MainStage has a slightly confusing layer of MIDI mappings that I haven’t seen talked about much online (probably because it’s so geeky). It’s possible with MainStage to assign specific MIDI CC values to on screen controls at the Layout mode. Why is this confusing? It’s also possible to assign controllers at the edit mode, as well. Before this gets too techy, here’s the advantage to each:
MainStage allows you to customize the beginning and end point any midi controller. For instance, you could set your volume faders to end at a neutral zero DB of gain instead of the default 6+ DB setting. This can be extremely useful for a number of controls, but we’ll focus on volume for our example. Here’s how to do it:
I got this email from a reader this week:
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.
Today’s blog is the last in a set of quick tutorials on how to use a couple of the basic plugins in MainStage. Distortion is one of my favorites, and will be our final plugin.
This week’s quick MainStage tutorial is about compressors. Compressors are plugins that manipulate the dynamics of the sound source, creating everything from a “squeezed” punchy sound to subtle level control. MainStage just updated their main compressor plugin, and I’m a big fan. Here’s how to use it:
This week we’ll be quickly talking about how to use delays in MainStage. Delays create an “echo” type effect that repeats your original sound. There are several really cool delay plugins in MainStage (my personal favorite is Delay Designer), but for simplicity’s sake we’re going to look at Pedalboard’s Delay plugin. Here’s how to use it:
I’ll be covering a few of the more common FX used in MainStage over the next few weeks, and I thought I’d start of with reverb.
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Many of you that follow my blog know that the last time I used MainStage for a gig, I was not happy with the way it performed. I spent some serious time working on a solution, and I think I may have found it for me.
Today I’d like to introduce to you today. . . my Mainstage rig!
This month I’ll be taking my readers through the basics (and I mean VERY basic) parts of synthesis. Most tutorials I read are super involved and exhaustive, which is great if you have the time to devote. I’m going to keep mine short and sweet.