erik – I believe the app is iOS only. I did not develop the app, so you might reach out to the developer to see if they are planning to release a desktop version for Mac.

  14. Caleb Nov 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Any Work on this app for Android??! I would love to get it, I bought all of the worship pads!

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Caleb – I don’t believe WT Director is available on Android. We did not develop this app, so I’m not sure if they’re planning to make one for Android or not.

    • Martin Oct 16, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

      Hi everyone, regarding the pads for Android, i’m using Poweramp apps and its working very good. It has nice fading …

  15. Caleb Beachy Nov 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Any update on Android App?

    • Brian Nov 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

      Hi Caleb – we did not develop the WT director app, so I’m not sure if the developer is planning an Android version or not.

  16. John Davis Apr 25, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    Hello. I purchased the ‘PADS 5 Simple pads’. I purchased the req’d 3.5mm to 1/4′ cable and a TRS to 3.5mm cable to use with my YAMAHA
    MG82CX mixer. I follow the tutorial regarding ‘download’ & using the WT Director along with my iPhone to access the iTunes where the
    ‘PADS 5’ reside. The PADS plays fine for a minute to minute and a half, then stops play through my mixer. A message pops up on my iPhone
    that says, “This accessory is not supported by this iPhone”! What is the fix for this. I am not going to keep the ‘PADS’ and will submit a
    request for refund if I cannot use them as instructed. Thank you!


    • Zack Apr 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

      John, are you using it from your mixer or from the stage? If you’re using it from the stage, I would recommend using your 3.5 to 1/4 cable to plug into a direct box and use xlr the rest of the way to your mixer. If you’re running from the mixer you should be able to use the same cable to plug directly into one of your channels. We have used the direct box setup for a couple years now from both iPhones and iPads and have had no issues. If it is not a hardware issue, it may be a file issue. The mp3 files may not have downloaded to your device properly or not imported to the WT Director app correctly or something like that.

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi John – I’m not sure what’s happening with that. Sounds like a hardware issue – shouldn’t be a software/app issue. Maybe something with the cable is causing your phone to stop playback. I would contact apple support if you keep experiencing this.

  17. John Davis Apr 25, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    I sincerely hope my “comment” won’t have too long to wait for “moderation” as my payment for something I can’t use was immediately accepted!

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

      Hi John – sorry for the inconvenience – I think everything is taken care of through the support system.

  18. William Apr 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    I didn’t see an answer to the question above, so I apologize if I missed it. Is it possible to use a bluetooth footswitch to advance to the next pad in WT Director? I also heard in the video that there another video that shows how to queue pads from planning center. Does anyone know the link for that video?

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

      Hi William – I don’t believe you can use bluetooth with WT Director.

  19. Al Terpstra May 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    In Director, is there any thought on adding an editable field onto pads to identify the song name, or the purpose of the pad, i.e., transition, prayer, post message talk, end of service blessing, etc.? It would be helpful, instead of renaming pads, each time they are used.

  20. Josh Oct 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    I’ve been using WT Director for about a year now and have loved the addition of pads underneath the band. Everything’s been working great up until this past month. I’m having issue with Dropbox syncing with the app so I can upload more pads I have purchased. It says ( error 400.) I’ve logged out and back in to reset it and it didn’t change. I am afraid to uninstall and reinstall WT Director bc I don’t know if I’ll lose all my pad files in doing so. Any tips or suggestions on how to fix this?

    • Brian Oct 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

      Hey Josh – WT Director just got an update today and the Dropbox functionality is working again now.

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