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MainStage 3

By Apple


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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
• 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 new 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
• Display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher
• OS X v10.9.5 or later
• Requires 64-bit Audio Units plug-ins
• 6GB available disk space for minimum install / 45GB hard disk for full Sound Library installation

What's New in Version 3.2.4

This update addresses overall stability and performance issues


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Customer Reviews

Good basic sound palate - UPDATED Jan 2017

Nice stage controller, hard to beat for the great price. The stock sounds are a good basic starting point for sounds. Pianos, Strings, Pads, Orchestra, Brass a bit on the weak side. Also, would be great if they had some built in templates for controllers. Looking forward to adding on.

UPDATE: Jan 2017- I cannot make this MS work. It keeps spiking CPU, notes drop, just doesn’t work. Tried to turn off everything, but nothing seems to help. Doing fresh install right now to see if that helps. After this, if the issue still persists, I’m moving over to Gig Performer and calling it DONE with MS.


i am standing in as synth slinger for a psychedelic cyber punk outfit that has been around for 40 + years they used a poly moog , mini moog and other- vintage hard to find synths on a lot of their songs.
i paired this up with a Nektar keyboard and a moog voyager for the crucial space rocking bleeps and bloops. so far right out the gate i am getting really close if not dead on approximations of vintage pads and leads with very little tweeking to the preset as i am building the set list of patches. im pretty impressed and the main man of the band is very impressed as well with the string sounds in particular... you arent going to get the raw analog sound but man its pretty nice being able to flip through a set list. i love the delays and phasers. you can make some pretty twisted sounds with MainStage for sure. so far its been stable.

Completely Useless

This app will not run properly on my mac book pro regardless of what settings are used for buffer etc. Playing one single chord on a piano sound with no plugins or effects peaks the CPU out to 500% (no really sure how that is possible) and the sound is full of glitches. This same computer is used for film scoring and runs Nuendo, all east/west sample libraries and BFD2 flawlessly. I have since installed the full version of Ableton Live which runs perfectly and uses approximately 5-10% of my CPU power when running many instruments and plugins concurrently. Long story short, you get what you pay for.

MainStage 3
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.2.4
  • Size: 1.15 GB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9.5 or later, 64-bit processor

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