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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
• 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 2700 instrument and effect Patches
• More than 850 meticulously sampled instruments
• 5900 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 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
• 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


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Customer Reviews

MIDI Channel bug

I’ve used Mainstage for years and generally would give it a glowing recommendation. But this most recent update has a critical bug in that it listens to all MIDI channels on all devices despite how you set the concert settings for MIDI PC changes. I can’t begin to describe the train wreck this will create in a live situation if you’re sending MIDI PC messages to multiple instruments. I tried to submit this a bug through the normal Apple support channels, but they had no idea how to handle it. My representative literally had to GOOGLE Apple Mainstage to see what it was. Their only solution was to direct me to the Mainstage website for support. I’m not making this up.

It’s generally a great app, but the issue I’ve always had with MainStage is that it can’t decide if it wants to be a truly professional & reliable product, or just a toy. The sounds and features suggest the former while QC and support suggest the latter.

Loses Midi

I almost loved mainstage. However, It seems like it get worse with every update. After this last update, it is unuseble. For some reason, everytime I switch patches, the midi connection is lost. Therefore, I have to reset the midi every single time I switch patches. It is completely lame, and it wasn’t an issue until this last update (3.3). I too, like others, have called Apple and they have no clue about anything regarding Mainstage. In fact, I don’t even think they know what MainStage is. It’s time for them (Apple) to start taking these complaints serious, and stop ignoring us consumers.

Absurd value.

It’s hard to say anything negative when for $30, you can turn your Mac into the most full-featured synth you’ve ever had. There are piano plugs-ins that alone cost 10x what Mainstage costs that don’t match the quality of the Steinway included with Mainstage. I use a Roland FA for live performance, since I don’t want to bring a Mac to performances, but at home, Mainstage on my 5K iMac is the clear choice.

MainStage 3
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.3
  • Size: 1.19 GB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor

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