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MainStage 3

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By Apple (Apple Inc.)

MainStage 3 lets you take your Mac to the stage with a full-screen interface optimized for live performance, flexible hardware control, and a massive collection of plug-ins and sounds that are fully compatible with Logic Pro X.

The Ultimate Live Rig
• Perform live with more than 80 instrument, effect, and MIDI plug-ins or work with Audio Units plug-ins
• Add your sounds from Logic Pro X and GarageBand to bring your studio sound to the stage
• Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro provides convenient controls for layout, editing, and performance
• Combine instruments and live audio, such as keyboards and vocals, in a single Patch
• Switch between Patches without stopping sound output or cutting off held notes
• Design rich keyboard Patches using splits and layers, the Arpeggiator, and other MIDI plug-ins
• Perform with stereo or multitrack backing tracks using Playback
• 64-bit architecture uses all the RAM in your system for larger sampled instruments

Hardware Control
• Connect your favorite hardware and use it to play and control your plug-ins
• Use USB and MIDI-equipped controllers like keyboards, foot pedals, and drum pads
• Instantly set up a large variety of hardware using automatic device recognition
• Quickly assign hardware knobs, buttons, and faders to onscreen controls
• Manage sophisticated rigs using the Assignments & Mapping overview

Designed for the Stage
• See only what you need during your performance using a customizable, full-screen live interface
• Screen controls adapt for each Patch using Smart Controls
• Smart Controls offer dynamic performance controls that change with each Patch
• Easily view your Mac screen from a distance using a high-contrast, full-screen performance view

Instrument Plug-ins
• Play deeply sampled, professionally mixed, and fully customizable drum kits provided by Drum Kit Designer
• Perform electronic beats with the Ultrabeat drum machine
• Play classic ’70s- and ’80s-style synthesizer sounds using Retro Synth
• Play faithful models of vintage keyboards with Vintage B3, Vintage Electric Piano, and Vintage Clav
• Perform inspired sounds using a collection of synths that provide analog, wavetable, FM, additive, granular, spectral, and modeling synthesis
• Quickly find sounds or create unique new ones with Alchemy, the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer
• Play or create a wide variety of rich sampled instruments with the EXS24 Sampler
• Turn your favorite hardware synthesizers into sampled instruments using the Auto Sampler plug-in

MIDI Plug-ins
• Transform simple ideas into elaborate performances using nine MIDI plug-ins
• Instantly turn a simple chord into a rich performance with the Arpeggiator
• Play a single note to trigger predefined chords with Chord Trigger
• Perform a part and conform notes to a specific scale using Transposer

Creative and Production Effects
• Play your sounds through realistic acoustic spaces using Space Designer convolution reverb
• Use a range of multi-tap, vintage tape, and stereo delays
• Add movement to your tracks with a variety of modulation effects
• Get the perfect mix with a collection of EQs, dynamics, and other mixing tools

Guitar and Bass Gear
• Build your own guitar or bass rig with Amp Designer using vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and mics
• Design a custom Pedalboard from a collection of delay, distortion, and modulation stompboxes
• Access a full-screen Tuner to quickly get in tune

Sound Library
• Over 2700 instrument and effect Patches
• More than 850 meticulously sampled instruments
• 5900 Apple Loops in modern urban and electronic genres

Minimum System Requirements
• Requires 64-bit Audio Units plug-ins
• 6GB available disk space for minimum install / 57GB hard disk for full Sound Library installation

Release Notes

6/1/2017 | Version : 3.3 | Size : 1.1 GB
• New modern interface
• Support for Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you access your favorite shortcuts with sets of customizable key commands
• Play software instruments on the Touch Bar using a musical keyboard with piano keys or scale mode
• Trigger drum pads with Touch Bar while controlling velocity
• True stereo panning provides more control and discrete manipulation of stereo signals
• Directly assign software instruments as sidechain sources
• Bus routings are now shown in plug-in sidechain menus
• MIDI plug-ins can be used to creatively control plug-in parameters
• New Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering
• Support for Logic Remote 1.3.2

6/10/2016 | Version : 3.2.4 | Size : 1.1 GB
This update addresses overall stability and performance issues

4/1/2016 | Version : 3.2.3 | Size : 1.1 GB
This update contains numerous fixes and enhancements including:

• A collection of 27 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability
• Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects
• Alchemy supports 3rd party Expressive MIDI Controllers including products from Roli and Roger Linn Design
• Allows faster changing of your I/O device with large concert files
• Clicking on an instrument layer in the workspace now selects the corresponding channel strip
• Improved VoiceOver support

Rankings

Overall :
#8 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#12 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

Categories :
#2 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Music]
#2 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Music]

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Category

Entertainment , Music


Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for MainStage 3

MIDI Channel bug (3.3)
5/25/2017 11:28:25 AM 2/5 By chris77dsl
I’ve used Mainstage for years and generally would give it a glowing recommendation. But this most recent update has a critical bug in that it listens to all MIDI channels on all devices despite how you set the concert settings for MIDI PC changes. I can’t begin to describe the train wreck this will create in a live situation if you’re sending MIDI PC messages to multiple instruments. I tried to submit this a bug through the normal Apple support channels, but they had no idea how to handle it. My representative literally had to GOOGLE Apple Mainstage to see what it was. Their only solution was to direct me to the Mainstage website for support. I’m not making this up. It’s generally a great app, but the issue I’ve always had with MainStage is that it can’t decide if it wants to be a truly professional & reliable product, or just a toy. The sounds and features suggest the former while QC and support suggest the latter.

Back and Forth (3.2.4)
3/24/2017 2:00:16 AM 2/5 By Harrison 281
I go back and forth with it. If you are using it for just playing a MIDI instrument live then it is absolutely perfect and works fantastic… The more advanced stuff is where it becomes a pain. I’ve gotten to where I run a lot of loopback tracks and other various tracks on it when I’m playing. All the time I have problems with it not saving. I will manually save it and play it back but when I close the program (even after just saving) it is all messed up when I open it back up. It frustrates me. I spent 6 hours one night making loops and other track effects that I was gonna use for a gig the next morning and I checked everything multiple times and saved multiple times and it was perfect before I went to bed but when I woke up and opened the program back up, the stuff was still there but it was all messed up and not how I left it. There are a lot more things that frustrate me but I’d be surprised if you’ve read this far and if you have, thank you… Overall I would say if you are using it for playing MIDI instruments it’s great and comes with a lot of great patches for the price but if you are doing anything else with it. save your money for ableton

Great program. When are we getting 3.3? (3.2.4)
2/27/2017 4:47:45 PM 4/5 By Paulrb28
This is a great app. I have used it multiple times for running sound effects and queues for Theatrical performances. One star taken away for no longer being able to use the Logic Remote app on my iPad which says it requires MainStage 3.3. Who upgrades the App before the program it is supposed to work with? I’m a bit dissappointed with Apple on this.

Layout problem (3.2.4)
2/11/2017 6:49:12 AM 3/5 By rapmd
I have used Mainstage since it came out and it is a great program. This latest version seems to have a glitch however. I cannot pull in my controls from the control pallette to design my layout. The control”disappears” when I drag it to the layout area. I have re-installed MainStage, restarted computer, deleated preferences, changed user, etc. No luck. Additionally, I have the same issue on 2 computers. I saw another post referencing this as well. It is a fantastic program and well worth the $30, but I’m hoping this issue can be resolved as this makes designing and constructing your layouts impossible.

MS (3.2.4)
2/5/2017 11:53:12 PM 2/5 By Ol1212
I like this program it is very good! but I have problem with cpu and in layout drag & drop nobs and anything what i need .So i think this version is not stability

Mainstage 3 is a Live Performance Genius (3.2.4)
2/3/2017 9:52:03 AM 5/5 By magicdart
I jumped in with both feet 6 months ago, switching from PC to MAC and was told “You need MainStage 3!" I have configured a Nektar Impact 88 and Novation Impulse 25 midi controller for total control during a live performance AND Mainstage integrates with GarageBand, Logic, Native Instruments and Ableton Live seamlessly so i can also use any “sound” and pipe it out to speakers from a controller. Too many how to videos to get you going in no time—20 minutes i think. Of all the Windows and Mac software i have ever purchased—Mainstage 3 = Best software purchase ever! $30 is a no brainer for anyone performing, or wanting to learn how to perform live—Beginner or Pro!---“You need MainStage 3!”

Good basic sound palate - UPDATED Jan 2017 (3.2.4)
1/31/2017 4:43:18 AM 2/5 By Rick85395
Nice stage controller, hard to beat for the great price. The stock sounds are a good basic starting point for sounds. Pianos, Strings, Pads, Orchestra, Brass a bit on the weak side. Also, would be great if they had some built in templates for controllers. Looking forward to adding on. UPDATE: Jan 2017- I cannot make this MS work. It keeps spiking CPU, notes drop, just doesn’t work. Tried to turn off everything, but nothing seems to help. Doing fresh install right now to see if that helps. After this, if the issue still persists, I’m moving over to Gig Performer and calling it DONE with MS.

It Would Be Good If... (3.2.4)
1/21/2017 8:08:22 AM 4/5 By Nwiek
I have GarageBand. I heard you can link the sounds and instruments to GarageBand. BUT HOW DO I LINK IT TO GARAGEBAND?! Overall though, it’s a great app for instruments and sounds for your music.

Chromed (3.2.4)
11/21/2016 9:20:00 PM 5/5 By megaton leviathan
i am standing in as synth slinger for a psychedelic cyber punk outfit that has been around for 40 + years they used a poly moog , mini moog and other- vintage hard to find synths on a lot of their songs. i paired this up with a Nektar keyboard and a moog voyager for the crucial space rocking bleeps and bloops. so far right out the gate i am getting really close if not dead on approximations of vintage pads and leads with very little tweeking to the preset as i am building the set list of patches. im pretty impressed and the main man of the band is very impressed as well with the string sounds in particular... you arent going to get the raw analog sound but man its pretty nice being able to flip through a set list. i love the delays and phasers. you can make some pretty twisted sounds with MainStage for sure. so far its been stable.

slowed down instrumentals?? (3.2.4)
9/7/2016 6:05:00 AM 1/5 By Zarb Ebner
Anytime I import an instrumental, new project file or old ones that I’ve already performed with, the playback slows down like 50%. When I mean slow down, I mean like the tempo, and also the pitch of everything is super low. Absolutely no clue, but it’s made this program useless. UPDATE: even DELETED the program, redownloaded, reloaded new instrumentals, and this problem still exists. I cannot believe I wasted money on this. Can’t even find help online for this issue.


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