MainStage Tutorial

Playing MainStage 3 with eDrums

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Chapter 1 : Setup

  • Initial Setup 8:16

    Initial Setup

    Learn how to install and setup MainStage 3 for e-drum MIDI controllers. Luke also explains how to setup your audio interface and configure latency settings.

  • Interface Overview 4:48

    Interface Overview

    Luke discusses each of the main sections of the MainStage 3 interface: Patch List, Workspace, Mixer and the Patch Library.

Chapter 2 : Instrument/Patch Configuration

  • Kit Selection 7:47

    Kit Selection

    Learn how to add new instrument patches to your concert setup, load a variety of drum kits, set MIDI mapping configurations and save the entire setup as a preset to load later.

  • Smart Control Adjustments 6:22

    Smart Control Adjustments

    Luke explains how to adjust the relative levels of each drum and how to quickly add compression, EQ and reverb to your drum mix.

  • Drum Selection, Pitch, Dampening, & Gain 5:41

    Drum Selection, Pitch, Dampening, & Gain

    Learn how to customize your drum sound by choosing different kick/snare drum combinations and by making pitch/envelope adjustments for each drum.

  • Controls View & Saving Custom Kits 3:31

    Controls View & Saving Custom Kits

    Customize your drum kits even further by accessing the extended "Controls" view and save your custom kits for later recall.

Chapter 3 : Mixer

  • Manipulating FX Plugins with Smart Controls 10:03

    Manipulating FX Plugins with Smart Controls

    Luke discusses the relationship between the mixer channel strip FX and the Smart Controls configuration knobs. Learn how to use the Smart Controls as a starting point and then make customized adjustments within the mixer.

  • Using FX Presets: EQ 3:13

    Using FX Presets: EQ

    Learn how to use the built-in EQ presets to come up with creative drum mixes on the fly.

  • Using FX Presets: Compression 4:56

    Using FX Presets: Compression

    Learn how to use the compression plugin presets to manipulate the sound of your drums. Add subtle or aggressive compression and try out different emulation models.

  • Using FX Presets: Reverb 4:48

    Using FX Presets: Reverb

    Luke explains how to use the reverb sends and how to change the convolution reverb presets to audition different reverb "rooms".

  • Adding Mixer FX & 3rd Party Plug-ins 3:21

    Adding Mixer FX & 3rd Party Plug-ins

    Learn how to add additional FX to the channel strip for more sound shaping possibilities. You can use both built-in plugins and 3rd-Party AU plugins.

Chapter 4 : Additional Configuration Settings

  • Global Velocity Curve Adjustments 3:20

    Global Velocity Curve Adjustments

    Luke explains how you can use the velocity curve MIDI effect to make global velocity adjustments to your e-drum performance.

  • Adding Aux Channels 3:39

    Adding Aux Channels

    Learn how to quickly add Aux channels in the mixer and perform parallel compression.

  • Producer Presets 2:46

    Producer Presets

    Learn how you can load additional patch presets with extended mixer options, allowing you to add FX to specific instruments/channels and perform multi-out functions for discrete channels.

  • Conclusion 1:00


    Luke recaps the series.

Product Overview

In this video tutorial series, eDrum guru Luke Oswald shows you what need to know to get up and running with Apple MainStage 3, when using today’s eDrum controllers. If you’re looking for another palette of drum sounds or inspirational software when eDrumming, pull up a seat and watch!

Luke covers how to setup your audio interface, configure latency settings, and setup patch lists with different drum kits. Luke also explains how to choose from different kicksnare drum options and how to make pitch envelope adjustments for each drum for unique custom sounds.

You’ll also see how to add EQ, compression and reverb to your drum kits for further customization, as well as how to dial-in your drum mix using FX presets. Lastly, you’ll learn to make global velocity adjustments, create aux channels for parallel processing, use the extended mixer for additional FX and routing capabilities and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re a eDrummer and want to explore or use Apple’s MainStage 3 as your virtual drum instrument, don’t miss “Playing MainStage 3 with eDrums”!

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