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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 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

Release Notes

07/09/2017 | Version : 3.3.2 | Size : 1.1 GB
• Fixes an issue that caused MainStage to quit unexpectedly after editing background colors or using the group command in Layout Mode
• The fadeout time in the Loopback plug-in has been extended to 60 seconds
• Addresses an issue that could cause the Preferences window to become inaccessible

Introduced in Version 3.3
• 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 and note repeat
• 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 and the ability to use a Lightning to USB Cable for wired connection to your Mac

30/03/2017 | 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

10/05/2016 | Version : 3.2.4 | Size : 1.1 GB
This update addresses overall stability and performance issues

Rankings

Overall :
#9 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#10 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

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

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Category

Entertainment , Music


Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for MainStage 3

A significant update hidden in a point release. (3.3)
10/04/2017 04:51:22 5/5 By richabramsuk
As a musician who is heavily involved with the genre of light opera/musical theatre, MainStage represents 50% of my justification for owning a MacBook. The other 50% is represented by another piece of software that is notable for the same reason as MainStage: there’s no significant alternative available for my requirements on either the Windows or OSX platform. ESPECIALLY not at this price point. With that in mind Apple could simply rest on their laurels, safe in the knowledge that we’ll continue to weather the occasional mishap and unusual behaviour. They haven’t. Recent releases have introduced the Alchemy synth engine and now, in release 3.3, a host of significant improvements and bug fixes (for instance patch busses no longer *helpfully* all get renamed to “SUM”). The entire application seems more stable and CPU usage has been improved (I am running a late 2014 13” Macbook Pro), meaning that I feel more secure in configuring lower buffer settings for my keyboard players. This in turn makes the application more “playable” as the latency is reduced and responsiveness is improved. I personally find that I continue to launch the application in low-resolution mode as there’s still a “bump” in CPU when you switch from windowed Edit more to full-screen Perform mode… but it is less significant than in previous releases and I no longer feel it neccessary to run Perform mode in a window. So far, my favourite new addition has been the re-designed “Modulator" MIDI effect that allows you to simply introduce a modifier to any existing plug-in. It’s well thought out and executed, and makes it FAR easier to add effects such as swells, decresendos and vibrato without having to dive in and modify the instrument plug-in itself. The new-look interface also makes it easier to read settings at a glance. If the developers read these comments, good work! Highly recommended.

First update worth writing home about (3.3)
09/04/2017 14:42:38 5/5 By Luke Lights
Right, so I had been previously involved with Mainstage for close to 7 years, and I must say, this lastest update has put MS back on the radar for me. Currenlty using another DAW for live performance, but this definitely has me thinking…! So so many times has this program subjected me to buffer overrunning, CPU spiking, and other lovely things. Finally, I have the system stability that I’ve been looking for - in this update! This is also the first time I’ve seen a snappy workflow due to improved loading speeds. You’ll find that there is a great set of stock plugins, making this easily the best value (and now usable) live rig out there. Get involved. L

Crashes, buggy, unusable (3.2.4)
27/02/2017 12:43:43 1/5 By Fred Leicester
Biggest waste of £28. Crashed every single time I used it. Avoid and buy Ableton instead.

Keeps crashing and losing my imported sound files (3.2.4)
22/11/2016 09:10:00 1/5 By MH1977
Having worked for ages importing files and creating a show it has now crashed twice and lost all files each time. First time I rebuilt the entire show and this time I’ve no time before a professional gig. It crashes upon saving and when reopend said that it can’t find many files. Used to be the best app on computer. It’s not now.

Keeps Crashing Just Bought Can’t Use (3.2.4)
18/10/2016 10:00:00 1/5 By jakeyboy75
Well I’d like to tell you this is a good app but it keeps crashing and I’ve only just purchased it. It has slowed my computer right down - I have 12gb of Ram on a late 2009 iMac. Bad bad bad! Going straight back to Apple for refund!

Loss of saved concert? on updating (3.2.3)
22/01/2016 20:52:00 3/5 By gilberto-frog
Having just written a new Concert set up, I was alarmed to see that following the newest update 3.2.3, that my saved concert had disappeared from my Macbook Pro. How????. Luckily, I was able to rewrite the concert within 15 mins as it wasn’t too complicated and only at Concert level.

Great program BUUUUUTTTTTT (3.2.1)
22/10/2015 15:46:00 3/5 By richiekeys
This is a great piece of software, amazing value for money at just £20 (except I guess you have to buy an expensive laptop first so maybe that’s worth factoring in). I’m a professioinal musician and have always highly recommended it to friends and colleagues. HOWEVER!!!! It’s let me down a few times in the last couple of months, once when I was about to go on stage in front of 7000 people when it wanted “essential instrument downloads” and didn’t give me an option to open the program without them when I’d been using it fine just the day before. As I was in the middle of a field for a festival and this was in the (very brief) line check, I had to use the on board sounds from what I usually use as purely controller keyboards which was much less than ideal. Also, the latest version has had problems opening saved concerts, saying “the file isn’t in the correct format”. After searching the web, I managed to find a workaround but am glad this happened at home and not as I was about to go on stage. However this sort of problem shouldn’t happen with a professional application as reliability is so important to live musicians. Apple needs to sort out these bugs to make this program great again

Do not download this update. (3.2.1)
30/09/2015 12:39:00 1/5 By GavinRice
This update contains a bug that provents users from creating new Guitar Amps. I would give this less than one star but it appears that this isn’t an option either. Avoid until the bug has been corrected. Prior to 3.2.1, MainStage did not exhibit this problem.

Bad Gateway error. (3.2.1)
25/09/2015 11:51:00 3/5 By SOTSPMark
The most recent update (3.2.1) will not download for me. The App store reports a “Bad Gateway” error.

A lot of problems (3.2)
18/09/2015 09:04:00 2/5 By Ross Gilmartin
Really quite poor. Firstly, you can’t have independant patches for different keyboards. This puts huge limitations on your setup requiring a lot of patches with many aliases. Secondly, the aliases don’t save correclty, meaning that you can’t really use the program how you want. If you save a piano patch for example in a certain place, when you reload the saved set, the keyboard will be replaced by a random instrument. Unfortunely at this stage there isn’t another program like it, otherwise I would move on. Sort it out Apple people are paying for this stuff.


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