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MainStage 3 Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:05

    Mitchell welcomes you to the series and explains what youll learn in the videos to come.

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    Tutorial 2

    Downloading & Launching

    2:01

    his video guides you through downloading MainStage 3 and its additional content, as well as launching the application for the first time.

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    Tutorial 3

    Setup

    5:09

    Setup for MIDI devices and Audio devices are explained. After that, well explore setup for both MIDI and Audio devices. Firewire vs USB is also explored here.

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    Tutorial 4

    Keyboard Templates

    2:32

    The keyboard templates are explored here, with an overview of some of the presets.

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    Tutorial 5

    Guitar, Drums & Vocals Templates

    1:47

    The remaining four templates are explored and explained.

Interface

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    Tutorial 6

    Menu Items Pt. 1

    5:59

    The contents of the main menu items 'MainStage' and 'File' are explained.

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    Tutorial 7

    Menu Items Pt. 2

    5:18

    The contents of the main menu items 'Edit', 'Action', 'View', 'Window' and 'Help' are explained.

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    Tutorial 8

    The MainStage UI

    2:56

    The Toolbar, Activity Monitor, Workspace, and Channel Strips are explained here.

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    Tutorial 9

    MainStage Modes

    1:33

    MainStages three modes, layout, edit, and perform, are discussed in brief here.

Layout Menu

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    Tutorial 10

    Layout Menu Pt. 1

    5:54

    This is one of two videos which will cover the Layout menu. Well talk about the items in this view including panel controls, shelf controls, and grouped controls.

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    Tutorial 11

    Layout Menu Pt. 2

    7:10

    This video looks at how to set up the layout menu GUI to represent your physical hardware controller. The screen control inspector is also explored here.

Patch Creation

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    Tutorial 12

    Patch Creation Pt. 1

    4:35

    This video will look at the different levels of patch creation in MainStage 3, including the concert, set, and patch level. Well also learn how to create a single layer patch, how to name it, and how to rearrange patches. We also take a look at the patch inspector window.

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    Tutorial 13

    Patch Creation Pt. 2

    6:36

    This video will explain the channel strips in relationship to the patch level, and complexity of the patch. Well discuss all the feature of the channel strip layout including EQ, Audio FX, Input, Pan, Level, and Labeling.

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    Tutorial 14

    Patch Creation Pt. 3

    7:03

    This video will demonstrate how to make a multilayered patch with splits, including floating split points. We take a look at the instrument channel strip editor and discuss the channel strip library, attributes, layer editor, and MIDI input panels.

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    Tutorial 15

    Patch Creation Pt. 4

    5:52

    This video explains the assignment, screen control, and mapping column as it applies to the concert, set, and patch levels. Well also explain how to edit and delete assignments.

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    Tutorial 16

    Patch Creation Pt. 5

    6:17

    This video takes an in depth look at the screen control inspector window when using assignments and mappings. An explanation of some of the most important mappings are discussed here.

Advanced Patch Creation & Actions

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    Tutorial 17

    Click Tracks

    4:23

    This video shows how to set the time signature for a concert and individual patches, as well as how to send a click to a dedicated output.

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    Tutorial 18

    Playback Plug-In

    4:46

    This video demonstrates how to integrate the playback plug-in inside of your concert and get set up for backing tracks.

Performance & Wrap Up

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    Tutorial 19

    Putting it All Together

    8:42

    We begin building a concert using a fictitious set list and incorporate everything weve learned so far in the edit menu.

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    Tutorial 20

    Troubleshooting

    3:04

    This video goes through a handful of troubleshooting tips including loss of sound and inconsistencies with MainStage performance.

Apple's MainStage 3 turns your Mac into a complete live rig, and expert MainStage performer Mitchell Alpaugh will show you how to bring all your studio tools onstage, in any configuration you can dream up, and make a truly complete live performance package!

Mitchell starts out with the basics, downloading MainStage and setting up your Audio and MIDI Devices. Then, he jumps right into the Factory Templates for Keyboards, Guitars, Drums, Vocals, and so on, designed to get you up and running immediately.

From there, Mitchell dives into the real creative potential of MainStage. Starting with an explanation of the menu items, over a series of five videos, Mitchell offers you a thorough guide to creating Concerts, Sets, and Patches from scratch, covering everything from the basics, to advanced patch creation features and techniques.

Mitchell also makes sure you're ready for the band, exploring playing backing tracks and setting up Click Tracks and Multiple Mixes. Finally, Mitchell ends with some Troubleshooting Tips to help insure that the show can go on. Whether you're new to MainStage 3 or an experienced user looking to get more out of it, "MainStage 3 Explained" can help you get your rig ready for the gig!

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Submitted 1 week ago

Very useful for me.

I got a basic understanding of what the program consists of.

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ladybd
Submitted 4 months ago

Really enjoying this tutorial.

Great tutorials! Lots of interesting topics! Makes learning easy!

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Rosey
Submitted 6 months ago

Thanks!

These were great videos for a roadmap of Mainstage. Not sure these were for absolute beginners, but I followed along ok. Could have used additional videos for visual/kinesthetic learners that need to see sample concerts done from creation to concert.

I am a: Beginner, Musician

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Schweats
Submitted 8 months ago

Mainstage 3 explained

I purchased MS3 and the G3 tutorial vid for the express purpose of learning how to use my Spectrasonics VI(s) with my Akai MPK61 controller in a live scenario. Though the info is spot on re: operation of MS3, it is generic and the terminology of Concert/patch in MS3 is different in Omnipshere and the G3 vid doesn't differentiate and therefore confusing. I will have a lot of trial & error in understanding the different terminology and how to optimize MS3 for the external VIs I intend to use. Lastly, in the voiceover, the silence between spoken phrases appears to have been stripped and each spoken phrase ends with odd voice phrasing, sometimes the phrase is up , others down and gives this listener an odd sense of where the narrative starts and stops …… adding confusion in understanding the info being imparted. All the info for every MS3 feature is represented however.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling in music when I was around six. I distinctly remember a car ride where my Mom asked me if I wanted to learn to play the piano like my Dad. It sounds cliche, but I said “sure,” and the rest was history.

2. What training have you had?

I’ve been a keyboard player for over twenty years now, which saying that makes me feel old. I went on to get my bachelors degree in Music ed, and after that, I received consistent and valuable o

3. When did you get into recording?

I got in to recording when I was in middle school. I started dabbling with Virtual Instruments on my first generation iMac when a lot of the popular VI developers were still in their infancy. It’s hard to afford pro audio equipment by just mowing the lawn!

4. People you have worked with/for?

I had the pleasure of working a job where I provided pro audio remote help and consultation for people hundreds of times over. I helped a handful of notable during my tenure there, from live musicians, to studio guys, to voice over artists. It was actually pretty cool to be a resource for the people you grew up admiring, if even for one conversation.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I’m good at training people because every part of my professional development has involved teaching. My formal degree is in Music ED, and I taught middle school and high school for a few years before deciding to move on. After that, I started working in pro audio tech support which certainly had a lot of parallels to the education field. I suppose everything I’ve done in my career has been a continual refinement of my teaching skills.

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MainStage 3 Explained is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very useful for me. I got a basic understanding of what the program consists of.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really enjoying this tutorial. Great tutorials! Lots of interesting topics! Makes learning easy!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Thanks! These were great videos for a roadmap of Mainstage. Not sure these were for absolute beginners, but I followed along ok. Could have used additional videos for visual/kinesthetic learners that need to see sample concerts done from creation to concert.
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mainstage 3 explained I purchased MS3 and the G3 tutorial vid for the express purpose of learning how to use my Spectrasonics VI(s) with my Akai MPK61 controller in a live scenario. Though the info is spot on re: operation of MS3, it is generic and the terminology of Concert/patch in MS3 is different in Omnipshere and the G3 vid doesn't differentiate and therefore confusing. I will have a lot of trial & error in understanding the different terminology and how to optimize MS3 for the external VIs I intend to use. Lastly, in the voiceover, the silence between spoken phrases appears to have been stripped and each spoken phrase ends with odd voice phrasing, sometimes the phrase is up , others down and gives this listener an odd sense of where the narrative starts and stops …… adding confusion in understanding the info being imparted. All the info for every MS3 feature is represented however.
Date published: 2016-08-10