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

What's New

Version 3.3.2

• 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

Ratings and Reviews

Great bit of software - excellent value for money


Mainstage is fantastic - its incredibly powerful and you can configure it as you wish. The included sounds and instruments are incredible value and its an all round good product. Yes - the fact that you can build your own interface to the program can be daunting but as a musician it offers you real flexibility. I was inspired to write this review having seen comments on here about latency and value for money from another reviewer. Audio latency is dependent on buffer sizes and the audio interface you are using. Mainstage itself cannot be described as having poor latency. On a low powered mac then you might have some problems due to a lack of processing power. I would recommend Mainstage to anyone wanting to try out keyboard sounds or guitar - just be aware that you need a powerful machine and ideally a dedicated audio interface to get the lowest latency. The mainstage software itself is a tiny fraction of this cost and as such is excellent value for money.

Great Product. Great Value

Nick M79

I don't usually write reviews but credit where it's due. I had a big gig thrust upon me with 2 weeks notice. My gear sounded a bit dated and weak and I needed something that would deliver both sonically and fuctionally. I have an i7 Macbook Pro so decided to see what I could make it do, just using my keyboards as controllers.

Initially it was a bit daunting to set up but only because it allows so much customisation. I had to learn the set, learn how to use Mainstage and get it all connected up, which I did. To control it all I used an iPad running Logic Control. This connected via ad hoc wifi to the Mac Book. Each song in the set was listed on the iPad and when selected, instantly switched to the next song set-up. It worked flawlessly.

In addition, I could put chord and lyric notes in to Mainstage per song to help my fading memory!

All of the synths and samplers from Logic 10 are there plus all of the effects and mixing capabilities. I also added some third party plug ins such as Rob Papens Albino. Again, it all worked smoothly. The internet has plenty of hints and tutorials on set up and use.

I got to the gig, set it all up and it worked without a hitch. For this price, if you gig, and have a reasonably powerful Mac, it really is a no brainer.

Great program BUUUUUTTTTTT


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.
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


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Rated 4+
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