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- Jan 7th, 2009
This tutorial is produced by Bill Burgess, the former Pro Audio Product Marketing Manager for Apple. Bill helped develop the MainStage templates and patches!
If you're practicing music, MainStage is your perfect instrument. If you're a pro, MainStage will help you take your concerts to the next level ...
MainStage is Apple's musical performance tool. Under MainStage's purpose-built interface is Logic's audio engine. This means MainStage gives you real-time access to all of the unique instruments and plugins you've come to love in Logic Studio.
In this 4-hour tutorial by Bill Burgess, you'll learn how to set up concerts, assign knobs & faders from your hardware MIDI controllers to MainStage instruments, build custom patches & sets, and add effects to your sound. Bill also shows you how to trouble-shoot common MainStage problems! If you're looking to get the most out of MainStage, these videos will show you the way.
This is a comprehensive tutorial, but you don't have to watch every video. Use the detailed menus and keyword search functions to quickly find topics of interest. For a full list of this title's topics, see the Table of Contents.
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Initially I thought this was going to be a tutorial on the "Playback" software instrument. It turned out to be so much more! I would of never even thought of using EXS24 to trigger songs! Good idea!
I have only looked at this tutorial briefly but it looks great. I wish I had more time to spend with these tutorials as they are very valuable. That's why I purchased them. For me it was a better deal, being able to work with them at my own pace and available time rather and the stress of a monthly subscription. Keep up the good work.
If you are just getting into the program Mainstage you must purchase the tutorial MAINSTAGE 101: Core Mainstage by Bill Burgess. I was in crunch time preparing for a live gig (my first in years after being a studio mole). I was faced with having to perform multiple patch changes for a set of over 20 songs (many requiring multiple patch changes) and having very little time left to set this up before the live show. This tutorial saved my gig! Literally overnight I had a strong hold on Mainstage. I had been hesitant about performing live with softsynths until I learned how to use Mainstage. This video taught me to use two controller keyboards and a Macbook to run my whole show. After a successful gig I'm now planning to purchase Logic 9 which includes Mainstage 2 with many new great features. Never fear because Bill Burgess has tackled the tutorial for this as well... Thanks Bill, you are a lifesaver! - Bill Rebsamen
I'm seven lessons into Mainstage Core and feel it's really helping me understand a complex and wonderful piece of software. I was first introduced to it while playing live keyboards for a touring musical. At the time I was very impressed with Mainstage. Though I had nothing to do with programming the setup, as a first time user Mainstage was extremely user friendly. Beginning the lessons yesterday, I was able to follow Bill Burgess every step of the way. He's not only very informative, but also quite funny. With his help I've learned some basics that would have been very difficult without his visual and audio tutorial. My goal is to learn as much as I can about Mainstage so that I can program keyboard patch changes for live performances of musical theater. With his help I'm confident I'll be able to achieve that goal. Thanks Bill!
Bill Burgess is not only extremely knowledgeable, but he's hilarious! Our band now uses MainStage at every gig.
Bill does an amazing job of keeping this tutorial informative and fun. Worth every penny. Videos #13 through #15 crack me up everytime! I now feel like I'll be able to use mainstage for my sets instead of Ableton Live. Thanks guys, keep it up! Now if I can just get my MicroKontrol to not play notes when I hit the drum pads, I'll be in heaven!
Bill did a fantastic job explaining the ins and outs of this app. Part of using mainstage _is_ unfortunately troubleshooting it as you go, and this video gives great insight into troubleshooting 'on the fly'. I found the authors wit/sense of humor particularly entertaining especially while learning this sometimes frustrating app. those of us who use mainstage live and spend time loving it and 'suffering'(you know) with it will benefit from many of the details bill offers while teaching this course. as with many complex apps(like logic, live, et al), much of the important-detail/tip/trick/key command learning happens while learning a completely unrelated topic, so watch the entire series! highly recommend even to experienced users.
These tutorials were outstanding! Bill took mainstage apart and explained it piece by piece. Plus he had me laughing my arse off on several occasions. Certainly keeps the education process entertaining. My hat goes off to MPV and Mr. Burgess. Keep this stuff coming!
great tutorial. hope to see a part two in the near future!
Excellent Tutorial. Mr. Burgess really did his homework on this one and puts out an outstanding fully in-depth tutorial that really opens up this brand new mysterious program. I highly recommend this to every performer who has to plug in an instrument or use a mic. The tutorial goes way beyond what is in the manual. In a way I think the manual was thrown together without much thought which is why I never bothered to really mess around with MainStage. This answers many questions I had, and even gave solutions I never though possible (using Soundflower to route Logic into MS). To top it all off Mr. Burgess is a fantastic teacher with a dry sense of humor and a rough edge to his method who was as entertaining as he was informative.
Great Video Covers in depth things I didnt know existed very detailed and covers it all even with some un documented things Very Impressed and helped me alot
MAINSTAGE 101: Core Mainstage by Bill Burgess is a great INTRO for anyone who isn't familiar with this amazing program:) I'm a drummer myself, and I recently purchased an Edirol PCR-300 MIDI Controller, and I never thought that I would ever be able to use my MIDI keyboard in a live situation, but after watching only the first 30 or so videos of this 67 videos in total tutorial, I've already booked a studio to practice it out:) Bill Burgess guides you along at a comfortable pace so you can easily follow along with him in a project you are working on yourself, and his humor is a nice added touch:) I've got my VISA card out now to buy the other Mainstage tutorial (Mainstage 105: Creating Guitar Rigs) for my guitar player:) Thanks macProVideo & Bill Burgess for another amazing tutorial:) riftmazefee
Excellent tutorial,i can finally set up and use Mainstages for live performance. well done, a must buy.
So far I've enjoyed. I've only seen 20 of the videos so far but I am learning more of MainStage than before.
This was the 1st video training I have ever purchased and found it a lot more enjoyable and effective than trying to wade through manuals. However, a more task-oriented approach may have served better at times. For example: how to get Mainstage to play sound effect loops simultaneously to playing live keyboards. I've found that some of the trickier set up issues involved how the MIDI keyboard's knobs and buttons are set up, and obviously although dealing with each and every keyboard and manufacturer would be impossible this vital starting point in the chain was not covered as much as I would have liked. But overall, very useful and I now have MainStage sorted. If only it didn't have so many bugs! (Apple guys, if you're reading this: when can we have an update?!)
I enjoyed this tutorial very much. It was concise and very clear in the progression of topics. I like Bill's quirky humor, it added a human touch to the presentation. I found all the topics valuable and value for money is excellent.
Easy to follow and I enjoyed his humorous attitude. It will help me a great deal, as I have watched it once, and will watch it several more times to pick up all that there is to absorb.
I would recommend each and every tutorial related to Logic. It has been an incredible learning aid as well as a great time saver. And saving time allows me to make more music. I honestly didn't use MainStage much because I'm a guitarist. But now I realize how cool and powerful it is. Thanks again to the whole MacProVideo crew!
I have 14 MacProVideo training videos and while I think most all of them are excellent, I enjoyed this one the most by far. Not only is the content excellent (as usual) but a star is born in Bill Burgess. He has a very conversational style - you feel like he's sitting next to you anticipating your questions - and he just cracks me up! I've not finished the entire training yet, but already I'm prepared for a Barney party, a Keith Emerson odyssey, and anxiously waiting for that call from Bono!
I found this tutorial very useful - it encouraged me to use mainstage for performance.
At last - an intelligent demonstration of what this software can do - a pity B. Burgess wasn't at Apple when they were writing the Logic Studio manuals which are severely limited when it comes to MainStage - I have only watched the 3 demo clips, but I will be ordering this bundle. Macbook - OS-X-10.5, Presonus Firebox, Ensoniq TS-10 ( master KB only )