Yamaha MOXF6 Review

121588-d4e419d68795140496218aadd6bab935Yamaha MOXF6 Review

Church Use: Synth, MIDI controller and audio interface all in one

Features:  The Yamaha MOXF6 is the newest in a long and highly regarded line of MOTIF family of keyboards.  The MOXF6 aims to be the center of your studio as a USB audio interface, MIDI controller, DAW controller, and the sound of the MOTIF XF synth all in one.  With 61 semi-weighted keys, the MOXF6 is lightweight and highly portable for use on stage and in the studio.

Application:  Drawing on the legendary sound library of the MOTIF XF series, the MOXF6 adds more sounds and effects and utilizes seamless integration with DAW software to create the ultimate keyboard/controller hybrid.  The MOXF6 even has an open slot for Flash memory to expand the sounds using flash cards.  One of the best features of the MOXF6 is the built-in 4-in, 2-out audio interface, allowing recording and playback without the use of an additional audio interface, making it perfect for live use with a computer.  Included with each MOXF is the Cubase AI7 recording software to get you started recording right away.

More:  Great all-in-one package, more portable than any other MOTIF

Less: Weighted keys only available on the 88-key version

Price: $1199.99

For more information visit yamahaproaudio.com

My Mix Review

MyMix Monitoring Review

myMixChurch Use:  Personal Monitoring System

Features:  One of the most helpful technological advancements for musicians in the last 10 years, personal monitoring has become a staple in many churches around the country.  MyMix breaks the mold of traditional personal monitors and has quickly become one of the most powerful, versatile personal monitoring systems on the market.  Featuring a system that can host up to 500 channels with 250 devices, the possibilities are almost endless.

Application:  MyMix can act as a simple monitor mixer for each band member or be a self-contained sound system for rehearsal or the whole worship service!  At the heart of the system is the MyMix-Mixer, which acts as the 16-channel personal mixer for each musician as well as the input source for 2 microphone or line sources.  As each band member plugs into their MyMix-Mixer, their channel appears on the MyMix network for everyone using MyMix to see.  Each band member can then select from all the instruments and vocals to create their own mix.  Have more inputs than 16?  No problem, just create a submix for background vocals or drums.  This is a great option for rehearsals or smaller venues because it eliminates the need for monitor sends or direct outs from the mixing console, or any confusing routing options.  Like other personal monitoring systems, presets can be saved and recalled each week.  Stereo imaging is fantastic on the MyMix mixers, and the low end is particularly impressive, especially when compared to Aviom or Roland systems.  The possibilities are almost endless with MyMix and it’s a fantastic bargain for the price. 

 More:  Great connectivity options and routing; best sound in its price range.

Less:  Not much

Price: $679.00


Pedaltrain Volto Review

Pedaltrain Volto Review

Church UseBattery-powered Power for Guitar Effects

 Features:  Long lasting, battery-powered pedal-power?  Sounds too good to be true…yet here it is: the Pedaltrain Volto.  Utilizing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, (much like the ones used to power your cellphone) the Volto can power small to medium sized pedalboards for up to 36 hours of continuous use (depending on how many pedals and the draw of each one).  The Volto uses an included USB power adapter to charge and ships with adapters for UK, EU, Australia, and USA for use around the globe.

Application:  The Volto is a perfect solution for portable stages, outdoors, venues with limited power available, or even OCD guitar players who can’t stand ugly black power cables running to their pedalboards.  The ability to charge in every country makes it a perfect travel power to bring on trips or on a plane, and the lightweight, small footprint is great for smaller pedalboards. 

More:  Long-lasting, lightweight battery power perfect for any gig situation

Less:  Has trouble handling newer high-fidelity digital pedals for extended periods of time.

Price: $99.95


Presonus Studiolive 16.4.2ai Review

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Church Use: Powerful and Affordable Live/Studio Mixing Console

Features:  It’s rare to see a quality digital mixer under $2000 and even rarer to find one as powerful and versatile as the Studiolive 16.4.2ai.  For use in both the studio and as a live mixer, the Studiolive AI features a combination of software and hardware to make it a perfect option any application.  16 ins, 6 aux sends, 4 FX sends, and stereo main outputs give plenty of I/O options and the ability to use digital gate, EQ, compression, and effects on each track makes the mixer extremely powerful in a live setting.   

 Application:  One of the best features of the Presonus Studiolive AI is the software/hardware integration.  FOH engineers can mix wirelessly on an iPad without using a computer at all, while musicians can mix their own monitors wirelessly from a user-friendly iPhone app.  Studiolive AI connects to a computer via firewire for use with almost any DAW for playback and recording, and allows access to included software StudioOne, Capture, and Smaart Measurement Technology.  Another feature we loved was the analog inputs.  Easy-to-use, musician-friendly, and controllable via wireless network, we loved the workflow and power of the Studiolive 16.4.2ai. 

 Workflow:  While the unique layout of the Studiolive took us a little time to get used to, once we figured it out, it was easy to see why it’s the one of easiest digital mixers on the market to use.  The “fat channel” strip for each channel shows all of the EQ and dynamic processing right above the faders without having to go into a menu or use any secondary functions on the board.  The Studiolive 16.4.2ai even allows the user to create two separate EQ and compression settings for each channel to A/B the two settings and switch back and forth seamlessly.  The iPad workflow is amazing, showing graphic EQ and compression on each channel and allowing the user to drag around frequencies and visualize each EQ curve and compressor threshold.  If 16 channels isn’t enough for your church, the Studiolive ai comes in 24 and 32 channel versions as well.

 Sound:  The sound quality of the 16.4.2ai blew us away.  The XMAX mic preamps are extremely transparent but make the each instrument fat and big.  The separation of instruments was extremely apparent when we started using the board to live mix an entire band, giving a clear, punchy and defined mix.  EQ and compression sounds natural and smooth and the built-in FX is phenomenal.  Our favorite feature was the ability to EQ the verb on the fly, going from dark and moody to bright and spacious depending on the song.

 Overall:  At this price point, the Studiolive 16.4.2ai is hands down the very best digital mixer you can get your hands on.  For right under 2k, you get a mixer with 16 channels, 6 aux sends, and 2 dedicated FX channels that all sound phenomenal and best of all, the store and recall work perfectly every time you turn it on.

More:  Incredible value for the money, wireless control

Less: 16 channels may not be quite enough for bigger stages

Price: $1999.95

For more information visit presonus.com

New Release Rundown


There have been some stellar releases the first half of 2014, and we’re looking forward to more of the same for the second half. Take a minute to check out some worthy candidates both for congregations and for personal listening/viewing.

New Releases

Wow Worship36 of Today’s Top Artists
WOW Worship (Lime) Deluxe Edition
Provident Label Group/Capitol Christian Music Group/Word Records

Release Date: 3/11/14

Featuring your favorite artists and powerful worship songs, WOW Worship (Lime) Deluxe Edition captures the very best music impacting our churches and the world. The 2-CD set features 36 artists and 36 songs including 9 brand new recordings.

Similar to: Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher

Top congregational songs: “Bless The Lord (10,000 Reasons),” “Lord, I Need You”



All Sons & DaughtersAll Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters
Integrity Music

Release Date: 5/6/14

All Sons & Daughters follow their Dove Award-nominated live album with their first all new, full-length studio record. This self titled album is their most mature and innovative work to date—both sonically and lyrically—all while staying rooted in their recognizable organic sounds of worship. Catch them on the 25+ date Neon Steeple tour with David Crowder this fall.

Similar to: David Crowder, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “We Give You Thanks,” “Great Are You Lord”



LifeWay WorshipChildren’s Worship Series
by LifeWay Worship, Amanda Singer & Ray Jones
Make Some Noise!
LifeWay Worship

Release Date: 5/15/14

Children’s Worship Series (CWS) is designed to inspire a powerful generation of worshipers and worship leaders through mission, music, message and movement. Created with volunteers in mind, CWS is perfect for churches looking to start children’s choirs or churches looking to enhance their established children’s program. CWS teaches children to worship authentically … with a passion for worship that is infectious to all generations.

Top Congregational Songs: “Make Some Noise!” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”



All The Saints: Live From the CentricWorship Retreat, No. 1

Release Date: 3/11/14

Eight powerful tracks by 12 popular songwriters/worship leaders. Eclectic, Americana blended atop flawless doctrine. By Michael Farren, Jared Anderson, more.

Similar to: Bethel Music, Paul Baloche, All Sons & Daughters

Top Congregational Songs: “Nothing but the Blood,” “Love Comes Down”



Fairhope DirectChilhowee Hills Worship
in:ciite/FairHope Worship

Release Date: 1/1/14

Thirsty is a collection from a heart of worship focused on Jesus and the desire to change the world.

Similar to: Lakewood Church, Vertical Church Band, Bethel Music

Top Congregational Songs: “Thirsty,” “Rest”



Dream RecordsCindy Cruse Ratcliff
Heaven Raining Down
Dream Records

Release Date: 4/15/14

Heaven Raining Down is the new, fresh, explosive full-length CD recorded at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It features 10 songs not only written by Cindy but Ben Fielding from Hillsong, Joth Hunt from Planetshakers, David Hanley from Press Play, and Jonathan Thulin.

Similar to: Kari Jobe, Mandisa, Jamie Grace

Top Congregational Songs: “God Alone,” “Holy, Holy”



Capitol - CrowderCrowder
Neon Steeple
Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords

Release Date: 5/27/14

Crowder is back with his first solo album, Neon Steeple. Releasing May 27, the music can be described as “folktronica,” or a mixture of acoustic sounds and electronic beats. The Neon Steeple Deluxe Edition contains three additional tracks not found on the standard edition.

Similar to: All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collective

Top Congregational Songs: “I Am,” “Here’s My Heart”



Community Bible ChurchCBC Music
Jesus, Be The Center
Prism Music

Release Date: 04/1/14

This exciting new release is from the worship ministry of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. Pastor of Worship Ministries, Ray Jones, and CBC’s entire worship staff have compiled original and contemporary songs into a multi-generational explosion of joyful praise.

Similar to: Brooklyn Tabernacle

Top Congregational Songs: “Every Praise,” “The Power of the Cross”



BEC RecordingsDustin Kensrue
The Water & The Blood
BEC Recordings/Mars Hill Music

Release Date: 9/30/13

Dustin Kensrue, the frontman of the rock band Thrice who have sold 1.4 million albums, is releasing his first worship album, The Water & The Blood. Kensrue, who wrote with Stuart Townend for the song “Rejoice,” also delivers other gospel rich original songs with rearrangements of hymn classics.

Similar To: Crowder, Stuart Townend, John Mark McMillian

Top Congregational Songs: “Rejoice,” “Grace Alone”



Fellowship CreativeFellowship Creative
Running to Follow
Fair Trade Services

Release Date: 5/13/14

Finding ways to express and celebrate the gift of creativity is the driving force behind Fellowship Creative, the music division of Fellowship Church Dallas, known for Pastor Ed Young, Jr. This collection of worship songs was created with the body of Christ in mind and is the first release with record label, Fair Trade Services.

Similar to: Elevation Worship, Gateway Church

Top Congregational Songs: “Glory in the Highest,” “Always Been About You”



Capitol - HillsongHillsong United
The White Album [Remix Project]
Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow/Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 3/3/14

The White Album [Remix Project] is a collection of your favorite Hillsong UNITED songs that have been remixed by various mix engineers and musicians. The project, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic albums chart, includes remixes of “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “With Everything,” “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out” amongst others.

Similar to: Jesus Culture, Crowder

Top Congregational Songs: “Oceans” (Lark Remix), “With Everything” (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)



Jimmy Swan ProductionsHis Kidz United
His Kidz Vol. 1
His Kidz United

Release Date: 4/29/14

His Kidz United recognizes a gaping hole in the marketplace for quality, uplifting, and inspiring Christian music specifically for teens and pre-teens. Inspired by the wildly successful KIDZ BOP™ model, with a mission to release a series of Top 40 Christian music for kids in a popular and exceptional fashion.

Similar to: Kidz Bop, Hillsong United

Top Congregational Songs: “Shake,” “Hallelujah”



Visual Worship @ Home Vol 6
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/25/14

Experience the sights and sounds of worship at home with iWorship’s Visual Worship @Home collection.

Each enhanced DVD contains inspiring lyric videos featuring the original master recordings of today’s most popular worship songs. Each volume features 10 songs on an enhanced DVD. Bonus MP3 files are included to enjoy on the go. This product is also a great resource for home groups!

Similar to: iWorship, WoW Worship with lyric videos.

Top Congregational Songs: “God You Reign,” “In Jesus Name”



iWorship TraxiWorship
Visual Worship Trax Vol.3
Integrity Music

Release Date: 4/8/14

Visual Worship Trax series from iWorship combines today’s top worship songs with inspiring, lyric based videos for use in churches in all settings. All lyric videos feature original artist masters and come in original stereo, split-trax, and click trax versions. Visual Worship Trax is the perfect performance trax solution for use with worship teams or special music.

Similar to: iWorship, WoW Worship with Pro lyric videos

Top Congregational Songs: “10,000 Reasons,” “When the Stars Burn Down”



Capitol - Kari JobeKari Jobe
Kari Jobe/Sparrow/ Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 3/25/14

Recorded live and featuring brand new material, Majestic is Kari Jobe’s first live album and DVD. “It reminds me of what heaven might be like,” Jobe reflects. “If you will lift your voices and worship him, there will be a shift and a change in the atmosphere of your life, and it will be heaven-centered and majestic.”

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “How Majestic,” “Hands to the Heavens”



Capitol - Michael W. SmithMichael W. Smith
The MWS Group/ Sparrow/Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 5/13/14

On Sovereign, Michael W. Smith’s first worship album since 2008, he deliberately steps into a new creative chapter to craft a vibrant collection of worship songs with a fresh sense of musical innovation. The album features brand new songs, “Sovereign Over Us,” “All Arise,” “Christ Be All Around Me” and “The Same Power.”

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman

Top Congregational Songs: “All Arise,” “You Won’t Let Go”



Hope ChurchOff the Ground Collective
Night Song
Off the Ground Creative

Release Date: 3/1/14

Night Song is the culmination of nine artists’ journeys to commit themselves to hope during hard times.

Slow and steady, these 13 tracks, some vocal and some instrumental, bring peaceful resolve, proving

you can have a song in the middle of the darkest night. Download Night Song on iTunes.

Similar to: All Sons & Daughters, Bethel Loft Sessions

Top Congregational Songs: “Nothing,” “Night Song”



ForerunnerOnething Live
Onething Live: Sing Your Praises
Forerunner Music

Release Date: 4/29/14

Contains highlights from International House of Prayer’s Onething Conference. Includes songs by Misty Edwards, Jon Thurlow, Laura Hackett, and more. Visit the website below to hear a free preview and get more information.

Similar to: Passion, Let the Future Begin and Bethel Music, Tides Live

Top Congregational Songs: “Sing Your Praises,” “The Love Inside”



Capitol - PassionPassion
Passion: Take It All
Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords

Release Date: 4/29/14

Take It All, the new album from Passion features “My Heart Is Yours” and includes new music from Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill. The Deluxe Edition includes two additional songs and 4 bonus videos including an all new talk from Passion founder Louie Giglio.

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “My Heart Is Yours,” “Let It Be Jesus”



Integrity - Baloche LivePaul Baloche
Integrity Music

Release Date: 4/1/14

Paul Baloche, one of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters, and artists, has recorded a brand new live worship album, simply titled Live, featuring new anthems, classic hymns, and familiar choruses. “Over a thousand ministry leaders came together to form a congregation of one to worship God. Our hope was to capture a true and honest expression of worship to our God.” – Paul Baloche

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe

Top Congregational Songs: “You Lift Us Up,” “He Is Risen”



Integrity - PlanetshakersPlanetshakers
Endless Praise
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/11/14

Endless Praise is the exciting follow up to Planetshakers recent success with their critically acclaimed release Limitless. Planetshakers is the fastest growing church in Australia and expanding their already significant ministry with Awakening Conferences in Malaysia, America, and Australia. Get ready to dance as you join in worship with Endless Praise!

Similar to: Hillsong: Young & Free, Darlene Zschech

Top Congregational Songs: “Unto God,” “Leave Me Astounded”



Integrity - Rend CollectiveRend Collective
The Art of Celebration
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/17/14

Dove Award-nominated Irish worshipers Rend Collective made a recent theological breakthrough as a band that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. The appropriate response to this understanding led to a sonically innovative message on its highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration. Featuring the radio anthem “My Lighthouse.”

Similar to: Passion, David Crowder

Top Congregational Songs: “My Lighthouse,” “Boldly I Approach (The Art of Celebration)”



Sov. Grace MusicSovereign Grace Music
30: Three Decades of
Songs for the Church

Sovereign Grace Music

Release Date: 4/8/14

30 is a 30th anniversary album featuring fresh takes on 14 classic Sovereign Grace Music songs like “Behold Our God” and “I Stand in Awe” by artists including Paul Baloche, Kristyn Getty, Aaron Keyes, Matt Papa and more.

Similar to: Paul Baloche, Indelible Grace

Top Congregational Songs: “Before the Throne of God Above,” “All I Have Is Christ”



She SingsVarious
She Sings
Nashville Treehouse Music

Release Date: 4/29/14

All female cast, featuring favorite artists like Kim Hill, Margaret Becker, Ashley Cleveland,

Melissa Greene of Avalon and newcomers Ellie Holcomb, Paulette Wooten, Sarah Stephens, and Sarah DeShields. Formed out of a love of hymns, various female artists created new and readdressed old favorites. She Sings represents the unique personalities of each in the Americana style.

Similar to: Kim Hill, Margaret Becker, Ashley Cleveland

Top Congregational Songs: “Christ, Christ, Christ,” Margaret Becker; “Solid Rock,” Paulette Wooten; “The Love of God,” Melissa Greene



Integrity - Action BibleVarious
The Action Bible Remixed

Integrity Music

Release Date: 5/6/14

Get ready to hear modern worship favorites done in a way you’ve never heard before. Inspired by the bestselling Bible for kids: The Action Bible. These remixes combine fresh sounds with an electronic edge using original stems to songs we all know and love. This project features KJ-52, Canton Jones, L.E.D. & DJ MAJ, and more. One listen and you’ll be hooked!

Similar to: Toby Mac, KJ-52 & Canton Jones

Top Congregational Songs: “Great I AM,” “Today Is the Day”



Yanc y y AmigosYancy y Amigos
Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza
Yancy Ministries, Inc.

Release Date: 6/24/14

Yancy is releasing her popular Little Praise Party songs for kids worship in Spanish. Joined by Nic Gonzales (Salvador) and Jaci Velasquez. These songs will provide singalong fun that celebrates that

Jesus is our best friend. Kids will be moving, jumping, and praising. Available on CD and DVD include tracks and mp4s.

Similar to: Hillsong Kids, Go Fish

Top Congregational Songs: “Hosanna (Hosanna Rock),” “Me Gusta (I Like To)”