MainStage Mondays: Using Compression On Patches

I got this email from a reader this week: 


Hi Eric, 


I was just wondering if it is best to use a compressor on the patch itself, or on each individual instrument? (compressing the entire patch at once}. I use multiple keyboard controllers on each patch.. thank you. 




Hi Ray,


Thanks for writing! I’d recommend using compression on individual channels, and then using a brick wall limiter on the main output to avoid accidental spikes in volume. Here’s how to do that: 


1. Open MainStage. Select a template. 

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2. Insert a compressor on your channel strip.

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3. If you’re using a piano, I’d recommend putting the settings like this (this will give you a pumped, sustained sound). Dial back the ratio if that’s too overpowering for you. 

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4. On the main output (Output 1-2) insert a limiter. 

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5. Set the settings like this: 

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Good luck!