MainStage Tutorial

MainStage 3 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    Introduction

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

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    Downloading & Launching

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

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    Setup

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

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    Keyboard Templates

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

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    Guitar, Drums & Vocals Templates

    The remaining four templates are explored and explained.

Chapter 2 : Interface

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    Menu Items Pt. 1

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

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    Menu Items Pt. 2

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

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    The MainStage UI

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

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    MainStage Modes

    MainStage’s three modes, layout, edit, and perform, are discussed in brief here.

Chapter 3 : Layout Menu

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    Layout Menu Pt. 1

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

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    Layout Menu Pt. 2

    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.

Chapter 4 : Patch Creation

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    Patch Creation Pt. 1

    This video will look at the different “levels” of patch creation in MainStage 3, including the concert, set, and patch level. We’ll 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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    Patch Creation Pt. 2

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

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    Patch Creation Pt. 3

    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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    Patch Creation Pt. 4

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

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    Patch Creation Pt. 5

    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.

Chapter 5 : Advanced Patch Creation & Actions

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    Click Tracks

    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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    Playback Plug-In

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

Chapter 6 : Performance & Wrap Up

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    Putting it All Together

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

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    Troubleshooting

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

Product Overview


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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RicfromthebandONO
Submitted 10 months ago

So far, it's good

Presenter is fast which I like because I need to compare the instruction to the software to really gain an understanding of the software.

I am a: Hobbyist


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Airdis
Submitted 1 year ago

It's factually accurate—but dull and unhelpful.

There's a ton of "what", but no "why". Instead of leading with "Here's a bunch of great ways you might use MainStage", it's more of a "Here's every option in the file menu. And now, here's every option in the Edit menu. Now, here's every option in the toolbar..."

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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nwd
Submitted 1 year ago

Needs improvement

I found these videos to be cursory and of mediocre production value. The course needs to be rethought and reorganized perhaps with more real world examples and attention to good naming and labeling habits and better explanations. It was at times difficult to see where the instructor was pointing his cursor which could have been easily fixed with highlights and magnification. Overall a pretty uninspired effort.


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mikemessageuk
Submitted 2 years ago

Good examples of setting up patches

Found the videos on setting up patches with midi controllers very useful


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Roguegbg
Submitted 2 years ago

A good introduction

This is a new concept to me and it was well explained. I would have liked more insights into memory management and practical examples of how people use Concert, sets and patches.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Cubase


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HoweSoundRecords
Submitted 2 years ago

I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point.

I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point.


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JWoodro92
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Helpful

Very informative. No button left unpressed.


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UberBird
Submitted 2 years ago

Basics

Much shorter than the MainStage 2 vids. There are 20 vids in this one vs 47 in MainStage 2. The material covered is pretty basic, but would probably be helped by spit screen showing what's being done when mapping etc. Not needed but helpful to some just for reference.

Response from Customer Service:

Hi Jon,
Thanks for your review! You are correct, we made this version shorter than the 47 videos in the previous version to offer a much more digestible and condensed version. You may have noticed that you still get all the ins and outs of the program, just with less videos to pour through.
And the training continues with the other MainStage tutorials that focus on more specific subjects like eDrums and the AutoSampler. Check them out!

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ceebs31
Submitted 2 years ago

Easy to understand and comprehensive

I am a beginner level synth/MIDI operator. MainStage is my first "real" live sound software to play with, and this tutorial is making everything so much easier to understand, in much less time than it would've taken to learn on my own and for a very good price!

I am a: Beginner, Musician


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dhodges00
Submitted 2 years ago

One of the better tutorials

Different tutorials I have viewed have all had their good and bad points but this one - for me at least - seems to be at the right speed while covering all of the right topics. It's relatively basic but at the same time has the right amount of buried detail over and above those basics. I guess the only downside is I would say it's not for the experienced main stage user but it's good at what it does


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RicfromthebandONO
Submitted 10 months ago

So far, it's good

Presenter is fast which I like because I need to compare the instruction to the software to really gain an understanding of the software.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Airdis
Submitted 1 year ago

It's factually accurate—but dull and unhelpful.

There's a ton of "what", but no "why". Instead of leading with "Here's a bunch of great ways you might use MainStage", it's more of a "Here's every option in the file menu. And now, here's every option in the Edit menu. Now, here's every option in the toolbar..."

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

nwd
Submitted 1 year ago

Needs improvement

I found these videos to be cursory and of mediocre production value. The course needs to be rethought and reorganized perhaps with more real world examples and attention to good naming and labeling habits and better explanations. It was at times difficult to see where the instructor was pointing his cursor which could have been easily fixed with highlights and magnification. Overall a pretty uninspired effort.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mikemessageuk
Submitted 2 years ago

Good examples of setting up patches

Found the videos on setting up patches with midi controllers very useful

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Roguegbg
Submitted 2 years ago

A good introduction

This is a new concept to me and it was well explained. I would have liked more insights into memory management and practical examples of how people use Concert, sets and patches.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

HoweSoundRecords
Submitted 2 years ago

I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point.

I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JWoodro92
Submitted 2 years ago

Very Helpful

Very informative. No button left unpressed.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

UberBird
Submitted 2 years ago

Basics

Much shorter than the MainStage 2 vids. There are 20 vids in this one vs 47 in MainStage 2. The material covered is pretty basic, but would probably be helped by spit screen showing what's being done when mapping etc. Not needed but helpful to some just for reference.

Response from Customer Service:

Hi Jon,
Thanks for your review! You are correct, we made this version shorter than the 47 videos in the previous version to offer a much more digestible and condensed version. You may have noticed that you still get all the ins and outs of the program, just with less videos to pour through.
And the training continues with the other MainStage tutorials that focus on more specific subjects like eDrums and the AutoSampler. Check them out!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

ceebs31
Submitted 2 years ago

Easy to understand and comprehensive

I am a beginner level synth/MIDI operator. MainStage is my first "real" live sound software to play with, and this tutorial is making everything so much easier to understand, in much less time than it would've taken to learn on my own and for a very good price!

I am a: Beginner, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

dhodges00
Submitted 2 years ago

One of the better tutorials

Different tutorials I have viewed have all had their good and bad points but this one - for me at least - seems to be at the right speed while covering all of the right topics. It's relatively basic but at the same time has the right amount of buried detail over and above those basics. I guess the only downside is I would say it's not for the experienced main stage user but it's good at what it does

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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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

    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!

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    Did you just get a Novation Launchkey keyboard controller, or are totally new to it? Well studio expert Mitchell Alpaugh gives you the down and dirty on this awesome DAW controller, guiding you through setup, registration, and ways to creatively use the Novation Launchkey fast!

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MainStage 3 Explained® is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far, it's good Presenter is fast which I like because I need to compare the instruction to the software to really gain an understanding of the software.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from It's factually accurate—but dull and unhelpful. There's a ton of "what", but no "why". Instead of leading with "Here's a bunch of great ways you might use MainStage", it's more of a "Here's every option in the file menu. And now, here's every option in the Edit menu. Now, here's every option in the toolbar..."
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Needs improvement I found these videos to be cursory and of mediocre production value. The course needs to be rethought and reorganized perhaps with more real world examples and attention to good naming and labeling habits and better explanations. It was at times difficult to see where the instructor was pointing his cursor which could have been easily fixed with highlights and magnification. Overall a pretty uninspired effort.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good examples of setting up patches Found the videos on setting up patches with midi controllers very useful
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A good introduction This is a new concept to me and it was well explained. I would have liked more insights into memory management and practical examples of how people use Concert, sets and patches.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point. I like the pace of these tutorials. Full in description, yet prompt to the point.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Very informative. No button left unpressed.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand and comprehensive I am a beginner level synth/MIDI operator. MainStage is my first "real" live sound software to play with, and this tutorial is making everything so much easier to understand, in much less time than it would've taken to learn on my own and for a very good price!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the better tutorials Different tutorials I have viewed have all had their good and bad points but this one - for me at least - seems to be at the right speed while covering all of the right topics. It's relatively basic but at the same time has the right amount of buried detail over and above those basics. I guess the only downside is I would say it's not for the experienced main stage user but it's good at what it does
Date published: 2017-05-03
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
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Basics Much shorter than the MainStage 2 vids. There are 20 vids in this one vs 47 in MainStage 2. The material covered is pretty basic, but would probably be helped by spit screen showing what's being done when mapping etc. Not needed but helpful to some just for reference.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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