Patch Suggestions for Christian Music

What Patches to Use for Certain Worship Songs

    This page is constantly being added to, so feel free to "refresh" the page.

    When I first got my Roland System-1, and especially after I purchased my System-8, I became overwhelmed with how many patches Roland has made available (currently 2,100+ for just the System-8 and its Plug-Outs).  So I wrote this to help others quickly find a patch that is close to parts of worship songs.  This list is modeled after MultiTracks.  If you want me to add to this list for your own synthesizer, contact me and arrange to ship me one. 

    All patches for the System-1 and System-8, as well as their Plug-Outs, come from Roland.  I will include a list, later, of what patches from Roland come from what location.  Below the list are some performance notes.  Artists in parenthesis indicate this is an alternate recording of a song not written by them.

    One of the limitations of using HTML4 for this is that I can't sort the table easily, so please use your "find" feature in your web browser to search for songs.

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Song
Artist
Part
Idea #
Synth.
Set
Patch
Patch Name
Notes
This Is Amazing Grace
Phil Wickham
Lead
1
System-8
1
G-5
PD Super Saws

Great Things
Phil Wickham
Lead
1
JX-3P
1
E-1
SY Poly Stabber
Substitute Electric Guitar?
Build My Life
Pat Barrett Pad
1
Jupiter-8
1
B-3
PD JP Soft Pad

Build My Life Pat Barrett Pad 2
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad

Who You Say I Am
Hillsong
Lead
1
System-8
Synwave-1
A-6
KY Silky Pluck
Close
Who You Say I Am
Hillsong
Pad
1
Juno-106
1
D-8
PD Juno Soft Pad

Love Is War
Hillsong
Intro Strings
1
Juno-106
1
D-5
PD PWM Stringer

Way Maker
Leeland
Sparkly Pads
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad

Great Are You Lord
All Songs & Daughters
Organ
1
JX-3P
1
A-3
Organ 2
Might be a Hammond B-3.
Raise a Hallelujah
Bethel
Pads
1
System-8
1
G-6
PD Super Saws
Sweep the LPF cutoff
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Sparkly Pads
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad

Unstoppable God
Elevation
Interlude Synth
1
Pro Mars
Novaline


I invert the filter, personally.
Unstoppable God Elevation Synth Pluck
1
Juno-106
Synthwave
D-3
PL Fat Pluck
Maybe
Unstoppable God Elevation Synth Pluck 2
JX-3P
1
G-2
Compu-Lead
Maybe
Raise A Hallelujah
Bethel
Pulsating Pads
1





Raise A Hallelujah Bethel Arpeggios
1





Raise A Hallelujah Bethel Hi Plucks
1
Jupiter-8
1
A-5
PL Poly Stack
Close enough
Raise A Hallelujah Bethel Hi Plucks
2
Juno-106
Synthwave
H-3
SY Dreamy

King of Kings
Hillsong
Harp
1
System-1
Mine
A-8
RAD Harp

King of Kings
Hillsong
Harp
2
System-8
2
F-8
PL Syn-Harp

King of Kings
Hillsong
Harp
3
Jupiter-8
1
F-8
1981 Harp

King of Kings
Hillsong
Keys 4 (Low Drone)
1
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad
See pad notes. 
King of Kings
Hillsong
Strings
1
System-1
4
A-1
PD Strings 1

King of Kings
Hillsong
Strings + Brass
1
System-8
Perf Mode
Pick One
2018 Orchestra
System-8 Set 1 A-5 PD Rich Strings + Set 1 B-4 Brass Fanfare
O Come To The Altar
Elevation
Keys 1 (Low Drone)
1
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad
Octaves.  See pad notes. 
O Come To The Altar
Elevation
Keys 2 (thick pad)
1
System-8
1
E-5
PD Big Pad
See pad notes. 
Lion and the Lamb
New Life Church
Keys 1 (sparkle pad)
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad
Adjust LPF cutoff to control "sparkles"
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Keys 1 (noise & flutters
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad
Add pink noise and adjust LPF to control "sparkles"
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Keys 2 (big arpeggio pads)
1
System-8
1
G-5
PD Super Saws
See pad notes.
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Keys 3 (high delayed notes)
1
System-8
1
A-3
PL Synth Edge
Might be too aggressive.
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Keys 3 (high delayed notes)
2
System-8
1
E-5
PD Big Pad
See Pads into Plucks notes.
Living Hope
Phil Wickham
Keys 4 (high delay notes)
1
System-8



coming soon*
God You're So Good Passion
Keys 1 (shimmer pad)
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad
Modulate LPF to adjust "shimmer"
God You're So Good Passion
Keys 2 (plucks)
1
System-1
1
A-8
SY Tele Pluck
Adjust delay and reverb to taste
Run To The Father Cody Carnes Electric Piano
1
System-8
2
A-1
KY FM Chorus EP

Run To The Father Cody Carnes Mellotron
1
System-8
Perf Mode
N/A
N/A
See Mellotron notes.  Combine 2 of your preferred choir voice pads into a performance mode.
Run To The Father Cody Carnes Organ
1
JX-3P
1
A-3
1983 Organ 2
See Hammond B3 notes.
Run To The Father Cody Carnes Keys 1 (pads)
1
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad
See pad notes.
Run To The Father
Cody Carnes
Strings
1
Jupiter-8
1
G-1
1981 Lo Strings
See Strings Notes.
Do It Again (Radio Version)
Elevation
Keys 1 (shimmer pad)
1
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad

Do It Again (Radio Version)
Elevation
Keys 2 (buzzy arp pads)
1
System-8
1
C-5
PD Sizzle Pad
Adjust noise/filter to taste
Do It Again (Radio Version)
Elevation
Keys 2 (buzzy arp pads)
1
System-8
DystopicST
A-1
PD Apocalypse Pad
Adjust noise/filter to taste
Do It Again (Radio Version)
Elevation
Strings
1
Jupiter-8
1
G-2
1981 Hi Strings
See Strings Notes.
I Got Saved
Corey Voss
Keys 1 (pads)
1
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad

I Got Saved
Corey Voss
Keys 1 (pads)
2
JX-3P
Synthwave
B-7
PD Emotive Pad

Revelation Song
Any
Pads
1
System-8
1
E-5
PD Big Pad
Adjust LPF and/or Noise to taste
Gone
Elevation
Keys 1 (Lead)
1
Jupiter-8
1
A-5
LD Poly Stack

Gone
Elevation
Keys 2 (arps)
1
System-8
Transient-4
B-6
KY Ambient Piano
Musician seems to use two patches for this song
Gone
Elevation
Keys 2 (buzzy pads)
1
System-8
1
G-5
PD Super Saws
Adjust LPF to get more brights in some places
Gone
Elevation
Keys 3 (soft pads)
1
System-1
1
A-5
PD Deep Pad
In my opinion, a better option
Gone
Elevation
Keys 3 (soft pads)
2
Jupiter-8
1
B-7
PD JP Phaser Pad
Reduce phaser and modulate LPF
Gone
Elevation
Aux: SFX
1
SH-2
3
E-3
FX Crash Noize
See noise notes.  This part optional.
King of Kings (Spirit Rise)
Travis Cottrell
Keys 1 (Lead)
1
Juno-106
1
D-6
LD Bright Unison
Pretty close*
King of Kings (Spirit Rise)
Travis Cottrell
Keys 3 (pad drone)
1
System-8
1
E-5
PD Big Pad

Let the Praises Ring
Lincoln Brewster
Organ
1
JX-3P
1
A-3
1983 Organ 2
See Hammond B3 notes.
Let the Praises Ring
Lincoln Brewster
Keys 1 (sweeping pads)
1
Juno-106
1
D-8
PD Juno Soft Pad

What a Beautiful Name / Agnus Dei
Travis Cottrell
Keys 1 (leads)
1
Juno-106
1
D-6
LD Bright Unison

Is He Worthy?
Shane & Shane (Hymns Live)
Aux: Strings
1
System-8
1
A-5
PD Rich Strings
The recording sounds like a real cello player noodling.
Is He Worthy?
Chris Tomlin
Keys 1 (pad/bells)
1
System-8
1
F-1
SY Bell Synth

Is He Worthy?
Chris Tomlin
Keys 1 (pad/bells)
2
JX-3P
Synthwave
F-8
LD Frantasia 3P

Is He Worthy?
Chris Tomlin
Keys 2 (pings)
1
Jupiter-8
Techno
D-8
PL Time Sines
You might change reverb to "MOD" & set LEVEL to max
Is He Worthy?
Chris Tomlin
Aux: Strings
1
System-8
1
A-5
PD Rich Strings
Might be a real string section
No Longer Slaves
Bethel
Aux: Strings
1
System-8
1
A-5
PD Rich Strings
Might be a real string section
No Longer Slaves
Bethel
Keys 1 (organ? pad?)
1
System-8



Sounds like a buzzy pipe organ and a high sparkle*
Behold Our God
Sovereign Grace
Keys 1
1
Jupiter-8
1
G-3
1981 Mellow Strings
This is my preference for simulating real strings.
Behold Our God
Sovereign Grace
Keys 2
1
System-8
1
F-1
SY Bell Synth

Only King
Elevation
Keys 1 (pads)
1
Juno-106
1
D-8
PD Juno Soft Pad
It sounds like they ramped the LPF cutoff right before the 1st chorus
Only King
Elevation
Keys 2 (plucks)
1
System-8
1
A-3
PL Synth Edge
Finger pressure controls how extreme.
Only King
Elevation
Keys 3 (fuzzy leads)
1
Pro Mars
Curiosity Set
A-1
LD String
All intros and choruses
See A Victory
Elevation
Keys 1 (plucks)
1
System-1
1
E-1
SY Sky Drive
Set amp ADSR to a pluck (A=0 D=max S=0 R=half), Reverb=max, & ENV=  2 o'clock
See A Victory
Elevation
Keys 2 (arps)
1
System-8
1
G-5
PD Super Saws
I set filter velo. sens. to half.  See filter velo. notes.
God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 1 (plucks)
1
System-8
Bjorn #1
A-2
PL Dreamer

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 2 (pad)
1
System-8
Christian #1
A-6
CV-Pad 3

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 1
2
Jupiter-8
Techno
D-1
PL Autoevolver
Turn Arpeggiator off
God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 2
2
Jupiter-8
1
B-3
PD JP Soft Pad

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 2
3
Juno-106
1
D-8
PD Juno Soft Pad

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 1
3
Juno-106
House Techno
F-7
SY Nice Chord

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 1
4
Juno-60
Synthwave
C-2
PL Ultimae

God So Loved
We The Kingdom
Keys 2
4
Juno-60
Synthwave
B-1
PD Drifting
Reduce LFO modifications and portamento to taste
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Organ
1
System-8
Driven
E-6
KY Powerorgan

Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Keys 1
1
System-8
Transient #4
B-6
KY Ambient Piano
See piano note
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Keys 2
1
System-8
2
C-6
SY Dreaming

Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Strings
1
System-8
Synthwave
B-4
PD String Section

Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Organ
2
Jupiter-8
Epic JScottG
E-7
PD Old Organ
sort of
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Keys 1
2
Jupiter-8
Mindflux
E-1
SY Distant Pluck
select polyphonic mode
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Keys 2
2
Jupiter-8
1
E-7
SY Jupiter PWM
or Synthwave F-1 SY Separate
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Strings
2
Jupiter-8
1
G-2
1981 Hi Strings
Set Amp Attack = 0
Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Organ
3
Juno-106
Original Vol 1
A-6
KY Organ II

Evidence
Josh Baldwin
Keys 2
3
Juno-106
1
A-1
SY Anthrax
or EspenCraft A-2 SY Natural Juno, or Synthwave H-3 SY Dreamy
Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Arpeggios
1
System-8
2
F-8
PL Syn-Harp
* See harp notes
Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Arpeggios
2
Jupiter-8
1
F-8
1981 Harp

Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Arpeggios
3
Juno-106
Original Vol 2
A-3
SY Chorus Vibes

Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Piano
1
System-8
Transient #4
B-6
KY Ambient Piano

Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Piano
2
Jupiter-8
Mindflux
E-1
SY Distant Pluck
set polyphonic mode
Way Maker
(Brentwood Baptist)
Intro Piano
3
Juno-106
Brother Tiger
A-6
BT Triangle Keys
Reduce LFO pitch and filter mod levels
Glorious Day

Keys 1
1
Jupiter-8
Brother Tiger
C-7
BT Blanket Pad

House Of The Lord
Phil Wickham

1
Jupiter-8
Factory 1
F-3
PL Poly Stack
Drop sub to -5 for 5th and use sequencer
House Of The Lord
Phil Wickham

1
System-8
Bjorn-1
A-1
LD Trance Hero
Possibly sub for vox chops
Goodness of God
Bethel

1
System-8
Factory 1
A-5
PD Rich Strings
Louder parts.  See Performance Mode Notes.
Goodness of God
Bethel

1
System-8
Factory 2
B-1
KY Legend FM EP
Softer parts


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