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 1800 instrument and effect Patches • More than 750 meticulously sampled instruments • 4600 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
Love this app and have used it for years! It has allowed me to bring my live-keys playing to the next level. FEATURE REQUEST: Please consider adding MIDI Bussing within mainstage! It'd be SO handy to pass midi through a software instrument channel strip with Midi FX and bus it to another channel strip! More specifically, the ability to have MidiFX on a patch-level Instrument channel strip and send midi through those effects and then to another software instrument channel strip at the concert level! This would be a game changer for a lot of pro users.
Very buggy. Brand new Macbook Pro and the files have a clicking sound each time I use them. Doesn't happen with any other software or midi files so I'm sure it is this. Reported the problem and tried to get a refund from App store. They denied it with no explanation. Thanks for nothing Apple.
Mainstage is awesome for what it is and very versatile for live performance. There seem to be some bugs. For instance I am unable to keep parameter values using the "Keep" setting or even the "reset" setting. It doesn't sync up or save correctly. When you reboot a few times it will seem to work for a while but it's a minor thing to worry about.
I purchased Main Stage 3 a couple years ago (maybe?) and it used to work and everything. Now I deleted it awhile ago to save some room until i could get an external HD. So, Now i want to redownload it and when i click it it does the load wheel for 3 seconds and wont download. I tried customer service and FAQ's but there is no way to report my issue. I would like to be refunded for the app since it doesn't work anymore, or have it fixed on the app store so I can re-download it.
I am using MacBook Pro 2015 16 GB Ram. I close all other applications. Yesterday, during 3 hour set, mainstage crashed on me 3 times!!! It is freakin insane! Please fix it!!!
This program is amazing, it never crashes on me with my 2019 Macbook Pro 16g of Ram. I just wish we could get the modwheel as a touch bar item! It would be a great feature to eb able to control a slide on the touch bar to work the mod wheel.
I have used this for about 6 years now. I love the ability to create my own sound. It is a great tool. Please bring this to Ipad!!!!!
Manstage used to have the ability to select mutiple objects in Layout view and change thier properties all at once, now with version 3.4.3 you have to select each object one by one to change each individual property. For example if you have 16 faders and you want to change the text color you have to select each fader one by one vs selecting all and making just one change.
After 3.4.3 update my PERFORMANCE display very blurry! I don’t know what to do to fix it!!!! Can somebody help? PLEASE!!!!!!!!
So Far i’m loving it except for 1 feature, the ability in Loopback to queue a GROUP to play when whatever other loop that is currently playing reaches it’s end. Currently I use a Boss RC-300 for my acoustic gigs and im dying to switch to using Mainstage 3 but when it comes to multi track looping or multi track playback it still needs a few features. Basically, if you press Play on GROUP A it should start Immediately then when you press Play for a Track in GROUP B it will wait until the longest track in GROUP A has finished playing then Immediately start looping GROUP B. With that you can set each Loopback instance to a different part of the song, GROUP A for Verse, GROUP B for Chorus, then while the Verse is playing you can Queue the Chorus to start playing as soon as the verse is done playing. Additionally its missing the ability to map a Record/Play button, there’s a Record, Play/Stop, Play, Stop and others but there should be an option to map a Record/Play button and the ability to specify to do Rec/Dub/Play or Rec/Play/Dub when pressing that button like all loopers out there have. Also when you Clear a track that is currently playing, it should stop playing, otherwise you have to either press PLAY/STOP or STOP before you can start recording your next track. So here's my wishlist: - Option to set each GROUP to either start Playing Immediately or at the end of the GROUP that is currently playing. - When tracks are cleared, stop playing the track. - When you UNDO a track that is currently Overdubbing it would stop Overdubbing and keep playback unless it was the first take, then stop the track. - Ability to map midi messages to the state of a button. So if Button # 1 lights up, send CC#20 value 127, if it turns off send cc#20 value 0, this would only happen when the state of a button is changed and when the patch is first loaded. This would be very useful to sync leds on midi controllers that turn on/off based on MIDI input. - Song Info Panel that would include the Key, Artist, Name, Lyrics, etc and that can be toggled to Show/Hide with a button.