Effective use of WSB/Tracks?
So I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I thought I'd give it a try. I used WSB (LOVE the program; wish I had it 15 years ago) twice now. The second time was more successful, but I think I stumbled into a fundamental problem with using backing tracks. So, it's not a WSB question, per-se, but is a usage question in general.
The problem I had is that I couldn't always hear the click track and guide well enough to stay on track. Literally. To pick one example, at the end of one chorus going into a bridge, I was a whole measure off. Yeeeeouch. Similar things happened in 3 of the 5 songs I did. Made for an uncomfortable Sunday for me. Part of it was that the congregation starting singing loud enough that the click track basically "faded" in my hearing. Maybe it was that the congregation actually sang loud enough, and I was surprised, and switched the "focus" of my hearing from the click track to the congregation for a moment. Whatever it was......it was also disastrous. Another time, the congregation starting clapping.....on their own tempo. With that going on, you have two "click tracks". ACK!!!!
I can think of a few things to do, like always make sure that there's a different click sound on beat 1. And make sure the guides always have a little extra hint, like instead of just "Bridge", they say "Bridge...2...3...4". Basically, there have to be ways for me to get back "on track" when I get off track. With real, live musicians, it just happens automatically (yeah, assuming they're good enough, and they watch your face for the scowl or something....). With backing tracks, basically, the track drives the live musicians. And if the live musicians are off, well, they better fix it or suffer the results of a train wreck. But with live musicians, the leader of the band drives everything, and the musicians follow.
So, fundamentally, using backing tracks is, shall I say, "fragile". The corrections that are there with live musicians (which we could say is both directions --- to and from the leader) are radically different in a tracks-driven song (where corrections can only be done by the live musicians, and the track is completely unforgiving).
So I'm curious, have others dealt with this problem, and if so, how did you "fix" this?